In-Sights: We must demand redress

Important people perverted British Columbia’s judicial system so that wrongdoing in the privatization of BC Rail assets was hidden and remains in that state even today. These people included politicians, high ranking civil servants, RCMP officers and senior members of the BC Supreme Court. Their actions were facilitated by journalists employed by corporate media…

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne writes about the need for real wage increases to relieve the financial stress on Canadian workers. – Sheila Block examines the relative effects of tax cuts and minimum wage increases on lower-income workers, and finds that people are far better off receiving fair pay for their ...

Alberta Politics: Making facts everyone knows secret doesn’t protect crime victims, accused persons or democracy … so who benefits?

PHOTO: Nothing to see here, people, please move along … It should be pretty clear by now that Canada’s legal mechanisms to protect victims of crimes and the rights of accused persons haven’t kept up with the digital era in which we live. In case you’re part of the tiny minority of Albertans who have ...

In-Sights: Be opinionated, first be informed

In response to my earlier post about crime statistics, a person using the name “Harald” submitted this comment: Try not to forget that the NDP brought casinos to BC, and most of the casinos in BC were built under the NDP. Then there was the scandal with Glen Clark and his issuance of a casino ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Some Implications of Boycotting Art

And another thing…  Here are two more issues I have with implication surrounding how we’re treating the sexual harassment and assault cases further to my concerns previously discussed and further provoked by an article “Now What Do We Do with Their Work?”. ART AS A VITAL COMMODITY If Alexander Fleming were found out to be horrific ...

In-Sights: Civilized people pay for civilization

Maclean’s produced a ranking of the most dangerous places in Canada by examining communities with populations as small as 10,000. They explain the methodology: The report ranks communities according to the Crime Severity Index, which is a Statistics Canada measure of all police-reported crime collected through the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey that takes into consideration ...

The Canadian Progressive: How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence

The recent passage of historic reparations legislation in Chicago means black people who have experienced racial violence at the hands of the police can be granted reparations. The post How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the Cleveland I*****s Racist Team Name

Congratulations, Toronto Blue Jays on another exciting season! Let’s hope that before the Atlanta B****s or Cleveland I*****s come back to Toronto they will have changed their name. And as I’ve argued in the past, the process of fixing racist team names can itself be a reconciliation moment. A moment that you can help bring ...

Politics, Re-Spun: A Glimpse of Last Week in White, Male Supremacy

People, especially people who are white and male: we need to drastically up our game if we are going to move towards equity and away from the increasingly brutal white male backlash that’s been growing. Last week a number of things happened that reinforce the supremacy of white men, but also the rise in those ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The War on Women…Which Side Are You On?

But it’s not JUST a war on women. It’s on everyone who isn’t overflowing with entitlements, and it’s largely being waged by white men, who seek to perpetuate male and white supremacy. You are either actively on the side of the oppressed, or the oppressor. And if you’re silent, you’re with the oppressor. Let’s up ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

I so hope you had a wonderful Indigenous Peoples’ Day yesterday! In “America” there is a movement to replace the systemically racist Columbus Day. It’s spreading briskly; soon it may reach the 100th Monkey and spread across Turtle Island. In Canada, we had Thanksgiving Day, for all the cornucopia reasons you can think of. But ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Columbus Day is Institutionalized Racism

In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day today, a slight improvement on Columbus day, which institutionalizes systemic racism. Columbus Day celebrates white supremacy. It’s time to stop that now. If you need some elaboration, read this. Seattle did it 2 years ago. Now Vermont has figured out a first step in a solution: turning Columbus Day ...

In-Sights: "A strong message…"

Canadian bank fined $1.1M for failing to report suspicious dealings, CTV News, April 5, 2016 The federal anti-money laundering agency has levied a $1.1-million penalty against an unnamed Canadian bank for failing to report a suspicious transaction and various money transfers. It is the first time the Ottawa-based Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of ...

In-Sights: "A strong message…"

Canadian bank fined $1.1M for failing to report suspicious dealings, CTV News, April 5, 2016 The federal anti-money laundering agency has levied a $1.1-million penalty against an unnamed Canadian bank for failing to report a suspicious transaction and various money transfers. It is the first time the Ottawa-based Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of ...

In-Sights: "A strong message…"

Canadian bank fined $1.1M for failing to report suspicious dealings, CTV News, April 5, 2016 The federal anti-money laundering agency has levied a $1.1-million penalty against an unnamed Canadian bank for failing to report a suspicious transaction and various money transfers. It is the first time the Ottawa-based Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Ghomeshi and Canada’s New Criminal Code

Clearly, we need an overhaul of Canada’s criminal code, with a feminist lens. Men sure get off easy, right Mr. Ghomeshi. Ghomeshi, Bill Cosby, rape culture should be helping guide us to what kind of criminal code can produce justice. 2016 and no statistic in the world will convince our justice system that the priority ...

Politics, Re-Spun: No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

Despite being Metro News, Emily Jackson’s great piece yesterday [below] about how brutally cruel the Saskatchewan government is should make us mindful of a number of issues. Not the least of which is that the neoliberal Saskatchewan Party has been photocopying many of the worst of BC’s regressive and anti-social policies. That makes the BC ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Seven Tips for Feminist Men

I know already. You’re a feminist. And a man. But I’m not going to pat you on the back for that because we need to do better. We may think we’ve already earned all the male-feminist scout badges. We may subscribe to the male-feminist version of the doctors’ maxim ‘first, do no harm.’ But that’s ...

In-Sights: Double standard? Of course!

Mount Polley………no fines,no charges…….its who you know #christyclark #bcpoli https://t.co/y3IclftEqe — Danny Boy (@digitaldannyboy) February 20, 2016 Couple fined $100K for causing 2013 landslide into #WestVan creek https://t.co/0w3PplkeOA pic.twitter.com/W23Xr2j1FI — CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) February 20, 2016 @cbcnewsbc i can’t stand arrogant immigrants who come from corrupt countries who think they are entitled in OUR ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American

The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality Source: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American   I don’t normally post anything on my blog other than my own original articles and essays, but sometimes a rare article or video is just too important to pass up, and needs ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Prospects for America: Sanders vs Civil War

(And that is not a threat, of course, but a prediction) An analysis of the present state of future prospects of the nation ~ An open letter in response to Daily Kos, and to anyone concerned with either justice, or peace The article I recently wrote and published on Daily Kos, Prognosis for America: Sanders ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Shaming Chauvinists 101

Hey, Canada. Don’t you just hate it when other countries make us look so 20th century? In the UK, they’re going to publicly shame employers who maintain gender wage disparities. Sure, it’s not legislated pay equity, but it’s a start. And they’re ahead of us. Seriously, how hard is this? Come on, read on. I ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Shaming Chauvinists 101

Hey, Canada. Don’t you just hate it when other countries make us look so 20th century? In the UK, they’re going to publicly shame employers who maintain gender wage disparities. Sure, it’s not legislated pay equity, but it’s a start. And they’re ahead of us. Seriously, how hard is this? Come on, read on. I ...

Politics, Re-Spun: If Beyonce…

Beyonce's dancers paid tribute to #MarioWoods, black man killed by San Francisco police. #SB50 #BlackLives pic.twitter.com/m2Pl9i5qKL — Jamilah King (@jamilahking) February 8, 2016 If Beyoncé could do THAT at the Superbowl, what could happen at the oh, so white Oscars? XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Toxic Geopolitics of the Middle East – Richard Falk

Taken from his essay on Counterpunch called Slouching Toward Global Disaster. “Toxic Geopolitics It is impossible to understand and explain such a disastrous failure of military interventionism without considering the effects of two toxic ‘special relationships’ formed by the United States, with Israel and Saudi Arabia. The basic feature of such special relationships is an ...