Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012: The Week In Quotes

A few quotes worth noting from both candidates and non-candidates alike – feel free to suggest more in comments. Thomas Mulcair on his considerations in deciding whether to run: There’s an old saying that before you take the plunge, you have to make sure there’s enough water in the pool, and it’s filling up nicely. ...

Accidental Deliberations: The obvious response

We’ll learn soon whether the NDP’s federal council will choose a pure one-member, one vote leadership process. But it’s not hard to see the news that major Quebec unions aren’t interested in participating as formal affiliates as a major step in that direction. After all, any union set-aside would now figure to be seen as ...

wmtc: it’s not about the money money money: all out september 26 at toronto city hall

Things you can to do save public services in Toronto: 1. Watch this amazing video!* 2. Share the video with everyone you know. 3. If you live in the GTA, come to City Hall on Monday, September 26, 2011 for the Rally to Save Toronto. Rally begins at 5:30, outside the city council meeting that ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Labour Day – Canadian heritage moment – Rerun

First published here in 2009 I was flipping the radio dial on Labour Day and noticed that CKNW’s Christy Clark featured a guest who seemed a strange choice. It was a Fraser Institute automaton, there to talk once more about our “unsustainable medical system.” This is content that the silver-spooned Shaw Family, owners of Corus ...

Accidental Deliberations: On ancient history

Remember back when the Harper Cons were able to run roughshod over a weak official opposition party which couldn’t muster any allies to fight back against the Cons’ smears? Just wondering – because thankfully, that sad era is over.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – The Cons are once again getting noticed in the world – this time thanks to Serge Schemann pointing out their callous treatment of asbestos widow Michaela Keyserlingk in the New York Times: This summer, to Mrs. Keyserlingk’s surprise and in a rather peculiar way, her continuing campaign ...

Where Have We Seen This Before

When I look at Canada today I see many disturbing issues,among them I see high unemployment, massive income inequity,increasing poverty,hunger and homelessness. I also see higher education being priced out of the range of most. We have seen these conditions in Canada before most notably in the early twentieth century.Each time we have been presented ...

wmtc: dinner gets easier and our wallets get lighter: whole foods comes to mississauga

Hallelujah! A Whole Foods Market has opened in Mississauga, not five minutes from where I live. My life is complete. Most Canadians don’t know Whole Foods; there’s one in Toronto, one in Oakville (just west of Mississauga) and a few in Vancouver. And now there’s a one in Square One, Mississauga Central. I’ve never lived ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Just as in this year’s federal election, the NDP will need to look to move voting intentions once the campaign is underway. But also just like in the federal election, there’s reason to like the party’s chances – particularly as it’s promising to limit the sniping that’s been ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Naomi Klein points out in the wake of London’s riots that there’s one kind of socially destructive looting that’s been rewarded rather than punished: They are just about lawless kids taking advantage of a situation to take what isn’t theirs. And British society, Cameron tells us, abhors ...

Accidental Deliberations: On direct clash

One of the most interesting questions following the NDP’s ascent to Official Opposition status was that of how the Cons would seek to attack a party which didn’t carry the Libs’ baggage. Now, it looks like we’re seeing the answer – and it’s worth quickly considering the effects on Canada’s broader political discussion. In just ...

Accidental Deliberations: On targeted development

Shorter Stephen Harper: To anybody who dares question my free trade agreement with Colombia, I say this: you can’t make a free market omelet without breaking a few skulls. That’s the expression, right?

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – L. Aaron Wright nicely contrasts the fabricated hysteria over Nycole Turmel against the choices of the Libs and Cons: Where was the outrage when Stephen Harper tried to recruit Mario Dumont of the ADQ in Quebec, a leader of the Yes side in the 1995 referendum? Where is ...

Co2 Art: When Society Progresses in the Reverse Direction

When I saw this post, it reminded me of how I met up with a friend from elementary school last summer and, over the course of our conversations, we realized something unsettling was at work in the country. I don’t really know what this phenomenon is called. But I do know what it is. What ...

Kim Jin-suk and her Hope Riders

If you feel that one person can’t make a difference then you haven’t met Kim Jin-suk yet On January 6, Kim Jin-suk began her sit-in against her employers plans to shed 400 workers, in the control room of crane No. 85. This was the same place where in October 2003 her co-worker Kim Ju-ik ended ...

wmtc: the only good bargaining is collective bargaining

From time to time, I sell things on Craigslist and Kijiji. I’ve given away scads of things on Freecycle, including, when we were packing up to move to Canada, a huge air conditioner, bedroom furniture, a couch, and other items considered gems by Freecyclers. But right now money is tight and I’m not feeling as ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your long weekend. – Thomas Walkom highlights the message being sent to students as to what workers should expect in the years to come. And it’s well worth reflecting on whether the problem lies precisely with the politicians so eager to strip away the benefits workers have earned in the past: ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Trish Hennessy crunches the numbers on vacation time for Canadians: 47Percentage of Canadian workers who say they need a vacation more today than they’ve needed in four years. 10Number of statutory holidays Canadians are entitled to in a year. Lowest of 40 countries in an international survey of ...

wmtc: torontoist: will the anger against ford be a tipping point? ten things to know

Excellent analysis from Torontoist: It is far too soon to tell whether the long, dense sequence of anger-inspiring comments, falsehoods, and dubious policy decisions Rob and Doug Ford have been responsible for this month will represent, in retrospect, some sort of tipping point in this administration. What is certain is that across Toronto, a rapid-fire ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material to end your weekend. – Nick Falvo discusses the unfortunate theory that any talk of improving standards of living for the neediest Canadians is either fruitless or extreme politically: In reference to the Put Food In The Budget campaign, NDP Member of Provincial Parliament Michael Prue is quoted as saying: “I have asked ...

wmtc: toronto’s ford brothers: does a true word ever leave their mouths?

James posted this in comments yesterday, but it deserves its own thread: Top Five Ford Lies. If you haven’t seen it yet, please go read. Of course, politicians with a privatization agenda never let the facts get in the way of their profit-driven ideology. If they cared about facts, government services would never be privatized, ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-07-16 01:50:00

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR GEORGIA: RESPECT WORKER RIGHTS IN GEORGIA: The now independent Caucasus republic of Georgia is (in)famous as the homeland of Soviet dictator Josep Stalin. Sorta like being noted as the homeland of malaria. Living down to this “fine” tradition the present government of this republic is trying to supress the independent unions of that ...

On the Ontario PCs’ platform

[Sorry for the double-post. Had some unfixable errors in the previous version.] So, here we go with the Ontario PC Platform, the Changebook (warning: PDF). Or is that the Change Book? ChangeBook? I don’t know, and I don’t think they do, either. According to this, Tim Hudak was a Customs Officer at the Peace Bridge. ...

On the Ontario PCs’ platform.

So, here we go with the Ontario PC Platform, the Changebook. Or is that the Change Book? ChangeBook? I don’t know, and I don’t think they do, either. According to this, Tim Hudak was a Customs Officer at the Peace Bridge. I knew there was a good reason to hate him. Change: To Put More ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your review. – Iglika Ivanova calculates the cost of poverty in British Columbia: My findings confirm what we’ve already suspected: poverty comes with a very high price tag. The cost of poverty to government alone is estimated to be between $2.2 to $2.3 billion per year. The costs to society as whole ...