Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Paul Krugman notes that after promising to bring some outside perspective to politics, Donald Trump is instead offering only a warmed-over version of the Republicans’ typical voodoo economics. And John Cassidy highlights how Trump’s plan appears to be nothing more than to wage class warfare on behalf of ...

Accidental Deliberations: On bodily integrity

It was bad enough when the Saskatchewan Party declared its intention to put as many barriers as possible in the way of access to social services, particularly by making excuses about whether people are “able-bodied”. But it’s even worse that the responsibility for applying that standard lies with a minister who apparently doesn’t know the ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall’s costly and counterproductive decision to trash the Saskatchewan Transportation Company mirrors his government’s worst traits. For further reading…– Jason Warick reported here on the plan to shut down STC – as well as the absurd day-long shutdown of the service for nothing more than communications purposes. And the government’s excuses ...

centre of the universe: Fuck Libraries

The Saskatchewan government, in its 2017/18 budget, has slashed library budgets around the province. Its done all kinds of other things too like force civil servants to take a 3.5% cut in pay, shut down the only highway bus transportation service in the province, increase the provincial sales tax, and basically pissed off pretty much…

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Jim Stanford discusses how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is renegotiating NAFTA – and taking away what little Canada salvaged in that deal. And Jared Bernstein highlights the TPP’s impact on prescription drug costs. – Rick Smith rightly challenges the effort some people have made to minimize the difference ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – The World Bank’s latest World Development Report discusses how readily-avoidable scarcity in severely limit individual development. Melissa Kearney and Philip Levine write that poverty and a lack of social mobility tend to create a vicious cycle of despair. And James Ridgeway examines the deliberate interference aimed at ...

Alberta Diary: Recycling Margaret Atwood, Rob Ford, Doug Ford and the library slugfest of 2011

Margaret Atwood on our picket line at the Calgary Herald, circa 1999, shortly before severely reprimanding your blogger. Below: A reflective Ms. Atwood signing a book in Edmonton last night, part of the crowd that turned out to hear Ms. Atwood chat with singer Alanis Morissette, brothers Doug and Rob Ford in happier times. Back ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – I wouldn’t want to take Dan Gardner’s conclusion as to the effects of power as an immutable truth – as he himself notes in pointing out means of minimizing its risks. But it’s certainly an apt description of what’s happened since the Harper Cons took power: The government ...

eaves.ca: Open Data in BC – Good & Bad Examples from Bikes to Libraries

Some small examples of open data use and public servants who do and don’t understand open data from the Province of British Columbia to the City of Vancouver. Open Libraries? For the past several years – ever since the open motion was passed in Vancouver – the city has been releasing more and more data ...

Bill Longstaff: Calgary’s main attraction

What is Calgary’s most popular attraction? The Calgary Stampede, you say? Flames games, perhaps? The Calgary Zoo? Wrong, wrong and wrong. According to an article in Fast Forward Magazine, in 2010 the Calgary Public Library system “had more visits than the Stampede, Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, Science Centre, recreation arenas and all professional sporting events ...

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 ...

The Equivocator: Canada ♥s Libraries

A QMI poll released today revealed that 84% of Canadians want our public libraries to remain publicly funded (7% refused to answer the question.) Now, I know the brothers Ford don’t like to read, but when the writing on the wall is this clear, perhaps they will re-think their position on library funding. Filed under: Books, ...

The Equivocator: Doug Ford as Ozymandias (or How I learned to story worrying and love libraries.)

“When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that society has found one more way to destroy itself.”  – Isaac Asimov OZYMANDIAS I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near ...