Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Stephanie Levitz reports on new polling showing an increasing number of Canadians self-identifying as part of the working class or poor, while also seeing little room for optimism about their futures. And Jared Bernstein offers his analysis as to why wages are remaining stagnant south of the border. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Martin Patriquin takes Saskatchewan’s increasing recognition of the Wall government’s institutional corruption to the national stage: Politicians who navigate a corrupted political system have some of the easiest jobs in the world. With the weight and legitimacy of the state behind them, they need not sell anything ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – The Star’s editorial board writes that it’s long past time for governments to stand up for people facing precarious work: (P)recarious workers, many of them millennials, have been largely left behind by legislators who say the shift is inevitable and there’s nothing much that can or ought to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your long weekend reading. – Cole Stangler interviews Raquel Garrido about the political critique behind Jean-Luc Melenchon’s emerging presidential campaign – and it sounds equally applicable in Canada: One of the reasons why the current regime is lacking consent in French society is because the process for electing officials allows them to ...

The Political Road Map: Great Canadian Pot

Yesterday, after a much anticipated election promise, Justin Trudeau and his administration officially announced that marijuana will become legal for sale and consumption throughout all of Canada…In July of 2018…. While some may have begun partying and cheering at the announcement, others like myself are still scratching their head a little. Why has it taken ...

Eh Types: Liberals Opt for Slow Burn on Legal Weed

Across Canada yesterday morning – or possibly closer to noon – pot enthusiasts woke up to find that the government may have decided on a date for the legalization of recreational marijuana use. Next year, celebrations of our country’s birthday may be known instead as Cannabis Day when recreational marijuana use becomes legal on July ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Elise Gould studies the continued rise of wage inequality in the U.S. And Teuila Fuatai points out how a strong movement to improve minimum wages and study basic incomes in Canada still has a long way to go to secure a living income anywhere. – Michael Geist’s series ...

Cowichan Conversations: Alcohol vs Weed

Politics and its Discontents: Revisiting The Old Days

I am old enough to remember the days here in Ontario when getting alcohol of any kind from the Liquor Control Board (fondly known here as the LCBO) was a ritual conducted without joy. Far in the future lay today’s attractive displays of myriad products from around the world, inviting consumers to try new products ...

Bill Longstaff: Ms. Harper supports the NDP position on marijuana

Speaking at a Conservative campaign office last week, Laureen Harper, the prime minister’s better half, declared that when it comes to marijuana possession, “You don’t put people in jail.” On the other hand, she also said marijuana use was worse than smoking or alcohol and she opposes full legalization. Nonetheless, her view would seem to ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Mulcair’s Confusing Stance on Security and C-51

Columnist Ralph Surrette had a piece in the Chronicle Herald this weekend:  Harper defeat won’t suffice; this calls for fumigation In it he questions why the NDP did not go on the attack when Stephen Harper announced that he’d institute a “ban on travel by Canadians to areas of terrorist activity “ This announcement sent a ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Mulcair’s Confusing Stance on Security and C-51

Columnist Ralph Surrette had a piece in the Chronicle Herald this weekend:  Harper defeat won’t suffice; this calls for fumigation In it he questions why the NDP did not go on the attack when Stephen Harper announced that he’d institute a “ban on travel by Canadians to areas of terrorist activity “ This announcement sent a ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Mulcair’s Confusing Stance on Security and C-51

Columnist Ralph Surrette had a piece in the Chronicle Herald this weekend:  Harper defeat won’t suffice; this calls for fumigation In it he questions why the NDP did not go on the attack when Stephen Harper announced that he’d institute a “ban on travel by Canadians to areas of terrorist activity “ This announcement sent a ...

The Canadian Progressive: Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s moral crusade against marijuana escalates the war on drugs wastes public resources on law enforcement and the justice system. The post Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: Health Canada—another Conservative mouthpiece?

The Conservatives have started early on their advertising campaign for the upcoming election. We are, for example, being told ad nauseam that Justin Trudeau isn’t ready. With their large war chest, the Conservatives can afford to lay it on thick. But they’re not only relying on their own funds, they are also relying on ours. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Wow, Not Quite Sure What to Make of This One.

Driving high on pot is safer, a lot safer than driving after drinking.  From the ordinarily staid Washington Post: A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, ...

The Disaffected Lib: If It Scares Canadians, It’s Manna from Heaven for the Tories

Manipulating the public with carefully tailored fear is despicable.  It’s also the entire first chapter in Stephen Harper’s playbook.  He’s been incredibly successful in using fear as a weapon to motivate his own political base from the outset. If you own a working television set chances are you’ve seen the Harper government’s anti-marijuana ad.  It’s ...

ParliamANT Hill: ANTi-marijuana ad’s dubious claim a scary hit with parents

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anti-marijuana-ad-s-dubious-claim-a-scary-hit-with-parents-1.2876654

ParliamANT Hill: ANTi-marijuana ad’s dubious claim a scary hit with parents

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anti-marijuana-ad-s-dubious-claim-a-scary-hit-with-parents-1.2876654

ParliamANT Hill: ANTi-marijuana ad’s dubious claim a scary hit with parents

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anti-marijuana-ad-s-dubious-claim-a-scary-hit-with-parents-1.2876654

Politics and its Discontents: Beware! Just Say No!

This latest anti-drug propaganda public service ad from the Harper regime is not being well received. Here is a sampling of the critical reaction culled from You Tube: – “As a Canadian taxpayer, I’m highly offended that my money contributed to this mass disinformation, which amounts to nothing more than scare tactics. It’s time for ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will British Columbia be the Last Pacific Jurisdiction to Legalize Pot?

Washington took recreational marijuana off the state criminal books two years ago.  Last night voters in Alaska and Oregon followed suit.  California is expected to do the same in 2016. Imagine.  British Columbia, the province once known for “B.C. Bud”, could be the last jurisdiction on the Pacific Coast to have a criminal prohibition against ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Are the New Conservative Election Fraud Plans Going up in Smoke?

In April of this year, an ambulance was called to 24 Sussex Drive, after a teenage girl had consumed too much alcohol. No charges were laid, despite the fact that she was underage. The occasion was a birthday party for Stephen Harper’s son Ben, and the official response was that the Harpers were just a ...

Montreal Simon: Reefer Madness and the Corruption of Rona Ambrose

Well it could have been just another day in the glamorous life of Rona Ambrose Health Minister. Serving the public, like an Angel of Mercy, and servicing Stephen Harper, like the Angel of Death.Not necessarily in that order.  But then she blew it. Again. By trying to make the country's doctors believe that the Con ...

Montreal Simon: Doctors Refuse to Join The Con Campaign Against Justin Trudeau

The other day I wrote about how horrified and disgusted I was to see Stephen Harper's Cons trying to use doctors to attack Justin Trudeau.By inviting them to endorse an anti-marijuana ad campaign clearly designed to reinforce their own filthy and misleading attack ads.Well now the country three main medical organizations have delivered their answer: ...