Canadian Dimension: RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That’s Now More Important Than Ever

Edward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. He was 92. His work has never been more relevant. Manufacturing Consent was a kind of bible of media criticism for a generation of dissident thinkers. The book described with great clarity how the system of private commercial media in America cooperates with ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What To See in Saskatchewan

Here’s a great video of some of the great things to see while looking around Saskatchewan. I’ve lived here nearly all my life, and I still haven’t seen it all yet. I love the Dark Sky Preserve at Grasslands National Park, and if you like taking photos at night, you have to try it.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why Is CBC Opinions So Bad?

I’m kinda surprised they haven’t asked me to write for them. We need CBC, but we don’t need CBC to promote the status-quo, we need it to tell stories from all over Canada that won’t be heard without the public broadcaster putting the spotlight on people who are helping others.

Scripturient: Why the panic over Julie Payette?

Governor General Julie Payette made comments in a speech to the Canadian Science Policy Conference on Nov. 1 in which she encouraged her audience at a science convention to ignore misinformation, fantasy and conspiracy theory and support facts and science, and to engage in “learned debate.” That has the right furious, and as is their ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

One final roundup post from the NDP’s federal leadership campaign – with a focus on Jagmeet Singh’s first steps as the party’s new leader. – The Ribbon offers a roundtable discussion of Singh’s victory. And Ryan Tumulty and Enzo DiMatteo each interview Singh about his campaign and his next steps. – Brittany Andrew-Amofah discusses what ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Riding with Rafe: 10 years of stories from a BC icon

Rafe Mair in Campbell River in 2009, speaking out against GE’s $5 Billion proposed Bute Inlet private power project (Image: Damien Gillis) Few people are lucky enough to work with, let alone become close friends with one of their heroes. Over the past decade, I got to ride shotgun with mine: legendary politician, broadcaster and ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair says goodbye

As we mourn the passing of a legend and dear friend, Rafe Mair’s own word’s in 2011 at his 80th Birthday Roast serve as a fitting goodbye from a man who was ahead of his time and never stopped fighting for the people and environment he loved so dearly. In the coming days and weeks, we ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Asad Abbasi reviews a new book following up on Thomas Piketty’s work on the causes of inequality. – Peter Goodman and Jonathan Soble point out that the combination of tight job markets and stagnant wages has become a consistent reality in the developed world – and that ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the NDP’s federal leadership campaign following Jagmeet Singh’s impressive first-ballot victory. – Paul Wells discusses how Singh’s youth and optimism fit with the NDP’s history and self-image. Jeremy Nuttall interviews Brian Topp about some lessons Singh can take from Jack Layton – including his apparent plan to engage first and foremost in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #CrudePower The Price of Oil tonight at #UofR

We haven't ignored the sour gas story in SE sask. We broke the story two years ago https://t.co/DQFhI1m7pY — Geoff Leo (@gleocbc) October 4, 2017 So this is the resulting attention from that story 2 years ago. Does the public not care, or is it being silenced? #CrudePower #PriceofOil pic.twitter.com/XEIxzp6Aqi — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) October ...

Scripturient: Kong and his films

Kong: Skull Island is the 19th movie in my collection about apes.* Or at least ape-ish creatures (not including those about cave people or yetis). We watched the recently-released Kong: Skull Island this past weekend, even devouring all of the special features on the second disc. I give Kong: Skull Island second place in the great ...

Alberta Politics: Unionization campaign at the National Post is steeped in irony, and not just because hell has frozen over

PHOTOS: A couple of strikers picket the Calgary Herald Building, proudly bearing its National Post sign, in 1999 or 2000. You’ll probably recognize one of them. The other is my friend, the late Brock Ketcham. The building is now for sale and its tiny journalistic staff is holed up, appropriately enough, in the single room ...

We Pivot: Modern Labour Activism?

Modern Labour Activism Modern Labour Activism is a collection of 35 labour renewal essays I wrote for Our Times magazine from March 2010 to June 2017. Is Canada’s labour movement in an existential crisis? Is it properly adapting to the … [Read more]

Alberta Politics: Sic transit gloria mundi … Globe and Mail, a ‘writers’ newspaper’ no more or a national one either, cans two great columnists

PHOTOS: This was the way into the Globe and Mail back when it was located at the unfashionable west end of Toronto’s Front Street. The door was moved. Apparently the “writers’ newspaper” behind it didn’t come with it. Below: Fired Globe columnists Tabatha Southey and Leah McLaren (Photos: Twitter). Many of Tabatha Southey’s columns made ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Naomi Klein offers her take on why we need to talk about climate change when its effects are most visible: (E)very time we act as if an unprecedented weather event is hitting us out of the blue, as some sort of Act of God that no one foresaw, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – David Sirota talks to Naomi Klein about the push by right-wing politicians and corporate media outlets alike to stifle any discussion of how fossil fuels contribute to the climate change fuelling Hurricane Harvey. Matt Taibbi laments how the media contributed to the development of a public so ...

Dead Wild Roses: ‘Fire and Fury’ – The Korean Peninsula – Helpful Facts

Why looking at non-North American news feeds is important.  This little tidbit by Pepe Escobar cropped up on Counterpunch, but the article is all over the place in the Eastern media. “But this is extremely serious. A China-North Korea mutual defense treaty has been in effect since 1961. Under this framework, Beijing’s response to Trump’s ...

Canadian Dimension: Ezra Levant’s Hateful News Outlet Enabled by Canada’s Media Establishment

Photo via screenshot In the weeks following its sympathetic coverage of the deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville, the Rebel, an online outlet started in 2013 by Ezra Levant, has seen many key contributors depart, advertisers flee and formerly friendly politicians denounce it. The tipping point came when Faith Goldy, a far-right correspondent who was in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Abigail McKnight and Richard Reeves write about the gilded floor that prevents the wealthy from facing the realities lived by most people. Eric Levitz discusses how the Trump economy is producing plenty for the ultra-rich, but little but mediocrity for everybody else. And Michelle Styczynski points out that ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson write that equality of opportunity is an illusion if people don’t have the necessary equality of income to make meaningful plans: British social mobility is damaged by the UK’s high income inequality. Economists have argued that young people from low income families are ...

Dead Wild Roses: Female Defence In Patriarchal Society – Taylor Swift Goes to Town

    “Taylor Swift’s firm testimony in a civil trial this week involving a former radio host who allegedly groped her is sending a strong message to women who might experience similar forms of sexual harassment and assault: Don’t diminish the act. “It provides a useful template for her fans, for younger girls who might experience ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Asher Schechter examines new studies showing how massive markups are enriching corporations at the expense of workers: The two standard explanations for why labor’s share of output has fallen by 10 percent over the past 30 years are globalization (American workers are losing out to their counterparts ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Climate Comedies

I caught Al Franken and David Letterman’s Funny or Die series on climate change: Boiling the Frog. It’s vaguely informative and not particularly funny, but fans of either guy might be willing to check it out. They focus on what their children and grandchildren will have to live with, and how they’ll answer when asked ...

Scripturient: Cultural appropriation is the new gluten free

Like food fads, political fads wax and wane as the gnat-like attention span of their followers gets diverted by the Next Big Thing. Political Correctness has of late given birth to Cultural Appropriation just like the gluten-free food fad gave rise to lectin-free food fad. All such fads are fuelled by the earnest desire of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Martin Lukacs writes that the world should able to draw plenty of positive examples from Canada’s politics – though not from the corporate-focused federal Libs: As Donald Trump rips up the Paris climate accords, it may seem easy to despair. But these provincial victories show us there is ...