Canadian Dimension: The Scary Void Inside Russia-gate

Photo by Jorge Silva The foundational accusation of Russia-gate was, and remains, charges that Russian President Putin ordered the hacking of Democratic National Committee e-mails and their public dissemination through WikiLeaks in order to benefit Donald Trump and undermine Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and that Trump and/or his associates colluded with the ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Donald Trump is just one of far too many politicians trying to undercut needed counterbalances in the media, political systems and civil society. For further reading…– Rem Reider’s story offers a few examples of Trump’s attacks on the press.– Althia Raj reported on Bill Morneau’s complaints about opposition MPs doing their job, ...

Alberta Politics: R U #Fildeforgiven? Never say die, Derek! It sounds as if Jason Kenney wants you back

PHOTOS: Once and future United Conservative Party MLA Derek Fildebrandt in a favoured pose. Below: Mr. Fildebrandt, nowadays the Independent MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, with UCP leader Jason Kenney. Both photos were grabbed from social media. Just when we thought it would never be safe to go into a farmer’s field with a high-powered rifle ever ...

Alberta Politics: Get ready for the kinder, gentler Jason Kenney as United Conservative Party leader pivots toward the rhetorical centre

PHOTOS: Get ready for the new, kinder, gentler Jason Kenney. Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley; Mr. Kenney, who is about to be sworn in as the leader of the Opposition, with his strategic mentor and inspiration, Stephen Harper (Photo: Jason Kenney Facebook account). His leadership of Alberta’s conservatives, and his seat in the Legislature, now ...

Dead Wild Roses: Way to Go Legolas

We try to replicate what we see in our society and media. We as a society need to stop portraying women in media as mere eye candy for the male-gaze. Of course, if you happen to be Legolas, the rules do not apply. 🙂 http://neuralwave.tumblr.com/post/168278775794/sleepyysalamiri-lotrlockedwhovian Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: F*cking Legolas, Male Gaze, Media

Alberta Politics: It was wall-to-wall Brad Wall as premier exits, stage right, before wheels fall off Saskatchewan Party bus

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, smiling like old times, says farewell in this video screenshot to an adoring media on his last day in the provincial Legislature in Regina yesterday. Below: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Alberta Trade Minister Deron Bilous. Political coverage was wall-to-wall Brad Wall yesterday as mainstream media said farewell to their ...

We Pivot: Louis C.K.’s “Victims” Didn’t Put Vancouver Animators Out of Work

We need more from the CBC. And the Canadian Press. “Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Louis C.K. put Vancouver Animators Out of Work” was the initial headline of a Canadian Press wire piece that the CBC ran, which has since been … [Read more]

Scripturient: The death of community newspapers

In 1857 – a year before Collingwood was incorporated as a town – John Hogg launched the Enterprise. The first local newspaper started its presses. In 1870, David Robson launched its first competitor: the Bulletin. In 1881, the Bulletin was sold to William Williams and J.G. Hand. William’s 17-year-old son, David (later a town mayor), ...

Canadian Dimension: Canadian Media Just Created Another Alt-Right Superstar

Photo from Public Domain Canada’s punditry just created the world’s newest alt-right folk hero. And it only took them 10 days. That has to be a record for them, really quite the feat. Here’s a quick primer on the ever-growing dumpster fire: Lindsay Shepherd, a 22-year-old teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, showed ...

Canadian Dimension: Media’s formulaic approach to terror attacks ignores roots of violence

Photo from Public Domain In Canada, thanks to saturation coverage in mainstream and social media, mention of the June 3 terrorist attacks on London Bridge will forever call up the innocent face of 30-year-old Christine Archibald, of Castlegar, B.C. She died, we were told over and over, on the bridge in her fiancé’s arms. Her ...

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, ...