The Common Sense Canadian: Green Party campaign manager quit over Andrew Weaver’s bullying, bad policies

Andrew Weraver attacks BCNDP Leader John Horgan during the televised leaders’ debate On the eve of his candidate’s kick-off event, Green Party campaign manager Troy Grant reached his breaking point with Andrew Weaver, causing him to resign. “I can’t support the BC Green Party because of Andrew Weaver,” Grant now admits. Here’s why. Troy Grant is ...

Joe Fantauzzi: Desmond Cole, the Toronto Star and Another Existential Crisis for Professional Journalism

DISCLOSURE: I worked as a mainstream news reporter between 2003 and 2012. I see this as a two-fold issue; firstly, actions and secondly, words. I’ll consider both briefly and then elaborate on my concerns. Actions There is no point in rehashing here the now well-known details of what lead to Desmond Cole’s departure from the Toronto ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Why the BC Liberal economic record is actually worse than the NDP’s in 90’s

Many people are ready for a change in Victoria. Christy Clark is one of the least popular candidates for premier in BC history and, after 16 years of scandal-filled rule, her Liberal Party has tried British Columbians’ patience to the extreme. Yet everyday on social media, I run across a familiar refrain: “Better than going back to the ...

The Political Road Map: Politics in Cinema

May the fourth be with you and May you enjoy this post and share it throughout the galaxy! To say that cinema has become a favorite past time of people is to greatly under appreciate its impact on our society and our lives. I always find it interesting how the political process is represented in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: It’s got to be the NDP to replace Lyin’ Liberals…but LNG complicates matters

NDP Leader John Horgan Like a large number of people in the WestVancouver- Sea-To-Sky constituency, I am breaking the usual rules – I want the NDP to form the next government but I am passionately opposed to Woodfibre LNG which the NDP candidate supports. If I were to support her, my neighbours, with every justification in ...

Dead Wild Roses: Making America Insecure Again – Rajan Menon

The plan at the base of Trumerica is this.  Blame all woes on the other and then feed the 1% and military industrial complex money to solve problems they have no business trying to solve. Menon summarizes the current administration quite succinctly: “Trump also seems determined to stay the course on America’s forever wars in ...

cmkl: Why are we subsidizing landlords to keep commercial buildings vacant?

How is this even a thing? A 30 or 35 per cent refund on property taxes for vacant commercial or industrial properties. What purpose does that serve?  It doesn’t seem like there’s a time limit either. Someone could keep a building vacant for years, make no attempt to rent or renovate the property and keep ...

The Political Road Map: Ontario Budget: Shallow Election Bid or Deep Election Bid?

A thousand years from now, in present day Ontario, after the fallout from a Trump temper tantrum, future survivors will begin to reclaim the land. Upon doing so, they will more than likely come across a few remnants of modern day Ontario that will survive the ruin and devastation. Among these items will most likely ...

Things Are Good: The Future of Economics is a Doughnut

Economists have focussed on just one thing for the last hundred years or so: making money. That might sound fine, but classically these economists have ignored the societal and environmental costs of their proposed money making schemes. Their willful ignorance has unleashed climate change on us all, and that’s precisely where Kate Raworth comes in. ...

Dead Wild Roses: Times Are Bad When Life Imitates the Onion…

  Yeah…soooooo…is Mars available for colonization yet?   Filed under: Politics Tagged: Lolsob, Onion, Trump

Dead Wild Roses: Nationalism on the Rise – Trump and Bannon speak.

  Nationalism is one of the major currents in US society that is wearing away the roots of their democratic nation.  The capitalist 1%’ers are using their political and media distractors in a desperate ploy to place the blame for working classes on immigrants and people who are not white. Blaming the ‘other’ for your ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Christy Clark’s LNG promises are nothing but hot air

Premier Christy Clark at her government’s LNG conference (Province of BC/Flickr) We have all been screwed, blued and tattooed in the riding of West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky, and let me tell you how this affects every British Columbian in every region of the province. Just as Kinder Morgan would use the Salish Sea as the  sewage disposal and ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Do As We Say, Not As We Litigate

The SaskParty’s Premier Brad Wall is a spectacular, passionate hypocrite. Listen to the emotion in his voice in the video clip at SARM below. @TheStarPhoenix "“Is it reasonable for the provincial government and a municipal government to spend money to fight each other in the courts?” Harpauer said — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) April 20, 2017 ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskParty Runs a Corrupt Province

Hey @SaskParty, you want to at least do your corruption on the down-low from here on out? Brown paper bags.https://t.co/F0GrC01qk8 #skpoli — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) April 20, 2017 Is it any wonder the Premier attends oil industry luncheons, and speaks to them as if they are his constituents for whom he is seeking the best ...

Dead Wild Roses: Can We Blame Identity Politics for the Trump Electoral Win?

  It must be recognized that economic Class, if we are to move against the corporatism that dominates our political landscape, must be acknowledged as a factor to bring a critical mass of people together to demand change.   The fragmentation of class interest has played a significant role in the rise of corporate power ...

The Political Road Map: Housing Market…Hot, Hot, Hot!

This morning Mayor John Tory was interviewed by CBC regarding the current state of Toronto’s housing market. When asked what he could do as the Mayor in order to assist many Toronto natives, who are facing the reality of leaving the city in order to pursue home ownership, Mayor John Tory’s short answer was that ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Living in Glass Houses

Über environmentalist Bill McKibben tells us, in The Guardian today, to “stop swooning over Justin Trudeau”: Look all you want, in fact – he sure is cute, the planet’s only sovereign leader who appears to have recently quit a boy band. And he’s mastered so beautifully the politics of inclusion: compassionate to immigrants, insistent on ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: How Liberal myths about the NDP distort BC’s political history

Christy Clark (Province of BC/Flickr and John Horgan (BCNDP/Flickr) Let’s look at some political myths and near-myths. The BC Liberals are hammering away at the NDP, saying that the last time they were in office,  it fiscally ruined the province; this from the government that in 16 years, in 2016 dollars, has doubled the provincial ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Jackson Plan – Fomenting Change in Stale Democracies

One of the criticisms of the progressive politics is that the Left has no plan to replace the current maldistribution of power with anything better, or even worse, a sickly mirror image the creates oppression with a different face. People are organizing on the ground and this is what part of the solution looks like. ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Economist: Thanks to Liberals, BC is Canada’s most indebted province

The Liberal Government has already made BC Canada’s most indebted province. Projects like Site C, which Premier Christy Clark is shown announcing here, will only make matters worse (Province of BC/Flickr) Almost four years ago I prepared an article on the financial affairs of BC, musing about the way BC voters returned the BC Liberals to ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Disturbing Police Malpractice Uncovered

Everything about this case is disturbing, most definitely the shooting death of Dunphy. Ironically, Dunphy had invited the officer into his house. (The officer, Joe Smyth, showed up unannounced at his doorstep to assess whether he was a threat based on a tweet he had sent the premier.) Fifteen minutes later, Dunphy was dead in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Christy Clark must go!

British Columbians have had enough of Christy Clark, say Rafe Mair (Province of BC/Flickr) The Christy Clark government and Clark herself must go! I am not a socialist but neither are the NDP. Of course, we must have a thriving economy that supports our necessities and has room for earned luxuries. What we can no ...

Things Are Good: The Trump Forest

There’s a new forest growing and it’s spreading over the entire world – and you can help spread it. Trump Forest is more of an idea than a physical place, but it’s all about the physical. President Trump’s ignorance around climate change is apparent and will have disastrous impacts on the planet. As a result ...

Dead Wild Roses: Universal Health Care in the US? – Ralph Nader Opines

I’m wondering when (if) the US will join the rest of the industrialized world in offering Universal Health Care for the American people. It seems like such a basic need, even a human right, depending on who you ask.  Not having the stress and anxiety over having to constantly navigate a hurly-burly bureaucratic maze just ...

Dead Wild Roses: El Salvador – Bans Mining!

“Oxfam hailed today’s passing of a law banning metallic mining by the Salvadoran government. The law comes after years of violence and social tensions around mining in the country and strong opposition to mining from local communities, civil society organizations, the Catholic Church and more than 77% of the country’s population, according to a recent ...