Babel-on-the-Bay: Pardonez-moi M. Lisée.

Paul Wells of the Toronto Star offers it as evidence that sometimes a journalist can make something of himself. Besides an ass, we assume. Wells was writing about Jean-François Lisée who won the leadership of Quebec’s Parti Québécois last Friday. We all had a good laugh at the PQ last time when they chose millionaire ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Canadians Prefer Businesses with Green Vehicles

Should your company cars and long distance fleets go green? 90% of Canadians believe businesses should reduce transportation related emissions and 82% feel having an environmentally friendly fleet is an important factor when choosing vendors. I look at the findings to see if turning your fleet green may make business sense. Commissioned by Bullfrog Power ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Worst possible time for HQ deal #nlpoli

If the rumblings from Labrador are correct, an opinion column in lapresse – “Why Quebec should regain Labrador” – this weekend both fits right in and provides a cautionary tale for us all. Pierre Gingras  – right – spent 31 years with Hydro-Quebec (1966 to 1997) building large hydro-electric projects like Manicouagan and James Bay. Gingras ...

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Brexit: How Not To Do Referendums

In a semi-surprising move Britain voted to leave the European Union late last week.There has been endless discussion on how bad this might be for Britain, where thecampaign to remain in the EU went wrong, and what this means for the Union’sfuture (both of them actually). What has received less attention is the fatal flaw ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Caroline Plante reports on Quebec’s scourge of medical extra-billing and user fees (as identified by its own Auditor General). And Aaron Derfel notes that the federal government has done nothing to apply the Canada Health Act to rein in the practice. – Erika Shaker highlights how federal funding ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Anti-diversity! Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Anti-diversity! Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou bien le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopique, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux. Et ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopiste, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux.  Le multiculturalisme ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopiste, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux.  Le multiculturalisme ...

Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

PHOTOS: Parson Manning spreads the Gospel of Market Fundamentalism in his days as leader of the Reform Party of Alberta. The actual neoliberal preacher-men of Confederation may not appear exactly as illustrated. Photo grabbed from Elmer Gantry, the movie. Below: Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Opposition (from wildrose.ca); the prime minister Trudeau whose policies ...

PostArctica: Some Recent…

Haven’t been posting pictures regularly in a while and am thinking maybe it’s time to get back into it. Here are a few from around this winter. Les Filles du Roi – Wellington street in The Pointe. King’s Daughter’s wiki page. Reading room, La Grande Bibliotheque. And the view from up top and out the ...

Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Mulcair takes responsibility for failed election campaign in letter to NDP supporters Mulcair wants to remain NDP leader promising not to repeat mistakes of 2015 election By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016 12:44 PM ET     As an NDP supporter, I say this ...

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Where is Quebec going after the strikes, where is Canada’s economy going after the oil crash?

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Podcast160210-Canada-and-QC-updates.mp3   I have two Canadian updates this week. The first is from Nora Loreto on what’s happening in Quebec after the fall’s anti-austerity strikes. Nora is a Quebec City-based journalist and labour activist. She gives an account not only of what happened during the strikes in Quebec, but also what to expect in their wake (see ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Je me souviens… du blackface à Brathwaite La parodie que Normand Brathwaite a joué en blackface lors du dernier Bye-Bye à l’antenne de Radio-Canada a créé beaucoup d’émoi… Dans la plus récente tentative d’épuration des origines racistes du blackface que nous offre La Presse, le professeur de dramaturgie au Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal Gilbert ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Je me souviens… du blackface à Brathwaite La parodie que Normand Brathwaite a joué en blackface lors du dernier Bye-Bye à l’antenne de Radio-Canada a créé beaucoup d’émoi… Dans la plus récente tentative d’épuration des origines racistes du blackface que nous offre La Presse, le professeur de dramaturgie au Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal Gilbert ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Je me souviens… du blackface à Brathwaite La parodie que Normand Brathwaite a joué en blackface lors du dernier Bye-Bye à l’antenne de Radio-Canada a créé beaucoup d’émoi… Dans la plus récente tentative d’épuration des origines racistes du blackface que nous offre La Presse, le professeur de dramaturgie au Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal Gilbert ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ? It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few strands of opportunities that may come their way despite ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ? It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few strands of opportunities that may come their way despite ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ? It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few strands of opportunities that may come their way despite ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal. C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher. «…c’est l’attaque des moustiques ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal. C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher. «…c’est l’attaque des moustiques ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal. C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher. «…c’est l’attaque des moustiques ...

Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Introduction Today, getting a lift to the store is as easy as loading an application on a digital device and summoning a roving car to one’s door. It is fast, cheap and, many argue, less onerous than ownership. The so-called sharing economy is on the radar of interests representing business, various governments in Canada and, ...

Michal Rozworski: 2015: Year in review

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Podcast151230-Year-in-Review.mp3   As 2015 comes to a close, here’s a podcast and a post that’s something in between a best of and a year in review. It’s a look back at some of my interviews from 2015, both in terms of significant subjects and personal favourites. First up, it is interesting to follow my sequence of ...