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 ...

Wise Law Blog: Assisted Dying is Officially Legal in Quebec

After a lengthy court battle, Quebec Health Minister, Gaetan Barrette, announced that as of today, it will be legal for terminally ill patients in Quebec to have medical assistance in dying.Quebec is the first province to pass this controversial law, passed as Bill 52 the “An Act Respecting End-Of-Life Care.”As noted by Dominique Talarico, lawyer for the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Mariana Mazzucato discusses the futility of slashing government without paying attention to what it’s intended to accomplish. And Sheila Block and Kaylie Tiessen are particularly critical of Ontario’s short-term sell-offs which figure to harm public services and revenues alike in the long run: The sale of Hydro One ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – David Olive talks to Robert Reich about his work fighting inequality: There are certain irrefutable facts besides water always running downhill. There is no arguing, for instance, that the U.S. era Reich describes as the “Great Prosperity” — the three-decade span between the late 1940s and the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne points out that even some of the world’s wealthiest individuals are highlighting the need for governments to step up in addressing major collective action problems such as climate change and inequality. And Angella MacEwen offers one important example of that principle being put into practice, writing ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Can We Please Advocate For Caregiver Support Without Demeaning Our Loved Ones?

On the eve of the first day of National Family Caregivers Month, I’ve decided to plant a stake in the ground for the dignity of our stories in the media.  Here’s what I read in my news feed this morning and what I wrote in response. ine Goldberg her mother, Lily, who suffers from dementia, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Lobbying scandal: Trudeau’s disgraced ex-campaign co-chair was paid by TransCanada

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s disgraced former national campaign co-chair, Dan Gagnier, was paid by TransCanada Corp, the company behind the controversial Energy East tar sands pipeline. The post Lobbying scandal: Trudeau’s disgraced ex-campaign co-chair was paid by TransCanada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Remembering Jack Layton and the New Orange Tsunami

It's hard to believe that it's now been four years since Jack Layton died, and the hopes of so many turned to sadness.And yesterday evening, when I returned from the island to the ferry dock named after him, I paused for a moment before this statue in my neighbourhood. I didn't stay long because I ...

PostArctica: Symposium d’Arts Interculturels S.A.I. Part 1

From the Facebook page. “Taking “traditional culture” as its theme, this 1st edition of Verdun’s “Intercultural Arts Symposium” (SAI) will explore the role of traditional art in Montreal communities. This event will bring together artists from the Greater Montreal area who take an interest in various traditional art forms in their respective neighbourhoods. The artwork, ...

PostArctica: Symposium d’Arts Interculturels S.A.I. Part 1

From the Facebook page. “Taking “traditional culture” as its theme, this 1st edition of Verdun’s “Intercultural Arts Symposium” (SAI) will explore the role of traditional art in Montreal communities. This event will bring together artists from the Greater Montreal area who take an interest in various traditional art forms in their respective neighbourhoods. The artwork, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests

The Harper Re-election Disaster Bus Totalitarianism: daily, for 11 weeks! Get used to this. People hate Harper and his Conservatives. We will see through his weak attempt to wedge oppositions parties by running a long election campaign because he has more money to spend. Saturation will come fast. We will remember how much contempt he ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – tcnorris highlights how the Cons’ gratuitous cuts are undermining their hopes of staying in power. And Eric Pineault discusses the costs of austerity for Quebec in particular and Canada as a whole: (C)utting into spending slows down growth and keeps the economy in a stagnation trap. The resulting ...

Terahertz: Multiculturalism, interculturalism and secularism

I want to promise this won’t become a habit but sometimes it seems easier to just Tweet a bunch of random thoughts about an issue that I can collate and publish as a Storify. So here’s my latest. [View the story "Multiculturalism, interculturalism and Secularism" on Storify]

Politics, Re-Spun: My Canada Includes…The Future!

Inspired by Nora Loreto [again], I am starting to frame my vision for what Canada should be after C-51, the TRC report and the October 19, 2015 federal election. Here are my initial thoughts: I’d love it for the very foundation upon which Canada [sic] is built, to crumble! We can start a national dialogue ...

Accidental Deliberations: Unblocked

In response to the apparent return of Gilles Duceppe to federal politics, I’ll offer a quick rerun on the state of the Bloc Quebecois: Once the 1995 referendum was in the rear-view mirror, however, the Bloc recognized that it would need to stand for more than sovereignty alone. And so it developed a strategy of ...

Political Eh-conomy: Austerity and economy in Quebec (transcript)

On last week’s podcast, I interviewed two researchers from Montreal’s IRIS, or the Insitut de recherché et d’informations socio-economiques, which has now been producing important progressive research for 15 years. This conversation with Julia Posca and Eve-Lyne Couturier is a great introduction to Quebec’s experience with austerity, the resource extraction agenda and popular organizing against both. Here’s the (almost) ...

Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Austerity and economy in Quebec

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/podcast150525-iris.mp3   Many in English Canada recognize the CCPA, but relatively few know of IRIS. Tucked away in an old Montreal school that has been repurposed as a home for a wide array of social enterprises and NGOs, IRIS, or the Insitut de recherché et d’informations socio-economiques, has now been producing important progressive research in French for 15 years. Sadly ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s hardly like winning the daily double.

Back in March Babel-on-the-Bay commented on how sad it would be if Pierre-Karl Pèladeau won the Parti Quèbècois leadership in Quebec and Patrick Brown won the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership in Ontario. We need be more careful in what we do not wish for. Both these men are giants only in their own minds. They ...

PostArctica: Casseroles Tonight

Every Thursday night at 7, Casseroles in front of the church. Small but fun crowd tonight, hope to see you there soon!!

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: For the Quebec lovers #nlpoli

We’ve got two recent pieces on events in Quebec. Don Macpherson explains why the student “strikes” aren’t really strikes at all. And for all those people still cheering about the great student resistance to austerity in Quebec,  Paul Wells explains what austerity in Quebec means. -srbp-

PostArctica: Cabane a sucre in Verdun

Becoming a tradition as this is the 5th installment. And after this long cold neverending winter it is great to get out and see tons of people on the street. Cabane a sucre is often translated as “sugar shack” and it is a part of Quebec culture – harvesting maple syrup and basically turning it ...

Canadian Dimension: Quebec’s long struggle to build a democratic left party

Photo by abdallahh Introduction by Richard Fidler There is probably no one more qualified to describe the 60-year struggle in Quebec to build a democratic and progressive left party than Paul Cliche. As a journalist and union activist, Cliche (who will be 80 years old in May of this year) was at various times a ...