Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Cindy Blackstock offers a reminder of Canada’s long and shameful history of discrimination against First Nations children. And Donna Ferreiro takes a look at some of the faces of the Sixties Scoop which saw Indigenous children separated from their families due solely to racial and cultural prejudice. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Melisa Foster points out why millennials should be strongly interested in a national pharmacare program: Today, young Canadians are searching for jobs in an economy with high levels of precarious employment, unemployment or underemployment. According to a recent Statistics Canada labour force survey, approximately 39% of workers 15 ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair’s Modest Proposal: Scrap environmental assessments

The resignation of Economist Robyn Allan from the National Energy Board (NEB)underlines the futility of funding these rigged operations and what is worse is that we pay through the nose for them to jam Read more…

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Chris Hall notes that Brad Butt’s admitted fabrications can only hurt the Cons’ already-lacking credibility when it comes to forcing through their unfair elections legislation. And Ed Broadbent sums up what’s at stake as the Cons try to rewrite the rules to prioritize their own hold on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Frances Russell finds that authoritarianism and bozo eruptions are two of the defining characteristics of right-wing politics in Canada: Put simply, the double standard states “ I can do it but you can’t because…” followed by a lengthy list of inequalities: because I’m better than you; because I’m ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Not surprisingly, this week’s revelations about Pamela Wallin have set off plenty more discussion about what’s wrong with the Senate and its current beneficiaries. Andrew Coyne recognizes that the problem lies in the design of an institution based on patronage and unaccountability rather than being merely an ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Jeffrey Simpson rightly notes that Alberta (like other resource-heavy jurisdictions) should be trying to diversify its revenue sources and economic development instead of relying on the one-time sale of publicly-owned resources to pay the bills. And Robyn Allan points out why we shouldn’t let oil barons pretend ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – Gerald Caplan weighs in on Jack Layton’s legacy: It seems to me that Jack Layton’s enduring legacy is twofold. First, he set a standard of doing politics that, if followed by others, would change the entire tone of public life for the country. You could see his influence ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Rick Salutin discusses the link between parity of wealth and democratic participation, while pointing out why there’s reason for people to engage much more in the latter (W)hy didn’t the majority ever vote to expropriate the rich and take all their stuff? Perhaps it isn’t that they were ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Evening Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Robyn Allan notes that there’s plenty of weakness in Christy Clark’s position on the Gateway pipeline. But Barbara Yaffe writes that Clark has little choice but to stick to at least the requests she’s made so far – and Vaughn Palmer points out that those alone may ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Maximize Oilsands’ Wealth, Upgrade Abroad

I share Robyn Allan’s concerns that when it comes to the Alberta Oilsands, debates over important policy issues often descend into “name calling.” However, I would also include mischaracterizations and hollow rhetoric, which Allan seems to have no problem engaging in. Framing whether Canada should upgrade more bitumen at home rather than abroad in terms ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Maximize Oilsands’ Wealth, Upgrade Abroad

I share Robyn Allan’s concerns that when it comes to the Alberta Oilsands, debates over important policy issues often descend into “name calling.” However, I would also include mischaracterizations and hollow rhetoric, which Allan seems to have no problem engaging in. Framing whether Canada should upgrade more bitumen at home rather than abroad in terms ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Maximize Oilsands’ Wealth, Upgrade Abroad

I share Robyn Allan’s concerns that when it comes to the Alberta Oilsands, debates over important policy issues often descend into “name calling.” However, I would also include mischaracterizations and hollow rhetoric, which Allan seems to have no problem engaging in. Framing whether Canada should upgrade more bitumen at home rather than abroad in terms ...