The Progressive Economics Forum: Andrew Cooper on Stephen Clarkson’s Foreign Policy

The following is a contribution in the blog series on the exceptional contribution of Stephen Clarkson to Canada.  Stephen Clarkson died in 2016. This piece is by Andrew F. Cooper, who is a Professor at the Balsille School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.  He is also ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The UCP Vote on the GSA Bill: Free Vote or Rubber Stamp?

It started innocently enough… The NDP government introduced Bill 24, an act to prohibit teachers from informing parents their kids had joined a gay-straight alliance (GSA) unless the kids consented.   (Note: The Bill does not change a teacher’s general obligation to notify parents if there’s a risk a student might harm him/herself or others.) All ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ontario’s Electricity Sector IV: Pre-Election Update

My first, second and third posts on the Ontario electricity sector described how policy and administrative decisions by different Liberal Governments gave rise to excess electricity generation with an inflated cost structure, leading to higher electricity prices. In anticipation of June 2018 elections, the Liberal Government recently implemented a costly and first-in-Canada financial scheme to ...

Earthgauge News: Earthgauge News – Nov. 12, 2017

Edition #6 of the Earthgauge News podcast for the week of Nov. 12, 2017. A weekly Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Join me here every Monday or subscribe in iTunes or your favourite podcast catcher. On the show this week: The COP23 Climate Summit is underway in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Indignity to Indigenous.

People struggled for many years with the error attributed to Christopher Columbus in thinking native peoples he found in the Americas were from India. That name stuck for a few centuries. It was either sensitive aboriginals or well-meaning non-aboriginals who then started playing the name game. For a while we were happy to be calling ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 43: It’s all politics, folks.

As you may recall, last week Premier Rachael Notley and her sneaky government laid a trap for the new leader of the united conservatives, Jason Kenney. Making a mountain out of a molehill, the government introduced a bill to make it illegal for teachers to “out” kids who joined school sanctioned “gay-straight alliances”. Notley and ...

Parchment in the Fire: Can Syriza’s Use of ‘Soft Power’ Be Reconciled with the Values of the Radical Left?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20395:Can-Syriza%27s-Use-of-%27Soft-Power%27-Be-Reconciled-with-the-Values-of-the-Radical-Left%3F Filed under: Uncategorized

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.

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 42: When terrorism becomes routine

There was a terrorist attack in New York this week. A self-professed ISIS disciple used a rented truck to run down pedestrians and cyclists on a busy New York street, killing eight. Using rented vehicles to mow down pedestrians is the favoured tactic of these would-be terrorists; here in Edmonton just a few weeks back ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A gripping tale of lost Bitcoins

I’m just glad this wasn’t me. You probably won’t be disappointed reading this tale of a man losing his Bitcoin recovery information, and the low-tech, and high-tech means he tries to recover them from the ether.

Parchment in the Fire: Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason review – a devastating indictment of how we live today

Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason review – a devastating indictment of how we live today https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/01/marx-capital-and-the-madness-of-economic-reason-review?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress Filed under: Uncategorized

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ten reasons for first-past-the-post voting.

The following has been retrieved from the archives of Babel-on-the-Bay. It is part of the Democracy Papers and has been the most read item in our web site. Thousands of readers have searched for and presumably read the content. It was originally written for the Ontario referendum on mixed-member proportional voting in 2007. Co-ordinating the ...

Excited Delirium: Proof That Science and Money Don’t Mix?

The mix of governments, private companies and the medical community puts one thing in last place: the health of the general public.

Excited Delirium: Toronto MPP Proposes a Tax on Walking

A fine for not looking every way but Sunday when walking amounts to nothing more than a tax on walking.

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 41: Now the hard part begins for the UPC

The United Conservative Party – somehow fresh-faced and old at the same time – has chosen its first leader.   Jason Kenney, a career politician who has spent his entire life has been devoted to right- Someone has a lousy poker face. wing politics and causes, is the first leader of the shotgun marriage party. ...

Parchment in the Fire: IMF Worried that High Inequality Could Threaten Global Capitalism

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20280:IMF-Worried-that-High-Inequality-Could-Threaten-Global-Capitalism Filed under: Uncategorized

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: EV Charging in Regina

This blog post is a 7 month update to my earlier summary of the status of EV charging in Regina. Most EV owners charge at home, where they park for the night. Fillin' up, at home.#KickGas every day. pic.twitter.com/xoZSEoo4lf — Saskboy (@saskboy) October 23, 2017 Better EV drivers charge where their shared car is parked, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Tale About Buying an Electric Car

There’s no place to buy a used Electric Vehicle in Regina, in 2017. This is a problem. It’s one I don’t have the ability to solve, but it affects me because I’m interested in helping people know how to get an electric car if they live in southern Saskatchewan. There was a site my friend ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A potpourri of politics.

This writer has sometimes been accused of wandering off topic. Let us make it clear from the beginning that this series of comments is a mixed bag. It just seems to be a topic de jour. We can start with the interesting observation that Justin Trudeau has certainly done a service for feminism when we ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Spy Agency Fighting Malware

Canada’s CSE is attempting to make it easier for organizations to detect malicious software in files.

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 40: The photo-op PM wearing thin

The bloom is off the Justin Trudeau rose, and the opposition (and much of the media) is in full attack mode. The government is in mid-term stumble right now, lurching from one self-imposed miscue from the other. The government’s attempts at tax reforms – always promoted as aimed only at the very rich and in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Loss For Canada And Our World

Gord Downie was the pride of our nation: Chantal Kreviazuk https://t.co/BnNLhznllF — chantal (@chantalkreviaz) October 20, 2017 He's our Rock Pounding Father of Canadian music, and he's gone. https://t.co/UHsCnPR2lR — Saskboy (@saskboy) October 18, 2017

TaylorOwen.com: Is Facebook a threat to democracy?

I have an oped in the Globe today in reaction to Facebook’s Canadian Election Integrity Initiative. In short, I think we are missing the structural problem: The system of surveillance capitalism that has resulted in a market for our attention.  Here is a twitter thread that elaborates on this, And here is is the oped.  Lead: ...

TaylorOwen.com: Lecture on Fakenews and democracy

Technology and new media are facilitating a rapid shift in the ways in which we consume news. In the shift from print to digital, companies like Facebook – and the algorithms it engineers – are replacing traditional editors and publishers.  The result is “surveillance capitalism”: a powerful system that can target specific groups to sell ...