Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SK Government Response Too Slow

“”The secrecy around pipeline spills in Saskatchewan is astonishing,” said Keith Stewart, head of Greenpeace Canada’s climate and energy campaign, in an email on Tuesday. “First the government waits three days to announce it, then the company will neither confirm nor deny that it’s their oil. More worrisome, however, is that once again pipeline spill ...

Parchment in the Fire: 3 takeaways from the French Socialist primary – POLITICO

http://www.politico.eu/article/3-takeaways-from-the-french-socialist-primary/ Filed under: Uncategorized

Susan on the Soapbox: Why I Marched in the Women’s March on Washington

On Saturday morning Ms Soapbox boarded the Red Arrow bus from Calgary to Edmonton to join her friends supporting the Women’s March on Washington. My journey was considerably shorter than the one taken by Edmontonian Michelle Brewer who joined the horde of Canadians traveling to ground zero—Washington, DC. But it’s the message, not the miles, ...

Excited Delirium: Which ‘News’ is Which?

Trying to make sense of ‘fake’ vs ‘real’ news? Understand the source, stop relying on it and do the research yourself.

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 3: Welcome to the world of alternative facts

“The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” Franklin Roosevelt, 1932 inauguration. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy, 1960 inauguration. “From this day forward, it’s going to be America first, America first.” Donald J. Trump, 2017 inauguration Well, it’s ...

Excited Delirium: I weep for my child today

Today democracy has failed the world.

Eh Types: Capitulation Day

Comfort is in scare supply to those who value democracy  — or even basic human decency — but what little comfort is available I can take in saying at least I tried. It was December 2015, when I wrote that based on our experience in Toronto, America should be wary that Trump may win. Instead, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wikileaks: Manning Sentence Commuted to 7 years

I’m elated! Chelsea Manning is finally going to be released. Obama signed the commutation today. Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy organisation which published the diplomatic cables, has previously said its founder Julian Assange would agree to be extradited to the US if Mr Obama granted clemency to Manning. The White House said the Manning commutation was not ...

Eh Types: When Leading Means Leaving

Some decisions in politics are easy. It is not hard to oppose Trump and every vile thing he stands for. You can be a decent human being or a Trump supporter, not both. In general though political decisions are not often so clear cut. In 2017 – sooner rather than later – Premier Kathleen Wynne ...

Susan on the Soapbox: “Phasing Out” the Oilsands

At a recent town hall meeting Mr Trudeau reiterated his position on climate change.  He said: “You can’t make a choice between what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy.  We can’t shut down the oilsands tomorrow.  We need to phase them out.  We need to manage the transition off our dependence ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 2: My hush money has arrived

Deposited into my bank account this week was a payment of $150, my “Alberta climate leadership adjustment rebate”. The rebate covers the period of January to June of this year, which is a rebate for money I haven’t spent yet (or, as I call it, a prebate). The prebate is part of the “climate leadership ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sask Party Putting People Out of Work

The Sask Party has hit a new low. “Province laying off 251 custodial workers, “lowest paid government employees,” says union” A tender for cleaning services at SGI’s head office was sent out last week. Those being laid off work in government-owned properties, like the Legislative Building and the T.C. Douglas Building in Regina. “Unless the public ...

Parchment in the Fire: ILO warns of rise in social unrest and migration as inequality widens | Business | The Guardian

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Eh Types: Dr. Leitch Has a Winning Prescription 

In the parlance of her previous life as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kellie Leitch is scrubbing up to win the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. This may eventually be to the detriment of the party — and almost certainly to political discourse in this country — but any diagnosis of the race ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Grassroots activism is the key to worker health and safety

In October 2016, the OPSEU Mental Health Division hosted a two-day conference in Toronto on “Violence in health care and mental health facilities.” Bob DeMatteo, a renowned health and safety activist and retired Senior Health and Safety Officer for OPSEU, … Continue reading →

Babel-on-the-Bay: Meet the Elites: Business.

Now let’s talk about the real aristocracy in Canada. These are the nobles. They direct the troops that dig our mines, produce products, market the goods, merchandise wares, account for our monies and provide services that all add up to our gross domestic product. It is the chief executives that are the elites of business ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: For a Decade It was Harper Horror

Now, it may be Trump’s turn to make everything worse. I’m not planning on blogging about Trump very much, however. The man gets far too much attention, and that’s one of the things that brought him to power in the United States. While Harper was wrecking Canada, I couldn’t help but write about his lying, ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 1: The taxman cometh

Here in the Glorious People’s Republic of Alberta, we have begun the process of saving the Earth, 4.5 cents a litre at a time. The NDP government introduced its Climate Change Plan Jan. 1 , slapping taxes on the stuff that we use to drive our vehicles and heat our homes. The fuel tax is ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Meet the Elites: The One Per Cent.

If anyone ever got a bad rap, it is Canada’s one per cent. This group of Canadians is supposed to control about 50 per cent of the country’s wealth and is divided between old money and new money. And there is constant conflict between the old and new. It is simplest to divide them into ...

Scripturient: It’s Not a Wonderful Life

I’m convinced many Americans – Donald Trump among them – think Frank Capra’s famous film, It’s a Wonderful Life, was a documentary, not entertainment. It has all the elements of Trumpist utopia: a white, Christian, unquestionably patriotic, male-dominated, patriarchal culture where the bad guy gets away with stealing from others, and making himself rich at ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Meet the Elites: The News Media.

It has always come as a surprise to us that the news media could think of themselves as one of society’s elites. (And just because Donald Trump says it, does not make it so.) But there is a growing distrust of the news media that is hard to deny. We cannot speak as knowledgably of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Captain Awesome drives electric, of course!

Before Who Killed the Electric Car? officially hit theaters in 2006, Chris Paine and I hopscotched the country with it on a Sony press tour. Over the course of a few weeks, we hit a different city … Source: Captain Awesome drives electric, of course!

Left Over: Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Cry…

  Saw this on Facebook, and just for old times sake (yeah, I am that old…) I watched the video, and instead of  ‘enjoying’ it, for the first time I noticed just  how truly angry Joe MacDonald was, and I noticed that  the  young guys in the audience were sort of ‘enjoying’ it but they ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Always An Emotional Event To (re)Gain a Sense

One of these videos is a parody, and the other is important news about medical capabilities denied to poor people who could see if their country had medicare.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Those Profane Twitter Goofs

1/1 Earlier I retweeted a post re carb tax w/ a profane hashtag ref the PM that I simply didn't initially see. Minutes later it was deleted. — Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) January 4, 2017 2/2 I should have been more careful and apologize. No doubt the debate on the carbon tax will be lively but ...