Parchment in the Fire: Has the EU sacrificed human rights on the altar of austerity? – Equal Times

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Excited Delirium: Khadr: Getting Facts Straight

The Khadr payout is not about guilt or innocence of a single person. It’s about the guilt of our government concerning the protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: More Small Town Banks Closing in Saskatchewan

"Those people that sit with their pointed heads and their pointed pencils and tell us and take … the bank away from us — https://t.co/TYFDdJosUx — Saskboy (@saskboy) July 9, 2017 “they don’t think about what goes on in these small villages. All they can see is $ & cents & that’s it,” she said.” ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 25: Khadr’s big payday a big pain for Trudeau

I’ve always found the Omar Khadr story infuriating. That $10 million smile. Khadr is, of course, the Canadian-born former child soldier (just 15 at the time) who was forced to join al-Queda by his despicable parents. His upbringing could be described as child abuse. His father was a pal of Osama bin Laden, and the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: You Are a Dunce, Go Soak Your Head

Look at which anti-healthcare, and pro-wealthcare GOP politicians participated in preventing their inspiration from having healthcare provided by the state. The Dad Who Inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Can't Afford His Own Treatment https://t.co/MMddEcem5t — Esquire (@esquire) July 8, 2017 — The title is in reference to a Wayne and Shuster comedy sketch.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Roman Concrete

I remember some about this story a few years ago.  I don’t think the formula for the Roman mix was well understood at that time. Portland Cement doesn’t cut it. Glad they made this breakthrough, it should help build more durable structures.  

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservative Party Should Be Sorry

The Conservative Party of Canada, in response to Omar Khadr being awarded a damages settlement for torturous conditions of his imprisonment, said, “No words,” on their Facebook post. I’ve some words. A political party that was okay with leaving a child soldier to be tortured in an American prison, ought to have at least one ...

Excited Delirium: Say No To Mainstream Media Bailout, Saskatchewan Version

Should mainstream media get public bailouts when they fail to shout at Brad Wall’s struggling Saskatchewan government?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Look Back At Moose Jaw High Street

This mural was destroyed by a fire.  

In-Sights: History lesson

I’ll soon be publishing my impressions of what is ahead when John Horgan forms Government, supported by 41 NDP MLAs and 3 MLAs from the BC Green Party. I’ve been reading blog commentaries and social media as well as paying attention to the corporate media’s reporting and nonreporting of news. First, although I’ve been critical ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 24: Enough Canada already … eh?

I am now, officially, Canada’d out. Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation on Saturday with an orgy of government-sponsored patriotism. Now, I’m as patriotic as the next person, but I feel like I’ve OD’d in the most Canadian way … on maple syrup. Even that joke is too Canadian for me today. Sorry. Oops, ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Trudeau forgets Alberta; Alberta flips out

Canada is a special place; but Alberta is a little prickly. The Soapbox family celebrated Canada Day at Olympic Plaza trying to dislodge a Big Red Ball wedged between some girders, admiring children’s art work (our favourite was a mask made by a second grader who said it represented her love of dogs and money), ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Expo 67: A sharp turn for Canada.

It was 50 years ago that the wife and I went to Montreal and camped for a week at my brother’s house while we spent our days at Expo 67. It was in glorious summer weather and we had a wonderful time in line at exhibits with people from all over the world. We met ...

Excited Delirium: This is Why Canadian Mainstream Media Needs a Public Handout?

Canadian mainstream media needs to put a sock in it and stop whining about getting public funds to stay afloat.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Will Mandryk Eat His Privatization Crow?

Has anyone watched Mandryk eat crow about this doozy of a column defending Wall’s last campaign yet? “NDP must get off privatization merry-go-round“ “On Tuesday, Wall emphatically said “no” to selling SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskTel, SGI and even STC. He reminded voters he signed the old NDP Crown Corporation Protection Act and noted his only proposed ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wonder Woman

Last Tuesday I went to see Wonder Woman [9/10], with Jeri. We tried the reclining seat theatre at the Southland Mall. The chairs were no so great. They had cool electronic buttons to kick up the foot rest, but they didn’t recline worth a darn. As a Klein, I know a good re-kleiner when I ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 23: Bill Cosby wants to share his secrets

The other day, my son told me that Bill Cosby, comedy icon and professional predator, was going to start instructing men on how to avoid accusations of sexual assault. I scoffed at the notion. “Scoff,” I said. “That’s clearly fake news.” Well, is my face red. The story is true. One of Cosby’s representatives told ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Emotional Mr Kenney

“When it comes to politics, all I can offer is emotion.”  — David Sedaris, author of numerous books including “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” If we didn’t know any better we’d think David Sedaris was talking about Jason Kenney. Mr Kenney is campaigning hard to become Alberta’s next premier.  His stump speeches hit all the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Built A Saskatchewan You Can’t Easily Leave

Saskatchewan Blogger Tammy Robert wrote about the bad governance of Brad Wall. So Brad Wall had his Finance Minister write about the character of Tammy Robert. Meanwhile, Wall’s Government has brought about a very justified human rights complaint by a Cree woman who wants to save the lives of people she hasn’t even met. That’s ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 22: Sears Days are numbered

Good news from the retail front — there’s going to be a giant sale at Sears Canada in the near future. Bad news from the job front — a lot of Sears Canada employees are going to be looking for work. The retailer (sorry, that should be struggling retailer) admitted this week that its very ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lament for Liberalism.

This is not Diogenes searching for honesty. It is just a poor liberal searching in vain for the true meaning of liberalism. Has liberalism eluded us all? Is liberalism just an ideal? It has always been our belief that a true liberal is a progressive. It is a denial of liberalism to say you are ...

Earthgauge Radio: Back in the saddle

The return of Earthgauge….for your eyes only. Environmental news and views from Canada. June 14, 2017 by Mark Mabro  

eaves.ca: Teaching Digital at the Kennedy School of Government: Part 3 – Our Users and What They Need

Focusing on the User: Who Policy Schools Teach While students from Schools of Policy and Government go on to do a variety of work, whether in the private, nonprofit or for profit sector, most will take a role in one of three functional areas: Politics, Administration/Operations and Public Policy. Like with much in life, there ...

eaves.ca: Teaching Digital at the Kennedy School of Government: Part 2 – Defining Digital

Why Digital? For the purposes of our thinking we will use “digital” an umbrella term to describe the set of challenges, opportunities and issues that arise from a combination of information and telecommunications technologies. Why digital? For one, “technology” is too broad a term. At HKS — and I suspect schools of policy and government in general — technology ...

Excited Delirium: The (20) Million Muslim March Mainstream Media Missed

In Karbala, Iraq, millions of Muslims marched against ISIS this past weekend. “Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual ...