Susan on the Soapbox: Kellie Leitch: An Example of “New Racism”

On Sept 7, 2016 Kellie Leitch posted a tweet in which she shared an article that appeared in Macleans magazine.  The article set out her proposal to vet all newcomers to Canada for “anti-Canadian values”. On January 29, 2017 six Muslim men were murdered in a Quebec mosque by a white Canadian man who apparently ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 5: Horror hits home; Trudeau breaks a promise; Stupor Bowl ads

Events on Sunday in Quebec City served as a reminder, if we needed one, that Canada is not immune to madness. Last Sunday, a sad loser walked into a Quebec City mosque and opened fire on people who were praying. Yes, praying. He killed six,  injuring many others; it could have been so much worse. ...

Parchment in the Fire: Trade union leader released after three days of protests across Italy

Struggles in Italy The national coordinator of the Si Cobas trade union was released on bail yesterday after his lawyer stated that the accusations against him are beginning to collapse. Aldo Milani, the head of Si Cobas was arrested on Friday during negotiations he was conducting. According to Si Cobas: “In the late afternoon (of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bad Lip Reading is Amazingable

Yes, it’s a made-up word, just like the words in this video. This video is AMAZINGABLE!https://t.co/GI5iGPPkpG#BLR #NFL — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 3, 2017 This is pretty catchy:

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau’s Broken Reform Promise

At the Parliamentary Committee I spoke at, I told Nathan Cullen I was disappointed he wasn’t running for the NDP leadership. Listening to NDP MP Nathan Cullen rip Trudeau over electoral reform promise breaking, the PM must be relieved he's not running for leader. — Don Martin (@DonMartinCTV) February 1, 2017 Global really holds the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Gets Support From Postmedia & CBC For “Doing Right Thing”

“rather than the politicians trying to do the right thing“ You’ve evidence that Wall is trying to now do the right thing, and not cynically trying to get out in front of an issue to which public opinion has turned against his view of only a year ago? Wall pays enough hacks that he doesn’t ...

Excited Delirium: Electoral Reform Petition: Tell Them You Care

There is an official petition concerning electoral reform available here: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-616 Please sign it, send it and share it. Our future depends on it.

Excited Delirium: Democracy, RIP

Democracy isn’t just dead, it was murdered by cynics and vote thieves like Justin Trudeau.

Babel-on-the-Bay: One person can spoil your whole day.

No, this is not about the poor, sick misfit who is charged with murdering six Canadians in a Quebec City mosque. It is about the guilt we all share for bigotry world-wide. We share the guilt because we let it happen. Sure, you can pile the guilt on the pathetic President of the United States. ...

Excited Delirium: Electoral Reform Promises Made, Promises Broken

It has just been announced (here and here) that Justin Trudeau will not pursue electoral reform in his current mandate. Let’s hope, then, that the mandate is kept to just one, as Justin Trudeau is proving himself to be a putz on a major scale. Apparently, there isn’t support for a new electoral system.  What ...

Parchment in the Fire: Why Benoit Hamon’s primaries victory is good news for European progressives

Yanis Varoufakis A few years ago, in a televised chat with other French progressives, Benoît Hamon succinctly exposed the essence of our troubles in Europe: “[EU] governments may change,” he said, “but not the policies”. View original post 293 more words Filed under: Uncategorized

Eh Types: How Canadians Can Resist Trump

The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency was not at all what many expected — it was considerably worse. Following his election, many found solace in the idea that a serial liar like Trump was unlikely to fulfill the many ugly promises he made. His border wall and Muslim ban were no more likely to ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 4: Trump’s rule by fiat

We all know how powerful the President of the United States is. But I don’t know if we ever recognized just how powerful. Almost … dictatorial? Don’t agree? Well, what other kind of leader can decide, with the stroke of an expensive pen, to ban immigrants from 14 countries, on the basis that they belong ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: American ban on refugees is a crisis Canada must help solve

Dear Minister Goodale: Please help refugees stranded by the illegal and immoral Republican ban on Muslim people going to the United States. You could grant access to Canada for any family that had already been granted an American Visa which was subsequently cancelled yesterday by the Republicans. This is an international humanitarian crisis, and I ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: A Critical Take on Staples

Almost a century ago W.A. Mackintosh and Harold Innis created the staple approach to Canadian studies which came to be the core of “Canadian political economy.” Post World War II the staple approach was revised and rejuvenated, and became the core of what was now called “the New Canadian Political Economy.” There have always been ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Astrophotography Is The Best

You're looking at a video of FOUR directly-imaged exoplanets orbiting a star. You're looking at another solar system in motion pic.twitter.com/3jW8iO5oz1 — Jennifer Harrison (@GeneticJen) January 27, 2017 Jupiter is approximately 5.2 AU from our Sun, so almost 20 AU is pretty distant. First look at this star sitting 129 light-years away in the Pegasus ...

Parchment in the Fire: Big European business hearts Antonio Tajani – POLITICO

http://www.politico.eu/article/industries-cheer-tajanis-appointment-as-parliament-president/ Filed under: Uncategorized

Parchment in the Fire: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) – Uses and abuses of the OECD’s Employment Protection Legislation index in research and EU policy making / Working Papers / Publications / Home

Source: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) – Uses and abuses of the OECD’s Employment Protection Legislation index in research and EU policy making / Working Papers / Publications / Home Filed under: Uncategorized

Excited Delirium: #bellletstalk about branded causes

Does corporate co-opting of issues (mental health, breast cancer, diabetes) make things better or worse? I’m happy to talk about mental illness or any other issue for that matter, but I don’t need Bell Canada as a middle ground.

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.