He has shamed us all in the eyes of the world, with his moral corruption, his bloated vulgarity, his bestial behaviour.He stinks of Con Canada, it oozes out of every sweaty pore.He simply can't help himself. Just when you think he can't sink any lower, he does. Read more »
35 down, 4,500 to go. OPSEU’s 35 personal support workers reached a tentative agreement with VON Grey Bruce late this afternoon while 4,500 PSWs working for Red Cross/Care Partners will be on the picket line tomorrow. These workers are represented … Continue reading →
I have the following letter to the editor in today’s Prince Albert Daily Herald:
Canada-Europe Deal Not About Trade
In their letter of Dec. 3, Darryl Hickie and other Sask. Party MLAs back away from his previous claim that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) would be a boon to the Prince Albert Pulp Mill. Indeed, as the federal government’s Initial Strategic Environmental Assessment of these trade negotiations noted, “Pulp and paper products currently enter the EU market duty free, so a CETA is not expected to increase Canadian exports (Read more…)
The following article was written on October 25. I wanted to read it over once more before publishing it, then got busy with other things and forgot about it. In the roughly six weeks that have passed since the writing of this article, the Bitcoin prices have gone from roughly $200 to over $700. There […]
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If this comes off as a free plug for WestJet so be it. They are my favourite Airline and they deserve it.
Check this out for creative energy that is fun to watch and mind blowing for the passengers involved.
Well done WestJet.
There’s been a lot of speculation all week that Thunder Bay-Superior North Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer (Independent) is getting ready to join the Green Party of Canada. Last week, Hyer made it known to local Thunder Bay media that he would be making an announcement on Friday, December 13th, regarding his future plans in parliament – including a shift from Independent status. This past weekend, he told the CBC that he could never return to a party which whipped votes – and that his joining a party would have to be on his terms, as an “Independent-Plus”.
I’ve learned (Read more…)
Before there was Working Canadians–its website, devoid of all personal touches that might make you think it was created by a real concerned citizen rather than a PR firm, can be found here–there was People for a Better Ontario, who appeared not long before the 2011 election call. Tristan Emmanuel, the guy who stole Neil Young’s sideburns, did their PR work which, if I remember correctly, amounted to one single sad youtube clip that I can’t find anymore. This effort looks far more polished. But all connected up the yin-yan with Tim Hudak’s PCPO.
Manic, rude, cut-throat and insane – yes, corporate culture is just lovely. No wonder two thirds of the people have one foot out the door – and the other third are looking for an exit. See the films, The Corporation, Office Space, and Brazil, if you want to better understand the corporate world. They pretty […]
Thanks to you, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have ended in Singapore without agreement!
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Before his friends and family begin caterwauling about the great injustice of imprisoning Robert Reitmeier for murder, remember this.
Reitmeier is eligible for parole in 13 years. As such there is a possibility he could be released before he turns 40.
On the other hand, in 13 years Mark Mariani will still be dead. There's no second chance for him. Robert Reitmeier gets life in beating death of Calgary man
No chance of parole for 13 years for neo-Nazi
CBC News Posted: Dec 10, 2013 2:19 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 10, 2013 2:19 PM MT Self-proclaimed white supremacist Robert Reitmeier has (Read more…)
Neil Young’s 4-city Canadian concert tour to raise money to support the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal defense against tar sands developments.
The post Neil Young’s 4-city concerts to benefit First Nation’s tar sands fight appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Is your pension fund or insurance company a leader or laggard when it comes to avoiding risky bets on the future impacts of climate change?
A new survey released today finds that many major institutional investors, like retirement funds and insurance companies, are putting their investments (read: your money) at risk by not addressing the negative financial impacts posed by climate change and atmospheric disruption.
The survey, called the Global Climate Investment Risk, is based on data acquired from 460 funds who were invited to provide data, either from members of those funds or using publicly available information. Each (Read more…)
He’s back. Our old friend from the George w. Bush days, the Freeway Blogger. Enjoy.
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Republican political theorists have spilled a lot of ink in the attempt to present ‘republicanism’ as a distinctive alternative to liberalism. The landmark book is, of course, Philip Pettit’s Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government, published in 1997. I have written about some of the problems of republicanism on this blog (here, here and here). The most recent post I’ve written has to do with the relationship between Pettit’s republicanism and Hayek’s liberalism. In this post, I’d like to address some of the republican literature regarding the market. As with the republican position on liberty, the republican approach (Read more…)
Well the Liberals have gone and done it again! Brian and I would like to congratulate, for the second time in as many weeks, the two newly elected Quebec Liberal MNA’s; PLQ Leader Philippe Couillard in the riding of Outremont and David Heurtel in the riding of Viau! These last weeks have been overwhelmingly positive for Liberals across the country and are proof that our Hard Work is paying off.
Last week Brian returned to Manitoba to help our Liberal teams there build on the momentum they created during the by-elections two weeks ago. Well-attended socials in Saskatoon and Regina (Read more…)
The Harperites are continuing their assault on any source of data which might get between them and their dogmatic policies.
The most recent chapter in the saga is the dismantling of the DFO’s system of reference libraries.
If they were consolidating them, that would be one thing. For the Harperites, nothing less than destruction is good enough: “I was sickened,” said one prominent research scientist who had worked for the federal government for 30 years, and who did not want to be identified. “All that intellectual capital is now gone. It’s like a book burning. It’s the destruction of our (Read more…)
The marketisation of our universities: Economic criteria get precedence over what’s good in human terms | British Politics and Policy at LSE.
Business criteria, not education or the public good, drive what marketised universities do, writes Luke Martell. Universities are restructuring for the new era, ploughing money into marketing and glitzy buildings, designed to appeal to applicants as much as function for those that use them. It’s a revolution in what the university’s about, and a counter-revolution is needed.
In 2010 the UK government announced 100 percent cuts to the funding of most teaching at universities. To fill the gap, students’ contributions (Read more…)
With apologies to William Shakespeare I won’t bother linking to the many news stories on the web about Rob Ford’s pedophilia accusation. There are too many of them anyway. What can you even say about Rob Ford anymore? Every week he proves again that he’s failed as a human being. He’s barely worth the effort […]
I just now remembered that today is December 10, Human Rights Day, which celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year on this day, I try to participate in Amnesty’s annual Write For Rights.
On December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the globe write letters to, and for, individuals at risk. And these letters make a difference. Amnesty’s letter writing campaigns have helped political prisoners get released, and have pressured governments into lessening repression. And one thing your letter is guaranteed to do: give someone hope. You can let a person in a very dark place (Read more…)
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RCMP corporal Ron Francis is in lockup, charged with assaulting a fellow police officer on the weekend. The 21-year veteran, now suffering from PTSD, is being held for a psychiatric assessment.
I’m no expert on these things but I don’t think you often hear of potheads charged with assault. Who knows?
In the wake of last summer’s mega-flood in Calgary, Alberta’s enviromin was quick to absolve herself and her government, claiming nobody could have seen it coming.
That wasn’t quite right. What Diana McQueen should have said was that nobody in her government chose to see it coming. They could have seen it coming. They had a report that told them it was coming and the spots likely to be hardest hit.
One year before flooding devastated Calgary, officials were given a study that warned the next big flood to hit the city would bring higher water levels and (Read more…)
Keystone XL’s southern half is one step closer to opening for business. TransCanada announced that “on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service.”
The Sierra Club’s legal challenge to stop the pipeline was recently denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, so the southern half, battled over for years between the industry and environmentalists, will soon become a reality.
According to a statement provided to DeSmog by TransCanada, “Over the coming weeks, TransCanada will (Read more…)
The United States is the flagship of modern inequality. The chasm between rich and poor, between the 1% and the bottom 75%, both in wealth and in power, is unraveling the Republic. It was easy, perhaps natural, to be cynical about Obama’s recent speech on inequality but Paul Krugman maintains it was very meaningful.
Mr. Obama laid out a disturbing — and, unfortunately, all too accurate — vision of an America losing touch with its own ideals, an erstwhile land of opportunity becoming a class-ridden society. Not only do we have an ever-growing gap between a wealthy minority (Read more…)