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350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

What a way to go! The Colbert Report says goodbye in style: * You will be missed.

staffroom confidential: Badass Book Review: Raising Expectations & Raising Hell, by Jane McAlevey

Book Review: Raising expectations (and Raising hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, by Jane McAlevey

It’s been a tough couple of decades to be a trade unionist. Since the early nineties, with Paul Martin’s cuts to transfer payments, through the Mike Harris’s assaults, to the BC Liberal’s ripping up contracts and the Harper Tories legislating them, it seems increasingly hard to find strategies that win.

Yet paradoxically, since about 2011, there has been a notable upsurge in progressive movements: teachers in Wisconsin, the squares of Egypt and Turkey, the world wide Occupy movement, the Maple Spring, Ferguson, and (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Thomas Walkom discusses why politicians have thus far failed to take any meaningful action on climate change. But it’s also worth noting that the question of whether voters are pushing for change may not be the only determining factor in government decision-making.

Most obviously, debt and deficits (which are no less distant from the immediate interests of voters than climate change) are seen as demanding constant and immediate action even at the expense of anybody’s apparent short-term political interests – with unpopular and destructive policy choices regularly defended based on the accepted belief (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Why Hating the Institution of Prostitution is Okay.

A big thank you to Francois Tremblay over at The Prime Directive for such a clear and concise break down of why its okay to hate prostitution and work to end it. He knocks this one out of the park in his post titled “The assumption sex is power“.

“In prostitution and pornography (which is, after all, organized prostitution), the imbalance is, at least on the surface, financial in nature; johns and porn directors trade money for sex, either with themselves or other people (and for those who object that pornography cannot be prostitution because porn directors (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Little Heresy – Alberta Style

So, according to Premier Prentice, the downturn in oil prices is going to create an $11 Billion hole in provincial revenues, and is now talking about putting the brakes on all kinds of infrastructure spending, including a new cancer hospital in Calgary.

Okay, that’s a significant chunk of change.  Let’s talk about this for a moment.

As the leader of the governing party, Mr. Prentice has a responsibility to all Albertans to ensure that the machinery of government continues to operate smoothly.  Over the last 25 years, we have seen the government make further tax cuts all over (Read more…)

Northern Reflections: What’s The Conventional Wisdom?


Parliamentary government is rooted in a series of conventions. The problem, Andrew Coyne writes, is that our political parties are no longer paying attention to those conventions. And if — as seems likely — we elect a minority government the next time around, what, he wonders, will happen in the wake of no political consensus:

We are notably lacking in consensus in this country on even the most basic rules of (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper: Merry Christmas And Bah, Humbug!

My fellow Canadians,

If the above doesn’t not warm the cockles of your Christmas hearts, please check out these, a small portion of this year’s ‘gifts’:

Something for your digestive consideration.

Something for the greenie on your seasonal list.

And, for those workers both domestic and foreign, one of my perennial favourites.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

If you still need an infusion of seasonal spirit, click here for a special treat that will leave you demanding more.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Monstrous Propaganda War on Canadians

We know that Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con regime run the biggest propaganda machine this country has ever seen.And that they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to brainwash us with our own money.But who knew they're also spending a fortune trying to pass off propaganda as NEWS? Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Liberals we have heard on high.

It is only fair after introducing the local Conservative candidate, we mention that there is also going to be a Liberal candidate. We actually have a contest to determine the Liberal candidate. Somehow the Liberal party made a slip and approved two candidates in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. (That riding name has something of a country music connotation.) And it might be an interesting contest. Both candidates approved to-date have some good credentials.

The first to announce was Brian Tamblyn, a well-known educator and community leader. While still in his 50s, Brian has had a 30-year career with Georgian College and the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Can You Find the Empowerment?

Well colour me “sex-negative” I guess, but I’m having a lot of trouble finding *any* value associated with the debasement and objectification of women.


And that, fair readership, is the first and last argument you will ever need for discussing the “benefits” of pornography with misguided people.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Empowerful Stuff, Pornography, Sex Negative

Politics, Re-Spun: Do You Want To Be A Better Mentor?


But maybe you don’t actually know that you are a mentor now. You probably are, but if you are more mindful of relationships with your informal apprenticeships, you will realize all the people who are getting wisdom from you.

Maybe you think you’re too young, or too busy, or too new to your gig. Or maybe you’re a misanthropist.

If the latter, you’ve already stopped reading.

If one of the former ideas strikes truth for you, consider these:

There is always someone younger than you who can benefit from your mentorship. If you’re in a job or university or (Read more…)

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s Back Yard 2014 – Fredericton’s North Riverfront Trail

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ParliamANT Hill: ParliamANT Hill 2014-12-20 02:53:00

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CuriosityCat: Mr. Trudeau: Coalitions are what you make them

Let’s talk coalition …

The recent poll showing that most Liberal and NDP supporters would rather have a new government than have a Harper one after the 2015 election, even if this means some form of a coalition, has sparked renewed talk about the possibility of a coalition.

One problem with such talk is that a lack of understanding of our constitutional laws clouds the issue, as Andrew Coyne has pointed out in an interesting article.

And in a recent interview, Justin Trudeau has added to the confusion by slipping into the Either-Or mode of thinking, which sorely limits the permissible (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: A look back to 2010: Cuba loves Chevrolets and GM needs sales – what’s wrong with this picture?

An ancient Jeep, probably with a transplanted Lada engine, drops passengers at Revolution Square four years ago in Havana. With Uber starting up, we finally have the same service here in Edmonton! The sign says: “51 years of struggle and victories.” Below: an old Chevrolet still in service on a Havana street, and scenes of Havana’s crumbling housing. Oh, wait! The last one’s in Detroit.

With all the excitement in Alberta these past few days, it’s been easy to forget there’s a bigger world out there and things have been happening in it. Now, it is not normal here (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Dear Kim Jong-Un

Dear North Korea: Up yours. Signed, Everyone

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) December 20, 2014

cartoon life: #retromatic the x-ray eye

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DeSmogBlog: Breaking: Fracking Permit Issued in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a drilling permit for Helis Oil and Gas today, bringing the company one step closer to realizing its ambition to frack in St. Tammany Parish.

Public outcry against fracking in St. Tammany Parish, an area known for its pristine water and picturesque wetlands 40 miles east of New Orleans, was not enough to sway the state agency. But the public’s input has led to unprecedented conditions being attached to the permit.

Concerned citizens in St. Tammany Parish fill the bleachers in the Lakeshore High School gym in Mandeville, LA. ©2014 Julie Dermansky

During a public (Read more…)

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Why we should give even more money to Translink

Your browser does not support this audioYes, if you are bothered by waste and lack of accountability, Bill Tieleman explained on CKNW that there is an easy solution: ignore it.

DeSmogBlog: New EPA Coal Ash Regulations Are Not Enough To Stop The Next Coal Ash Spill

The Environmental Protection Agency released long-awaited coal ash regulations today, the first rules ever to be imposed on the storage and disposal of the toxic waste left over after burning coal for electricity—the second largest industrial waste stream in the U.S.

But according to Earthjustice and the 10 environmental and public interest groups it represented in suing to force the release of the regulations in the first place, the EPA’s new rules are not nearly stringent enough to stop the next coal ash spill before it happens.

The new rules will not phase out the practice of storing (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Emma Hewitt – Rewind (Mikkas Remix)

Sudbury Steve May: In Sudbury By-Election, the Only Vote for Change is a Vote for the Green Party

Sudbury has a chance to make history in 2015 – by electing the first Green Member of Provincial Parliament to the Ontario legislature in the upcoming by-election. Sending a Green to Queen’s Park would be a bold statement from Sudburians that it’s time we had real change in the business as usual approach of the old-line political parties. Sudburians would be acknowledging Ontario’s growing desire to have other voices heard in our legislatures, a desire mirrored throughout Canada as shown by the election of Elizabeth May to the federal House of Commons, and when B.C.’ers and New Brunswickers (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: So much for substantial compliance

Canadian courts usually now waive technicalities and focus on substantive rights. But not always. In High Tower Homes Corporation v. Stevens, 2014 ONCA 911 the Court insisted that a failure to make waiver precisely as set out in a contract, despite dealings between counsel being accepted to that point, made the waiver void. So what to do?  Try to follow terms precisely but recognize sometimes the Court will insist on precise compliance and sometimes not:

[43]       In Technicore Underground Inc. v. Toronto (City), 2012 ONCA 597, 354 D.L.R. (4th) 516, at para. 63, Gillese J.A., writing (Read more…) Happy Holidays Internet community! We’ll be back in January!

  It’s been a busy, wacky, wonderful year here at OpenMedia and we’re ready for a break.    Enjoy your well-deserved time off, Internet community, and we’ll see you in the new year.   Happy Holidays!   – your OpenMedia team    

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Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Con Nightmare Before Christmas

Golly. When I think of the Cons reciting "Twas the Night Before Christmas" all I can think of is "The Nightmare before Christmas."Because Christmas and the brutish Harperland were definitely not made for each other.But believe it or not, the real version, is even SCARIER !!!!Read more »