This is the first article I posted at Northern Insight, written in April 2009. By the time the fifth anniversary rolls around, the article count will be about 2,000. I had a look at this first entry today because I’ll be talking with Ian Jessop on CFAX 1070 today about the beginnings of this blog and how the effort has proceed and evolved.Interestingly, the subject that caused me to begin almost five years ago could be written about again today. The specific Dziekanski issue is not finally resolved and I don’t think the RCMP has improved accountability in any (Read more…)
It’s been well over two centuries since the United States underwent revolution but the next one may not be far off. Chris Hedges this today’s America is in a pre-revolutionary state and he’s as worried about that as anyone who inhabits a corporate boardroom. It’s not the probability of social upheaval that worries Hedges as much as what it might look like.
you can’t make a revolution, you can’t decide that next Monday is the revolution. Revolutions are organic. And they take place through this change within the culture whereby the ideas that sustain a particular ruling class are (Read more…)
Arnprior is an Ottawa Valley community 66 kilometres north of the nation’s capital. The town is built around the mouth of the Madawaska River and has a population of more than 8,000 residents. The communities around Ottawa, including Arnprior, are … Continue reading →
This situation is BS.
A Manitoba MP is crying discrimination after two aboriginal women were not allowed to board a plane with her, even though they had tickets.
Niki Ashton, who represents the Churchill riding for the NDP, said Gail and Joyce Nepinak were scheduled to fly to Ottawa from Winnipeg with her on Sunday evening. niki-ashton
MP Niki Ashton said the Nepinaks were embarrassed when they were not allowed to board the plane. (CBC)
The Nepinaks had been invited by the House of Commons to speak at the special committee on missing and murdered indigenous women on Monday.
Knowles v. Lindstrom, 2013 CarswellOnt 6935 (Ont. S.C.J.) is a recent family law case that addressed the issue of forum conveniens in a property dispute. This case has significant implications for Canadian residents who have common law relationships with residents in any of the American states. The Applicant and Respondent had a 10-year common law relationship in which they resided together in both Ontario and Florida. The Applicant’s claim was for spousal support and a trust interest in Ontario land to which the Respondent held title. The Applicant’s position was that they (Read more…)
Drafting a simple, uncomplicated will may appear to be a routine task for most legal practitioners in comparison to “flashier” legal matters like messy divorces and high stakes litigation. That being said, when a lawyer is called upon to draft a will, he or she must keep in mind that his or her responsibilities encompass an array of interests and issues that may not be initially apparent. As a result, the lawyer will be required to make appropriate inquiries, engage in fact finding, and generally appraise the situation from an informed standpoint. A lawyer who is drafting a will (Read more…)
In the days leading up to the beginning of my articles, I was surprised at how little I could do to prepare myself for what has thus far been the most significant experience in my legal career. While law school certainly prepares you with the technical knowledge you will rely upon constantly during your articles, reciting the legal principles you have learnt in class will sadly not be of much use during your first few days of working at a law firm. Rather the two things I learned during my first month of articling are as follows: Finding your (Read more…)
Wikileaks has released a new set of texts from the ultra-secretive Trans-Pacific Parternship (TPP) negotiations. The text reveals that there is strong disagreement over 119 outstanding issues, with the U.S. refusing to compromise its efforts at dominating the discussions – and outcomes – of the agreement. The new leaks come as negotiators meet in Singapore for what could be the last round of negotiations on the TPP.
One of the most controversial chapters is the one that includes the TPP’s Internet Censorship plan, which outlines just how much U.S. lobbyists would like to push forward restrictive proposals that (Read more…)
Values, discrimination, the Swedish way: all these ideas are in the mix as stakeholders of IKEA’s treatment of workers express how they feel about IKEA’s plan to break its union in Richmond, BC.
We’ve been writing about this new front line in Canada’s war against workers for months now. But the members of Teamsters Local 213 have been living it.
This is the Christmas season. If you intend to buy anything IKEA-ish in Richmond, Coquitlam, elsewhere in Canada or around the world, spend some time finding another vendor then tweet or Facebook IKEA letting them know you’re part of the (Read more…)
Big Fossil has a powerful new trick. If you’re going to run into a dragged-out fight with environmentalists on a pipeline, play that fight out to keep your opposition tied down and, in the meantime, just go full bore on other pipelines. By the time the environmental opposition has realized what you’ve done, it’s too late.
I don’t know if it gets any more Orwellian than this.
Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which is closing five of its seven libraries, allowed scientists, consultants and members of the public to scavenge through what remained of Eric Marshall Library belonging to the Freshwater Institute at the University of Manitoba.One woman showed up to pick up Christmas gifts for a son interested in environmental science. Other material went into dumpsters. Consultants walked home with piles of “grey material” such as 30-year-old reports on Arctic gas drilling.“It was a world class library with some of (Read more…)
Rausch v. The Corporation of the City of Pickering, 2013 ONCA 740:
 Although I would reject Mr. Rausch‘s claim that there is an explicit statutory duty of care, I do not agree with the City that this is the end of the matter. In my view, when negligence is alleged against a government actor, the reach of the duty of care divining rod is not restricted to the legislative scheme and whether it imposes a statutory duty of care. In R. v. Imperial Tobacco, 2011 SCC 42,  3 S.C.R. 45, at paras. 43-45, the Supreme Court (Read more…)
As the United States leads, Canada follows quietly behind. Just as American society is being shredded by corporatism, so too is Canadian society becoming dismembered.
Michael Valpy’s searing look at our disengaged youth that want little or nothing to do with our society illustrates the failure of mainstream politics to speak in terms that resonate with our young people, that address their concerns and the bleakness with which they view their future.
[There is today] a population cohort that David Herle, one of Canada’s best known political strategists and a corporate consultant on branding and reputation, has labelled (Read more…)
People at risk of poverty or social exclusion – Statistics Explained.
A recent Eurostat report has reported the following, disturbing figure in Europe:
In 2012, 124.5 million people, or 24.8 % (Figure 1) of the population, in the EU-28 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE), compared with 24.3 % in 2011.
This data only accounts for 2012, so it does not take into account the recent drop in unemployment figures in the US and the UK. However, given the trend of low wage labour that is proliferating in the context of the current crisis ( (Read more…)
A neo-con economist from Maclean’s shows why it’s almost impossible to have a serious policy discussion — these days. Taking a page from Harper’s playbook, Andrew Leach claims Mulcair will impose a $100 per-ton carbon cap that will raise the price of gas 25 cents a liter.
To put things in perspective, Mulcair proposes the same cap and trade program Europe uses. There the price on carbon is presently 4.40 euros per ton — or $6.50 CAD!
Math this bad certainly puts the 2008 global economic meltdown in perspective.
Trouble with economics is economists
As Paul Krugman points (Read more…)
…at the plane load of official mourners from Canadian government circles going to his funeral. And the Irving Press has nothing but wonderful things to say about him.
There is no mention that Canadian intelligence gave South African racists the information to put Mandella in jail for 27 years. Nor does the TandT mention that Mandella was on the official terrorist list of Canada through the years that planeload of mourners was in power. In fact, officially, he was a terrorist until 2008.
He was also on the terrorist list for George Bush and for Obama who will be there to express (Read more…)
Marxism is a discredited ideology. We get that. It’s been tried, didn’t work. But there’s still much to learn from the old German philosopher. If you leave aside his unworkable solutions and focus on his prophesies about unrestrained capitalism, you get a picture that’s eerily similar to what we see enveloping us today.
The creator of the dark, HBO hit series, “The Wire,” has written a chilling piece for The Guardian, entitled, “There Are Now Two Americas. My Country is a Horror Show.“
David Simon, The Wire
That may be (Read more…)
Your news links for today:
Inside the Fight for Digital Rights in Canada (Michael Geist on Livestream) Canada Opposed To U.S. Positions On Dozens of Trans Pacific Partnership Issues (Michael Geist) The U.S. Stands Alone: How the U.S. Is Increasingly Isolated on Intellectual Property Policy (Michael Geist) Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal (Huffington Post) 2nd Wikileaks release: US refusing to budge on TPP issues (bilaterals.org) What you need to know about the Trans Pacific Partnership (The Conversation) Apple Inc, Google Inc and other tech giants call for curbs on digital (Read more…)
At the Vatican, as part of the plunder of foreign civilizations in the name of Christianity, this Ethiopian lion statue made it’s way to Rome and now rests in a sunny courtyard. Cats. Cats are everywhere. He is a beauty. His nose was very shiny.
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‘And what happens in moments of breakdown is that people not only turn against an ineffectual liberal elite that is not able–that in essence–that has presided over political and economic paralysis, or certainly political paralysis, but they also jettison the values that elite purports to defend. And that’s what’s dangerous. And we’re certainly barreling towards that kind of a crisis. I worry that we are not only weakened but unprepared.’
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. . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself
At first they told us it would happen late this century. Then mid-century. Now the United States Navy expects the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in summer by 2016. Let’s see, it’s 2013. OMG! That’s just another three-years.
An ongoing US Department of Energy-backed research project led by a US Navy scientist predicts that the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice cover as early as 2016 – 84 years ahead of conventional model projections.The project, based out of the US Naval Postgraduate School‘s Department of Oceanography, uses complex modelling techniques that make its projections more (Read more…)
ACFN Chief Allan Adam outside an Alberta court in 2012, challenging Shell’s Jackpine development
Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine expansion plan has received the go-ahead from Ottawa, despite the environment minister’s view that it’s “likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”
In a statement late Friday, environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq concluded that the effects from the 100,000-barrel-per-day expansion are “justified in the circumstances.”
The nearby Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has said the project will violate several federal laws covering fisheries and species at risk, as well as treaty rights.
They said they had received so little information on (Read more…)
The legislation requiring penniless convicts to pay a mandatory fee that they never can pay is foolish.
But the truth is the legislation, while foolish, was passed by the duly elected Parliament of Canada acting within their constitutional jurisdiction.
While it may, in certain bizarre circumstances, potentially lead to a term of incarceration for non-payment (and inability to pay would likely remove that possibility) it is hard to see how the fines are a cruel or unusual punishment.
Judges can massage the law a little (see the 99 years to pay) but broadly put unless a law in unconstitutional a (Read more…)