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The Disaffected Lib: What Do We Do When the Warnings Stop?

It’s hard to tell what’s going on in our minds but the cognitive dissonance displayed by our political leaders on climate change has apparently taken hold among the rest of us as well.

It’s as though we’re trying not to make a decision out of fear of the decision and what it might mean, the changes it might require.  Yet, by avoiding it, we are making a decision.  We are opting for an outcome, a very dangerous result.

Those of us in the ripening years may escape the worst of it but our kids won’t and our grandkids will bear (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Probe into Health Ministry Firings Crafted to Protect Premier Christy Clark

Victoria Times Colonist reporter Cindy E. Harnett’s story shows BC NDP leader John Horgan raising a charge of conflict of interest over unwarranted health ministry staff firings.

The NDP is attacking the credibility of a review into the firing of health researchers two years ago, charging it was crafted to protect the premier and top officials rather than the public interest.

The NDP’s accusation in the legislature Thursday comes on the heels of the release of emails and letters in which Graham Whitmarsh, the deputy health minister who oversaw the firings, claims he is being set up as a scapegoat.

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Dennis Raphael and Toba Bryant write about the devastating health effects of income inequality in Canada: Imagine the response, from industry, government and the public, if a plane was crashing every day. If there were something that killed as many people in a day as this kind of disaster, you’d expect it to provoke a similarly concentrated response.

A recent report by Statistics Canada highlights a preventable cause of premature death that is having exactly that kind of impact. This study demonstrates that income inequality is associated with the premature death of 40,000 (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Putting Us In Our Place

Pit the arrogance of humanity against the power of nature, and nature prevails every time. A pity that those who are determining earth’s fate refuse to acknowledge that simple truth.

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Warren Kinsella: Eight reasons children of the Seventies should all be dead

This is brilliant. It made me laugh so hard, I fell off my Earth Shoes, knocked over a stack of eight track tapes, and wrecked my Farrah Fawcett poster collection.

Brilliant.

Cowichan Conversations: For Whom is Mexico Safe?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

Our Canadian mainstream media does little reporting or investigating the ongoing so called ‘War on Drugs’ that has been responsible for over 120, 000 deaths in Mexico.

PM Steve Harper has even blocked refugee claims from Mexicans seeking asylum and an escape from the violence that has corrupted police forces, some local governments and as is suspected now their federal government as well.

Here is an eye opening article Briarpatch reporters Federico Barahona and Tonatiuh

The college students, all 43 of them, were loaded onto cargo trucks. They were then driven to a remote dump near (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: And here we thought LSD wasn’t readily available in China

‘Chick Chick’ (natch) by Chinese pop group Wang Rong Rollin. Wow. Just, wow.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The rich are different, Mr. Clark.

There is something irrepressible about TD Bank’s Ed Clark. He wants to give advice in areas beyond a banker’s experience. The other day, he handed in another seriously flawed report to the Ontario government and now he is giving advice to the rich. Being one of the rich himself, he is advising them to be more charitable. While nobody will disagree, the rich are not always the best people to decide where this largess should go.

One of the first things you learn in charitable fund-raising is how there is a broad range of potential donors with just as broad (Read more…)

Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, November 21, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, November 21, 2014: Crowdsourcing Comes to the Booming World of ‘Litigation Finance’ Sick Kids breaks silence about cocaine hair tests  Calif. prosecutors try using obscure law to send musician to prison for life over rap album Supreme Court will hear high-stakes case on off-reserve aboriginals SCC defers to jury verdict on circumstantial evidence Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriage in South Carolina  Court won’t revoke Assange warrant Egypt’s first female genital mutilation trial ends in not guilty verdict Hearing does not need to see explicit sex (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, November 21, 2014

Cowichan Conversations: This is Going To Be A War-Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

 

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has gone to court challenging Kinder Morgan’s efforts to proceed contrary to Burnaby’s bylaws. If the court upholds the by-laws then Kinder Morgan will have to cease their work and leave the area.

This is going to be a war-says Corrigan.

Northern Reflections: The Meaning Of Silence

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There has been nary a word from the Conservative Party since Michael Sona’s sentencing. What are we to make of that? Michael den Tandt writes:

Keep in mind, key questions that emerged on the very first day the story broke in 2012, courtesy of Postmedia’s Stephen Maher and the Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor, are still outstanding. Does it make any sense at all to think that a 22-year-old planned and executed this scheme, which (Read more…)

centre of the universe: La Frileuse / Winter

I’ve been challenged to post five pictures in five days by Julian (@saskajules). Jean-Antoine Houdon’s (not HODOR as I muttered under my breath as I read the tag) “La Frileuse/Winter”. This was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when I was in New York last week. I kind of love her. The curve of her thighs, the serene resolute … Continue reading →

Warren Kinsella: Obama just ensured the next occupant of the White House is a Democrat

American conservatives, like some Canadian conservatives, are apparently unaware that the country is changing under their feet.Obama’s move is a masterstroke, and the following paragraphs demonstrate why:

“Republicans are in a bind over immigration: the U.S. electorate is rapidly becoming more diverse, especially more Hispanic. Republican leaders have said the party risks its long-term future if it does not act to solve America’s immigration problems. But many in the party’s conservative base oppose any reform that includes a path to citizenship for those who enter the country illegally.

The White House says the president is exercising his executive (Read more…)

Geoff Campbell: 12 Weeks at Friends’ Central

Hi everyone. Sorry I’ve been remiss in posting here. It’s been a busy three months.

Yesterday marked week 13, day one at FCS. In that time period I’ve learned all a lot about my school, its mission and vision, and its place in the local independent school marketplace.

It has been a great learning experience working just outside the fifth most populous city (behind Houston and ahead of Phoenix) in the country. Montgomery County is a highly competitive market when it comes to private schools, with 21.7% of students (grades 9-12) enrolled in private school. so I have (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Muscial Interlude – The Art of Fugue

This disk has not left rotation in my CD player for week month long stretches.

One hour and twenty minutes of bliss. Enjoy.

 

 

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OPSEU Diablogue: Today’s big demonstration at Queen’s Park

Today will likely be the biggest Ontario Health Coalition demonstration at Queen’s Park since 2008. Across Ontario seniors groups, union activists and family members frustrated with their own access to care will be boarding more than 40 buses, some in … Continue reading →

Morton's Musings: Panda Da Mao in the snow

350 or bust: Carbon Fee Prosperity

We at CCL Canada have been working hard to set up a live webcasting of the Sunday lineup at our second annual conference and lobbying days in Ottawa this weekend, November 22 and 23rd. Keynote speakers at include Michael MacMillan, of Samara Canada and co-author of Tragedy in the Commons, and venture capitalist Tom Rand, […]

Morton's Musings: Statutes may be considered even if not pleaded

Mason Homes Limited v. Woodford, 2014 ONCA 816: [15]       We are of the view that the respondents’ failure to plead the Act was not a bar to its consideration by the trial judge, who is permitted to have regard to applicable statutes. However, the trial judge erred in his analysis and application of the Act.

Montreal Simon: When the Harper Cons Don’t Listen to Canada’s Doctors

In the aftermath of the SARS crisis of 2003, the government created the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the position of Chief Public Health Officer to strengthen this country's medical defences.After they were shown to be almost catastrophically inadequate.But now Stephen Harper and his Cons are slashing the Public Health Agency's budget, and neutering the country's top doctor.And to make matters even worse, they're not even listening to them. They're all but burying their reports.Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gruending On Mining

The CNCA [Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability]  brief also referred to a systematic pattern of Indigenous and human rights abuses that have accompanied increased Canadian mining activity. It cited a report presented to the IACHR Commission last year by the Working Group on Mining and Human Rights in Latin America. In ten of the 22 Canadian mining projects reviewed by the group, 23 violent deaths and 25 cases of injury were found.

Read the whole thing through the link.  Nice to know KAIROS is still out there, doing good work, despite their past run-ins with the Harper Tories.  Development (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Apprenticeship of Constable Davis #nlpoli

People are looking back a century to the start of the First World War so,  on the political side, it’s interesting to take a trip back and see what things were like then.

The Prime Minister was a guy named Edward Patrick Morris.  He was a lawyer, popularly known as Ned.  By the time he got to the Prime Minister’s Office, in 1908, he’d been in the House the better part of 30 years and he served in cabinets under different premiers going back to the late 1880s.  Morris’ predecessor – Sir Robert – had pretty much the same sort of background.

Compare that to recent Premiers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great War on the Internet

He rules by fear. He tries to muzzle his opponents. He is terrorizing the civil service, and politicizing the police.So when the Privacy Commissioner warns that Stephen Harper is trying to control the only thing he can't control, the internet. Canadians should be alarmed.Read more »

The Common Sense Canadian: BREAKING: Kinder Morgan work trucks roll up Burnaby Mountain

Kinder Morgan contractors delivering construction materials to Burnaby Mountain (Salix O’Connell/facebook)

Kinder Morgan contractors began rolling work trucks with construction equipment up Burnaby Mountain at approximately 10 PM on Thursday.

Photographs shared on a citizen-led facebook page show trucks, trailers, fencing, and other materials and workers at the site of an increasingly intense stand-off between citizens and representatives of the Huston-based pipeline builder.

The move comes on the heels of the first round of arrests on Thursday, under an injunction issued by BC Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen one week ago.

More photos of preparation for work on (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: The bloom is off the (Wild)rose – Opposition Leader Danielle Smith assailed by doubts, dissent and departures

Are the wheels falling off the Wildrose bus, which may or may not look exactly as illustrated any more? Below: Beleaguered Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, Taber-Warner-Cardston MLA Gary Bikman and Wildrose House Leader Rob Anderson.

These may be happy days for the Progressive Conservatives under Premier Jim Prentice, but the bloom is definitely off Alberta’s Wildrose Opposition.

Just weeks ago seen as a sure bet to be the province’s next premier, Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith is today buffeted by an embarrassing scrap between her party’s social conservatives and socially progressive members over LGBTQ rights, troubled by questions about her (Read more…)