By mid-December, the holiday shopping season is usually in full swing for Canadian retailers. Thirty years ago, however, several Eaton’s department stores in southern Ontario were experiencing a different type of holiday hustle and bustle: Eaton’s workers were on strike.
Hoping that unionization would improve their wages and working conditions, many of the department stores’ mostly female workers had joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU); but management’s refusal to negotiate left them with few options but to withdraw their labour power. On 30 November 1984 RWDSU members at six Eaton’s locations (Read more…)
Nor am I going to try to convince anyone that soldiers should have the right to say no, that prosecution for a belief is persecution, or that recruiters lie. There’s no reason to talk about that, or about how Canada didn’t take part in the Iraq War. Or why Canadian (Read more…)
“Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed. Mr. Obama has (Read more…)
Michael den Tandt writes that the political narrative in Canada over the next year will be all about what Justin Trudeau does. That’s because — for better of for worse — Trudeau has assumed the mantle of the mythic hero:
Trudeau’s popularity could be linked to the very fabric of how human beings perceive political narrative. His brand has been crafted, deliberately it seems to me, to tap into very old archetypes (Read more…)
Unlike the kind of faux journalism that the CBC’s most reverent chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, has perfected, real journalism requires critical thinking and hard-hitting questions. In that, The Toronto Star holds to consistently high standards.
To appreciate this fact, consider first the following exchange during the year-end interview the Prime Minister granted his media acolyte:
Mansbridge:So why don’t we propose something then?
Harper: We have proposed something.
What have we proposed?
Well the Province of Alberta, excuse me, the Province of Alberta itself already has a, it’s one of the few GHD regulatory environments in the country. It (Read more…)
- Ryan Meili examines why Craig Alexander of the TD Bank is calling for a move toward greater income equality in Canada:
The OECD reports that income inequality is at the highest level in 30 years, and that economic growth has been slowed by as much as 10 per cent in some countries as a result. A 2014 IMF study showed that redistributive policies through tax and transfers not only do no harm to the economy, but can improve performance in the long-term. In fact, it appears that public investments in child care and (Read more…)
Please Justin, just shut up and listen. The other day, you told Campion-Smith of the Toronto Star’s Ottawa Bureau that the economy will decide the next election. You had better hope not. You have absolutely no credibility in that subject and the majority of the voters could care less. Stephen Harper even studied economics and look at the trouble it has got him into.
Your strength buddy is empathy. You obviously care. Stick to what you are good at.
You need to take a page from Jean Chrétien’s approach to the job of Prime Minister. In ten years as Prime (Read more…)
“We’re not interested in putting all of our eggs in a single basket.”
Premier Gallant says the moratorium won’t be lifted until these conditions are met:
A social license in place;
Clear and credible information about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on our health, environment and water, allowing us to develop country-leading regulatory regime with sufficient enforcement capabilities;
A plan that mitigates the impacts on our public infrastructure and that addresses issues such as waste water disposal;
I’m not really sure what CBC music was going for here (I suspect Christmas “cheer” was involved), but it does reek of Canadiana. Slightly painful, but given all the holiday music that we are subjected to, this isn’t all that bad.
In his final press conference of 2014, President Obama spoke frankly about the so-called “benefits” to Americans of the Keystone XL pipeline. He points out it’s Canadian oil being transported over the United States to be sold on the global markets, with very little benefit to U.S. consumers. It’s good for the Canadian oil industry […]
It's a little too soon to take out my crystal ball and predict what's going to happen next year, like so many in the MSM are already doing. Even though the big hollow ball in my neighbourhood seemed to think it knows, as I passed it on my way home last night. But then homeless men like to smoke crack inside it, so it might have been them, and its predictions are probably as reliable as all those others. Although I wouldn't be surprised if we do end up with a Liberal coalition government. Especially since even after all that (Read more…)
the mosaic tiles
in strawberry fields
in my ether
in the intersection
of idealist moonbeams
and #BlackLivesMatter marchers
swirling under the Manhatten hum [or is it a pulse?]
feeling the tranquility of the mosaic
despite being just steps from the Dakota.
i didn’t know then
but they wrote strawberry fields
in the weeks leading up to my birth.
even though it isn’t all about Me
it’s about relationships
in orphanages in England
among people around the Imagine
among the million marchers for…
what they imagine they want in our world.
Keith Hutchings – the provincial cabinet minister leading talks with the federal government on European trade – issued a statement on December 9, 2014.that began with a simple statement.
“In June, 2013,” Hutchings began,
“our governments agreed that, in exchange for the [provincial government] agreeing to lift minimum processing requirements (MPRs) for the European Union (EU), the Federal Government and the provinc[ial government] would establish a fund that would provide for total expenditure of $400 million based on a 70/30 federal/provincial cost share.”
The money was for “industry development and renewal [in the fishing industry] as well as worker displacement” according to Hutchings.
“Your health. Our promise.” It’s March 1, 2013, and then-premier Alison Redford announces plans to build a new cancer treatment facility in Calgary to replace the grubby and overcrowded Tom Baker Cancer Centre. (Photo grabbed from Metro Newspapers.) But that was then. This is now. Below: Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel; the Tom Baker facility in northwest Calgary.
As Danielle Smith might have said, were she still the leader of the Opposition, “nothing has changed!”
On Friday, mass media were uncritically reporting the “reasons” the new cancer hospital promised to Calgary on which construction was supposed (Read more…)
I just finished watching the final season of The Newsroom as it appears catching up on shows is becoming a personal tradition on the first day of any holiday. It was a cringe-worthy six hours with a few redeeming story-lines. Here be ton o’ SPOILERS including the fact that it ends with a wedding, a funeral, and a baby – the holy trinity of lazy plot lines.
In speech, Cuban President Raul Castro thanks Canada for facilitating the high-level dialogue which resulted in the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, maintains that Cuba will not not renounce socialism.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” —Abraham Lincoln
Premier Prentice gave every member of his caucus a copy of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Teamof Rivals. No doubt to help them “decide” whether to let Danielle Smith, the leader of the Opposition, and eight members of her Wildrose caucus join the Progressive Conservative government.
The absurdity of the situation escaped his dimwitted caucus.
The book describes Abraham Lincoln’s relationship the three men in his own party who challenged Lincoln for the Republican presidential nomination. After Mr Lincoln (Read more…)
This week, New York Governor Cuomo announced that his state would ban fracking, due in large part to concerns about impacts on public health. But right across the border in Pennsylvania, one of the fastest-moving shale booms in the country still proceeds at breakneck speed.
While Governor-elect Tom Wolf campaigned on promises to tax shale gas extraction, evidence continued to grow that Pennsylvania has struggled to police the drilling industry or even keep tabs on its activities. A scathing report issued in July by State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found that record-keeping was “egregiously poor,” and environmental regulators do “not (Read more…)