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Warren Kinsella: World Premiere! The Hot Nasties’ ‘Hey There Girl’!

Produced and directed by the Nasties’ Bjorn von Flapjack III! ​​

PostArctica: Beaver Activity on Verdun Waterfront

Well, there usually is. I have been walking the Verdun waterfront almost every day since October 1st and while I have noticed the odd tree that has been chewed, it is only the last week or ten days where it has been disturbingly noticeable. I say “disturbingly” because it really is a thin strip of . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Beaver Activity on Verdun Waterfront

wmtc: librarians: celebrate human rights at your library #Write4Rights

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. The date commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the first global human rights document.

Every year on December 10, Amnesty International Canada holds Write For Rights. All over the country, Canadians use our own human rights to support people who don’t have . . . → Read More: wmtc: librarians: celebrate human rights at your library #Write4Rights

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: New deal announced between Vancouver park board and community centre associations

Cheryl Chan

Published on: December 7, 2016 

The Vancouver park board has unveiled a new proposed joint-operating agreement that lays out its relationship with the 20 associations that run 21 of the city’s community centres for the next 15 years.

The proposed plan improves access for all users, removes mandatory membership and provides a universal discount . . . → Read More: Stuart Mackinnon’s BetterParks for Vancouver: New deal announced between Vancouver park board and community centre associations

CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: How Clustered are You?

I took the MyDemocracy test of my “values” today, and was place in one of the “clusters” chosen by Vox Pop Labs as representing all those who participate in the Trudeau Liberals reaching out to all Canadian households to find out their views on a few issues about reform. I set out below some . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: How Clustered are You?

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Put some Alberta Politics under the Christmas tree

Looking for that special gift for the political junkie in your family? Or maybe you’re searching for a good book to read by an open fire on a cold winter night? If so, here are a few Alberta politics books… Continue Reading →

Wise Law Blog: Powers of Attorney for Personal Care: Great Power with Great Responsibility

BY PAUL B. ADAM

A Power of Attorney for Personal Care is a document that sometimes gets referred to, or thought of, as a “living will” or “advanced care directive”.

Those names have been introduced into our everyday terminology by way of television and the internet, but neither capture exactly what a power of . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Powers of Attorney for Personal Care: Great Power with Great Responsibility

A Puff of Absurdity: And the Saga Continues

Ok, so, after getting a preventative bi-lateral mastectomy, performed shortly after both a mammogram and MRI both showed zero cancer, of course they found cancer in the breast tissue sent to the lab. The good news is it’s all out, but…

They found two non-invasive tumours about a centimetre each. The surgeon isn’t worried about . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: And the Saga Continues

The Disaffected Lib: Jesus, Mick, Enough is Enough. Put that Damned Thing Away.

Proud father, grandfather and, yikes, great-grandfather, Mick Jagger, has added another child, a son born in New York to 29-year old Melanie Hamrick who becomes the fifth woman to bear Mick an heir.The music star had his other children with Marsha Hunt, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall and Luciana Gimenez Morad.

He has five grandchildren and . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Jesus, Mick, Enough is Enough. Put that Damned Thing Away.

DeSmogBlog: Much-Anticipated Details of Canada’s Climate Plan to Be Revealed at First Minister’s Meeting. Maybe.

The federal government is expected to announce the details of Canada’s national climate plan Friday, Dec. 8 at a high-profile gathering of First Ministers in Ottawa.

The details of the climate plan, which amount to a balance sheet of the nation’s carbon emissions, are critical to evaluating the federal government’s recent decisions to approve . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Much-Anticipated Details of Canada’s Climate Plan to Be Revealed at First Minister’s Meeting. Maybe.

The Disaffected Lib: Think the World Isn’t Screwed? Think Again.

Here is the Trump energy agenda taken from a memorandum prepared by Thomas Pyle who heads Trump’s energy department transition team.

Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is in deep trouble. President-elect Trump has promised to cancel the agreement and stop spending taxpayer dollars on wasteful U.N. climate programs. Even if the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Think the World Isn’t Screwed? Think Again.

Canadian Dimension: Canada Post workers fight for a fairer, greener future

Photo by Chris Wattie/REUTERS

In December 2013, Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra stunned postal workers as well as the Canadian public with drastic cutbacks to services, including the elimination of door-to-door delivery, dramatic increases in postage prices and cuts to labour costs through the axing of 8,000 jobs and the franchising of retail . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Canada Post workers fight for a fairer, greener future

Alberta Politics: ‘Oh, there you go Bradsplaining again!’ Like it or not, Brads from Saskatchewan just can’t control their Bradsplaining

PHOTOS: Federal Conservative leadership candidate and Bradsplainer Brad Trost shows he’s hip to the jive with this newfangled technology stuff. (Photo from BradTrost.ca.) Below: Brad Wall, another well-known Bradsplainer, Bradsplaining, and blogger word-coiner Dave Cournoyer, kitted out to observe one of Rebel Media’s rallies. Uh-oh! We’re about to be “Bradsplained”! Bradsplaining, a useful coinage by . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Oh, there you go Bradsplaining again!’ Like it or not, Brads from Saskatchewan just can’t control their Bradsplaining

The Disaffected Lib: Cap’n "Tip Jar Subsistence" for Trump’s Labour Secretary

Who better to serve as labour secretary than someone steeped in the idea of minimum wage politics?

Now please give a big, Donald Trump welcome to Andrew Puzder, fast food empresario and CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl Jr.’s burger chains.

Puzder, who served as an economic adviser to Trump . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Cap’n "Tip Jar Subsistence" for Trump’s Labour Secretary

The Disaffected Lib: Relax. We’re a "Post-National State" Now. We Have No Core Values.

Sheesh, didn’t this guy get the memo from our first post-national prime minister, Justin the Liberated? I refer to Michael Doucet, executive director of Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee, the outfit that oversees our country’s spy apparatus and operations. Doucet questions whether Donald Trump’s espoused support for torture means Canada should rein in the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Relax. We’re a "Post-National State" Now. We Have No Core Values.

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Carrying forward lessons from Northern Gateway

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Understandably, those opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project have not been in a mood to celebrate this past week. At the same time as the Prime Minister announced the federal government’s approval of Kinder Morgan (and the Enbridge Line 3 project), he confirmed something that most . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Carrying forward lessons from Northern Gateway

The Disaffected Lib: Do You Know Anyone?

Perhaps she’s a friend or acquaintance. Maybe he’s a relative or a co-worker. They could be in their 20s or their 70s, doesn’t matter. What sets them apart from other friends and other acquaintances, other relatives or other co-workers, is that they have already succumbed to a belief in fake news and conspiracy theories. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Do You Know Anyone?

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Citizens for Public Justice laments the Libs’ and Cons’ joint effort to vote down the NDP’s push for a national anti-poverty strategy. And Sean Speer and Rob Gillezeau make the case for an improved Working Income Tax Benefit which should be palatable across the political spectrum.

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the crisis of liberal democracy around the globe – and how we face our own obvious risks in Canada.

For further reading…– Yascha Mounk’s research into the precarious state of democracy is discussed here by Amanda Taub. And Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Erica Frantz trace how a seemingly secure democracy can fall apart incrementally.  . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

The Disaffected Lib: He’s Wrong. He Has to Be Wrong. Tell Me He’s Got It Wrong.

The interval since the US election on November 8th has brought us multiple examples of the buffoonery of America’s president-elect. From the angry tweets about SNL to how he may or may not structure his business affairs to his phone call to the Taiwanese president that has China in an uproar, the Trumpster has come . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: He’s Wrong. He Has to Be Wrong. Tell Me He’s Got It Wrong.

Morton's Musings: Justice of the Peace

Many people think a Justice of the Peace is someone who performs marriages and that performing marriages is the main work of a justice of the peace.  This is an understandable belief because in the United States many Justices of the Peace are, in effect, secular clergy whose main . . . → Read More: Morton’s Musings: Justice of the Peace

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday December 8, 2016. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates.

A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Dec 8, 2016 at 7:19am PST

In Ontario, you may complete a Power of Attorney for Personal Care to appoint one or more trusted persons . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Wills and Estates

Politics and its Discontents: Restoring Humility And Proportion

One of my main nightly rituals is to watch one hour of television news. The first half-hour is devoted to both a local and a regional station, while during the second half-hour I generally watch NBC Nightly News, sometimes switching back and forth between it and Global National. Such a practice usually provides me . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Restoring Humility And Proportion

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: IT Problem At Saskatchewan Government

What’s going on?

Trying to communicate with #skpoli gov't?Don't bother. E-mail server, website all still down.

— Murray Mandryk (@MMandryk) December 7, 2016

server down all day. No gov't news releases. So the question is: How many of the govt's 400 communication officers still filed for overtime?

— Murray Mandryk . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: IT Problem At Saskatchewan Government

Life...A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: Life…A Small Spark Between Two Eternities 2016-12-08 10:03:00

Civil rights activist Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman on $10 bill. 

Not sure why, but when I first heard about the, my initial thought was ” too little, too late” with respect with what should be done to enhance equal rights….

. . . → Read More: Life…A Small Spark Between Two Eternities: Life…A Small Spark Between Two Eternities 2016-12-08 10:03:00