Canadian Dimension: Justin Trudeau’s giant corporate giveaway

Photo by Simon Fraser University While prime minister Justin Trudeau flogged our public assets last week, he had a soothing message: rest assured, we’ll be well-served by the private sector. Bankers and billionaires lined up to sound a note of confidence. “I think it’s unprecedented,” exclaimed Canada’s top business lobbyist John Manley. “A once-in-a-generation opportunity,” ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Helping the Homeless and the Youth: Coldest Night Of The Year

Once again this year, I’m participating in the Coldest Night Of The Year Walk on February 25th. It is held across the country, and is done to help local charities, primarily to do with the homeless. In Brantford, the walk is raising money for the Brantford Welcome-In Resource Center (otherwise known as the HOmeless Shelter) ...

Things Are Good: Teen Substance Abuse Decreases When They Have Fun

Being a teenager is hard with all the chaos that is finding one’s identity and dealing with the incoming stresses of life. In many places around the world, teens react to these pressures by using illicit substances or otherwise “misbehaving”. Iceland was having a huge problem with teens drinking and smoking throughout the 90s, then ...

Wise Law Blog: Can Your Last Will and Testament Prevent Your Ex From Getting Child Custody After Your Death?

BY PAUL ADAM, ASSOCIATE LAWYER After a marital separation, some parents will, for better or worse, go to unimaginable lengths to prevent their ex-partners from havingcustody or access to the children of the marriage. Can this fight continue after death? Can a separated parent use a last will to prevent the child’s other parent from ...

Northern Reflections: Mr. Wonderful?

Kevin O’Leary is in. But Brent Rathgeber isn’t impressed by either O’Leary or his prospects: The first few times I saw Kevin O’Leary harshly criticize a contestant, I thought it was so over the top that it had to be contrived. His affected viciousness repelled me; predictably, it also earned him a seat on the ...

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

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday January 19, 2017. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Jan 19, 2017 at 6:33am PST If a deceased person owed support to a spouse or child under the Family Law Act, they may also ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Even an elite Senate needs direction.

It seems you cannot keep a newspaper person from writing. Even with a sinecure such as a guaranteed salary for sitting in the Senate (until age 75) former La Presse editor André Pratte keeps writing. The past week it was a piece he wrote for the Toronto Star on why an evolving Senate must adapt. ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Many Radical Feminists Don’t like the Term ‘Cis/Cisgender’

Clipped from the Feminist Current article 10 words we should retire in 2017.   “5) Cis/cisgender: This word is just gross. It sounds like a tumour. But beyond its phonetic unpleasantness, “cis” is also insulting and harmful to women. Women who do not claim to have a special “gender identity” are told they are “cis.” ...

Montreal Simon: Why I Have Decided To Support Kevin O’Leary

Well now it's official. Kevin O'Leary has finally announced that he does indeed want to be the leader, or the new King of the Harper Party.He claims ordinary rubes Canadians are excited and grateful that he's going to save them from the Liberals.  And he wants Justin Trudeau to know that he is going to be his ...

Warren Kinsella: The last day

I have had this poster beside my desk every day for eight years.  I supported him right from the start, long before 2008. I couldn’t vote for him, but after I saw him speak at the DNC convention in 2004, that was it. I was with him.  He has been a president who conducted himself ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: New French anti-terror measure impacts Newfoundland #nlpoli

A group of 35 young people traveling from St. Pierre to Corner Brook at the end of the month are going to be affected by a new French anti-crime and anti-terrorism measure, according to francoinfo. The students will each need special parental authority in addition to any other travel documents.  The new requirement is called ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Actions and Words (2016) #nlpoli

The provincial cabinet has known since January – at least – that the powerhouse at Muskrat Falls is only 15% completed despite a huge payout to the contractor.That’s what Nalcor reported to the committee of provincial bureaucrats named by the Conservatives to get a report from Nalcor every now and again.  They can’t do anything ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: ‘A Wake for the Dreamland’ by Laurel Deedrick-Mayne tops Audreys Books’ Edmonton Bestseller List

Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers 1. A Wake for the Dreamland – Laurel Deedrick-Mayne *… Continue Reading →

Warren Kinsella: Tonight at the Mosaic Institute 

Blood and Honour is a decades-old neo-Nazi group in Britain. Combat 18 is a skinhead group whose members have committed multiple murders. The “18” refers to the first and eighth letters, A and H – Adolf Hitler. Their posters have been put up all over Calgary. Welcome to the Trump times.  @kinsellawarren holds up a ...

Queer-liberal: Completely banning police from Toronto Pride is simply wrong

I’m a member of Pride Toronto.  Had I known that a vote on accepting all of the demands put forth last year by Black Lives Matters protesters during their Pride Day protest was going to take place last night at Pride Toronto’s Annual General Meeting, I would’ve gone to voice my opinion and cast a ...

The Disaffected Lib: Demographic Fairy Tales

Never has mankind’s future been so uncertain. There are powerful forces at work today and we have only the vaguest notion of how they’ll play out individually much less collectively in either the short-range or medium-range. One is the combined effect of global warming and climate change. That’s the big nasty. There are also two ...

Canadian Dimension: World’s eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

Photo by Jorge Royan The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth. In a report published to coincide with the start of the week-long World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam ...

Warren Kinsella: Trump to Canadian conservative fans: too bad for you, suckers!

This is the point I was trying to make on Evan’s radio show on CFRA this week: who gives a shit about Keystone when the Unpresident does this? It’ll make the NEP look like a romp in the park. Get it, yet, Canadian conservatives? Tired of kissing Trump’s fat orange ass? You will be, soon ...

The Disaffected Lib: This Might Go a Long Way to Explaining Trump

Donald Trump behaves just like a person in the throes of severe sleep deprivation. No, this isn’t just casting bones and reading entrails. During the nomination and election campaigns Trump repeatedly alluded to how he gets by with just a few hours of sleep every night. The good news is that this is a well ...

Warren Kinsella: Inaugurating the Unpresident: media and protest updates

I will be on with my friends at CITY-TV on Friday to provide colour commentary.  I can’t wait to talk about the Unpresident on-air.  Tune in! Also, Lisa and Daughter Two will be heading to the Women’s March in D.C. the same morning.  Lisa is writing about it for the Hill Times, and will be doing ...

Michal Rozworski: Learning from the rise of the right in the global South

With only two days left until Donald Trump’s inauguration, today’s two guests look at the turn to the right that’s already well under way across parts of the global South. First, I speak with the historian, journalist and author Vijay Prashad about the nationalist Narendra Modi’s economic agenda in India. Vijay’s books include The Darker Nations A People’s History ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – The Star argues that a crackdown on tax evasion and avoidance is a crucial first step in reining in inequality. Susan Delacourt wonders when, if ever, Chrystia Freeland’s apparent interest in inequality will show up in her role in government. And Vanmala Subramaniam reminds us why the cause ...

Montreal Simon: The Farcical Con Debate and the Coming of Kevin O’Leary

The headline in today's Journal de Montréal just about says it all. Yesterday's Con leadership debate was a "hard evening for the French language."So badly did some Con candidates mangle their French, that even the translators couldn't understand them.And no serious person could call it anything but a farce.But at least the gloves finally came off.Read more ...

Things Are Good: Visualizing Bold Climate Action

There’s so much talk about taking action around climate change that it can be hard to remember what real action looks like. Climate action can take on many different forms and around the world how places react to climate change is different; meaning that we can see so many ways that cities are changing the ...

Warren Kinsella: The one Conservative leadership candidate you could support

Maybe I’ll do a do-over. Hmmm.