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Things Are Good: Canadian Government Think Tank: Renewables Win Over Fossil Fuels

When the Conservatives were in charge of Canada they didn’t conserve at all, instead they rallied behind fossil fuels to power Canada’s economy. That foolish gamble contributed to a lame economy (sent the country into massive debt) and a dying planet (even sabotaging global discussions about carbon and fossil fuel. Canadians are hopeful that the […]

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Warren Kinsella: Bumpersticker sums up what everyone feels about politics

In the U.S. and everywhere else, too. (H/T Richard Madan.) . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: Bumpersticker sums up what everyone feels about politics

Warren Kinsella: Social media giants oppose hate?

I’ll believe it when I see it. Talk is cheap. Words minus actions equals zero, as my friend Joey Keithley says.   . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: Social media giants oppose hate?

Northern Reflections: Who Says You Can’t Buy An Election?

Donald Trump keeps rolling along. And things keep getting worse for Hillary Clinton. The real campaign hasn’t even started yet. A lot of Clinton’s misery is of her own making.  Trump is a sociopath — who will say anything and stop at nothing to w… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Who Says You Can’t Buy An Election?

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le monde à l’envers : Quand les Africains viennent à la rescousse de l’Occident

Il y a quelques semaines, des milliers ont fui la ville ouest-canadienne de Fort McMurray pour échapper aux feux de forêt. Les manchettes ont passé à autre chose, mais l’incendie fait toujours rage. Comme d’habitude, nos voisins du sud nous prêten… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le monde à l’envers : Quand les Africains viennent à la rescousse de l’Occident

Dead Wild Roses: Conversations with the Po-Mo Crowd – An Interesting Dialogue on Why Words Have Meanings.

You can find the original conversation here. As this appeared on tumblr I’ve taken some editorial liberties with correcting spelling and grammar and adding titles to the speakers. I’ve had versions of this conversation before and of course, I was not nearly as eloquent as the final response was.   POMO: Terfs are always demanding […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Conversations with the Po-Mo Crowd – An Interesting Dialogue on Why Words Have Meanings.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Martin continues to seet provincial political agenda #nlpoli

On the surface, Ed Martin’s statement on Monday confirmed what we already knew.Dwight Ball knew about and approved of Ed Martin’s severance payment from Nalcor.  Ball may not have known the precise detail of the amount Martin received from his sev… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Martin continues to seet provincial political agenda #nlpoli

Alberta Politics: Suspension of maverick MLA didn’t amount to much, even before Wildrose leader’s apparent flip-flop

PHOTOS: Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt appears to be ahead in the race with his party leader, Brian Jean, this past weekend at least. (Photo grabbed from Mr. Jean’s Facebook page.) Below: Blogger Dave Cournoyer and a smiling Mr. Fildebrandt. That was… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Suspension of maverick MLA didn’t amount to much, even before Wildrose leader’s apparent flip-flop

Warren Kinsella: In this week’s Hill Times: ten things the Conservatives must do (but probably won’t)

The Conservative Party of Canada: leaderless, powerless and – if they’re not careful – hopeless. They had their convention in Vancouver over the weekend, the Conservatives did. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke, resolutions were debated, leadership hopefuls pressed the flesh. Above it all, one question hovered, like an ominous fog: are we doomed? Can […] . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: In this week’s Hill Times: ten things the Conservatives must do (but probably won’t)

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The 5 conditions Derek Fildebrandt must meet to return to the Wildrose Caucus

The Fildebrandt Saga continues as Brian Jean backtracks, kind of… Just over forty-eight hours after he suspended Finance critic Derek Fildebrandt from the Official Opposition Caucus, Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean appears to be backtracking… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The 5 conditions Derek Fildebrandt must meet to return to the Wildrose Caucus

Montreal Simon: The Cons Claim Rona Ambrose Didn’t Call Justin Trudeau a Woman

It was for me the lowest moment of the Con convention. The sight of Rona Ambrose strutting across the stage bragging about her party's feminist credentials.While making a "joke" about Justin Trudeau as the first female Prime Minister.As o… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons Claim Rona Ambrose Didn’t Call Justin Trudeau a Woman

Canadian Dimension: Violent strikes against labour reforms are causing chaos in France

Photo by Paris 17 For the past week, France has felt like a country on the verge of civic insurrection. Union blockades of petrol refineries and depots have caused widespread fuel shortages. Some 2,300 petrol st… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Violent strikes against labour reforms are causing chaos in France

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disa… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

The Disaffected Lib: Trump Lends ISIS a Helping Hand

There have been reports that ISIS has begun having trouble recruiting new volunteers and hanging on to those who’ve entered service. Donald Trump may be a partial answer to their problems.Former CIA/NSA Director, Michael Hayden, is a well-known US fore… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Trump Lends ISIS a Helping Hand

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Addressing cumulative effects in BC’s north

Monday, May 30, 2016 Today, in conjunction with the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Addressing cumulative effects in BC’s north

A Different Point of View....: 50 years of great Investigative Journalism, from ‘This Hour’ to Amy Goodman

Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to hear some of North America’s top investigative journalists speak.One recent evening it was Amy Goodman, the amazing do-it-all journalist with Democracy Now, the independent U.S. radio and TV program. She gav… . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: 50 years of great Investigative Journalism, from ‘This Hour’ to Amy Goodman

The Decarie Report: May 30: Too much news.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/drowned-baby-picture-migrant-1.3607030Canadians fought and died in World War Two for many reasons. Many joined up from a sense of loyalty to Britain. Many joined up because there were no jobs. My uncle joined to get away fr… . . . → Read More: The Decarie Report: May 30: Too much news.

DeSmogBlog: Unprecedented Wildfires in Western Canada Call For Serious Climate Action

This is a guest post by Jens Wieting, forest and climate campaigner with Sierra Club B.C. The wildfires currently raging uncontrolled in Alberta are not within the range of what’s normal. As of May 29, 854,984 hectares have burned this year in Can… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Unprecedented Wildfires in Western Canada Call For Serious Climate Action

Warren Kinsella: Gord Tulk – booted for the second (or third, or fourth) time

All of you will be tremendously upset, I suspect, to hear that Gord Tulk has – yet again – been asked to take his commenting elsewhere. What is it with this guy? Anyway. The commenting rules are here, folks. Clip and save.   . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: Gord Tulk – booted for the second (or third, or fourth) time

Alberta Politics: Questions, questions, questions about tomorrow’s Public Accounts Committee meeting chaired by … Derek Fildebrandt?

PHOTO: Derek Fildebrandt, a (former?) Wildrose Opposition MLA and as of right now chair of the Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee. (Photo © David Climenhaga, just sayin’.) Tomorrow morning, the Alberta Legislature’s Standing Committee on Pu… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Questions, questions, questions about tomorrow’s Public Accounts Committee meeting chaired by … Derek Fildebrandt?

The Disaffected Lib: Hey, Slick. Here’s an Idea.

The Liberal Party is the party of the young. Trudeau won their support. Mulcair and Harper didn’t. That’s why Trudeau is prime minister and Mulcair settled for picking up Trudeau’s old lease at the Motel 6 out on the Gloucester Highway.Trudeau won thei… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Hey, Slick. Here’s an Idea.

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Just Too Good. I Couldn’t Help Myself.

Enjoy, you know it’s true. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s Just Too Good. I Couldn’t Help Myself.

OPSEU Diablogue: All health care workers matter

Nursing week is an annual opportunity to honour the dedication of nurses and acknowledge their contribution to the health care profession. But this year, the otherwise celebratory tone of the event started on a sour note. On May 9, 2016 … Conti… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: All health care workers matter

The Disaffected Lib: When Are We Going to Quit This Bitumen Addiction?

There was a news report last week about aerosol contamination coming from the Athabasca Tar Sands.Trust The Tyee’s Andrew Nikiforuk to get to the bottom of what’s really happening. It’s a much bigger problem than the news stories conveyed. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When Are We Going to Quit This Bitumen Addiction?

Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Why a Barrier Free BC?

You may not realize this, but there are approximately 604,000(1) British Columbians with disabilities. This number will keep growing as our society ages. Disability affects everyone. Everyone will develop limitations eventually, or perhaps a permanent… . . . → Read More: Stuart Mackinnon’s BetterParks for Vancouver: Why a Barrier Free BC?