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The Canadian Progressive: Over 1280 archaeologists and historians denounce Dakota Access Pipeline

At least 1281 archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, students and museum directors from the US, Canada and other countries recently signed a letter condemning the destruction of Standing Rock Sioux burial grounds and sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline company.

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Cowichan Conversations: Climate Change Hits Home in Cowichan Valley Where High-volume Water Pumps will Prevent Cowichan River from Running Dry

The following release has been sent out announcing an attempt to counter the drought conditions that threaten the Cowichan River.

Cowichan Lake, (B.C.) – The Cowichan Tribes, Catalyst Paper, the Cowichan Valley Regional District

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The letter Peter Whittle got #nlpoli

This is the letter Peter Whittle got from his colleagues on the school councils federation executive. Whittle resigned today.

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DeSmogBlog: The 40-Year-Old Federal Salmon Study That Should Have Killed Pacific Northwest LNG

The report is dated July 17, 1973, and stamped by the Department of the Environment.

Scientists had undertaken a study of fish in the Skeena estuary due to proposals to build a super port in the Prince Rupert area.

The federal government wanted to know: “What destructive consequences could be imparted on the fisheries . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The 40-Year-Old Federal Salmon Study That Should Have Killed Pacific Northwest LNG

The Disaffected Lib: The Tyee Asks – Has Justin Out-Harpered the Conservatives?

I’m sorry to you Liberal faithful but it’s a more than fair question. What happened to all that stuff about the Liberals being progressive? Oh dear.

The key players in Stephen Harper’s government would have been high-fiving after the month Justin Trudeau’s is finishing up.

In September, the Liberal government took a hard line . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Tyee Asks – Has Justin Out-Harpered the Conservatives?

The Disaffected Lib: Who Needs the Pundits’ Take When We’ve Got Samantha Bee

The presidential debate in a nutshell

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Stop Digging this Hole

Shortly after I started my blog, 2005 if I recall correctly, I began putting together a list of the major challenges confronting mankind, indeed all life on Earth. Let me see if I can recall it from memory – global warming and severe storm events of increasing intensity, frequency and duration; both cyclical and sustained . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Stop Digging this Hole

Warren Kinsella: A snippet from next week’s column: how are the Tories doing?

Am I right? Am I wrong? Let me know in comments!

A year ago, the Conservative Party had become pretty lousy at government.

A year later, the Conservative Party has become pretty good – really good, actually – at opposition.

That’s not to say they’ve redeemed themselves for running a ridiculous election campaign entirely about . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: A snippet from next week’s column: how are the Tories doing?

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Why Judges should be judged too

 

Reading this piece that Rafe Mair posted to the Commonsense Canadian serves as a reminder of his value, his insights and his intestinal fortitude. Rafe writes what needs to be written, and we

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how a recent spate of announcements signals that contrary to their campaign commitments in both theme and detail, there’s been little difference between the Trudeau Liberals and the Harper Conservatives in substance.

For further reading…– The point is one being made by plenty of other observers as well in various contexts, including Ross . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Valerie Strauss discusses the disastrous effects of corporatized education in the U.S. And Alex Hemingway examines how B.C.’s government (like Saskatchewan’s) is going out of its way to make it impossible for a public education system to do its job of offering a bright future to all . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Scripturient: You’re not invited. Again.

You, the public, get shut out again. Less openness, less accountability, more secrecy, more Block. The annual general meeting (AGM) of Collus-PowerStream on October 6 – the local electrical utility that you ostensibly own 50% of – is not open to the public. It’s another closed door, secret meeting. Why? Council will send its representative . . . → Read More: Scripturient: You’re not invited. Again.

Warren Kinsella: Come celebrate sanity!

SFH know he will lose – and we know you will want to celebrate after the US vote! No cover – come party with us and our friends on Thursday, November 10 at Cherry Cola, 200 Bathurst St. (at Queen W.)!

[Placeholder poster until Bjorn releases his anti-Trumpist masterpiece]

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Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days. Other countries are on similar paths. In 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s power from renewable sources, Scotland powered itself exclusively on renewables for a week earlier this year, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

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

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday September 29, 2016. Today we are talking about Wills and Estates. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:18am PDT

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

Northern Reflections: That’s When It Gets Tough

The pundits are increasingly sceptical about Justin Trudeau. Nevertheless, Gerry Caplan writes, the public’s love affair with him continues. Even columnists for The Toronto Star — which generally supports his initiatives — are beginning to show their cynicism:

Take a column this past weekend by the scrupulously non-partisan Susan Delacourt. Like so many . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: That’s When It Gets Tough

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Rise of Adolf Hitler

Although Donald Trump used to sleep with a copy of Hitler's speeches on his bedside table, I've tried to avoid comparing him to the Nazi dictator.For whatever he is Trump isn't Hitler, and to suggest he is only insults that murderous maniac's many victims.But after reading a review of a new book about Hitler's . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Rise of Adolf Hitler

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lessons from the world of twits.

The first question for today: ‘Is there life after Twitter?’ Front-page news the other day at the Toronto Star was that columnist Paul Wells is boycotting Twitter. It is a form of protest. He will forego his 30 tweets per day and his 60,000 followers until Twitter gets its censorship problems corrected to Mr. Wells’ . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Lessons from the world of twits.

Dead Wild Roses: A Civil Gender Critical Discussion?

The following is an exchange on tumblr between littlepumkinprincess and auntiewanda. I have changed the formatting a bit for the sake of readability, but their words and ideas remain the same. Many of the arguments that occur between gender critical feminists and trans-advocates play out in this exchange. It is certainly not an exhaustive . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: A Civil Gender Critical Discussion?

Montreal Simon: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the Battle for the Millennial Vote

I'm glad to see that another poll is suggesting that most Americans believe Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in their first debate.A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that a majority of Americans believe Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate on Monday.The poll found that, out of 2,000 responders, 56 percent thought the Democratic nominee . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the Battle for the Millennial Vote

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Samson sale price "reflective of risk": Galgay #nlpoli

Jonathan Galgay sent along an email to add some information to the post last week about the city’s tax assessment for the property at 50 Beaumont Avenue, also known as I.J. Samson school. He’s adds some useful background about how the city arrived at a value:  the waited for the sale.  Galgay also adds . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Samson sale price "reflective of risk": Galgay #nlpoli

Politics, Re-Spun: End Our Slow Motion Genocide!

Genocide can take place in slow motion, just like weapons of mass destruction.

When I learned that people were calling land mines “weapons of mass destruction, in slow motion,” it became obvious that we can practice social/cultural/human genocide in slow motion too.

Understanding racism and genocide is no simpler than this, from Zianna . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: End Our Slow Motion Genocide!

Alberta Politics: Right-wing newspaper owners want your taxes to subsidize their obsolete, mismanaged, biased publications

PHOTOS: A typical daily newspaper press, once a common sight in small cities and larger towns throughout North America. This one was photographed through a window Tuesday in Brigadoon, Alberta, so it should be good as is for another 10 years. Oh, wait, I made it out of town this afternoon … it must’ve been . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Right-wing newspaper owners want your taxes to subsidize their obsolete, mismanaged, biased publications

Canadian Dimension: Theorizing a new radicalism: Henry Giroux on how to change the world

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In the overlapping realms of cultural studies and critical theory, few scholars have made a more significant impact upon contemporary educational theory than Henry Giroux. In 2002, the American-Canadian academic was named by the British publisher Routledge as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period.

Giroux . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Theorizing a new radicalism: Henry Giroux on how to change the world

Cowichan Conversations: Chief Electoral Officer Recommends changes contained in MacGregor Bill-279

Chief Electoral Office, Marc Mayrand

Chief Electoral Officer Recommends changes contained in MacGregor Bill to limit election length Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, introduced Bill C-279 earlier this year to ensure that

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