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PostArctica: When Nature Gets Creepy

It is cold and there is enough of a wind to blow some of this tall grass around, occasionally flying into your face. Snow has fallen forcing swaths of it to collapse creating the illusion of these low lying dark spaces where all kinds of horrible troll like creatures may exist, just waiting for you . . . → Read More: PostArctica: When Nature Gets Creepy

DeSmogBlog: B.C. In No Position to Stonewall on National Carbon Pricing Plan

By Matt Horne for the Pembina Institute.

With Canada’s first credible national climate change plan within reach, now is not the time to be watering down core policies that would help reduce emissions. That’s why the federal government should reject Premier Christy Clark’s posturing on carbon pricing and stick to the pan-Canadian carbon price . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: B.C. In No Position to Stonewall on National Carbon Pricing Plan

CuriosityCat: How Trudeau’s Liberals failed Canada on electoral reform

The miscalculation that Justin Trudeau made regarding his solemn promise to bring about electoral change, is shown in this summary:

The Liberals, however, decided to go one step further in eschewing conventional political practice: Instead of stacking their side of the table with wily veteran MPs, they assigned four first-timers to the task, while . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: How Trudeau’s Liberals failed Canada on electoral reform

The Decarie Report: Dec. 9: Donald Trump – Hero!

And liar.

Donald Trump saved a 1100 jobs that were about to be moved by Carrier from Indianapolis and out of the U.S. And he’s not even president yet. Isn’t that wonderful?

Actually, it’s not.

He announced to eleven hundred workers he had saved their jobs. In fact, he saved only 550. The other  550 . . . → Read More: The Decarie Report: Dec. 9: Donald Trump – Hero!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The new Canadian $10 Bill

Canada is finally putting a woman on the front of a bank note (other than the Queen, of course). The first will be Viola Desmond, who will replace Sir John A. MacDonald.

Extraordinary bravery of Viola Desmond who will now appear on Canada's $10 bill. Via Heritage Minutes. https://t.co/GF4gyCWj8W #MakeItRight

— Chris Fisher . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The new Canadian $10 Bill

DeSmogBlog: Review of 9,000 Studies Finds We Know Squat About Bitumen Spills in Ocean Environments

Nobody knows how a spill of diluted bitumen would affect marine life or whether a bitumen spill in salt water could be adequately cleaned up, because basic research is lacking, says a new study.

The peer-reviewed paper, which will be published later this month in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, looked . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Review of 9,000 Studies Finds We Know Squat About Bitumen Spills in Ocean Environments

Warren Kinsella: It was my duty to report these illegal aliens 

Also: the female is wearing A VEIL!

This refugee family, with controversial "values," violated immigration laws. @KellieLeitch, go get 'em! #cpcldr pic.twitter.com/PupppJRjkr

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) December 9, 2016

Canadian Dimension: Organising to Win: Direct Action Wins at Frite Alors!

A lot of the labour movement knows that there are serious problems with the way unions have developed in Canada. If you say “we rely too much on the grievance procedure,” people will nod sagely. If you say “we need to find a way to get back to our roots and use organization . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Organising to Win: Direct Action Wins at Frite Alors!

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Hassan Yussuff and other labour leaders offer their take on how we can develop a more equitable global trade system: The next challenge before us is to build on and improve all post-CETA trade and investment deals to ensure they meet a progressive trade model. We suggest several . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Morton's Musings: Rectification in the Supreme Court of Canada

Canada (Attorney General) v. Fairmont Hotels Inc., 2016 SCC 56:

Rectification is an equitable remedy designed to correct errors in the recording of terms in written legal instruments. It is limited to cases where a written instrument has incorrectly recorded the parties’ antecedent agreement. In other words, rectification is . . . → Read More: Morton’s Musings: Rectification in the Supreme Court of Canada

Warren Kinsella: Trump Virus: now in Kelowna

…my wife’s former town. Got a lot of friends there, too.

From Kelowna Now: “Some students at the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna were shocked to find pro-white posters telling readers to abandon political correctness and multiculturalism and free themselves of “white guilt.”

. . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: Trump Virus: now in Kelowna

Scripturient: Those pesky costs The Block forgot to mention

Who sends out your water bills? Collus-PowerStream. It’s all part of the shared services agreement. Yes, that simple little agreement that for 15 productive, cooperative years linked our water and electrical utilities with mutual resources. That same agreement The Block dismantled and handed over to the interim CAO two years ago to rewrite and update. . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Those pesky costs The Block forgot to mention

Politics and its Discontents: In Pursuit Of Answers

Yesterday’s post featured the thoughts of my sister-in-law, Ruth, on how to restore humility and a sense of proportion. This morning, she alerted me to the following, a fitting complement to that post.

If you liked the above, this one is even better:

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: In Pursuit Of Answers

Wise Law Blog: Law Clerk’s Corner: 5 Things I have Learned as a Law Clerk

BY LARA FRIEDMAN

Between finishing school, to being a Law Clerk Co-op Student, to now being a full-time employee atWise Law Office I have learned a multitude of tips that will help me as my career continues.

Here are 5 important tips that have helped me as a Legal Assistant.

1. Always Meet Deadlines By . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Law Clerk’s Corner: 5 Things I have Learned as a Law Clerk

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and Justin Trudeau’s Long Honeymoon

Ever since Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister, the Con media has been declaring that his political honeymoon is over.And in recent weeks with the confusion over electoral reform, and the controversial pipeline decision, that clamour has become almost deafening.With one story after the other declaring that his golden ride was finally . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Media and Justin Trudeau’s Long Honeymoon

Babel-on-the-Bay: The worst fears of Justin Trudeau.

It is hardly the spectre of Stephen Harper that keeps Prime Minister Justin Trudeau awake nights. It is the spectre of a democratic Liberal Party of Canada. It was something that was very real and credible to his father but for some reason haunts the son.

From day one of his winning the leadership of . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The worst fears of Justin Trudeau.

Northern Reflections: Back To

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Madman of the Year

It's Time Magazine's ugliest Person of the Year cover since it awarded Adolf Hitler that dubious honour.And Donald Trump is reported to be conflicted. On the one hand his massive all consuming ego is flattered, or inflated further. On the other hand he's furious that anybody should call him a "divider."And I mean furious.Read . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Madman of the Year

Warren Kinsella: #StillWithHer

.@HillaryClinton got 3 million more votes than @realDonaldTrump. Keep tweeting that, because it drives his supporters fucking crazy. #uspoli

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) December 9, 2016

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Telemann Concerto for 4 Violins in G+ TWV40

Georg Philipp Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family’s wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Zary, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Telemann Concerto for 4 Violins in G+ TWV40

We Pivot: This Week in American Fascism

Whew, what a week! As we pivot to a new world dismantling entitlements and confronting much more overt fascism, let’s reflect on what we need to call out: Fascist, white supremacists love to ban books, including To Kill A Mockingbird, … [Read more]

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: AIMS refutes austerity hysteria #nlpoli #AIMS

From the latest Atlantic Institute for Market Studies paper: “Measuring Austerity in Atlantic Canada investigates whether the use of the term austerity in the context of Atlantic Canada’s public finance is accurate. The author examines public accounts data from the four provinces, adjusting for inflation, to determine the annual amount of program expenditure in absolute and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: AIMS refutes austerity hysteria #nlpoli #AIMS

Alberta Politics: Calculating St. Albert City Councillors’ meeting attendance – from best to worst

PHOTOS: St. Albert City Council. From left to right: Bob Russell, Sheena Hughes, Tim Osborne, Nolan Crouse, Wes Brodhead, Cam MacKay and Cathy Heron (City of St. Albert photo). Below: A few shots from the author’s personal collection, which includes Mayor Crouse at one of the many community events he also goes to, Cam MacKay, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Calculating St. Albert City Councillors’ meeting attendance – from best to worst

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