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Northern Reflections: What Does He Say In Private?


The differences between the Liberals and the Conservatives are getting starker. Susan Delacourt writes:

If this election is distilling down to a potentially ugly culture war in the final two weeks before the vote, much could rest on how Canadians feel about the people living around them.

Trudeau gave an important speech in Brampton on Sunday — one that all those who have dismissed him as ‘not ready’ probably ought to see for themselves. This being an election and all, it was analyzed immediately afterward through the prism of political strategy — for its (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CBC Wrecks Another Debate #elxn42

I’ve long called for More Debates, Not Fewer Debaters, and CBC again disappoints.

Not much watchdog press left in Canada. No wonder people reject mainstream journalism for real reporting online.#cbc

— John MacDougall (@coircomann) October 2, 2015

Despite efforts by the major TV broadcasters, NDP have refused to participate in the debate.

— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) October 2, 2015

Nope. @Blahaaron @josh_wingrove @acoyne uh the final election debate is next week..

— kady o'malley (@kady) October 2, 2015

My Feb. prediction, sadly is coming true.

The unethical fools (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Will Mulcair look left and Harper’s eyebrows not move in Monday’s debate?

An expert in body language viewed the French language debate and Christine Gagnon had this to say about Tom (Thomas?) Mulcair’s body gestures:

Watch for Mulcair to repeat these gestures in Monday’s debate on foreign affairs. What about Harper? The expert says he had a fake smile, and his eyebrows gave him away:

Gagnon didn’t beat around the bush: “Stephen Harper lacks all spontaneity in his gestures.” The Conservative leader endlessly repeats the same gestures, which are all very symmetrical, almost robotic. This symmetry indicates a desire to control the debate.

He frequently looked into the camera, which (Read more…)

Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….

Spin Cycle: Is the NDP’s proposed corporate tax hike a ‘job killer’? Liberals, Conservatives decry NDP plan to raise corporate tax rate to 17% from 15%

By Ira Basen, CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2015 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 3:32 PM ET

Who wrote that headline, some-under-assistant from the Tory propaganda division of the Conservative party? It’s been shown time and again that doing things like raising taxes, raising the minimum wage, etc. do not in fact unemployment, layoffs, or cause corporate types to run away, screaming…it’s way too late for that. Those corporate greed-mongers who would (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten Things to Know About Homelessness in Canada

This afternoon I gave a presentation at Raising the Roof’s Child & Family Homelessness Stakeholder Summit in Toronto. My slide deck can be downloaded here. To accompany the presentation, I’ve prepared the following list of “Ten Things to Know About Homelessness in Canada.”

1.Efforts to enumerate persons experiencing homeless have generally been spotty, but it is reasonable to assert that homelessness in Canada saw substantial growth in the 1980s and 1990s. On a nightly basis in Toronto, there were about 1,000 persons per night staying in emergency shelters in 1980. By 1990, that figure had doubled. And (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Dix Choses à Savoir sur l’Itinérance au Canada

Cet après-midi, j’ai fait une présentation au Child & Family Homelessness Stakeholder Summit, organisé par Chez Toit, à Toronto. Ma presentation, illustrée de diapositives, peut être téléchargée ici. Pour accompagner la présentation, je vous ai préparé la liste suivante des « Dix choses à savoir sur l’itinérance au Canada. »

1. Les tentatives de dénombrer les personnes en situation d’itinérance ont généralement été intermittentes, mais il est raisonnable d’affirmer que l’itinérance au Canada a connu une croissance importante entre 1980 et 2000. Sur une base quotidienne à Toronto, il y avait environ 1,000 personnes par nuit séjournant dans (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Near the bottom of a very big rabbit hole #nlpoli

Thursday was one of those days where you felt like you had dropped down the rabbit hole with Alice.

Or maybe had indulged a bit too heavily in some mind-altering substance.

There was Lorraine Michael on the radio complaining that Muskrat Falls would likely cause environmental problems through the release of methyl mercury.  Let’s be clear:  there is nothing we know about Muskrat Falls today on any subject that wasn’t known when Lorraine endorsed Muskrat Falls. Yet, there is Lorraine trying to make it sound like she never, ever supported this megaproject.

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Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Collaborate to Conserve: The Rise of Business-Municipality Water Initiatives

As the creation of the Water Program by the Carbon Disclosure Project shows, managements and investors increasingly recognize the importance of the water-energy nexus and water-related risks. Businesses across Canada are collaborating with municipalities on innovative water conservation projects. With free water audit and financial incentives for capital retrofits, municipalities are helping companies like Toyota and Brick Brewing to conserve water and reach their corporate environmental goals. We look at some example projects and offer tips on how your corporation can get started.

Drinking water, wastewater, stormwater

Being a good water steward when using municipal water services takes many forms and often requires innovative (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 28, 2015

Your news links for today:

Tech Giants Want to Punish DMCA Takedown Abusers – TorrentFreak Ashley Madison abusing DMCA “to put genie back in the bottle,” EFF says – Ars Technica TISA and Tech’s Double Standards On Secret Government Internet Deals – EFF Windows 10 Reserves The Right To Block Pirated Games And ‘Unauthorized’ Hardware – Techdirt Pirate Bay Founder Released From Jail But Immediately Re-Arrested – TorrentFreak Many police departments spy on you without oversight. This must end – The Guardian Autobiography of a Canadian SIGINT Officer Published – Matthew Aid I made the choice to donate to the (Read more…)

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Disorder AND Epilepsy (But NO SUDEP!!!) at 6:05 AM

I was awake at 5:30 this morning, had some breakfast, and was enjoying a mug (not a cup, a mug) of coffee when I noticed that the time was 6:05 am.  Startled I jumped up to see if everything was OK with my son Conor.  Conor suffers from severe autism disorder and epileptic seizures, including half a dozen grand mal or tonic clonic seizures, since last Christmas. One feature of Conor’s autism disorder is that he gets up at precisely 6:01 a.m. every morning.  He often wakes up before 6:01 but stays in bed until that time and then (Read more…)

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Ron Banerjee, André Drouin, and Rise Canada

We had mentioned in our previous article that we were working on a new story. In fact, it's a story that sort of fell into our laps, though initially we didn't quite realize how significant it would turn out to be: Before being sent the above unsolicited link we had been aware of Rise Canada though we didn't pay it a lot of attention as it was yet another Islamaphobic project of Ron Banerjee:

Ron Banerjee holding pamphlet We've discussed Banerjee on the blog in the past. He styles himself as the director and spokesman of Canadian Hindu Advocacy, a (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Ron Banerjee, André Drouin, and Rise Canada

Morton's Musings: Court of Appeal may overrule itself albeit rarely

Fernandes v. Araujo, 2015 ONCA 571:

[45]       As an intermediate court of appeal, we are ordinarily bound to follow our past decisions, even decisions with which we disagree. It is important that we do so. Our common law legal tradition rests upon the idea that we will adhere to what we decided in the past. As expressed by the Latin phrase stare decisis, we stand by things that have been decided. The rule of precedent provides certainly, consistency, clarity and stability in the law. It fosters the orderly and efficient resolution of disputes and allows parties to obtain reliable legal (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: JRfm Promotes Rape Culture, Sigh

Is it only sexual assault if he rapes her?

A male person didn’t run up to CBC-tv’s Megan Batchelor on air in Squamish and shout, “Fuck Her Right in the Pussy.”

Maybe he knows people can get fired for that.

Instead he was maybe trying to be “nice” by trying to kiss her. She complained to the RCMP.

If I went into a car dealership and kissed a woman or man on the cheek, out of the blue, I think the business would support their sexually violated employee. That makes sense.

If I went into a Starbucks and tried (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Bearding a bully.

Canadians watched a bully get his comeuppance last night. There were no knock-out blows or deathbed repentances but some solid points were made. In balance, the Greens’ Elizabeth May looked good, the New Democrat’s Thomas Mulcair was stuffy, the Liberal’s Justin Trudeau showed strength and the Prime Minister kept saying “Let’s be clear,” when he really was not.

But why did it all look like an attempt at stand-up comedy at a funeral directors’ convention? Why were the men all in black suits with ties out of the Salvation Army bag? At least Elizabeth May could stand out in her (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Joseph Stiglitz discusses how Greece has been turned into a sacrificial lamb at the altar of austerian economics: Austerity is largely to blame for Greece’s current depression — a decline of gross domestic product of 25 percent since 2008, an unemployment rate of 25 percent and a youth unemployment rate twice that. But this new program ratchets the pressure up still further: a target of 3.5 percent primary budget surplus by 2018 (up from around 1 percent this year). Now, if the targets are not met, as they almost surely won’t (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, June 29, 2015

Your news links for today:

Latest Conservative ad could violate government’s own anti-terror law – CTV News Video: Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke defends use of ISIS video in recent attack ad – Global News Conservative’s ISIS ad violates Geneva Convention, opposition says – ThinkPol Police face little accountability, five years after the Toronto G20 – Toronto Star Gormley: The false choice between security and privacy – Ottawa Citizen CBC Seeks Takedown of Conservative Ad, Claims “No One” Can Re-Use Its News Clips Without Permission – Michael Geist ‘Blind agreement’ and closed-door deals: Report slams TPP negotiations – CNET Trans-Pacific (Read more…)

Queer-liberal: Yet another Harper appointee accused of wrongdoing…

Disgraced senator Don Meredith…….and the guy who appointed him

Don Meredith, the holier-than-thou religious dude who won such admiration from Harper for his work with youth that he not only appointed him as a Conservative candidate in Toronto Centre in 2008 (where he was quickly trounced in a byelection) but also appointed him to the Senate in 2010, now stands accused of a very inappropriate relationship with a minor.   This is on top of sexual harassment in the workplace allegations. 

Yes, the toxic mix of fundamentalist religion with conservative political power has seemingly produced more gross behaviour. (Read more…)

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Four Ways to Reduce Your Business Travel Carbon Footprint

What is your carbon footprint? Each Canadian causes 15 tons of CO2 emission per year, American 18 tons, Australian 17 tons, Dutch 11 tons, German 9 tons, British 8 tons, Chinese 6 tons, Indian 2 tons. How much of these emissions are caused by business travels? What can you do to reduce your business travel footprint? Let’s find out.

Go Digital

According to a report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), videoconferencing can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,271 tons over five years — equivalent to the emissions from 400 passenger cars. The study, (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: IMF study: Fossil fuel industry gets $5.3 TRILLION in public subsidies a year

A tar sands operation in Fort McMurray, Alberta (photo: Chris Krüg)

Read this shocking May 19 story from the EU Observer on a new study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which pegs subsidies to the fossil fuel sector at a whopping $5.3 Trillion USD per year.

Around 1.6 million premature deaths would be prevented annually if the world’s governments stopped subsidising fossil fuels, a study by four researchers from the International Monetary Fund found.

The most relative gains could be made in eastern Europe and Turkey, where 60 percent of the people who die as a result (Read more…)

Blunt Objects Blog: The Rise of Anti-Choice Canadians

The news today is about yet another graphic flyer being distributed by the anti-choice #No2Trudeau campaign, run by group of Canadians (mostly) who are concerned with this country’s rather lax abortion laws, some of the least restrictive in the world. This flyer in particular has been focused on attacking federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for his correctly perceived support for abortion access in this country. Big surprise, right?

In a way, it kind of is. The current campaign, being run jointly by the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) and the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform (CCRB, and I suspect they (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Michael Kraus, Shai Davidai and A. David Nussbaum discuss the myth of social mobility in the U.S. And Nicholas Kristof writes that inequality is a choice rather than an inevitability: Yet while we broadly lament inequality, we treat it as some natural disaster imposed upon us. That’s absurd. The roots of inequality are complex and, to some extent, reflect global forces, but they also reflect our policy choices. In his new book, “The Great Divide,” Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, includes two chapters whose titles sum it up: “Inequality (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Another Badly Overdue Conversation We’re Not Brave Enough to Have.

It was around the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The British magazine, The Economist, published a provocative opinion piece focusing on whether Europe should erect defences to cut itself off from the barbarians beyond the EU borders or take down the walls entirely.

The article foresaw what we’re witnessing today – the onset of a mass migration out of the Middle East and Africa by people desperate enough to risk nearly anything, including their own lives, to find sanctuary in the European Union.

In this week in which we have seen hundreds drown, trapped in the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: How Equal Do We Want the World? – Dan Ariely

More than you’d think really. Human beings seem to intrinsically value fairness and equality and yet, as of today have constructed societies based on moving as far away as possible from any sort of equitable norm.

Take note of the piece on John Rawls and how using the Veil of Ignorance idea as a cognitive filter for making decisions. I think it is a great idea adding to the list of processes one should go through in making tough decisions in the personal, moral and political sphere.

Filed under: Culture, Education, Ethics Tagged: Dan Ariely, (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Henry Mintzberg rightly challenges the myth of a “level playing field” when it comes to our economic opportunities: Let’s level with each other. What we call a “level playing field” for economic development is played with Western rules on Southern turf, so that the New York Giants can take on some high school team from Timbuktu. The International Monetary Fund prepares the terrain and the World Trade Organization referees the game. Guess who wins.

The rules of this game have been written by people educated in the economic canon of the already (Read more…)

Northern Reflections: He’s A Doodle!


Stephen Harper displays two of humanity’s ugliest traits — slander and stupidity. In the past, he made an effort to disguise those traits. But now, with an election on the horizon, he’s taken them out of the closet and allowed them to parade around nakedly. Most recently, he has slandered women who choose to wear niqabs, — most significantly, Zunera Ishag. Gerald Caplan writes:

What he has done – this great (Read more…)