The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges Looks at The True North.

The first two words give it away, “Pity Canada.”Chris Hedges looks at Canada and sees us succumbing to the U.S. contagion only behind the mask of moderation. On reading this you may think he goes too far, is too harsh. Perhaps, but not entirely. And, yes, it is harsh in challenging us to take a ...

wmtc: 11.11: remembrance day readers’ advisory

I’ve posted 11 anti-war songs, and I’ve done Labour Day readers’ advisory, but I don’t think I’ve ever done anti-war readers’ advisory. Here are 11 great books with an anti-war themes. 1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins 2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut 3. War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges (nonfiction) 4. Regeneration, ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday November 1, 2017. Today we are talking about Family Law. In difficult custody cases, a Court may request that the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) become involved to investigate and make recommendations to the Court or to provide legal representation for a child. The ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Common Sense?

No one needs policies anymore.  Everything can be decided by using good ol’ common sense. A group calling itself Common Sense Calgary is telling Calgarians that “the same unions that backed the NDP provincially have now endorsed a slate of candidates to help continue their high-tax, high-spending, high-regulation doctrine at the city level.”  While it’s ...

DeSmogBlog: Collaborative Consent: What Next Generation, Indigenous-Inclusive Water Management Looks Like in B.C.

B.C. hasn’t been particularly good at including Indigenous populations in the decision-making process. First Nations are often brought to the table after high-level political decisions have already been made — leading to significant social and legal conflict over consultation, consent and the management of natural resources. Legal challenges of Site C, the cumulative impacts of B.C.’s ...

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Buffoon in Chief Went "Off Script" Again

It’s reported that Trump aide and rightwing nutjob, Stephen Miller, puts the finishing touches on the Cheeto Benito’s speeches, tweeks them up here and there.Trump’s volatile rant to the United Nations General Assembly in which he threatened to annihilate North Korea seems to have Miller’s DNA all over it.Now it’s come out that Trump’s “grown ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Free Pass to Conference Board of Canada Summit

    Carbon49 will give away one free pass (value $1,195) to The Conference Board of Canada’s flagship event in sustainability, Business [Un]Usual: Profit from Purpose Summit. The conference will showcase how to navigate the political, social, environmental and technological transformations that will have profound implications for businesses operating in Canada. It will take place at ...

The Disaffected Lib: Still Crazy After All These Years

Apologies to Paul Simon but the phrase, “still crazy after all these years,” speaks perfectly of America’s inability to either accept or learn from its past. The proof is manifest in the current administration’s blustering posture over Afghanistan. Trump has chosen to hit the reset button on America’s Afghan War. He doesn’t want to go ...

DeSmogBlog: Year-Long Wait for Site C Dam Budget Docs ‘Disturbing’: Expert

Are you curious to know the results of our Freedom of Information request for an updated budget and timeline for the $8.8 billion Site C dam project on B.C.’s Peace River? So are we. We were told by former energy minister Bill Bennett’s office that we would have the information on May 30, three weeks ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Sliders with SLOAN in the East Block Courtyard

All of a sudden the weather is nicer in Ottawa, so on Tuesday evening I popped over to the East Block Courtyard for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) reception. The attraction for most was the promised musical performances by SLOAN and Charlotte Cardin. Other obligations meant I had to ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Southcore Financial Centre Showcases Mixed-Use Sustainable Development

The Southcore Financial Centre is a showcase of mixed-use sustainable development in Toronto’s financial district. The three new interconnected towers—PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower, Bremner Tower, Delta Toronto Hotel—incorporate sustainability best practices in their exterior glazing systems, rainwater harvesting, and deep lake thermal cooling. We look into their special features and how KPMB Architects brought all these together. The Southcore Financial Centre ...

Canadian Dimension: Believe it’s a new French Revolution? Hold your horses

Photo by Leweb Most of the media were quick to hail a ‘New French Revolution’ following the results of the first round of voting in France’s 2017 Presidential election. Well, at a quick glance, the claim appears to have some substance. After all, it’s the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump has a plan?

Heard any good conspiracy theories today? It is amazing how many pundits are writing about Trump’s real plans for world-wide dictatorship. They see Trump’s actions in the White House as part of a scheme. They think it is designed to keep outsiders confused. But it should be obvious to everybody that Trump is the one ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

William Shakespeare is a writer for most human experience. You could not help but think of that line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream the other day reading a commentary on guaranteed basic income. Who the writer was is not important. The approach was serious. He wrote of a guaranteed basic income as being charity. That ...

DeSmogBlog: 87% of B.C. Grizzly Deaths Due to Trophy Hunting, Records Reveal

Eighty-seven per cent of grizzly bear deaths in B.C. are attributable to trophy hunters, who have killed 12,026 grizzly bears since the government began keeping records in 1975, according to data obtained by David Suzuki Foundation. In 2016, 274 grizzlies were killed — the vast majority of which (235) were killed by trophy hunters. B.C. currently ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘Nothing Has Changed’: B.C.’s Botched Oil Spill Response Haunts First Nation

On October 13, just after 1 a.m, and only eight months after British Columbia signed the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements — set in place to protect the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest — the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat ran aground near Bella Bella. Even though the 10,000-tonne fuel barge the tugboat was pushing was empty, the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Who is Bugging Ottawa?

Somebody has Parliament Hill under surveillance. Nobody knows who it is. CBC Ottawa has discovered that there’s an IMSI at work. The devices, sometimes known by the brand name of one model, StingRay, work by mimicking a cellphone tower to interact with nearby phones and read the unique ID associated with the phone — the International ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget: Bearing Witness

In my view, this next story has absolutely no redemptive value. Nothing good emerges from such a grievous, historic injustice. And there can be no redemptive value in a recantation rendered when approaching the end of life. Yet despite, or perhaps because of, its ugliness, it is important for all of us to bear witness. ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: CBC confused by repetition of decade-old hospital promise #nlpoli

Maybe the poor folks at CBC were just confused. Heaven knows it can be confusing with all the announcements of the hospital in Corner Brook since 2007. “Price tag missing,”  the headline screamed, “as Corner Brook hospital finally gets green light.” The price tag should be missing because… wait for it… the government didn’t give ...

Warren Kinsella: The Trumping of Canada

Read this: U.S. border guards would get new powers to question, search and even detain Canadian citizens on Canadian soil under a bill proposed by the Liberal government. Legal experts say Bill C-23, introduced by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, and likely to pass in the current sitting of Parliament, could also erode the standing ...

CuriosityCat: How Nathan Cullen can bring about electoral reform within months

Our Prime Minister clearly has limited knowledge of electoral reform, both the theories and the practice. This article rebuts his extraordinarily inaccurate claims about the dangers to Canada of electoral reform: The prime minister keeps making the bizarre argument that a partly proportional electoral system would allow anti-immigration Conservative Kellie Leitch to form her (Read ...

The Disaffected Lib: SNAFU to FUBAR to… ? 16 Years On Afghanistan is Still Going All to Hell.

John Nicholson says that with an infinite amount of time and an infinite number of soldiers it is possible to win the war in Afghanistan against al Qaeda and ISIS. The US army general, top commander in Afghanistan, showed up before Congress asking for another “few thousand” troops and time, more time, lots more. Nicholson ...

Warren Kinsella: Comment about comments in the Alternative Facts era

I welcome comments here, but within limits. One additional thing that I will not permit is the use of this space to promote racism and hatred.  Thus, this, to “Fred from BC.” Fred: Comments are welcome, but I will not allow this space to be used to advocate for a ban on Muslims. Go elsewhere, ...

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: December 2016 Bits and Bites

We begin with a very brief update on Paulie who is so tickled pink (well, more pink than he usually is) about Trump's election that he isn't bothering to try to conceal his views in more "respectable" terms anymore: We're sure that Paulie will be leading the charge…. so long as others foot the bill ...

The Disaffected Lib: Think Of It As "Direct Deposit"

Indian cities have a hellacious smog problem, sort of like Beijing only worse. So they’ve come up with an idea to clear up that smog – put it up into the atmosphere. The idea is to use surplus jet engines. Get those running (on fossil fuel, of course) and then have them suck up the ...