Progressive Bloggers // Blogues progressistes Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:26:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Warren Kinsella: Meet my little friend Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:26:18 +0000 Warren Spotted him up at the lake, as I was trimming back my modest patch of grass for the last time this year. Sigh.

Just me, the dog and a steak: that’s all that’s up here tonight. Oh, and the frog.

Wish y’all were here.

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Sept. 20: What a dreary life… Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Graeme Decarie

Nor is it necessary invent interesting stories. In The Atlantic for June 2014, there was a fascinating story on where the wage gap comes from (in the US, but I expect it’s the same in Canada), It’s called “How the rich shall inherit the earth”.  Average income has been relatively flat for a century.(The chart is designed to allow for inflation). The top 1% have piled up wealth at a much (Read more…) ]]> 0 - Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:55:35 +0000 daveberta TweetPremier Jim Prentice announced this week that five-term Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield would be appointed as Alberta’s representative in Washington D.C. Mr. Merrifield’s resignation from the House of Commons means that a federal by-election will need to be called in the Yellowhead riding by March 17, 2015. This would be the fourth federal […]

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The Canadian Progressive: #PeoplesClimate: The Biggest Climate March In History Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:03:45 +0000 Nehanda 1896 On September 21st, thousands of rallies, marches and protests will take place delivering the biggest ever global demonstration for climate action in history.

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Cowichan Conversations: Tara Ehrcke-BC Teachers Strike-Lessons Learned Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:27:08 +0000 Richard Hughes Victoria Teacher-Activist Tara Ehckre


Tara Ehrcke

Teacher, Activist, Citizen. Currently on the executive of the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association – 1400 dedicated and hardworking professionals.

Victoria BC



Read this informative opinion piece from Tara Ehrcke’s Blog-‘Staffroom Confidential.’BC Teacher strike – Lessons learned

On the evening of the vote results, I found myself, with great difficulty, repeating the tried and true advice: “Don’t mourn, organize.” Because it is correct. There is much to do. And there are always setbacks and disappointments on the way to a better world.

That said, it (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL: The Last Six Years, By The Numbers Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:51:53 +0000 Nehanda 1896 On the six-year anniversary of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposal, highlights some of the facts and figures associated with the dangerous tar sands project.

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Staffroom Confidential: BC Teacher strike – Lessons learned Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Tara Ehrcke

That said, it is also worth some analysis on the strike to guide the future. Here are my thoughts.

Longest teacher strike in BC history

Despite the outcome, perhaps the most incredible thing about this strike was the resolve of teachers. Although long strikes are more common in the private sector, for a public (Read more…) ]]> 0 Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper’s Advice: ‘Don’t Believe What You Sometimes Read’ Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:48:00 +0000 Lorne That little gem was delivered by Dear Leader at a gathering of true believers outside of Hamilton the other day as he offered this confabulation:

“There are more people going to good-paying jobs today than in any other time in our history.”

About the deplorable sellout he engineered in his sweetheart deal with U.S. Steel, he had this to say:

“We know there are still challenges in the labour market. We read about some today in this area. That’s because we are part of a global economy.”

While the party faithful applauded his words, a retired Hamilton (Read more…)

]]> 0 Daisy, 50 years later Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:38:22 +0000 lisakirbie Earlier this month was the 50th anniversary of the infamous “Daisy” political ad that won incumbent president LBJ re-election. If you didn’t know, our consulting firm is named for it. Here, I discuss the importance of the ad in a column by Ashley Csanady.

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A Puff of Absurdity: On Naomi Klein’s Climate Change Battle Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Marie Snyder So far, I’ve just dipped into This Changes Everything, but the introduction alone is a compelling read.  I made my way through Shock Doctrine several summers ago, and it broadened how I think of the world.  This should be an interesting trip where even the Nature Conservancy doesn’t escape scrutiny.

A review by Drew Nelles in today’s Globe & Mail summarizes some of her ideas, and raises a contradictory message found in the book:   “If capitalism itself is the problem, what does Klein mean when she writes that ‘[t]here is plenty of (Read more…) . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Naomi Klein’s Climate Change Battle]]> 0 Left Over: Back Door Justice on a Friday Afternoon…. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:48:28 +0000 cityprole By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2014 2:44 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014 5:12 PM ET

Ffinally, the NDP comes through in a wonderfully calculated move that both highlighted the need for a public inquiry, and beat the Cons at their own game..timing is everything.

Anyone who thinks that the NDP isn’t ready for Prime Time better think again…

Probably your best blog to date, Simon..I feel exactly as you do.. (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Election Issue-CVRD Senior Staff Out of Touch Pay Formula Stalled For Now Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:19:35 +0000 Richard Hughes Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

CVRD Chair Rob Hutchins is an old pro at dodging bullets. Sending a resolution, calling for changes in the way senior staff compensation is determined, back to committee until after the upcoming round of local government elections mid November signaled that perhaps, change is in the wind.

Few if any want to be seen supporting the discredited formula that has guided them for a decade plus.

CVRD Director Bruce Fraser

CVRD Director Loren Duncan .

This effort was designed to allow the politicians a reprieve of sorts as long as it does not become an election issue, but (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Greg Fingas Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading.

- Lana Payne examines the Cons’ economic record and finds it very much wanting: Inequality has deepened under Mr. Harper’s watch, job quality has declined, wages have stagnated, economic growth has been anemic, social protections have been reduced while corporate profits and CEO pay soar.…(E)mployment and labour force participation rates are lower today than they were in 2006, part-time employment is up, corporate taxes are significantly lower (22.1 per cent in 2006, 15 per cent today) business capital investment saw no increase and has been static at 19.1 per cent of (Read more…)

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Unexamined Life Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:39:15 +0000 Ian Chadwick “The unexamined life,” Socrates declared in his trial, “is not worth living.” His student, Plato, wrote down those words in his account of Socrates’ trial and death, in the book, Apology.* Socrates was speaking for himself and about the value of his life as a thinking person. He was on trial in 399 BCE for impiety – […]

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The Misanthropic Bird – new blog affiliate Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:06:20 +0000 Scott Tribe From Hamilton Ontario, please welcome our new blog affiliate to Progressive Bloggers.

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Politics and its Discontents: Tainted Pharmaceuticals: Health Canada’s ‘Feeble Response’ Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:11:00 +0000 Lorne

The Toronto Star has recently been conducting some fine investigative work on tainted pharmaceuticals and the fact that Health Canada has been shielding the guilty companies from public scrutiny. The issue finally rose to a degree of national prominence this week when the issue was raised in the House. The ‘answers’ provided by Health Minister Rona Ambrose, however, were hardly comforting or reassuring. The bolded parts have been added for emphasis: “Whenever there is a dangerous product identified, Health Canada inspectors act immediately. In the case of a drug produced by Apotex, Health Canada inspectors asked the company to (Read more…)

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Northern Reflections: Better Off? Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Owen Gray                                                   

The latest Conservative campaign ad proclaims that we are all “better off under Harper.” But the latest EKOS poll suggests that Canadians don’t feel that way at all. Rather, they believe we have entered what Frank Graves calls the “Age of Stagnation:”

So in a very real sense, progress — the promise of a better life, security and the comforts of middle class membership — (Read more…)

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Babel-on-the-Bay: The woes of the woman wannabe. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:05:04 +0000 Peter Lowry There was an interesting complaint the other day by a reporter that women cannot get elected mayor in Toronto. The complaint was that polls tend to show that while current candidate Olivia Chow might be well supported by woman voters, she loses when you add in the male voters in the poll. The writer goes on to say that no woman can do well municipally in the city since Toronto was amalgamated.

Bunk! All Toronto needs to see as a successful woman candidate is a woman candidate who is worth electing and understands the challenges involved. Exit polls on the (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: Proximity To Fracking Wells Increases Incidence Of Health Problems: Study Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mike G A new study has found that people living in close proximity to a fracked natural gas well are twice as likely to suffer upper-respiratory or skin problems.

The study, published by Environmental Health Perspectives, found that 39% of people living less than a kilometer from a well in Washington County, Pennsylvania, which is part of the Marcellus Shale, reported upper respiratory problems, compared to 18% of people living 2km or further from a well.

Some 13% of people living a kilometer or less from a natural gas well reported rashes and other skin problems, while 3% living 2km or (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Will Mike Duffy Force an Early Election or Harper’s Early Resignation? Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:43:00 +0000 Simon

A few days ago I told you that I honestly believe that Stephen Harper is preparing for an early election to try to avoid the trial of Mike Duffy.In case the trial should start soon enough to be a factor in the next election campaign.And some of my friends said they thought I was pushing it, that he just wants to be ready so he can strike ANYTIME.And they may be right. He may be looking for a war so he can pose as a Great Strong Leader. Or waiting for a big trial so he can (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: History of Racism – Heroine Dorothy Counts (1957) Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:39:08 +0000 The Arbourist Fifty seven years ago seems like a long time, but in term of changing cultural norms it was mere minutes, we still have such a long way to go. Three cheers for Ms.Counts and her steely determination, courage and perseverance in the face of such ugly human behaviour.

In 1956, forty black students applied for transfers at a white school. At 15 years of age, on 4 September 1957, Dorothy Counts was one of the four black students enrolled at various all-white schools in the district; She was at Harry Harding High School, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Three students (Read more…)

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Blunt Objects Blog: New Brunswick PC Party moving up Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:19:00 +0000 TheNewTeddy Not much to post right now, watching the NZ election (expect a post about this in a few days) but wanted to update my New Brunswick prediction.

Polls say that NDP voters are switching to the Tories. I honestly can not fully understand this myself. I will be making an additional post about this later on; but wanted to update this now.

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Montreal Simon: The NDP Forces a Debate on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Simon

I couldn't have asked for a better sight to pick up my sagging spirits.In Stephen Harper's miserable Parliament, where democracy goes to die. Where there is all the time in the world to talk about war, but no time to talk about all those murdered and missing aboriginal women.And absolutely no time or money for an inquiry into why that happened, why it keeps happening, again, and again, and again. And what can we do to stop this MASSACRE…

There was the wonderful sight of the NDP outsmarting the Cons and forcing a debate on the issue. Read more »

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Bill Longstaff: Good use of the American military Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:35:00 +0000 Bill Longstaff As a frequent critic of how the United States uses its military in the world, I was delighted to hear that President Obama has made a major commitment to use the U.S. Army against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Many nations are responding to the crisis—Cuba is sending 165 health workers, China will send 59, the U.K. is building a 62-bed hospital, etc.—but all these are dwarfed by the

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Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Managers justify generous treatment of managers Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:47:00 +0000 Norman Farrell In 2013, the consulting firm Ernst & Young was hired to review trends in compensation across the BC Public Sector. It is now available through the Legislature’s public documents.

Reports of this kind are almost worthless documents of political propaganda. The only important question asked of the executives who commissioned it was the one aimed at determining what the report should say. Inevitably, consultants who hope for more assignments, pander to the interests of the senior managers who hire them. That leads to recommendations like this: “Based on the market reviews, it is possible that some of the lower levels (Read more…)

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