DeSmogBlog: B.C. Cancels Controversial Hazardous Waste Disposal Permit in Shawnigan Lake Watershed

B.C. environment minister Mark Polak announced today she is revoking a permit granted to Cobble Hill Holdings for the disposal of 5 million tonnes of contaminated waste in a local quarry in the Shawnigan Lake watershed, roughly 40 kilometres north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. “Effective immediately, I am cancelling the waste discharge permit for Cobble ...

The Disaffected Lib: Rasputin Speaks

To Steve Bannon, Trump, on the campaign trail proved to be the greatest public speaker since William Jennings Bryan. To anyone who sat through some of Trump’s campaign speeches, that should tell you a very great deal about Bannon’s sensibilities. Anyway, here he is in the flesh at the CPAC conference.

The Disaffected Lib: The Tyranny of the Minority

America didn’t get where it is today overnight. It took the better part of 60-years. Writing in Harper’s, Rebecca Solnit traces how the “Tyranny of the Minority” came to be. The dismantling started in the 1960s, when the two main parties reversed positions on civil rights. Lyndon Johnson led the Democrats toward stronger alliances with ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Wetter Wet Coast

Floods we get. Drought, we’re not so sure. A new study published in Geophysical Research Letters finds that the entire west coast of North America is in for a lot more rain – and flooding – caused by atmospheric rivers of the sort that’s been hammering California. It’s a matter of physics.  Warmer temperatures increase evaporation. ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Forming An Antifa Group: A Manual (repost)

Anti-fascist groups, often called “antifa,” are popping up all around the United States, and a number of people have asked us for advice on forming a group. Read the rest of this post on the original site at Forming An Antifa Group: A Manual

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement

A new edition of Confronting Fascism, containing exactly the same material as in the first edition (though redesigned to look nicer) is now at the printers! Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement is a series of texts that came out of conversations revolutionaries in and around Anti-Racist Action were having at the highpoint of the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Climate Change Displacing Canada’s Bison

It’s a clear cut problem. Since 1986 lakes in Canada’s north have doubled in area. That additional water has encroached on natural habitats including the Mackenzie bison preserve. This is being blamed for the migration of wood bison out of the Mackenzie preserve. Lakes in the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary off the northwest shore of Great ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How to vote in the Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore by-elections

By-elections will be held in the federal ridings of Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore on April 3, 2017. Voting stations in those ridings will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on that day. If you are unable to cast a ballot on the by-election day on Monday, April 3, 2017, you can vote in the advance polls on March 24, 25, 26 and 27 ...

The Disaffected Lib: There Is No Escaping Donald Trump But We Have to Try

Well that’s not quite true. If you’ve got some floating fishing cabin in a sheltered remote cove somewhere up the coast you might be able to escape the constant presence of the Great Orange Bloat. For the rest of us, it’s game over. An op-ed from the New York Times reveals the futility of hoping for ...

wmtc: aswan: abu simbel

Our last full day in Egypt was a study in extremes, both good and bad. Abu Simbel has been on my wish-list to see since learning about it in university art history class. It did not disappoint. I loved it. We also had a heaping dose of everything we don’t like about the culture here. ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: March 4: Racists to Rally Across Canada — Antifascists to Shut them Down!

The Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens is an Islamophobic organization that is trying to instigate a number of racist marches across Canada on March 4th. In their callout, the racists explain that they are “calling on all Canadian Patriots that believe in Freedom, Liberty & Justice, that stand against Sharia Law & Globalization” to join these rallies. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Remember, This Didn’t Start in Washington

Modern radical right populism predates Donald Trump by a good few years. Turkey, Poland, Hungary all came first and rightwing populism has been alive and well in France, the Netherlands and Britain among others long before Trump entered the Republican nomination race. You could say this contagion is in its infancy in America although there’s ...

Scripturient: The dystopian present

If there is one good thing to come out of the election of Donald Trump, it has been the renewed interest in a certain genre of literature. Sales of dystopian novels have skyrocketed on Amazon, in particular what might be called “The Big Three” of dystopian tales: George Orwell’s 1984, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Frances Ryan discusses the precarity facing far too many UK residents who are a single missed bill payment away from financial disaster: There are now 19 million people in this country living below the minimum income standard (an income required for what the wider public view as ...

Wise Law Blog: Setting Up or Updating Child Support Online in Ontario

BY RACHEL SPENCE, LAW CLERK Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could avoid going to Court to update or set up your child support payments? The Government of Ontario has made that an option for some, by setting up a user-friendly site found here. It’s important to first note who cannot use this process: If ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Justin Trudeau is about the least plausible possible advocate as to the importance of building trust in leaders and public institutions. For further reading…– The text of Trudeau’s Hamburg speech is here. And both Paul Wells and Susan Delacourt wonder whether it signals a shift in the Libs’ plans, though the more ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Thursday February 23, 2017. Today we are talking about Family Law. For more information on Employment Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at www.wiselaw.net. A post shared by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Feb 23, 2017 at 6:39am PST Marriage contracts, ...

We Pivot: What Will T$$$p’s Gestapo Be Called?

What will T***p's Gestapo be called? #AmericanFascism — WePivot.net 💭💬💭 (@WePivot) February 20, 2017

Warren Kinsella: This one is for all the LGBT kids in the US this morning

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Politics and its Discontents: Growing Momentum

A short time ago I wrote about the resistance movement that has developed and grown since Donald Trump’s installation in the White House. A natural question to ask is whether or not the initial enthusiastic momentum of such a movement can be sustained. So far, the signs are good: Consider this lady’s powerful rebuke of ...

Northern Reflections: What An Open Border Means

Justin Trudeau went to Washington a couple of weeks ago. His mission was to keep the border open. But, with Donald Trump as president, having an open border has taken on a whole new meaning. Bill C-23 — which has not yet been passed — allows American border guards to act within Canada. Emilie Taman ...

Warren Kinsella: TONIGHT AT CHERRY COLA FIVE BUCKS

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Does President Trump have an agenda?

It is hard to get your mind around this one. There was an opinion piece in a major Canadian newspaper by a political science professor who posited that President Donald Trump and his henchman Steve Bannon have a plan to split the world with Vladimir Putin. You would have a hard time imagining this plot. ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – Susan Rosenthal on Capitalism

“As children, we count each birthday, eager to become adults so we can do what we want and make our own decisions. Once arrived, we discover that adult freedom is an illusion. Our childhood dreams of an exciting life are replaced with never-ending work and little to show for it. We feel like failures. What ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More cuts. Some questions. #nlpoli

Flatter, Leaner Management Structure. Put it all in caps like that and you have a handy acronym that bureaucrats can type over and over again without getting tired. It’s like the Government Renewal Initiative.  Internal government documents quickly started referring to the GRI.  And almost as quickly, the wags among the province’s public servants started ...