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The Disaffected Lib: One That Almost Slipped Through the Cracks

You might have read this already.  I’ve seen no reference to it so I thought it should be posted before it slips down the Memory Hole.  From the very credible, Pembina Institute.

Amin Asadollahi, oilsands director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Environment Canada’s latest greenhouse gas emissions numbers.

“The new numbers confirm yet again that Canada is nowhere near meeting its emissions target of 17 percent below 2005 levels. By contrast, the U.S. has the same target and is on track to meet it. Canada’s failure to act on climate change will be (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: BC Health officials back Vancouver’s plan to license pot shops

Richard Hughes


PM Steve’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose sees pot as a narcotic that is an addictive substance. Where do these people come from. Are they really Martians? It sure feels as if

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Alta Liberal Leader David Swann: I’ll Just Lay Here And Bleed, Thank You Very Much

If you can’t vote Liberal, vote for someone else?  That’s his message?  Not: we’re Liberal and we’ve got great, progressive ideas?  No!  It’s:  WE’RE LAME!  KICK OUR ASS!  PLEASE!  BETTER YET: KILL US! WE’RE TIRED OF THE WHOLE FUCKING TAWDRY SPECTACLE!!!  And that’s the kind of message that gets your party mentioned in paragraph 19 of a 22 paragraph story.

Cowichan Conversations: Nepal tormented by aftershocks from massive earthquake that killed more than 2,500:


‘You cannot imagine the fear’ Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake.


Nepal’s devastating

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: April 26: Stray thoughts on a Sunday – and a change of pace.

I didn’t mention the Faith page yesterday.It was just too depressingly bad. The churches’ activities are the usual card parties and spaghetti dinners. Leave your brains at the door, folks. The sermonette is, as always, from a primitive sect which is essentially about idol worship, and getting themselves into heaven. Most Protestant churches are not represented in the sermonette.. Nor are Catholics or Jews or Muslims or any other faith.The only news story is about an American synagogue that is suing another American synagogue. Who could possibly bloody care?

This page is invariably lazy, sloppy, without any thought (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 15: Oilers clean house, Notley cleans up

The Edmonton Oilers, the widely-despised local hockey squadron, continue to make a lot of news for a team that missed the playoffs. After lucking into the No. 1 draft pick, on Friday the Oilers named former Boston Bruin GM Peter Chiarelli as their major domo of hockey operations. With Bob Nicholson taking over as CEO of the Oiler Entertainment (?) Group, the Oilers have effectively shunted the much maligned Craig McTavish and the even more maligned Kevin Lowe to the sidelines. Disgruntled Oiler fans who threw their jerseys on the ice at especially bad Oiler loses are now (Read more…)

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Arjumand Siddiqi and Faraz Vahid Shahidi remind us how inequality and poverty are bad for everybody’s health: In Toronto, as elsewhere, the social determinants of health have suffered significant decline. As the report makes clear, the poorest among our city’s residents have borne the greatest portion of this burden.

These trends have affected the health of the poor in countless ways. They have constrained access to quality health care. They have increased susceptibility to harmful health-related behaviours, such as smoking. They have compromised the adequacy and stability of housing conditions. They have (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: A Contemptible, Arrogant Martinet

The other day I wrote a post about the resurrection of Bill C-377, the Harper backed private member’s bill that would wage war against unions in Canada. Toward the end of the post I made reference to Senator Don Plett’s arrogant dismissal of witness Paul Cavalluzzo during Senate hearings on the bill after the latter suggested Conservative senators are probably the last people who should be lecturing anyone about corruption and transparency.

Plett insulted the witness by telling him he considered “your time and my time to have been wasted with you here today not answering my questions.”

Press (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insanity of the Con Regime

As Stephen Harper continues his desperate struggle to snatch another bloody majority there can be no doubt that the stress is getting to him.And one can't help get the feeling that the voices in his head are now screaming at each other.For one moment he is a Great Warrior Leader, and the next moment he's Great Gentle Leader. The Mother of the Nation and the Great Protector of Children.And now it seems the leading voice in his head is telling him: why not be BOTH?At the same time. Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Two Tory budgets for the price of one.

It was Ontario’s turn this past week. How often do we get two Tory budgets at a time? On Tuesday, we had a laugh at federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s expense. And then, right on the heels, Thursday we had a budget redux from Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa. There was a new beer tax in Charles’ budget so he must be one of those tax-and-spend Liberals we hear about. Frankly, this liberal would not give you two cents for either budget.

Sousa betrayed Ontario Liberals when he agreed with Ed Clark of TD Bank to raise money on Hydro (Read more…)

Recreating Eden: Saturday Photo: Forsythia, a First Sighting

One of the most spectacular flowers of spring around here is forsythia, whose flowers burst forth on bare branches. 

Saw the first ones this week, growing along a sunny wall despite the temperature which was not much above freezing.  But this is a sure sign of spring, as were the little kids trying out their bikes with training wheels in the park yesterday.

Maybe this anamolous weather will finally end!

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Generation Jihad on the BBC

Religious fundamentalism of any creed, is a threat to peace, secular societies and evidence based decision making. Lets take a closer look at one strain of the radical fundamentalism – radical Islam with the BBC as our guide.

Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: BBC, Fundamentalism, Radical Islam, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Northern Reflections: It Deserves A Horse Laugh


The tabling of the budget last week signalled the beginning of the election campaign.  A careful reading of the document makes clear that Stephen Harper’s election strategy will be rooted in deceit. Michael Harris wrote:

Still, no one should be surprised. This misbegotten government’s modus operandi is about much more than information control. It’s about soaring, jet-propelled skullduggery in a never-ending political campaign. It’s a power fantasy. It’s Steve’s way.

Armed with his narrative of convenience, Harper programs the electorate with fictions of prosperity, compassion and prudence. In the real world, he acts quite (Read more…)

Democracy Under Fire: Harper History, Part 5A – Information witheld , Omnibus Budget

Mar 2010 – June 2010

If the period before the second prorogation of Parliament was deemed “dysfunctional” the period from when parliament returned in March and the following 12 months till the 2011 election should be classed as totally without any redeeming features. It includes an ongoing and never-ending series of efforts by the Harper regime to control or suppress information about or from government departments, the g20 spending fiasco, the 2010 800+ page omnibus budget that amongst other things killed many environmental protection regulations, and doing away with reliable census returns. The liberals in opposition did little to oppose (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Great Con War on Marijuana

You might think that the Harper regime had annoyed the people of Vancouver enough recently, with their slow response to the oil spill in English Bay.And their outrageous claims that it was a "world class" operation.But no, apparently not. Because now after James Moore's world class buffoon act.Here comes that other Con clown Rona Ambrose, to declare that the real threat to the city is the KILLER WEED !!!!Read more »

Warren Kinsella: Shame

The one responsible for the biggest abridgement of civil liberties in Toronto’s history – the one who defended carding non-white citizens. 

Running for the Liberal Party of Canada. What a disgrace.

Blunt Objects Blog: #LifeWithNDP

If you’ve yet to come across it on the Twitterverse, there is a semi-popular hashtag circulating among the various conservative politicos that talk about how bad life and the economy was under the various New Democratic Party regimes that have ruled parts of this country off and on since the 60s. #LifeWithNDP is a fairly petty and intellectually dishonest campaign started by two pundits to counteract the recent surge for the NDP in Alberta’s provincial election, falling back on the one thing conservatives (and some liberals, of course) do best: fear-mongering about them evil socialists. Its gotten so bad that (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: In Medicine Hat, Homelessness Is (Almost) Over

Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston: ‘What we’re saying to other municipalities is that you can do it, too.’ Photo: David Dodge, Green Energy Futures.

According to its mayor, Medicine Hat is ”a hardworking oil,

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A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Review: Are the Lips a Grave?

[Lynne Huffer. Are the Lips a Grave? A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.]

When I write book reviews of scholarly books, I’m very conscious that I’m doing so mostly for my own benefit, as a way to deepen my own engagement with the ideas in question, given that the community-based character of my work means I don’t necessarily have the kinds of

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: 2020 Solar Power for 100% of Saskatchewan Homes Possible

This letter appeared in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on Saturday.

In response to Kurt Soucy’s letter about the cost of powering the entire provincial grid with Photovoltaic (PV) solar power, I’d like to voice my support for his idea. It’s also possible to power every Saskatchewan household with concentrated solar thermal power plants similar to what’s already operating in California at Ivanpah. We’d need only three of those plants, and with a modification to their design, the solar power would be available into the night, using heat storage.

Mr. Soucy’s solar PV idea is sound also, and by aiming at (Read more…)

Canadian Dimension: The Armenian Genocide: An Open Wound

An Armenian woman kneeling beside a dead child • Photo by American Committee for Relief in the Near East

To the memory of Stepan Shaumyan, Armenian Bolshevik leader of the Baku Commune in 1918, and of Hrant Dink, Armenian socialist intellectual from Istanbul who, until his assassination in 2007, exerted a Herculean effort to bring the genocide into the centre of attention in Turkey.

On April 24, 1915, hundreds of Armenian intellectuals, politicians and community leaders were rounded in Istanbul (or Constantinople as it was then called in the West) by the Ottoman state, to be subsequently sent to exile (Read more…)

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: April 25: Good for Brent Mazerolle

“All Moncton schools to go under review”.  That’s the headline on A1. And, like every such report I’ve seen in this province, it’s all about costs and efficiency as if education were a sort of assembly line. Everything gets treated as it were a business. But education is not a business. It’s about people.  It’s about giving people opportunity. It’s about stimulating minds. It’s about the future of this province. It’s about families. It’s about the very different needs of many students and many families. I have yet to see the slightest consideration given to any of this.

This government (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Hard Luck Campaign For Minister Penis…I Mean Denis

Just some notes recycled from twitter:

@davecournoyer @a_picazo Prentice to self: “I’ll just call an early election.  What can possibly go wrong?”— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) April 25, 2015

And: @a_picazo @davecournoyer This is same guy had to deny he defaced his own signs to read “penis” for “denis”.  Rather poor luck this campaign.— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) April 25, 2015

And: @pierrebourque @bourque This is this guy:  He’s had a rough campaign. #cdnpoli— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) April 25, 2015

Just to come clean here.  I thought the Prentice budget was an honest attempt by Albertans to enter the (Read more…)

Canadian Dimension: Low-Wage Workers’ Struggles Are About Much More than Wages

Photo by Fibonacci Blue

When fast-food workers first took the streets in New York City in November 2012 to protest for higher wages and a union, no one could have imagined how successful the campaign would be. Since then the low-wage workers movement, known as Fight for 15, has helped spur eleven states and numerous cities to raise the minimum hourly wage. It’s enabled campaigns in Seattle and the Bay Area to pass citywide measures for $15-an-hour minimum wage. Fight for 15 and a separate campaign called Organization United for Respect at Walmart has also pushed companies like McDonald’s, Target, (Read more…)