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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- David Dayen wonders whether the Obama administration’s decision to end the use of private prisons might represent the needed start of a movement away from relying on poor corporate services as a substi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

PostArctica: Walk # 15 – The Point Part 2

“I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” ― Søren Kierkegaard It’s true, walking will […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Walk # 15 – The Point Part 2

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Premier Phonying It In, With Respect to SaskTel

“Will [the Act] be changed with respect to [SaskTel]? No.” – Wall (March 2016) “There’s something we signed on to called the Crown Corporation Protection Act, or to that effect. Basically, it protects Crowns from being privatized,” he said. “If elected, we will make one change to that: that’s to the liquor retailing in the province. And we’ve already announced that.” That […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Premier Phonying It In, With Respect to SaskTel

The Decarie Report: August 24: "Beer sales rocket close to Nova Scotia border".

 That is a front page story  in today’s irving press. And it doesn’t get any better.Norbert Cunningham has an amusing column on New Brunswick’s ‘incoherent’ job strategy. But I’m here to tell you not to worry. Norbert seems to have forgotten … . . . → Read More: The Decarie Report: August 24: "Beer sales rocket close to Nova Scotia border".

DeSmogBlog: Why Trudeau Should Call Off the Reviews of Trans Mountain and Energy East

The National Energy Board is fundamentally broken. That was a point repeatedly highlighted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the 2015 federal election — and one confirmed for many with recent revelations that former Quebec premier Jean Chares… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Why Trudeau Should Call Off the Reviews of Trans Mountain and Energy East

Cowichan Conversations: Will The Courts Finally Uphold the Bylaws and Protect The Shawnigan Community?

  Back in court, the cards have been played, hopefully for the last time. Here is an update from the Shawnigan Residents Association.   Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Will The Courts Finally Uphold the Bylaws and Protect The Shawnigan Community?

DeSmogBlog: Is B.C.’s Tunnel Vision Forcing out Solar Power?

A cute graphic of white houses with rooftop solar panels is featured on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website. “Solar Homes Sell for More Money,” the government tells viewers, citing studies that show solar adds an average US$15,000 to the rese… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Is B.C.’s Tunnel Vision Forcing out Solar Power?

The Disaffected Lib: Why the F-35 Is a Lousy Idea – For Everyone

Not for nothing has Lockheed’s “joint strike fighter” been called America’s “kick in the front door” weapon.  That’s what it is designed to do, penetrate hostile airspace with sophisticated air defences and take down that air defence network.That … . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why the F-35 Is a Lousy Idea – For Everyone

Canadian Dimension: The Working Class: Saskatchewan’s Political Orphan

Photo by We all suffer from the absence of working class politics. We are smothered in the business-oriented, neoliberal ‘consensus’ instructing us to reconcile ourselves to ‘the new reality’ – rollbac… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Working Class: Saskatchewan’s Political Orphan

Canadian Dimension: China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars

Image by AK Rockefeller China and the United States are moving in polar opposite directions: Beijing is rapidly becoming the center of overseas investments in high tech industries, including robotics, nuclear en… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars

Canadian Dimension: Iceland: Exemplary Nation in a Troubled World

Photo by McKay Savage A small land situated between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, Iceland minds her own business and minds it very well. I was so impressed by what I saw and learned in a recent and fi… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Iceland: Exemplary Nation in a Troubled World

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday August 24, 2016. Today we are talking about Employment Law.A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Aug 24, 2016 at 6:39am PDTDid you know that certain terms of an employment contract are ap… . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Politics and its Discontents: Where Is The Outrage?

Buy land, they’re not making it anymore. -Mark TwainThe above quote, attributed to Mark Twain, is self-evident. What doesn’t appear to be self-evident is that the same applies to all the water that exists in the world. Water is not, as some seem to bel… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Where Is The Outrage?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Mr. Brown is no chess champ and no leader.

There is a big difference between a manipulator and a planner. Mr. Brown, the current leader of the Ontario Conservative Party, is a manipulator. He uses the system to his advantage. Maybe he does not play chess as that is a challenge that requires you to think ahead of your moves. Watching Patrick Brown in […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Mr. Brown is no chess champ and no leader.

Things Are Good: Walkable Streets Solve Nearly Every Problem

Anybody who lives in a city knows that walkability of neighbourhoods is a key reason they live where they do. The attraction to mobility options, safe places, cultural and economic diversity is what keeps cities growing. Walkable spaces makes all of that happen and more! What smoking was to the 20th century car driving is […]

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Northern Reflections: God Help Us

In the wake of 911, it’s increasingly clear that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is seminal to Canadian democracy. The latest example of the Charter’s importance is illustrated by a request from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Nadar R…. . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: God Help Us

Dead Wild Roses: Female Roles – Andrea Dworkin

What we are exposed to in childhood helps set the tone of our expectations later in life. Consider the female role models little girls and boys are exposed to while they are making up their minds on what and how they want to be. -Woman Hating. Andrea Dworkin Contrast this passage with male role […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Female Roles – Andrea Dworkin

Warren Kinsella: New York Times: you complete me

When I worked for Jean Chretien in Ottawa, my favourite thing – aside from sitting at The Bosses’ knee, and listening to his war stories, of course – was hanging out on the Summertime Sparks Street mall at lunchtime, eating a hotdog, and reading the New York Times. Not only was it enjoyable, it changed […] . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: New York Times: you complete me

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Attempted Lynching of Jane Philpott

It's not a pretty sight, but Rona Ambrose and her Con bullies are in a high state of excitation.They think they've found another helpless target, and a massive scandal that will destroy the Liberal government.And no, this time it isn't the… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Attempted Lynching of Jane Philpott

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

Regular readers shouldn’t be surprised to discover the Liberals put a giant loophole in their independent appointments commission law that said, in essence, that they didn’t have to use the commission if they didn’t want to do so.Danny Williams did exa… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

Regular readers shouldn’t be surprised to discover the Liberals put a giant loophole in their independent appointments commission law that said, in essence, that they didn’t have to use the commission if they didn’t want to do so.Danny Williams did exa… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

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Warren Kinsella: Two years and a day ago

And what a day it was.  . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: Two years and a day ago

Warren Kinsella: We get letters: stinky spin

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The Disaffected Lib: Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up

By now everyone is familiar with Donald Trump’s use of Twitter to communicate with his supporters. Trumps tweets are a regular source of outrage among his opponents. They’re a vehicle for spreading anger, bombast, threats, even racism.But what if only … . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up