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Politics and its Discontents: Such A Delicate Balance

One of nature’s most intelligent creatures, elephants, are facing an uncertain future in Burma thanks to government efforts to halt deforestation, a crucial step in trying to restore some semblance of ecological balance. However, as with all things in … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Such A Delicate Balance

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Postmedia Conspiracy

Ever since Paul Godfrey ordered his major Postmedia papers to run an ad on their front pages attacking the Liberals, there has been no doubt whatsoever which side that media conglomerate is on.And although the move was widely denounced, it seems that … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Postmedia Conspiracy

Babel-on-the-Bay: A road without remorse for Rona.

It was obligatory on Monday for the news media to check with Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose on Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement of the change in Canada’s role in the partnership against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Rona gave them the obligatory Conservative position. “Shameful,” she said. The news media knew what […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: A road without remorse for Rona.

Dead Wild Roses: The Gift of Fear – Discounting the Word “No” – The Experience for Woman and Men is Different.

Gavin de Becker in his book The Gift of Fear is about how we sometimes short circuit the information we receive from the environment. Here is an excerpt regarding a seeking help in a situation and concluding with how social dynamics really bollocks things up for women. “A woman alone who needs assistance […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Gift of Fear – Discounting the Word “No” – The Experience for Woman and Men is Different.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- David Dayen examines the different treatment granted by businesses to well-connected elites compared to everybody else, and says it’s understandable that voters are looking for leaders who understand t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

A Puff of Absurdity: Cold Calls in the Classroom

I do it, sort of. I don’t call on kids who don’t have their hands up generally, but I do evaluate their level of understanding through classroom discussion, one way to better triangulate marks between products created, observations, and conversations…. . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Cold Calls in the Classroom

Warren Kinsella: Others see a CNN results chart. I see a GOP tombstone. 

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the disgruntled democrat: The Time Has Come For America’s Next Great Generation To Make Its Mark

After yesterday’s primary result in New Hampshire, it now looks like Bernie Sanders is the real deal, at least with the Millennials, the under 40 crowd.  As Bernie says with utter conviction, “no more establishment politics, no more establishment … . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: The Time Has Come For America’s Next Great Generation To Make Its Mark

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politicians and Public Debt #nlpoli

Remember the debt clock?Finance minister Tom Marshall went around the province during that year’s budget consultation – now “rebranded” as “engagement” – with this big electric counter that purported to show how much interest on taxpayers… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politicians and Public Debt #nlpoli

Politics, Re-Spun: If Beyonce…

Beyonce's dancers paid tribute to #MarioWoods, black man killed by San Francisco police. #SB50 #BlackLives pic.twitter.com/m2Pl9i5qKL — Jamilah King (@jamilahking) February 8, 2016 If Beyoncé could do THAT at the Superbowl, what could happen at the oh, so white Oscars? XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX … Continue reading If Beyonce…

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Alberta Politics: Uniting the Right: Is Wildrose Leader Brian Jean starting to wonder, ‘With friends like these, who needs enemies?’

PHOTOS: It’s getting crowded on the Wildrose Party’s “unite the right” bandwagon … and not necessarily with the “right” people from leader Brian Jean’s perspective. Actual Alberta political bandwagons may not appear exactly as illustrat… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Uniting the Right: Is Wildrose Leader Brian Jean starting to wonder, ‘With friends like these, who needs enemies?’

The Disaffected Lib: Iggy Doesn’t Just Want an Air War Over Syria. He Wants a Shooting War with the Russians.

Thank God and Greyhound he’s gone. It’s in the Washington Post. The Count, Iggy, former Liberal clown prince, wants NATO to declare part of Syria a “no fly” zone. Ignatieff seems to be spoiling for a showdown with Putin’s and Assad’s forces in Syria.It… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Iggy Doesn’t Just Want an Air War Over Syria. He Wants a Shooting War with the Russians.

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Je me souviens… du blackface à BrathwaiteLa parodie que Normand Brathwaite a joué en blackface lors du dernier Bye-Bye à l’antenne de Radio-Canada a créé beaucoup d’émoi… Dans la plus récente tentative d’épuration des origines racistes d… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Cowichan Conversations: The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Nightmare’- What Will It Take?

There has never been anything about the dumping of 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil into the Shawnigan Watershed that is supportable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Will the Trudeau’s Federal Liberals step in and Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Nightmare’- What Will It Take?

In-Sights: Natural gas – unclean energy

Today’s BC Liberal Speech from the Throne claimed natural gas is “the world’s cleanest-burning fossil fuel.”Of course, that’s a bit like saying the Tesla Model S is the world’s least expensive car to operate. The statement requires that ignoring $100… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Natural gas – unclean energy

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian think-tank wants to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives just launched a new series of reports seeking to “demystify” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as Canada inches closer to ratifying the controversial trade deal. The post Canadian think-tank wants to demyst… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian think-tank wants to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

In-Sights: BC Liberals import team of ethics investigators

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A Puff of Absurdity: On Unions and Boycotts

The elementary schools in our board have decided to boycott the local paper because one columnist has been known to take a decidedly negative view of teachers. So a local MPP, Michael Harris, petitioned Sandals, the Education Minister, to… I’m not r… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Unions and Boycotts

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Old “Left” vs. “Right” divide no longer applies to environment

The old divide between “left” and “right” no longer applies to the environment, says Rafe Mair, as even traditionally conservative voters are now paying attention to things like climate and water. Politicians who fail to grasp this new reality, such as BC Premier Christy Clark, do so at their peril.

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Sudbury Steve May: Public Input Meeting on Maley Drive Shaping Up to be a Sham

Details of the Maley Drive Extension Project public input meeting were made available on the City of Greater Sudbury’s website today. I recently called for Council to hold a public meeting on this project as one of the elements that I believed the City… . . . → Read More: Sudbury Steve May: Public Input Meeting on Maley Drive Shaping Up to be a Sham

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

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Canadian Dimension: Trade Minister Needs to Break Out of Bureaucrat’s Bubble on TPP

Photo by DonkeyHotey Are Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland’s officials misleading her about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Freeland signed the agreement Thursday in New Zealand, but repeated her assu… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Trade Minister Needs to Break Out of Bureaucrat’s Bubble on TPP

Canadian Dimension: The TPP: What’s Behind It?

Photo by Backbone Campaign It is hard to believe that poverty and inequality could come to such unconscionable levels in a rich country like Canada. It tells us who is running the show or making the decisions fo… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The TPP: What’s Behind It?

Cathie from Canada: The awfulness of the Ghomeshi trial

Did ALL of the women that Ghomeshi supposedly abused so badly later sleep with him again and send him bikini photos and love letters? Or only the three who have testified so far at his trial? And here I was thinking that police and prosecutors only b… . . . → Read More: Cathie from Canada: The awfulness of the Ghomeshi trial

The Decarie Report: Feb. 9: Let’s start happy

The best column I have seen in a long time in the Irving press is on today’s C4. It’s by Jana Giles, a grade 12 student at Moncton High. Read it, Norbert. Read it and learn.It deals with an increasing problem that our schools have to deal with – mental… . . . → Read More: The Decarie Report: Feb. 9: Let’s start happy