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Babel-on-the-Bay: Morning Line for Toronto: Chow at 6 – 1.

Olivia Chow has become something of a long shot in Toronto’s 2014 mayoralty contest. After a strong campaign launch in the spring, it has become clear to the media and the people hearing her speak that she lacks the one key ingredient Torontonians want: leadership. With a fractious, overly self-important council, her voice cannot be heard.

While Chow was a very sympathetic figure at the state funeral for Jack Layton, that is not an image that can be played at this time. Toronto needs cooperation, conciliation and concern. This is a city that needs so desperately to recreate itself in (Read more…)

wmtc: what i do, what i miss, and what are they thinking: answers to the question, "what do you do?"

When we moved to Canada (nine years plus a few days ago), I wondered what, if anything, I would miss about the US. Who would have guessed it would be watching “Baseball Tonight”? Yup, the only thing I miss about living in that crazy country is watching a baseball-highlights show on ESPN. Not bad!

In a similar vein, what do I miss about being a writer? A strange sound that I can’t quite decipher.

When people would ask that inevitable question, “What do you do?”, and I would answer, “I’m a writer,” invariably, I would get this (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Time Management for Teachers

Need more learning and less stress in the classroom? What you do behind the scenes can make or break your work day. :> Being a fan of organization strategies, this video makes me happy on several levels. Enjoy.

Filed under: Education Tagged: Helpful Hints, Organization, Teaching, The School Year is coming.

Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast Comments on Proposed Federal Aquaculture Activities Regulations

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has proposed aquaculture regulations that risk making an already untenable situation surrounding net-cage aquaculture worse. 

Click here to go directly to West Coast Environmental Law's submission to DFO on the proposed Regulations.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has proposed aquaculture regulations that risk making an already untenable situation surrounding net-cage aquaculture worse. The proposed regulations authorize the deposit of prescribed substances without consideration of site-specific conditions and variables or potential environmental or cumulative effects, requirements for monitoring or the imposition of time limits to allow a response to (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: A Canadian Veteran Prepares to Go After Peter MacKay

A few weeks ago I told you how veterans are preparing to declare war on the Harper regime, that has treated them so shabbily.And how they are planning to make their presence felt in the next election campaign.A network of veterans across Canada is planning a co-ordinated campaign against the Conservative government during next year’s election.“When the election is called, you’re going to see some large fallout, believe me,” said Sydney veteran Ron Clarke. “As soon as the writ is dropped, we are in action.”Now one of them has announced plans to go after the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Missing and murdered aboriginal women a black eye on Canada

If Canada wants to be taken seriously, the national crisis of 1,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women must be addressed, argues Winnipeg columnist Don Marks.

The post Missing and murdered aboriginal women a black eye on Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Northern Insight: Captives of industry

Regular readers are aware that British Columbia’s natural gas industry provides surprisingly little return to the province by way of royalties for depleting non-renewable public assets. In the last two fiscal years, after accounting for drilling and road subsidies taken by or owed to producers, the province’s net gas royalty receipts averaged $2.5 million a month. That is less than 1/10 of 1% of BC government revenues.

Defenders of government policy suggest the industry is contributing much economic value to BC through jobs. Yet, government statistics show that only about 3,000 people are directly employed in oil and gas (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor and the Eff In Way #nlpoli

Over at Uncle Gnarley,  JM’s at it again with the first of a two-parter on Nalcor and its problems with forecasting for Muskrat Falls.

Nalcor assumed that they would get 830 megawatts of electricity out of Muskrat Falls in the winter months when demand is highest.  That’s the number they gave everyone else and, as you can tell by the language Nalcor uses, it was an assumption, not a solid forecast.  Now they say they should be able to get 673 MW at Soldier;s Pond from Muskrat Falls.  That’s a difference of 157 MW, not an inconsiderable difference.

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Montreal Simon: The Harperland Summer and the Country Where Hope Lives

It's Labour Day. The Snowbirds are roaring over my house for the last time, heading for the CNE air show on the other side of the island. It feels like summer is over.And the roar of the jets only reminds me of what a cataclysmic summer it has been. The summer of Gaza, ISIS, Ukraine, Ferguson and Ebola. A summer of death and destruction, hatred and despair.And of course just another grim summer in the horror of Harperland, where hope goes to die.So I'm really glad I spent much of July in a very different country…

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cmkl: I’m thinking posted speed limits might help

I don’t generally use my bike on Ottawa’s multipurpose pathways. Because I heard somewhere that you’re only supposed to do 20km/h on them. I prefer to ride faster than that. Once, while cycling on Colonel By (not five feet from one of said pathways) I had a motorist yell at me to get off the road and use the pathway.

Yappa Ding Ding: King & University: a traffic problem?

Taxi drivers are saying that they are risking their lives to pick up and drop off passengers outside the new high rises on King Street north of University Ave. The problem is that the buildings have no pull-in area so cabs have to stop on busy King Street. I have noticed private cars stopping on the street to pick people up, too.

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Great News Today!

The new paperback edition of my book, “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving” (The House of Anansi Press, 2014) is available as of today in the USA at all major booksellers!

Here’s a short interview that aired a few months ago on a national morning TV show in Canada.   It will give you a sense of the book.  Here’s the link – sorry, I couldn’t find a way to embed it.

The Common Sense Canadian: Imperial boosts Mount Polley spill estimate by 10 million cubic metres

The silty mud remaining in Hazeltine Creek after Mount Polley tailings dam breach (Carol Linnitt /

In an update on the Mount Polley mine disaster, owner Imperial Metals has boosted its estimates on tailings, water and debris released into the environment by the failure of its tailings dam on August 4.

Compared with earlier estimates of 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of solid tailings, the company is now figuring the following:

Supernatant water 10.6Mm3 Tailings Slurry: tailings solids 7.3Mm3; interstitial water 6.5Mm3 Construction materials 0.6Mm3

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Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Reminder

What Have The Unions Ever Done For Us? was produced in Australia after John Howard’s conservative government went after collective bargaining rights.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper the Chicken Hawk Gets his Feathers Plucked

Well as you know, no world leader has screamed as loudly about the crisis in Ukraine as has Stephen Harper.If words were weapons the Russians would have surrendered by now.But now NATO is demanding that he put his money where his mouth or his snout is.And the chicken hawk has been plucked.Read more »

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Thirty years later…

In his book of aphorisms, Human, All Too Human, Friedrich Nietzsche described “marriage as a long conversation” like this: When entering a marriage, one should ask the question: do you think you will be able to have good conversations with this woman right into old age? Everything else in marriage transitory, but most of the […]

The Disaffected Lib: London Has Denounced It. So Has Washington. Why the Complicit Silence from Canada?

Israel has just taken another massive bite out of the Palestinian West Bank homeland.  Britain has condemned the land grab, so has Washington.

As for Canada, “what land grab?”  As Harper reminds us, we don’t practice sociology.  It took Mulcair and Trudeau to demonstrate that we don’t do integrity either, not when we’re suckholing for votes.

Accidental Deliberations: On healthy proposals

Paul Wells seems quite disappointed not to have received more attention for his recent piece on Thomas Mulcair’s speech to the Canadian Medical Association. So let’s take a closer look at why the angle Wells took didn’t seem like much of a revelation – and what might be more significant in Mulcair’s plans.

At the outset, I don’t see much basis for surprise that after consistently and rightly criticizing the Cons for their health-care funding choices, Mulcair would follow up by saying he’d act differently if he had the power to do so. Which means that the headline promise highlighted (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Alone Time

Three articles caught my attention, two juxtaposed on a page of the Globe and Mail Saturday, and one forwarded along on Kinsella’s blog. Doug Saunders wrote about the blur between work and leisure, Jacob Berkowitz about solo camping, and Michael Finkel about a man who lived alone in the woods for almost 30 years.

The articles spoke to me because I’m terrified of boredom. I finally finished the last project I have for my house – a waterfall and total backyard garden and studio – and already I’m a little anxious about what’s next. Now there’s just regular maintenance to (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Busting the Cartel

“this country should no longer tolerate a situation  where the public interest in so vital a field as information[is] dependent on the greed or goodwill of an extremely privileged group of businessmen” 

That was the seminal conclusion of the 1969 Davey Commission report into Canada’s mass media.  It was a warning about the danger to ordinary Canadians and “the public interest” posed by press barons who dominated the media through concentration of ownership and media cross-ownership.

In today’s neoliberal Canada, Davey’s warnings are more valid than ever but of no moment whatsoever to either the corporate media cartel (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

On the Friday before Labor Day — in the form of an age-old “Friday News Dump“ — the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016.

With the capacity to accept 140,000 barrels of tar sands product per day, the company’s rail facility serves as another step in the direction towards Enbridge’s quiet creation of a “Keystone XL Clone.” That is, like TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline System sets out to do, sending Alberta’s tar sands (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Hey BCTF Teachers-Loose Lips Sink Ships–Tell Media to Call BC Federation President Jim Iker

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It is a cynical game being played out by some media types regarding the BCTF struggle to negotiate a collective agreement with Premier Christy Clark’s anti-public education BC Liberal’s

Watch out for the media game of trying engage teachers in second guessing over their leaderships tactics.

This is not helpful folks. You elect a President and executive members to represent your interests. Do not let the media suck you in and then later listen to them say that there is a difference of opinion amongst BCTF members.

Do not play their divide and conquer game, it will (Read more…)

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Review: Therapeutic Nations

[Dian Million. Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights. Tuscon AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2013.]

This fascinating book brings together indigenous feminism, Foucault, and affect theory. As book-as-object it may not be the most easily accessible in the world — it’s from a US-based university press that I personally haven’t encountered much, and it’s not a cheap

The Disaffected Lib: Paying the Bagpiper

Few are more familiar with stealth that our own prime minister, Steve Harper. He’s a master at incrementalism, the dark art of achieving unacceptable goals by a succession of steps, so small and seemingly innocuous that no one really notices in time to object.  Harper is also a master at saying one thing while doing just the opposite behind the scenes.

Harper is all for Canada having a muscular foreign policy and punching above its weight on the world stage or at least that’s how he wants red meat Canadians to see him.  In reality, it’s all so much self-serving (Read more…)

Half an Hour: A Trip to the Bookstore

It has been months – maybe more than a year – since I’ve been in the local bookstore. We only have one in Moncton, an Indigo-Chapters store, at Crystal Palace.

The amusement park in Crystal Palace is closing down soon, to be replaced by an outdoor store. The movie theatres were renovated and now face away from the amusement park. The hotel and restaurant are closing. So the bookstore is probably on its last legs, even without the financial troubles of its parent.

I’ve had my criticisms of the bookstore before. In particular, in the past I’ve been disappointed with (Read more…)