Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– David MacDonald examines how Canada’s tax expenditures systematically favour higher-income individuals over the people who actually have a reasonable claim to public support: This study finds that Canada’s personal income tax expenditures disproportionately benefit the rich and cost the federal treasury nearly as much as it collects in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
Today’s epsiode was recorded live at an event with union organizer and author Jane McAlevey in Toronto last week to launch her new book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age. I was honoured to share the stage with Jane and Stephanie Ross, who teaches in labour studies at McMaster, to discuss . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: No shortcuts: Jane McAlevey on organizing that can transform unions and society
Our prime minister has proclaimed Canada the “first post-national state.” Economist James Galbraith prefers the term “predator state.” To Chris Hedges, it’s the “mafia state.”
Systems of governance that are seized by a tiny cabal become mafia states. The early years—Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in the United States—are marked by promises that the pillage . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Maybe Chris Hedges Has a Better Name for It.
The Trap of Broken Promises
We’ve seen in the UK, USA and now Italy, just how out of touch ruling elites are with the discontent bubbling below the surface of their citizens. And now Canada’s newly minted Prime Minister is apparently starting to substitute his election victory for the deeply-held desire by many . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Brexit surprise ahead for Trudeau Liberals if they break electoral reform promise
Here are our top 10 legal headlines from last week.
A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Dec 5, 2016 at 7:43am PST
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Here are this week’s leading legal news stories from Wise Law on Twitter 960 Canadian soldiers report being sexually assaulted over past year Enforceability of Employment Agreements: Termination Clauses in Ontario Recognizing Foreign Divorces in Canada Ontario to tackle court delays by hiring more judges, prosecutors 26% of Law Firms Have Blogs; Percentage Unchanged for Four . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: 140Law: Legal Headlines for the week of December 5, 2016
A guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa
The NDP went through a roller coaster ride in 2015. It would seem that the party still hasn’t fully recovered from the outcome of that election, and it will probably remain so until it elects a new leader and gets its “policy . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Tommy Douglas was a “macroeconomist”, not a “provincialist”!
This is proof that direct protest action works.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has decided to not grant permission to allow the Dakota Access pipeline to be built as planned. The pipeline was meant to go through burial lands of the Standing Rock Sioux which is offensive in itself, but there’s more to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Standing Rock Sioux Achieve a Victory
Dear Chinese friends:
Donald Trump does not speak for Canada. He barely speaks for most Americans, too.
Apologies for my rather coarse title, but it seemed the only appropriate way to describe that Dorian-Gray-in-reverse-politician, Chris Alexander, who provided a conductorial complement to a rabid crowd in Edmonton offended by the very concept of taxation in general, and carbon taxes in particular.
At a rally in Edmonton hosted by perennial crank Ezra . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Damage Control From A Disingenuous Dick
We’ve learned a few things. But we need to pick up the pace of wisdom. As we pivot to a new world that is suffering from deeper entrenched tendencies of fascism and contempt for truth, we need to stop wasting … [Read more]
We know Donald Trump did. It’s why he’s a fascist. Throwing an opponent in a democracy in jail – simply because they disagree with you – is fascism.
And now we know a lot of Canadian Conservatives feel the same way. They want to throw Rachel Notley in a cage because they hate her – . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: Conservatives want to throw a woman in a cage
Oh for the love of God. Every Liberal secretly wants you to win, because they’ll be in power for 100 years. #cpc #cpcldr #cdnpoli https://t.co/gnDgdN5kpK
— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) December 5, 2016
Now, some folks have reminded me that Democrats wanted Donald Trump as an opponent, and look how that . . . → Read More: Warren Kinsella: Dear Kellie Leitch
It’s hard to believe but it’s true. Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States of America. A man who has never held a public office in his life now is Commander and Chief of the most potent and lethal military force in history. Put another way, the fate of planet rests in . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Considering What Just happened in the US, It should Be Painfully Obvious Why Canada Should Change Its Voting System
As you may know, the story of Chris Alexander has always reminded me of the Oscar Wilde story The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Where the portrait of the once promising young diplomat morphs into something monstrous, after he sells his soul to Stephen Harper.Well yesterday that portrait became even uglier, if that's possible.After Alexander . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Chris Alexander and the Ezra Levant Freak Show
Donald Trump’s communications strategy is simple: demonize the press and communicate through Twitter. Tweetie Pie will soon leave his golden cage and move to the White House. And, while Trump really is a cartoon, that development is no joke — because journalists and journalism are under a great deal of financial pressure these days. . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Tweetie Pie In The White House
I would like to thank a recent commenter here on DWR for the placement of a tidy swarm of bees squarely in my bonnet. The honour, of course, goes to Godless Cranium for this nugget of wisdom shared on a previous thread:
“And I’m not saying sexism doesn’t exist or doesn’t play a factor sometimes, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Sexism Alive and Well in 2016 – as its always been.
Not all communications from readers are complimentary. There was a reader the other day who accused us of the dastardly use of comma splices. It was only by Googling ‘comma splice’ that we found out the nature of the problem. It seems we were being pilloried for using commas where you really need a colon . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The slippery slide to sophistry.
Scottie Nell Hughes is one of the legion of ident-a-bots who turned up on news programs during the recent American election spouting lines from the Trump campaign. She’s already famous as the one who gave us the mazel tov cocktail flub. She grabbed some headlines last week for making the comment that there is no . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Mazel Tov Cocktails #nlpoli
PHOTOS: Anybody recognize the clowns with the yellow signs? Inquiring minds want to know … and they say they’re prepared to pay good money to find out! (Duncan Kinney photo, grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Ezra Levant, whose Rebel Media organized Saturday’s demonstration at the Alberta Legislature, which failed to leave a positive impression of the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Con gong show at the Legislature had plenty to make Albertans wonder about their opposition parties
It seems that in addition to the Goudreau, who recently came to our attention after a lengthy absence, another character whom we had once been keeping close tabs on but whom we lost track of has reappeared on our radar: Andrew Benson has been somewhat of a political chameleon over the years. He started out . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Andrew Benson Reappears With Interesting Friends
Get some popcorn, because its time to watch the Alt Right implode.
Read the rest of this post on the original site at Let’s Watch as the Alt Right Implodes
If Italian voters reject Sunday’s constitutional referendum, the country could see a left revival in the name of popular democracy.
Source: The Italy to Come | Jacobin
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Italy
. . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: The Italy to Come | Jacobin
Do you have a headache?
Are you an Alberta conservative wondering how to react to Trudeau approving the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines and, horrors, singling out Notley’s Climate Leadership Plan as being vital to getting to yes?
If so, your conservative leadership team has prepared a carefully considered, cogent response.
Here’s what it . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Two Pipelines Approved: The Opposition Reacts (badly)
The US Army Corps of Engineers has thrown in the towel. After months of determined protests, the Dakota Access Pipeline has been stopped in its tracks.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Moria Kelley said in a news release Sunday that the administration will not allow the four-state, $3.8-billion pipeline to be built under . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Victory at Standing Rock?