Alberta Politics: Happy New Year! In 2016, let’s improve workplace safety, forgive student loans and pull the plug on daylight savings

PHOTOS: Happy New Year! Wouldn’t 2016 be a great time to start allowing the sale of beer, wine and liquor in safe, clean and unionized Alberta grocery stores? Below: Saskatchewan CCF Premier Tommy Douglas and Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson, who brought in public health insurance, popularly known as medicare, in 1962 in Saskatchewan and ...

Scripturient: Thank You and Happy New Year

To all my readers: Thank you, and Happy New Year for 2016. You made 2015 special for me. In this year, my readership more than doubled. I have had more visitors in 2015 than my previous two years combined. Each year, my stats have doubled over the previous year. Clearly I must be saying something ...

Trashy's World: Crazy will beget more crazy…

So bye-bye 2015 and hi to 2016! 2015 was pretty momentous, yo. What with a new game in town on the Hill, the Jays making a legit run to the WS and Donald Trump proving once again that are neighbours to the south can be a bit unbalanced from time to time, it was full ...

Bill Longstaff: 2015—a very good year

2015 is nearly done, a year of significant change for me: a new home after 25 years of living by Calgary’s Elbow River, by far the longest I’ve ever lived in one place, and even a new car, also after driving my little Honda Civic for 25 years. But blogging-wise, the most dramatic changes were ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: An Analysis Of The 2015 Election In Canada

Well, the Liberals won. And hallelujah, and praise be to the Lord. Of course it is good that the Harper Conservatives are out. But let’s not get carried away.  We have a lot of work to do. Because, as bad as the Harper government may have been, and was, and as much as it needed ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: An Analysis Of The 2015 Election In Canada

Well, the Liberals won. And hallelujah, and praise be to the Lord. Of course it is good that the Harper Conservatives are out. But let’s not get carried away.  We have a lot of work to do. Because, as bad as the Harper government may have been, and was, and as much as it needed ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Vote! Get involved, vote, speak, write, raise your voice – and get Harper out

Whether you volunteer, write, canvass, talk to friends and family, or in some other way engage in, and promote, democracy in Canada, please do be involved. Vote, encourage others to vote, talk about the issues, and let’s see a massive turn-out today, along with a lively, and much-needed, thoughtful discussion. This is our country, and ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Vote! Get involved, vote, speak, write, raise your voice – and get Harper out

Whether you volunteer, write, canvass, talk to friends and family, or in some other way engage in, and promote, democracy in Canada, please do be involved. Vote, encourage others to vote, talk about the issues, and let’s see a massive turn-out today, along with a lively, and much-needed, thoughtful discussion. This is our country, and ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Canadian and US Federal Elections – 2015, 2016: A summary of the prospects and possible outcomes

Revolution, reform, stagnation – or worse? It is sometimes difficult to say what would be best for a given nation at a given time in history. There are things that would be desirable, of course, or which seem desirable, and things that are quite clearly, urgently needed – but in what way they should best ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Canadian and US Federal Elections – 2015, 2016: A summary of the prospects and possible outcomes

Revolution, reform, stagnation – or worse? It is sometimes difficult to say what would be best for a given nation at a given time in history. There are things that would be desirable, of course, or which seem desirable, and things that are quite clearly, urgently needed – but in what way they should best ...

Politics and its Discontents: More From Marg: Canada’s Barbaric Cultural Practices Tip Line

Marg Delahunty reminds us of one of the many offences against Canada committed by the Harper regime: Recommend this Post

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting Kootenay-Columbia: vote NDP

Strategic voting in Kootenay-Columbia As I pointed out in my post on strategic voting in North Okanagan—Shuswap, some might be surprised that some of these ridings in the BC Interior are competitive enough. Such is also the case in Kootenay-Columbia, which includes Cranbrook, Revelstoke, Kimberley, Fernie, Golden, Sparwood, and Nelson.  In the last election, vote splitting ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting Kootenay-Columbia: vote NDP

Strategic voting in Kootenay-Columbia As I pointed out in my post on strategic voting in North Okanagan—Shuswap, some might be surprised that some of these ridings in the BC Interior are competitive enough. Such is also the case in Kootenay-Columbia, which includes Cranbrook, Revelstoke, Kimberley, Fernie, Golden, Sparwood, and Nelson.  In the last election, vote splitting ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Kanata-Carleton: vote Liberal

Strategic voting in Kanata-Carleton The riding of Kanata-Carleton in Ottawa is a new riding formed out of pieces of the old riding of Carleton—Mississippi Mills, which has been a fairly safe Conservative.  Despite this, it is shaping up to be a close race. (See a news story about this here). In the last election, Gordon ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

The Conservative party of Canada is clearly playing into fear, xenophobia and racism as a way to win votes, as its “War on Terror” narrative, its racial baiting and its new snitch line show. This is sickening. Mind you, the Liberals and NDP have eerily similar agendas to the Conservatives on key issues of the ...

The Political Road Map: Federal Election/Star Wars

I thought I would take the Star Wars/Federal Election 2015 crossover and have some fun with it. Please spread around with your friends and enjoy! 😛 And of course… “If elected, I will increase the number of reserves to 30,000.”

The Political Road Map: George Lucas Hates This Post!

I thought I would take the Star Wars/Federal Election 2015 crossover and have some fun with it. Please spread around with your friends and enjoy! 😛 And of course… “If elected, I will increase the number of reserves to 30,000.”

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Candidate Alistair MacGregor’s Duncan Office Opening

(Click the picture above, to watch a video showcasing the launch of the Duncan Campaign Office) Friends, Many thanks to the 150+ supporters who came out to the opening of my Duncan Campaign Read more…

Things Are Good: 5 Socially Good Business Practices Predicted for 2015

Marketing firm JWT has complied a list of trends in socially conscious practices that business will be interested in for 2015. See the report here. This is great that marketers are concerned with social impact as it means that after all these years corporations are catching on to the fact that there’s more than just ...

Montreal Simon: The New Year and the Great Canadian Revolt

The little ferry had to struggle against a howling bitterly cold wind, as it headed for the lonely part of the island, for the last time this year.And the scene seemed to symbolize what the ghastly year of 2014 felt like to me.Because it was a struggle. Sometimes it was hard to tell whether we ...

PostArctica: 2015 – The Year Of The Light At The End Of The Tunnel!

On Day 5 of a nasty cold, the kind that seems like it went away on Day 3 and then on Day 4 kicks yer butt in a comeback that any self respecting virus would have to admire. So I am going to wish Everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. I will be ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Fixed Election Date #FAIL

WTF does not even begin to convey my complete and utter shock and disgust… Today, in the House of Commons, during Question Period, the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada asked the Prime Minister about Canada’s fixed election date (known as #elxn42 to the #cdnpoli Twitterati), the legislation that created it, whether or ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: With new NDP shadow cabinet, Mulcair plots Harper’s 2015 defeat

Last week’s 24-hour House of Commons vote on Stephen Harper‘s draconian budget Bill C-38, the “Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act”, ended in a dramatic fashion. The New Democratic Party (NDP), the Official Opposition, concluded the vote with a spontaneous: Deux mille quinze! Deux mille quinze! Deux mille quinze! chant. That’s French for 2015! But why the ...