Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Karen Brettel and David Rohde discuss how the cult of shareholder value is destroying the concept of corporations actually making anything useful. And Deirdre Hipwell writes that the financial-sector workers pushing aside a real economy in favour of a paper one are miserable and envious as a result. ...

Accidental Deliberations: On guiding influences

Adam Radwanski points out in his latest column that several weeks into the election campaign, it’s hard to see what message might be used against Tom Mulcair and the NDP to any meaningful effect. But let’s note that the factors working in the NDP’s favour – and the challenges for the competing parties – are ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Jerry Dias discusses how the Cons have pushed Canada into an avoidable recession by slashing useful funding in order to send out pre-election baubles: How far has Canada’s economic star fallen? Only recently Prime Minister Stephen Harper boasted that Canada’s economy was “the envy of the entire world.” ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Trish Hennessy writes that the Cons’ budget is based purely on wishful thinking and deliberate denial rather than any rational plan. PressProgress identifies just a few of the problems which can’t be put off for two generations, no matter how determined Joe Oliver is to push any ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Pat Atkinson writes that governments at all levels should be setting up realistic fiscal plans to deal with a large group of retiring boomers – not artificially slashing revenues and increasing costs. And Rick Smith laments the fact that the Harper Cons are squandering an opportunity to address ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your holiday reading. – Paul Buchhelt discusses eight areas where privatization has proven to be a disaster in the U.S. – with one holding particular interest for Regina residents: A 2009 analysis of water and sewer utilities by Food and Water Watch found that private companies charge up to 80 percent more ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Helene Leblanc argues that we should make sure the Internet is treated as a commons accessible to all, rather than a privilege denied to many (particularly in rural areas): Many Canadians living outside urban centres do not have access to high speed broadband Internet and a significant ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Show me – some countries put everyone’s salary on the sunshine list

“If there’s a more pointless annual story than the sunshine list, I can’t think of it.” – Tweet today from Adam Radwanski, Globe and Mail columnist. Radwanski didn’t always think this way. In 2010 he argued salary disclosure had the … Continue reading →

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – There’s always been reason for skepticism about the pundit-class theory that the 2011 federal election should simply be deleted from the history books as an aberration. But Abacus provides a compelling example as to why the relative position of the NDP and Libs looks to be a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Peter O’Neil and Tara Carman report on the Cons’ strategy of importing temporary foreign workers to drive down wages across Canada. And Craig McInnes juxtaposes that plan against the need for viable careers for young British Columbians in particular: More than a quarter of those are in B.C., ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading. – Armine Yalnizyan points to the Law Commission of Ontario’s proposals to make sure that labour laws don’t stack the deck against workers, and encourages citiznes to have their own say: The truth is, most people don’t know anything about their legal rights as workers, and even if you ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Dan Gardner draws some parallels between the Cons’ attacks on Europe and the well-worn (and entirely false) Reagan-era “welfare queen” line of spin. But I wonder whether the Cons are making matters somewhat more difficult for themselves by trying to negotiate a free trade agreement with exactly the ...

the reeves report: Fighting the deficit by defunding the Catholic school system

St. Boniface Catholic School in Toronto. The question of funding for Catholic education in Ontario is similar to the question of reforming the first-past-the-post system we employ for electing members of parliament – any rudimentary thinking on the issue would show it to be egregiously undemocratic and discriminatory, yet politicians are consistently able to hide ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Jeffrey Simpson compliments the NDP’s leadership contenders for dealing with the issue of inequality, but rightly notes there’s a long way left to go: Good for the NDP leadership candidates for talking about income inequality in Canada. At their first leadership debate last weekend, and on their websites, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Adam Radwanski warns that Ontario’s voters can’t afford to stay home from today’s provincial election. – Jim Stanford calls out the Harper Cons and their right-win echo chamber for their baseless and gratuitous attacks on unions. But given the decades-old trend linking stagnant wages and increasing inequality ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Liberal AV Club’s Amateur Hour (Part Deux)

Political wonks may recall Stéphane Dion’s cringe-inducing “address to the nation” back in 2008 during the constitutional crisis over a putative coalition government… If not, Adam Radwanski described this way: At a time when he needed to look reassuring, to look prime ministerial, [Dion] looked exactly the way the Conservatives have been trying to portray ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Jack Layton Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Adam Radwanski astutely recognizes that the outpouring of sympathy and grief following Jack Layton’s death speaks to the gap between what most political parties limit themselves to pursuing, and what many people actually want from their leaders: All the available information, the numbers and research and chatter, tells ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Ian Welsh serves up some tough commentary as to whether Canadian voters saddled with unrepresentative and downright destructive governments are merely getting what we deserve: (W)e have selected, to rule our societies, sociopaths at best and psychopaths at worse. They have contempt for those they rule, do ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Adam Radwanski points out how Stephen Harper’s continuing Senate embarrassment figures to play into the NDP’s hands: If Mr. Harper was looking to signal once and for all that he’s abandoned his populist roots, he could scarcely have done better than Wednesday’s Senate appointments. Little more than two ...