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Politics and its Discontents: Speaking The Truth: A Crime In Harperland

I was going to write about Linda McQuaig’s honest assertion that much of the tarsands’ oil will have to be left in the ground if Canada is to meet its climate change mitigation targets. It is an assertion that world experts agree with.

However, since Bill Longstaff has beaten me to the topic, I . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Speaking The Truth: A Crime In Harperland

Politics and its Discontents: Back To Business As Usual?

After all of the feel-good rhetoric of the Climate Summit of the Americas, held last week in Toronto, it would appear that we are back to business as usual, at least in Canada.

The Globe and Mail reports the following: Canada’s premiers are poised to sign an agreement to fast-track new oil sands pipelines . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Back To Business As Usual?

Politics and its Discontents: The High Cost Of Integrity

In this world, remaining faithful to one’s principles can be a very difficult proposition. We often hear how important it is to “go along to get along,” and while we all make compromises during the daily course of living, sometimes the issues confronting us are too large to ignore, too loud to mute that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The High Cost Of Integrity

Politics and its Discontents: The Folly of Harper’s Economic Emphasis

While no reasonable person would suggest that Canada should immediately turn its back on it resources, the folly of self-described economist Stephen Harper is the undue weighting his regime has placed on that sector for fiscal health. Other countries have been looking toward the day when our dependence on fossil fuels will be diminished . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Folly of Harper’s Economic Emphasis

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Labour

All kinds of abuses continue under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. As reported by the CBC, an Italian company, Saipem, contracted by Husky Sunrise to build a multi-billion dollar plant 60 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, is employing 344 foreign tradespersons and others who are either unqualified, uncertified or cannot understand English, thereby putting lives . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Labour

Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

Steve Harper and his chums have transformed cognitive dissonance from an affliction into an art form. Harper’s prime directive, his overarching quest, is to get as much Athabasca bitumen as possible to foreign buyers as quickly as pipelines and tanker ports can be built. Now square that single-minded purpose with the report just released . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

Politics and its Discontents: Parsing Justin Trudeau’s Words

Like many, I have real reservations about Justin Trudeau’s capacity for the kind of leadership that reflects a mature and nuanced mind. While many praise him for his spontaneity and unorthodox pronouncements, I look for substance and an indication of policies that suggest a significant departure from the mindset of the Harper Conservatives. Thus . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Parsing Justin Trudeau’s Words

Cowichan Conversations: Charge Protestors With Terrorism And Throw Them in Prison!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

This compelling video landed in my inbox this morning courtesy of a Cowichan Bay activist.

It claims that a Canadian corporation Trans Canada Pipeline, the force behind Keystone XL pipeline is training FBI and local law enforcement agencies on how to charge legal protestors with terrorism.

They say that . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Charge Protestors With Terrorism And Throw Them in Prison!

Politics and its Discontents: Happy Earth Day

I truly wish there was something to celebrate. Take a look at my previous post and the commentary from the Mound of Sound that accompanies it; then watch this short video.

Their commonality? A rapacious industry and an economic system that disdains impediments to their profits, and a federal government (a.k.a. the Harper regime) . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Happy Earth Day

Politics and its Discontents: A Tale of Intimidation At TransCanada Corporation

Despite the best efforts of the Harper government to make its own addiction to the fossil fuel agenda the Canadian people’s as well, increasing numbers are voicing their concern and opposition to the expansion of the Alberta tarsands through new pipelines. And evidence is mounting that those concern are wholly justified and not simply . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Tale of Intimidation At TransCanada Corporation

Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Reminder

In light of the National Energy Board’s rubber stamping of the Enbridge Line 9 reversal with very few safeguards, here is a timely reminder of the inherent dangers of pipelines:

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Politics and its Discontents: Not Everyone Has Drunk The Kool-Aid: A Doctor Speaks Out On The Health Effects Of Tarsands’ Development

As reported in The Vancouver Observer, grave health risks from the Alberta tarsands are both statistically significant and deeply disturbing.

A northern Alberta doctor, John O’Connor, was invited to Washington to brief two U.S. Senators who are against the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline that would carry bitumen from Alberta to Texas. O’Connor told them . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Not Everyone Has Drunk The Kool-Aid: A Doctor Speaks Out On The Health Effects Of Tarsands’ Development

Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Responds To My Complaint About Rex Murphy

I received the following email yesterday from Jack Nagler, Director of Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement at the CBC, regarding my conflict of interest complaint about Rex Murphy. Because the review is ongoing, I am treating this only as an interim response. I therefore present the letter with no commentary on my part, but . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Responds To My Complaint About Rex Murphy

Cowichan Conversations: Tar Sands Explained in 3 Minutes

Politics and its Discontents: Fear And Loathing In Peace River

While the Harper cabal proceeds full-tilt with its tarsands advertising campaign, the details of which Canadians are being denied, a game of inconvenient truth versus consequences is being played out in Peace River, Alberta.

According to a report in The Edmonton Journal, Peace River may be making people sick. The suspected culprits? – its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Fear And Loathing In Peace River

Politics and its Discontents: Some Interesting And Encouraging Poll Results

According to a Huffington Post survey, more than 60 per cent of Albertan respondents backed Neil Young’s condemnation of the tarsands; as well, an Edmonton Journal online poll found more than 70% approval for his comments.

That has got to be an encouraging sign.

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Interesting And Encouraging Poll Results

Politics and its Discontents: A Stinging Indictment Of Joe Oliver And The Harper Mentality

It would seem that Chad Beharriell of Windsor has Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver’s number:

Make transition to a green economy

Like a dinosaur that can see the comet coming, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is now reaching for the public relations panic button as he sees growing resistance across the globe to unchecked . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Stinging Indictment Of Joe Oliver And The Harper Mentality

Politics and its Discontents: This Is What Engaged Citizenship Looks Like

On Friday, fifty-four members of the global climate movement were arrested in Washington, DC after blockading the offices of an environmental engineering firm responsible for contributing to what protesters see as a deeply flawed impact statement on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial tar sands project that has become a focus of the climate . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Is What Engaged Citizenship Looks Like

Politics and its Discontents: Is Trudeau’s Poll Lead Such A Good Thing?

The latest polls show the Trudeau-led Liberals leading the Harper Conservatives 36% to 29%, with the NDP at 23%. Coincidentally, this petition from Forest EthicsEthics suggests it is not necessarily an occasion for celebration:

WHOSE SIDE IS JUSTIN ON, ANYWAY?

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has been in office just a couple of short months . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is Trudeau’s Poll Lead Such A Good Thing?

Politics and its Discontents: I’m Sure It Is Just A Coincidence …

…but if I were paranoid, I might see a connection between this and this.

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Politics and its Discontents: This Makes Too Much Sense

…for anyone within the Conservative cabal to heed its words. Nonetheless, enjoy this well-considered editorial form today’s edition of The Star:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his hyper-aggressive natural resources minister Joe Oliver are rapidly turning doubt about Canada’s bitumen into bitter opposition.

Oliver, who travelled to Europe this past week to promote . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Makes Too Much Sense

Politics and its Discontents: Is Pierre Poilivre Related To Joe Oliver?

They certainly seem to be singing from the same hymn book.

Orwellian and hypocritical are inadequate descriptors of this little twit:

And speaking of Orwellian, how else might one describe the “Working Families Flexibility Act?”

The Harperites must be salivating. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is Pierre Poilivre Related To Joe Oliver?

Politics and its Discontents: The World We Are Destroying

My friend LeDaro often posts videos that depict the world around us, poignant reminders of what we are so blithely destroying through our heedless consumerism and governments that know the price of everything but the value of nothing. In this, the slavish promotion of the tarsands by the Harper regime and its henchmen (Joe Oliver, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The World We Are Destroying

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of The Tarsands ….

This is brilliant. Thanks to Anon, who, in his comment on my previous post, directed me to this video:

Let’s try to spread this as widely as possible. Mockery and satire often seem to be the best way to respond to the nonsense and lies the government proclaims in our name. Recommend this . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of The Tarsands ….

Politics and its Discontents: An Embarrassment To All of Us

Like the dotty uncle no one wants to invite to family dinners anymore because of his wildly inappropriate comments, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is fast becoming an international persona non grata.

With the passion of a senescent zealot, Oliver has drawn unfavorable attention to Canada in recent weeks over his attacks . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Embarrassment To All of Us