Like many members of the federal NDP, I support a shift back to socialism from wherever it is we have drifted. The now famous (or infamous) Leap Manifesto may help in that regard. Re-establishing the NDP as a social democratic party would give its memb… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Supporting two NDPs
Everything in this article isn’t perfect, but these parts are: Alberta’s problem is twofold: Its oilsands have been buried by fracked American oil that is both higher-value and cheaper to produce, while longer-term they face marginalization in a world committed to weaning itself off carbon. So another pipeline isn’t needed; oilsands production won’t be expanding […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Why Did Obama Kill the #KXL Pipeline?
In a recent Rabble article, David Climenhaga quotes a unite-the-right Albertan as predicting that if the NDP "actually get a pipeline built. … they’re going to govern for the next 20 years!" That may be the overstatement of a panicked conservative, but certainly if the NDP want to win the next election, they will have to make nice with the oil industry. Premier Notley made that clear in her . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Will Notley get a pipeline built?
This column ran in The National Post on March 24, 2016. After weeks of trying “natural” extracts and homemade remedies like smoothies cut with ginger root and horseradish to cure a suspected case of meningitis, 19-month-old Ezekiel Stephan’s … . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Legitimizing Pseudoscience: What’s The Harm?
B.C. Energy Minister says clean power projects aren’t the priority JUSTINE HUNTERVICTORIA — The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 10:21PM EST Premiers’ exclusive fundraisers violate conflict of interest rules, says Democracy Watch Charging $10,000 for exclusive access to premiers … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: BC Voters: Clean Up Your Act..
PHOTOS: Parson Manning spreads the Gospel of Market Fundamentalism in his days as leader of the Reform Party of Alberta. The actual neoliberal preacher-men of Confederation may not appear exactly as illustrated. Photo grabbed from Elmer Gantry, the mov… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon reads the notorious Throne Speech attacking Alberta on Tuesday. Below: B.C. Premier Christie Clark, NDP strategist Brian Topp, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan. You no longer … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: B.C. politics as seen from Alberta: Christy Clark’s re-election strategy exposed
So, the Catholic Church thinks it has something relevant to say about physician assisted death? After reading through the Bishops’ letter to Alberta’s Premier Notley, it’s an amazing piece of hypocritical nonsense. The Catholic Church is comm… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Speaking Of Hypocrisy
I was glad to see Justin Trudeau have the courage and the decency to visit Alberta, a province where so many Cons hate him with an intensity that borders on insanity.I was happy to see him provide Rachel Notley with some badly needed support, and reass… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On the Con Smearing of Justin Trudeau
The Alberta Royalty Review Advisory Panel has concluded its study and issued its report. One of its conclusions, and certainly its most controversial, was, "Alberta’s total fiscal take (including royalties) from crude oil and natural gas wells is reasonably positioned against its most direct competitors." In other words, there is no justification for raising royalties. Was I surprised? . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Notley quite correctly accepted the Royalty Review Panel’s conclusions
I’ll largely echo David Climenhaga’s take on Alberta’s oil and gas royalty review (PDF). But it’s well worth highlighting the difference between the two main interpretations of the review’s recommendations – and what they mean for future resource polic… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On delayed rectification
Progress in the laying of plans for Canada’s build-your-own-envirnomental-disaster have hit a snag. The people’s land that we want to endanger are saying no way, and no how. Pretty rude considering that one of our more outspoken Premier’s comments ,“Let those Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.” Oh Ralph, how we miss those straight talkn’, […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Energy East Pipeline to Nowhere – Tarsands Puppet Brian Jean has a Sad.
This and that for your Thursday reading.- David Sirota and Andrew Perez expose Steve Schwarzman’s galling complaints that his perceived lessers dare to complain about declining security and stagnating incomes. And Aditya Chakrabortty discusses how the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
The government is in talks to quickly allocate $1 billion for infrastructure projects in the two provinces — money earmarked by the previous government’s infrastructure fund but not yet delivered, two of the officials said. I sincerely hope that this money goes into supporting the growing renewable energy industry, and not into propping up the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau To Rush A Billion Dollars to Wall and Notley
Oilpatch worker urges Justin Trudeau to help Alberta in widely shared Facebook post ‘Please start helping our own people through these tough times’ By Andrea Huncar, CBC News Posted: Jan 15, 2016 3:21 PM MT Last Updated: Jan 15, 2016 3:39 … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: A New Deal for Alberta?
This and that for your Sunday reading.- Will Wachtmeister reviews Malcolm Torry’s book of arguments for a basic income, focusing in particular on social cohesion and innovation as important reasons why individuals should enjoy economic security. But Se… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
This and that to end your week.- Serina Sandhu writes that everybody is worse off when inequality is allowed to run rampant. And Danny Dorling highlights the principles we’ll need to follow in order to reverse the trend in that direction:There was a ti… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links
It wasn’t very long ago that Brad Wall was a part of shaping western Canada. He wanted BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and maybe even Manitoba to agree on LCD wage and labour codes, so we could more easily trade workers around. Now that he’s surrounded by NDP provinces, he’s not involved? Alberta & Manitoba have agreed […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Where’s Wall’s Western Strategy Now?
This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Nicholas Fitz observes that inequality is far worse than the U.S. public believes – even as it already wants to see significant action. And Thomas Piketty updates his policy prescriptions arising out of Capital:… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
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 blo… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: 2015—a very good year
This and that for your Sunday reading.- Andrew Jackson makes the case for a federal budget aimed at boosting investment in Canada’s economy:Public infrastructure investment has a much greater short term impact on growth and jobs per dollar spent than … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links
This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Patrick Flavin studies (PDF) the direct benefits that flow from giving people secure access to health care. And Daphne Bramham writes that the damage done by child poverty can be directly observed in educational… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
When Rachel Notley was elected Premier of Alberta I thought it was a shining moment for that province.I thought she would be able to make Alberta more than a one-party petrostate, the land of the Con zombies, and the home of the Harperites.And would fi… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rachel Notley and Alberta’s Monstrous Harvest of Hate