Here, on how Brad Wall is looking like more and more of a climate change laggard compared to every other leader in Western Canada.For further reading…- CTV broke down the state of provincial climate commitments here. But as John Klein noted, the Sask… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
What’s the difference between these two sentences? Sentence “A”: “You terrorist, you don’t belong here.” Sentence “B”: “You might be a terrorist, you don’t belong here.” Sentence “A” was uttered by two white males who attacked a 31 year old … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Refuges? Paris? Wait, what?
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 … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
Syrian refugee family to benefit from couple cancelling big wedding Samantha Jackson, Farzin Yousefian accepted donations in lieu of gifts when they tied the knot at city hall CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2015 7:50 PM ET Last Updated: Nov … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover
Here, on the decision-based evidence-making behind the Sask Party’s selloff of Crown land and planned gutting of publicly-operated liquor stores.For further reading…- The Sask Party’s announcement of a program to sell off farm land (and ratchet up le… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Randy Robinson points out that while it’s worth setting a higher bar for all kinds of precarious work, it’s particularly problematic for governments to try to attack protections for the people charged with delivering public services: These are many more examples of public sector jobs gone bad. And let’s not forget all the contracted-out services paid for by government but now delivered by private employers. When it comes to these services, government is no different from any company that aims to dodge union wages for its “non-core” functions by sending work to the (Read more…)
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Martin Whittaker reminds us that the American public is eager for a far more fair distribution of income than the one provided for by the U.S.’ current political and economic ground rules. But Christo Aivalis writes that there’s a difference between a preference and a cause – and that we need to do far more to shift the fight for equality into the latter category.
- Ed Struzik discusses how climate change is affecting Alberta’s cattle ranges facing unprecedented droughts. And Emily Chung reports on new research showing that our (Read more…)
I like to think that in some refugee camp in the Middle East, a mother and her children have just found out that they could be in Canada in just a few weeks.And that they are a lot happier than they are in this photo.For they have been living in hell.So you can imagine how I felt when I saw that Brad Wall, the Premier of Saskatchewan, the Little Con on the Prairie, the ferocious oil pimp, thinks they and 25,000 other refugees should just cool their jets.Because he thinks they're too dangerous.Read more »
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PHOTOS: Down on the Alberta farm, successive Conservative governments have made sure farm animals had more rights than farm workers. Below: Alberta Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson and Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, who may be about to fix this. It’s an embarrassing blot on the record of successive Progressive Conservative governments and the premiers who led […]
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We’ve sure learned some important lessons from the failure of the first billion-dollar Boundary Dam CCS project: SaskPower’s president, Mike Marsh, says the company had hoped to make a decision on whether to retrofit another two units at Boundary Dam power plant by next year.
But on Monday, Marsh told reporters that decision has been pushed back to 2017.
“You don’t undertake a project in excess of $1 billion without having your facts,” Marsh said.
Meanwhile, Brad Wall’s plan is still to hope that the rest of the world is paying little enough attention to be suckered into making the same (Read more…)
Having enjoyed the last week in the sunny Berkeley, California, it felt odd to turn on the car radio to hear the local disc jockeys discussing the tarsands and the merits of a pipeline that would pump unrefined bitumen from Canada to Texas. Being one of… Continue Reading →
Here (via PressReader), arguing that there’s no longer any escaping the fact that Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party can’t be trusted to be either honest or reasonable about its biggest and costliest decisions.
For further reading…- Mike McKinnon reported here on the glaring gap between what Brad Wall knew about the failings of the Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage project, and the propaganda he spread publicly starting last year. Geoff Leo has exposed one set of design issues which have been withheld from the public. And the Canadian Press raises the question of what SaskPower is supposedly trying to (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Andrew Jackson discusses a few of the choices the Trudeau Libs need to get right in order to actually set Canada on a more progressive fiscal path: Progressives who worry about growing income inequality will note two key features of the new government’s tax plans. First, the plan is not quite as redistributive as it looks at first sight since it leaves out below-average income workers. Second, the net effect is not to expand the federal income tax base.
True, the Liberal platform talks of examining some loopholes, such as the favourable taxation of (Read more…)
Here (via PressReader), on how Canada’s attendance at the Paris climate change conference may prove to be utterly useless if Justin Trudeau isn’t prepared to override Brad Wall’s obstruction.
For further reading…- Trudeau’s show of inclusion is discussed here – and there’s certainly reason to think he’s less directly hostile to climate action than his predecessor.- But we’ve seen what happens when Wall gets to nix any agreement which even mentions – let alone sets – any emission reduction targets.- And Wall’s “defensive posture” to prioritize resource profits over the planet makes it clear nothing’s about to (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Steven Klees notes that there’s no reason at all to think that corporatist policies labeled as “pro-growth” will do anything to help the poor – and indeed ample reason for doubt they actually encourage growth anywhere other than for the already-wealthy. And the Economist finds that GDP growth in Africa has been almost entirely top-heavy, leaving many of the world’s poorest people behind.
- Ehab Lotayek makes the case for a proportional electoral system where voters’ actual preferences lead to representation, rather than one designed to spit out artificial majorities.
- Carol Goar (Read more…)
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Les Leopold takes a look at the underpinnings of Bernie Sanders’ unexpectedly strong run for the Democratic presidential nomination. And Sean McElwee discusses the type of politics U.S. voters are rightly motivated to change, as big donors have been successful in dictating policy to both major parties.
- The Edmonton Journal comments on the unfairness of first-past-the-post electoral politics both in allocating power across a political system, and in determining regional representation within it.
- Murray Mandryk calls out the Wall government for its contempt for public money when it comes (Read more…)
Naomi Klein and Maude Barlow weigh in on the need not to let sideshows distract us from what should be the most important issue of the federal election campaign. And as referred to here, the Pembina Institute reminds us where the major parties stand in advance of the Paris summit which may determine whether we’re ever able to establish an international commitment to rein in catastrophic climate change – and why we can’t afford to wait any longer: Canada’s [greenhouse gas emission target] has been deemed inadequate by international experts: it is not consistent with Canada’s equitable contribution to (Read more…)
PHOTOS: The second-most popular premier in Canada. You know, what’s her name … Really! She’s in there somewhere! Below: B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. A week ago, the Angus Reid polling company, which nowadays styles itself an Institute, released its regular poll of Canada’s premiers’ popularity. The poll, which usually shows […]
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Here, on Donna Harpauer and the Saskatchewan Party are dismissing their own advisory group’s recommendation to work to cut Saskatchewan poverty in half by the end of the decade.
For further reading…- The StarPhoenix echoes Donna Harpauer’s defeatism.- Danielle Martin and Ryan Meili make the case for a basic income, which appears as one of the advisory group’s recommendations. – And for a review of the multiplier effects of different fiscal choices, see Mark Zandi’s analysis here (PDF) – showing infrastructure spending and income supports accomplishing far more than tax cuts or corporate giveaways.
When Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper claimed on the campaign trail last week that Alberta’s new government was “a disaster,” Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci calmly and cautiously responded. But when Mr. Harper again criticized Alberta’s new… Continue Reading →
Well I have to admit that I too am now deep into the Canadian summer, and don't feel like writing about politics, or doing anything too strenuous. I just want to have fun with my buddy Sébastien.As humble as that might be. Yikes. How low have I fallen?But I just HAD to share this great joke with you.It seems that Stephen Harper and his fellow oil pimp Brad Wall are about to declare war on the Con Senate !!! Read more »
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Brendan O’Neill writes that the UK Cons are following in Stephen Harper’s footsteps by pushing the concept of thought policing. And George Monbiot rightly criticizes the gross inflation of supposed terror threats and simultaneous neglect of far more serious risks: A global survey published last week by the Pew Research Centre found that while the people of North America, Britain, Australia, Japan, France and Germany see Isis as the greatest threat they face, most of the countries surveyed in poorer parts of the world – Africa, Latin America and Asia – place (Read more…)
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.” That claim was always overstated. Now it is downright ludicrous.
The Bank of Canada cut interest rates for the second time this year, but few expect this to pull us out of the tailspin. After all, Canadians are already tapped out: household debt now (Read more…)
“Premier Wall says that if standing up for your industry and your province is showboating, take me to the bridge.”—Brad Wall’s response to Rachel Notley’s comment that Wall was “showboating” on the eve of the premiers’ meeting.
Brad Wall is the second provincial premier (Jim Prentice was the first) who tried to take a bite out of Rachel Notley and ended up crumpled on the floor.
The brouhaha started when Mr Wall said Ms Notley had given Quebec a de facto veto of future pipelines when she said Quebec would support such pipelines if Alberta demonstrates it’s taking (Read more…)