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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Failed to Protect Privacy

The Liberals record? Not much better. “I can’t answer the question about the former government, what their reasons were,” said Sajjan, also noting he does not believe any of the metadata inadvertently shared could have ended up in the hands of any countries beyond the Five Eyes. BREAKING: #CSE suspends #metadata sharing with int'l partners […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Failed to Protect Privacy

Bill Longstaff: Modest proposals for our defence policy

The federal government has promised to develop a new defence strategy for the country and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed the public will be asked to participate. I thought, therefore, I would get my two cents in early. The minister’s mandate letter states, "As Minister of National Defence, your overarching goal will be to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces are equipped and . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Modest proposals for our defence policy

Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Liberal government moves to repeal controversial union laws Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk meets reporters on Parliament Hill at 10:15 a.m. ET CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:08 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 10:13 AM ET     … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

For ages now Canadians have been conditioned to accept that we “need” more pipelines to move more oil. Otherwise we’ll continue to exhaust train crews and have bombtrains in every town. Canadian oil production to keep rising even if pipelines not approved: National Energy Board https://t.co/Sa4Me2FjDR #business — Regina Leader Post (@leaderpost) January 27, 2016 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

The Progressive Economics Forum: Boosting the economy for the rest of us

Elites and the talking heads in the media are arguing about how to respond to Canada’s soured economic outlook. Who should try to boost the economy, the federal government via fiscal stimulus or the Bank of Canada via monetary policy? But while elites argue amongst themselves, the overriding context is a transfer and concentration of […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Boosting the economy for the rest of us

Dead Wild Roses: The Energy East Pipeline to Nowhere – Tarsands Puppet Brian Jean has a Sad.

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.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rona Ambrose – Smoke From The Ears

Anyone else smell pants burning? Maybe it’s something else. Hold on, you’re about to get whiplash. I guess having an empty head is a biological advantage since your brain doesn’t rattle around when you change direction this quickly. Not even Google can keep up with her position. “June 11, 2015 10:19PM EDT Health Minister Rona […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Rona Ambrose – Smoke From The Ears

The Common Sense Canadian: Reductio ad absurdum: Why we environmentalists are missing the boat with sham hearings, technical arguments

Technical arguments and sham hearings on the merits and risks of pipelines and tankers miss the point, argues Rafe Mair.

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Michal Rozworski: Elites debate boosting the economy, but for whom?

Elites and the talking heads in the media are arguing about how to respond to Canada’s soured economic outlook. Who should try to boost the economy, the federal government via fiscal stimulus or the Bank of Canada via monetary policy? But while elites argue amongst themselves, the overriding context is a transfer and concentration of […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Elites debate boosting the economy, but for whom?

Dead Wild Roses: Wealth Inequality in Canada – Broadbent Institute

Perceptions are so important when dealing with societies problems. How Canada’s wealth is perceived to be divided and how it actually is obscures the need for greater measures to insure wealth equality in our nation. Check out the full report … . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Wealth Inequality in Canada – Broadbent Institute

Dead Wild Roses: More on the Free Investor Agreement or the TTP –

Paul Street writes a foreboding analysis of what the TPP is on Counterpunch. “Lawyers and lobbyists for giant multinational corporations have been working up the TPP and promoting it for nearly a decade. The measure would join the United States along with 11 other nations along the Pacific Rim (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: More on the Free Investor Agreement or the TTP –

Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Introduction Today, getting a lift to the store is as easy as loading an application on a digital device and summoning a roving car to one’s door. It is fast, cheap and, many argue, less onerous than ownership. The so-called sharing economy is on the… . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

mark a rayner: William Shatner’s Inaugural Address

(After Winning the First Post-Two-Party Presidential Election) Friends, Americans, Countrymen! Lend me your ears. I come to bury our two-party system, not praise it. I stand before you today, not as a conqueror, not as pop icon, but as your President. … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: William Shatner’s Inaugural Address

Left Over: Three Card Monte in LaLaLand

Corus Entertainment is buying Shaw Media in $2.65B deal Acquisition ‘redefines Corus and Canada’s media landscape,’ president/CEO says The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 13, 2016 7:20 AM ET   Same circus, same clowns…Canada is once again allowing big business to … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Three Card Monte in LaLaLand

Left Over: …Then They Came for Me…

Online comments on news stories: a problem for everyone Syrian refugee stories on news sites are prompting some backlash in the comments section of some websites By Bal Brach, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2016 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: …Then They Came for Me…

Alberta Politics: Short-term jobs and profits notwithstanding, Canada’s interests are not served by Saudi armoured vehicle sale

PHOTOS: A Canadian LAV III similar to the armoured vehicles to be sold by General Dynamics Land Systems (Canada) of London, Ont., to the Saudi National Guard. Below: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, former MI6 head Sir Ri… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Short-term jobs and profits notwithstanding, Canada’s interests are not served by Saudi armoured vehicle sale

Joe Fantauzzi: From Participatory Budgeting to Co-operative Tenant Control: An Alternative Policy Recommendation For Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing (TCH) is a huge organization with a crucial mandate. Located in Canada’s most-populous city and the capital of the Province of Ontario, TCH provides housing for 164,000 low and moderate-income people in 58,500 homes. The age… . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: From Participatory Budgeting to Co-operative Tenant Control: An Alternative Policy Recommendation For Toronto Community Housing

Eh Types: NDP Resolution? Shave the Beard

On January 1st, many greet the New Year armed with a resolution meant to improve themselves. As people are creatures of habit they often fail, but there is surely merit in recognizing where you can improve. In that spirit, I decided to s… . . . → Read More: Eh Types: NDP Resolution? Shave the Beard

Alberta Politics: Why Canada’s belligerent Conservatives are likely praying for peace in the Persian Gulf

PHOTOS: The nuclear powered American aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf in in 2014. (U.S. Navy photo.) Mighty warships are the carriers, but in the constricted waters of the Gulf, vulnerable nevertheless. Below: A map of the Gulf… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Why Canada’s belligerent Conservatives are likely praying for peace in the Persian Gulf

Bill Longstaff: Time to reverse Canada’s peacekeeping decline

At one time, back in the early 90′s, Canada contributed more troops to UN peacekeeping missions than anyone else. We were number one. Today, with only 26 military personnel involved, we rank 66th. Peacekeeping itself has continued to grow. The UN is… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Time to reverse Canada’s peacekeeping decline

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – On Church, State, and Politics

I’m consistently amazed by the audacity of organized religion and the amount of steamy-ripe-bullshit that it forces down our society’s throat. The fetid promotion and glorification of ignorance coupled with the consistent denial of science and fact is a burgeoning cataclysm for the human race. Organized stupidity, if left unchecked, will be the end […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – On Church, State, and Politics

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 blo… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: 2015—a very good year

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Do Not As I Used To Say and Do

Not sure what’s more pathetic and hypocritical: Wudrick and Taylor feigning desire for un-tinkered elections, or Wall pining for Ottawa money. @saskboy what on earth are you talking about? We just want a referendum. We SUPPORTED STV in the BC referenda. — Aaron Wudrick (@awudrick) December 28, 2015 The hypocrisy in each case approaches satirical […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Do Not As I Used To Say and Do

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Star Wars and Snow

I brushed the snow off my solar panels a couple times on the weekend, and it helped with their production a fair bit. The full sun came out, and melted the remaining flakes off too. We watched Star Wars episode IV [8/10] and Empire Strikes Back [9/10] (Have them both on VHS), and several Star […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Star Wars and Snow

Eh Types: A Picture of Victory

Last week the eyes of the world again turned towards Canada’s new government, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Pictures circled the globe, showing him on hand to personally greet Syrian refugees arriving in Toronto. His critics predictably dismisse… . . . → Read More: Eh Types: A Picture of Victory