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Canadian Dimension: Note to Tar Sands Campaigners

Angel Boligan (Cagle Cartoons).

It’s a “no brainer,” declares Stephen Harper. The Keystone pipeline must be built now to bring crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries and markets in the US. By the same token, the Northern Gateway and/or the Kinder Morgan pipelines must be constructed to bring tar sands . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Note to Tar Sands Campaigners

Canadian Dimension: Free Trade Benefits Canada, eh?

Photo by Patrickklida

Every time I pass through Oshawa, Ontario I think of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the USA. Oshawa is the home of General Motors of Canada, the largest producer of motor vehicles in Canada. Not that long ago Canada was the fourth largest producer of cars and trucks . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Free Trade Benefits Canada, eh?

Canadian Dimension: It is time to confront Canada’s staple trap

Canadian postcard, 1907

Forbidden to text while driving, you can waste your time checking the fluctuating price of gas at every gas station you see and how at each station it differs from yesterday. All you will learn is that the price shifts up and down over space and time – the operation . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: It is time to confront Canada’s staple trap

Canadian Dimension: Alain Deneault in Conversation with Canadian Dimension

Jethro Tulin, an Indigenous Ipili from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and leading organizer of resistance against the mining bosses. Here Tulin is speaking outside Barrick Gold’s 2009 Annual General Meeting. Photo by Allan Lissner (allan.lissner.net); posted by the Porgera Alliance (porgeraalliance.net).

Québec author Alain Deneault has a research doctorate from the . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Alain Deneault in Conversation with Canadian Dimension

The Ranting Canadian: Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim…

Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim Flaherty.

Regardless of what one thinks of the recently deceased man on a personal level, if one uses objective, non-emotional criteria, it is clear that he was probably the worst finance minister in Canadian history. Unfortunately for us, his replacement, Joe Oliver, will likely . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim…

Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Lac Megantic Rail Disaster

In recent years, some residents of Lac Megantic have repeatedly put forward the view that the operation of the former CPR mainline linking Montreal with St. John New Brunswick through the center of the town is unsafe.

Until July 6th of this year, it would appear that this view was mistaken, at least in the . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Lac Megantic Rail Disaster

The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

Hooray! Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News” lost their hypocritical bid to force all Canadian cable TV viewers to pay for their shitty channel regardless of whether we want to watch it.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) correctly declined to award special treatment to the undeserving TV station . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac-Mégantic

“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who creates the darkness.” — Monseigneur Bienvenu in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables

It is always the same. First the shock and horror, then the anger. A terrible environmental disaster inflicted by . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac-Mégantic

Canadian Dimension Feed: Why are Canada’s Trains Vulnerable? Good Old Capitalist Cost-Cutting

The fireball in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, flashed around the world last week as a very hot news item. Thirty-five people are now confirmed to have been killed, with 15 more still missing and presumed dead, as a result of the explosions of crude oil carried by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s (MM&A) runaway freight train. . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension Feed: Why are Canada’s Trains Vulnerable? Good Old Capitalist Cost-Cutting

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Why are Canada’s Trains Vulnerable? Good Old Capitalist Cost-Cutting

The fireball in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, flashed around the world last week as a very hot news item. Thirty-five people are now confirmed to have been killed, with 15 more still missing and presumed dead, as a result of the explosions of crude oil carried by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s (MM&A) runaway freight train. . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension | Articles: Why are Canada’s Trains Vulnerable? Good Old Capitalist Cost-Cutting

Canadian Dimension Feed: Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime

Five days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the rural town resembles a scene of desolation. Its downtown is a charred sacrifice zone. 50 people are likely dead, making the train’s toll one of the worst disasters in recent Canadian history.

In the explosion’s aftermath, politicians and media pundits . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension Feed: Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime

Five days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the rural town resembles a scene of desolation. Its downtown is a charred sacrifice zone. 50 people are likely dead, making the train’s toll one of the worst disasters in recent Canadian history.

In the explosion’s aftermath, politicians and media pundits . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension | Articles: Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime

The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2 Two current issues that were…

Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2

Two current issues that were emphasized at the 2013 International Workers Day rally in Toronto were the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a recent factory collapse in Bangladesh (and the continuing systematic exploitation of all sweatshop workers in that country) . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2
Two current issues that were…

The Ranting Canadian: Irony: The Canadian job-killer Gord Nixon, president and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is…

Irony: The Canadian job-killer Gord Nixon, president and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is also the head of the Ontario Liberal government’s Jobs and Prosperity Council. What an insult.

For continuing coverage of RBC’s latest attacks on Canadian workers, see http://www.facebook.com/BoycottRoyalBankOfCanada

. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Irony: The Canadian job-killer Gord Nixon, president and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is…

The Ranting Canadian: RBC declares war against Canadian workers

RBC declares war against Canadian workers:

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is firing dozens of its employees in Canada and replacing them with lower-paid temporary foreign workers. RBC is forcing their soon-to-be-unemployed Canadian employees to train their own replacements. RBC made $7.5 billion in profits in 2012. Also about a year ago, they increased . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: RBC declares war against Canadian workers

Canadian Dimension Feed: Modern Day Slavery

Noé Arteaga’s employers fired and deported him to Guatemala after he stood up for his rights as a migrant worker in Canada.

Temporary foreign workers come to Canada on a visa with their employer’s name on it. They cannot change employers if a problem arises. Workers are also often dependent on their employers for transportation, . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension Feed: Modern Day Slavery

The Ranting Canadian: Here are some unintentionally hilarious excerpts from an old interview with Jim Flaherty,…

Here are some unintentionally hilarious excerpts from an old interview with Jim Flaherty, Canada’s worst finance minister. The article was published by the pro-Conservative (and plagiarism-tolerant) Globe and Mail.

It was the height of Trudeaumania, and the Flaherty clan was right in the middle of it. But over the following decade, as the hockey-mad . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Here are some unintentionally hilarious excerpts from an old interview with Jim Flaherty,…

The Ranting Canadian: SNC-Lavalin + Canadian politicians = organized crimeThe thoroughly corrupt SNC-Lavalin has its…

SNC-Lavalin + Canadian politicians = organized crime

The thoroughly corrupt SNC-Lavalin has its dirty mitts in a bunch of lucrative federal and provincial projects across Canada, despite being tainted by multiple serious infractions. Why are they allowed to operate as normal? Are they another “too big to fail” corporation?

Here . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: SNC-Lavalin + Canadian politicians = organized crime

The thoroughly corrupt SNC-Lavalin has its…

The Ranting Canadian: Interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the Steeltown Spoilers

Interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the Steeltown Spoilers:

The above link is to an interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the punk band Steeltown Spoilers.

Glen talks about his band of course, but he also discusses the economic decline and political destruction of the city he loves. The interview reveals some real . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the Steeltown Spoilers

Canadian Dimension Feed: Falling into a Burning Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire. It sounds like something out of a Tolkien novel. Welcome to Mordor Ontario, an area of 5,120 square kilometres in the James Bay watershed chock full of nickel, copper, zinc, gold, palladium and chromium—especially chromium (the element at the centre of Erin Brockovich’s crusade).*

The Lords of the Ring are some . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension Feed: Falling into a Burning Ring of Fire

The Ranting Canadian: introvertedloudmouth:A letter to Galen Weston Jr. 

introvertedloudmouth:

A letter to Galen Weston Jr.

Canadian Dimension Feed: Pipeline politics

Petroleum giant Enbridge Inc. has taken huge strides in recent weeks to complete its plan to transport tar sands oil to eastern Canada and from there to foreign markets.

Already assured of support from the Harper government, the company is rapidly lining up further backing from provincial politicians and industry players, including a key trade . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension Feed: Pipeline politics

Canadian Dimension Feed: Tax cheaters: Give us back our money

There is a class of people and corporations in this country whose illicit financial practices have an enormous negative impact on the country and its citizens. Yet the law and order regime of Stephen Harper barely plays lip service to the issue of tax … . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension Feed: Tax cheaters: Give us back our money

Alberta Diary: The XL Foods E. coli Crisis: Is the media asking the right questions?

The Edmonton Journal’s front page on Friday. Below: Brian Nilsson apologizing, Lee Nilsson, the Mannix brothers, Fred and Ron. All photos grabbed from the Internet.

Postmedia News, owner of Alberta’s two largest newspapers, was so relieved when one of the brothers who own troubled XL Foods Ltd. in this province’s southeast finally emerged . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The XL Foods E. coli Crisis: Is the media asking the right questions?

calgaryliberal.com: Harper does it again: Undermining Canadian business and industry (this time on beef)

If you want to undermine Canadian beef at home and abroad in one fell swoop you only need to take away the long-standing trust people have held for the safety of our food industries. A fundamental trust that has been rebuilt from BSE in particular. And that undermining has been brought on by undercutting Canada’s . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Harper does it again: Undermining Canadian business and industry (this time on beef)