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Alberta Politics: Part II: If there’s no Russian threat in the Baltics, why is Canada so enthusiastic about a new Cold War there?

PHOTOS: The memorial to the Soviet soldiers who died conquering the city of Berlin in 1945, the last time a major world power seriously underestimated and misjudged the Russians. Below: NATO’s top soldier, Czech General Petr Pavel and the U.S. Army . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Part II: If there’s no Russian threat in the Baltics, why is Canada so enthusiastic about a new Cold War there?

Canadian Dimension: Maybe it’s time for the NDP to return to socialism

Photo by Matt Jiggins There’s been a strange summer-long silence from the NDP. Last week, after the near terror event in Strathroy, they should have been vocal on Bill C-51, the terror bill. The Liberals looke… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Maybe it’s time for the NDP to return to socialism

Canadian Dimension: Mel Hurtig and the renaissance of economic nationalism

Image from Public Domain Mel Hurtig, the economic nationalist, is dead. The cause he championed is not. Hurtig died last week at 84. His passing was generally viewed, if at all, as an end point to an era that i… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Mel Hurtig and the renaissance of economic nationalism

Alberta Politics: Part I: What will NATO get up to in the north now that the chill is off between Russia and Turkey in the south?

PHOTOS: NATO pilots salute back in the day, when you could make a case there was actually a reason for the military alliance to exist. Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. MUNICH, Germany Relations between… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Part I: What will NATO get up to in the north now that the chill is off between Russia and Turkey in the south?

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Elizabeth May Regarding BDS

Dear Elizabeth May, Please don’t resign over Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. Far from being “polarizing, ineffective and unhelpful,” the BDS movement seeks to employ moderate, non-violent means (i.e. boycotts and other economic measures) to pressure Israel to end its decades-long … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Elizabeth May Regarding BDS

Canadian Dimension: Wall: Sky Darkens for Sunshine Premier

Photo by Courtney Markewich/CJME News Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall had already broken one promise even before he called the election: “We didn’t make a lot of election promises, but we made one signifi… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Wall: Sky Darkens for Sunshine Premier

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney on the road: time theft, corporate gifts and the mysterious absence of ‘Porky the Waster Hater’

PHOTOS: The Jason Kenney shotgun-marriage campaign’s convenient and colourful motorhome, with Mr. Kenney, exiting, in the foreground. Who owns it? Who is paying for it? Below: A billboard advertising Mr. Kenney’s campaign near Grande Prairie. Same … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney on the road: time theft, corporate gifts and the mysterious absence of ‘Porky the Waster Hater’

Alberta Politics: Mel Hurtig, a great Canadian – and, full of beans, as we used to say

PHOTOS: Mel Hurtig with his Canadian Encyclopedia, without which, once upon a time, no respectable Canadian home was considered complete. I am grateful to Mr. Hurtig for one thing not mentioned in the short commentary below, and that is my accidental i… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Mel Hurtig, a great Canadian – and, full of beans, as we used to say

Song of the Watermelon: National Post Letter

You will find a letter of mine in today’s National Post enumerating the many benefits of proportional representation. In order to read it, please click here and scroll down to the second last entry (or see the last entry in … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: National Post Letter

Alberta Politics: Ottawa’s ethics commissioner should review MP Jason Kenney’s activities and ethics as Alberta PC candidate

PHOTOS: Freshly made up, MP Jason Kenney arrives at his news conference yesterday on the grounds of Alberta’s Legislature, where he one day hopes to have a legal parking spot. (Screenshot of CBC video.) Below: Parliamentary Ethics Commissioner Mary D… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Ottawa’s ethics commissioner should review MP Jason Kenney’s activities and ethics as Alberta PC candidate

Alberta Politics: One year ago, Stephen Harper, master of all he surveyed, called an election – what could possibly go wrong?

PHOTOS: Then prime minister Stephen Harper with his strategic brain trust, back when they still seemed like the masters of Canada’s political universe and would seem so for a few more weeks. (Source unknown.) Below: Screen shots of Mr. Harper’s Aug… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: One year ago, Stephen Harper, master of all he surveyed, called an election – what could possibly go wrong?

Cowichan Conversations: Days of Revolt-Letting Go of the World-Chris Hedges

We have heard the responses from our Prime Minister Trudeau and the American President Obama about dealing with climate change, but what they say is bogus, meaningless, their policies are in fact accelerating the doom Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Days of Revolt-Letting Go of the World-Chris Hedges

Canadian Dimension: Open Letter to Stéphane Dion re: Ukraine and Russia

Photo by Mstyslav Chernov The Honourable Stéphane Dion Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2 Dear Minister Dion, Thank you for your letter of June 30 that was in respons… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Open Letter to Stéphane Dion re: Ukraine and Russia

Cowichan Conversations: B.C. terrorism convictions overturned as judge rules pair were entrapped

In this case B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce was not buying in and denounced the RCMP. She said police went too far, using trickery and subterfuge to manipulate the pair. It is refreshing Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: B.C. terrorism convictions overturned as judge rules pair were entrapped

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall: a day late and a dollar short on Husky’s Prince Albert pipeline rupture

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaking with reporters in the halls of Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina yesterday (screen grab from the CBC’s feed). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the city of Prince Albert on the bank of … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Brad Wall: a day late and a dollar short on Husky’s Prince Albert pipeline rupture

Canadian Dimension: Implementing Austerity By Downloading Responsibility

Laura Bardeau had bedbugs and lost all of her furniture. A single mother with two children, trying to survive on social assistance, she applied for emergency housing support from the City of Toronto’s Hous… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Implementing Austerity By Downloading Responsibility

Alberta Politics: As assumptions give way to knowledge, we have an opportunity to learn from the shooting in Munich

PHOTOS: Into the evening Friday, the mood in the Bavarian city of Munich was surreal (Polizeipräsidium München image). Below: The scene of Friday’s shooting in Munich. The person I know best in Munich described the mood in the Bavarian city Friday … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: As assumptions give way to knowledge, we have an opportunity to learn from the shooting in Munich

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall Government’s Saskatchewan beer trade piffle turns out to be all fizz and no flavour

ILLUSTRATIONS: A group of Albertans enjoying one of our province’s excellent craft beers, unfortunately unavailable in Saskatchewan because of the province-to-the-right’s unfair trade practices. (The Wikipedia illustration is actually of François … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Brad Wall Government’s Saskatchewan beer trade piffle turns out to be all fizz and no flavour

Scott's DiaTribes: Photos

Sorry for the absence from the blog.. life interrupts these things occasionally.. and I confess Twitter and Facebook are easier to post stuff on that dont require essays. Just to prove I am still on here.. a nice picture of Beaches-East York MP Nathani… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Photos

Alberta Politics: If Jason Kenney’s anti-abortion views don’t matter, why are anti-choice activists supporting him so enthusiastically?

PHOTOS: The young Jason Kenney, speaking out to the San Francisco CNN station against the right of pro-choice activists even to speak in support of their views on the U.S. university campus he attended for one year. Below: St. Albert MLA Marie Renaud a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: If Jason Kenney’s anti-abortion views don’t matter, why are anti-choice activists supporting him so enthusiastically?

Cowichan Conversations: Whistling Past The Graveyard-Michael Harris

Michael Harris is an established journalist with purpose and clarity. This important piece tells it like it is. It is well worth a read. The comments that follow are a chilling reminder of the state Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Whistling Past The Graveyard-Michael Harris

Alberta Politics: O Canada? Sorry, no ad libbing, please! We’re Canadian!

PHOTOS: Don Cherry, Canada’s best-known right-wing weirdo, wearing a suit that ought to be illegal. (Toronto Star photo.) Below: Boston-born tenor Remigio Pereira, the man who fiddled with the words of O Canada, much to Mr. Cherry’s distress, and B… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: O Canada? Sorry, no ad libbing, please! We’re Canadian!

Alberta Politics: Does the federal Tory pivot toward Alberta show they’ve given up on power in Ottawa?

PHOTOS: Stephen Harper, the former prime minister, not exactly as he appeared at the Conservative Party’s Calgary Stampede barbecue last night, but close enough. Below: Jason Kenney, Mr. Harper’s former sidekick in Ottawa, whom the former PM endors… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Does the federal Tory pivot toward Alberta show they’ve given up on power in Ottawa?

Cowichan Conversations: Well I Think That All Lives Matter

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Alberta Politics: Cue the crickets: Where are the media warnings Canada Post bosses are ‘holding the country to ransom’?

PHOTOS: Locked out postal workers in a past dispute in Halifax (HalifaxMediaCoop.ca photo). Below: St. Albert resident’s illegal “Restore door to door” sign (CBC photo), Controversial Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra, CUPW President Mike Palecek, an… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Cue the crickets: Where are the media warnings Canada Post bosses are ‘holding the country to ransom’?