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Scott's DiaTribes: Helping The Homeless and Street Youth in Brantford/ across Canada on Feb 20th

I just wanted to mention that for the 2nd year in a row, I’m participating in a charity walk on Feb 20th called “Coldest Night Of The Year”. It is a 2k/5k/10k walk that is raising $ for 2 worthy organizations: The Why Not Youth Centre… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Helping The Homeless and Street Youth in Brantford/ across Canada on Feb 20th

Cowichan Conversations: Nick Filmore-MEDIA IN CRISIS – 1:

Why Feds Should Step In To Help Democracy’s Watchdogs   “I think newspaper readership is strongest among people who are soon going to be dead.” — John Miller former Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Nick Filmore-MEDIA IN CRISIS – 1:

Alberta Politics: Grits in Ottawa and Dippers in Edmonton: far from the worst combination for keeping Alberta’s economy in motion

PHOTOS: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley take questions from the media in this screen shot of the government’s video. Bloggers were not invited, but I’m blaming the feds and promising not to go all Rebel Medi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Grits in Ottawa and Dippers in Edmonton: far from the worst combination for keeping Alberta’s economy in motion

Cowichan Conversations: Even At the Local Level, Representative, Democratic Government Requires Hard Work To Understand.

Don Maroc Even at the local level, representative, democratic government requires hard work representative, democratic government requires hard work to understand. Every once in a while it pays to have a good conversation about Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Even At the Local Level, Representative, Democratic Government Requires Hard Work To Understand.

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair–So Long Ed Murrow and Hard-Hitting Mainstream Journalism

You can hardly pick up a paper these days without hearing of another local paper or indeed chain of papers folding up, laying hundreds off and leaving the community without a local paper, or with Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair–So Long Ed Murrow and Hard-Hitting Mainstream Journalism

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 4: The Iowa caucuses explained … sort of

After 15,723 polls, 787,252 hours of TV time, and 254 billion words written (all numbers estimates), the election process to choose the next President of the United States begins in earnest on Monday. If you’ve only been paying fleeting attention, you may well be saying, “What, Donald Trump isn’t president yet?” Well, no, he’s not, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 4: The Iowa caucuses explained … sort of

Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

PHOTOS: The Senate chamber, empty, as it should be. Below: Stephen Harper, apparently still the de facto leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Conservative Opposition… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

Cowichan Conversations: Adam Olsen’s eloquent summary presentation before the National Energy Board

Adam Olsen’s eloquent summary presentation before the National Energy Board provides a moving expression of his values and understanding regarding what the Kinder Morgan expansion means to him, to his family, his people and our Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Adam Olsen’s eloquent summary presentation before the National Energy Board

Cowichan Conversations: TPP should not be ratified unless the interests of Canada are fully and fairly represented, in open, transparent deals.

During the past federal election Thomas Mulcair promised to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Unfortunately, under the influence of and Hill and Knowlton advisors he also advanced another promise and that was to assure Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: TPP should not be ratified unless the interests of Canada are fully and fairly represented, in open, transparent deals.

Canadian Dimension: On TPP, Trudeau Must Think Like a Keynesian

Photo by Alex Guibord Place your bets. Will Justin Trudeau and his economic advisors choose a neo-Keynesian approach to the growing economic disaster facing the country or will it stick to the neo-liberal ideolo… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: On TPP, Trudeau Must Think Like a Keynesian

Cowichan Conversations: Alaska Threatened By Canadian Mining Operations

In far too many cases our mining industry has a disgraceful record wherever they have gone, certainly in Central and South America. The Alaskans are also threatened by our environmentally ruinous copper and gold mining Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Alaska Threatened By Canadian Mining Operations

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 3: The slow death of the daily newspaper

And so, the era of competitive newspapers in Canada has come to an end. This week, the wretched Postmedia group consolidated the newsrooms in four cities where they own both papers, including Edmonton. The Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun — once bitter foes whose rivalry benefited Edmonton — are now together in one newsroom, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 3: The slow death of the daily newspaper

Cowichan Conversations: Poor Reed Elley, former Cowichan MP, never did understand economics.

Don Maroc The Cowichan Valley Citizen courteously printed a letter from Mr. Elley severely criticizing the recently elected Alberta NDP and its charismatic leader Rachel Notley. Although Premier Notley’s crew have been running things Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Poor Reed Elley, former Cowichan MP, never did understand economics.

Canadian Dimension: The Austerity Agenda in Sheep’s Clothing

Photo by CUPE Ontario As we go into the New Year with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government in place, it’s worth noting that the struggle against poverty in Toronto now unfolds with a complete set of f… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Austerity Agenda in Sheep’s Clothing

Cowichan Conversations: COMER Lawsuit Claims That Canadians Have Been Swindled Out Of Trillions Since 1974

Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati’s lawsuit on behalf of Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER) has cleared another hurdle of opposition and headed to the Supreme Court. Many of you will recall The late Bill Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: COMER Lawsuit Claims That Canadians Have Been Swindled Out Of Trillions Since 1974

Scott's DiaTribes: Poll: 8/10 of Canadians feel Trudeau/LPC doing good/acceptable job on electoral reform

Lots of sound and fury out there in some quarters (mostly the Conservative Party, and academics/newspaper pundits/editorialists) about how dare the Liberal government propose changing the electoral system from First Past The Post to something else with… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Poll: 8/10 of Canadians feel Trudeau/LPC doing good/acceptable job on electoral reform

Cowichan Conversations: Pot and Politicians- A Curious Blend That Is Hard To Keep Lit.

I’m not holding my breath! Justin Trudeau, our newly elected Prime Minister and occasional pot smoker, has set the cat out amongst the pigeons with his announced legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Odd Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Pot and Politicians- A Curious Blend That Is Hard To Keep Lit.

Scripturient: The Political Agnostic

Watching the American political debates, especially the increasingly vituperative and acerbic Republican debates, reminds me again why I am a political agnostic when it comes to party politics. I simply cannot believe that any single political entity, … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Political Agnostic

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 2: Caution, bad news ahead

Hoo-boy, what a bad news week for Alberta, and Canada. Oil continued its slide, falling to below $30 a barrel. The Canadian dollar continued its slide, falling to below 70 cents US. If it weren’t for the fact that Mexico already has the peso, we’d be calling the loonie the peso of North America. Thanks […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 2: Caution, bad news ahead

Cowichan Conversations: American Voters Swing Over To Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders

Canadian voters tossed out the entrenched PM Steve Harper and chose change by shunning the conservative candidates from the Conservative Party and the NDP. We were inundated with messaging that Justin Trudeau was just not Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: American Voters Swing Over To Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders

Alberta Politics: ‘Kevinismus’ in Canada: Should Kevin O’Leary run to lead the sad-sack federal Conservatives?

PHOTOS: Kevin O’Leary, in a typical pose (CBC photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and perpetual Alberta conservative leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk. Give Kevin O’Leary his due. At … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Kevinismus’ in Canada: Should Kevin O’Leary run to lead the sad-sack federal Conservatives?

Canadian Dimension: Does Justin Trudeau Want Fair Elections or Not?

Photo by vl04 Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s election pledge (and subsequent confirmation) that Canada will not have another election under first-past-the-post has morphed into a growing controversy. Trude… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Does Justin Trudeau Want Fair Elections or Not?

Cowichan Conversations: Mayor Corrigan–Stop The Trans Mountain Pipeline Review, Trudeau Urged

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan VANCOUVER — The mayor of a Vancouver-area city is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend National Energy Board hearings into the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Mayor Corrigan–Stop The Trans Mountain Pipeline Review, Trudeau Urged

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy and Her Pretend Opposition To The Kinder Morgan Expansion

Our Premier Christy Clark has certainly muddied the waters regarding the Kinder Morgan expansion effort, currently before the National Energy Board (NEB). However advancing her 5 so called conditions as relevant to the process at Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy and Her Pretend Opposition To The Kinder Morgan Expansion

Canadian Dimension: Goodbye Canada, Hello Harperland

Photo by ItzaFineDay The defeated ogre, licking his wounds, finds little comfort from his hawkish “best friend”, despite his love for Israeli birds for whom he helped raise more than ten million Canadian dol… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Goodbye Canada, Hello Harperland