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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Mary O’Hara reviews Daniel Hatcher’s new book on the U.S.’ poverty industry which seeks to exploit public supports for private gain:(A) new book published last week by law professor and advocate Daniel… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Noah Zon points out that while it’s impossible to avoid rhetoric about eliminating “red tape” for businesses, we’ve seen gratuitous barriers put in place to prevent people from accessing needed public support:It… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Sustainability Needs To Be More Than Just A Word

A Star letter-writer has an insight on sustainability well-worth sharing: Re: Canada a model for sustainable forestry, Letter June 19Reading the response to Thomas Walkom’s editorial from Forest Products Association of Canada and Ontario Forest Indus… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sustainability Needs To Be More Than Just A Word

Politics and its Discontents: May This Day Never Come

I pray we never get to the day when scenes like the following become so commonplace that we regard them with only the passing interest we might today express in a rocket launch, and not the shock, awe and humbling that they undoubtedly merit:Recommend … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: May This Day Never Come

Politics and its Discontents: Our Unfathomable Equanimity

While the world convulses and gyrates over the results of the Brexit vote, I can’t help but wonder why not even a scintilla of that passion can be brought to a much greater threat to our collective well-being: climate change. Star reader Judith Deutsch… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Our Unfathomable Equanimity

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Oxfam points out the latest World Wealth Report showing that extreme inequality and wealth continue to grow around the globe. And AFP reports on the IMF’s warnings that inequality and poverty represent signific… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post Sees Coal Future As Reality

The Leader Post published my letter, and a couple weeks later Murray Mandryk cites the same inexplicable 30-40 years canard. He also makes the same conclusion as Johnstone, which is to not cut our losses on the project. “Even some strident environmental groups recognize clean coal technology” Can anyone name even one? “replacement of dirty […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post Sees Coal Future As Reality

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Neil Irwin writes about the White House Council of Economic Advisers’ study of employment policy which found that superior protections for workers (rather than the undermining of employment standards in the name… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If Earth Was A Restaurant From The 1990s

One of the big problems with climate change, is even if Europe and Asia manage to create low carbon infrastructure and societies, it’s like a non-smoking section of a restaurant. Remember those? Saskatchewan banned smoking in restaurants by about 2005, so we got out of the habit of asking, “Non-smoking table for two, please.” We […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: If Earth Was A Restaurant From The 1990s

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Andrew Leach’s after-the-fact addendum to his review of Alberta’s climate change policy offers an important reminder as to the costs of inaction on climate change – and the message is one which applies equall… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: I Kmow You Are Probably Tired Of This

…. but I suspect that our earth is growing even more weary:Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: I Kmow You Are Probably Tired Of This

Montreal Simon: The Burning Planet and the Nasty Surprise

It's going to be a really hot weekend in the place where I live, so I'm hoping to spend as much time as possible at the beach.But I wonder how much longer I'll be able to do that, as the world just keeps getting hotter and hotter.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Burning Planet and the Nasty Surprise

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Take Your Mind Off Things

Sometimes The Beaverton really understands me. This morning on CBC Morning Edition, Sheila Coles had Mark Jacobson as a guest. He’s a Stanford professor who I mentioned in my letter to the editor a couple weeks ago. Anyway, I learned a lot of great points about transitioning to a Wind, Water, Solar (WWS) electrical system […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Take Your Mind Off Things

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Senate’s recent attempts to claim any relevance to Canadian politics, and what they should tell us about the failures of our actual elected representatives.For further reading…- OpenParliament’s status report on Bill C-14 (featuring the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gas Production, not Power Byproduct

This clip makes it seem as if CCS is more about producing gas to enhance oil recovery, and not so much about trapping a dangerous byproduct of dirty electricity production. As a result of the renegotiation though, Cenovus is not required to take 100 per cent of the C02 output, meaning less revenue coming into […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Gas Production, not Power Byproduct

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Sherri Torjman discusses how the the gig economy is based mostly on evading protections for workers – and how the both employment law and social programs need to catch up:Much of the labour market is morphing in… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil’s Four Letter Word Defender

Brad Wall seems to only ever be speaking to oil executives about oil and gas. Does he understand anything else? Are there any examples of our Premier meeting recently with organizations other than Big Oil and Gas? Anytime he’s trying to boost the province’s economy, it’s coal this, oil that. Meanwhile, the renewable energy sector […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Oil’s Four Letter Word Defender

The Disaffected Lib: Words Best Left Unspoken

Ever notice how a word or phrase can abruptly disappear from our language almost without anyone noticing much less wondering why?I wonder whatever happened to “tipping points”? Where did that term go? Why did it fall off the radar?Just a few years ago,… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Words Best Left Unspoken

Politics and its Discontents: The Limits Of Technology

Conditioned as we are to be in the thrall of our machines, we find it hard to imagine there are some things they cannot fix. Humanity’s hubris is such that I suspect there are still many among us who are awaiting a technological fix to climate change, … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Limits Of Technology

Things Are Good: Ontario Adopts $8.3 Billion Climate Change Plan

Climate change is the biggest threat to human wellbeing and if we don’t do anything about it’s inevitable that society as we know it will collapse. This is why nations around the world are acting to change their policies and support things like renewable energy and better water conservation. There are so many minor changes […]

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Politics and its Discontents: A Satirical Indictment

Last night I had dinner with some of my retired teacher friends, two of whom used to make my lunch hours at school the highlight of my day, given our discussions on a wide array of topics. Indeed, my eyes glazed over and I repaired to my classroom only… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Satirical Indictment

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Andre Picard writes about the devastating effects of widespread social isolation, particularly given its connection to poverty: All told, it is estimated that about six million Canadians live an isola… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Politics and its Discontents: Now Might Be A Good Time To Sell

If you own property in Florida, that is. A harbinger of much worse to come?Meanwhile, rising tides have given a St. Petersburg couple new neighbours:No word yet on whether the mammals have asked to borrow a cup of sugar or a fillet of fish from the Smi… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Now Might Be A Good Time To Sell

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

SaskPower’s latest consultant on renewable energy might be Pinocchio. 8. In "researching how to incorporate more" #solar power, I wonder how publishing deceptive info-graphics was found to help #PowerToGrow? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2016 Their misinformation about renewable energy intentionally leaves out the point that our power mix is not entirely coal, hydro, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Hamilton Nolan interviews Branko Milanovic about inequality on both a national and international scale – and how there’s little reason to take heart in reductions in the latter if it’s paired with increases in t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links