In-Sights: Dear Globe and Mail

disposito, Prof. Holger Syme, October 16, 2015 You have the best arts coverage of all our Canadian newspapers. You have some excellent reporters. During this election campaign, you published a number of serious, well-considered, forcefully argued editorials. I don’t know why you feel the need to give Margaret Wente a platform, but I can overlook ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Pray, don’t pay

During famine of the 19th century, Irish people dying of starvation were told to pray for God’s help while traders loaded ships to carry food to England. Referring the poor to God cost the elites less than would the provision of food. Some weeks ago, Stephen Harper asked Canadians to pray “for the brave men ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Canada’s radical makeover

Michael Harris is author of Party of One, published by Viking Canada. he is a writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws for his “unceasing pursuit of justice for the less fortunate among us.” His eight books include Justice Denied, Unholy Orders, Rare ambition, Lament for an Ocean, and Con ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice…

“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.” – Edmund Burke Promises vs. ‘political speeches:’ Tories’ honesty questioned on support for injured veterans, Matthew Coutts, Yahoo News, Dec. 3, 2014 …A group of veterans known as the Equitas Society have launched a class-action lawsuit ...

Northern Insight: Investment in society and in human beings?

A paper published in the journal International Political Science Review considered if the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was “Democracy’s Friend or Foe.” It noted that reforms required by the American based IMF, “may create an economically and politically marginalized population whose government is unwilling or incapable of responding to their needs. This may undermine the ...

Northern Insight: Harper channels Nixon

Harper’s Audit-the-Enemy Strategy Fulfills Nixon’s Dream, Mark Grandia, DESMOG CANADA “…Not only do we now know that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office maintains a political enemy list, we also saw an extra $8 million dollars in new funding directed to Revenue Canada last year ‘to audit charities suspected of receiving foreign funding to finance political ...

Northern Insight: A caution for Canada’s Conservative Party

Six CPC members of Parliament may be deposed if the Federal Court accepts allegations of widespread voter suppression during the May 2011 election. This action, to be heard in December, is separate from the investigation of misconduct by Elections Canada. The CPC faces what one pundit calls “high-stakes drama” but the worst case outcome is ...

Northern Insight: Conservatives use truthiness liberally

For people who care about Canadian veterans, truthiness of the Conservative government is cringe worthy. Harper’s crowd claims to be, “…unwavering in our devotion to making sure that Canadian veterans not only have the best resources available to them while they’re active, but that they have the support they need once they’ve transitioned to civilian ...

Northern Insight: Not a Monty Python sketch

The editor of a Canadian faith magazine to MP John McKay, “I have just received an official “reminder” from Canada Revenue that our charitable status may be in jeopardy because of too much “political advocacy” on the part of our publication, citing six different editorials and articles as evidence…” McKay in If we silence dissent ...

Northern Insight: Trevor Greene stimulates thought

Joe Oliver probably knows nothing about the courage of people like Canadian Forces hero Trevor Greene. The Minister for Oil and Energy Companies was born to a wealthy Montreal family. After McGill University, he attended Harvard Business, the world’s most expensive vocational school, where the sticker price for an MBA was $121,220 a year ago, ...

Northern Insight: Message to the Conservative Party of Canada

“Environmentalists and ordinary Canadians being branded as extremists is an insult to those of us who fought for our country against real extremists… The Canada I fought for is an open and tolerant society. The Canada I fought for is proud of its natural heritage…”

Northern Insight: Regulating for benefit of regulators

CRTC exec who spent evening in Bell box operated in ‘gray area’: Ethics expert, DANNY JONCAS, QMI AGENCY, Toronto Sun, Sept. 28, 2012: “MONTREAL – Nine months after his appointment as vice-chairman of broadcasting at the Canadian Radio-Television and telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Tom Pentefountas placed himself in an awkward situation by spending an evening in ...

Northern Insight: Another reason politicians so detested

Recipients of Kenney missive wondering how government knows their sexual orientation BY GLEN MCGREGOR, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 “OTTAWA — An email extolling the Conservative government’s record on gay rights has some recipients wondering how Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney knows their sexual orientation. “The email from Kenney’s MP’s office sent Friday ...

Northern Insight: Not so free speech

Piper Super Cub threatens Otawa Labour Day weekend, RCMP arrested the pilot of a Piper Supercub flying near the Gatineau Quebec Hot Air Balloon Festival. Not because Gian Piero Ciambella was in restricted airspace or violating laws of aviation. RCMP grounded him for displaying a banner they construed as hate speech. The malicious and malevolent ...

Northern Insight: Serving the real masters

“Royal Dutch Shell PLC has begun construction on a $950-million project to capture and bury greenhouse gas emissions, the first of its kind to sequester carbon from Canada’s oil sands. The project is largely funded by government …” So, under rules of our current corporatocracy, private enterprise is welcome to extract a country’s natural resources ...

Northern Insight: What’s the next dump of grungy news?

There’s more bad news coming about the RCMP, including information on unprofessional conduct in the Surrey Six gangland murder investigation. In a May internal memo, Commissioner Bob Paulson warned that several salacious incidents were about to surface. He said, “Sadly there is a lot to choose from if you want to criticize us.” As one of ...

Northern Insight: More Ingrid Rice

Hard Working Conservative MP Canada Day Ingrid Rice archives here.

Northern Insight: Who is this guy, really?

In the book Criminal Profiling, Richard N. Kocsis described malignant narcissism as: “an extreme form of antisocial personality disorder that is manifest in a person who is pathologically grandiose, lacking in conscience and behavioral regulation, and with characteristic demonstrations of joyful cruelty and sadism”. What he missed doing was including a photograph of Canada’s prime ...

Northern Insight: Concentrated media ownership dangerous

Numerous times in past decades, politicians studied media ownership in Canada. Despite expressions of concern, concentration has increased and, with Conservatives determined to end CBC’s meaningful role, the situation will be worse. In Britain, the Leveson Inquiry began a year ago to examine the culture, practices and ethics of the British press. It is continuing ...

Northern Insight: Pollution monitors kicked out the door

What would your choice be? Would you provide chauffeurs on standby 16 hours a day so that every cabinet minister could avoid the shame of riding in a taxi but still return home without risk of impaired driving charges? Or, would you divert that money to employ scientists who monitor ocean pollution? From The Times ...

Northern Insight: Using police to suppress political opponents

RCMP conducted five-month national security probe into leaked F-35 story, Murray Brewster and Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, May 16, 2012 “The Harper government called in the RCMP to investigate a politically embarrassing story …claiming it was a breach of national security, “…The first RCMP member to review the allegation on July 8 was mystified ...

Northern Insight: When they don’t care about the answer

Jack Knox column: Students show the way to a fair hearing, Times Colonist, May 13, 2012 “…This is what all of Canada could use right now: a listening competition. “Had B.C.’s Liberals listened to British Columbians instead of ambushing them with the HST, Gordon Campbell would still be running the Belleville Street Rockpile, not living ...

Northern Insight: Recognizing real radicals

Britt’s Patterns of national behavior and abuse of power #3: “Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause…” Bill C-38, Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, May 9, 2012 “…Over the past few months, the environmental laws that protect our nation’s extraordinary natural legacy have been gutted,” [Peter] Robinson [CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation] said. “At the ...