Harry Smith is a man on a mission, one that should put disengaged Canadians to shame.
The 92-year-old long-time activist, who splits his time between Canada and England, is ashamed of what has happened under the rule of Stephen Harper, and plans to make a difference as soon as he returns from the United Kingdom, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harry Smith Has Stephen Harper In His Sights
Despite being on track to meet its 2014 financial objectives, Scotiabank, with a total $5.57 billion of net profit in the first three quarters of 2014, has announced it is cutting about 1500 jobs, two-thirds of them in Canada.
Said CEO and president Brian Porter, “Today’s announcement is a result of making some difficult . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Broken Model Of Capitalism: The Latest Poster Child
According to a CBC report,
EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union — a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal — because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.
The agreement with Canada, a draft of which was . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Just In
The advertising would have us believe that Tim Hortons is a Canadian institution and icon that we should all revere as patriotic citizens. Who can forget the role the coffee and donut emporium has played over the years in bringing caffeine comfort to early-morning hockey dads, sending underprivileged kids to camp, and, gosh darn, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Tim Hortons Takes Aim And Fires
Business as usual.
Filed under: Politics Tagged: Corporate Folly, Corporate Greed, Fracking, Gasland, Shitting on the Public Trust, Shitting where we eat
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As Johnny Carson used to say, “Folks, I merely report these things”.
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Anyone who reads my blog regularly and has drawn the conclusion that I am anti-capitalism would be completely wrong. I have nothing against business, entrepreneurship, nor corporations, per se. And I do believe that those who take risks should be appropriately rewarded.
What I am against, however, is extreme imbalance. I have nothing but . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Extreme Of Capitalism?
For the true cost of those bargains that we all slavishly delight in (cue Pavlov’s dog), you might want to read this article about Walmart workers and watch the video below. As well, a recent post by Dr.Dawg is instructive.
Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: But I Save so Much Money Shopping There!
We hear it all the time from those who slavishly and unconscionably parrot the corporate line: raising the minimum wage is a job-killer. While that rhetoric may serve the insatiable business appetite for greater and greater profits at the expense of vulnerable workers, it simply isn’t true. While I have written several posts recently on . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On The Struggle Of Minimum Wage Workers
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson: ‘What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?
Chilling, vile, and depraved words.
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I have a busy morning ahead, so for now I take the liberty of reproducing two letters from this morning’s Star that make some excellent points as to how to apportion blame for the outrageous corporate practice of outsourcing Canadian jobs, most apparent in the current RBC imbroglio. As well, if you have the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On RBC’s Outsourcing From Star Readers
It is the fashion among our corporate overlords and their rabid right-wing courtesans to utter a trite phrase that, because it is repeated so frequently, is taken as truth by many: We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Like the magician who relies upon misdirection to perform the seemingly . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Corporate Propaganda and Tax Avoidance
Although her views are not radically different from those found at alternative news sites such as The Raw Story, Truthdig or Alternet, jounalist Linda McQuaig is always a treat to read, if for no other reason than the fact that her views make it into… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Progressive Voice In The Mainstream Media
Few rational people would deny the contemporary need for food banks. Begun in Canada largely as a temporary anodyne to recession-induced job losses in the 1980’s, they have grown in size and scope, becoming a seemingly permanent fixture on our socio-economic landscape.
The annual study by Food Banks Canada reports the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Food Banks: The Art of Enabling
That is the question I am left with after reading this article in today’s Star on the over $500 billion (the article erroneously describes it as $526 million) corporate Canada is sitting on, in part thanks to generous tax cuts, rather than investing some of it and creating jobs. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: If They Won’t Spend It, Perhaps We Should Tax It Back?
Part of the orthodoxy of right-wing ideology is that corporate tax-cuts are an unalloyed benefit to the economy. The argument goes that the lower the tax regime, the more jobs that are created.
While that ideology has been proven patently false in Canada, for those seeking some well-reasoned arguments the next time . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Folly of Corporate Tax Cuts
Paul Kahnert of Markham has an uncommonly apt observation in this morning’s Star, one that I’m sure the ideologues leading us both federally and provincially will choose to ignore:
Re: Canada’s idle threat, Business Aug. 25
It’s time to reverse corporate tax cuts. David Olive’s article was proof positive that tax cuts don’t work. Weren’t . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Sage Observation
April 10th, One Day Without Shoes (or Comprehension)
Today is a day in which a company encourages you to go barefoot for a day (this years site has been mostly scrubbed of overt branding, criticism and backlash against this cynical corporate venture must be growing) of in order to ‘raise awareness’ and ‘help . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: One Day Without Brains – Guillible people Shilling for a Shoe Company
Just in time for Easter: Hallelujah Corporations:
Step right up, boys ‘n’ girls, see what you’re forced to sacrifice for!
Tell me again how these mega-low corporate tax cuts and austerity for the rest of us is supposed to benefit Canadians in the long run?
H/T deBeauxOs who also wrote some lyrics. I don’t think they’re white stuffed shirts . . . . . → Read More: See How Austerity Will Really Pay Off Canadians in the Long Run
When I think of caterpillars (which, until recently, I have to admit, has been rarely), I think of a slow-moving yet determined creature on its way to metamorphosis, often into something quite beautiful. Unfortunately, that gentle imagery must be cast aside when considering Caterpillar Inc., an ugly corporate entity intent on wreaking havoc to those . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Caterpillar, Inc. – A Reprehensible Corporate ‘Citizen’
While corporations continue the arduous task of union-busting and contract-gutting, their efforts are being amply rewarded. Not only has a beneficent and ideologically-driven Harper government cossetted them with a record-low tax rate, but the captains of industry who lead these voracious job-destroying entities are also prospering quite nicely thanks to compliant and obsequious boards. To . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Good News For the Corporate Sector
In light of the ongoing dismantling of our industrial base by our corporate ‘masters,’ coupled with the latest reduction in the corporate tax rate engineered by the pseudo-economist Stephen Harper, this video is worth viewing:
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Although traditionally avoided as a rather staid and boring genre, the documentary has enjoyed a real resurgence in popularity over the past couple of decades, no doubt in part do to the important and provocative work by people such as Errol Morris, Michael Moore, and Velcro Ripper. A good documentary, for me, is one that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Power of the Documentary