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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Sunday reading.

– Frances Russell notes that the corporate sector is laughing all the way to the bank (and often an offshore one at that) after fifteen years of constant tax slashing, while Canadian citizens haven’t benefited at all from the trickle-down theory. And Jordan Weissmann points out that a recent . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Exploding BC LNG Myths – Part One

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

In this post Kevin zones in on BC Liberal Government claims of prosperity ahead.

Recently the BC Government published an online quiz to “test the knowledge” of British Columbians on the coming LNG revolution.

It amounted to a propaganda exercise with the sole purpose of testing how well the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Exploding BC LNG Myths – Part One

Accidental Deliberations: On distinctions

I’ve already pointed out the NDP’s opportunity to differentiate itself from the Libs as a truly progressive party. And the Libs’ corporatist votes against democratic decision-making and basic civil liberties will certainly help that cause.

But if it’s possible to draw a clear distinction between Mulcair and Trudeau on basic knowledge of current events, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On distinctions

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Paul Adams rightly points out that there’s no inherent value in centrism merely for the sake of centrism – especially when the spectrum of choices is itself shaped by decades of distorted assumptions: (T)he reality of modern politics is that the muddled middle is no answer at all . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On unbalanced trade

When it comes to trying to justify perpetually-increasing restrictions on democratic governance in the guise of “free trade” agreements, advocates present two polar opposite views as to what such agreements are intended to accomplish.

The first – and more plausible – view of the actual and intended effect of trade agreements is that they primarily . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On unbalanced trade

Alberta Diary: The Nexen deal: ‘Friends with benefits’ may not be nearly as good as it sounds!

Thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada’s oilpatch will soon take a Great Leap Forward. Below: CNOOC’s logo.

“When we say that Canada is open for business, we do not mean that Canada is for sale to foreign governments,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper intoned at a news conference in Ottawa Friday – except, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Nexen deal: ‘Friends with benefits’ may not be nearly as good as it sounds!

Accidental Deliberations: On precedence

There’s not much doubt that Canada’s debates over the FNOOC/Nexen takeover bid and FIPPA investor privilege treaty with China have become intertwined. But it’s worth noting that some observers seem to be misreading how the two will relate to each other… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On precedence

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the need to question both the importance of trade agreements compared to other forms of interjurisdictional cooperation in general, and the Cons’ warped priorities in particular.For further reading…- Again, here’s the Council of Canadians’ n… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- David Macdonald takes a closer look at a Fraser Institute study on income mobility, and finds strong evidence that there’s a significant lack of mobility at both the bottom and the top of Canada’s inco… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Duncan Cameron highlights the choice between austerity and prosperity facing the governments of both Canada and the U.S.:The economic realities faced by working people in both Canada and the United St… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Barbara Yaffe writes about the continual rise in food bank use and the underlying political choices which have brought it about:(I)n the last decade food banks have been helping Canadians through both good time… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

350 or bust: Trick, Not Treat, For Canadians: Harper’s Scary Canada-China Trade Deal

It’s All Hallows’ Eve, the time that creatures of darkness are said to come out and haunt humans. That is certainly true in Ottawa today, as Stephen Harper and his minions stir up a cauldron of trouble for Canadians by fast-tracking their Canada-China investment treaty. FIPA or FIPPA (Foreign Investment Promotion Protection Act) is set . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Trick, Not Treat, For Canadians: Harper’s Scary Canada-China Trade Deal

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Heather Scoffield reports on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing’s stunning finding that Canadian quality of life declined by a quarter between 2008 and 2010, while the Vancouver Sun and Lindor Reynolds comment on the collapse in well-being far beyond the economic damage of the recent recession. And . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– The Toronto Star’s Public Editor Kathy English discusses the wall being built around information by the Harper Cons. But at least as interesting to me is the Cons’ determination to put up roadblocks in the way of information which can obviously be obtained through other means – such . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links