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A Puff of Absurdity: My Fiftieth Year

How pivotal is that number? It seemed huge on the way in, and still lingers on the way out. A year ago (way back here), I lived with my three kids, and now I just have one left at home. The house is quieter and cleaner, and I talk to the older two ab… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: My Fiftieth Year

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Andre Picard writes about the widespread poverty faced by indigenous children in Canada – and the obvious need for political action to set things right: The focus of the [CCPA's] report, rightly, is on the chil… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the CCPA’s recent report on the continued shame of child poverty (particularly on reserve) and the Wall government’s lack of any interest in changing the reality that over two-thirds of Saskatchewan children on reserve live in poverty.For furt… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Miles Corak reviews Branko Milanovic’s new book on the complicated relationship between globalization and income inequality. Dougald Lamont examines the current state of inequality in Canada. And Matth… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s progress shows indigenous reconciliation is a long-term process

Australia, which is “being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population”, can learn from Canada’s emerging efforts at reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The post Canada’s progress shows indigenous … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s progress shows indigenous reconciliation is a long-term process

Montreal Simon: Why Nova Scotia Should Stop Honouring a War Criminal

For eighty-five years the statue of Lieutenant General Edward Cornwallis has loomed over a park in Halifax.To honour him for being the first governor of Nova Scotia, and the founder of Halifax.In recent years native groups have tried to have the statu… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Nova Scotia Should Stop Honouring a War Criminal

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, showing … Continue reading Parlez-Vous Contempt?

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The Canadian Progressive: Olivia Loccisano: Kind like a tree, calm like a river in the First Nations town of Conklin, Northern Alberta

Freelance writer and aspiring filmmaker Olivia Loccisano reflects on her decision to dedicate her life to the First Nations town of Conklin in Northern Alberta, population 350, as a mentor teacher to Aboriginal children. The post Olivia Loccisano: Kin… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Olivia Loccisano: Kind like a tree, calm like a river in the First Nations town of Conklin, Northern Alberta

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Robert Reich discusses how our economy is rigged so that the self-proclaimed risk-takers actually can’t lose:I don’t want to pick on Ms. Mayer or the managers of the funds that invest in Yahoo. They… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: First Nation Chief to Trudeau: “You can demonstrate that Indigenous lives and Treaties do matter”

Last week, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to his community by reminding him that “unfortunately, we have a whole museum full of fine Canadian promises that are unfulfilled.” The post First Nation Ch… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: First Nation Chief to Trudeau: “You can demonstrate that Indigenous lives and Treaties do matter”

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Allan Woods looks into the pitiful responses to states of emergency declared by First Nations, as well as a decade and a half worth of neglect of cries for help from Pikangikum First Nation in particular. Krist… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

A Puff of Absurdity: Fractured Land

I went to see this at the Perimeter Institute last night, and was so excited to meet the star of it, Caleb Behn, Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne-Za hunter, fisher, activist, and lawyer. Unfortunately, he cancelled. It was disappointing, but the film made it cle… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Fractured Land

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- The BBC reports that even UK business groups are acknowledging that excessive executive pay is leading to public concern and distrust in the state of the economy. And Alex Hern notes that Steve Wozniak for one isn’t … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Scott Vrooman rightly makes the point that increased wealth at the top tends to splash outside a country’s borders rather than trickling down. And CBC News reports on how that process has been facilitated by KPM… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading.- Lana Payne writes about the need for a Bernie Sanders in Canada to highlight and oppose the privilege of the wealthy few:It is in this context of blatant unfairness — rules for the rich and rules for… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Field notes from the Treaty 8 Moose Summit

Monday, April 18, 2016 In February 2016, West Coast's Hannah Askew attended a Moose Management… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Field notes from the Treaty 8 Moose Summit

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- The Ontario Association of Food Banks discusses the long-term damage done by childhood poverty and deprivation:When facing a very tight budget, food is often the budget line that gets cut in order to a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Montreal Simon: Why Canadians Need to Rush to the Rescue of Attawapiskat

Attawapiskat, the small First Nation's community on the edge of James Bay, is a place well known to many Canadians.And sadly for all the wrong reasons.Five years ago it had to declare a state of emergency to deal with a severe housing crisis.Now … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Canadians Need to Rush to the Rescue of Attawapiskat

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: World Water Day reminds us not to take clean water for granted

Environmentalist David Suzuki proposes a few awesome actions that would help ensure that “all Canadians have access to clean, safe water for generations to come.” The post David Suzuki: World Water Day reminds us not to take clean water for granted app… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: World Water Day reminds us not to take clean water for granted

Left Over: Keeping Up with Kristy Klark & Justin Kardashian….

With Site C, LNG Trudeau govt already breaking promises to First Nations, environment Posted March 21, 2016 by Damien Gillis in Energy and Resources While we have some cause celebrate here on Vancouver Island due to the BC Supreme Court … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Keeping Up with Kristy Klark & Justin Kardashian….

The Common Sense Canadian: With Site C, LNG Trudeau govt already breaking promises to First Nations, environment

By approving Woodfibre LNG and refusing to cancel federal permits for Site C, the Trudeau government is showing that, when it really matters, its promises to First Nations and the environment are meaningless.

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning LInks

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.- Peter Moskowitz highlights why we shouldn’t be counting on crowdfunding or other private sources to address social needs. And Lana Payne calls out the attitude of entitlement on the part of the wealthy which h… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning LInks

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the contrast between a Saskatchewan Party platform (and government) dedicated to handing money to the people who need it least, and an NDP which plans to help where it’s most needed with what limited resources are left since Brad Wall wasted a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Robert Reich points out how perpetually more severe corporate rights agreements are destroying the U.S.’ middle class. And Michael Geist concludes his must-read series by summarizing the dangers of the… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Jonathan Sas offers a worthwhile read on the potential value of a basic income – as well the importance of retaining and strengthening a social safety net to go with it:In the current rush to experiment with GMI… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links