Political Eh-conomy: Forget global superstar, Vancouver’s housing troubles start at home

Vancouver was the star of a recent New Yorker article that shone a light on the city’s lack of housing affordability and linked this lack to an inflow of foreign buyers. Unfortunately, this link is extremely tenuous, as most of the support is anecdotal or based on very limited data. At the same time, there ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Jeremy Warren reports on the origins of the Idle No More movement – recognizing it as an ideal example of how a few people resolving to take action can have a massive impact on public discussions. And Tim Harper notes that Stephen Harper may be forced to revise ...

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

With official forums on hold until January but the holiday lull not quite yet here, Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership candidates have been fairly active over the last little while. So let’s take a look at the latest developments. – The latest fund-raising numbers are available here, and charted by Alice below: What looks most noteworthy from ...

The Canadian Progressive: Forest Ethics: Canada’s Tar Sands 71% Foreign-owned

by Forest Ethics: An in-depth review of shareholder information from Bloomberg shows that 71 per cent of all tar sands production is owned by non-Canadian shareholders. Supposedly Canadian companies (with Canadian headquarters and accounting practices who trade on our stock exchanges) are largely owned by foreign interests, including Suncor (56.8%), Canadian Oil Sands (56.8%), Nexen ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Frances Russell discusses how the Harper Cons have capitalized on the general public’s lack of familiarity with how our parliamentary system is supposed to work – and the conventional checks and balances which have been overridden at every turn by a governing party which isn’t interested in preserving ...

Accidental Deliberations: On sad traditions

I haven’t commented much on the latest out of the federal Libs’ camp. But I’ll quickly expand on the similarities noted by Paul Wells between Justin Trudeau and some of his predecessors – who did so much to alienate progressive Canadians during their stay in power: The other reason I think Pierre Trudeau would have ...

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 – and we should be wary of confusion on both fronts. Let’s take for ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – David Olive comments on the world food crisis, making the point that what we’re lacking is some link between more-than-sufficient productive capacity and the nutritional needs of less wealthy people around the globe: (A) permanently higher price for oil spurred successful innovation to reduce our reliance on petroleum ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – March 29, 2012

There’s been much ado about the NDP’s position on trade agreements based on the Cons’ recent publicly-funded cheerleading for free trade at any price. But for anybody looking for the NDP’s actual view on trade, the House of Commons debates from March 29 offer a rather thorough indication. The Big Issue That’s thanks to a ...