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In-Sights: Truth does not serve needs of crony capitalists

SNC-Lavalin Inc. is the kind of ethics-light corporation that BC Liberals likes to have as a partner.

With considerable public flourish, after departure of Chairman Gwyn Morgan, the company announced an amnesty program, effective from June to August 2013, to encourage senior employees “to report potential corruption and anti-competition matters in which they may have . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Truth does not serve needs of crony capitalists

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Scott Clark and Peter DeVries criticize the Cons’ choice to prioritize right-wing dogma over sound economic management: What should Canada do? For starters, the passive approach isn’t working. In the face of global economic uncertainty and a secular decline in growth, Canadian policy makers need to get at . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Pierre Brochu and David Green study the effect of minimum wage rates, and find a connection between a higher minimum wage and greater employment stability. But if there’s a choice between stable, well-paying work and precarious employment where job churn and wage reductions are seen as the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

A Different Point of View....: WILL THE REAL GWYN MORGAN PLEASE STAND UP!

I have written this piece in an attempt to evaluate the actual contribution to society of a prominent Canadian who espouses extreme right-wing views. I feel it is important, from time to time, to compare actual performance to stated principles. If you find this critique of interest, please send the link to others.   Nick One . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: WILL THE REAL GWYN MORGAN PLEASE STAND UP!

Northern Insight: SNC-Lavalin & BC Liberal commonality

A reader of the piece about BC Investment Management Corporation’s holdings in unethical companies asked if the agency has a relationship with SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, it does. And, it has been a costly relatio… . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: SNC-Lavalin & BC Liberal commonality

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to end your week.

– Tim Harper suggests that the Cons are running out of options to try to push the Gateway pipeline on a thoroughly-opposed public in British Columbia. But in keeping with the Cons’ general view of the world as nothing but a public relations problem to be shouted down for . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Janet Bagnall neatly dissects the Cons’ plan for dismantling public services: The Harper government is nothing if not predictable in how it goes about dismantling a program or service. It starts by denigrating the program and the program’s beneficiaries, and telling Canadians that they’ve been played for fools . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

DeSmogBlog: Time to Audit the Fraser Institute

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On March 25, 2012, the Compliance Division of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) received a letter from Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (aka JSS Barristers). In 11 detailed pages, JSS Barristers lodged a complaint against Environmental Defence, a charity registered with the CRA, on behalf of Ezra Levant’s brainchild, the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Time to Audit the Fraser Institute

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Andrew Coyne is rightly alarmed at the Cons’ move to short-circuit any debate about major policy changes through an omnibus budget bill. And Bea Vongdoaungchanh reports that the biggest of those changes is to set our environmental laws back by half a century.

– David Macdonald highlights . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Deep down, she is shockingly shallow

Game Change, an HBO movie about the 2008 McCain / Palin campaign is more about éminence grise Steve Schmidt than the Senator or his running mate. A central element is the wretched selection of Sarah Palin as candidate for an office that is a heartbeat away from the presidency. McCain and his advisers chose . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Deep down, she is shockingly shallow