Assorted content to start your week.
- Frances Russell discusses the dangers of Stephen Harper’s authoritarian democracy. And Michael Harris takes note of Harper’s decision to mete out career executions to his own Senate appointees based on exactly the same evidence he once declared to be fully exculpatory.
- Dan Moutal points out Mike Tobis’ spectrum of positions on climate change as compared to how the issue is covered. And in a related story that doesn’t tend to receive anywhere near an appropriate amount of attention, CBC documents over a thousand Canadian pipeline safety incidents over the past 10 years, (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your week.
- Gordon Hoekstra reports on a study by British Columbia determining that Canada lacks any hope of containing the types of oil spills which will become inevitable if the Cons’ pipe-and-ship plans come to fruition. But once again, the Cons’ response is to make clear that they consider an ounce of self-delusion and denial to be worth a pound of cure.
- Meanwhile, the Star-Phoenix’ editorial board recognizes the desperate need for resource-rich provinces to handle their wealth responsibility: (P)rovinces such as Saskatchewan and Alberta are dipping ever deeper into their one-time resource revenue (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Jason Fekete reports that the Harper Cons are taking the side of international tax evaders against other G8 leaders trying to implement an effective enforcement system. And CBC reports that the Canada Revenue Agency has repeatedly turned down the opportunity to access information about tax cheats based on a policy of not offering enforcement rewards.
- In the wake of revelations about the U.S.’ PRISM surveillance system (summarized by Mathew Ingram), Michael Geist warned that Canadians should be equally concerned about their privacy. And that observation looks particularly apt in (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- David Olive writes that the dangerous effects of long-term unemployment (caused in no small part by gratuitous austerity) are just as much a problem in Canada as in the U.S.: With our persistent high levels of long-term unemployment, Canada is at risk of creating a new permanent underclass. The world’s economic policymaking elite, Ottawa’s included, hasn’t grasped that its enslavement to the “austerity chic” of severe cutbacks in government’s contribution to the economy is retarding the recovery it claims to be promoting. It’s like watching a grainy newsreel of Herbert Hoover’s (Read more…)
Here, applying the recently-approved Somerset development as an example of why we should expect elected representatives to do more than just remind us that we’re on our own in dealing with health and environmental issues.
For further reading, see:- reports from CBC and Vanessa Brown; and- commentary from Edward Dodd and Paul Dechene.
The safety and well-being of health care workers may be much more closely linked to that of their patients a new report states. Developed in collaboration with three major U.S. research organizations, the report “Improving Patient and Worker Safety: … . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: The safety and well-being of health care workers and patients is linked — report
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
- The Economist adds a noteworthy voice to the chorus calling for greater tax enforcement to ensure the corporate elite pays its fair share: Characterising this steady financing as short-term lending is “the ultimate example of form over substance” and undermines a fundamental tenet of American tax policy, huffed Mr Levin. When an HP executive tried to insist the manoeuvre did not constitute profit repatriation, the senator wielded an internal HP document in which it was discussed—in the repatriation-strategy section. The Senate investigators said they suspected other companies were doing the same thing but
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Tuesday, May 8 saw another day of debate on the Cons’ omnibus budget legislation – and another day of general non-responsiveness from the Cons as to its actual effects. But that wasn’t for lack of important contributions from the opposition benches.
The Big Issue
Marie-Claude Morin raised issues about the omnibus bill’s attack on government accountability, while Laurin Liu pointed out that few of the massive legislative changes were ever mentioned before being crammed into a 425-page behemoth of a bill, and Chris Charlton noted that even the few MPs receiving a chance to speak to the bill would have
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 8, 2012
Monday, April 30 featured discussion of two opposition motions dealing with the federal government’s responsibility to ensure the safety of Canadians. And on both fronts, the Cons went out of their way to disclaim any such role for our public servants.
The Big Issue
Jack Harris started off the safety theme with a motion to the effect that Canada’s search-and-rescue capability should meet an international standard of 30-minute readiness. But perhaps Harris’ most important point (particularly in light of recent developments) came in response to a typical Con “why’d you vote against our budget? huh?” straw man: I
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Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Danielle Martin discusses the importance of federal involvement in Canada’s public health care system: Whose job is it to co-ordinate health-care reform in Canada? Canadians expect our federal government to play that role. We want to know that wherever we live, we will have access to an equivalent basket of services. We want to know that our governments are buying in bulk whenever possible, maximizing savings. And we want assurances that some basic standards are being met from coast to coast to coast. Health care may be a provincial responsibility, but we know
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The open letter below was written to Canada’s Premiers from the Presidents of Provincial and Territorial Federations of Labour:
An open letter to Canada’s Premiers:
Labour leaders call on Premiers to unite & defend healthcareThe future of Canada’s healthcare system is at a critical stage.As leaders of the provincial and territorial Federations of Labour, we are calling on the country’s premiers, who are meeting in Victoria, to put forward a united front and stand up for Canada’s universal healthcare system and the millions of Canadians who depend on it.
In December, the Harper government sent a clear message that
. . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Labour leaders call on premiers to unite & defend healthcare
Assorted content to end your week.- Both Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page and Interim Auditor General John Wiersema are rightly ripping the Cons for their complete unwillingness to be honest about how they’re wasting public money. But then, the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
250 doctors and public health professionals think they can persuade Con MP Kellie Leitch to value ethics and health over political instructions. Which raises the question: after five years of Harper government, how is it that 250 doctors and public hea… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: So much left to learn
Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Double standard rampant in Saskatchewan
Health Care is an important issue for everyone in Saskatchewan. Our taxes are meant to provide everyone with REAL access to doctors, home care, hospitals and long term care services so that we can get the right level of care at the right time. So why… . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Where’s the Funding: Rural Health Care