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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

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Paul Theroux comments on the gall of corporations who move jobs to the cheapest, least-safe jurisdictions possible while trumpeting their own supposed contributions to the countries they leave behind. And Wilma Liebman sees more progressive labour legislation as one of the keys to encouraging workers to organize and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Andrew Jackson writes that the Cons have gone out of their way to destroy the federal government’s capacity to improve the lives of Canadians: When the Harper government took office, federal tax revenues (2006-07 fiscal year) were 13.5% of GDP, a bit shy of the 14.5% peak in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: The #AngryCon: he learned those attitudes about the media from the party he supports

PHOTOS: A screen shot of the man identified by the Toronto Star as Earl Cowan at the moment he informs a reporter she’s a lying piece of … something. Below: Tory operative Fred DeLorey and Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick. I have to confess I felt the tiniest bit of empathy for the aged Harper . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The #AngryCon: he learned those attitudes about the media from the party he supports

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Sheila Block points out the problems with the spread of low-paying, precarious jobs. And PressProgress fact-checks the CFIB’s attempt to make as many workers’ lives as precarious as possible by suppressing minimum wages and standards.

– But Sara Mojtehedzadeh reports that Ontario’s provincial government is making matters . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Janine Berg writes about the need for strong public policy to counter the trend of growing inequality. And Gillian White traces the ever-increasing divergence between worker productivity and wages in an interview with Jan Rivkin: White: Some say that the decrease of collective bargaining has played a role . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Cameron Dearlove laments the fact that Canada is failing to recognize and replicate other countries’ successes in using the social determinants of health to shape public policy: Today we know that social and financial inequities — particularly the experience of poverty — has a greater impact on our . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– James Baxter discusses why there’s no reason to buy into the Harper Cons’ fearmongering in the first place: Let’s accept a basic truth: There’s only so much money we’re willing to ‘invest’ in having the government to protect us from bad things and, when you get out of bed in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Herr Harper, Who Is Your Goebbels?

Having returned from our Cuban sojourn last evening, I have not yet had time to get caught up on the Canadian political scene, but this item by Heather Mallick deconstructing one of Herr Harper’s recent 24/Seven productions caught my eye.

Its martial music, military imagery and depiction of Dear leader’s steady hand on the tiller . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Herr Harper, Who Is Your Goebbels?

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Heather Mallick and Linda McQuaig both weigh in on the connection between income splitting and the Cons’ plans for social engineering. And Scott Clark and Peter DeVries point out that a giveaway to wealthy families is as indefensible from an economic standpoint as from a social one: . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Michael Rozworski observes that the NDP’s $15 per day national child care plan has irritated all the right people – while still leaving ample room for improvement in the long run once the first pieces are in place. And PressProgress notes that the Cons’ opposition to the plan . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Goes After the Media and the Bigot Vote

As you know I am increasingly concerned about Stephen Harper's state of mind. Because it's pretty clear to me that he is showing signs of cracking under the strain of all those bad polls, and is becoming even more aggressive. Or even crazier.For in just a few days he has managed to attack Justin . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Goes After the Media and the Bigot Vote

Politics and its Discontents: A New Addition To The Harper Enemies List

But then again, no surprises here, except that it is being leveraged into a fundraising appeal.

But it is a bit rich, isn’t it, that given their expertise in the area, the Harper cabal should be carping about disgusting personal attacks?

Is hypocrisy too obvious a word? Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A New Addition To The Harper Enemies List

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Deirdre Fulton discusses the UN’s 2014 Human Development Report, featuring recognition that precarious jobs and vulnerable workers are all too often the norm regardless of a country’s level of development or high-end wealth. And as Dylan Matthews points out (h/t to David Atkins), the lack of worker benefits . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: To dream fondly of the day when ads haunt our dreams

Heather Mallick’s column about the public’s willingness to sell out to the corporate sector for cheap unfortunately meanders off on a few too many tangents before reaching much of a point. But even if she’d connected with a truly incisive take, snark has nothing on Terence Corcoran – who goes to far as to whine . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: To dream fondly of the day when ads haunt our dreams

Politics and its Discontents: CBC’s The Current: The Ethics Of Journalists And Paid Speaking Engagements

While I and others have written about Rex Murphy’s close relationship to the oil industry, a relationship that appears to be in direct conflict with his position at the CBC, Peter Mansbridge has also been embroiled in controversy recently because of a speech he give to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Indeed, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: CBC’s The Current: The Ethics Of Journalists And Paid Speaking Engagements

Politics and its Discontents: Heather Mallick And The Climate Of Fear

Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick has a lacerating assessment this morning of the political landscape we now inhabit, thanks to the machinations of the Harper cabal. Owen, over at Norther Reflections, has a post on her piece that is well-worth reading.

I shall only add this from her column:

What an extraordinary thing to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Heather Mallick And The Climate Of Fear

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

This and that for your mid-week reading.

– Erin Weir posts the statement of a 70-strong (and growing) list of Canadian economists opposed to austerity. Heather Mallick frames the latest Con budget as yet another example of their using personal cruelty as a governing philosophy, while the Star’s editorial board goes into detail about the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Ed Broadbent comments on Parliament’s review of inequality in Canada: In a more encouraging vein, the majority report cautiously endorses some positive proposals. Given stated support from both of the opposition parties, these could, and should, move to the top of the government agenda as we approach . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Heather Mallick discusses what Canada stands to lose as Canada Post is made both more expensive and less functional. Ethan Cox suggests that what’s missing from Canada Post is a postal bank – which makes postal services elsewhere both more profitable, and more valuable for citizens. And the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Your Saturday Smile

This morning in her column contrasting Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper, The Star’s Heather Mallick offers this hilarious observation:

I am only now recovering from the photo of Harper posing in a red hoodie with Inuit rangers who look normal, even attractive, in a red hoodie, but Harper is playing with what appears to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Your Saturday Smile

Politics and its Discontents: On Bad Days And Defiance

Yesterday was not a good day for me. First, I awoke to read about the government raid on the Guardian office resulting in the destruction of computers containing some of the material leaked by Edward Snowden on illegal state surveillance. Eerily reminiscent of the U.S. Department of Justice raid on the Associated Press back . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Bad Days And Defiance

Politics and its Discontents: Heroes and Villains

There is little doubt in my mind that the economic chaos defining the lives of millions of people is intentional, not just so their labour can be exploited as cheaply as possible, but also because desperate citizens make for compliant and disciplined drones. Historically, it has usually been thus, with the elites calling the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Heroes and Villains

Politics and its Discontents: This Is What Happens To Canada When Our Politicians Betray Us

We become a nation to be sported with:

On a slightly more serious note, Heather Mallick offers her thoughts:

Rob Ford: Quandary incarnate. A desperate futile we’re-done-here. A Mt. Edith Cavell of disappointment. A mind so thick that it makes light rays go bendy. The people you pay to bury the bad news about . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Is What Happens To Canada When Our Politicians Betray Us

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Peter Gillespie discusses the problems with tax cheats (and the overseas tax havens which encourage them): Multinational corporations and banking and financial institutions routinely use tax havens to lower or eliminate their tax obligations, avoid regulation, and shield themselves from liability. Tax havens host more than two million . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links