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Montreal Simon: The Office of Religious Freedom is Finally Buried

Well it took a while, and as you can see the Cons weren't happy about it.But the Trudeau government has finally buried the so-called Office of Religious Freedom.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Office of Religious Freedom is Finally Buried

wmtc: rest in power, daniel berrigan and michael ratner

The world lost two great fighters for peace and justice this past week.Daniel Berrigan was a lifelong peace activist, a man who was ready and willing to put his body and soul on the line. He was a writer, a thinker, a pacifist, an idealist, a pragmatis… . . . → Read More: wmtc: rest in power, daniel berrigan and michael ratner

Alberta Politics: St. Albert Catholic school board has spent more than $367,000 to defend firing of transgender teacher

PHOTOS: Transgender teacher Jan Buterman (Metro Newspapers photo). Below: Duncan Kinney of Progress Alberta, the former Pope Benedict, and David Keohane, Superintendent of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. ST. ALBERT, Alberta The St. Albert Catholic… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: St. Albert Catholic school board has spent more than $367,000 to defend firing of transgender teacher

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Michael Klare writes about the future direction of the oil industry – which looks to involve cashing out quickly than building anything lasting:At the beginning of this century, many energy analysts were convinced th… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Paul S. Graham: Bringing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to life in Canada

On April 21, 2016, NDP MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou) introduced legislation (Bill C-262) that will ensure that Canadian law is consistent the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, the declaration was initially opposed by the Harper government but eventually endorsed by Canada in 2010. […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Bringing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to life in Canada

wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

Of all the outrageously unjust moments in United States history – and dog knows there are many to choose from – the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg holds a special place in my political underpinnings. It was an event I learned about early on, o… . . . → Read More: wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- George Monbiot discusses how neoliberal ideology has managed to take over as the default assumption in global governance – despite its disastrous and readily visible effects:(T)he past four decades have been characte… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Bryan Adams Boycotts Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law, House Bill 1523

Canadian rocker Brian Adams has cancelled his scheduled performance in Mississippi to protest the state’s anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ law, House Bill 1523. The post Bryan Adams Boycotts Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law, House Bill 1523 appeared … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Bryan Adams Boycotts Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law, House Bill 1523

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Nick Bunker points out that there’s much more to an economic recovery than nominal GDP – with labour’s share of growth serving as a particularly important indicator as to whether anybody is benefitting beyond t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Emily Badger discusses a new study showing just how much more expensive it is to be poor:(T)he problem isn’t simply that the poor aren’t savvy about sales or bulk buying. They’re more likely to use th… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Katie Hyslop contrasts Canada’s longstanding recognition that housing is a human right against the gross lack of policy action to ensure its availability:Canada has signed and ratified the 1976 United Nations… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Larry Hubich's Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Support workers at Best Western Seven Oaks
Tell the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina to stop bullying workers and get back to the bargaining table. Watch the video below and send a message now at www.ufcw.ca/bestwestern (UFCW Canada Local 1400)
Posted by UFCW Canada on Friday, February 26, 2016

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Politics and its Discontents: How Will Dion Justify This?

Given the ongoing contention surrounding Canada’s decision to sell $15 billion worth of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, one wonders what sort of dance moves Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion will engage in to explain his government’s ongoing su… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: How Will Dion Justify This?

Alberta Politics: Party City’s PR problem illustrates the need to be anticipatory about promoting tolerance

PHOTOS: The ugly message as relayed by mainstream media, in this case the CBC. Below: Shelley Bramhoff Sikorski’s original Facebook post. Party City is a huge chain of party supply stores based in Elmsford, New York, just five kilometres down the roa… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Party City’s PR problem illustrates the need to be anticipatory about promoting tolerance

wmtc: dispatches from ola 2016, part 2: libraries and prisons

I’ve had a longstanding interest in prison libraries, and was happy to meet another librarian-friend who shares this. But I was very pleasantly surprised at the large turnout for the talk Prisons and Libraries: A Relationship Worth Incubating at t… . . . → Read More: wmtc: dispatches from ola 2016, part 2: libraries and prisons

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Robert Atkinson discusses the need for corporate tax policy to encourage economic development rather than profit-taking and share inflation. And Jim Hightower notes that it’s an anti-democratic corporate mind… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s decision (PDF) finding that the failure to provide equal child services for First Nations is a human rights breach which requires federal action at law – rather than merely a moral failure which has too oft… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Environmental rights are human rights

Today, “half of all Canadians live in places with unacceptable air pollution,” most because we’re not doing enough to protect “environmental rights,” which are human rights, argues David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: Environmental rights are human rig… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Environmental rights are human rights

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr: The Last Post and the Happy Ending

In the last nine years I wrote more than 100 posts about the case of Omar Khadr, because I considered it one of the most shameful episodes in modern Canadian history.And could never accept that a Canadian child soldier could be tortured and jailed in… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr: The Last Post and the Happy Ending

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Errol Mendes points out that any commitment to securing human rights in our foreign policy is currently limited by the lack of any systematic attempt to see how those rights are being treated. And Rick Mercer… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: You say "glib", I say "callous and dehumanizing". Let’s just call the whole thing off.

Sadly, even a modicum of criticism of Brad Wall on Saskatchewan’s editorial pages is all too rare. But while the Star-Phoenix offers at least that much, is there any doubt that Wall’s contempt for inmates (among others who rely on provincial services) … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: You say "glib", I say "callous and dehumanizing". Let’s just call the whole thing off.

Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

I’ve written before about the Saskatchewan Party’s assumption that actually meeting the basic needs of inmates wasn’t a core function of the provincial correctional system.Well, the choice to turn food service into a corporate profit centre has produce… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

Politics and its Discontents: Canadians Speak Out About Saudi Arabia

While our new government would, I’m sure, dearly love to change the channel on the indefensible arms deal with Saudi Arabia that I have been recently writing about, it is clear that Canadians are not about to be easily diverted. A selection of letters … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canadians Speak Out About Saudi Arabia

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- John O’Farrell argues that a basic income provides a needed starting point for innovation and entrepreneurship by people who don’t enjoy the advantage of inherited wealth:But in fact it is the current situation that … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Justin Fox explores why it took the economic field in general (with some noteworthy exceptions) decades to start dealing with burgeoning inequality. And Bryce Covert discusses the latest study showing that in l… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links