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Politics and its Discontents: Where Do People Stand In The Harper Hierarchy?

The answer would seem to be, “Nowhere near the top.” As discussed in yesterday’s post on CETA, leaked documents confirm that Canadian sovereignty, something all citizens should have a right to expect, will continue the erosion that began under NAFTA. Specifically, the dispute-settlement mechanism that enables investors to sue governments when they pass legislation . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Where Do People Stand In The Harper Hierarchy?

Alberta Diary: If you can’t trust Postmedia when it reports on oil and the environment, when can you trust it?

If you can’t trust your Postmedia website, who can you trust? I mean, other than Alberta Diary. Regardless, don’t blame these poor guys. They’re just trying to earn a living. Below: Economist Robyn Allen, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey.

Industry self-regulation doesn’t work and never will for a simple reason: He who pays the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: If you can’t trust Postmedia when it reports on oil and the environment, when can you trust it?

Politics and its Discontents: Industry Self-Regulation – Another Update

Last week I wrote two posts on the Harper regime’s ideological decision not to impose mandatory reporting of drug shortages on the pharmaceutical industry. The government instead has placed its market-driven faith on a voluntary system, with results nearly as disastrous as those in Canada’s food industry, which also enjoys a high degree of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Industry Self-Regulation – Another Update

Politics and its Discontents: Industry Self-Regulation – An Update

Yesterday I wrote a post about the plight of Ryan Harrington, the young man who, were it not for a drug called Celontin, would suffer upwards of 200 seizures a day. Because the Harper regime opted for a voluntary instead of a mandatory requirement for companies to report drug shortages, Harrington had only a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Industry Self-Regulation – An Update

Politics and its Discontents: Industry ‘Self-Regulation’

In a world rife with the environmental, economic and social consequences of unfettered capitalism, the term ‘industry self-regulation’ has always struck me as little more than a oxymoron. Examples abound of what happens when government regulatory agencies enter into what turn out to be Faustian bargains with the corporate sector, the sad case of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Industry ‘Self-Regulation’