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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Sara Mojtehedzadeh reports on a new Ontario study recommending a strong investment in child care to reduce the gender wage gap. – Allan Moscovitch, Nick Falvo and David Macdonald offer a useful primer on social suppo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Sara Mojtehedzadeh reports on a new Ontario study recommending a strong investment in child care to reduce the gender wage gap. – Allan Moscovitch, Nick Falvo and David Macdonald offer a useful primer on social suppo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Never-ending War on Vulnerable Canadians

While Stephen Harper declares war on the Great Terrorist Menace, claiming only he can save our lives from those who would behead us in our beds.His foul Con regime continues to wage war on some of Canada's most vulnerable Canadians.Even if it could cost thousands of them their lives.For while this is good news. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Never-ending War on Vulnerable Canadians

The Disaffected Lib: A Small But Hard Won Victory Over Harper

It’s bittersweet at best.  Health Canada has issued an exemption to Vancouver’s Insite, the city’s clean needle injection site.  That’s not to say the battle is over. Despite the clear ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Harper regime has put Insite on a year-to-year exemption meaning the Vancouver authorities will have to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Small But Hard Won Victory Over Harper

Melissa Fong: DTES Local Area Plan- Speaker #5, on Amendments

We need to respect the experiential knowledge of DTES residents that understand how the plan violates their security. Not fundamentally opposed to Vision- but you have to realize reality. If you insist on the ideology of “social mix” you also have to set up the circumstances for dignity of all people- not just a veil. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: DTES Local Area Plan- Speaker #5, on Amendments

Melissa Fong: Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan- Summary

Like last time, I did some LiveTweeting of the evening- My strategy is to summarize the main point of all the voices; add in my OWN commentary (I can be […]

Melissa Fong: The facts on PHS scandal & following reactions of critics, boards and Jenny Kwan

…The fact is that PHS provides really important harm reduction programming that needs to be defended.

The scandal involves non-profit board members that are supposed to be working in the best interest of the DTES, not on #34KVacations.

Townshend and Small (Jenny Kwan’s ex) are implicated with irresponsible spending on administrative costs.

Any budget for . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: The facts on PHS scandal & following reactions of critics, boards and Jenny Kwan

Melissa Fong: Financial reform: Taking responsibility as public servants and otherwise…

Facts: I don’t hate Vision Vancouver. I’m indifferent to the overall career of Gregor Robertson. I actually like Andrea Reimer, from what I know of her. (Confession: I really like […]

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No, Yaakov Roth, The Supreme Court of Canada Is Not Overstepping Its Boundaries

I see the Harper PMO must have found another muppet to write opinion pieces for them.  In the National Post, we find Yaakov Roth expounding on the “problems” he has with the way the Supreme Court of Canada has been ruling on such matters as safe injection sites and prostitution. The first thing I want . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No, Yaakov Roth, The Supreme Court of Canada Is Not Overstepping Its Boundaries

knitnut.net: Seamy Underbelly, Part II

Visiting the Downtown Eastside (DTES) has churned up some contradictions for me, and resolving those contradictions requires re-thinking some questions I thought I already knew the answers to:

1) To what extent do people choose to live in the DTES, and to what extent are they stuck there?

2) Does the DTES community strengthen . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Seamy Underbelly, Part II

knitnut.net: My visit to the seamy underbelly

At the harbour, outside my hotel

So…I went to Vancouver for a whirlwind business trip. I arrived Wednesday afternoon and left Friday morning. I was working most of the time, but I did have two more-or-less free evenings, so I did what I could to cram Vancouver in.

I hadn’t been there in . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: My visit to the seamy underbelly

The Equivocator: The 2012 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

Context: I don’t like to think of this blog as existing in a vacuum. You may not be aware of it but I am also an avid user of the twitter and the facebook (my twitter feed is there on the right side of my blog btw.) On twitter (you can follow me at @Uranowski) . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: The 2012 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Today’s anniversary of a year of Tory rule in Ottawa: it just doesn’t get any better than this!

Contemplating the thought of three more years of Stephen Harper. Below: Mr. Harper himself.

Tory times, as the old saying goes, are terrible times. So it should surprise no one that as we mark the first anniversary of Stephen Harper’s majority victory today, the country is increasingly polarized, students are in the streets of . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Today’s anniversary of a year of Tory rule in Ottawa: it just doesn’t get any better than this!

knitnut.net: Safe injection sites: Treating people with addictions like they matter

Last October, the Supreme Court ruled that Insite, Vancouver’s safe injection site, could stay open despite the Harper Government’s objections. The arguments hinged on whether addiction was primarily a health issue or a crime issue. If it were a health matter it would fall under provincial jurisdiction; if it were a criminal code issue, . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Safe injection sites: Treating people with addictions like they matter

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Murtaza Hussain nicely sums up why we should be pushing for businesses and wealthy individuals to contribute their fair share through a progressive tax system rather than through self-aggrandizing charity: The private social safety net, provided by corporate donors as compensation for the public one which their tax . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– The Star makes the case for Canada’s wealthiest citizens to pay their fair share: Apart from their hefty pay packets, the top-earning CEOs are sitting on $2 billion in stock options that are treated as dividend income, and taxed at half the value. That’s a tax break worth . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Art Threat: Happy Birthday Nietzche & Foucault!

There’s only a little to say about this – Michel Foucault was born October 15, 1926, and by weird coincidence, Friedrich Nietzsche was born on the same day 82 years earlier- October 15, 1844. Big thinkers in the canon of Dead White Men. So what, you might be asking — and what does that have […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Happy Birthday Nietzche & Foucault!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Lets just Call Bullshit Now, Shall We?

 Mama Kay cites a study sponsored by …the Drug Prevention Network of Canada and Real Women of Canada……to challenge research in The Lancet which purported to demonstrate that the Insite Clinic in Vancouver saves lives.  Th… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Lets just Call Bullshit Now, Shall We?

Quebec May Open Safe Injection Sites A L’Insite And Compassion Club

It would be about time and why shouldn’t we? We are, after all, a province of progress or supposed to be. After all, we opened the first Compassion club, a place, highly supervised, where sick people with the prescription from a medical professional can obtain medicinal marijuana, albeit, on the fringes of the . . . → Read More: Quebec May Open Safe Injection Sites A L’Insite And Compassion Club . . . → Read More: Quebec May Open Safe Injection Sites A L’Insite And Compassion Club

Law is Cool: Safe injection facilities and arbitrary government decisions

I often talk to friends or strangers about law. I remember a debate I had with someone once about the government. Can it make arbitrary decisions? I said yes, and he said, rather indignantly, no. His logic was that arbitrary means capricious with a tinge of tyranny. Doesn’t our democratic government respect the rule of […] . . . → Read More: Law is Cool: Safe injection facilities and arbitrary government decisions

Montreal Simon: The Insite Victory and Kevin’s Story

I’ve written about Kevin before. The young heroin addict I found shooting up on the door step of the Yale Town apartment I was renting, while taking a summer course in Vancouver.How I felt like I was looking at somebody dying before my eyes. How h… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Insite Victory and Kevin’s Story

Outasite! Supreme Court bludgeons Con ideology with reality.

One of the few benefits of not having any political power is that you get to sit back and watch the majority power fall all over its own ideology and arrogance.

Less than 40% of Canada voted for these guys. That’s not a mandate for anything other than doing . . . → Read More: Outasite! Supreme Court bludgeons Con ideology with reality. . . . → Read More: Outasite! Supreme Court bludgeons Con ideology with reality.

Outasite! Supreme Court bludgeons Con ideology with reality.

One of the few benefits of not having any political power is that you get to sit back and watch the majority power fall all over its own ideology and arrogance.Less than 40% of Canada voted for these guys. That’s not a mandate for anything other t… . . . → Read More: Outasite! Supreme Court bludgeons Con ideology with reality.

Scott's DiaTribes: The Canadian Supreme Court rejects Conservative ideology for facts.

Not only am I pleased with the Insite rulling, I’m pleased it’s unanimous, in a strong rebuke to the Conservative government, who’s been trying to close this since 2008:

A supervised needle injection site for heroin addicts in Vancouver has gotten a constitutional reprieve following a landmark ruling Friday by the country’s top court. In a decision that sharply pits the court’s view of a coherent drug strategy against the Conservative government’s, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 9-0 that the federal government cannot refuse to extend a legal protection to addicts and clinical health workers at the InSite clinic in Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside who would otherwise […] . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: The Canadian Supreme Court rejects Conservative ideology for facts.

Things Are Good: Insite Can Continue to Operate: Supreme Court

Insite is a safe injection site for drug users which has had proven health benefits for individuals and the community. Through their work Insite has been able to help many addicts stay safe and secure while consuming drugs, this is in stark contrast to doing drugs on the streets which is way more dangerous. In […] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Insite Can Continue to Operate: Supreme Court