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wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

On the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, these Revolutionary Thoughts of the Day are brought to you by the great Irish socialist, James Connolly.The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. (1910)This speech, from 1897, i… . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Bill C-6 Violated Canadian Postal Workers’ Charter Rights, Court Rules

The Ontario Superior Court has ruled that the former Harper government violated postal workers’ Charter rights when it ordered postal workers back to work through Bill C-6 in 2011. The post Harper’s Bill C-6 Violated Canadian Postal Workers&#821… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Bill C-6 Violated Canadian Postal Workers’ Charter Rights, Court Rules

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

wmtc: april 28: national day of mourning

Across Canada, April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on their jobs.The image of the canary reminds us that, not so very long ago, a tiny yellow bird was the only safety device mine workers had against some of the terrib… . . . → Read More: wmtc: april 28: national day of mourning

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Fred Dews highlights Alice Rivkin’s suggestions as to consensus policies which can reduce inequality while facilitating economic development. And Sheila Regehr looks at how a basic income can work in p… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Tyler Hamilton offers a roundup of the growing threat of climate change – and Canada’s shameful contribution to making it worse. – Andy Blatchford reports on the Libs’ plans for a massive selloff of federal p… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Owen Jones argues that public policy and social activism are needed to rein in the excesses of a corporate class which sees it as its job to extract every possible dollar from the society around it:A financial … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

wmtc: (un)happy equal pay day

Today is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. Why? It’s the day that, if you’re a woman, your earnings have finally caught up with what men were paid the previous year. Women doing the same or equivalent work still earn, on average, 30% less than their male count… . . . → Read More: wmtc: (un)happy equal pay day

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Robert Frank discusses the essential role of luck in determining the opportunities we have – and how the advantages of a strong social fabric are too often ignored by the people who benefit the most from them… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Alexander Panetta reports on the G20′s agreement on the need to crack down on tax evasion – as well as the steps Canada needs to take to get our own house in order:The final communique warned of actions against c… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

wmtc: another big 4/15 in the #FightFor15

Today, April 15 – 4/15 in North America – the Fight for 15 and Fairness made another leap forward. All over the US and Canada, and in countries all over the world, workers marched, walked out, rallied, chanted, and demonstrated, for themselves, an… . . . → Read More: wmtc: another big 4/15 in the #FightFor15

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Corey Hogan makes the case for Rachel Notley’s NDP to develop a progressive fix to Alberta’s fiscal mess:No matter what you decide to do, you’re going to take a political hit with somebody. Credibility will be… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- The Star makes the case for a new crackdown on Canadian tax cheats to not only merely recover money withheld, but also to name and shame the people who have thus far refused to pay their fair share:(I)f the Trud… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- John Ross makes the case for a focus on the social determinants of health in all kinds of public policy-making:Many studies show that if you work long hours in low-paying jobs and live paycheque to paycheque, co… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

wmtc: precariously yours: notes from the 2016 cupe ontario library workers conference

Last week I attended the CUPE Ontario Library Workers Conference, my second year, and my first since being elected to the organizing committee. This year’s theme was precarious work, and nothing could be more relevant to library work today.All three ke… . . . → Read More: wmtc: precariously yours: notes from the 2016 cupe ontario library workers conference

wmtc: library workers are precarious workers

Local 4948, Toronto Public Library Workers Union, a/k/a the most kickass library workers’ union in North America, produced two videos about the state of library work today. Here’s the short, humourous version.And here’s the longer documentary version; … . . . → Read More: wmtc: library workers are precarious workers

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Ryan Meili writes that the spread of for-profit corporate medicine – including through the Saskatchewan Party’s privatization of care – demonstrates the need for enforcement of the Canada Health Act. And the Star mak… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

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.- Duncan Cameron discusses how deficit hysteria has overshadowed the far more important issues raised by the Trudeau Libs’ inaugural budget:Ottawa deficit spending is not big enough to stimulate an econo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Martin Regg Cohn exposes the Ontario Libs’ pay-to-play governing strategy, as cabinet ministers have been instructed to use their roles and access to meet fund-raising targets of up to half a million dollars per… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.- Tom Parkin points out that the Trudeau Liberals are falling far short of their promises to fund infrastructure even while tripling their planned deficit. – Jared Bernstein highlights how top-down block grants coupl… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Christopher May writes that any full examination of political  dynamics needs to take into account corporations as sources of power, not merely economic actors:(R)ecognising corporations as institutions … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Susan Delacourt writes that the Libs’ federal budget is best seen as requiring an overriding “to be continued”. And Don Martin flags a few points which may prove important later – including what might be an unexplain… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives rounds up some noteworthy responses to the federal budget. Barbara Sibbald and Laura Eggertson write that while a few social determinants of health made the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- David MacDonald argues that the federal budget should focus on desperately-needed public investments – with any revenue issues dealt with by raising taxes where past cuts have produced nothing of value. And Lead… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links