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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Jim Stanford discusses how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is renegotiating NAFTA – and taking away what little Canada salvaged in that deal. And Jared Bernstein highlights the TPP’s impact on prescription drug costs.

– Rick Smith rightly challenges the effort some people have made to minimize the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– The World Bank’s latest World Development Report discusses how readily-avoidable scarcity in severely limit individual development. Melissa Kearney and Philip Levine write that poverty and a lack of social mobility tend to create a vicious cycle of despair. And James Ridgeway examines the deliberate interference aimed at . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Alberta Diary: Recycling Margaret Atwood, Rob Ford, Doug Ford and the library slugfest of 2011

Margaret Atwood on our picket line at the Calgary Herald, circa 1999, shortly before severely reprimanding your blogger. Below: A reflective Ms. Atwood signing a book in Edmonton last night, part of the crowd that turned out to hear Ms. Atwood chat with singer Alanis Morissette, brothers Doug and Rob Ford in happier . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Recycling Margaret Atwood, Rob Ford, Doug Ford and the library slugfest of 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– I wouldn’t want to take Dan Gardner’s conclusion as to the effects of power as an immutable truth – as he himself notes in pointing out means of minimizing its risks. But it’s certainly an apt description of what’s happened since the Harper Cons took power: The government . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

eaves.ca: Open Data in BC – Good & Bad Examples from Bikes to Libraries

Some small examples of open data use and public servants who do and don’t understand open data from the Province of British Columbia to the City of Vancouver.

Open Libraries?

For the past several years – ever since the open motion was passed in Vancouver – the city has been releasing more and more data . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data in BC – Good & Bad Examples from Bikes to Libraries

Bill Longstaff: Calgary’s main attraction

What is Calgary’s most popular attraction? The Calgary Stampede, you say? Flames games, perhaps? The Calgary Zoo? Wrong, wrong and wrong.According to an article in Fast Forward Magazine, in 2010 the Calgary Public Library system “had more visits than t… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Calgary’s main attraction

Co2 Art: When Society Progresses in the Reverse Direction

When I saw this post, it reminded me of how I met up with a friend from elementary school last summer and, over the course of our conversations, we realized something unsettling was at work in the country. I don’t really know what this phenomenon is c… . . . → Read More: Co2 Art: When Society Progresses in the Reverse Direction

The Equivocator: Canada ♥s Libraries

A QMI poll released today revealed that 84% of Canadians want our public libraries to remain publicly funded (7% refused to answer the question.) Now, I know the brothers Ford don’t like to read, but when the writing on the wall … Continue reading . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Canada ♥s Libraries

The Equivocator: Doug Ford as Ozymandias (or How I learned to story worrying and love libraries.)

“When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that society has found one more way to destroy itself.” – Isaac Asimov OZYMANDIAS I met a traveller from an antique … Continue reading . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Doug Ford as Ozymandias (or How I learned to story worrying and love libraries.)