On Thursday’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange (at 24:45 in this CBC video), I noted that while the Government of Canada just signed a deal with Kazakhstan allowing Cameco to invest more in that country’s uranium industry, the Government of Saskatchewan recently slashed its uranium royalties to encourage Cameco to invest in the province rather than in Kazakhstan.
It’s a win-win for Cameco: the federal government helps it invest abroad and the provincial government makes concessions to compete for those same investment dollars. But it’s hard to see how Canadians benefit from increased nuclear capacity in central Asia and decreased (Read more…)
I got caught up in a few arguments about climate change recently that just reinforced to me, that there’s still such a strong bashlash against the entire idea that we’re unlikely to move forward quickly enough to be effective.
Paper is trees!
My school board is fundraising for the Philippines, and I’m totally on board with it. But I commented publicly on the irony of sending each kid home with a piece of paper on the issue. That’s over 60,000 full pieces of paper or about 8 trees for something that will be crumpled at the bottom of a knapsack (Read more…)
The private sector is grinning at the stealth privatization of Hockey Night in Canada.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Hockey Night in Canada, privatization version!
Yes, the CBC is now in a privatization scheme called a public-private partnership [see below] to continue its mission to dump the most culturally significant media brand in Canadian history: Hockey Night in Canada.
Selling off the CBC outright would be a politically dangerous venture. So the federal government is simply eroding it, piece by piece. First, it dismantled the CBC orchestra. Then it didn’t bid on renewing the rights to the theme song of (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Ish Theilheimer writes about the opportunity progressives should recognize in the scandals engulfing Rob Ford, Stephen Harper and other conservative leaders: (W)hile you’d think the (Ford) situation would be a golden opportunity for Toronto left-wingers to win back the public, this isn’t necessarily happening. Left-wing opponents of Ford’s have not used the situation to drive home a unified message — that Ford is a liar with criminal friends who can’t be trusted to deliver good and effective government.
Instead, their focus has been to harry Ford and drive him from office, a tactic (Read more…)
Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s story — and reputation — still hanging on by a thread
Look, it’s still possible for the MSM to cling to the narrative that the PM didn’t know about the illegal activity going on in his office (that he gave the “go ahead” to, according to Wright in an email). What’s wrong with Coyne and the NatPo giving the PM a fair shake you might ask?
Consider their presentation of the choices: Knowing about the crime vs. authorizing the crime vs. being so dumb as to not realize there was a crime? “What’s the truth?” (Read more…)
1:08:38 SFU History grad, Sean Tucker of Business Administration, “I don’t know if we need a Whistleblower policy on campus or something”.
An academic has their priorities askew if they don’t protect whistleblowing, even while its result is not directly in the immediate favour of their organization. Protecting the right to speak and hear the truth, is an important aspect of a functioning democracy and a transparent academic institution.
1:16:16 I speak my mind. I’d rather the University offer WikiLeaks server space, if there’s any sort of policy on whistle-blowing.
Toronto City Hall. Actual city halls in Canada’s largest city may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rob Ford, Doug Ford, Kory Teneycke and Ezra Levant.
Does anyone seriously believe Sun News Network cancelled Ford Nation after its inaugural show on Monday because of Rob and Doug Ford’s “relative inexperience with the medium”?
Lots of people will accept at face value this claim about the loony-right-wing cable channel’s show starring the Ford Brothers, along with the equally fatuous suggestion “the brutal economics of cable TV” played a role. After all, both ideas come from no less an august source (Read more…)
Zombies are… Black? Family Feud’s Steve Harvey tells contestant to ‘Shut up, Lady’ (you can tell he is REALLY holding it in…). Help me out here… WHAT IS THIS??? Sometimes […]
What’s with short term (and long term) memory loss in this country?
This is the ugliest, most disturbing thing I've ever seen in Canadian politics. youtube.com/watch?v=gHMDQc…— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) November 19, 2013
Again, how is the mayor allowed to bring his private muscle onto the floor of the chamber to intimidate spectators?— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) November 19, 2013
If the ugliest, most disturbing thing you've seen in #cdnpoli is an alcoholic politician berating the public, you have too short a memory.— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 19, 2013
Who could forget Ralph Klein’s drunken abuse a (Read more…)
One of the not-so-solemn duties of the blogosphere is to hold the Main Stream Media in check when they go a little astray. I’m not sure if I should hold Andrew Coyne’s hand as I walk him back to where he was a week ago, or if I should slap it for being caught in the Conservatives’ propagand acookie jar. Mmmm, raisins.
Here’s where Coyne was last week:
.@acoyne: We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable bubble, but a whole party? ow.ly/qs0nR #CPC13— canada.com (@thecanadacom) November 04, 2013
Here he was (Read more…)
Your blogger with Rev. Bill Phipps, former United Church of Canada moderator and, in 2002, the NDP’s challenger to Stephen Harper. Below: Harper doubters Andrew Coyne and Tim Harper.
“The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.”
– Junius, published in 1772, from the Masthead of the Globe and Mail
I was sitting in Calgary’s airport the other day reading about Stephen Harper in a free copy of the Globe and Mail when, lo and behold, I spied Bill Phipps, who used to be the (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Tim Harper discusses Stephen Harper’s current list of distractions – with Rob Ford and his Senate appointees naturally topping the list. But sadly, while John Ivison may be right in noting that actual citizens are having trouble getting the Cons to bother administering federal programs, the combination of scandal and dishonesty doesn’t seem to be slowing down their anti-worker omnibus legislation in the slightest.
- On the Senate front, Scott Stelmaschuk compares the Duffy payoff and cover-up to the long-forgotten Chuck Cadman scandal – with the key differences in exposing the story being (Read more…)
If there’s an incriminating video out there, naturally you’d hire a criminal cracker to destroy every copy.
My prediction? Rob Ford will announce a new housing strategy.— Andrew Matte (@AndrewMatte) November 05, 2013
Then spend months denying there’s a video. When the police confirm they have recovered the video of the drug abuse, admit to drug use, but a legal drug. Then admit to using the other drug, but not at the time the infamous video was shot.
MT @stephen_taylor: Anyone who smokes drugs when in political office is not fit for political office." (Read more…)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ‘could easily get re-elected’ The mayor’s base of support hasn’t eroded much, say experts
By Andre Mayer, CBC News Posted: Nov 05, 2013 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 05, 2013 6:32 AM ET
Ford’s so-called ‘apology’ was the smart move for him…after all, it worked for Gordon Campbell, here in BC..Convicted of drunk driving in Hawaii, Campbell crocodile – tearfully went public and the mea culpas went straight to the twisted hearts of every right-winger in the Province…if a progressive politician were to do any of this, the cry would be for blood..but (Read more…)
…Or that might be what the usually compliant and forgiving media would say if they hadn’t been pissed off about being locked out of policy meetings at the Conservative Convention last weekend in Calgary.
the weird, unsettling vibe that hung over the whole event. (We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable bubble, but a whole party?) That reporters were constrained from doing their jobs is perhaps a side issue. But that a democratic political party, at its national convention, would go to such lengths to hide from public view is just a bit creepy.
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Kerry Washington hosted SNL tonight and she was good. They poked fun about this scandal- that SNL didn’t hire any black women. That was a funny enough sketch. But what I found MOST refreshing was that we got to see a black woman just act and not have to be a caricature of how a White person WRITES a Black woman.
Yesterday, Statistics Canada reported that the Canadian economy had a month of fossil-fueled growth in August.
Overall GDP was up by 0.3%, only half as much as in July but still a respectable monthly growth rate. By far the strongest growth of any industry was a 1.9% increase in “Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction” – its fastest growth since January.
This sector’s growth was driven by oil, gas and coal extraction, even as other types of mining and quarrying declined. Most other goods-producing sectors – manufacturing, utilities and construction – also declined.
US Steel recently announced (Read more…)
His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while […]
Maria posters and headline/Maria’s biological mother Sasha Ruseva
A story from Greece about a four year-old ‘mystery girl’ named Maria has been making headlines in the mainstream media. Maria who is fair-haired was living in the care of a Roma couple who happen to be dark complexioned. This created suspicions in the minds of some that the child may have been abducted.
The ethnic profiling of Maria’s guardians reflects the tabloid stereotype of the Roma, a misleading one. There are in fact many fair-haired Roma, a fact glossed over by outlets that prefer to play up the “Gypsy” stereotype. Nonetheless (Read more…)
It’s very important to Canada’s economy that we send a resource (we can’t use without killing the planet) to Communist China so their economy can continue to pollute at record pace as they ship unneeded goods to the United States and Canada so we can bury them in our landfills when we aren’t burning them to create electricity to power our other throw-away devices.
I’ve predicted for a year or so that the power brokers in Ottawa will soon sense that Harper isn’t their meal ticket any longer and jump bandwagons to Trudeau because they are not (Read more…)
Last week’s federal throne speech stated, “The Government will soon complete negotiations on a comprehensive economic and trade agreement with the European Union [CETA]. This agreement has the potential to create 80,000 new Canadian jobs.”
There has since been a subtle but important shift in the government’s wording around that figure, as I point out in the following letter on page A10 of today’s Ottawa Citizen and on The Montreal Gazette website:
L. Ian MacDonald writes, “A study indicates CETA will add $12 billion and 80,000 jobs to the Canadian economy.” In fact, the study in question assumed full (Read more…)
I noticed maybe a month ago that this Brand guy had a brain, and it’s a good one.
Paxman: “You’re not going to solve world problems by facetiousness.” Brand: “We’re not going to solve them with the current system! At least facetiousness is funny.”
– To detract from Brand’s point, there is still value in democratic elections, and voting. Where it’s lost value, is in races where consent to power by the majority is not really granted by anything other than their staggering ignorance of the issues and the candidates’ stances on them.
On last night’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange, I debunked the claim that the trade deal between Canada and the European Union (EU) will create 80,000 Canadian jobs. The conservative panelists did not even try to defend this figure (see this CBC video, starting at 15:45).
As Jim Stanford has previously explained on this blog, the government’s model assumes full employment and projects higher output based on improved productivity from free trade. It is disingenuous to then translate that additional output back into extra employment.
Another point I made is that, last week, Statistics Canada released merchandise-trade figures for August. (Read more…)