Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Andre Picard writes about the devastating effects of widespread social isolation, particularly given its connection to poverty: All told, it is estimated that about six million Canadians live an isolated existence. We have an epidemic of loneliness, and the principal underlying cause is poverty. If you’re poor, you’re ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Breaks Promise To Regulate Oil And Gas Emissions

In Parliament today, PM Stephen Harper said “it would be crazy economic policy” to regulate the Canadian oil and gas industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. The post Harper Breaks Promise To Regulate Oil And Gas Emissions appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

reeves report: NDP to refuse support for Rouge National Urban Park bill

Everyone wants the 10,500 acres in the Rouge Valley to be made into a national urban park, yet few but the Harper Tories think their plan for the green space is the best path forward. Rouge Park at Sunrise. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of Snuffy.) ON A MEDIA TOUR this week of the proposed park on Toronto’s ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

TweetPremier Jim Prentice announced this week that five-term Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield would be appointed as Alberta’s representative in Washington D.C. Mr. Merrifield’s resignation from the House of Commons means that a federal by-election will need to be called in the Yellowhead riding by March 17, 2015. This would be the fourth federal ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Bryce Covert rightly challenges the claim that poverty bears any relationship to an unwillingness to work – along with other attempts to blame the poor for their condition: In fact, the majority of able-bodied, adult, non-elderly poor people worked in 2012, according to a data analysis by ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – The Economist looks at the relationship between equality and growth, showing that there’s at worst little evidence that fairer economies have any trouble matching their more-polarized counterparts – and best some indication that they perform better: Inequality is more closely correlated with low growth. A high Gini ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Friday reading. – Paul Dechene interviews Marc Spooner about Saskatchewan residents left behind in the province’s boom: One way that our growing income gap can be hand-waved away is by pointing to the fact that every other province that goes through an economic boom faces this. Perhaps it’s just a natural ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Louise Story reports on tax goodies and direct giveaways to businesses at the local level (which of course seldom deliver the promised economic return). That said, it’s worth noting that we’re desperately lacking for any movement to counteract the inter-jurisdictional competition for jobs that feeds such corporate ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Althia Raj reports on the Cons’ concerted effort to undermine organized labour in Canada (along with anybody else who might object to putting the interests of dirty oil and dirty money above the needs of citizens): Behind the rhetoric about “union bosses” and “transparency” lies a strategy, political ...

Canadian Progressive: Radicals for our coast: New Democrat MPs and community reps (VIDEO)

A must-watch video on the ongoing fight against Enbridge’s cursed pipeline. The following New Democrat MPs visit Terrace, Kitimat and Kitamaat, British Columbia, and discuss the energy giant’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline: Deputy Leader and Environment critic, Megan Leslie (Halifax); House Leader, Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley); Public Safety & LGBTT critic, Randall Garrison (Esquimalt–Juan de ...

Pipelines: Which side are you on, planet or profit?

Since the Northern Gateway pipeline hit the news, the regina mom has read more posts about science than ever before.  And it’s not because science claims a place in her higher reading order.  Rather, it’s because the HarperCon response to public outrage about the pipeline has forced her to know wtf she’s talking about.  Or ...

What will the neighbours think?

One part of the brain can work something out while another part is doing something else, or so it seems.  the regina mom stayed up all night.  When that happens, it’s usually because she’s been engaged in a good read or a good write.  This time it was neither.  And it wasn’t a party, either.  ...

350 or bust: Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver Unable To Answer Question re: Hydrocarbons & Climate Change

Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, who most recently has been publicly vilifying ordinary Canadians who are concerned about clean water, clean air, and a stable climate, demonstrated in the House of Commons this week the lengths that the current Canadian federal government will go to in order to avoid making the link between the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Megan Leslie = The New Sheila Copps?

 A few moments later, Megan Leslie rose and wondered if the Natural Resources Minister might devise a sustainable plan for the country’s natural resources. Mr. Oliver was obviously quite eager for the opportunity to grouse. “Mr. Speaker, in a torturous scrum yesterday, the NDP environment critic twisted herself into a pretzel of contradiction and bizarre ...

Peter Kent makes lemons out of lemonade

“Designed to Fail”. That should be the motto of Peter Kent and the Conservatives’ ‘environmental mismanagement’. NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax, N.S.) accused the government of creating a climate change plan that is “designed to fail.” “There’s absolutely no reporting mechanism, we know nothing about where this money went,” Ms. Leslie told the Hill ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Murray Dobbin comments on the role that the Occupy protest movement can play in countering corporate power that’s faced far too little opposition for far too long: Why now? Perhaps it is the international dimension of this spontaneous burst of political action. The notion that Stephen Harper would ...

Peter Kent makes lemons out of lemonade

“Designed to Fail”. That should be the motto of Peter Kent and the Conservatives’ ‘environmental mismanagement’. NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax, N.S.) accused the government of creating a climate change plan that is “designed to fail.”  “There’s absolutely no reporting mechanism, we know nothing about where this money went,” Ms. Leslie told the Hill ...

Accidental Deliberations: On domino effects

Olivia Chow’s announcement that she doesn’t intend to run for the NDP’s leadership looks to bring the race into much sharper focus. With Chow deciding not to run, there’s a wide open space for a candidate from the greater Toronto area. And while Peggy Nash looks like the most obvious prospect, there are all kinds ...

CalgaryGrit: Where do they go from here?

After a week of tributes and mourning, the talk in Ottawa is sure to turn to “what now” this week, as the NDP begins the process of replacing Jack Layton. Of course, some did not wait that long. Anonymous NDP insiders let it be known that Brian Topp was the “front runner” to replace Layton ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Armine Yalnizyan discusses how inequality is no better for business than it is for society at large: Just a few months ago, two IMF economists, Andrew Berg and Jonathan Ostry, showed that the more equitably incomes are distributed, the longer are the spells of economic growth. They note, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – With health care once again receiving plenty of attention on the U.S. political scene thanks to the Republicans’ plan to dismantle publicly-funded Medicare, the differences between Canada and the U.S. are once again serving as a major point of discussion. And Aaron Carroll has posted a neat ...