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Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Fellowship of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

My high school geography teachers would be baffled, but I am deeply honoured to have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The Fellowship includes many of Canada’s most intrepid explorers, who have sledded across arctic t… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Fellowship of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP Leader Horgan’s Site C Dam opposition is a game-changer

NDP Leader John Horgan has finally come out swinging against Site C Dam – a wise political move that will benefit his party in the provincial election, says Rafe Mair.

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Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye » Politics: A Return to an Evidence-Based Justice System

Neil Etienne interviewed Omar Ha-Redeye in the Law Times on the recent Canadian elections and its effect on the justice system: Toronto lawyer Omar Ha-Redeye says Wilson-Raybould’s mandate to review the government’s litigation strategy is a big job for the rookie minister. He says the philosophical swing from a Conservative government led by a former Reform
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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Plan Isn’t Ambitious

SaskPower’s new target, announced by the Premier last week, is out. .@PremierBradWall @SKGov This doesn't seem overly ambitious, given #ABclimate's goals. Can't Sask do more than Alberta? #skpoli #PowerToGrow — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 23, 2015 We’re procuring 100 MW of wind generation in 2016 and will develop up to 1600 MW between 2019-2030. #powertogrow […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Plan Isn’t Ambitious

Scripturient: Mao: The Unknown Dictator

Although I have read many biographies of the European dictators, and many histories of Europe and the Americas in the first half of the 20th century, I hadn’t read much about modern China until recently. Mao: The Unknown Story (by Jung Chang and … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Mao: The Unknown Dictator

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Not all immigrants created equal in Canada…and that needs to change

Rafe Mair reexamines Canada’s history of immigration and asks why not all immigrants are created equal.

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Propaganda, hysteria, ultra-violence and imperialism, as usual “A people unaware of its myths is likely to continue living by them.” – Richard Slotkin I have been too horrified by the predictably violent and insane reaction of the Western pow… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #TwoFacedTom Lukiwski Should Resign

Moose Jaw and Regina area MP Tom Lukiwski should resign. He was caught on video by a reporter calling an NDP candidate “an NDP whore”. Lawrence, Lukiwski’s Conservative buddy denies the slur, claiming he says “an NDP horde”, even though that makes little sense in the context of the speech. I checked Conservative publications on […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #TwoFacedTom Lukiwski Should Resign

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy

…But controlling a mob isn’t something you can really predict.

What’s the Saskatchewan Premier doing releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a “pause” and “delay” to refugee settlement? He’s equating terrorism in France with Syrian refugees on their way to live in Saskatchewan. That’s a terrible, and Islamophobic position to take.

The Premier emboldened people to take out anger for the Paris Attacks against innocent Muslim people.

And talk radio’s Conservative stalwart Gormley tweeted that chanting Muslims in North America should be shot. He retracted and apologized for the ridiculously violent comment that encouraged a mob (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BCNDP convention shows they still don’t get it on LNG

BCNDP Leader John Horgan at the party’s recent convention (NDP/facebook)

Political pundits are busy analyzing the recent NDP convention and I can tell you it’s easier to interpret the entrails of a rooster. Conventions organized to look like sunny expressions of the party’s solidarity and readiness for an election usually disguise more than they reveal.

What this NDP clambake tells me is that the party is sick to death of leadership fights and “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t” – a highly dubious substitute for skill and character.

The good news first

Starting with the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall Makes News Again

.@PremierBradWall Very unhappy that you're using terrorists' crime to dictate Canada's refugee humanitarian strategy. #skpoli #cdnpoli

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 16, 2015

Brad Wall in September, before the CPC leadership opened up. Globe and Mail: #cdnpoli

— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) November 16, 2015

That was following this tragedy highlighted in the world media.

If you've changed your opinion due to a terrorist attack, ask yourself why you're letting terrorism win by having it set your agenda.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 15, 2015

.@mikemckinnon @PremierBradWall @JustinTrudeau If we delay months, how many more (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Robert Reich writes about the growing disconnect between the few well-connected people who have warped our political and economic systems for their benefit, and the rest of us who are on the wrong side of that system: (C)orporate executives and Wall Street managers and traders have done everything possible to prevent the wages of most workers from rising in tandem with productivity gains, in order that more of the gains go instead towards corporate profits. Public policies that emerged during the 1930s and the Second World War had placed most economic risks (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Committee Of None

Five years ago, I attended a “stakeholder” meeting at a hotel, hosted by the Provincial Government. They were touting their newish 2020 “plan” to reduce climate change.

There was consensus among participants that in order to achieve the provincial target of 20% reduction over 2006 emissions by 2020, additional measures should be taken to achieve emission reductions in a larger portion of the oil and gas sector.

(emphasis added)

Advisory Council 9 (1) The Climate Change Advisory Council is established. (2) The council consists of the minister and not more than 11 other members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Ontario Slaps SLAPPs

A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that has the goal of shutting down opponents. They tend to be used as a strategy to shut down poor NGOs or poor people who can’t afford to defend themselves in a lengthy legal battle. SLAPPs tie up the courts while shutting down debate – bad for democracy and bad for all of society.

Ontario has joined many other parts of the world in passing legislation to stop SLAPPs.

The new act, which will become law in Ontario upon Royal Assent, contains a number of elements that will (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Party Can’t Hit a Moving Target

As Brad Wall goes to Paris to represent Saskatchewan at the COP 21 climate conference, here’s how his government handles critical climate targets:

If you can’t hit a target, remove the target and bury it until forgotten. 2 years ago I saved the text of a Sask Gov’t website, predicting it would soon be altered. It was.

“Saskatchewan has established a provincial target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 2006 levels by 2020.” CBC thought it’s still the goal. There’s no mention of it on Government webpages that I can find now.

replaced with: “Saskatchewan’s (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lest We Forget: Reflections On Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, and the Current Corporate Assault on Freedom and Democracy Around the World

The 21st century was the most violent and murderous period in human history to date. And with our current direction, the 21st century may well surpass it in violence and war. Have we forgotten the lessons of the past, or have we yet to learn them? Worse yet, not only has war not ended, but […]

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: A senior citizen’s perspective on the federal election and where we go from here

Rafe Mair – with more than a few grey hairs (photo: Youtube/CMHABC)

Like most Canadians, I’ve a spent much of the past week or so trying to figure out what the general election really meant. As I did, a horrible thought occurred to me – my perspective might just be affected by the number of grey hairs I’ve gathered over the years!

One’s age, gender, and position in life always affect one’s outlook and that affects how you vote. Why is it so bad that my outlook is different than that of my children and grandchildren? Actually one of my (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall’s Beef With A&W is 100% Bull Something

.@PremierBradWall 100% Canadian, growth-hormone-free milk will never be back after #TPP is ratified. That's okay with you though?

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 10, 2015

“TPP would allow milk from cows receiving hormones into Canada U.S. allows bovine growth hormone currently banned in Canada”

Unique to the TPP is the prospect of fluid milk crossing the border from the U.S. The terms of the agreement made public earlier this month specify that 85 per cent of fluid milk imports must be processed in Canada before hitting store shelves.

At the initial briefing offered to journalists, TPP negotiators said (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Joe, You Can Go Now

Why I’m really, really, really glad Joe Oliver isn’t Finance Minister anymore:

Keystone XL would have created jobs, bolstered ec growth, strengthened nat’l security, reduced GHG emissions and enhanced N Am energy indep Therefore, disappointing President Obama rejected Keystone X. See yesterday’s article where I discuss implications. http://business. financialpost. com/fp-comment/..[thiscrapisntworthreadingfurther] See my interview #CBC #newsworld on disappointing Keystone rejection & triumph of politics & symbolism over facts.

Enabling more bitumen to flow from Alberta would not lower GHG emissions, so you can bet the rest of his claims are false too.

The day before:

See my article in Nat’l (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Keystone XL is Done, COP 21 Set to Start

You probably already heard the good news about the end of Keystone XL with Obama killing the proposal. This is a good symbolic step in ending the exploitation of the tar sands in Alberta, plus this comes just a few weeks before COP21.

COP21 is the upcoming United Nations climate change conference which is set to run from Nov. 30 to Dec.11. In the light of Keystone being killed it gives people hope that Obama will actually do something about climate change.

On the Canadian side of the border Prime Minster Trudeau (who loves pipelines, sigh) has cast Catherine (Read more…)

Scripturient: Proportional Representation in Canada

Another Canadian election has gone by where the majority government is formed by a party winning only 40% of the popular vote. This has political watchers and pundits increasingly vocal about changing the electoral system. But most of them agree it needs changing. So far, however, the Liberals are mum on how their campaign promise […]

The Common Sense Canadian: Trudeau ‘disappointed’ at Obama’s killing of Keystone XL…Get over it

Justin Trudeau visits US Capital in 2013 (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

It’s official: After seven years of withering on the vine, the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the US Gulf Coast is dead, by President Barack Obama’s hand.

Newly-minted Canadian Prime Minister and avowed Keystone supporter Justin Trudeau is reportedly disappointed at the decision but says he respects the US government’s right to make it. “The Canada-U.S. relationship is much bigger than any one project and I look forward to a fresh start with President Obama to strengthen our remarkable ties in a spirit of friendship and cooperation,” said Trudeau (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: Can the Conservative Party come back?

A young Peter MacKay (left) and Stephen Harper join forces in 2003

Can the Conservative Party come back?

Of course, but first, the Conservative Party must return.

Sound confusing?

It’s not. The pre-Harper party wasn’t remotely like his bunch. It’s not enough to get rid of Stephen Harper if you don’t also get rid of his party, which goes back to the Faustian bargain between Harper and Peter MacKay in 2003 when Canada’s version of the “Grand Old Party” was subverted then overrun by the Reform Party, a.k.a. Stephen Harper.

The Thatcher comparison

It’s tempting to compare this situation (Read more…)

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Being at the table during deliberations on war, peace, and the fate of nations was an extraordinary experience. I remember seeing the Berlin Wall fall, and hoping that the age of global warfare might be over. That moment now feels far away. We are clearly facing terrible risks, and it will take great statesmanship to avoid the abyss. I advised the alliance on its strategy in Ukraine and Afghanistan.