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Politics, Re-Spun: Free Speech and the Privatization of Public Space

Donald Smith was protesting a sign at Glenmore Landing in Calgary’s southwest Sunday that bans political demonstrations. [CBC]

The privately owned parking lot near the prime minister’s constituency office asserts that protesting is prohibited. On the surface, this looks like the prime minister is impeding the constitutional rights of expression and peaceful assembly.

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The Scott Ross: Public Health Care Is Our White Whale

The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung. – Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Perhaps if the revenge-obsessed Captain Ahab had access to Canada’s public health . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Public Health Care Is Our White Whale

Left Over: Only in Canada? Pity…..

So, the Supreme Court in the US has ruled…and Obamacare, such as it is, is ‘safe’ for now…

This decision means, practically, nothing regarding a tax, since if one reads the bill, carefully, there are no penalties for not buying in…Medicaid is still in place, as is Medicare, provided, (and here is where it gets . . . → Read More: Left Over: Only in Canada? Pity…..

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Don’t Hate Democracy, They Just Don’t Need It

In Canada our representatives are elected, our churches, charities, and businesses are not. Conservatives by their ideology believe that less power should be given to our democratically elected government and more power given to groups that do not answer to voters, whether they be private hospitals, unaccountable church organizations, or multinational corporations. It is not . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives Don’t Hate Democracy, They Just Don’t Need It

On private language.

Politics, Re-Spun: Once upon a time on the bald prairie

In 1935 a group of farmers in Regina, Saskatchewan pooled their savings, re-mortgaged their farms and build the Consumer Co-operative Refinery Limited (CCRL). CCRL is the oldest and largest co-operative in the energy sector in Canada, controlled by Canadian members, and is one of the oldest energy co-operatives in the world. Who knew? This story […] . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Once upon a time on the bald prairie

Art Threat: Liberate Tate urges dialogue over public/private arts funding

Last Wednesday, April 20, the activist group known as Liberate Tate staged another protest performance at Tate Britain. Set on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf o Mexico over 87 days last year, the group poured an oil-like substance over […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Liberate Tate urges dialogue over public/private arts funding

World Headlines Review: Afghanistan: War, Power and Illusion

Canadian LAVs, Afghanistan, by isafmedia

This week, Project Censored has released its annual list of top 25 censored news stories in a volume entitled Censored 2011: The Top Censored Stories of 2009-2010.  An astounding article published by The Nation on November 11, 2009; How the US funds the Taliban, resurfaces as the main source . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Afghanistan: War, Power and Illusion

On cooperatives and housing.

I’ll get back to my electoral series eventually, I swear. But I had this weird idea today and I wanted to spell it out. It’s not an argument; more just thinking out loud. (Well, so to speak. “Speak”.)We don’t have enough housing going to the people who… . . . → Read More: On cooperatives and housing.

On the new feudalism.

I was going to blog something about the CMA’s recent report on Canadian healthcare. But there’s really not much there that anyone could reasonably disagree with. More access to prescription drugs, more access to long-term care for those who need it… . . . → Read More: On the new feudalism.

atypicalalbertan: Cute.

Further to my post on private health care… . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: Cute.

atypicalalbertan: Time to put private health delivery to bed.

There seems to be one demon that lingers that Albertans have to fight off time and time again. At least this time it appears that our premier is actually standing up to the demon, instead of opening the door like our last premier did – and now the oppo… . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: Time to put private health delivery to bed.