We Pivot: White- and Male-Dominated History Perpetuates White, Male Supremacy

If, like me, you don’t recognize these women as household names, you are likely a victim of history education that focuses on males and white people. And while you are likely not a racist misogynist, we all have to do … [Read more]

The Canadian Progressive: Montreal police spying on journalist Patrick Lagacé condemned by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by recent revelations that Montreal police secretly monitored the mobile phone of La Presse columist Patrick Lagacé. A coalition of Canadian rights groups links the Lagacé case to Canadian police and security services’ growing hunger for new powers and investigative capabilities. The post Montreal police spying on journalist Patrick Lagacé ...

Alberta Politics: The question must be asked: Was Brad Wall’s party being paid to undermine Alberta’s NDP?

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, not looking quite like himself, were still smiling and standing side by side at the start of the July 2015 premiers’ meeting in St. John’s. A week later? Now? Not so much. Below: Mr. Wall as we’ve come to know him, interfering Alberta premier William ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Pardonez-moi M. Lisée.

Paul Wells of the Toronto Star offers it as evidence that sometimes a journalist can make something of himself. Besides an ass, we assume. Wells was writing about Jean-François Lisée who won the leadership of Quebec’s Parti Québécois last Friday. We all had a good laugh at the PQ last time when they chose millionaire ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Canadians Prefer Businesses with Green Vehicles

Should your company cars and long distance fleets go green? 90% of Canadians believe businesses should reduce transportation related emissions and 82% feel having an environmentally friendly fleet is an important factor when choosing vendors. I look at the findings to see if turning your fleet green may make business sense. Commissioned by Bullfrog Power ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Worst possible time for HQ deal #nlpoli

If the rumblings from Labrador are correct, an opinion column in lapresse – “Why Quebec should regain Labrador” – this weekend both fits right in and provides a cautionary tale for us all. Pierre Gingras  – right – spent 31 years with Hydro-Quebec (1966 to 1997) building large hydro-electric projects like Manicouagan and James Bay. Gingras ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Caroline Plante reports on Quebec’s scourge of medical extra-billing and user fees (as identified by its own Auditor General). And Aaron Derfel notes that the federal government has done nothing to apply the Canada Health Act to rein in the practice. – Erika Shaker highlights how federal funding ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Anti-diversity! Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Anti-diversity! Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou bien le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopique, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux. Et ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopiste, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux.  Le multiculturalisme ...

Alberta Politics: Deconstructing political discourse in Alberta: Doublethink is alive and well in recessionary Wild Rose Country

PHOTOS: Parson Manning spreads the Gospel of Market Fundamentalism in his days as leader of the Reform Party of Alberta. The actual neoliberal preacher-men of Confederation may not appear exactly as illustrated. Photo grabbed from Elmer Gantry, the movie. Below: Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Opposition (from wildrose.ca); the prime minister Trudeau whose policies ...

PostArctica: Some Recent…

Haven’t been posting pictures regularly in a while and am thinking maybe it’s time to get back into it. Here are a few from around this winter. Les Filles du Roi – Wellington street in The Pointe. King’s Daughter’s wiki page. Reading room, La Grande Bibliotheque. And the view from up top and out the ...

Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Mulcair takes responsibility for failed election campaign in letter to NDP supporters Mulcair wants to remain NDP leader promising not to repeat mistakes of 2015 election By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016 12:44 PM ET     As an NDP supporter, I say this ...

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Where is Quebec going after the strikes, where is Canada’s economy going after the oil crash?

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Podcast160210-Canada-and-QC-updates.mp3   I have two Canadian updates this week. The first is from Nora Loreto on what’s happening in Quebec after the fall’s anti-austerity strikes. Nora is a Quebec City-based journalist and labour activist. She gives an account not only of what happened during the strikes in Quebec, but also what to expect in their wake (see ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Je me souviens… du blackface à Brathwaite La parodie que Normand Brathwaite a joué en blackface lors du dernier Bye-Bye à l’antenne de Radio-Canada a créé beaucoup d’émoi… Dans la plus récente tentative d’épuration des origines racistes du blackface que nous offre La Presse, le professeur de dramaturgie au Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal Gilbert ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le blackface et d’autres maux franco-québécois

Je me souviens… du blackface à Brathwaite La parodie que Normand Brathwaite a joué en blackface lors du dernier Bye-Bye à l’antenne de Radio-Canada a créé beaucoup d’émoi… Dans la plus récente tentative d’épuration des origines racistes du blackface que nous offre La Presse, le professeur de dramaturgie au Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal Gilbert ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ? It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few strands of opportunities that may come their way despite ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Stacey Dash’s Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree with Bigots

Alternate title : Stacey Dash — Human Shield of House Negro ? It’s painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To “go along to get a long”, to make colleagues comfortable, to insure the few strands of opportunities that may come their way despite ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal. C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher. «…c’est l’attaque des moustiques ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal. C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher. «…c’est l’attaque des moustiques ...

Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Introduction Today, getting a lift to the store is as easy as loading an application on a digital device and summoning a roving car to one’s door. It is fast, cheap and, many argue, less onerous than ownership. The so-called sharing economy is on the radar of interests representing business, various governments in Canada and, ...

Michal Rozworski: 2015: Year in review

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Podcast151230-Year-in-Review.mp3   As 2015 comes to a close, here’s a podcast and a post that’s something in between a best of and a year in review. It’s a look back at some of my interviews from 2015, both in terms of significant subjects and personal favourites. First up, it is interesting to follow my sequence of ...

Wise Law Blog: Assisted Dying is Officially Legal in Quebec

After a lengthy court battle, Quebec Health Minister, Gaetan Barrette, announced that as of today, it will be legal for terminally ill patients in Quebec to have medical assistance in dying.Quebec is the first province to pass this controversial law, passed as Bill 52 the “An Act Respecting End-Of-Life Care.”As noted by Dominique Talarico, lawyer for the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Mariana Mazzucato discusses the futility of slashing government without paying attention to what it’s intended to accomplish. And Sheila Block and Kaylie Tiessen are particularly critical of Ontario’s short-term sell-offs which figure to harm public services and revenues alike in the long run: The sale of Hydro One ...