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Accidental Deliberations: On benefits at stake

Martin Regg Cohn is right to note that there’s no empirical support for attacks on unions when it comes to jobs or economic development: Why then is Hudak trying to turn the clock back? He points to the rise of Right to Work states in the U.S., where right-wing legislators have triumphed against unions in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On benefits at stake

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the general irrationality of the right-wing obsession with chaining public services and tax rates to population growth – and the particularly egregious application of that theory by the Regina Chamber of Commerce when it’s put added pressure on city services by insisting on generous tax abatements for some of the businesses and individuals . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: On end goals

Since the Regina Chamber of Commerce apparently isn’t too fond of having its own words pointed out publicly, I’ll offer a quick refresher as to how its statements about its desire to shut down workers’ political activity compare to its sad claim to free speech.

Again, here are two separate questions and answers from the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On end goals

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the dangers of allowing corporate voices and employers to dictate what citizens are permitted (or required) to say about political issues.

While I didn’t include a direct comparison in the column, I’ll point out the rather stark contrast between the employer abuses exemplified by Murray Energy Company and the union structures which business . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: #withoutanewstadium

I’ve written plenty about Regina’s municipal election over the past few days. But I’ll take some time to encourage readers to join the conversation as early voting approaches.

With the City having released a stadium design concept at the start of the election campaign, it’s been far too easy to fall into the trap of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #withoutanewstadium

Accidental Deliberations: Free speech for me, but not for thee

Needless to say, the Regina Chamber of Commerce’s attempts to paint concerns about its purporting to speak on behalf of the City as having anything to do with free speech generally have no basis in reality.

But if we want to look for somebody who’s making a concerted effort to silence key voices on the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Free speech for me, but not for thee

Accidental Deliberations: On blurred lines

In today’s Leader-Post, John Hopkins responds to this week’s column. But while he tries to point some fingers away from the Regina Chamber of Commerce, he only raises larger issues as to the relationship between the Chamber and the City.

In effect, Hopkins argues that it wasn’t the Chamber that copied the City’s “Regina Votes” . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On blurred lines

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Regina Chamber of Commerce is taking election misdirection to new lows in this fall’s municipal campaign.

For further reading…– Vanda Schmokel pointed out the same issue earlier this week.– The Chamber’s Regina Votes site is here. The City of Regina’s official site with the same theme is here. The City’s rules . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day