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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the contrast between Brad Wall’s choice to spare no public expense in planning for his own comfort while travelling, and his apparent lack of any forethought in navigating the national political scene. For further reading…- The NDP broke the… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Because It’s Never The Time For Wall

Wall said. “Our principle here … is that we do no further harm to an economy that already has its hands full.” Canada is dropping behind its major trading partners in renewable energy investment, according to a study from a clean energy advocacy group. Merran Smith of Clean Energy Canada suggests government-set targets and goals […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canada Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Because It’s Never The Time For Wall

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.- Tom Parkin writes about the tendency of far too many Canadian governments to put the wealthy at the front of the line, and leave the rest of us to wait:(O)ver the past two decades, corporate tax rates ha… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Accidental Deliberations: On poor excuses

I’ve previously discussed why there was little reason to think we’d ever see Brad Wall’s government lift a finger to deal with poverty in Saskatchewan. But I must admit I’m amazed at how underwhelming the election-driven “strategy” actually is.So with … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On poor excuses

Accidental Deliberations: On failed obstruction

I’ve written several times before that any federal climate change plan was doomed to fail if it allowed Brad Wall a veto over any emission reductions.Well, it appears the Trudeau Libs have finally come to terms with that reality, indicating their inten… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On failed obstruction

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Can’t Cut Pollution? Cut the Crap.

WEYBURN, Sask. – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says a federal government cannot tax a provincial government and that might play a role in any potential national carbon tax. Wall says he might be able to make the case that Ottawa can’t impose a carbon tax on SaskPower because it’s a Crown corporation. OK, let’s play […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wall Can’t Cut Pollution? Cut the Crap.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Alison Griswold points out how little systemic information we have about the growing gig economy. And both Scott Santens and Richard Reeves make the case for a basic income to provide financial security where a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Brad Wall’s preference for unethical oil over sustainable development.For further reading…- Again, Shawn McCarthy reported here on Wall’s new declaration that he won’t accept carbon pricing or regulation of any kind. And CBC reported here on… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Ian Welsh discusses the attitude of meanness underlying so much of the U.S.’ political and cultural scene. – Ryan Meili and Adrienne Silnicki write about the dangers of relying on paid plasma donations… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- The Star-Phoenix duly calls out the Wall government’s short-sighted slashing of funding for homeless shelters:Regardless of how the government frames the changes, access to services is being denied to some of th… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Shocked, I say

Surely nobody could have predicted that a federal climate change plan of doing no more than every province would accept would be doomed as long as Brad Wall has anything to say about it.But if there’s a silver lining, it’s this: the fact that Wall is a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Shocked, I say

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, pointing out that the Global Transportation Hub land flipping scandal highlights Brad Wall’s consistent willingness to hand out free money to business cronies – contrasted against his fight to avoid funding basic services like health and educatio… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Andrew Jackson argues that a federal infrastructure program can and should be oriented toward developing a skilled and diverse workforce, rather than rewarding free-riding contractors who don’t contribute to … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Faulty Logic

“Showing leadership matters, signals matter, examples matter, but the numbers are the numbers,” Wall said. Essentially, Wall appears to be suggesting that because no single action by itself will solve the problem, we shouldn’t take that single action. Applying this logic to other situations reveals just how faulty it is. When China surpasses the amount & proportion […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Faulty Logic

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Royalty Is Oil?

The debate rages in Saskatchewan now about if federal money should go directly to oil companies and contractors capable of sealing defunct oil wells abandoned by irresponsible and ancient corporations. Those wells are left in the trust of our politicians, the people who tend to tell us that without oil jobs, Saskatchewan doesn’t amount to […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Royalty Is Oil?

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Robert Atkinson discusses the need for corporate tax policy to encourage economic development rather than profit-taking and share inflation. And Jim Hightower notes that it’s an anti-democratic corporate mind… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Compare and contrast

One option in responding to a precipitous decline in commodity prices which has exposed a province’s overreliance on resource extraction is to work on developing an economy which isn’t so vulnerable to predictable shocks:Ceci said his main focus i… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Compare and contrast

Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

I’ve written before about the Saskatchewan Party’s assumption that actually meeting the basic needs of inmates wasn’t a core function of the provincial correctional system.Well, the choice to turn food service into a corporate profit centre has produce… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Premier Wall On Prison

.@cenobyte Oh my goodness, @PremierBradWall actually said that. https://t.co/CcImQuyE2j — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) January 7, 2016 http://cjme.com/article/402994/inmates-refuse-food-trays-regina-correctional-centre “IF YOU REALLY DON’T LIKE THE PRISON FOOD, THERE’S ONE WAY TO AVOID IT AND THAT IS, DON’T GO TO PRISON,” SAID PREMIER BRAD WALL. I don’t respect that opinion, at all. I know some of you reading […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Premier Wall On Prison

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on this post about Brad Wall’s sad attempt to beg Justin Trudeau for federal money to make up for his own mismanagement. For further reading…- Once again, Wall’s call for a bailout was here. And his previous decision to drop any attem… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Do Not As I Used To Say and Do

Not sure what’s more pathetic and hypocritical: Wudrick and Taylor feigning desire for un-tinkered elections, or Wall pining for Ottawa money. @saskboy what on earth are you talking about? We just want a referendum. We SUPPORTED STV in the BC referenda. — Aaron Wudrick (@awudrick) December 28, 2015 The hypocrisy in each case approaches satirical […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Do Not As I Used To Say and Do

Accidental Deliberations: On selective equalization

So apparently some unspecified event in federal politics this fall has caused Brad Wall to start demanding money from Ottawa which he’d never have considered seeking before. Now if only he hadn’t trashed Saskatchewan’s bargaining position by dropping t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On selective equalization

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Carolyn Shimmin discusses the connection between inequality and social ills, while Sarah Khapton reports on new research showing part of the biological explanation.- Rachelle Younglai documents the growing nu… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- John Quiggin examines – and refutes – a few key complaints about fairer taxes on the wealthy. But Kathryn May reports that the Cons are eager to use public resources to investigate and punish public servants … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Matthew Yglesias rightly points out the absurdity of monetary policy designed to rein in at-target inflation at the expense of desperately-needed employment. And Joseph Stiglitz reminds us that we can instead … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links