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Accidental Deliberations: On unstable platforms

With Saskatchewan’s main political parties having released their election platforms, now is the time when I’d planned to put together platform reviews to better examine voters’ options.But a funny thing happened when I went to what was supposed to be t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On unstable platforms

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the contrast between a Saskatchewan Party platform (and government) dedicated to handing money to the people who need it least, and an NDP which plans to help where it’s most needed with what limited resources are left since Brad Wall wasted a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Politicians Excusing Drunk Driving #SKdrunks

Darcy Moen, involved in a business solution to decrease drunk driving, sent me the following criticism of Wall and Broten: As long as politicians think DUI’s are nothing more than parking tickets…….yes, attitudes need to change, and both Brad Wall and Cam Broten need to reconsider their support of the indefensible. Sure, people faced the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Politicians Excusing Drunk Driving #SKdrunks

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- The Star-Phoenix calls for Saskatchewan’s election campaign to focus on the future rather than the past. And Paul Orlowski reminds us of the continued callous corporatism that’s in store if Brad Wall holds on… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Elise Gould studies the continued rise of wage inequality in the U.S. And Teuila Fuatai points out how a strong movement to improve minimum wages and study basic incomes in Canada still has a long way to go to secure… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Wall government’s embarrassing excuse for a strategy to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan – and the people who are being left behind or shipped away as a result.For further reading…- Again, the report of the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduct… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- CBC exposes the galling amnesty deal offered by the Canada Revenue Agency to wealthy individuals who evaded paying tax through a sham offshoring scheme. – Caelainn Barr and Shiv Malik examine the generational di… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.- Don Pittis rightly notes that there can be a significant difference between an economy trumpeted as growing due to share prices and profits, and one which actually provides benefits to workers – and that the U.S. l… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Democracy’s Unsolved Problem Didn’t Fix Itself

Please show you support democracy in Saskatchewan. Last Saskatchewan election, this happened instead thanks to our lackluster media ignoring the Greens who fielded a full slate of 58 candidates. A snooze fest of a debate took place, and CBC couldn’t find anyone not involved in the broadcast who watched it. Basically it had the viewership […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Democracy’s Unsolved Problem Didn’t Fix Itself

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