Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Rob Nixon’s review of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything nicely sums up why the book – and the fundamental clash it documents between corporate profit-seeking and the health of people and our planet – should be at the centre of our political conversation: (N)eoliberalism — promotes a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Katrina vanden Heuvel criticizes the U.S. Democrats’ move away from discussing inequality by in favour of platitudes about opportunity for the middle class. And while Matthew Yglesias may be correct in responding that the messaging change hasn’t resulted in much difference in Democratic policy proposals, it’s certainly ...

Bill Longstaff: Prostitution—keeping the state out of our bedrooms

“There’s no place for the state,” a prime minister once said, “in the bedrooms of the nation.” I hope Justice Minister Peter MacKay and his colleagues keep that sage advice in mind as they draft our new prostitution laws. The state’s primary responsibility, indeed one might almost say the purpose of the state, is safeguarding ...

Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 – Day 2 Review

Aaron Wherry has been documenting the resolutions passed at the NDP’s convention in Montreal – and so I haven’t seen much need to comment on them in detail. But the most noteworthy development in today’s policy debates came from a resolution which wasn’t passed – but which nonetheless signalled the NDP’s willingness to tackle difficult ...

Art Threat: Pioneer Ladies [of the Evening] – Photos of incarcerated women are transformed

An exhibition at PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts in Winnipeg is testing the sexualized and gendered boundaries of our Canadian history. Curator Dr. Laurie K. Bertram has taken archival mugshots of Western Canadian female sex trade workers, taken from the Winnipeg Police Museum Archive, and reworked them into a new commemorative landscape for ...