This and that for your Thursday reading.- David Sirota and Andrew Perez expose Steve Schwarzman’s galling complaints that his perceived lessers dare to complain about declining security and stagnating incomes. And Aditya Chakrabortty discusses how the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
The recent Paris terror attacks shouldn’t stop the new Liberal government from re-examining Canada’s privacy and surveillance policies, argues Michael Geist, the Canada research chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa. The post… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks
This and that for your Thursday reading.- Linda Tirado writes that whatever the language used as an excuse for turning public benefits into private profits, we should know better than to consider it credible:Given how much I had heard my whole life abo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Yes, one of the Libs’ first orders of business in government should be to rein in the worst excesses of C-51. But they instead seem to be limiting their plans to something else entirely: A key feature of the replacement legislation is expected to be the creation of a multi-party, joint House of Commons-Senate committee, sworn to secrecy and reporting to the prime minister and through him to Parliament. It would have a full-time staff, access to the necessary secret information and be tasked with strategic oversight of every government department and agency with national security responsibilities, according to a source familiar with (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Paul Theroux comments on the gall of corporations who move jobs to the cheapest, least-safe jurisdictions possible while trumpeting their own supposed contributions to the countries they leave behind. And Wilma Liebman sees more progressive labour legislation as one of the keys to encouraging workers to organize and secure better working and living conditions.
- The Star’s editorial board writes about the need for far more debate about poverty and precarity in Canada’s federal election. And Max Ehrenfreund discusses the connection between income and life expectancy, while noting that inequality is going up (Read more…)
Celebrated author Margaret Atwood is leading a group of 200 notable Canadian writers and artists demanding an immediate repeal of Bill C-51, Stephen Harper’s “secret police” legislation. C51, the artists argue, “directly attacks the creative arts and free expression in this country.”
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Internet law expert and University of Ottawa prof, Michael Geist, argues that Internet privacy and Harper’s draconian anti-terror Bill C-51 should be key 2015 federal election issues.
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This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Howard Elliott writes about the need for senior levels of government to help address the housing needs facing Canadian communities. And the report from Saskatchewan’s advisory group on poverty reduction includes housing among its key priorities as well (while also favouring work on a basic income).
- Meanwhile, Armine Yalnizyan reminds us that the Cons’ destruction of the census is making it far more difficult to identify and address social problems.
- Justin Ling documents the latest example of Stephen Harper’s utter contempt for the concept of accountability, as national media outlets (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Martha Friendly examines what a “national child care program” actually means. And Jim Stanford makes a compelling economic case as to why Canada needs one: In the case of early childhood education, however, this standard claim of government “poverty” is exactly backwards. Because there is overwhelming and credible economic evidence that investing in universal ECE programs is actually a money-maker for governments. In this case, the argument is truly not whether government can afford to provide universal quality care. In reality, especially at a moment in history when economists worry (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your week.
- Christos Tsiolkas talks to Yanis Varoufakis about the Troika’s appalling contempt for Greek democracy. And Barbara Ehrenreich laments the fact that only well-off people are given any meaningful opportunity to speak about poverty and deprivation – though that should highlight the need for workers to organize to ensure their voices are heard: There are many thousands of people like these – gifted journalists who want to address serious social issues but cannot afford to do so in a media environment that thrives by refusing to pay, or anywhere near adequately pay, its “content (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Paul de Grauwe points out that the European push to force Greece into continued austerity is the most important factor holding back a recovery, as the country would be fully solvent if it were being allowed to borrow money on anything but the most draconian of terms. And Paul Mason criticizes the war that’s been declared against the Greek public for trying to pursue democratic governance – while noting that the public’s justified dissatisfaction isn’t going away regardless of the result of the impending referendum.
- Sherif Alsayed-Ali responds to the news that (Read more…)
U of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist, explains why the Justin Trudeau Liberals “made the wrong choice” by supporting Bill C-51
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Shorter Justin Trudeau: Nobody could have foreseen that Canadian voters would judge me based on my actions rather than my self-proclaimed brand.
Here, on how the Senate’s failure to provide any second thought on C-51 may serve as the ultimate signal that it has nothing useful to offer Canadians.
For further reading…- PressProgress’ look at the Senate’s sad history is well worth a read. The CBC reports on the Auditor General’s findings about the widespread abuse of public money. And Ian Austen offers a U.S. perspective on what comes next for the Senate.- Meanwhile, Karl Nerenberg explains why abolition is well within reach if anybody is willing to take a leadership role in pursuing it without reopening other (Read more…)
Highlight Link: https://KillC51.ca
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Daria Ukhova summarizes the OECD’s findings on the links between inequality, poverty and the economy: Inequality, economic growth, and poverty. In the new report, the OECD has tried to establish the links between these three phenomena, which so far have been mostly explored in pairs, as the relationship between inequality and growth and the relationship between inequality and poverty. While confirming previous arguments about the negative impact of inequality on growth and on poverty, the OECD has gone a step further, arguing that the mechanism through which inequality actually undermines growth is (Read more…)
Game-changing supporters of the Conservative Party of Canada are warning Stephen Harper Bill C-51 could result in “a Liberal or NDP government”.
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On Saturday, May 30, Ottawa will host what’s likely to be a game-changing protest against Bill C-51, PM Stephen Harper’s “secret police” legislation.
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