Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Julie Delahanty comments on Canada’s crisis of inequality and poverty. And Sean McElwee highlights how the ill-founded belief that income inequality is more a matter of merit than luck tends to lead people to accept far more of it than should be tolerable. – Susan Riley rightly ...

Northern Reflections: Susan Riley

Yesterday, Susan Riley published her last column for the Ottawa Citizen; and, in bidding her readers farewell, she revealed a secret: I am not a Liberal, closeted or otherwise, and never have been. Nor am I a socialist, a Harper-hater, a feminazi, or a “moronic bimbo” as one discerning reader suggested recently. Well, not a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Murray Mandryk and Bruce Johnstone both thoroughly slam Gerry Ritz and the Cons for their food-safety negligence. But Johnstone hints at the larger issue: Ritz, for all his faults, is not the cause of this latest debacle. He’s merely a symptom of a bigger problem with the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Mike McBane and Stuart Trew note that Canada can’t afford to sign on to yet another massive giveaway to big pharma: An Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the Council and the health coalition and released last week shows that what would normally be high support for a Canada-EU ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Frances Russell comments on how the Harper Cons are ready to impose exactly the kind of centralized and unresponsive decision-making they’ve long loathed – but only when it comes to favouring Alberta’s interests over B.C.’s real environmental concerns. But Michael Harris notes that Harper is entirely likely to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for a sunny Sunday. – Paul Wells offers some theories as to why the Cons haven’t yet launched attack ads against Thomas Mulcair. But I’d think the more important aberration is the fact that they did do so against Bob Rae before he ever became the Libs’ permanent leader: the purpose of the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Julian Beltrame reports on the Cons’ concerted efforts to add to corporate bottom lines by attacking working Canadians: One of the measures is so sneaky, says NDP MP Pat Martin, nobody seemed to notice the line buried deep in the 452-page Bill C-38 that simply states, “The Fair ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – John Cassidy neatly contrasts growth in the postwar period against that in recent decades – with the former seeing a “picket fence” growth pattern where all segments of society benefited roughly equally, while the latter produces a “staircase” effect (aside from an utterly unreachable jump between the top ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – On the Robocon front, Terry Milewski connects the dots between identification of voters as non-Con supporters and the deceptive robocalls that followed. Steven Chase and Daniel Leblanc discuss how Elections Canada figures to determine who placed the Cons’ fraudulent calls, while Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher suggest it’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your pre-debate reading. – Dave connects a few more dots as to who’s behind Robocon. Guy Giorno helpfully acknowledges that the Cons were supposed to have business-style processes to avoid the exact kind of electoral fraud that’s been discovered across Canada – signalling both that they’re indeed on the hook for any ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Susan Riley brilliantly slams the message that austerity is necessary for everybody but those who already have the most: Is anyone else getting tired of being lectured about austerity by wealthy consultants in expensive suits who charge $1,500 a day for their advice and have comfortable government pensions, ...

A Different Point of View....: Is Stephen Harper displaying fascist-like tendencies?

The stepped-up authoritarian, anti-democratic manner in which Stephen Harper has conducted himself since obtaining his Parliamentary majority nine months ago raises serious concerns about how far right he is planning to push the country in his effort to forever change the face of Canada. Harper hates many things about Canada – most of all the moderate ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Mike Ward nicely describes the “Orwellian reverie” being used by the Cons to try to manipulate the public into acceding to the every wish of the oil sector: In what other world could the delivery of jobs, profits and unrefined oil to a totalitarian foreign government be considered ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Jack Knox comments on how the rest of the world sees Canada under the Harper Cons: A week after bleating about foreign radicals slowing the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, you have to figure Joe Oliver just wishes he had kept his cakehole corked. Instead of turning public opinion ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Carol Goar criticizes the tax giveaways that have blown a massive hole in the federal budget: But there is one area of government activity that will escape (Tony Clement’s budget-slashing) scrutiny. Every year Ottawa gives up billions of taxes in deductions, exemptions, deferrals, credits, rebates and concessions. Because ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – Susan Riley comments on Brian Topp’s mention of raising taxes as a necessary price of greater equality and better social programs: (H)owever reasonable, limited or incremental (Topp’s) plan turns out to be – he says he will proceed in “practical” steps – it will be greeted with howls ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Dan Gardner rightly points out that the Cons’ continued efforts to trash our parliamentary institutions now that they have a majority shouldn’t come as any surprise – even if they still demand plenty of outrage: Got that? If a member of Parliament insists on knowing the cost of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Friday reading. – Susan Riley points out that nothing positive figures to come from the Cons’ plans to slash Canada’s public service: No good will come of proposed public service cuts, if experience is any guide. Not a leaner, more nimble public service, certainly, and not a more affordable one. Any ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted and environmentally-themed content to end your week. – Lloyd Alter highlights the Cons’ contrasting treatment of environmental scientists (who are being fired in droves) and oil lobbyists (who figure never to lack for work). – And allies around the world are starting to take notice of the Cons’ dirty reputation. – Fortunately, though, the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Trish Hennessy crunches the numbers on vacation time for Canadians: 47Percentage of Canadian workers who say they need a vacation more today than they’ve needed in four years. 10Number of statutory holidays Canadians are entitled to in a year. Lowest of 40 countries in an international survey of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Canada Day reading. – Oh, how nice it would be to be able to take pride in Dan Gardner’s message about Canada’s true identity: The level of civility seen every day at fourway stops across Canada is unheard of in countries around the world. That doesn’t mean Canadians are, individually, better ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Plenty of observers have noted the Cons’ complete lack of a reasonable explanation for standing in the way of a global consensus to at least ensure that asbestos is accurately labeled as a hazardous substance. But you’ll find the best examples of sheer, evidence-free spin documented by Sarah ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week.- When Paul Wells tears into a story, you can be assured of results that are both entertaining and frustrating. This week, he’s been hard at work pointing the complete lack of transparency and credibility in cuts which the Cons have already booked in this year’s budget – which should ...