Politics and its Discontents: Another Guest Commentary From The Salamander

In response to a post I wrote yesterday, The Salamander left one of his trenchant and masterful commentaries on the myriad deficiencies of the Harper regime. So that it has a wider readership than a comment would usually garner, I am featuring it as a guest post. I hope you enjoy reading it as much ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: The Harper Government’s Ware On Science – an excellent chronology

From Science Blogs – The Canadian War On Science: A Long Unexaggerated, Devastating Chronological Indictment by John Dupuis. Excerpt: This is a brief chronology of the current Conservative Canadian government’s long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making. It is a government that is beholden to big business, particularly big oil, and that ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: The Harper Government’s War On Science – an excellent chronology

From Science Blogs – The Canadian War On Science: A Long Unexaggerated, Devastating Chronological Indictment by John Dupuis. Excerpt:This is a brief chronology of the current Conservative Canadian government’s long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making. It is a government that is beholden to big business, particularly big oil, and that makes ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Domestic Israeli State

I have purposely stayed out of the blogosphere discussion of the latest atrocities between Israel and Gaza, atrocities that both sides must bear responsibility for. I have done so simply because I don’t feel I have anything new or startling to add to the discussion. However, I have always been troubled by the reflexive and ...

Northern Reflections: Not Your Father’s Conservative Party

Tom Walkom writes that the Harper government is not  what we used to call a Conservative government. It does not stand for what Conservatives have traditionally stood for: The old Conservative brand, associated with prime ministers like John Diefenbaker and Joe Clark, emphasized practicality melded with compassion. The new one focuses on pride, patriotism and ...

Northern Reflections: The Harper Government

Much has been written over the last few days about the “Harperization” of Canada’s government. As much as the term “Harper Government” is an affront to to all Canadians, it is an absolutely accurate characterization of what has happened under this prime minister. Jeffrey Simpson argues that the present government is not — nor was ...

Politics and its Discontents: Now This Really Is Funny

It is a rare occasion when I experience a good belly laugh, but the following bogus media release, reported by the CBC’s Allison Crawford, had that effect. While I doubt that the morose and ostensibly humourless Harper government will be amused, those with a degree of normalcy in their mental and emotional makeup probably will. ...

Northern Reflections: Black Is White

Janice Kennedy has accurately described what has happened to Canada during the Harper years. She writes that “a good country is being turned into a sad joke.” Reviewing Stephen Harper’s immigration policy, his military swagger and his “tough on crime” agenda, she concludes: There are so many things wrong with our national picture these days, ...

Northern Reflections: Foolishly Falling In Line

I’m sure key members of the Harper government read Lawrence Martin’s stuff. I’m also sure they are not impressed. The trouble is that Martin sees through these folks — and he has since thee beginning. This morning he writes about who lost the War on Terror: Ten years on, we are still presented with the ...