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Alberta Diary: Opponents beyond PC ranks start to take aim at Alberta Tory leadership candidate Jim Prentice

Alberta Tory leadership candidate Jim Prentice, invisible, as everybody and their non-partisan friends pile on. Actual scenes from Alberta politics may not take place exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Prentice, in his lucky campaign shirt; Canadian Taxpayers Federation Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt.


Jim Prentice, you’re in the crosshairs now (metaphorically speaking).

And if you manage to win the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party next Saturday – which everyone except this blogger thinks is exactly what’s going to happen – in the crosshairs is where you’re going to stay.

The Canadian Taxpayers Association fired (Read more…)

Eh Types: Progressively Worse

Toronto seemed gripped in a mix of terror and disbelief yesterday. Rumours Wednesday night were a new poll would show Ford in the lead. Yesterday the poll while having Tory in front, had a significant bump for Ford. Panic ensued as though a raccoon army had arrived carrying signs that read “First Your Green Bins, […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Twerps On A Plane

Once again a plane intended to ferry party-animal Canadians to a booze soaked week in the tropics, has “had” to turn back to Toronto. No, planes don’t have to go back if there is a drunk on board. They have jail cells wherever the plane may land. Why inconvenience, and possibly terrify the entire plane load of passengers so the airline and military industries can get their jollies sending up fighter planes to “protect” us all from drunk people?

.@vickersty Precisely. The fighter planes literally threaten the PLANE they go to "escort". No other intervention possible from them.— (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dollhouse Gone

It was destroyed by the artist last year in a fire. I stopped by it several years ago.

OPSEU Diablogue: For ParaMed Tuesday’s impending Renfrew strike is just business

Wednesday Renfrew County workers for ParaMed Home Health Care held a surprise picket outside the company’s Ottawa offices. ParaMed has expressed remarkable indifference to an imminent strike that will sideline 140 nursing and home support workers in the region. Most … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina By Bus

I gave a tour of Regina today to a Mexican student studying at the UofR this coming semester. We were fortunate to have a ride from my parents after lunch, then we took the bus from the Cornwall Centre to the Legislature. We did the free tour there, and I saw its library for the first time.

There were some faint aurora this evening.

OPSEU Diablogue: Elopement poses urgent questions about Waypoint’s new $474 million building

A new building is often seen as a solution for the updated delivery of health care. It’s true they usually reduce energy costs. If designed correctly and collaboratively, they can also contribute to higher operational efficiency. Ontario invested heavily in … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Inquire, or Not To Inquire, Don’t Ask The Question

The latest Coyne article seems to be self defeating in its thesis.

“It’s not evident what contribution another public inquiry would make,” opines Coyne.

For one thing, we could have an inquiry to demonstrate that for Coyne. Or we could for once listen to what First Nations people want out of the Canadian government, rather than what a mainstream newspaper columnist in Toronto wants for First Nations people. The act of the federal government doing what First Nations want over what white people in Ontario want, would be a step in the right direction to healing some of the rifts (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wasteful Destruction in Gaza

The destruction of this apartment tower is ridiculous. How is it in any way acceptable for a state to destroy an obvious civilian complex with weapons of war?

We’re supposed to believe that the hundreds of occupants were all enemy combatants, and Israel is safer having made them homeless?

Excited Delirium: Deconstructing the Narrative: Spot the Difference

What’s the difference between what happened to Mike Brown and James Foley? I can no longer tell.

Excited Delirium: Superman Returns to His Fortress of Solitude

Is Stephen Harper’s annual trip the north a mark of something important or just another sad commentary on his disdain for those who choose him?

Excited Delirium: Silencing the Masses

Why we should all be concerned about Harper’s misuse and abuse of government institutions.

Parchment in the Fire: An austerity revolt has broken the French government. Will the EU follow? | John Palmer | Comment is free |

An austerity revolt has broken the French government. Will the EU follow? | John Palmer | Comment is free |

If there were any lingering doubts about the seriousness of the crisis hanging over the future of the euro – and potentially of the European Union itself – the shock announcement of the dissolution of the French government should remove them.

The tensions within the French socialist government have been building up for months as the economy has threatened to “double dip”. But it has been public criticism by the French economy minister, Arnaud Montebourg, of Paris’s compliance (Read more…)

OPSEU Diablogue: Home Care: Giving and taking away

The government gives, the home care agencies take away. Many of OPSEU’s home care agencies are presently at the bargaining table. You’d think this would be the best of times for the professional and support staff that conducts the often … Continue reading →

Paul S. Graham: Aboriginal women are speaking up for missing and murdered Aboriginal men

Some of the people camping out in Memorial Park to call for a national inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of over 1200 Aboriginal women. Photo: Paul S. Graham

The hatred directed at aboriginal people in Canada is appalling, as is their poverty and exclusion from the opportunities that exist for non-indigenous Canadians. Nowhere is this more evident than in the federal government’s continuing refusal to hold a national inquiry into the causes of the deaths and disappearances of over 1200 aboriginal women. Now, aboriginal women are beginning to speak up for the aboriginal men who have disappeared over the (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: BING THOM in Tea Talks 2: Special Members Event

Centre A, Tea Talks #2: Bing Thom, Bing Thom Architects Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Register here. From the days of the Columbia-Quebec Connector protests and the birth of […]

bastard.logic: The Future of Labour: Trapped In A Neo-Liberal Veal Pen

File under: we are all serfs/eventual anarchists:

Consulting firm PwC recently published its outlook for work in 2022, based on interviews with 500 human resources experts and 10,000 others in the United States and several other countries. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that big companies could end up so powerful and influential they morph into “ministates” that fill the void when government is unable to provide essential services. Companies will also use sensors and other gizmos to monitor employees around the clock. And workers will mostly acquiesce to this digital leash, in exchange for job security, (Read more…)

Sketchy Thoughts: finding our way out

So we’re somewhere, can’t even agree on how to characterize where, but what we do agree on is we want to get out. There’s paths leading in all directions, and we can only see so far down each. Some we know are dead ends, some we know are worse. But even there, where a passageway once taken seemed to discredit itself forever with bloodshed and tragedy, we can’t really be sure it wasn’t the right one, and the we didn’t just miss a side door or tunnel branching off X feet in. It may be unlikely, and unreasonable to count (Read more…)

OPSEU Diablogue: Two-thirds of Ontario PSWs excluded from wage adjustment

It was clear from the start that the much applauded increase for Ontario’s Personal Support Workers was not going to apply to all. Back in April the government noted that “more than 34,000 of Ontario’s PSWs deliver care, assistance and … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: An Unstealable Bike

Coming soon, in six to ten months, in Spanish first. A bike made with a frame that comes apart and becomes the lock for the bike. If the lock is broken, the bike probably won’t work, or will be less desirable for a thief.

– Hat tip to Adam.

Left Over: The Mulcair Solution: Fence-Sitting as Political Suicide….

Quebec NDP MP Sana Hassainia defects over Mideast position

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 20, 2014 1:48 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 20, 2014 7:16 PM ET




Sad to say, the NDP has always waffled on this issue, and it’s one of many reasons I refuse to join the party or do any more volunteer work for campaigns…I will, also unfortunately, have to keep voting for them as there is no progressive alternative around…if the Greens ever cease kowtowing to the Tories, I might have to go there.May is the only ones with the guts (Read more…)

Eh Types: No Surrender

Anyone who plays chess, as I like to pretend I do, knows there comes a time when surrender is the only strategy left to you. Having matched wits with your opponent and found yours lacking, knowing defeat is inevitable you lay down your King and concede. That happens at the end of the game though, […]

Alberta Diary: No, this is not the Fringe Festival! Premier’s line on airplanes and Sky Palace descends into the theatre of the absurd

A not-so-grim Finance Minister Doug Horner (he’s not quitting!) and an unhappy Premier Dave Hancock, right, put the best face on their new rules for use of government aircraft at their news conference yesterday. Below: A relaxed NDP Leader Brian Mason, just back from holiday himself, and the Premier Hancock we’re more used to seeing, free of the distressing confines of the Legislative media bunker.

Premier pro tempore Dave Hancock, not looking particularly rested despite just having returned from five weeks in sunny Italy, accompanied by a much more chipper Finance Minister Doug Horner, tried to slam the hanger (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: David Suzuki: Leaders must put people before politics

G7 leaders meet in The Hague in 2014

When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren.

We expect our leaders to have a clear picture of our world and the conditions necessary for human life and well-being. If they don’t, how can they make informed decisions? So let me outline some simple, scientifically validated truths about us and the world we live in — truths that should (Read more…)

In This Corner: The Fringe: Edmonton’s holiest sacred cow.

Every city has its sacred cows, institutions that are so established and so revered, that they are beyond genuine criticism. Edmonton has more than its share. The folk fest is invariably praised to the skies, regardless of the quality of its lineup. The Heritage Festival is always lauded despite the fact that is is always the same. The river valley is considered Edmonton’s great gem, despite the fact is it inaccessible to most people, and generally ignored by almost everyone.

But there is no holier sacred cow than the Fringe Festival, Edmonton’s annual orgy of theatre.

Now, don’t get your (Read more…)