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Parchment in the Fire: Wage Development in the European Union

Wage Development in the European Union

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone Crisis, inequality, Labour

Melissa Fong: Planning the Metropolitan #Vancouver Region: A Critical Perspective

Here is a review of the Planning the Metropolitan Vancouver Region: A Critical Perspective- Thank you to AY for inviting me- great catching up with SCARP people and making new connections. […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Trends in the news – real analysis for a change, and honesty, if you can imagine that!

Trends in the news: Energy madness, tech stocks plummeting, gold prices rising, propaganda over Ukraine, and China refuses GMO food – real news, brought to you by the world’s leading trend analyst, Gerald Celente. Forget your media schmucks and presstitutes – tune into Gerald Celente for the real story that the mass media won’t tell […]

Sketchy Thoughts: Internet Explores You

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OPSEU Diablogue: Enough already – Stop public funding to Mike Harris’ pet institute

Kathleen Wynne should say enough is enough. Why is the Harris-era Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity still receiving nearly $1 million a year in public funding to manipulate the public towards some of the most ludicrous right wing ideas? Earlier … Continue reading →

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Dollars, rubles and global imperial strategy: The collapse of the Western empire and the rise of the BRICS

Russia began in March a decoupling from the US dollar and begins to end the reign of the petrodollar, and buy and sell oil and gas and other goods and services in Rubles. This is the body blow to the Washington-EU-corporate empire – along with greater Russian-Chinese-BRIC integration, and the forthcoming pipeline from Russia to […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada Coaching Countries to Waste Water

Canada, a decade ago, used to do more good than bad in the wider world. Now we’re an international wrecking crew, teaching countries how to waste their water supplies on international disasters like shale oil.

This sort of unproductive activity is also changing our climate. It’s also slowing investment in renewable energy technologies that don’t pollute and consume water or air.

In any case, I have the utmost confidence that solar will continue to collapse at its current rate of -600%.— Chris Turner (@theturner) April 15, 2014

OPSEU Diablogue: Tommy Douglas never said health care would be free — advisor to Premier

Is Roger Martin having us on? This morning the publicly funded Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity released a working paper on policy opportunities for Ontario’s health care system during Longwood’s Breakfast With The Chiefs speaker series. Roger Martin, the former … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Providence Care expresses regret over memorial but fails to make it right

At a point you’d think somebody would stop and ask a few questions. Last week we reported on how Kingston’s Providence Care cut down the trees and removed the plaques associated with a 25-year-old memorial garden to former staff who … Continue reading →

Writings of J. Todd Ring: My top 6 sources for reliable news and analysis

Here are my top six sources for reliable news and analysis at present. Any one of them puts the mainstream media completely and utterly to shame. If you want to know what is really going on – and with the war drums sounding, the war on democracy, civil liberties and freedom escalating, and with the […]

OPSEU Diablogue: Seeking Solutions: June mental health meeting to take 360 degree look at violence and workplace safety

OPSEU’s Mental Health Division is bringing together experts from across the province to take a 360 degree look at the issue of violence and workplace safety. Scheduled for June 17-18 in Toronto, this two-day event is intended to start a … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Police and Suicide Hotlines Violating Privacy

It’s mind boggling that Canadian police would think it’s justified in sharing mental health information with Homeland Insecurity in order to help the USA discriminate against people with mental illness.

What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy?

People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline without fear of future reprisals. Canadian police have seriously damaged this expectation, and therefore are likely to have harmed people who’d have otherwise sought help. It would be hard to learn definitively if this abuse of authority has killed people, because the people we’d learn (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sorry Oil Shills, Try Another Talking Point

The Oil and Gas sectors are the biggest of the air polluting sectors in Canada. They’ve recently surpassed transportation. Amazingly, despite Saskatchewan’s refusal to do away with coal burning, electricity sources of air pollution have dropped thanks to Ontario’s phase-out of coal power.

OPSEU Diablogue: We won’t have Medicare II without federal leadership — Himelfarb

Alex Himelfarb understands the 2004 10-year health accord better than most. At the time it was negotiated, he was the highest ranking civil servant in Ottawa. The $41.3 billion Accord was supposed to fix health care for a generation. It would … Continue reading →

Calgary Grit: Vote Out Anders

It was Ron Liepert by a nose for the Calgary Signal Hill Conservative nomination.

“Secret Liberal” Ron Liepert has done what a mayor, cabinet minister, and premier failed to do – defeated Rob Anders. And, boy, do typing those words ever feel good.

First elected in 1997, Rob Anders gained notoriety in 2001, voting against honourary citizenship for Nelson Mandela and calling him a “terrorist” – a sentiment Anders doubled down on earlier this year after Mandela’s death. In between, he has been a punching bag for progressives, and pretty much everyone who follows politics (except for former (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Testify, Born Again Christian #RoboCon

Andrew Prescott’s immunity deal is a strange development. The loyal party worker and born-again Christian had for two years categorically denied any knowledge of or involvement in the robocall affair. But why do innocent people need immunity deals? One of the people Prescott professed his innocence to was Michael Sona.


“I looked Andrew dead in the eyes outside church. He was in his car in the parking lot. I asked him if he knew anything. He said, ‘I don’t know anything.’ That’s why I defended him when I went on the CBC. I took him at his word. (Read more…)

In This Corner: I’ll watch Mad Men … but I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it

The Big Cultural Event tonight is the return of Mad Men after a hiatus of what seems like five years.

I’ll be watching, but not with great enthusiasm.

I mean, I like Mad Men and all, but it just seems like so much work.

There hasn’t been a new episode of Man Men since June of 2013. It’s a complex show, with multiple plot lines and all sorts of profound statements being made. To be honest, I’ve actually forgotten what the hell is happening in Don Draper’s universe. I’ve had to read up on what was happening just to prepare (Read more…)

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My journey with AIDS...and more!: R.I.P. Emma

(From 04-04-2014) Following a “massive stroke” my beautiful friend of almost exactly fifteen years has left me. Emma (short for Emerald, the colour of her eyes) dropped to one side, sprawled on the floor, and let out a yell worthy of her Siamese ancestors. Now my breaths draw up sobs and tears as the quietest […]

My journey with AIDS...and more!: R.I.P. Emma

(From 04-04-2014) Following a “massive stroke” my beautiful friend of almost exactly fifteen years has left me. Emma (short for Emerald, the colour of her eyes) dropped to one side, sprawled on the floor, and let out a yell worthy of her Siamese ancestors. Now my breaths draw up sobs and tears as the quietest […]

Parchment in the Fire: Thousands in Paris and Rome protest austerity measures

Thousands in Paris and Rome protest austerity measures

Anti-austerity protests took over parts of Paris and Rome on Saturday, with one demonstration in Rome spurring violence when protesters threw rocks, eggs and firecrackers at police, with at least one person injured.

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Protest

Melissa Fong: Electronic music, raves & Toronto’s moral panic on drugs

…they do the work because they want to re-produce the type of city they want to live- the type of city that is worth living in. … …not all entertainment is built the same- some of these very worth while performers and promotors can’t jump through your hoops, or will grow tired doing so. These local, smaller-name talent will seek other places with fewer restrictions- and those other cities, their citizens and tourism will benefit from it. You have local artists just trying to build a city they want to live it- why are you squashing their efforts? One of the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Daily Life Can Be Insane – Venezuela

When insanity becomes normal, we’ve adapted to the way things shouldn’t be, so we don’t spend all of our energy trying to fix systemic problems.

OPSEU Diablogue: Significant risks face Ontario’s plan to shift hospital services to private clinics

Dr. Danielle Martin looks uncomfortable discussing the government’s recent plan to move hospital services into so-called specialty clinics. On the one hand the VP of Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital sees patients every day who she believes could be better served … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Colbert At Google. Replacing Letterman