Susan on the Soapbox: “Phasing Out” the Oilsands

At a recent town hall meeting Mr Trudeau reiterated his position on climate change.  He said: “You can’t make a choice between what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy.  We can’t shut down the oilsands tomorrow.  We need to phase them out.  We need to manage the transition off our dependence ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 2: My hush money has arrived

Deposited into my bank account this week was a payment of $150, my “Alberta climate leadership adjustment rebate”. The rebate covers the period of January to June of this year, which is a rebate for money I haven’t spent yet (or, as I call it, a prebate). The prebate is part of the “climate leadership ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sask Party Putting People Out of Work

The Sask Party has hit a new low. “Province laying off 251 custodial workers, “lowest paid government employees,” says union” A tender for cleaning services at SGI’s head office was sent out last week. Those being laid off work in government-owned properties, like the Legislative Building and the T.C. Douglas Building in Regina. “Unless the public ...

Parchment in the Fire: ILO warns of rise in social unrest and migration as inequality widens | Business | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/12/ilo-warns-of-rise-in-social-unrest-and-migration-as-inequality-widens Filed under: Uncategorized

Eh Types: Dr. Leitch Has a Winning Prescription 

In the parlance of her previous life as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kellie Leitch is scrubbing up to win the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. This may eventually be to the detriment of the party — and almost certainly to political discourse in this country — but any diagnosis of the race ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Grassroots activism is the key to worker health and safety

In October 2016, the OPSEU Mental Health Division hosted a two-day conference in Toronto on “Violence in health care and mental health facilities.” Bob DeMatteo, a renowned health and safety activist and retired Senior Health and Safety Officer for OPSEU, … Continue reading →

Babel-on-the-Bay: Meet the Elites: Business.

Now let’s talk about the real aristocracy in Canada. These are the nobles. They direct the troops that dig our mines, produce products, market the goods, merchandise wares, account for our monies and provide services that all add up to our gross domestic product. It is the chief executives that are the elites of business ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: For a Decade It was Harper Horror

Now, it may be Trump’s turn to make everything worse. I’m not planning on blogging about Trump very much, however. The man gets far too much attention, and that’s one of the things that brought him to power in the United States. While Harper was wrecking Canada, I couldn’t help but write about his lying, ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 1: The taxman cometh

Here in the Glorious People’s Republic of Alberta, we have begun the process of saving the Earth, 4.5 cents a litre at a time. The NDP government introduced its Climate Change Plan Jan. 1 , slapping taxes on the stuff that we use to drive our vehicles and heat our homes. The fuel tax is ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Meet the Elites: The One Per Cent.

If anyone ever got a bad rap, it is Canada’s one per cent. This group of Canadians is supposed to control about 50 per cent of the country’s wealth and is divided between old money and new money. And there is constant conflict between the old and new. It is simplest to divide them into ...

Scripturient: It’s Not a Wonderful Life

I’m convinced many Americans – Donald Trump among them – think Frank Capra’s famous film, It’s a Wonderful Life, was a documentary, not entertainment. It has all the elements of Trumpist utopia: a white, Christian, unquestionably patriotic, male-dominated, patriarchal culture where the bad guy gets away with stealing from others, and making himself rich at ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Meet the Elites: The News Media.

It has always come as a surprise to us that the news media could think of themselves as one of society’s elites. (And just because Donald Trump says it, does not make it so.) But there is a growing distrust of the news media that is hard to deny. We cannot speak as knowledgably of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Captain Awesome drives electric, of course!

Before Who Killed the Electric Car? officially hit theaters in 2006, Chris Paine and I hopscotched the country with it on a Sony press tour. Over the course of a few weeks, we hit a different city … Source: Captain Awesome drives electric, of course!

Left Over: Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Cry…

  Saw this on Facebook, and just for old times sake (yeah, I am that old…) I watched the video, and instead of  ‘enjoying’ it, for the first time I noticed just  how truly angry Joe MacDonald was, and I noticed that  the  young guys in the audience were sort of ‘enjoying’ it but they ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Always An Emotional Event To (re)Gain a Sense

One of these videos is a parody, and the other is important news about medical capabilities denied to poor people who could see if their country had medicare.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Those Profane Twitter Goofs

1/1 Earlier I retweeted a post re carb tax w/ a profane hashtag ref the PM that I simply didn't initially see. Minutes later it was deleted. — Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) January 4, 2017 2/2 I should have been more careful and apologize. No doubt the debate on the carbon tax will be lively but ...

Excited Delirium: A few updates from our corporate overlords

Just another day in corporate serfdom. Nestle and Monsanto caught f*#king with the food chain again while putting humans in chains.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It was a good Holiday

I had a good New Years and Christmas holidays. A shipping error, in my favour, was perhaps the most notable event. The weather was cold, and it’ll be -25 or colder at night this week, which hasn’t happened that long since perhaps last January. Was too busy to blog, but there was a letter in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Tom Clark, we are going to miss you.

That has to be some kind of a make-up or lighting trick. How can Global Television’s Tom Clark look so young and yet admit to 40 years in broadcasting? When he announced his retirement on his New Year’s day West Block program, it came as a surprise. But having been there for Tom’s remarkable career ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 52: Let’s recap 2016 … sorry, it’s the law.

Yeah, yeah,  I know. It was a terrible year. One of the worst in recent memory. But the rule for anyone who writes a weekly blog or column is that you must write some sort of year-end recap. So, with apologies, here we go. Newsmaker of the Year Is there any doubt about this? Donald Trump, ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 51: The week with no Stuff Still Happens blog

So, what’s there to report on the week before Christmas? Well, there was a terrorist attack in Berlin that killed 12 people. Who wants to even think about that on Christmas? Another pathetic loser ruins the lives of much better people. Don’t want to talk about that. Then there’s the horrendous event in Spruce Grove, ...

Left Over: Just Woke Up….

I know it’s been a long, long time since I posted..I’ve been in shock for so many  weeks now,  just  sort of  coming out of it  a bit..but instead of nattering on and on about what a ho… Source: Just Woke Up….

Left Over: Just Woke Up….

I know it’s been a long, long time since I posted..I’ve been in shock for so many  weeks now,  just  sort of  coming out of it  a bit..but instead of nattering on and on about what a horrible scary year it  has been I’d like to take this opportunity to  thank those of you  who ...

Parchment in the Fire: Italy Needs Expansionary Fiscal Policy to Escape Six-Year Recession

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18005:Italy-Needs-Expansionary-Fiscal-Policy-to-Escape-Six-Year-Recession Filed under: Uncategorized

Excited Delirium: Should we have a carbon tax or end carbon deductions?

We allow businesses to deduct carbon while punishing those that don’t with regressive carbon taxes. Why? Why not just put an end to carbon deduction with taxes?