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This picture of us was taken just months before he was killed on a snowy B.C. highway. His obituary from the local paper, so many years ago today:
J. E. Goertzen
Driver for D. and D. Transport, Chilliwack, Jacob Ernest Goertzen of 9095 Sunset Drive died December 5 in Vavenby near Kamloops in a highway accident. Pastor George Groening, assisted by Rev. Abram Peters, will officiate at the funeral service December 10 at 2 p.m. in Eden Mennonite Church.
Pallbearers will be Ernest J. Goertzen, Franz A. Goertzen, Werner Bartel, Alvin Epp, Peter Neumann and John Epp. Woodlawn Chilliwack (Read more…)
In reading Karl Polanyi’s 1944 classic, The Great Transformation, I’ve come across some passages regarding the persistence of the doctrines of economic liberalism (what we would today refer to as neo-liberalism) despite the onset of economic crisis. Despite being written almost 70 years ago, it sounds like it could have been written today:
‘Secular tenets of social organization embracing the whole civilized world are not disloged by the events of a decade. Both in Great Britain and in the United States millions of independent business units derived their existnce from the principle of laissez-faire. Its spectacular failure in one (Read more…)
If you defended Rob Ford during his election campaign in 2010, I would have simply said you made a mistake. His angry outbursts against the media, and his ridiculous comments about bike lanes placed him firmly in my political opponents category then. Plus he had a history of drunk driving by that point in his life.
It’s now 3 years later, and he’s admitted to smoking crack and being an angry, drunk driving, alcoholic. If you’re still defending the man as recently as this past Summer, or last month, you’re making a big mistake.
Today, you have even more egg (Read more…)
BC-based conservation group Pacific Wild deploys stunning imagery to help protect the Great Bear Rainforest from the impacts of logging, salmon farms and, in recent years, proposed oil tanker traffic. Through the world-class photography of founder Ian McAllister and by coordinating visits from filmmakers and photographers from around the world, the organization has helped put the region and threats to its future on the map.
But it’s a leading-edge videography program developed over the past few years that presents the greatest potential to share the wonders of the Great Bear Rainforest with the world. By positioning remotely operated cameras amongst (Read more…)
Sometimes the government and its contract health providers just don’t know where to draw the line between fiscal responsibility and simply being cheap. Nobody respects a cheapskate except for other cheapskates. Already saving a bundle by whisking patients out of … Continue reading →
Hopefully Kingston Mayor Mark Gerretsen made some phone calls yesterday. Having met with unionized staff members from Frontenac Community Mental Health and Addictions Services, he expressed concern about a potential strike tomorrow (Wednesday) that will impact directly upon the municipality … Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – A former Harper government appointee used a keynote speech at a Washington event Monday to trample Canadian authorities’ message on oil pipelines while describing the country as an environmental “rogue state.”
Mark Jaccard became one of the first people nominated by the Conservatives to the environmental file when he was named in 2006 to the federal government’s now-defunct National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.
Seven years later, the environmental economist delivered a lengthy rebuke of Canada’s climate-change performance at Monday’s event while the Obama administration grapples with whether to approve the Alberta-U.S. pipeline.
Reblogged from Contentious Politics in an Age of Austerity:
Cristina Flesher Fominaya
During the Global Justice Movement the constant refrain in Madrid’s movement network was how to break out of the activist ghetto, how to reach out to the people on the streets. With 15-M it seems those dreams were fulfilled beyond our wildest imaginings. And yet…I recently attended a protest against corruption in Madrid. Everyone in Spain, and I mean everyone, is aware of the corruption scandals that have rocked the PP, and also now two of the large unions, added to which are scandals involving the royal (Read more…)
Reblogged from Shadows of Tender Fury:
Mark Bergfeld has penned an insightful review of “Marxism and Social Movements” (Brill, 2013) in the latest issue of Oxford Left Review. The text is reproduced below, courtesty of the author.
Colin Barker et al – Marxism and Social Movements
There has been much talk of the return of Marx since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Yet many radicals argue that “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism”.
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Just in case we waver and forget how the base Conservative actually views those of us who have eschewed organised religion: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/seasons-greetings—-even-to-infidel-atheists-pallister-234034381.html Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says he didn’t mean to offend anyone last week when he wished everyone, including “infidel atheists,” the best of the holiday season… “I’m always disappointed when people misrepresent the […]
During the November meeting of the Canadian Health Professional Secretariat, our colleagues in British Columbia let us know that they are seeing increasing numbers of health professionals migrate there from Ontario. It’s not surprising given austerity appears to be biting … Continue reading →
Watched most of “The Debt” [8/10] and would watch the rest later if it was convenient to do so. It’s about spies in East Germany attempting to kidnap a Nazi. The plan goes wrong.
Surely there’s a better solution than to just shut down the Heinz plant in Leamington. Some thoughts on the road we should follow.
It’s the things that go wrong in the health system that often preoccupy us. While we frequently look for big answers, it is often in the everyday efforts that real change is taking place. In the past we have seen … Continue reading →
Had a blast on Todd van der Heyden’s show this afternoon with NDP’er Rebecca Blaikie and one of the nicest Tories around, Michael Taube.
We start talking about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s by-election night comments around the 7 minute mark. I mention Wilfred Laurier shortly thereafter.
Clip can be found here.
The G20 scandal just got broader. Besides Canadian police massively violating protester’s rights, the NSA appears to have been assisted by CSEC to illegally spy on Canadians in Ontario for the G20.
Canada Defence Min declines to answer question from NDP about CBC report on NSA/G20 surveillance— Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) November 28, 2013
Nicholson won't comment on foreign intelligence activities. He says CSEC prohibited from spying on Cdns.. won't say if they did or didn't.— Michael Den Tandt (@mdentandt) November 28, 2013
Remember the Fake Lake? Maybe it was a giant cover for an underwater spy base? No, of (Read more…)
Conservatives are stalling, as they have been for nearly 8 years on both Senate reform and climate change action.
.@mikedesouza Only 7 years ago the Made In Canada plan for CO2 was promised to Canadians. Conservatives only kick the can. #climatechange— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 28, 2013
Aglukkaq: Canada not ready to introduce oil and gas regulations to reduce GHGs #cdnpoli— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) November 28, 2013
Aglukkaq unable 2 answer question about whether other sectors will have 2 do greater reductions 2 compensate for rising oil & gas pollution— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) November (Read more…)
When Health Minister Deb Matthews spoke at the closing of this year’s Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) HealthAchieve, the hall was two-thirds empty. Only two days before there was standing room only for Canadian astronaut Chris Hatfield. Attendance at the final morning … Continue reading →
Watching Rob Ford in the recent weeks reminds me of what John Ralston Saul once wrote of Benito Mussolini and his contemporary reincarnation in Silvio Berlusconi: “He was the nascent modern Heroic leader. Mussolini combined the interests of corporatism with public relations and sport, while replacing public debate and citizen participation with false populism and the illusion of direct democracy.”
Unlike Berlusconi, who was able to harness his media empire to pump his message (Forza Italia!), Ford has been enabled by private media interests, being served up public soap boxes like talk radio shows to the one-show stint (Read more…)
It’s worth remembering that marketers should not drive scientific research. Cigarettes are dangerous? We’d better make them appear less dangerous so they will still sell. I know, let’s filter the smoke. This fibre seems to do some filtering, or at least we can convince people of that. Wait, what’s the fibre? Asbestos.
== Link dump:
What Saskatchewan and Canada should do with oil wealth.
Something other than oil would be nice.
SK Climate Hearings talked about some of these solutions.
In a perfect world hospitals would be publicly funded to meet the health needs of their communities. That would be it. When the government started talking about funding reform, the thinking was that at last we would be moving closer … Continue reading →
Tragic fire from space.
Check out Mars in great detail.
More link dumping: -Teach your kid how to share.
An excellent list of free programs, and ones you cannot trust. Opt out of PRISM. Join your friends in a prism-break. -Send messages encrypted “OTR”.
-Journalism’s slide into working for the man.
-Why Peace is Possible. An actually amazing video about a new way to think of peace. Paul K Chappell is worth learning from.
Just a quick post on something that’s occurred to me about the Senate/PMO implosion. Does anyone really believe that with RCMP indictments being handed out to everyone around him that a control freak like Darth Prime Minister Harper wasn’t aware of what was happening? Besides which, if his staff members were keeping him in […]
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