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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Jim Hightower argues that there’s no reason the U.S. can’t develop an economic model which leads to shared prosperity – and the ideas are no less relevant in Canada:Take On Wall Street is both the name and th… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Jim Hightower argues that there’s no reason the U.S. can’t develop an economic model which leads to shared prosperity – and the ideas are no less relevant in Canada:

Take On Wall Street is both the name and the feisty attitude of a nationwide campaign that a coalition of grassroots groups has launched to do just that: take on Wall Street. The coalition, spearheaded by the Communication Workers of America, points out there is nothing natural or sacred about today’s money-grabbing financial complex. Far from sacrosanct, the system of finance that now rules over us has been designed by and for Wall Street speculators, money managers and big bank flimflammers. So, big surprise, rather than serving our common good, the system is corrupt, routinely serving their uncommon greed at everyone else’s expense.

The coalition’s structural reforms include:
1. Getting the corrupting cash of corporations and the superrich out of politics with an overturning of Citizens United v. FEC and providing a public system for financing America’s elections.

2. Stopping “too big to fail” banks from subsidizing their high-risk speculative gambling with the deposits of  ordinary customers. Make them choose to be a consumer bank or a casino, but not both.

3. Institute a tiny “Robin Hood tax” on Wall Street speculators to discourage their computerized gaming of the system, while also generating hundreds of billions of tax dollars to invest in America’s real economy.

4. Restore low-cost, convenient “postal banking” in our post offices to serve millions of Americans who’re now at the mercy of predatory payday lenders and check-cashing chains.

– Juliette Garside reports on the EU’s efforts to get the U.S. to agree to basic reporting to rein in offshore tax evasion. And Heather Long points out Joseph Stiglitz’ criticisms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as enriching corporations at the expense of citizens.

– Amy Maxmen notes that a non-profit system can develop new drugs far more affordably than the current corporate model – and without creating the expectation of windfall profits that currently underlies the pharmaceutical industry.

– Jordan Press offers a preview of a federal strategy for homeless veterans featuring rental subsidies and the building of targeted housing units – which leads only to the question of why the same plan wouldn’t be applied to address homelessness generally.

– Alan Shanoff comments on the many holes in Ontario’s employment standards (which are generally matched elsewhere as well).

– Finally, Dougald Lamont highlights the many ways in which the Fraser Institute’s anti-tax spin misleads the media about how citizens relate to Canadian governments.

[Edit: fixed wording.] . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cenotaphs and Veterans #nlpoli

The Town of Placentia has a new cenotaph.Here’s how the Southern Gazette writer described the new monument:  “The Cenotaph is a tribute to those from all the current and former communities of Placentia Bay who served in the First World War, S… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cenotaphs and Veterans #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cenotaphs and Veterans #nlpoli

The Town of Placentia has a new cenotaph.Here’s how the Southern Gazette writer described the new monument:  “The Cenotaph is a tribute to those from all the current and former communities of Placentia Bay who served in the First World War, S… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cenotaphs and Veterans #nlpoli

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Andrew Jackson discusses a few of the choices the Trudeau Libs need to get right in order to actually set Canada on a more progressive fiscal path: Progressives who worry about growing income inequality will note two key features of the new government’s tax plans. First, the plan . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Left Over: Justin Case You Forgot the Seniors…

Justin Trudeau answers B.C. voter’s widely shared Facebook letter Casandra Effe wrote to Trudeau with top 10 things she hopes he’ll do as future PM

CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2015 10:50 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 24, 2015 11:17 AM ET

http://www.liberal.ca/realchange/

 

I went to the site, very . . . → Read More: Left Over: Justin Case You Forgot the Seniors…

Left Over: Justin Case You Forgot the Seniors…

Justin Trudeau answers B.C. voter’s widely shared Facebook letter Casandra Effe wrote to Trudeau with top 10 things she hopes he’ll do as future PM

CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2015 10:50 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 24, 2015 11:17 AM ET

http://www.liberal.ca/realchange/

 

I went to the site, very . . . → Read More: Left Over: Justin Case You Forgot the Seniors…

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Thomas Walkom discusses how Canadian workers are feeling the pain of decades of policy designed to suppress wages – and notes there’s plenty more all parties should be doing to change that reality. And Doug Saunders points out what we should want our next federal government to pursue . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Michael Hurley and Sam Gindin discuss the need for workers to organize to reverse the trend of precarious work, while the Star recognizes that the work is already well underway. PressProgress highlights the benefits of joining a union, while Tom Sandborn offers a to-do list for people . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a group of foreign event logistics consultants while travelling abroad (Government of Canada photo). Below: Pierre Trudeau does suppressed fury the right way; Mr. Harper does it with considerably less appeal. Clearly, the continuing uproar about Stephen Harper’s “event logistics team members” tells us something fundamental about the increasingly . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Most Powerful Symbol You Will See This Election

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Most Powerful Symbol You Will See This Election

ParliamANT Hill: Terrorism suspects ‘probably’ on RCMP’s list, public safety minister says

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/steven-blaney-says-arrests-of-terrorism-suspects-reinforce-how-secure-we-can-feel-1.2900419 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: Terrorism suspects ‘probably’ on RCMP’s list, public safety minister says

ParliamANT Hill: Terrorism suspects ‘probably’ on RCMP’s list, public safety minister says

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/steven-blaney-says-arrests-of-terrorism-suspects-reinforce-how-secure-we-can-feel-1.2900419

ParliamANT Hill: New VeterAnts Affairs minister cuts off veterAnts’ advocates from advisory role

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.hilltimes.com/news/news/2015/01/12/new-veterans-affairs-minister-cuts-off-veterans-advocates-from-advisory-role-blais/40679 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: New VeterAnts Affairs minister cuts off veterAnts’ advocates from advisory role

ParliamANT Hill: New VeterAnts Affairs minister cuts off veterAnts’ advocates from advisory role

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.hilltimes.com/news/news/2015/01/12/new-veterans-affairs-minister-cuts-off-veterans-advocates-from-advisory-role-blais/40679

The Progressive Right: Canada’s Veterans Still Need Protection from Conservatives ( #cdnpoli )

Canada’s veterans rejoiced when Julian Fantino was finally booted from Veterans Affairs on January 5.
Mr. Fantino was replaced by Durham Conservative MP, Erin O’Toole. Ostensibly, a sound pick – a former RCAF officer.
Someone with such a background, you’d think would bring a sympathetic ear to what veterans need.
You would be forgiven if you had forgotten that O’Toole fully parroted Julian Fantino’s hard line stance against honouring veterans benefits at every turn – fully endorsing the government’s inaction in the care of Canada’s veterans.

You would argue that it was up to O’Toole to simply toe the party line and publicly support the previous minister.

You would hope his first act would have been to set a new course and a new direction for the troubled ministry.

Well, you’d be disappointed.

The new minister has decided not to listen to certain veterans advocacy groups – especially, it seems, if they do not follow the party line that everything is fine with Veterans Affairs.

Mike Blais, who helped launch Canadian Veterans Advocacy in 2011 to advocate for veterans and serving Canadian Forces members who did combat tours in Afghanistan and their families, told The Hill Times that Mr. O’Toole (Durham, Ont.) gave the bad news [that it is no longer a stakeholder adviser to the Veterans Affairs department] in a voicemail he left on Mr. Blais’ phone service Jan. 7. [Hill Times]

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Previously:

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The Progressive Right: Canada’s Veterans Still Need Protection from Conservatives ( #cdnpoli )

Canada’s veterans rejoiced when Julian Fantino was finally booted from Veterans Affairs on January 5. Mr. Fantino was replaced by Durham Conservative MP, Erin O’Toole. Ostensibly, a sound pick – a former RCAF officer. Someone with such a background, you’d think would bring a sympathetic ear to what veterans need. You would be forgiven . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Canada’s Veterans Still Need Protection from Conservatives ( #cdnpoli )

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Stephen Burgen reports on Thomas Piketty’s view that it’s long past time for voters to have anti-austerity options where none existed in the past. And along similar lines, Murray Dobbin sets out the stark choice facing Canadians: Canadians will have to continue to watch their Scandinavian neighbours use . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

ParliamANT Hill: JuliAnt F’Antino out as veterAnts affairs minister

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/julian-fantino-out-as-veterans-affairs-minister-1.2889977 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: JuliAnt F’Antino out as veterAnts affairs minister

ParliamANT Hill: JuliAnt F’Antino out as veterAnts affairs minister

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/julian-fantino-out-as-veterans-affairs-minister-1.2889977

The Progressive Right: Veterans Need Protection from Conservatives, Part One Thousand ( #cdnpoli )

Conservatives have continuously let down veterans since coming to power.We’ve since learned that the Conservative Party let $1.1 billion (with a ‘B’) lapse in veteran funding. Essentially, Veterans Affairs had $1.1 billion budgeted to spend on veterans… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Veterans Need Protection from Conservatives, Part One Thousand ( #cdnpoli )

The Progressive Right: Veterans Need Protection from Conservatives, Part One Thousand ( #cdnpoli )

Conservatives have continuously let down veterans since coming to power.

We’ve since learned that the Conservative Party let $1.1 billion (with a ‘B’) lapse in veteran funding. Essentially, Veterans Affairs had $1.1 billion budgeted to spend on veterans’ programs and the ministry did not spend it. Simply put – the demand for services was . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Veterans Need Protection from Conservatives, Part One Thousand ( #cdnpoli )

Scott's DiaTribes: Internal CPC polling on Veterans Affairs issues must be terrible.

If the Conservative government – led by Harper in Question Period no less – has now decided they’re going to try to blame the Liberals for the current mess in Veteran Affairs (led by their mess of a minister Fantino), polling and reaction to their current shabby treatment of Veterans must be pretty bad.

Their . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Internal CPC polling on Veterans Affairs issues must be terrible.

ParliamANT Hill: Overseas war graves neglected, Veterants Affairs review finds

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/overseas-war-graves-neglected-veterans-affairs-review-finds-1.2860088 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: Overseas war graves neglected, Veterants Affairs review finds

ParliamANT Hill: Overseas war graves neglected, Veterants Affairs review finds

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/overseas-war-graves-neglected-veterans-affairs-review-finds-1.2860088