The Disaffected Lib: Congratulations, Donald. One Month and Counting.

Dear Donnie: It hardly seems like you were sworn into office a month ago. Hard to believe. It seems like so much longer. Who can forget your predecessor, Barack “No Drama” Obama? Boy you sure have made him look good, no great, very, very great. I hope you’ve learned a lot from your first month. ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Finally a brunch that’s more lunch than breakfast

As faithful readers will know, I’m a regular at the Parliamentary Restaurant’s now near-weekly (they need the revenue, I think) open to the masses Friday buffet brunches. And if I have one regular complaint, it’s that these brunches are often more breakfast than lunch. And for me, that’s an issue. I’m a lunch guy. I ...

The Wandering Joe: Keeping up with the Torys

It’s been a few years since I’ve written anything about John Tory, so I figured I would take a break from stressing over the decline of Civilization into anarchy and check in on him. Before we look at Toronto of today, lets look at what I last had to say about him. At the time ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget: Bearing Witness

In my view, this next story has absolutely no redemptive value. Nothing good emerges from such a grievous, historic injustice. And there can be no redemptive value in a recantation rendered when approaching the end of life. Yet despite, or perhaps because of, its ugliness, it is important for all of us to bear witness. ...

Northern Reflections: Fragile Egos And Political Power

  I have been dumbfounded by Donald Trump’s supporters. If the polls are correct, about 35% of Americans believe Trump can get and do nothing wrong. That conclusion is obviously contrary to the facts. Joan Smith, writing in The Guardian, has an explanation: The 45th president of the US invited on stage a man who ...

Montreal Simon: How Can We Get Rid Of Donald Trump?

Donald Trump has now been president for a full month, and already his presidency seems to be falling apart.His ratings are falling like a stone, psychiatrists can't decide whether he's mentally ill or just senile.And the Swedes are wondering what he's been smoking. So the obvious question is, how can we get rid of him?Read more ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race Descends Into Farce

I didn't watch the latest Con leadership debate in Vancouver yesterday afternoon, for two very good reasons.One, I couldn't find it on any TV channel I get, or anywhere on the dark internet. And two, it was too nice and warm outside to waste even an hour of my life.Which turned out to be a good ...

Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminist Quote of the Day – Humble Kitten – “Men Will Always Hurt Women”

Today’s Radical Feminist insight comes from Humble Kitten, reminding us that dudes will be dudes in whatever form they happen to come in. http://humblekitten.tumblr.com/post/141841110130/males-will-always-hurt-women-always-the-new-push Filed under: Gender Issues, Radical Feminism Tagged: Dudes, Gender Critical Feminism, Identity Politics, Patrarchy, Radical Feminism

Things Are Good: How a Better World Can Come from Supply Chain Management

The Canadian organization Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE) just released a report on how supply chain management can help promote and enforce human rights. Some countries legally require companies to report the status of human rights and any liabilities that may stem from neglect or worse. Canada, however, does not. SHARE has looked ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Watch out, the bigots are out.

The problem for the pundits today is the presence of bigots in the Conservative Party. They are not the majority. They are barely a faction. They exist. They hurt the cause. They are something of a wild card. But some of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership will cater to this faction. It hardly ...

Democracy Under Fire: So………!

So….. Have you noticed how Ontario Premier Wynne always starts a response to a difficult question in a particular way? So…… Have you also noticed how the answer is invariably a predetermined, canned, non answer to the question asked? So……. at first I thought it to just be a strange habit of Wynnes speech but ...

wmtc: aswan: welcome home

Right now I am on the glorious roof patio of Bet El-Kerem, a Nubian guesthouse in Aswan. I’m sitting under a huge bamboo roof surrounded by beautiful fabrics on the couches and tables. We’re on a hill, and to my right is a view of the Nile, and the city of Aswan beyond, and in ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Tory Race #nlpoli

Ches Crosbie announced last week he is going to take another shot at entering the family business. The son of former Mulroney cabinet minister John Crosbie will spend some time travelling the province, getting to know provincial Conservatives and building a campaign for the party leadership in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ches, whose grandfather was a ...

wmtc: luxor to aswan

Several readers have commented on the degree of detail in my posts. I realize that this is more than many people want to read. That’s fine with me. I write these travel logs mainly for myself. I have kept a travel diary of every trip I’ve taken since graduating university. I used to write them ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: CBC confused by repetition of decade-old hospital promise #nlpoli

Maybe the poor folks at CBC were just confused. Heaven knows it can be confusing with all the announcements of the hospital in Corner Brook since 2007. “Price tag missing,”  the headline screamed, “as Corner Brook hospital finally gets green light.” The price tag should be missing because… wait for it… the government didn’t give ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Repost: The Great Family Day Debate of 1989

[This post was originally published on Feb. 16, 2010] The annual Family Day long-weekend is something that many Albertans look forward to. The many Albertans who take for granted the holiday on the third Monday of February may be surprised to know that the idea of creating Family Day was incredibly controversial when it was first introduced in 1989. ...

Alberta Politics: Are non-Albertans who FRWN on progress behind many of the online threats against Premier Rachel Notley?

PHOTOS: Part of the uninspiring, sometimes troubling, field of Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates. Their names? Frankly, it’s too much work to note them all down (CBC photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Stephen Harper (CBC). Is a disengaged and demoralized ...

Views from the Beltline: Islamophobia—what’s in a word?

Words don’t always mean what they say. For example, anti-Semitism says “against Semites,” but it means “against Jews,” who actually only make up a small part of the Semite community. Yet confusion never arises because the word has become so firmly established as meaning anti-Jew. That is not the case with the word “Islamophobia,” defined ...

Stop the Insanity: Truth About Ukraine

We should all know by now that the MSM is not what it is supposed to be. They are either not reporting at all on some issues, or they put a bias on it that distorts or suppresses the real facts of the case. Here is some solid info that I came across today that ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Islamophobia: The Word Matters

Wouldn’t it be lovely if the Conservatives, who pride themselves on their ability to run the federal government like a corporation, would issue a corporate-style FAQ to explain why their anti-discrimination motion is superior to the anti-Islamophobia motion recently tabled by the Liberals. If they did, it might look something like this…okay, you’re right, it ...

Ken Chapman: Erosion of Trust in Institutions is a Danger to Democracy

The Edleman Trust Barometer for 2017 is very telling and the findings are most disturbing.  Richard Edleman, the President and CEO of Edleman opens the report, speaking of 2016, by saying “It has been a year of unimaginable upheaval.” His context is clear.  He notes incumbent or elected heads in 5 of the top 10 ...

The Disaffected Lib: Hey, Sal. This One’s For You.

For our friend, the Salamander. Here’s your namesake, the biggest of them all.

The Disaffected Lib: The Best Weapon to Fight Right Wing Populism – Progressive Populism From the Left

The era of Everyday Low Taxes, especially for corporations and the rich, has brought us low. Why, in a piece on rightwing populism did I open with a line about taxes? It’s because we have to get out from under ill-conceived tax policies that have fueled inequality and social unrest now being exploited by rightwing populists. You ...

Cathie from Canada: In from the cold — refugees walking to Canada

Canada now is accepting the tired, the poor, the wretched refuse, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. And isn’t it great that we can do this.I know there are inevitably some Canadians who will be “outraged” about the refugee stories we are now hearing about along the world’s longest undefended border.  I’m so glad ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 7: Horror in Sweden?

Doesn’t it seem like weeks ago that Justin Trudeau visited Donald Trump? It was the story on this side of the border for days. But Trudeau had barely lifted off from Washington and his visit was forgotten, overwhelmed by a tsunami of terrible Trump news. But let’s briefly look back on the Trump-Trudeau visit, which ...