Morton's Musings: Role of Trial Judge: Nelson (City) v. Mowatt, 2017 SCC 8

It is not the role of appellate courts to second‑guess the weight to be assigned to the various items of evidence. Absent palpable and overriding error — that is, absent an error that is plainly seen and has affected the result — an appellate court may not upset a fact‑finder’s findings of fact.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: U-Pass A Roaring Success

*takes a slight bow* Success of U-Pass brings changes to Regina's transit system https://t.co/mYprbKZTwA #yqrcc — Craig Baird (@CraigBaird) February 16, 2017 Now we have to order buses. Now! .@CraigBaird If #YQRcc @CityofRegina @astevensward3 @JoelMurrayWard6 don't order buses now, won't have new ones for more riders until 2018! — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 16, 2017

Wise Law Blog: Applying the Bardal Factors

BY GARRY J. WISE AND RACHEL SPENCE The innovative, former president of CanLii, Colin Lachance, recently acquired the iconic Maritime Law Book, and it appears that he is well on his way to continuing to revolutionize Canada’s legal information, publication and research industries. He recently launched “Bardal Factors,” a beta version of a possible, future ...

Politics and its Discontents: As Canadians, This Should Profoundly Disgust All Of Us

All this over a motion, a mere House statement, that has no force in law. The Liberal MP who tabled an anti-Islamophobia motion says she has been inundated with hate mail and death threats. Mississauga, Ont. MP Iqra Khalid told the House of Commons Thursday she received more than 50,000 emails in response to M-103, ...

Northern Reflections: He’s In The Twilight Zone

  Donald Trump’s press conference yesterday was surreal. He spent a minute announcing his new choice for Secretary of Labor and then spent the next seventy-eight minutes lambasting the press and the intelligence community for doing in his national security advisor, Mike Flynn. Michael Harris writes: This is where the alternate universe stuff kicks in. ...

Warren Kinsella: Toronto Star wins front page headline of the day

I’ve checked out quite a few, in the US and UK. The Star has the best headline, seen here below the fold.  Good thing we got this guy, instead of Hillary with all her emails!

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – J.S Bach – Badinerie, BWV 1067

The four orchestral suites (called ouvertures by their author), BWV 1066–1069 are four suites by Johann Sebastian Bach. The name ouverture refers only in part to the opening movement in the style of the French overture, in which a majestic opening section in relatively slow dotted-note rhythm in duple meter is followed by a fast ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: One man’s tweak.

Maybe we can just tweak this situation while discussing the twits who Twitter. And why does Donald Trump’s White House menagerie remind us of that awful daytime TV serial, The Young and the Restless? Quickly though, before the next episode in this ongoing saga, did you cotton on to Donald Trump’s strategy with Prime Minister ...

Montreal Simon: The Sad Fate of the Bigot Harper Party

This is how the Cons would like us to imagine them. As the kind of party that would send out a Valentine card like that one.Inviting us to bee their friends.But of course, the Cons and the truth don't go as well together as honey and peanut butter.And this is who they really are.Read more ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Mythical Golden Age of Newfoundland News #nlpoli

Ray Guy, on the endless search for truth in local newsrooms (circa 1974): Sometimes you get the feeling that the newsrooms of the city are as divorced from reality as the earth is distant from the sun. Their almost exclusive stock-in-trade has become the reports of speeches, seminars, election campaigns, council meetings, legislative shenanigans, endless press ...

The Disaffected Lib: Why Liberals Are Wrong About Trump

In case you missed it, this has gone viral. Worth a look.

Alberta Politics: Canada’s Conservative Party, a once-great national organization, is being overwhelmed by its own extremists

PHOTOS: Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, a hard-working and talented former Edmonton Transit bus driver. Below: Alberta Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason, a hard-working and talented former Edmonton Transit bus driver. Mr. Sohi, a Liberal, and Mr. Mason, a New Democrat, are both used to cheap conservative shots about their former job. Also, federal Heritage Minister ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Coming Soon: By-elections in Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore

Two by-elections could be called in the federal ridings of Calgary-Heritage and Calgary-Midnapore in a matter of days. The by-elections must be called in Calgary-Heritage by February 25, 2017 and in Calgary-Midnapore no later than March 22, 2017 but it is expected that they could be called at the same time as a required by-election in Ottawa-Vanier, which must be called ...

wmtc: luxor: the trouble with taxis

A guest post from Allan: Laura has mentioned some of our troubles with our various taxi drivers in Luxor. She has not wanted to get into too much detail, but she thought a guest post on the subject would be a good idea. So I’ll be the one giving you way too much information. In ...

The Political Road Map: The Religious Left – Mathew 22:21

It is the evening of Thursday February 16th and at midnight I will begin the celebration of my 3rd decade on this planet. While I look to the future with caution, I cannot help but look toward the past and see how much I have changed along with my surroundings. The Religious Right is a ...

DeSmogBlog: It’s High Time For Canada to Address First Nations’ Water Woes

Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. “We’re over 20 years already where our people haven’t been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes,” Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias told CBC News in 2015. Their water issues have yet to ...

The Disaffected Lib: Trump’s Cabinet Looking Like the Afghan National Army

Only the Afghan government has an excuse – they haven’t got enough money to pay the troops. No wonder the enlistment/desertion system operates like a turnstile. What’s Trump’s excuse? First his nominee for labour secretary bails out, apparently fearful of the grilling he faced during his confirmation hearings. Trump’s national security adviser is either fired ...

The Canadian Progressive: 10 Members of President’s Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders resign in protest of President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies

Ten members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders just resigned in protest of President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and animosity towards person of colour in the United States. The post 10 Members of President’s Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders resign in protest of President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies appeared first ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Jonathan Charlton interviews Danielle Martin about the health benefits of eliminating poverty. And the Equality Trust studies expenditures by household income level, finding among other areas of gross inequality that the rich are able to spend more on restaurants than the poor are able to put toward ...

The Disaffected Lib: Dissecting Trump’s Shady Past.

American Interest’s James S. Henry exposes the American president’s lengthy history of cozying up to affluent Russian thugs: Fortunately, for those of us who are curious about Trump’s Russian connections, there is another readily accessible body of material that has so far received surprisingly little attention. This suggests that whatever the nature of President-elect Donald Trump’s ...

In This Corner: This is on you, American voters

Sixty two million, nine hundred and seventy nine thousand, eight hundred and seventy nine. That’s how many people voted for Donald Trump. And that’s how many people should be looking at themselves in the mirror and saying “What the #@*% was I THINKING?” Yes, you 62,979,879, this is on you. Sure, you can blame Hillary ...

Warren Kinsella: Highly Scientific Poll™: what about that Unpresident presser?

It was wild! It was wooly! Vote before I go on CITY-TV to talk about it!  .@realDonaldTrump is: — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) February 16, 2017

Politics and its Discontents: The Mad Hatter Holds A News Conference

This has to be seen to be believed. Mendacity AND an alternative universe: two for the price of one. Recommend this Post

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: It Feels Good to Know People are Listening

I was excited to receive two compliments on my blog this week. The first is from Drive DeVilbiss Health Care – they honoured me by listing The Caregivers’ Living Room as a ‘Top Caregiver Blog’. And Stairlifts Reviews listed The Caregivers’ Living Room as one of the 100 Best Caregiving Blogs. Thank you for listening, for ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Brad Wall’s choice to cover up the truth behind the Saskatchewan Party’s Global Transportation Hub scandal – and the most plausible (if still inadequate) explanations for that decision. For further reading…– Again, the latest public revelation was Geoff Leo’s reporting of political pressure to pay inflated prices for land. And Leo also reported ...