Fantino "explains" government budgeting

So it has been revealed that Veterans Affairs had $1.1 billion dollars in unused funding over seven years. Now Veterans Affairs minister Julian Fantino is claiming that the Harper Con’s “balanced” budgets where not achieved at the expense of our... Read More

The question of the Fall of 2014 (finally)

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Ferguson waits

Decision day in Ferguson will be Monday at the earliest | Toronto Star: “We’re living under a governor’s declared State of Emergency, we’re facing school closures, and we’ve got enough extra law enforcement here to make us all feel like... Read More

Keystone XL: Don’t Build It For Canada

A new poll, basically confirming what a lot of older polls suggested:Canadians are more likely to oppose (44%) than support (36%) the Keystone XL energy pipeline, while 20% have a neutral opinion. The opposite is true on the other side... Read More

Model S Tesla Car in Regina

Last month James took me for a spin in an electric Rav 4. This week it was the sporty and futuristic Model S by independent car company Tesla. ... Read More

Eight reasons children of the Seventies should all be dead

This is brilliant. It made me laugh so hard, I fell off my Earth Shoes, knocked over a stack of eight track tapes, and wrecked my Farrah Fawcett poster collection. Brilliant. ... Read More

And here we thought LSD wasn’t readily available in China

‘Chick Chick’ (natch) by Chinese pop group Wang Rong Rollin. Wow. Just, wow. ... Read More

Obama just ensured the next occupant of the White House is a Democrat

American conservatives, like some Canadian conservatives, are apparently unaware that the country is changing under their feet.Obama’s move is a masterstroke, and the following paragraphs demonstrate why: “Republicans are in a bind over immigration: the U.S. electorate is rapidly becoming... Read More

Gruending On Mining

The CNCA [Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability]  brief also referred to a systematic pattern of Indigenous and human rights abuses that have accompanied increased Canadian mining activity. It cited a report presented to the IACHR Commission last year by the... Read More

Wearable tech

Forget the eye glasses, the arm band, the watch, the ring. What I want is a smartphone in a narrow stick about 18″ long, and I want the controls to be based on gestures (moving the stick through the air)... Read More

In Friday’s Sun: respect

Canada is more than “a confederation of shopping centres,” Pierre Trudeau once said, decrying the narrow agendas of provincial Premiers. It is more than that. It has to be more than that. In Trudeau’s view – and I believe he... Read More

Mike Nichols, RIP

As my Calgary high co-conspirators Lee G. Hill and Dan Nearing would tell you, The Graduate was always my favourite.  RIP, a great visionary. ... Read More

Dennis Mills in the Globe, on that rumour thing

Mr. Kinsella said in an email Wednesday that a number of senior Liberal party members have urged him to seek a nomination and to run in the 2015 election. Among them, he said, is Dennis Mills ,who held Toronto-Danforth for... Read More

About that rumour: three questions

1. Have some folks suggested I offer myself up as a Liberal candidate in the next federal dust-up? Yep. 2. Am I a candidate for anything yet? Nope. 3. Should I become a candidate? Well, there’s a few strongly-held opinions on that.... Read More

Constitutional Challenge By Anti-Wind NIMBYS Is A Desperate Hail Mary

All they can point to in regards to negative health effects is “annoyance”: some folks find the presence of wind farms annoying.  And being annoyed all the time is, generally speaking, detrimental to your health. The problem is people can... Read More

God Save Justin Trudeau: the fight

I haven’t seen the film, but Ashley Csanady (I love her name, it’s like a Pynchon character’s name) and she has a hilarious review of it, here. Personally, I think the Trudeau-Brazeau match was really, really important.  Inspired by Csanady,... Read More

Forget Mount Rushmore: Richard Nixon’s last laugh

Richard Nixon laid backRichard Nixon resigned in disgrace, after his Watergate tapes had shown the public just what kind of a man he was. Despite his claim that I am not a crook!, most believed he lied to the Congress,... Read More

Why didn’t the NDP’s Craig Scott, a lawyer, report a crime?

Quote: “Craig Scott, a New Democrat MP and former law professor, said to the Liberals that what he was told happened to one of his female colleagues could be defined as an alleged sexual assault, multiple sources have told The... Read More

Key factoids about Whitby-Oshawa, plus a handy chart

Conservative folks are sounding pretty cocky, this morning, but they shouldn’t be.  They are, after all, the folks who: Saw a two-term Whitby mayor in a tough fight with a total newcomer to politics Were in a pitched battle in a... Read More

In Tuesday’s Sun: by-elections don’t matter, except when they do

Everyone knows that (a) election outcomes are notoriously difficult to predict, these days, and that (b) by-election outcomes don’t mean much, if anything. However, those caveats aside, let’s have some fun and (a) recklessly predict some election outcomes and (b)... Read More