It is on… apparently

With the new round of polls in the hopper and the NDP surge from their surprising provincial victory in Alberta quantified, if it didn’t before, it looks like the national election campaigns are firmly up and running for the three... Read More

Web Publishing for All! Introducing Community Translator Tools

Publishing tools for everyone Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We... Read More

The Debate About the Debates

“Pick your battles” is a wise adage for life, especially in the intensely competitive and adversarial arena that is politics. That is why we have a certain tolerance and even admiration for leaders who display this wisdom in their campaign... Read More

“It’s real – get over it”

So says ipolitics (pay wall), referring to the NDP surge that was confirmed this week by polls released by EKOS and by other groups. They go on to demonstrate that, while NDP numbers jumped dramatically with the recent Alberta provincial election... Read More

Street Photography: Seven Photos

It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of... Read More

THE NDP WILL REINSTATE DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY

An NDP Government will cancel Canada Post’s plan to eliminatedoor-to-door mail delivery and will reinstate delivery in allcommunities affected by cuts announced in December 2013.”This is about fairness. The cuts to home delivery impact seniorsand persons living with disabilities the... Read More

Oil buck$

Playing around on the internet at lunch today, I came across a couple of interesting databases that confirm, at least visually, that we are a petro-economy. With data on the daily price of West Texas crude from the Federal Reserve... Read More

Let’s Give Green Energy $5.3 Trillion This Year

What fraction of a decade would it take to completely get off fossil fuels [oil, gas, coal] and create a post-carbon energy/transportation infrastructure if the clean, green energy sector were publicly subsidized at $10,000,000 per MINUTE, or $5,300,000,000,000 [yes, that’s... Read More

The magic number is 40%

#NDP #ABNDP Any single party that can get 40% of the electorate behind them wins. Federally or provincially. And the test isn’t just that they can, its that no other party can. This is why, sad and horrifying as the prospect is,... Read More

Polievre and the election wrinkle

It’s not exactly news that Stephen Harper and his merry band are willing to cut a few corners when it comes to getting democratically elected. It’s also probably not news that the party that has been found guilty on several... Read More

“If I could increase it, I would”

These are the words  of Tim Brown, CEO of Nestle Waters, responding when asked if Nestle would decrease the extraction of ground water to supply its California bottling operations. He would increase it if he could. He doesn’t see the... Read More

How to Hate Women

So, it turns out that if you and some of your single girl friends lament the lack of quality men in Vancouver, you may get attacked by anonymous men and women in the comments section of the Georgia Straight. Go... Read More

Why Are Drug Prices High?

Canadians now spend $34 billion per year on pharmaceuticals. That is almost a thousand dollars for every man, woman and child— considerably more than most citizens of other OECD countries spend on comparable or better drug plans. In New Zealand,... Read More

Pierre Polievre does it again…

I do, I really do. I try not to lose it. I try to keep it civil. I try to hold it together. But then this: Pierre Polievre is a fucking worm. ... Read More

Vote Together

I’m all in favour of voting your conscience. I’m all in favour of voting for the person who best will represent your riding. However, in the screwed up system that we currently have, your ballot gets used to determine both... Read More

NDP Support Pre-election 2011 Compared to 2015

Here is an interesting comparison between the NDP support 8-5 months before the election in 2011 compared to the same period now in 2015.Back in 2011, support was in the mid teens at this time and didn’t start to rise... Read More

Omar Khadr Update

The Supremes have just ruled that Omar Khadr should be tried as a juvenile for crimes he may have committed in Afghanistan. This is no surprise as Omar Khadr clearly  was under 18 years of age at the time of... Read More

A troubling picture

A just-published report  (enhanced pdf) containing new measurements of global sea-level rise has some troubling news – the rate of sea level increase has accelerated over the past twenty years. What I would argue is the most troubling is the increased precision... Read More

The MRA movement is the primal whimper of a bunch of pathetic inadequates

The psychology of anti-feminist men is absurdly simple and straight forward: they hate strong, confident, intelligent women because there is no way in hell they would ever meet the standards of such women and they wouldn’t know what to do... Read More

A simple question, unanswered

If the Trans Pacific Partnership is really the biggest game on the planet, why really is it okay to negotiate it in complete secrecy? Secrecy to the point that our elected representatives, who theoretically should have our best interests at... Read More