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Michael Harris On The Many Delusions of Jason Kenney

Montreal Simon - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 03:33

As we all know only too painfully, Jason Kenney is trying to reinvent himself as the Saviour of Alberta.

Even though he was born in Ontario, has spent the last twenty years in Ottawa, and couldn't save anything or anyone.

Including apparently HIMSELF.

For as we also know, he just got that other Ontario cowboy Stephen Harper to give his campaign a plug or a blessing...
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To serve and protect

Dawg's Blawg - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 16:02
…whom, exactly? American cops in Baton Rouge display their manliness. And I mean that without any sarcasm at all.... Dr.Dawg

According To Wood Harrelson, It's Simple

Politics and its Discontents - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 13:42
Unfortunately, thanks to the intractable and self-indulgent nature of far too many 'ordinary' people, it isn't.

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Sunday Morning Links

accidentaldeliberations - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 10:18
This and that for your Sunday reading.

- J. David Hughes discusses the ultimate problem with new pipeline construction, as it's incompatible with any reasonable effort to meet even Canada's existing commitments to rein in greenhouse gas emissions:
Under a scenario where Alberta’s oilsands emissions grow to its cap, and B.C.’s LNG industry is developed to the level planned, economic sectors outside of oil and gas would have to shrink emissions by more than half (55 per cent) in order for Canada to meet the Paris commitment. This is simply not feasible, barring an economic collapse.
Industry’s response to these concerns is to claim that “new technology” just around the corner may somehow drastically reduce oilsands emissions. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says we should “bet” on it.
Although small incremental improvements in technology are certainly possible, and progress has been made over the years, counting on a silver bullet is wishful thinking. And all the technology in the world won’t change the reality that allowing oilsands emissions to grow to the level allowed under Alberta’s cap will require drastic reductions in other sectors.
I also took a close look at the need for new oil pipelines. Growing oilsands emissions to Alberta’s cap would see an increase in bitumen production of about 45 per cent from 2014 levels. A review of existing pipeline and rail export capacity from Western Canada reveals that existing infrastructure can accommodate this growth without new pipelines (and still have a 15 per cent margin to allow for outages and maintenance). Bottom line: no new pipelines are needed....Developing a climate plan to meet Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments is a challenging but achievable task for the federal government. Doing so while meeting Alberta’s and BC’s oil and gas production growth aspirations, however, will be virtually impossible. 
The oil and gas industry is certainly not going away any time soon, but if Canada is serious about meeting its climate commitments it is time for the prime minister and premiers to do the math and stop telling us we can have it all.- Meanwhile, James Wilt examines the mining industry's federal lobbying spree - and the tax giveaway it's managed to wring out of the Trudeau Libs. And Norman Farrell exposes British Columbia's gleeful giveaways to Imperial Metals in contrast to their inflexibility in dealing with mere citizens.

- Adrian Morrow discusses how the Ontario Libs' political financing reforms fall far short of actually addressing the problems of undue influence they were supposedly intended to solve. But Douglas Todd notes that British Columbia (like Saskatchewan) represents an example of how matters could be worse due to a complete lack of interest in regulating outside funding. 

- Finally, Tammy Robert highlights the most glaring problems with the Saskatchewan Party's GTH land scandal (and the insufficient report from the provincial auditor general). And Farrah Merali and Mike Laanela follow up on the province's ship-'em-somewhere-else strategy to deal with homeless people by noting that there's no vindication in following an abhorrent policy.

Krump : Make Alberta Grate Again

Creekside - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 05:43

National Observer : Donald Trump symbolism seeps into Jason Kenney leadership launch
A little background from The Walrus : Jason Kenney wants Stephen Harper’s job. But is he too extreme for the Tories?
CBC : Jason Kenney says he has Stephen Harper's support in uniting Alberta's right'He believes it’s important to unite free-enterprise Albertans to get this province back on the right track'with this killer slogan : Unite Alberta : "A big tent, not a pup tent"   *snerk*

Stephen Harper and the Blessing of Jason Kenney

Montreal Simon - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 04:58

For weeks Jason Kenney has been all but begging Stephen Harper to endorse his crusade to unite the right in Alberta. 

He promised us his master's blessing was coming. 

He's been practically quivering with excitement at the thought of being anointed by the one he served so faithfully for so long.

So I only hope Kenney was wearing diapers yesterday, when that blessing finally arrived.

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The Last Of His Generation

Northern Reflections - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 03:27
It's been a week since Elie Wiesel's death. Avi Benolo writes that he was the last of his generation:

His generation was the generation of the 20th century that struggled to put a broken world back together. His generation was the generation of Martin Luther King Jr. A generation that fought for social justice and humanity. It was a generation that spoke about not being silent. In King’s words, “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Similarly, Wiesel would argue “we must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

With Elie Wiesel’s passing, the great generation that empowered us and guided us to speak out against repression, violence and hatred - is gone. Gone are the icons who refused to shake hands with the devil, choosing instead to impart their righteousness through their actions and wisdom. Mahatma Gandhi, one of the first leaders widely revered for his non-violent methods, gave the world a new path toward freedom. He put the responsibility for social change on each and every one of us, instructing, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” And so, each of us becomes the centre – the bridge and the pinnacle – for expressing goodness.
Besides King and Gandhi, that generation included Helen Keller, Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela. Like Weisel, they believed that the greatest sin was indifference and it spread with silence in the face of evil.

Benolo asks, "Who will take their place?" So far, there don't appear to be a lot of successors.



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