Showing posts from November 23, 2016

15 things that happened in the second week Trump was president-elect

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[Great idea, Judd Legum! Where Trump is concerned so many rotten things happen so quickly that it's far more efficient to post a compendium once in a while. Given the merely egregious, and barring Y-U-G-E disasters of Trumpian proportion, this is what I will do for The Donald from now on. *RON*]

Judd Legum, Think Progress, 22 November 2016

This is the second in a weekly series tracking the Trump transition and presidency. You can find the entire series here.

As a candidate, Trump was able to avoid accountability through volume. He said and did so many things, it was hard for any individual statement or action to have an impact. Many things were simply forgotten as new outrages took their place.

Because accountability requires awareness, this series is focused on creating a real-time record of what Trump and his administration says and does.

Public consultation on Bill C-51 looks like an elaborate PR stunt

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[Canada gave up the 'steak' of real change and, instead, voted en mass for the 'sizzle'. *RON*]
Kyle Curlew,, 10 November 2016

Canada is currently undergoing a human rights crisis. The Liberal government is conducting public consultations over the "problematic elements" of the so-called anti-terror Bill C-51. However, this process is already set up to be rigged.

This three-part blog series will act as a response to the Liberal government's rhetoric of amendments by highlighting the actual problematic elements of the Act. Ultimately, the Liberal government should repeal and replace the Act with national security measures that can be held accountable to our Charter rights to democratic participation and privacy.

ThinkProgress will no longer describe racists as ‘alt-right’

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["A reporter’s job is to describe the world as it is, with clarity and accuracy. Use of the term “alt-right,” by concealing overt racism, makes that job harder... We won’t do racists’ public relations work for them." *RON*]
A note from the ThinkProgress editors, 22 November 2016.

You can learn everything you need to know about the “alt-right” by looking at the man who popularized its name. Credit goes to Richard Spencer, head of the white supremacist National Policy Institute (NPI), and one of the country’s leading contemporary advocates of ideological racism.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, Spencer keynoted an NPI conference in Washington, D.C. Over the course of his speech, he approvingly quoted Nazi propaganda, said that the United States is meant to be a “white country,” and suggested that many political commentators are “soulless golem” controlled by Jewish media interests.

Rafe: Trudeau will have hell to pay in BC if he approves Kinder Morgan

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["British Columbians know that the standard Ottawa patter that something is 'in the interests of Canada' is ill-concealed code for 'in the [material] interests of Bay Street and whatever they’ve invested in or covet.'" *RON*]

Rafe Mair, Commonsense Canadian, 21 November 2016

None should be in the slightest surprised at the anti-British Columbia stance of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. As Talleyrand famously noted when, after the fall of Napoleon the Bourbons were restored, “they learned nothing and forgot nothing”.

Thus it is with the Liberals who, once safely back in power, turn their attention to repaying supporters, namely Ontario financiers and the oil industry, often the same people. This ancient Liberal policy never fails.

Trudeau says pipelines will pay for Canada's transition to a green economy

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[Note the date of this story: this is where he has been coming from for a while now. Like saying crime will pay for police forces. *RON*]

By Elizabeth McSheffrey, National Observer, 2 March 2016 Steadfast in his commitment to getting Canadian oil to market, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said putting pipelines in the ground will help pay for the country's transition to a greener future.

Opening the Globe 2016 Leadership Summit in Vancouver on Wednesday — which deals with tackling climate change and sustainability in business — the Liberal leader dodged questions about whether building controversial energy projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion and Energy East pipeline would directly contravene his commitment at COP21 in Paris to keep global warming below two degrees this century.

“We want the low-carbon economy that continues to provide good jobs and great opportunities for all Canadians," he told a crowd of hundreds o…

Premier Christy Clark avoiding questions on long-term ICBC rates

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[ICBC blames fraud, spike in claims for coming rate hike. "People cannot afford these massive rate increases," said Clark. "I am fighting for the ratepayers." Documents provided by Dix show the Clark government moved $1.2 billion from ICBC into provincial coffers. It is unclear where that money was used, but the province has committed to not taking revenues out of ICBC's account this fiscal year (i.e., election year). *RON*]

By Richard Zussman, CBC News, 22 November 2016
As debate heats up at the Insurance Corporation of B.C., Premier Christy Clark is avoiding the discussion on whether the public insurer should be required to disclose future projected rate increases.

Premier Christy Clark wants to make sure ICBC does not increase rates more than 4.9 per cent this year. (Glen Kugelstadt/CBC)