“Here First”–an argument that has never worked and still doesn’t.

“First Nations”. “Aboriginal”. “First peoples”. “Here First”. “Indigenous”. Here before the “Settlers”. All labels for people who have been consistently abused by invaders of various kinds. And all labels used to help bolster arguments—in the courts and in public discourse—for … Continue reading

Propaganda from the right is destroying Canada–with help from the CBC and other ‘news’ outlets

  The CBC–and numerous other ‘news’ outlets–is touting another piece of propaganda by the Fraser Institute—this time, a coy little piece about how the Alberta government could reduce its debt faster, but the FI won’t give specifics because they don’t … Continue reading

Editorial for Week of March 1, 2017–Triumph of the Shill Redux

  Donald Trump addressed the joint session https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/28/full-transcript-donald-trump-presidential-address-congress  of the US congress recently. Mostly able to ignore what was probably Bannon’s horrifying touch, the creation of the VOICE of American bigotry, the pundits and the press were staggered by how … Continue reading

Editorial for Week Of July 8, 2016: See Donald Run–and why he can win.

The militarization of domestic police forces, whose only enemies are the citizens who paid for those weapons, is an interesting result of conservative politicians kowtowing to the white and paranoid who fund their re-elections. (We might want to take note … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, November 28, 2015- Objections to Refugees

There seem to be four loud objections to the 25,000 Syrian refugees coming to Canada: 1) we should be looking after our own homeless people; 2) they’re just ‘migrants’ looking for a better life, not ‘refugees’ fleeing for their lives; … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, May 16, 2015-Women in Public Are Really Chicks in the Crosshairs

The only thing surprising about Rachel Notley’s victory… Well, that would be it, actually. It’s a reasonably safe bet that everything was surprising to nearly everyone about Rachel Notley’s victory. In fact, Rachel Notley might be the only one who … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, March 21, 2015-Watch Out for the Distraction of Banjo Politics

Nothing stirs up our banjo tendencies like a good, old fashioned mix of craven politics and easy bigotry. This was the order of the day in the recent Israeli election, where Benjamin Netanyahu promised dreadful consequences to those who voted … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, January 10, 2015: The Charlie Hebdo Massacre: A Grab for Power

At first glance, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo in Paris is about religious extremism and freedom of speech. But it’s really about power and how religion is being used by murderous criminals to grab it and keep it.  France kicked religion … Continue reading

Editorial for December 13, 2014–ISIS:Why Notice? Why Now?

It’s taken fifteen years for ISIS (ISIL, IS, the caliphate–the name evolves as the group’s ambitions expand) to grow from a nasty little splinter group of violent bigots harassing and murdering Iraqis and Syrians into a great big (and still … Continue reading