Wednesday, 23 July 2014
I seldom talk about foreign policy issues here, but I have to make an exception now.
This Truth Mashup clip details how the Harper CONs have been using this tragedy in the Levant to their advantage. It also provides some background to the tragedy.
That grossly distasteful Conservative "action movie" trailer was released on July 18, 2014 ... as strikes, fighting and death were happening in Gaza.
Really, what the fuck is the matter with the Harper CONs? Couldn't they at least wait a few weeks for the dead bodies to grow colder before shamelessly politicking over this issue for domestic gain?
There's ordinary, cynical politics and then there's gross, craven nihilism that ought to be out of question for any mainstream politician in Canada. Sadly, it seems that the Harper CONs' PR machine is okay with crossing that line.
Monday, 21 July 2014
|Vandalized Fringe Festival poster for Lies of a|
Image Source: Courtesy of actress
Theresa Thompson to CBC, obtained
off of CBC website.
Various venues across the city are holding the weird, quirky and off beat plays that make the Festival. Everything from The Big Fat Drag Queen to Boomer Love is on display.
Sadly, one Fringe play has rubbed some (thuggish) folks the wrong way: Lies of a Promiscuous Woman.
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Contributor to The Winnipeg RAG Review Art Cramer has been debating the Manitoba Liberals' Regional Director for Winnipeg East, Kurt Berger, 140 characters at a time via twitter. Before the conversation took a unique turn (for those interested, available here, here, and here) taxes were discussed.
Can't say I entirely agree with colleague Art Cramer's take on the privilege of paying taxes, though he is echoing a sentiment from the father of economics, Adam Smith, who regarded taxes as a "badge of [...] liberty". Certainly, given the regressive nature of sales taxes and user-fees, not all contributors to the public purse are financially privileged, even given that low income Manitobans end up as net beneficiaries of the income tax and transfer system.
I have a problem with Kurt Berger's perspective as well, though. That is his zooming in on being responsible specifically to taxpayers, rather than the general public.
Sunday, 1 June 2014
Saturday, 3 May 2014
CAN-BIKE // Traffic Skills 101 from Manitoba Cycling Association on Vimeo.
And remember, never follow the advice of "get off the roads" and onto the sidewalks.
(H/t to Brendax on Reddit)
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
|Indian Residential School in|
Image Source: General Synod Archives,
Anglican Church of Canada.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
|Jim Flaherty, Canada's 37th Finance Minister.|
Image Source: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press
Flaherty was involved in Ontario provincial politics as a Progressive Conservative before his career at the Federal level, serving in a number of cabinet portfolios. Rising to Ottawa as an Whitby-Oshawa MP, Jim Flaherty served as federal finance minister within Harper's first year as Prime Minister. He continued as finance minister until March of this year, resigning from cabinet and federal politics due to health reasons.
As a member of the Conservative Party of Canada Flaherty pursued the Prime Minister's agenda, which included spending cuts and slashing corporate taxes While generally a team player, Flaherty got into conflicts with others in the Conservative Caucus over family friend Rob Ford and income-splitting, a tax policy benefiting the wealthy he didn't support.
On most matters, though, the Whitby-Oshawa MP worked tirelessly to forward Harper's Conservative policy agenda. While I strongly disagree with most of Flaherty's agenda (with the admission that there were some good pieces borne of his more pragmatic instincts), it is utterly sad to know a fellow human being is dead. The deceased Ontarian will be deeply missed by friends and family, including the many politicians he worked with and debated with.
Former Winnipeg blogger and prolific Winnipeg tweeter Scott MacNeil puts it best:
Guilty of oft attacking policy choices of Flaherty the politician; my sincere condolences to the family of Jim Flaherty the man. #Cdnpoli
— Scott MacNeil (@WinnipegFatArse) April 10, 2014
Friday, 4 April 2014
|City Councillor Scott Fielding|
Image Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Now, how's Fielding going to distinguish himself in what looks like it'll be a field of many suburban-based conservatives vying for the mayor's chair come fall?
By stridently opposing plans to move forward on rapid transit!
A brilliant idea in a city that's talked about and shelved rapid transit plans for 50 years, eh?
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
|The Winnipeg RAG Review's content is cut down|
to size for social media.
Image Source: Broken City Lab
But what's an eager reader to do in between the long dry spells between posts here?
Well, there's now social media content for thoughts and reflections that just don't merit a full, long form blog post.
But now The Winnipeg RAG Review facebook page is no longer just a repository of links back to blog posts here. Original content for stuff that needs to be said in more than 140 characters but still much less than a typical longish form blog post is now there. Plus, it's interlinked with The Analyst's twitter feed so that twitter followers of yours truly can get Facebook page updates directing them to writings with more meat than the average tweet.
Hope that keeps you satisfied.