Monday, 25 March 2013
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The paper repeats two standard rightwing canards about Bill 18, the Safe and Inclusive Schools amendment.
- It's definition of bullying is vague and could include "single off-handed quip[s]".
- It interferes with the "religious freedom" of 50% publicly funded Independent Schools.
Now I'll try to focus on the first issue right now. So, how is this bill's bullying definition problematic?
Friday, 22 March 2013
Thursday, 21 March 2013
|Bullying, justified by religious bigotry or not, is |
an ugly reality for many Manitobans.
Image Source: Youth Guide
This growing problem had to be addressed and it was only a matter of time before crises spurred political leaders to Canada.
Canada hit such a turning point with the suicide of Jamie Hubley. The son of an Ottawa city councillor committed suicide after harsh, anti-gay bullying which featured a considerable amount of cyberbullying.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
I've gotta make an exception for the Cypriot deposit expropriation scheme. It's a pretty big issue and shows just how bad stupid policy can be.
Let's let the ever prescient economist Steve Keen explain:
It's amazing how incompetent European policymakers have been. Austerity and now deposit expropriation is a surefire way to dynamite the global economy. The European Central Bank, as you may recall, was foolish enough to raise interest rates as the global economy tanked due to the financial crash - because of inflation paranoia.
I'm rather glad that policymakers in Canada didn't rush to slash spending to deal with cyclical deficits. If we got what "fiscal conservatives" wanted, we'd be screwed.
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Monday, 18 March 2013
Provincial antibullying Bill 18 dominated the news cycle last week. Amid the controversy, Kelvin Goertzen quit Twitter and The Winnipeg RAG Review made the evening news.
While it initially seemed (to me, at least) like I was the sole "backlash" Tweeter, it's become apparent that others were part of the pushback. A notable Twitter critic of the Steinbach MLA is fellow Conservative Ally Beauchesne!
Monday, 11 March 2013
|The joys of teetotalism become apparent in Manitoba?|
Kidding aside, I can't really "feel your pain" as a nondrinker who buys pop at bars. But the rise in the booze tax does represent an opportunity to talk about the economic theory of Pigouvian ("sin") taxes and the prospect of a tax shift.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
|Pallister CON and anti-bullying Bill 18 opponent|
Image Source: The Manitoba Chambers
Well, I've been quite an infrequent conventional blogger as of 2013, but have made up for it with a shift to microblogging (twitter).