Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Podcast on the utterly Orwellian FNCFNEA

Indian Residential School in
Elkhorn, Manitoba.

Image Source: General Synod Archives,
Anglican Church of Canada.
The Harper MisGovernment has had quite a bit of trouble ramming the First Nations Education Act down the throats of First Nations. To get passed the genuine concerns of real people affected by this bill  the Harper CONs pulled out all the stops ...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Jim Flaherty, RIP

Jim Flaherty, Canada's 37th Finance Minister.

Image Source: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press
In the upcoming weeks this blog will look at the new Finance Minister, how they fit within the broader context of the Harper Government, and what this means for Canada. Before moving towards discussions of the future, however, it is important to acknowledge a very recent and very tragic event: the death of former Finance minister Jim Flaherty.

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:



Friday, 4 April 2014

Transit supporters have a field day with Fielding

City Councillor Scott Fielding

Image Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Scott Fielding is the City Councillor for the St. James - Brooklands ward. This rightwing Councillor has pondered leading the provincial Conservatives in the past and is expected by local political observers like Bartley Kives and Aldo Smith to be planning a mayoral run.

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 in ... shorter form

The Winnipeg RAG Review's content is cut down
to size for social media.

Image Source: Broken City Lab
As one can see the post count here's fallen off quite a bit within the last year. Rest assured that this Blogger blog is still in operation, even if at a less prolific rate. Some drafts (that may or may not become actual posts) are stewing in background right now.

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.

 For the super short form, you can follow yours truly and Art Cramer on Twitter as before.

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.