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Canada’s fateful next step

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Canada’s government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is about to sign into law a new trade agreement with China. The agreement has had no public input by the Canadian people or their elected representatives. One can only suppose that it’s designed to enrich Canada’s corporate class. It certainly impoverishes Canada’s democracy. As The Tyee, […]

Ecothinking and Marx

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Here’s a plea to connect the dots: watch the video, consider rising food prices, and read about Marx today. Dare you!

Despoliation of the environment, high finance, mountain top removal

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Two articles that need your attention: one, in the Wall Street Journal, Trader Holds $3 Billion of Copper in London, which describes how some trader is sitting on 80-90% of circa 50% of the world’s exchange-registered copper stockpile, squirreled away in a London warehouse. We don’t think a lot about where those metals come from. […]

Worse than Katrina? Anti-density bombs over Detroit

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Caught a Sept.23 post by David Byrne today, Don’t Forget the Motor City (found via a tweet by Richard Florida). Byrne writes: This is a city that still has an infrastructure, or some of it, for 2 million people, and now only 800,000 remain. One rides down majestic boulevards with only a few cars on […]

Making the obscene seen

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I chose a couple of redesigned BP logos to illustrate yesterday’s Sunday Diigo Links Post, even though my links weren’t related to the oilspill. They just struck me as appropriate. One in particular caught my attention: . The design is part of LogoMyWay’s BP Logo Redesign Contest. It was submitted by Gremlin (no further information […]

BP-caused oilspill: map overlay lets users relate to scale

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I think of Canada as a pretty big place. It’s the geography, to be sure, but it must also be because there are so few people here. Take Vancouver Island: my current city, Victoria, hangs on its southernmost tip. We’ve got a few people here (350,000 in the Capital Regional District), and a few more […]

Gertrude Stein might agree: -ectomy is an ectomy is an ectomy

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Vornado Realty Trust destroyed Boston’s key downtown area. Damage done (courtesy of Vornado), are innovative repair options even possible?

Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge scandal just keeps going

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Mike Lai (City of Victoria) and Mark Mulvihill (Delcan Corp.) tried to skew the facts against the historic Johnson Street Bridge, as Sam Williams shows in the latest issue of FOCUS Magazine.

Keeping the Johnson Street Bridge

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Reading and watching the Vibrant Victoria forum thread on Victoria’s famous Johnson Street Bridge – also known as The Blue Bridge – is keeping me up at night. It wrenches my heart (and my head) to know that our city leaders, “incentivized” by engineers and the possibility of getting some Federal infrastructure grants, are benighted […]

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