The Biggest Political News of the Day

Congrats to Jagmeet Singh and his wife.

Oh, and there’s an expected election call for Sept. 20th.

And on the other side of the planet in Afghanistan, echoing the end of the Vietnam War:

Why Is The SaskParty Lying About Well Cleanups?

Here’s the scale of the problem:

So, why is the Saskatchewan Party lying about where the bulk of the cleanup money is coming from?

Why are they lying about the cost? Oh, right, the corporate donations that would be illegal in other parts of Canada.

I guess Moe is going to be cutting @JustinTrudeau‘s government a big fat refund cheque with their claim here contradicting how much they wanted for well cleanup.

Cost Of A Child’s Coffin In Canada

Then, there are the bodies that will never be found, like the infant tossed into the furnace[!] as described by Irene Favel, a survivor.

We have the names, why don’t we have convictions?

“Isn’t Who We Are”

Why are there Canadians willing to deny the Residential School system was a genocide perpetrated against Indigenous people of Canada? Maybe the top politicians saying this Isn’t Who We Are, and the paid radio ads have an impact on the Denialist psyche?

Hundreds of Kids Found Dead In Unmarked Graves

Canada is a normal settler-colonial country with a dark history of genocide against Indigenous peoples

The Minister doesn’t seem aware, or in charge since this is his tweet upon the discovery of the graves:

Maybe stop fighting survivors of these Residential Schools in court, Liberals?

Anti-carbon tax Government attacks hundreds of EV owners with a new tax

Saskatchewan Government will start charging EV owners $150 a year. The Minister who removed the EV incentive almost a decade ago took his next job as Canada’s top oil and gas lobbyist. If that doesn’t scream Conflict of Interest, what does?

This is an “anti-#carbontax“, as it encourages people to stay away from a zero emission technology without directly regulating against them, and without collecting sufficient money to make a solid impact on most consumers. It’s still worth getting an EV, and gas burners will be mostly gone by the end of the decade, but the Sask Petrostate Party will still implement this unpopular tax to give a figurative middle finger to the hundreds of families who’ve decided to move on to better technology and leave oil in the dust.

SGI is sending back money, but the government is collecting over half of it back from anyone smart enough to choose a zero emission vehicle (that the federal government offers $5000 off to buy). It’s a cash grab by the desperate Sask Party. It sucks to live in a Petrostate some (most) days.

Conservatives Reject Reality

Sucks to be a country where the Official Opposition party rejects longstanding science that a grade school kid can understand. For ideological and economic reasons, the Conservative Party of Canada won’t accept that air pollution is bad. They won’t even accept that it’s air pollution, instead, the veg-heads erroneously call excess carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion “plant food”. And this is the party that was in charge of Canada between 2006 and 2015. Horrible.

Conservative Party members reject policy to recognize that ‘climate change is real’

On Saturday, Conservative Party delegates voted by a margin of 54% to 46% to reject a policy that would add the statement “climate change is real” to the party’s policy book, and recognize that “Canadian businesses classified as highly polluting need to take more responsibility.” The vote came just hours after Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole told delegates that the party “cannot ignore the reality of climate change.””

With how terrible the Conservatives are, the Liberals’ lacklustre, and even bad, management of the climate crisis has been getting a pass. Should Trudeau’s minority government fall during the pandemic, there’s a chance that the anti-science, racist CPC could come to power again, so I get why partisan Liberals are nervous. It’s not like there’s anything concrete for them to point to 5 years into their mandate to do far more, when their hero bought a pipeline, and has yet to build a solar or other renewable power grid where Canada still pollutes with coal burning. Emissions are up, not down.

And the carbon tax fight the ridiculously Conservative SK Government is leading the charge in, goes to the Supreme Court next week. Will the top court side with the stupid people who don’t care if the world burns?

Plague Update: Moe & Ford, Worst Of Both Worlds

First of all, Doug Ford is a racist, incompetent, buffoon.

CTV: “Premier Doug Ford has apologized after accusing a First Nations MPP who got a vaccine in his home riding of ‘jumping the line,’ even though he was invited to get the shot to combat vaccine hesitancy.”

Perhaps as a result of those serious character flaws, Ford has been ineffective in Ontario at controlling COVID-19.

Meanwhile in Saskatchewan, incompetent Scott Moe has done a terrible job, among the worst in Canada. Added onto his incompetence is the appearance of corruption.

We know Moe’s political party takes money directly from Big Oil, but has a corrupt money motive been found for why his riding got early vaccines, or was there simply apparent vote buying going on?

Weather Alert Dismantling

Write your MP and the weather office now please.

Dear Canadian Government:

Regarding closing weather radio stations, in a year when an unusual emergency was the top news story in 10 of 12 months, seems like a precursor to more embarrassing stories of how the government cut pandemic alert systems just prior to 2020. In Regina, crates of N95 masks were landfilled prior to 2020 and not replaced. Who needed them, right? Long Term Care home workers, dealing directly with COVID-19 patients still don’t have N95 masks at work.

Internet isn’t a replacement for weather radio, as cell phones don’t stay charged long in an emergency. Don’t make the mistake of closing weather radio access for Canadians to save a couple bucks. Additionally we should have tornado sirens in Regina, but don’t because it’s deemed old technology. We’ll miss having it when it’s too late.

We should be building onto what previous generations provided us with, not dismantling their working systems.