What’s that mean? You’ve heard the Con Premiers like Ford and Moe and Kenney are all threatening Trudeau, saying if he doesn’t do impossible things for the oil industry (because it’s rightfully dying), he’s threatening national unity because the Con Premiers will try to break away from Canada to have their own Petrostate?
The whole purpose of the $30 million dollar “war room” is so Kenney can intervene in the federal election on behalf of the federal Conservatives – with taxpayer dollars and no oversight. #ableg
It’s all part of the Conservative Party of Canada’s effort to exceed election spending limits. Kenney in Alberta is throwing $30,000,000 away on an “energy war” room to target environmentalists and other sane people who care about our planet. Basically it’s a way to funnel more money to crackpot media like Rebel, and climate change denial media like POStmedia. Their theory seems to be that if they can spend provincially, as a government, their ads indirectly supporting Scheer will translate into votes for him without running up the finite election spending limit federal parties face.
Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault cautioned that even if he recommends parliament look at the issue, regulating provinces would be very complex. #cdnpoli
It's basically the crux of the argument around the #carbontax court challenges too. Our Confederation didn't count on having unscrupulous Premiers across the country all owned by Big Oil and launching a coordinated attack on a federal government for the benefit of an oppo party.
The purpose of the War Room is the correct kind of socialism; sending $30M in government money that was earmarked for children's school lunches directly to fringe conspiracy theorists, fake oil sands campaigns, and Andrew Scheer's re-election fund.#ableg
I was distracted by things more awesome than blogging. What could that be? I’ll tell you some day.
For now, I’m back, complaining about litter.
Everyone is focusing on a crappy coffee shop chain in Canada, and giving them even more brain-space free marketing because too many people are addicted to the sugar and caffeine and cultural experience their wretched business offers the world.
The bigger story is how their disposable cups are such common litter that they’re almost as destructive and unsightly as smoking litter. The unit of measure of litter is measured in #Timmies, which counts how many littered coffee cups of waste are in a m^2 on the ground. Coffee shops and places selling “disposable” cups should be forced to charge a deposit on the cups and lids, and re-collect them for refund.
The Ontario Power Authority has just extended its solar feed-in tariff program and selected another 99 MW of solar power projects to receive payments from it. This comes from 330 new contracts.
ontarioIn case you’re not familiar with feed-in tariffs, they are when renewable energy power producers are guaranteed a specific rate for the electricity they produce and send back into the grid for a specific period of time (e.g., 15 years or 20 years). This lets the homeowners and businesses lock in an attractive, low-risk return on their investments.
Looks like a blatant vote misdirection scheme, akin to RoboCon used by the federal Conservatives in the last general election. One of the Conservative campaigns, in Guelph, is under scrutiny in court right now.
What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy?
People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline without fear of future reprisals. Canadian police have seriously damaged this expectation, and therefore are likely to have harmed people who’d have otherwise sought help. It would be hard to learn definitively if this abuse of authority has killed people, because the people we’d learn that from will have silenced themselves permanently.
No word yet from the Regina and Saskatoon police forces if they violate privacy in this manner.