Democracy Gone Astray
Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.
All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.
[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Goodale said he can't fathom how Tory riding associations have racked up eye-popping expenses, such as the nearly $70,000 in "travel and hospitality" reported by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's Whitby-Oshawa association last year.
"That's astounding, that's breathtaking," the veteran Liberal MP said in an interview.
A new report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society warns that “inappropriate” development projects are encroaching on Canada’s parks, threatening the water, air quality, wilderness and wildlife, not to mention a booming tourist economy.
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has been unable to stop an underground oil blowout that has killed numerous animals and contaminated a lake, forest, and muskeg at its operations in Cold Lake, Alta.
Though we’ve had good times and bad, Toronto has never been able to wrap its collective brain around infrastructure issues. A local plebiscite turned down a subway as far back as 1912, an act of singular short-sightedness that hampers the city to this day.
Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and other large financial institutions have the most to lose, given their revenues from investing in and trading commodities, such as oil and aluminum. Representatives for the three banks declined to comment.
The 68-year-old was raised in Ontario, paid her taxes and voted in elections. But a dizzying tangle of old laws has meant the government doesn’t consider her a Canadian.
Now, her long, drawn-out fight to be recognized may be reaching its climax as her case is set to have its day in court on Monday.