Tag: Law

  • Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin: Of Hosts and Parasites

    Every now and again the sophisticated web of myths and fantasies that hides the brutality and ugliness of capitalism is ripped away by sleazy and rapacious actors. 1. Trudeau We are told, again and again, that we are fortunate to live in a capitalist nation that is subject to the Rule of Law. We are free … Keep reading »

  • Capitalism: A Crime Story – Harry Glasbeek Book Launch

    Book launch of Harry Glasbeek’s Capitalism: A Crime Story. Recorded in Toronto, 16 October 2018. Watch video »

  • Ford’s Attack on Toronto: The End of Local Democracy As We Know It?

    There’s a lot to be said about the new Doug Ford-led Conservative administration in Ontario, but it is Ford’s unilateral and radical reduction of the size of Toronto City Council in Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, that has drawn much of the initial attention and opprobrium. We need to consider the reaction to … Keep reading »

  • Hassan Diab: Nothing Less Than a Public Inquiry Will Do

    He has been compared to Alfred Dreyfus, the iconic 19th-century French victim of false accusation and racism. The entire spectrum of the Canadian press has covered his unfolding story since its inception in 2007. His return to Canada from France in January 2018 was breaking news. An Ottawa sociology professor, Dr. Diab is the Canadian … Keep reading »

  • John Scraba arrested

    Grant Devine’s Alternative Truth

    The Tory Caucus Fraud Scandal of the 1990s “When it comes to the crime of fraud, single mothers who, out of desperation, cheat on welfare, have most often gone to jail… Impoverished family breadwinners, who, also out of desperation, cheat on unemployment insurance, have most often gone to jail… [Some] who illegally obtained money from the … Keep reading »

  • The Duplicity of Law and the Cowardice of Capitalists

    Capitalism is ugly. The major villains at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Barclays Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, AIG, were not impelled by any desperate need they had to meet, or by their lack of education and opportunities, the circumstances that lead the poor to commit crimes. They were acting as self-seeking, greedy, venal individuals … Keep reading »

  • The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac-Megantic

    “If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who creates the darkness.” — Monseigneur Bienvenu in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables It is always the same. First the shock and horror, then the anger. A terrible environmental disaster inflicted by Beyond … Keep reading »