This and that to end your weekend.
- Daniel Goleman writes about the role of wealth in undermining empathy: (I)n general, we focus the most on those we value most. While the wealthy can hire help, those with few material assets are more likely to value their social assets: like the neighbor who will keep an eye on your child from the time she gets home from school until the time you get home from work. The financial difference ends up creating a behavioral difference. Poor people are better attuned to interpersonal relations — with those of the same strata, (Read more…)
I have family and many friends in Calgary. I was supposed to spend this week there. I cancelled my trip , but I will be back in the near future. It is time for Canadians to help their fellow Canadians. Donate generously to the Red Cross here or by phon…
Assorted content to end your week.
- Stuart Trew fleshes out the Cons’ new(-ly explicit) Corporate Cronies Action Plan – and it goes even further in entrenching corporate control over policy than one might have expected at first glance: – The makeup of the advisory panel that consulted with Trade Minister Fast skews the new Action Plan in favour energy- and water-intensive agricultural export sectors, multinational business represented by the CCCE, and the energy sector. There was no worker representation on the advisory committee. And the involvement of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is arguably more of a (Read more…)
MARIAM IBRAHIM Postmedia News Two officers Mounties were injured and a manhunt was on for three armed and dangerous suspects after an incident Monday evening at a rural property near Vegreville, Alta., RCMP said. “The situation at the rural property […]
As scientists have demonstrated in the past, the strip mining and tailing ponds employed on a Mordorific scale in northern Alberta are polluting ground and river waters. Sorry #tarsand shills, but turns out you’ve been lying all along when you’ve said that areas surrounding the tarsands are not being polluted. You may have to be […]
EDMONTON – Alberta’s health minister has ordered an investigation into a complaint that mice…
The government will instead work with the real estate industry to ensure home buyers get the information they need before buying property at risk of flooding
While Siksika First Nation residents say they’re happy to have shelter, some are balking at the strict rules imposed by the housing company hired by the province
By Megan Dolski and Andy Blatchford Survivors of the Lac-Megantic, Que., rail disaster are dealing with not only grief, but an array of property losses that range in size from large homes to little iPhones. The death toll from the […]
OTTAWA — The New York Times editorial board is taking the Harper government to task for allegedly silencing publicly funded scientists, a strategy the Times says is designed to ensure oilsands production proceeds quietly. The strongly worded Sunday editorial comes […]
LEDUC, Alta. – It appears that you can’t dig a deep hole in Alberta…
The key to understanding Canada Post’s latest strategic masterstroke — henceforth, the post office will charge you nearly twice as much to deliver a letter half the way — is to understand the logic of monopoly. Only in a world […]
Canadians consume the most online porn on Mondays, and the busiest month for web users in search of adult thrills is January. That makes today one of the most porn-heavy days of the calendar year, statistically speaking. Those are just […]
Ten years after they met and fell in love in a newsroom, Rob Brown and Rosa Marchitelli will leave Vancouver to work together at CBC Calgary
Alberta reconstruction officials say they’ve managed to pump out water in the Sunshine Meadows district more quickly than expected and access is now possible
GAINFORD, Alta. – Crews battling a fire at a train derailment in Alberta are…
ST. PAUL, Alta. – A man who killed a student when he crashed his…
CALGARY — Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project drew one step closer to being constructed Thursday, but its future is by no means certain. In a much-anticipated report released from National Energy Board headquarters in Calgary Thursday afternoon, a […]
WASHINGTON – In the mishmash of speculation and assumptions that have driven the U.S. national debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, there is one undeniable fact no American wants to talk about. Neither the Keystone project nor the oilsands would […]
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his ministers are ramping up their efforts to win support for critical pipeline projects going west, east and south, at the same time the exact content — and existence — of a reported […]
CALGARY — A long-awaited review into pipeline safety in Alberta has found that oversight in the province is strong and compares favourably overall with other jurisdictions, but includes 17 recommendations to further improve it. The review, conducted by Group 10 […]
After Allen was released Tuesday, he phoned in his resignation from Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative caucus and issued an apology
This and that to end your weekend.
- Daniel Goleman writes about the role of wealth in undermining empathy:
(I)n general, we focus the most on those we value most. While the wealthy can hire help, those with few material assets are more likely to value their social assets: like the neighbor who will keep an eye on your child from the time she gets home from school until the time you get home from work. The financial difference ends up creating a behavioral difference. Poor people are better attuned to interpersonal relations — with those of the same strata, and the more powerful — than the rich are, because they have to be.
While Mr. Keltner’s research finds that the poor, compared with the wealthy, have keenly attuned interpersonal attention in all directions, in general, those with the most power in society seem to pay particularly little attention to those with the least power. To be sure, high-status people do attend to those of equal rank — but not as well as those low of status do.
This has profound implications for societal behavior and government policy. Tuning in to the needs and feelings of another person is a prerequisite to empathy, which in turn can lead to understanding, concern and, if the circumstances are right, compassionate action.
Since the 1970s, the gap between the rich and everyone else has skyrocketed. Income inequality is at its highest level in a century. This widening gulf between the haves and have-less troubles me, but not for the obvious reasons. Apart from the financial inequities, I fear the expansion of an entirely different gap, caused by the inability to see oneself in a less advantaged person’s shoes. Reducing the economic gap may be impossible without also addressing the gap in empathy.
- Stephen Maher writes about the Cons’ continuing problems with Stephen Harper’s first set of patronage Senate appointments – which look to have arisen largely about of the perception that anybody sufficiently well-connected to be appointed would be above answering to the mere general public. And there’s an echo of that theme in Kate Heartfield’s discussion of the Cons’ battles with Elections Canada as well.
- But when it comes to kicking the powerless while they’re down, it’s hard to top the Cons’ thumb in the eye of war rape victims and child brides who need access to abortion as a means of remedying the human rights violations they’ve suffered – or the denial of health care to refugee claimants.
- Finally, the CP reports that Alberta isn’t done trying to shut non-oil baron voices out of any environmental assessment of the tar sands.
Toxic pollutants have been found in the Athabasca River in Edmonton, near oilsands sites, but luckily the pollutants are at “insignificant levels.” So naturally no one seems to be concerned. Including Alberta’s environmental minister, the Honourable Rob Renner. Now old Lu may not be much for the book readin’ or the school learnin’ or even […]
After starting up in Edmonton last January, the Localize Your Food initiative has quickly spread to 52 shops across Alberta. This week the socially conscious business model, which ranks food products based on where and how they’re made, entered Saskatchewan … Continue Reading
TOFIELD, Alta. – RCMP were questioning two men following a gun battle in which…
Waterfall Valley is an easy, urban hike located in Bowmont Natural Environment Park along the north shore of the Bow River in northwest Calgary, Alberta. This winter hike begins from home in Bowness heading north to a park entrance in the cul-de-sac … Continue reading →
EDMONTON – An Edmonton man charged in a bloody armoured car heist at the…
That should make Alberta happy. New Brunswickers? I don’t know. I saw the ad last night and I was taken aback. I knew he supported the pipeline but to give a lengthy commercial on t.v, at the cost of $90,000.00, he has taken it on another level. He is sold out to big oil companies. Has he heard about the environmental consequences? I suppose he does not care as long as he can hobnob with big oil companies and receive admiration from the Premier, Alison Redford, of Alberta.
“The province has purchased $75,000 of airtime to run (Read more…)
CALGARY – An Internet video is teaching hundreds of thousands of people around the…
Tel Sutherland’s philosophy holds that secret bank accounts are created for everyone at birth and that someone’s Social Insurance Number or birth certificate number is really their account’s number
EDSON, Alta. – An Alberta man who became a YouTube sensation for enthusiastically singing…
OTTAWA – Some of the most vocal provinces opposed to the new Canada Job Grant have, for years, failed to spend millions of federal dollars alloted to them for job training, figures suggest. According to a government document obtained by […]
OTTAWA — Environment Canada has spent at least $331,389 to develop long-awaited oil and gas regulations that are still under development, said Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq in a newly-released document tabled in Parliament. The spending includes about $187,000 in payments […]
Edomonton’s Wet Secrets are back with a free 4 track EP on their bandcamp page. They also have a new video for “Nightlife”, drummer Trevor Anderson, who also happens to be a filmmaker, put in a call to SCTV alum Joe Flaherty who reprised his Count Floyd character for the occasion. As it turns out, nothing
Travel Alberta was begging for it. Its latest ads, featuring the many attractions of the province, are really quite nice. But then they end with the extraordinary phrase, “Remember to breathe.” Remember to breathe. How could any satirist resist a phrase like that coming from tar sands Alberta, the country’s pollution province.
And, of course, they couldn’t. A couple of American filmmakers are
What a terrific research project.
We have a neighbour with a trail cam, but he puts bait down.
This one, in a park, is amazing. It seems as if its the best itch-scratching tree in the forest!
Not just bears, either!
Published on 25 Jul 2013
OTTAWA — Diane Ablonczy, the minister of state for foreign Affairs, announced Thursday she will not run in the next federal election, signalling that her name should be removed from consideration in the upcoming cabinet shuffle. Ablonczy, a Calgary member […]
Seemingly in defiance of Alberta’s reputation as a very conservative province, voters in Calgary and Edmonton both elected young, progressive mayors yesterday.
Calgary elected the 41-year old Naheed Nenshi for a second term and Edmonton chose the 34-year old former city councillor Don Iveson. Nenshi supports a more compact city with increased density in the inner city and levies on suburban