OM’s Chatter: Donald’s Quest & Morocco’s Protest

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this week's episode of OM's Chatter, we take peek at what's happening a la Arab Spring in Morocco, how the ex-leader of the free world's trip went, and more! First, the gang unites to recap the facets of Trump's Abrahamic Religions Roadtrip and the G7 & NATO Summits that closely followed. Did he really embarrass himself that badly? What does his agenda mean for the future of the "free world," and the alliance that has stood for nearly 70 years? Next up we swing by the Philippine's to ponder how Duterte's "war on drugs" is going, and whether his strongman styles are causing any dip in his approval ratings (spoiler alert: most people are apparently okay with the way things are

T for Trump: America’s Swan Song

T for Trump: America's Swan Song

Remember, remember the Eighth of November. I know I do. It was 2 am on a Tuesday night, technically November 9, and I was slumped into my couch, drunk off whiskey. My face was twisted and scrunched up, tears welling, still hoping by some miracle that the numbers on the TV were wrong. By 2:30 am the CNN banner proclaimed ‘Donald Trump wins.’ I frantically googled “US election results,” wondering if this was actually some nightmare dream sequence instead of reality. But I was awake, and it was true: Donald Trump won the 2016 US Electoral College. I called my mom in the middle of the night. I sobbed. For a large pocket of Americans the win brought a sense of relief and

People Need to Feel Heard

People Need to Be Heard IMG

I’ve heard a lot of different predictions about what will happen in this year’s St. Albert election. One person suggested to me that either the people who support the ‘status quo’ of spending on City projects or the people who support cutting back on different kinds of spending, will win a majority on Council. Another person predicted that all the incumbent members of Council would be removed. Meanwhile, social movements like Idle No More and Black Lives Matter speak on behalf of people of colour who feel as though the rest of society doesn’t listen to them or care about their concerns. Politicians like Rob Ford and Kellie Leitch portray themselves as getting a lot of their support from ‘ordinary’ citizens who

Postmodern Politicians & Border Games: OM’s Mini RoundUp

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is miniaturised since everyone on the OM team is a little swamped. That being said, we've picked our favourites from today that you might have missed. They include fun with border crossing, vote-rigging: the Canadian edition, and the 'postmodern politician'. Laugh so you don't cry? A new video game created by a Texan lets you have fun with catchy Mario Bros.-type music while trying to avoid helicopters and Border Agents, and search for water. The trailer is only a little disturbing and might end up triggering a full-out game review section if the OM team can try it out.     So postmodernism was 'created', so to speak, to find new ways of looking at issues and aimed

The Question of Canadian Values

Canada Map Canadian Values

During the federal Conservative leadership race, Kellie Leitch has gotten more attention than most candidates, due in large part to her proposal to screen new immigrants for “Canadian values”. The proposal has gotten Leitch a lot of support, but it’s also gotten her a lot of criticism from people who say that the proposal is racist. White ethnic nationalists have even latched onto Leitch’s campaign, in much the same way as their American counterparts have to President Donald Trump. Since then, Leitch has denied that her campaign is based on ethnic nationalism. Instead, she says, it is based on civic values. Her campaign website indicates that the “Canadian values” she promotes include gender equality, freedom of religion, freedom and tolerance. The

Trump’s Twitter Tirades

Trump Twitter Tirades

President of the United States Donald Trump’s Twitter tirades have been a point of focus on social media since he joined in 2009. Now, as the President of the United States, Trump continues to tweet from his original @realDonaldTrump account. With a whopping 23.2 million followers on Twitter and a rapidly increasing 34.4k tweets, compared to @POTUS44 Barack Obama’s 14.9 million followers and 352 tweets, the world is watching Trump become less presidential by the tweet. In just 140 characters, he bashes on media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, berates Democrats, and to top it off, uses poor vocabulary. In our increasingly digital culture, Trump’s rash tweets are gaining popularity as unintelligent, inappropriate, and yet

Obamagate, North Korea, & a Little Tinhattery

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this episode of OM's Chatter, Karan & Vennesa take on Obamagate(s) and look at all the reasons former President Obama is responsible for current President Trump's woes. Then we move on to the second edition of Trump's travel ban and what it might actually mean regarding public perception and legality this time around. Continuing on the Trump-ish tip, we move over to North Korea, it's missiles, and what aggression from all sides might mean for the conflict brewing in the Sea of Japan. Finally, we take a stab at all things Wikileaks and what the latest document posting might do to consumer confidence and corporate telecoms trust in the new administration.    

OM’s Chatter: The Reunited Rundown Ramble

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

This week's episode of Chatter sees the gang reunited to talk about a landmark Canadian ruling for First Nation's survivors who were scooped in the sixties and brought up without access to their heritage, culture, and language. Next on the list is US sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President El Aissami, why he seems to have been 'singled out,' and what precedent this might set for other country's leaders, and an assassination plot carried out at a Malaysian airport that is something right out of an Ian Fleming novel. To round off the RoundUp, we discuss refugees fleeing the US into Canada, and why they currently can't come through normal channels, fears of the Oroville dam collapse in California, and why an attack that

All the Donald with a Pinch of François, Kevin, & Betsy

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

This week's episode of Chatter we miss Nate (again!) as he is trapped in a mountain snowstorm. Karan and Vennesa muddle through without him, starting off with Donald Trump, and pretty much talking about him all the way through. From the repercussions of the "Muslim Ban," which may or may not be a ban, the break with tradition that the Brit Speaker of the House dealt with to say no to Trump addressing the government there, and the disdain for the judiciary that is apparently totally fine, to his pick for Education Secretary and how even two Republicans said no. We also manage to fit in a few non-Trump items including the recent and horrific discovery of mass hangings at a prison

There is No Single Elite


The election of Donald Trump as the next US President is said to be a backlash by Americans, many of whom live in the “flyover country” of the central states, against an elite that lives in the coastal states. This elite, who supported Hillary Clinton, supposedly sees Americans in flyover country as stupid and bigoted and doesn’t care about their problems. Voting for Trump was flyover country’s retaliation against the elite. In Canada, political voices like Kellie Leitch and Ezra Levant have also portrayed themselves as striking back against an elite, often based in places like Toronto and Vancouver, that supposedly looks down on Canadians who live in other communities the same way the American elite does to flyover country. On the