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Changing Our Electoral System Would Renew Democracy (in Opinion): Our current first-past-the-post system fosters a 'get nowhere' dynamic that winner-take-all voting brings: an endless cycle of 'strategic voting' campaigns, while millions of voters in 'safe' ridings are ignored by political parties.  Related Stories While NDP Fiddles with Electoral Reform, O...
Health Ministry Firings Review an 'Accountability Gong Show,' Says NDP (in News): Report finds errors in government investigation that led to firings of seven employees.  Related Stories Key Health Ministry Advisor Was Surprised Firings Targeted Just 'Low Level People': Emails (in News) Long-Awaited Review into 'Biggest Ever Human Resources Debacle' Due Today (in News) For...
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Stop saving the Queen: The new mayor of Victoria refused to swear an oath to the Queen, and this made the Monarchist League of Canada really mad. Because Canada has a Monarchist League. They even have a website where you can buy a royal wedding DVD or a $17 “royal grab-bag” which I assume has a bumper sticker th...
Sexual pharmaceutical industry pushing for approval of 'pink Viagra' : rey-2014-12-19b.mp3 Thea Cacchioni is a sociologist who studies the medicalization of sex. In 2010, she testified at an FDA hearing against the approval of Flibanserin, a drug proposed t...
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November is for Nominations: Between them, the opposition NDP and Liberal parties will have nominated eighty candidates in the month of November alone, a sure sign that election readiness is top of mind in the year or so leading up to the next federal general election. Add those to the at least 11 Conservative nomination mee...
By-Election Shocker! Conservatives retain Whitby-Oshawa: [Welcome, National Newswatch readers!] By the time all the ballots were counted Monday night, former Whitby mayor Pat Perkins held Whitby-Oshawa for the Conservative Party with nearly 50% of the vote. You could be forgiven for thinking this result was unlikely, given the extent to which Liberal t...
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Federal political circuit poised to hit pause for the holidays : With just days to go before the holidays are officially underway, the federal political circuit has, at least for the most part, effectively shut down for the season -- except, that is, for the two tireless ministers of the crown with events slated for Friday.Hit the jump for the full...
Franklin Expedition news to be revealed by Leona Aglukkaq in Toronto: Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq makes what the advisory is billing as an "important announcement about the lost Franklin Expedition" during a morning visit to the Royal Ontario Museum. Also in Toronto today: Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, who is slated to meet with her US counter...
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Magnotta jury continues its deliberations this weekend: MONTREAL - Jurors deciding the fate of Luka Rocco Magnotta begin their fifth day of deliberations today.The eight women and four men started their work on Tuesday and have emerged just once since then.They asked Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer whether a personality disorder is a disease of t...
No winning ticket for Friday`s $21 million Lotto Max jackpot: TORONTO - There was no winning ticket for Friday night`s $21 million Lotto Max jackpot.That means the grand prize for next Friday`s draw will be approximately $30 million.
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Federal gun registry returns with bang: When Glenn Thibeault announced his departure from the federal Dipper’s for the Liberal Party of Ontario earlier this week, he cited any number of reasons for quitting federal politics, but one significant omission that neither he nor anyone else among the punditry seemed to bring up, but that ...
9 Wildrose MLAs, including Smith, cross to Alberta Tories: Nine Wildrose MLAs, including leader Danielle Smith, have crossed to Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative party. The post 9 Wildrose MLAs, including Smith, cross to Alberta Tories appeared first on Loonie Politics.
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Crowdfunding site set up for laid-off Wildrose staff after exodus: EDMONTON – A crowdfunding website is raising money for Alberta Wildrose caucus staff who already have or could lose their jobs after their leader and eight others crossed over to the Progressive Conservatives. A party official says at least two people have already been laid off and others in the ...
Canadian Forces medics, second mobile lab, headed to Sierra Leone for Ebola fight: TORONTO – The federal government says Canadian Armed Forces health-care workers and support staff will travel to Sierra Leone on Saturday to begin an Ebola-related mission. As well, the government says a second mobile testing laboratory and the scientists who operate it will travel to Sierra Leon...
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Torture, Justice and the American Way: Zubaydah was the first prisoner cast into a black site, the prisoner for whom the infamous torture memo was written, and the only prisoner subjected to all the “enhanced” techniques. He is mentioned 1,001 times in the recent report. I am one of the few people in the world who actually know what h...
Regime Change in Burkina Faso: Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa: More than a hundred thousand protesters took to the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou, in response to Compaoré’s attempt to amend the constitution to eliminate the two-term limit on the presidential mandate. Compaoré wanted to run for a third term, and the population was fed up with his long mi...
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Sharp and finicky Millenials and their aspirations - in the real world: According to researchers, Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the age bracket following Generation X. There are no accurate dates when the generation starts and ends. In practice, most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980...
Darwin the Ikea monkey is not just another primate, he is a Toronto icon: Anyone out there who is not familiar with the story of the monkey named Darwin, would benefit from reading Yenny Yuen's article in the Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/12/12/darwin-the-ikea-monkey-thriving-at-story-book-farm In a nutshell, Darwin was taken away from it's owner afte...
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Terms of service: Illustration by Matt Daley Are we too apathetic when it comes to social media user experiments?A few months ago, Facebook got into trouble for experimenting with some of their users. In the name of “science,” they decided to start tweaking people’s newsfeeds with an excess of either positive or ...
Oh, The Horror: Filming Physical Disabilities: Grotesque deformities and burlap sack masks: these are the faces of physical disabilities in horror.Horror does not do disability well. Most “good” characters are able-bodied, whereas many villains in horror wear masks to cover birth defects, which the audience is supposed to find frightening. We...
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Celebrities Speak about Peshawar Attack : As whole Pakistan is heartbroken in great pain following Peshawar’s deadly attack, Pakistani as well as Indian celebrities shared their condolence and thoughts to victimise families. The incident that took lives of more than 141 peopleincluding 132 children and teachers is indeed sorrowful for t...
Lawyer Says Winnipeg Locker Infant Remains Might Be Decade Old : Officials have confirmed that the remains of six infants found hidden inside a Winnipeg storage locker are believed to be almost decade-old based on preliminary autopsy results. The defence lawyer representing the woman accused of concealing the remains, Greg Brodsky, revealed the latest details...
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Happy Holidays Internet community! We’ll be back in January!:   It's been a busy, wacky, wonderful year here at OpenMedia and we're ready for a break.    Enjoy your well-deserved time off, Internet community, and we'll see you in the new year.   Happy Holidays!   - your OpenMedia team     read more
Ricochet: Canada’s privacy deficit widens alarmingly as Supreme Court permits police to search cellphones: This piece was originally published by Ricochet Media. Canada’s privacy deficit widened further last week, following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that police do not need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they arrest. The rul...
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Northern Gateway Shows New Approach Needed: Last month, the Northern Gateway pipeline was approved by the Harper government. In response, many First Nations people swore they would never support the pipeline being built through their lands. Many people accused the Aboriginals of being greedy and lazy, opposing the pipeline simply...
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Toronto’s Future Isn’t Written Yet: If you make to the end of the Back to the Future movie trilogy, past the flying cars and cowboys the last scene has a sage bit of wisdom to help you get through life…and voting: Jennifer: I brought this note back from the future (about Marty losing his job) and…now it’s erased! Doc: Of course it...
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Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study: Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and g...
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Presentation on the Bloor/Durie development in Bloor West Village #parkhp #topoli: Hello all! It's been a while here at the blog. Apologies. I hope to get back to posting more regularly in the near future. I wanted to post my speaking notes from today on an issue that came before the Etobicoke York Community Council. As you will note from my previous blog entry, I have been inv...
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Living Life in the Present: I just got back from a trip in British Columbia’s wine country, followed up by a party-every-day experience in New Orleans — not that you’d know any of that by following me here or on social media. More than ever, I’m just living life in the present — meaning the best I can give right now is an a...
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The Cornerstone of Gentrification in the Downtown East Side: From the Woodward squat ten years ago, to a displaced neighbourhood VANCOUVER—Towering 43 storeys at the corner of Abbott and Hastings St, in the poorest neighbourhood in Vancouver—the Downtown East S...

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