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The public interest and the duty to consult are not in conflict: September 21, 2018It's up to Indigenous and environmental groups to protect the public interestWe cannot count on either federal or provincial governments to put the health of peoples, lands, waters, plants or animals ahead of the money to be made from the extractive industry.
September 22 is World Car-Free Day: Brent Patterson This Saturday September 22 is World Car-Free Day. That's a day when people in cities around the world opt to walk, cycle or take public transit rather than driving a car. In 2016, about 1,500 cities in 40 countries took part in the day. John Vidal writes in The Guardian, "This ...
Mayoral candidate D!ONNE Renée seeks to transform Toronto into thriving community: September 20, 2018In D!ONNE Renée's Toronto, everyone could live and thrive For mayoral candidate D!ONNE Renée, Toronto still presents many barriers to people's livelihoods. As mayor she would bring an inclusive vision for the city's future.
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Thousands expected at this year’s Ford Fest with Doug Ford as premier: VAUGHAN, Ont. — Supporters of Ontario’s premier are expected to flock to the grounds of a recreation centre in Vaughan, Ont., tonight for this year’s Ford Fest. Event organizers say the annual barbecue is expected to be bigger than ever with Doug Ford as premier. Historically, the event has taken...
Feds to name new ambassador for women, peace and security: Freeland: MONTREAL — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada will create a new ambassador position dedicated to women, peace and security. Freeland made the announcement today at a meeting of female foreign affairs ministers in Montreal that she co-hosted with Federica Mogherini, the high re...
Premier Ford heading to Ottawa to survey tornado damage: Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he will travel to Ottawa on Sunday to meet with first responders after a tornado struck the region Friday afternoon. “I plan to visit the impacted areas tomorrow, wanting to respect the first responders and hydro crews, who today are working hard on their plan to re...
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The CAQ’s shameless electoralism is a blast from the past: The Coalition Avenir Québec, leading in the polls ahead of October’s provincial election, recently released its “Traffic Reduction Plan” for Greater Montreal. Or so went the marketing pitch. Yet with the bulk of the plan’s $10 billion in proposed inv...
Conservatives join NDP in blasting Trudeau’s pipeline bailout: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5-billion has brought together unusual allies across the political spectrum. Many from the pro-pipeline camp have joined pipeline protestors to...
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Cooking Class & Marriage Lessons: A Book Excerpt (in Culture): In ‘Love Me True,’ poets and non-fiction writers examine a changing yet still hopeful institution.  Related Stories What We Mean When We Talk about Marriage: A Book Excerpt (in Culture) Sex Robots and the Future of Marriage (in Culture) Finding a Way Out: A Valentine’s Day book excerpt (in Culture)
VIFF in a Jiff: Eleven More Film Fest Reviews (in Culture): Vancouver’s cinematic behemoth is back in town. Did we mention our critic is tired?  Related Stories Yes, Wes Anderson’s 'Isle of Dogs' Is Problematic — But It’s Also About Dogs! (in Culture) ‘Meatballs’ and the Films of Summer’s Ending (in Culture) The Tyee’s VIFF Riff: Ten Bite-Sized Film Revie...
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Statement by the Prime Minister on Yom Kippur: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Yom Kippur: “Tonight at sundown, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will come ......Read More The post Statement by the Prime Minister on Yom Kippur appeared first on .
The Saudi Canada Dispute and the Russian Viewpoint: The recent diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia has made the news cycle around the world but one aspect of the dispute has received ......Read More The post The Saudi Canada Dispute and the Russian Viewpoint appeared first on .
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EQUALITY OF INFORMATION: Public institutions often don’t distribute information equally. Freedom of information laws were supposed to change that. (Photograph by Shutterstock.com) Freedom of information laws aren’t just a legal mechanism that allows us to obtain internal records from government bodies. It’s also an ins...
CLIMATE CHANGE QUESTIONS UNASKED IN CANADA: California governor Jerry Brown signs a bill setting a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state. (Photograph courtesy of the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.) As a journalism professor, I teach my first and second year students that one of the easiest means of breaking news is to ...
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La coupe du monde des femmes: Alors que la coupe du monde bat son plein et que les joueurs s'affrontent sur les terrains, on voit circuler sur les médias sociaux des vidéos et campagnes publicitaires qui visent à sensibiliser les spectateurs quant à l'augmentation des violences f...
Les lendemains qui... jazzent: Suite à la polémique entourant la tenue de la production SLĀV au Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, le Festival international de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM) a annoncé l’annulation du spectacle. Le metteur en scène Robert Lepage a publié un communiqué sur cette an...
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10 times the Globe and Mail editorial page has expressed an absurdly inflated sense of Canada’s place in the world:   1. “How Canada can help lead the way to better global health” (2016) Summary: Canada can improve global health outcomes by telling other countries what to do.   2. “How Canada can become a global food production powerhouse” (2017) Summary: More countries should buy Canadian food.   3. “Time to ...
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Dust Off That Blog, It’s Election Time: Whew, it’s been a while hasn’t it? There’s dust everywhere…how do you even get dust inside a blog? Oh well. There’s an election in Ontario on June 7, 2018 and well, I have opinions (see @rateldajer for the political part of me on Twitter). What’s on my mind right now: In something I don’t rememb...
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“They’ll Just Make It Illegal”: Cryptocurrencies, Public Goods & the State Late last year, I and a colleague from HKS were meeting with a VC I’d gotten to know in San Francisco. As an opening salvo in the conversation, the VC asked us “aren’t you worried about a cryptocurrency making the US dollar obsolete?” I replied that ...

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