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What's Really Locking BC's Schools Shut (in Opinion): Huge stakes for each side make a perfect stalemate. With a Tyee interview with BCTF president Jim Iker.  Related Stories Fassbender's Three Steps to a Settlement, Translated (in Opinion) Want a 10-Year School Deal, BC Liberals? Try These Terms (in Opinion) With Parent Payout, Captain Clark Ha...
Career 180: Engineering Gluten-Free Pastry (in News): Recession roadblocks turned Eric Ho onto the culinary path of his dreams. Second in a series on BCers starting over.  Related StoriesCareer 180: A Desk Jobber Trades Up (in News)
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Why government-teacher negotiations failed in B.C.: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Public schools in B.C. are not open today as the teachers' strike continues. Despite B.C. government efforts to demonize unions, public support remains in favour of teachers....
Naomi Klein speaks to the Peoples' Social Forum : nni_naomi_klein_peoples_social_forum_aug_2014.mp3 Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author and one of the most influential voices on our political and ...
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NDP MP calls on director of public prosecutions to review Duffy case: The NDP is asking Canada’s director of public prosecutions to look at the evidence collected by the RCMP in the Mike Duffy case to determine if charges should be laid against other people as well. The Mounties have filed 31 charges against Duffy related to his housing and travel expense claims, a...
NATO struggles to define collective defence in era of cyberwarfare: LONDON – Keystrokes could soon replace Kalashnikovs as the harbinger of future wars once NATO leaders endorse an updated policy that places catastrophic cyberattacks in the same league as real-world bombs and bullets. A major digital assault against any of the alliance’s 28 members would have the...
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London, Iqaluit, Gaspesie and Sidney: Federal leaders hit the road : In what will likely be his final major trip before the House reopens later this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads off to London for two days of trade-related meetings before making his way to Cardiff, where NATO leaders are expected to gather later this week. Meanwhile, New ...
Premiers to talk trade barriers as Charlottetown confab continues: As they head into a second day of closed-door meetings in Charlottetown, provincial and territorial premier are set to turn their collective attention to the perennial push to eliminate internal trade barriers. Later this afternoon, Liberal MP Wayne Easter will hold a press conferenc...
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Fund to promote fuel efficiency among municipalities in Nova Scotia: HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is handing about $27,000 to an environmental group to promote the use of alternative-fuel vehicles by municipalities.Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the Clean Foundation will work with two municipalities to help them take advantage of new, fuel-efficient t...
Mike Duffy Case: NDP Urges Director Of Public Prosecutions To Review RCMP Evidence: OTTAWA - The NDP is asking Canada's director of public prosecutions to look at the evidence collected by the RCMP in the Mike Duffy case to determine if charges should be laid against other people as well.The Mounties have filed 31 charges against Duffy related to his housing and travel expense c...
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Fanshawe college needs to go back to school:           London is on a collision course with its local community college. In 2010, the city of London provided Fanshawe College with $20 million to turn two downtown buildings into classrooms for 1,000 students. Fanshawe College has now put forward a $66.2 million proposal — requiring an add...
Canada needs to step up to ISIS:           “We have to be careful to ensure that this aid falls into the right hands,”said International Development Minister Christian Paradis, gesturing at the cardboard box of toothpaste and hand soap that could prove deadly in the evil grasp of ISIS. The Minister was at the Red Cross office...
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Hard Times Ahead for Iraq’s Yazidis: The world has seen images of refugees starving in the wilderness and heard accounts of children butchered, young women sold into slavery, and final phone calls from men ordered by the Islamic State to convert or die. Meanwhile, the Kurdish cities of Dohuk, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah struggle to prov...
Hard Times Ahead for Iraq’s Yazidis: The world has seen images of refugees starving in the wilderness and heard accounts of children butchered, young women sold into slavery, and final phone calls from men ordered by the Islamic State to convert or die. Meanwhile, the Kurdish cities of Dohuk, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah struggle to prov...
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"Corruption never has been compulsory" ( A. Eden): Corruption and bribery exists everywhere, in fact it is growing. Apparently in India corruption is perceived as the civil servants' favourite contest nationwide. But we should not dump on India. Hardly a day goes by in the West that this or that politician or leading businessman is not in the n...
She Offers Free Viagra For Seniors, If Elected: Things could not get any better for seniors living in Toronto. Sarah Thompson is running for Mayor in Toronto and promising to hand out free Viagra for low-income seniors if she masters the stiff competition in the mayor's race and wins in the fall. In the view of some seniors gossiping at Tim'...
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Conservative Software Project Went Into Production in 2013, Financial Statements Show: [Welcome, National Newswatch readers!] The Conservative Party's mysterious software project was no longer listed as an "asset under development", but rather full-fledged "computer software", in financial statements the party recently filed with Elections Canada for the 2013 calendar year. At a to...
June By-election Turnout: How low could we go? (You don’t want to know): Until Monday, Canada had never had a federal by-election with turnout under 20%. As of today – Canada Day – we've had two of them. Whether by accident or design, the decision by the Prime Minister to hold four federal by-elections on the Monday between a summer weekend and a statuatory holiday le...
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Hashtag Maggie Vandermeer: Illustration by Matt Daley This piece is one of 13 short stories set to appear in The Journey Prize Stories 26 anthology, available October 7. A huge This congratulations to author Nancy Jo Cullen!At 1:27 a.m. Maggie’s phone blinked and whistled on her bedside table. Startled out of sleep, she k...
Pop culture: Every day I’ve hustlin’: Illustration by Dave Donald Thoughts on the creative value of taking a break“MY LIFE IN MONTREAL WAS SO GOOD,” said the songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage in a recent interview for Bad Day magazine. “We did so many projects. We made tons of albums and we were making movies and just doing tons of sh...
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PC Leadership Hopeful Lukaszuk to Audit Cabinet Ministers : Progressive Conservative leadership candidate, Thomas Lukaszuk, has declared his intention to invite the province’s auditor general to investigate the travel and expense records of all cabinet ministers. The decision was made on Monday, after it was revealed that Mr. Lukaszuk recently paid back...
B.C. School Districts Warn Parents First Day of School Maybe Far : School board officials have predicted that teachers strike is expected to continue well into September after all chances of timey mediation were crushed and hence classes were formally cancelled for Tuesday’s scheduled opening day. Consequently, several school districts have publicly warned pare...
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CCPA Monitor: The battle for the Internet and what it means for Canada: This piece was co-authored by Steve Anderson and David Christopher and was originally published in the September edition of the CCPA Monitor Five commissioners on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hold the fate of the Inter...
Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, September 2, 2014: Your news links for today: Why U.S. Pressure Is Behind the Stalled Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Bill - Michael Geist Net neutrality activists are about to show you what an Internet 'slow lane' looks like - Daily Dot CSEC flunks history...
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Improving Iraq: There is a certain naiveté inherent in believing dysfunctional foreign nations can be made viable simply through outside military intervention. This was obviously the great lesson of the second Bush administration and the war to remove Saddam Hussein: Iraq was a blood-soaked basket-case under Sad...
Reading the Entrails:
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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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Goodbye Robin.: Robin Williams has always been a part of my life. One of the earliest proper TV shows I remember watching was Mork and Mindy, about a strange guy with a name like mine who happened to be an alien and was just trying to figure out how this crazy world and the people in it worked. He was sincere an...
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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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Summertime and the Living is Easy in Vancouver: Folks who live in Vancouver tend to be here because of the lifestyle. That’s why I’m here. Hope you’re having a nice summer too, people. Related posts: Are We Living in the Prohibition Era Again? A local politician has a couple of beers at a... Related posts brought to you by Ye...
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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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