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Murky, contradictory poll results, weird timing, unlikely to divert media from dubious narrative about Alberta NDP: Chip in to keep stories like these coming. According to news accounts of last week's Mainstreet Research demon-dialler poll, Albertans broadly support their NDP Government’s policies, including the plan to implement a $15 minimum wage and the call for a higher levy on carbon emissions, p...
Today's smokey skies are a consequence of inaction on climate change: Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. I was prompted to write this post by the very unusual fact that, right now, Vancouver skies are smokey from the various wildfires burning in southwest B.C. Of course, skies filled with smo...
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Morning Brief: Tuesday, 7 July, 2015: Today’s Morning Brief is brought to you by Boeing, builder of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. ____________________ Tories, NDP use situation in Greece to spar over economic credentials — Oil prices fall nearly 8%, dashing hopes for recovery — UN Human Rights Committee reviews Canada’s civil rights re...
Clippings: Tuesday, 7 July, 2015: International: Barack Obama says ISIS will be defeated by ideas, not guns (CBC News) National: Tories, NDP use situation in Greece to spar over economic credentials (The Globe and Mail) Trans-Pacific Partnership talks: Canada, Japan at odds over B.C. timber (The Canadian Press) Ottawa poised to...
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Please Advise! Is Vancouver the World's Most Liveable Smoky Hellscape? (in Opinion): Sure is, says Dr. Steve. Hey, when climate change gives you fires, make s'mores.  Related Stories Please Advise! Too Soon for a Sinking Ship Metaphor? (in Opinion) Please Advise! I'm Mad as Hell, and I'm Not Going to Namastake it Anymore (in Opinion) Please Advise! 'My Funny Speech Wasn't Funny...
Five Things Proved by the FIFA Women's World Cup (in Opinion): FIFA's clogged with more fossilized testosterone than you even thought.  Related Stories Women's World Cup: Don't Hate the Players, or the Game (in Opinion) Is the Women's World Cup the Right Place to Talk about Missing Women? (in Opinion) Six Reasons BC Place Is Growing into a Giant Lemon (in...
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Former Liberal cabinet minister blasts Young Liberal VP for ‘racist’ Roma tweets: Former premier and cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh has described statements made by a vice-president of the Young Liberals of Canada as “sheer racism” and called for the party to intervene.
VP of Liberal youth wing tweets opposition to ‘protection’ and ‘benefits’ for minority Roma in Serbia: A member of the Young Liberals of Canada’s national executive could be in hot water following a series of tweets about the Roma people.
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A National Balancing Act: Security of a Country and Privacy of the Individual: In 1755, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” The concept of security has a longer heritage than that of privacy. But the historic and linguistic roots of security lie not in the state watc...
The Cycle of Dependency: When Helping Does More Harm Than Good: Ever since colonization, the people of Uganda have become accustomed to foreigners coming in with a savior mentality, pushing initiatives that, despite good intentions, may not help the locals solve their real problems. This reliance has created a cycle of dependency that is difficult to break. B...
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Doggone it! - Ash Clouds from Volcano can't be milked for taxes: What a waste! Some twenty-three pictures showing the tick ash- clouds rising from Mount Sinabung volcano during the June 26 eruption somewhere in Indonesia, and not a penny in taxes! The pictures are chilling and the suffering of the people affected is indescribable. We can only hope for the...
Japanese women go ape over Shabani the brooding and "deep thinking" gorilla: Who can blame these adoring Japanese ladies? The drudgery of everyday life in a supposedly almost perfect society, with customs and values going back for hundreds of years, after a while must be tiresome to observe and to live by them. Japanese culture is inclined to fall for great beasts, rea...
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Why a new Québec-based party is running in the Peterborough by-election, and other unintended consequences of sloppy law-making: The law of unintended consequences is getting quite a workout with these – legally necessary – but otherwise totally pointless federal by-elections. The fact they weren't called long ago, but now have to be called this close to a fixed election date, the fact that the spending limits are obscenel...
Candidate Drilldown: Vancouver Island Part II: We'll continue north over the Malahat and up the Island Highway where we left off last time, reviewing the ridings and nominated candidates in central and northern Vancouver Island. Part I of the series on Vancouver Island can be found here. [Welcome, National Newswatch readers!] Elec/Poll Cons N...
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The women of Rolling Stone: If you’ve been busy binge watching season three of Orange Is the New Black (and you really should be) you might have missed the latest issue of Rolling Stone with OITNB stars Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon on the cover.The magazine’s cover story devotes significant column inches to talking abo...
Puppet masters: GEMMA JAMES-SMITH AND GIL GARRATT OF CLAWHAMMER | Photo courtesy Clawhammer The wonderfully non-human retelling of a Canadian novella on stageIT’S A STORY that needs to be retold.“The Faustian bargain is a classic hook,” says Gil Garratt, referring to Derek McCormack’s 2008 novella The Show that...
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Toronto police search for missing man Eugene Paliants : {ads1}The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing man. Eugene Paliants, 29, was last seen on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at approximately 12 p.m., in the Dundas Street West and Mabelle Avenue area He is described as white, 6'0"-6'1", 160-170 lbs., medium bu...
Toronto police search for missing man Duane Montaque : {ads1}The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing man.Duane Montaque, 29, functions at the level of a nine-year-old. He was last seen on Friday, July 3, 2015, at 6:50 p.m., in the Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue East area. He is described as black, 5'8", m...
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LATEST TWEETS ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IN CANADA: Tweets by @publiceyeonline I’ll be taking a break from column writing for the next few weeks. But follow me on Twitter, where I’ll continue bringing you the latest news and views about secrecy and openness in Canada.
A TRANSITORY PROBLEM?: How many of these files will be saved and how many will be deleted? (Photograph by Shutterstock.com) Freedom of information should give the people the power to know what decisions their governments are making, as well as how and why those decisions are being made. Canada’s records access laws o...
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Alexis Tsipras est-il le meilleur politicien d'Europe?: Dans le domaine imprévisible des affaires humaines, le talent politique consiste à savoir utiliser les circonstances à son avantage, pas à se battre contre elles, écrivait Machiavel. En soumettant au peuple grec la proposition de la troïka, Alexis Ts...
Mexicains négligés et hypocrisie canadienne: Le Mexique n’est pas une démocratie paisible, contrairement à ce que peut penser le Canada. Ce dernier continue de jouer à l’autruche en gardant le pays sur sa liste des pays d’origine désignés, dits « sécuritaires ». Les élections de mi-mandat, ayan...
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Taxes for the Common Good: Corporate Responsibility:   The fifth in a seven-part series, “Taxes for the Common Good.” Imagine you had access to $1.85 billion.  What social issue would you choose to address?  Housing?  Childcare?  First Nations’ education?  Climate change?  Newcomer integration?  How about giving that money to large corporations ...
Harperites battle to stop the bleeding as Trudeau recovers and Mulcair soars…: Before anyone believed the NDP under Tom Mulcair could win, Stephen Harper enjoyed a slim lead over slumping Justin Trudeau from last fall until May of this year. But now that things have changed, we’re seeing the various players react.  Voters who were unsure about Justin Trudeau’s readiness ...
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They’re back...and are trying to ambush us with an online ‘link tax’: Two weeks ago we celebrated a win at the European Parliament, where members of a powerful committee tasked with making decisions about how we share and collaborate online rejected proposals that would restrict our right to link. Seeing the...
Human Rights groups are taking Bill C-51 to the UN: The government is trying to scare us into accepting a reckless bill that will undermine our basic human rights. That's why, Amnesty International Canada and CCLA are taking Bill C-51 to the UN. Speak out now to get this reckless bill repea...
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1977 Stanley Cup, 1993 World Series rings stolen from Toronto home: TORONTO - Toronto police are looking for a thief who made off with a pair of valuable sports championship rings in a residential break-in.The stolen jewelry, valued at approximately $500,000, includes a 1977 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring and a 1993 Toronto Blue Jays World Series ringThe rob...
Renovation of Senate's temporary home $29M over budget: Fixing up a temporary home for the Senate has gone over budget by at least $29 million, and Public Works wants to squeeze office-relocation costs for senators to make up the difference.But senators are pushing back.The Senate chamber is being moved to Ottawa's old railway station starting in 2018...
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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question: Thursday we asked: How serious a problem is racism in Canada?- Very: 370 votes (26%)- Somewhat: 346 votes (24%)- Not very: 691 votes (49%)- Unsure: 7 votes (0%)  Thursday we asked: How serious a problem is racism in Canada?- Very: 370 votes (26%)- Somewhat: 346 votes (24%)- Not...
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Haroon Siddiqui’s parting reflections on career and country: In his final column, Haroon Siddiqui reflects on his 37 years at the Star and on how Canada has changed.
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Rigged Reform: When it comes to reforming our decrepit political institutions, many Canadians are desperate enough to endorse any proposal slid under their nose. As usual, it pays to read the fine print. Justin Trudeau is getting a lot of good press at the moment for a booklet of “fair and open government” prop...
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Executed Prisoners Are Not Political Props: Huffington Post: The Conservative Party of Canada uses the execution videos of the people they want to protect as props to attack Liberal leader as unprepared for leadership. Whether military action is warranted and productive is a case by case decision. That is a discussion to have and the Liber...
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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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