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5 Terrorism sound bites for Rob Nicholson: Between now and the fall election, a crucial part of the Conservatives’ strategy will be convincing voters they are working to keep them safe from terrorism while also convincing them they’re in more danger from terrorism than ever. So basically saying they’re ineffective against terrorism...
Confused facts, misdirected rants: Salutin attacks Chow on child-care: In an op-ed article in the pages of The Toronto Star on July 30, 2015 (and reprinted on rabble.ca) subtitled, "How can Chow frame herself as a champion of affordable child care, when hers was the party that killed that dream 10 years ago?"  Rick Salutin makes about as ridiculous a politica...
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Patrick Brown will have chance to join Ontario legislature: PENETANGUISHENE, Ont.- Premier Kathleen Wynne is about to call a byelection that will give the leader of the Opposition a chance to seek a seat in the Ontario legislature. Wynne said during an appearance in Penetanguishene on Saturday that she would call the byelection in Simcoe North next week f...
Health Canada used in partisan attack on Trudeau: Under the auspices of taking action against marijuana advertising, health minister Rona Ambrose used her department to issue a highly partisan attack on Justin Trudeau. Accompanying a media release announcing plans for a task force to monitor marijuana advertising and to alert law enforcement, Am...
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Farmers Could Sour on Tories over TPP Dairy Battle (in News): Ron Versteeg waits to hear how major trade deal will impact his industry.
Ed Deak Knew the Meaning of Wealth (in News): His was a life full of ideas, art and memories, shared on Tyee pages since day one.  Related Stories Nine Months After Polley Breach, Alaskans Seek Compensation Guarantee from BC (in News) A Chance to Change the Headlines (in News) Mining Must Evolve to Prevent Future Mount Polleys, Reviewers F...
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It’s time to stop calling climate activists hypocrites: Ever heard the argument that climate protesters are hypocrites because they drive cars, use petroleum products and otherwise don’t practice what they preach? It’s a PR line designed to shut down criticism without addressing its substance, and, what’s...
First Nations and the federal election: An exercise in self-termination: For the past several weeks, I have observed with increasing frequency a call for First Peoples to get out for the upcoming federal election. The mainstream media and now the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, are urgin...
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The New Brand Power: Mobilizing Global Solution Networks: Historically, brands participated in solving global problems through philanthropy or their corporate social responsibility initiatives. Thanks to the Internet and some big changes in the global economy, brands can now leverage the effects of networks to create a dramatically bigger impact than pr...
Rodrigo Duterte: The Rise of Philippines’ Death Squad Mayor: For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines’ main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem. They’re a political platform. Duterte publicly admitted his direct links to the Davao...
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World’s population to reach 11.2 billion by 2099, UN says: According to people in the know, the current global population of 7.3 billion is forecast to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, slightly above the last set of U.N. projections. Well, projections are just that, more or less. Anyone surprised that most growth will happen in devel...
The Good People in the UN once again published 5 concerns about Canada: Not the first time that a super conscientious arm of the UN knocked Canada in the area of human rights. You can read about the report here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/5-concerns-raised-in-un-report-on-canada-1.2483799 As I understand, the UN committee, criticizing Canadian practices invol...
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Last-minute, longer election campaign: “Cunning” or just cowardly?: [Originally published on July 15, 2015 at NationalNewswatch.com] The morning after he had won the last federal election, Stephen Harper was asked how people fearing a Conservative majority government could be re-assured. "One of the things I've learned is that surprises are not generally well rec...
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...
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One year later: Denise Hansen examines the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada—and why there’s cause for anger and hope here, tooPROTESTS AND MARCHES AND SIT-INS have never really been my chosen course of social action. I can remember my dear family friend Kathy, a valiant social justice advocate, trying over ...
Gender Block: Jurassic World: I didn’t exactly expect Jurassic World  to be feminist savvy—it’s largely about capitalizing on nostalgia and making a bunch of dinosaurs run around. Dinosaurs, after all, are big bucks: as of July 26 the film has grossed $1,542,568,684 worldwide. They’re also very cool and I’ll admit I saw the m...
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Toronto police arrest Robbie Assick for child porn : On Thursday, May 21, 2015, members of the Toronto Police Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Section executed a search warrant in the Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue East area. {ads1}It is alleged that: - a man was accessing and saving child sexual abuse images and videos On Thursday, July 23, 2015, R...
Toronto police search for missing girl Darlene Caldwell : {ads1}The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing girl. Darlene Caldwell, 16, was last seen on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., in the West Shore Boulevard and Bayly Street, area in Pickering. She is described as 5'4", 110 lbs., thin build, with ...
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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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Droits humains : un second blâme de l’ONU pour le Canada : Pour la deuxième fois en dix ans, le Comité des droits de l’homme de l’ONU critique le Canada pour ses manquements à l’égard du Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques.
Négociation du secteur public : Qui contre qui?: Les négociations du secteur public sont des moments incontournables du cycle des mobilisations sociales. Avec l’annonce de l’intensification des moyens d’action par les syndicats du Front commun, nous devons nous questionner à savoir si cette lutte p...
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Midsummer Election Politics: At Issue Panel: The first debate is next week and the election campaign could officially start any day now. The post Midsummer Election Politics: At Issue Panel appeared first on Loonie Politics.
Tory MPs reading from identical script: PressProgress, a media project of the Broadbent Institute, posted on its website that critics have called conservative ‘mindless robots.’ The post Tory MPs reading from identical script appeared first on Loonie Politics.
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Ottawa Citizen: The devastating cost of securing our skies: Amira Elghawaby from NCCM highlights even more ways that C-51 violates our rights.  Stand up against this reckless legislation at KillC51.ca Article by Amira Elghawaby for the Ottaza Citizen Who pays the price for a highly-secretive secur...
Washington Post: This controversial Internet policy has divided Americans for years. Now Canada’s just adopted it.: Our mandated fibre acces brings all the boys to the yard.  Article by Brian Fung for the Washington Post Let's play a game. What if any company could go to Verizon and say, "I want to sell Internet service using your FiOS network, but unde...
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Sgt. Tatyana Danylyshyn, Canadian Reservist, Places 1st At International Shooting Competition: Sgt. Tatyana Danylyshyn won the international Bisley shooting competition in England. A Canadian Army reservist from Vancouver Island didn't miss as she put first place in the cross hairs at an international shooting competition in England. A National Defence Department release says Sgt. Tatyana ...
Federal Election 2015: Trudeau Releases New Ad As Anticipated Election Call Nears: TORONTO — Justin Trudeau is fighting back against Tory suggestions that he is not ready to become prime minister. In a new television commercial to be aired next week, Trudeau is seen speaking directly to the camera addressing questions that the Conservative Party has planted in people’s minds a...
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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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The Trump Bubble: Everything we think we know about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign flows from a single word: “rapists.” In making his infamous off-the-cuff remarks (not that he makes any other kind) at his campaign kick-off that the Mexicans “are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime and their rapists” ...
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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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