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From the Peoples' Social Forum to a Peoples' Platform : The Peoples' Social Forum has created many opportunities to change the precarious course our society is on.  One promising strategy the democracy assembly agreed on is the proposal to produce a Peoples' Platform to articulate a common unifying vision that reflects the aspirations of social...
Mount Polley: Imperial Metals and government focus on covering up instead of cleaning up : On August 4, the massive tailings dam at the Imperial Metals Mount Polley gold and copper mine burst. The dam breach unleashed 14.5 million cubic metres of toxic heavy metals and chemical laden tailings water and sludge into Polley Lake, down Hazeltine Creek, into Quesnel Lake and onto the...
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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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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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Mulcair has harsh words for Harper, Trudeau at Labour Day parade in Toronto: TORONTO – Thousands of people marched Monday in Toronto’s annual Labour Day parade to show their support for local unions, with more than 30 labour organizations taking part in the festivities. Joining them was federal Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, who took shots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper...
Left-wing think-tank gets tax audit because of alleged bias: A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political-activities audit last fall partly because the research and education material on its website appears to be “biased” and “one-sided.” That partial rationale for launching the controversial audit appears on a newly ...
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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...
Tom Mulcair joins latest call for missing women inquiry: After spending much of the summer touring the country, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair is back on Parliament oll, where he's set to hit the stage at the National Press Theatre later this morning to reiterate his call, and "discuss the need" for an inquiry into murdered and missing ind...
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Parents scrambling for daycare spaces as B.C. teachers' strike delays school: VANCOUVER - Daycare operators in British Columbia are scrambling to keep up with increased demand for child support as more parents need places to babysit their kids because schools will not open.Janos Stiasny (YANOS Stee-AZ-nee), owner of Wise Owl Montessori Child Care, says spots in his daycare...
Popular Montreal bar under fire after men allegedly kicked out for kissing: MONTREAL - A popular Montreal bar is being accused of homophobia after a bouncer allegedly kicked out two male students for kissing.A student association at the Universite de Montreal is demanding an apology from Bar Saint-Sulpice, a busy spot in the city's Latin Quarter.Vincent Fournier Gosselin...
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Mine Disaster: Who Will Investigate Gov't Failings? (in Opinion): Mount Polley panel picked to be expert in engineering, not legal, technicalities.
$15 and Change: How Seattle Led a Wage Revolution (in News): There are lessons for BC and Canada in this tale of effective organizing, smart messaging, and luck.
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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...
Reflections On Canada Day: The Impact Of Canadian History: I'm writing this on the morning of Canada Day 2014, thinking about all the fascinating things I've read about and seen, and all the people I've met. One thing I've come across is all the different parts of Canadian history I've studied, and how they've tied into many of the recent issues...
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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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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...
Toronto Is More Than The Core: Marcus McGee makes a nice attempt at an ode to Toronto as opposed to the idea of Ford Nation: “Toronto isn’t Rob Ford. Toronto is more than that”. Unfortunately, I think he missed the point of why there is dissatisfaction in some parts of the city. All his anecdotes refer to The Core of the city....
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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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Zed urges Vatican Synod for sympathetic look at marriage laws : Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed is urging upcoming October Synod of Bishops at Vatican to exhaustively relook into the Church marriage laws to make these more relevant to the contemporary society. Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will to take place in the ...
Landing Gear Malfunction Results in Risky Plane Landing at Pearson Runway : Peel Regional Police has confirmed that two pilots partaking in practice flights for this weekend’s Canadian International Air Show narrowly escaped injuries on Friday when the landing gear of their plane collapsed. Consequently, emergency services responded to the incident and arrived at the P...
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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...
Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure: Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this lo...
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Motherboard: Experiencing civil war through virtual reality goggles: This virtual reality simulator is helping to bring the visceral, human effects of war to life for people far away from conflict. Article by Chris Malmo for Motherboard The situation for journalism in Syria is grim, and getting worse. With ...
The Hill: World to the U.S.: Please don't ruin the Internet : The stage is set for a global showdown against Internet slow lanes. Here's why you can't afford to keep quiet. Article by Danielle Kehl for the Hill At the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Istanbul next week, a multi-stake...
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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...
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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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