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When two become one... NOT: If you're wondering about the title of this blog post, yes I am apparently twelve. And no, I don't care. *slams bedroom door*           read more
Happy Canada Day: Alberta has an extra billion, which was good luck for the NDP: Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Presumably it will be a Happy Canada Day today for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley with the news now out there the province has a billion dollars more in its kitty than we'd been led to bel...
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Morning Brief: Thursday, July 2, 2015: Today’s Morning Brief is brought to you by the International Economic Forum of the Americas. The 9th Toronto Global Forum: Pan American Edition presented by Cogeco Data Services will be taking place on July 8-10, 2015 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Over 2000 participants and 100 speakers are e...
Clippings: Thursday, July 2, 2015: International: Tunisia beach hotel attack: 12 arrested in connection with massacre (CBC News) Yemen ‘one step’ from famine, UN says (The Toronto Star) Saudi government funding private Islamic schools in Canada, documents show (The Globe and Mail) U.S. Embassy opening in Havana marks major thaw i...
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Italian Search and Rescue Plane Wrong for BC: Expert (in News): Feds ignore more agile craft fitting province's terrain -- and built in Victoria.
Two Startling Victories for Global Sanity in One Week (in Opinion): Austerity doesn’t work. Dutch judge: Citizens are right, slash carbon emissions.  Related Stories Eight Lessons for Progressives Inspired by Syriza (in Opinion) The Entitled Get More Brazen by the Day (in Opinion) Syriza Win Deals a Historic Blow to Austerity (in Opinion)
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With referendum on austerity, Greece goes all-in on democracy : Within Syriza, tensions were reaching a fever pitch. The left wing of the party was growing impatient, and party activists openly confessed their disappointment with the government. Some went so far as to speak of treason, cracks beginning to appear...
‘Why I’ve joined the flotilla to Gaza’ : Editors' note: Robert Lovelace is on board the Marianne, one of the boats challenging the blockade of Gaza, which is currently being pursued by Israeli naval vessels in international waters as it approaches the port of Gaza. The latest watch report f...
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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...
Cairo to Cape Town: New Free Trade ‘Super Bloc’ Huge for African Economy: A major trade deal signed in June 2015 is about to remake Africa. Dubbed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), the 26-nation market created by this deal will liberalize intra-Africa trade, foster cross-border infrastructure investment, and stimulate industrial diversification. The TFTA seeks to ...
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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...
Sexist remarks will not be tolerated, scientist or no scientist, you will resign your position: Tim Hunt a Nobel winning scientist was forced to resign an honorary post at University College of London and losing his position with the European Research Council science committee. Apparently he was the author of his own misfortune. His problems started when he announced to the World Conferen...
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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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Hindus have highest retention rate in USA: Hindus have the highest retention rate as compared to any other major religious group in USA, per an analysis posted by Pew Research Center (PRC), "a nonpartisan fact tank" headquartered in Washington DC, on June 24. “…four-in-five Americans raised as Hindus continue to identify as Hindus as adu...
Toronto police search for missing man Robert Farkas : {ads1}The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing man.Robert Farkas, 61, was last seen on Monday, June 29, 2015, at 2 p.m., in the Lawrence Avenue East and Brimley Road area. He is described as 5'6", with shoulder-length grey/blonde hair. He was last seen w...
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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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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...
« Ça, c'est de la vraie politique! »: Au sein de Syriza, les tensions étaient à leur comble. L'aile gauche du parti s'impatientait et les militants confessaient ouvertement leur déception à l'égard du gouvernement. Certains allaient jusqu'à parler de « trahison », évoquant un éclatement...
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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 ...
The arrogance of ending First-Past-the-Post:   As we close in on the general election, we now have all opposition parties coming out in favour of electoral reform of one form or another.  With Justin Trudeau’s 32-point “real change” proposal for enhanced transparency and accountability, he included a promise that this election would be t...
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Let’s work to stop the crackdown on domain privacy: Have you ever wondered just how many domain names there are out there? Turns out, there are a lot! According to Verisign’s Domain Industry Brief, there were a whopping 288 million domain names registered by the end of 2014, with 16.9 milli...
Connie Fournier: Bill C-51 contradicts conservative principles : Principled Conservative and founder of the website Free Dominion Connie Fournier writes another poignant piece looking at how Bill C-51 contradicts conservative principles, and how this will become a key election issue.  Article by Connie ...
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Five stories in the news today, July 2: Five stories in the news today, July 2 from The Canadian Press:———ANOTHER THREAT DIVERTS WESTJET FLIGHTA bomb threat WestJet says was a hoax prompted the airline to divert a Vancouver-to-Toronto flight to Calgary on Wednesday night. The flight was cleared by police and the 30 passengers were plac...
Old school or new? Math teachers debate best methods as scores fall: TORONTO - Don't get math teachers started on best teaching practices.The discussions are emotional, heated and they don't agree on much — except that Canadian kids are falling behind their peers in other countries, and there's no clear solution.There are generally two camps: those in favour of th...
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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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