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Changing Our Electoral System Would Renew Democracy (in Opinion): Our current first-past-the-post system fosters a 'get nowhere' dynamic that winner-take-all voting brings: an endless cycle of 'strategic voting' campaigns, while millions of voters in 'safe' ridings are ignored by political parties.  Related Stories While NDP Fiddles with Electoral Reform, O...
Health Ministry Firings Review an 'Accountability Gong Show,' Says NDP (in News): Report finds errors in government investigation that led to firings of seven employees.  Related Stories Key Health Ministry Advisor Was Surprised Firings Targeted Just 'Low Level People': Emails (in News) Long-Awaited Review into 'Biggest Ever Human Resources Debacle' Due Today (in News) For...
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Stop saving the Queen: The new mayor of Victoria refused to swear an oath to the Queen, and this made the Monarchist League of Canada really mad. Because Canada has a Monarchist League. They even have a website where you can buy a royal wedding DVD or a $17 “royal grab-bag” which I assume has a bumper sticker th...
Sexual pharmaceutical industry pushing for approval of 'pink Viagra' : rey-2014-12-19b.mp3 Thea Cacchioni is a sociologist who studies the medicalization of sex. In 2010, she testified at an FDA hearing against the approval of Flibanserin, a drug proposed t...
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November is for Nominations: Between them, the opposition NDP and Liberal parties will have nominated eighty candidates in the month of November alone, a sure sign that election readiness is top of mind in the year or so leading up to the next federal general election. Add those to the at least 11 Conservative nomination mee...
By-Election Shocker! Conservatives retain Whitby-Oshawa: [Welcome, National Newswatch readers!] By the time all the ballots were counted Monday night, former Whitby mayor Pat Perkins held Whitby-Oshawa for the Conservative Party with nearly 50% of the vote. You could be forgiven for thinking this result was unlikely, given the extent to which Liberal t...
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Tom Mulcair says a coalition is not off the table: The “C word” many tire of or avoid altogether during election campaigns doesn’t scare the federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair. The post Tom Mulcair says a coalition is not off the table appeared first on Loonie Politics.
Federal gun registry returns with bang: When Glenn Thibeault announced his departure from the federal Dipper’s for the Liberal Party of Ontario earlier this week, he cited any number of reasons for quitting federal politics, but one significant omission that neither he nor anyone else among the punditry seemed to bring up, but that ...
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Theresa Oswald launches bid to oust Selinger as premier: WINNIPEG – Former Manitoba health minister Theresa Oswald has laid out her ground game for her bid to topple her own party leader and premier. Oswald told several dozen supporters at her leadership campaign launch on Sunday that the NDP cannot win re-election with Greg Selinger at the helm. She a...
When heritage space meets pork-barrel politics: Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Joni Mitchell wasn’t there, but she could be heard strumming sadly in the background last month when John Baird, minister of Foreign Affairs and the Tory political czar for...
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Federal political circuit poised to hit pause for the holidays : With just days to go before the holidays are officially underway, the federal political circuit has, at least for the most part, effectively shut down for the season -- except, that is, for the two tireless ministers of the crown with events slated for Friday.Hit the jump for the full...
Franklin Expedition news to be revealed by Leona Aglukkaq in Toronto: Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq makes what the advisory is billing as an "important announcement about the lost Franklin Expedition" during a morning visit to the Royal Ontario Museum. Also in Toronto today: Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, who is slated to meet with her US counter...
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Harper and Prentice talk about energy sector during "challenging times": CALGARY - Stephen Harper held a private meeting Sunday with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice in Calgary.Only a few broad details about the session were disclosed in a short news release from the Prime Minister's Office.It stated the two leaders focused on "the provincial, federal and global economies...
Five powerful earthquakes strike off the coast of B.C. over the weekend: VANCOUVER - A series of powerful earthquakes shook the coast of B.C. over the weekend.The federal agency that monitors earthquakes in Canada says there were five offshore quakes on Saturday and Sunday.The first struck at around 3 p.m. Saturday about 517 kilometres west north west of Vancouver.Ano...
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Torture, Justice and the American Way: Zubaydah was the first prisoner cast into a black site, the prisoner for whom the infamous torture memo was written, and the only prisoner subjected to all the “enhanced” techniques. He is mentioned 1,001 times in the recent report. I am one of the few people in the world who actually know what h...
Regime Change in Burkina Faso: Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa: More than a hundred thousand protesters took to the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou, in response to Compaoré’s attempt to amend the constitution to eliminate the two-term limit on the presidential mandate. Compaoré wanted to run for a third term, and the population was fed up with his long mi...
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Sharp and finicky Millenials and their aspirations - in the real world: According to researchers, Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the age bracket following Generation X. There are no accurate dates when the generation starts and ends. In practice, most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980...
Darwin the Ikea monkey is not just another primate, he is a Toronto icon: Anyone out there who is not familiar with the story of the monkey named Darwin, would benefit from reading Yenny Yuen's article in the Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/12/12/darwin-the-ikea-monkey-thriving-at-story-book-farm In a nutshell, Darwin was taken away from it's owner afte...
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Terms of service: Illustration by Matt Daley Are we too apathetic when it comes to social media user experiments?A few months ago, Facebook got into trouble for experimenting with some of their users. In the name of “science,” they decided to start tweaking people’s newsfeeds with an excess of either positive or ...
Oh, The Horror: Filming Physical Disabilities: Grotesque deformities and burlap sack masks: these are the faces of physical disabilities in horror.Horror does not do disability well. Most “good” characters are able-bodied, whereas many villains in horror wear masks to cover birth defects, which the audience is supposed to find frightening. We...
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Tory to Take On Event Organizers, Developers to Ease Road Closures : Newly elected Toronto Mayor, John Tory, has recently mentioned that he is ready to face criticism and take the heat in order to open Toronto’s streets. He stressed that the city is prepared to get tough with event organizers and construction companies as a step to reduce the disruptions sometim...
B.C.’s Ex-Attorney-General Opposes National Inquiry into Missing Women : The former B.C. attorney-general renowned for leading months-long inquiry into missing women in British Columbia, Wally Oppal, has stressed that it is not necessary to hold a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. Oppal pointed out that factors causing the high rate of vio...
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Happy Holidays Internet community! We’ll be back in January!:   It's been a busy, wacky, wonderful year here at OpenMedia and we're ready for a break.    Enjoy your well-deserved time off, Internet community, and we'll see you in the new year.   Happy Holidays!   - your OpenMedia team     read more
Ricochet: Canada’s privacy deficit widens alarmingly as Supreme Court permits police to search cellphones: This piece was originally published by Ricochet Media. Canada’s privacy deficit widened further last week, following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that police do not need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they arrest. The rul...
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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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Toronto’s Future Isn’t Written Yet: If you make to the end of the Back to the Future movie trilogy, past the flying cars and cowboys the last scene has a sage bit of wisdom to help you get through life…and voting: Jennifer: I brought this note back from the future (about Marty losing his job) and…now it’s erased! Doc: Of course it...
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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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Living Life in the Present: I just got back from a trip in British Columbia’s wine country, followed up by a party-every-day experience in New Orleans — not that you’d know any of that by following me here or on social media. More than ever, I’m just living life in the present — meaning the best I can give right now is an a...
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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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