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Outstanding Emmy nominees signal a Great Leap Forward for television : Friday, August 29, 2014 Flipping channels Monday night, I was amazed at what caught and held me. I stopped flipping for -- the Emmys! What the %&$#?@! I hate awards shows. I totally c...
Where is the economic action for women in the North? : The Prime Minister is wrapping up his ninth annual trip to Canada's North this week. This year, like every year, the stealth Ski-Doo is loaded up with announcements. Presents for everyone! So what are women in Nunavut going to find in their stockings this year? The bulk of federal investme...
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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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Accountability Act Take 2:             Hey, Steve. I think you’ve got a bit of a problem. You may recall that just a decade ago, you were leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, derailing the bumbling Liberals for their flatfooted attempt at covering up an oh-so-Liberal kickback scheme. It was then that you had a s...
Premiers seek ‘immediate’ response to First Nations ‘crisis’: Spurned by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in their bid for a public inquiry into missing and murdered native women, the premiers are looking at other ways to tackle the crisis. Video from Toronto Star. The post Premiers seek ‘immediate’ response to First Nations ‘crisis’ appeared first on Loonie ...
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Security agencies failing to stop radicalization, says Calgary imam: A Calgary imam says Canada’s security agencies have failed utterly in their efforts to deal with the radicalization of young people in the Muslim community. The statement from Imam Syed Soharwardy comes after a CBC report identified Calgary brothers Collin and Gregory Gordon as the latest young m...
New Brunswick provincial campaign round-up: August 29: Progressive Conservatives The Progressive Conservatives reaffirmed their support for the shale gas and mining industries in New Brunswick today by promising to open a training centre for the oil, gas and mining sectors. In campaigning for the provincial election on September 22nd, Premier David A...
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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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Canadians Like Trudeau Much More Than Harper, Poll Finds: It's been a week of bad number for Stephen Harper. First came the news that his party is falling even further behind the Liberals and now a poll shows Canadians have a much more favourable impression of Justin Trudeau.New numbers from the polling firm Abacus show Trudeau has a +9 per cent net fav...
Two Set To Vie For Conservative Whitby-Oshawa Nom As Deadline Nears: Ahead of a byelection the prime minister will have to call by October 25, it looks as though there will be two candidates vying for the Conservative nomination in Whitby-Oshawa: Whitby Mayor Pat Perkins and former electoral district association president David Glover. With the deadline to submit ...
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A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt (in Opinion): Returns diminish as energy companies resort to higher-cost, higher-risk hydrocarbons.  Related Stories Liberals Vow 'Cleanest LNG', then Redefine 'Cleanest' Twice (in Opinion) Russia-China Gas Deal a Train Wreck for BC (in Opinion) Super Industrialized BC (in Opinion)
CETA Leak: Crucial Questions Unanswered (in News): Latest version of trade deal leaves too much up to non-existent commission, lawyers say.  Related Stories Leaked: Secret Final Draft of CETA Treaty (in News) In BC, How Unequal Are We? (in News) Because 'Domestic Violence Is Not a Private Matter' (in News)
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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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India’s GDP Increases To 5.7% : The GDP growth for the period of April to June 2014 has come out as 5.7% which is the fastest economic growth that India has seen in the last ten quarters. This is a massive jump of about 4.6% in GDP growth since the three month period that ended in March 2014. This data has been released by the...
Increased Economic Growth Boosts Canada Dollar : The Canadian dollar has appreciated for the fourth consecutive day after economic growth recovered to the maximum in the past three years in the second quarter, mostly due to exports and household spending on big-ticket items. According to a statement issued by the Commerce Department from Wash...
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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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Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 29, 2014: Your news links for today: Paper billing fees add up to over $500M a year, study finds - CBC News New PIAC report, “How to Pay the Piper: A Primer on Additional Charges to Consumers in Canada for Paper Billing” - Public Interest Advocac...
The Star: Gov't to employees: delete emails with no "business value" : Is the government trying to avoid future scandal by making civil servants delete emails? Article by Adrian Wyld for the Star The Conservative government is telling public servants to delete emails with no “business value,” opening the door...
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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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