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The executives who are holding us ransom: Chip in to keep stories like these coming. In a televised exchange with Michel Nadeau of the Institute for governance of private and public organizations (IGOPP), I stated that public corporation executives' level of compensation functioned just like a ransom. The discussion heated up, an...
Plight of the bumblebee : Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The phrase "plight of th...
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Harper government hopes TPP is signed before campaign kickoff: The Conservatives are anxiously hoping to sign off on a massive free-trade deal before kicking off an election campaign that’s expected to start as early as Sunday. The federal government is at the negotiating table in Hawaii, where Trans-Pacific Partnership talks are reportedly in their final st...
Duceppe and Peladeau take pre-campaign bike ride through Quebec: REPENTIGNY, Que. – As rumours of a weekend federal electoral campaign launch swirled in Ottawa, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe hit the road Wednesday — on a bicycle. Duceppe left the Montreal-area town of Repentigny in the morning and travelled some 100 kilometres, arriving in Trois-Riviere...
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Schools for Disaster: Rethinking Endless Growth in Education (in Opinion): Latest climate models demand hard lessons in megadrought, upheaval and more.  Related Stories In Church of Climate Change, Good Catholics Must Practise and Preach (in Opinion) Please Advise! Is Vancouver the World's Most Liveable Smoky Hellscape? (in Opinion) Tackling Climate Crisis Can Strengt...
Wrongly Fired Health Workers Reject Ombudsperson Review (in News): Only a broad public inquiry will provide answers public deserves, they say.  Related Stories Wrongly Fired Health Workers Sign New Demand for 'Thorough' Inquiry (in News) Ombudsperson Pleads for Delay to Health Firings Probe (in News) On Health Ministry Firings, Who Actually Received an Apology...
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Water everywhere, Canadian policy nowhere: Five years ago this week, the United Nations adopted a historic resolution recognizing the human rights to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as “essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.” For those of us in the balcony of the...
Just For Laughs on a budget: final weekend: Think Just For Laughs is too rich for your blood? The big-name galas may be, but we know how to get you laughing all weekend long for under $50.
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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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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...
A Doomsday Theory A Day Keeps - Worries Away.: Can't speak for others but it seems to me that Doomsday theories are the main staple of some of the educational and geographical channels on our TV. I just got over the fear endured by the idea of the giant tsunami generated by part of some island sliding into the Atlantic ocean far-far away. ...
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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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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...
Gender Block: so, the Pan Am games are a mess: OCAP image for the July 16 rally and march. The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) led a rally and march last weekend in protest of Toronto’s Pan Am Games. As the event page description reads, “If there is money to spend on circuses, then the resources can be found to end the need for food...
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Toronto police search for missing woman Catherine Bell : {ads1}The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing woman.Catherine Bell, 85, was last seen on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at approximately 11 a.m., in the Elmhurst Drive and Islington Avenue area. She is described as 5'2", slim build, with short white hair. Sh...
Winnipeg police charge Gage Alexander Hale with attempted murder : {ads1}On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at approximately 2:15 p.m. Winnipeg Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Nassau Street South. Multiple police units responded to the area.       A 21-year old male victim was located in the area suffering an upper body injury consistent 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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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...
L'étudiant et la distributrice : Tentons un instant de nous rappeler sans frémir l'occupation du pavillon De Sève de l'Université du Québec à Montréal qui s'est déroulée le 9 avril dernier, principalement relatée par nos médias sous la forme d'images de distributrices saccagées.
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Liberal MP Vaughan confident he can beat Chow: Liberal MP Adam Vaughan says the NDP is more concerned with catchy slogans than delivering meaningful changes. Vaughan says he is confident in his ability to defeat Olivia Chow in his Toronto riding in the upcoming election. Video from The Toronto Star. The post Liberal MP Vaughan confident he c...
What would we do without the Senate?:   In light of Stephen Harper’s declared moratorium on Senate appointments, and his ultimatum that the Chamber must be reformed or be abolished, one is left to ponder, “Reformed how?”  Which problem, exactly, are we trying to solve?  Spending issues?  Those are not unique to the Senate, nor are...
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Is Canada Set to Cave on Copyright Term Extension in the TPP?: Guest blog by Michael Geist and one of a series of articles published on the Copyright Trap campaign The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have attracted considerable attention in Canada in recent weeks as the political conseque...
Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Your news links for today: Ottawa scrambles to solve secret document breach by Anonymous - Toronto Star Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing - CBC News Secrecy around TPP trade deal fuels suspicions...
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Harper Hoping To Sign Off TPP Deal Before Election Campaign Kickoff: OTTAWA - The Conservatives are anxiously hoping to sign off on a massive free-trade deal before kicking off an election campaign that's expected to start as early as Sunday. The federal government is at the negotiating table in Hawaii, where Trans-Pacific Partnership talks are reportedly in their...
Mary Catherine Finn's Obituary Asks Canadians To Vote Out Harper, Save The CBC: Described as a “fearless defender of the world of ideas,” it’s only fitting Mary Catherine Finn’s eulogy would reflect her bold spirit. The 72-year-old Peterborough native passed away in her sleep on July 19 in Toronto — and a noteworthy obituary appeared in local newspapers the following weekend...
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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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