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What's Really Locking BC's Schools Shut (in Opinion): Huge stakes for each side make a perfect stalemate. With a Tyee interview with BCTF president Jim Iker.  Related Stories Fassbender's Three Steps to a Settlement, Translated (in Opinion) Want a 10-Year School Deal, BC Liberals? Try These Terms (in Opinion) With Parent Payout, Captain Clark Ha...
Career 180: Engineering Gluten-Free Pastry (in News): Recession roadblocks turned Eric Ho onto the culinary path of his dreams. Second in a series on BCers starting over.  Related StoriesCareer 180: A Desk Jobber Trades Up (in News)
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Why government-teacher negotiations failed in B.C.: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Public schools in B.C. are not open today as the teachers' strike continues. Despite B.C. government efforts to demonize unions, public support remains in favour of teachers....
Naomi Klein speaks to the Peoples' Social Forum : nni_naomi_klein_peoples_social_forum_aug_2014.mp3 Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author and one of the most influential voices on our political and ...
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Hack-a-thoning our way out of the border backlog: Three years ago, the president of the United States and the prime minister of Canada personally launched what they called the Beyond the Border Initiative. This week, Obama administration officials will meet with counterparts in Ottawa to discuss progress to date on that initiative. It’s worth as...
Opinion Brief: Tuesday, September 2, 2014: Tonight’s Opinion Brief is brought to you by RBC. It All Adds Up is a youth financial literacy program developed by RBC and Free the Children, providing practical lessons on earning, saving, giving and spending to help youth create the change they want to see in the world. __________________ Goo...
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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question: Learn more about our new interactive features for Power & Politics and how you can take part in the political conversation -- live and on-screen -- here. Ballot Box refreshes daily -- the question you see above is the current question. Internet Explorer 8 users please note: browser ...
London, Iqaluit, Gaspesie and Sidney: Federal leaders hit the road : In what will likely be his final major trip before the House reopens later this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads off to London for two days of trade-related meetings before making his way to Cardiff, where NATO leaders are expected to gather later this week. Meanwhile, New ...
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Government now open to roundtable on missing and murdered aboriginal women: The federal government has done an about-face, saying it's now open to a roundtable into Canada's missing and murdered aboriginal women.On CBC News Network's Power and Politics, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt told host Evan Solomon that if the premiers ask the federal government to ...
Regina students to get high school credits for military training: REGINA - A new agreement is allowing Regina high school students to receive two credits through the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve Co-op Program.The credits will be handed out starting in February 2015 for students in both Regina public and Catholic high schools who complete the requiremen...
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How to kill Hamas:         “To die or conquer the hill,”goes an old Israeli paramilitary anthem.  It’s a theme that’s been repeating itself in spades of late, as Israel and Hamas keep scrambling to maintain the upper hand in a never-ending scuffle. But with hostilities simmering, it’s about time that Canada get ...
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...
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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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Why worry about the world as long as we have celebrity doctors on TV and celebrity brands to buy?: We don't seem to be preoccupied about taxes, climate change, disappearance of the so-called middle class, the looming danger of Ebola spreading or even the reported findings of bed bugs in public places. Our obsession with the growing celebrity-culture acts like a tranquilizer when faced with...
"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...
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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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Gender Block: Women in the labour movement: Image from the IWW Women’s Committee Facebook page Since the Labour Day weekend new posters have been popping up throughout Toronto. They read messages like “Strength in numbers” and “Entertaining you is not in her job description.” The Toronto IWW Women’s Committee adds their Twitter handle to ...
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...
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Chow to Boost Land-Transfer Tax to Pay for Transit, School Nutrition : Toronto mayoral candidate, Olivia Chow, has talked about tax hikes for the first time as she announced her plan to raise land-transfer tax on high-end homes as a way to pay for transit and school nutrition programs. According to the announcement made by Ms. Chow on Tuesday morning, she declared ...
Recent YouGov poll reveals growing support for Scottish independence : A recent poll reveals growing support for the Scottish independence on Tuesday just a couple of weeks ahead of the historic vote on September 18. Sterling fell by almost a cent against the dollar to $1.6521 today after a YouGov poll have showed that the backing for ‘Yes’ campaign jumped by eight...
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Financial Post: Netflix is rewriting the rules for Canadian cable giants: As Netflix struggles with telecom giants in the U.S., see how they're revolutionizing the cable industry in Canada. Article by John Greenwood for the Financial Post Time was, Canada’s broadcast regulator had a commanding say in what Canadi...
Don't miss the 2014 BC Information Summit, Vancouver B.C., September 19: Don't miss the 2014 BC Information Summit. This year's theme is Next Steps for Freedom of Information and Privacy, and the conference will feature keynotes from BC's Privacy Commissioner and other privacy experts. More information at http:...
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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...
Reading the Entrails:
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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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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...
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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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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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