The Simushir under tow from US tugboat Barbara Foss (via Maritime Forces Pacific Facebook)
The incapacitation of a Russian cargo vessel off Haida Gwaii caused great panic amongst all of us who watched the events unfold over the past weekend. The seas were very heavy – not an unusual state of affairs for that part of the world at this and other times of the year.
For very good reason, the Haida Nation was extremely worried and upset about the developments. It looked up for a while is if they might have to deal with this themselves and, course, although they (Read more…)
A few days ago I pointed out that Stephen Harper was trying to fan the flames of an Ebola panic.Even though his response to the epidemic has been lethally inadequate. And far from making us safer he has been decimating the ranks of those who would protect us from dangerous diseases.But this is simply obscene. Read more »
Politicians write books for different reasons.
They write them to show that they are men and women of substance. They write them to demonstrate that they are brimming with ideas and character.
They write them because they want to go above the heads of the news media. They write them because they have experienced some trials and tribulations, and they want to put the best possible spin on them. They write books to be taken seriously.
Justin Trudeau’s book – whose title is ‘Common Ground’ – has likely been written for all of those reasons. Trudeau wants it known that (Read more…)
Monday, October 20, 2014
This past August, the Canadian government quietly proposed new Aquaculture Activities Regulations regulations that would drastically reduce federal oversight of the dumping of aquatic drugs, pesticides and waste into wild fish habitat by fish farms. We submitted our concerns with these regulations to the federal govnerment, calling on it to strenghten, not weaken, its regulation of activities that threaten wild fish. We also set up a letter-writing tool to help you tell the government you demand strong laws for fish.
This past August, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) quietly unveiled new regulations that would drastically reduce federal (Read more…)
“We cannot solely rely on abundant gas to solve the climate change problem. The climate change problem requires a climate change solution. Abundant gas could be great for any number of things, but it is not going to solve the climate change problem.”
This statement was made by Haewon McJeon, the lead author on a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that cheap abundant natural gas will actually delay any efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
This isn’t the first study to reach this conclusion. In the 2013 study “Climate Consequences of Natural Gas as a (Read more…)
The ability to make phone calls on a modern smartphone is now just one app among many. For most people it isn’t even close to the most used app with Facebook, YouTube, messaging, games, and the like dominating usage. And it is also an app with many competitors like Skype and Google Hangouts and other VOIP phone services that will likely continue to grow in the future (imagine a future where mobile graphs are facebook account or email account centric, not phone number centric).
With the increase in phone size led by Samsung and picked up by Apple with the (Read more…)
I hope none of us forgets this, just one small part of the Harper programme to promote ignorance, stifle informed discussion, and ravage the environment. Recommend this Post
After some consideration, I’ve decided to lead with the numbers, and explain them in the second half of the post.
185 Poroshenko Bloc Pro-President Pro-Administration35 Radical Populist Pro-Europe30 Opposition Bloc Anti-Europe Pro-Russian25 Batkivshchyna Liberal Tymoshenko25 Popular Front Liberal Non-Tymoshenko20 Civil Position Conservative Moderate15 Strong Ukraine Conservative Pro-Russian15 Svoboda Nationalists Far Right15 Communist Communist Pro-Russian15 Samopomich Conservative Christian40 Independent Various Various
185 Pro-Govt 120 Pro-Europe 60 Pro-Russia 15 Nationalist 40 Independent
225 Poroshenko Bloc Pro-President Pro-Administration50 Radical Populist Pro-Europe40 Opposition Bloc Anti-Europe Pro-Russian35 Batkivshchyna Liberal Tymoshenko35 Popular (Read more…)
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There’s a story in today’s Financial Post that is headlined, “Collingwood’s debut in top 10 on ranking of business friendly cities is no accident.” No accident at all, as anyone on council, in staff or who follows local politics knows. We’ve worked hard to get to this. We deserve it. We told you during the […]
When Pat Morrow looks around at the mountains, towering on either side of the Jumbo Valley, his concern is palpable.
Avalanche paths are clearly visible, both beside Jumbo Creek Road and on slopes surrounding the meadows and valley where Glacier Resorts Ltd. wants to build a 6,000-bed all-season ski resort.
“Looking down the valley, we are seeing how vulnerable it is to massive avalanche damage. There are three or four fresh ones. The avalanche paths are just slowly eating their way across the slope as the years go along,” Morrow said.
Few people who are familiar with Morrow’s accomplishments are going to (Read more…)
R. v. Olumide, 2014 ONCA 712:
 Section 579 of the Criminal Code gives the Attorney General the authority to direct a stay of proceedings at any time. The discretion to do so is reviewable only in the event of abuse of process. There is a presumption of prosecutorial good faith: see Krieger v. Law Society (Alberta) 2002 SCC 65 and R. v. Nixon 2011 SCC 34. The appellant has the onus of proving an abuse of process in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.
 Mr. Olumide alleged that the Attorney General is in an inherent (Read more…)
I’m with Chris Hedges. We are sorely in need of revolutionary change. It’s come to the point where we have to kick over the traces if we’re to have any hope of reclaiming democracy and salvaging a liveable world for our grandchildren.
For me, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the report last week that we have lost half the planet’s wild life over the last 40-years. Such an unbelievably brief interval to have caused such devastation.
I predicted at the time that the report would be forgotten, consigned down the memory hole, within a week and that (Read more…)
Climate change can be cool. It can also be damned cold, icy and frigid. You know, you easterners, the Polar Vortex you endured last year.
Well, guess what? You’re getting another one this year. Or, as my old great aunt used to say, “shit, oh dear.”
No, seriously, you’re in for another Polar Vortex winter.
AccuWeather reports: Cold air will surge into the Northeast in late November, but the brunt of the season will hold off until January and February. The polar vortex, the culprit responsible for several days of below-zero temperatures last year, will slip down into (Read more…)
The Tyee’s Murray Dobbins laments the success Stephen Harper has had, with the powerful support of a shamelessly collaborative media, at manipulating the Canadian public.
Harper’s amoral political calculations about who and when to bomb people has little to do with any genuine consideration of the geopolitical situation or what role Canada might usefully play — or even in what Canada’s “interests” are. So long as he is prime minister it will be the same: every calculation will be made with the single-minded goal of staying in power long enough to dismantle the post-war activist state. The nurturing of his (Read more…)
They had to dodge a marathon to get there, but it was worth it. Participants at this weekend’s Ontario Health Coalition Action Assembly were in a buoyant mood despite the many challenges facing the health system. Rather than finding defeat, … Continue reading →
I'm not sure I can bear hearing that the Scottish invented both #curling AND #sex. http://t.co/n7AdaO9EcI #Scotland
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 20, 2014
Microbrachius dicki was the fish that realized it could use sex to reproduce. Feeling unsatisfied, fish eventually returned to spawning instead.
MT @CBCQuirks "Sex first emerged 'in ancient Scottish lake' (insert joke here) " – Microbrachius dicki. Insert Dicki joke is what he did.
— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) October 20, 2014
Winnipeg, Oct. 16, 2014: Robert-Falcon Ouellette speaks with students following a forum on youth issues at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Photo: Paul S. Graham
This Wednesday, I’m voting for Robert-Falcon Ouellette. I believe he offers the best combination of progressive ideas and personal characteristics of all the candidates. Having voted in every Winnipeg civic, provincial and federal election since the 1970s I’ll go even further – Robert is the most promising candidate for mayor (or any other office) we have seen in a generation.
Robert proposes sensible ideas for fixing Winnipeg’s infrastructure and knows how we’ll pay for them. His (Read more…)
Mark Carney in Davos, Switzerland, 2010 (Photo: Wikipedia)
Read this Oct. 13 story in The Guardian about Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s decision to join a growing list of global economic leaders suggesting that the world needs to transition away from fossil fuels in order to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The governor of the Bank of England has reiterated his warning that fossil fuel companies cannot burn all of their reserves if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, and called for investors to consider the long-term impacts of their decisions.
According to reports, Carney (Read more…)