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Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, October 31, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, October 31, 2014: Kingston lawyer John Farant first in Ontario to be disbarred over sexual harassment | Ontario | News Jian Ghomeshi accusations can’t be investigated without a complaint, police say B.C. lawyers vote against accrediting Trinity Western law school Perjury trial hears of alleged meeting between Mounties UPDATE: Edmonton mall removes ban, apologizes to aboriginal outreach worker Referendum result on Trinity Western faith-based law school to be made public Is dot-lawyer domain a good idea? – Law Times Lawyer admits records a ‘disaster,’ apologizes for (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, October 31, 2014

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Don’t follow the law, change the law

British Columbia’s Auditor General reported to the BC Legislature and there is interesting commentary throughout. Carol Bellringer qualified her opinion as to the fairness of the province’s financial statements and professional accountants regard that as not-good. “This year, our audit opinion on the Summary Financial Statements contains twoqualifications, or areas for concern. One involves the way that government recordscertain revenues in future years, rather than when received and used. The otherqualification relates to prior years for how a Crown Corporation was classified.”

These issues are technical but generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) allow a consistent way (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Buying of the Next Election

It looked like a remake of the 1950s TV show Dialling for Dollars. Or one of those Christian TV programs where the lame are made to walk.But it was only Stephen Harper strutting around a stage in a Jewish school in Julian Fantino's riding.Announcing plans to buy the next election.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Game of Thrones Medly -Featuring Maluka

A wonderful medley featuring the main title theme and a theme called “The Children” from the fourth season of the show.

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wmtc: wmtc movie and series season now open: your suggestions are welcome

Baseball season was painfully short for Red Sox fans this year. When your team wins a grand total of 71 games it’s a chore to watch, and I gave up early. The postseason, on the other hand, was incredible, and I watched (at least until I fell asleep) every night.

I was mildly disappointed that the Royals didn’t go all the way, but going to Game 7 of the World Series and losing that by only one run is awesome. And the Giants play in one of my favourite cities and ballparks, so it’s not like I hate them, either. (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Devil’s Snare #nlpoli

The latest eruption of  the Manning political controversy volcano is evidence of many things.  Not the least is that Premier Paul Davis and his team have a monumental problem in their organization.  It’s the one that steps in to manage political crises. Davis and his crew don’t have one.

So far, they’ve let Judy Manning wander in front of cameras,  call radio open line shows, and continue to do everything in her power to defend herself and justify her actions. She did all of that on Thursday, starting with VOCM’s Fred Hutton,  followed by a call to Open Line with Paddy Daly and finishing up with an interview on NTV. 

Manning gave reporters a couple of e-mails that showed she had, in fact, submitted a couple of draft decisions. Everything else has been a personal attack on her.  Manning even managed to get in a slam at James McLeod . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Devil’s Snare #nlpoli

DeSmogBlog: Richard Berman, Tobacco To Fossil Fuels

The NYTimes just ran “Hard-Nosed Advice From Veteran Lobbyist: ‘Win Ugly or Lose Pretty’ – Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped”. Rick Berman has long been the architect of “public charities” for any client willing to pay. Berman’s Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF, EIN 26-0006579) evolved from his Guest Choice Network, but much of the tax-exempt “contribution” went to his own corporate PR firm.

Many cogs in the fossil fog machine have been funded by Big Tobacco, as per Fakery 2, Fostering the TEA Party, Tobacco operative hired by Kochs, Think (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Harper’s War and the Rise of ISIS

Back in my teenage days when I was studying martial arts and fighting a lot, I tattooed this famous Sun Tzu quote on the back of my right shoulder:"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."Which I deeply regret now along with so many other things. But with Canadian warplanes maybe only hours away from beginning to bomb the ISIS hordes. It's probably a good time for all us to know the enemy. Read more »

Bill Longstaff: MacKay makes the right noises

With all the feverish reaction from politicians and a good part of the media to the two recent “terrorist” incidents, it is encouraging to hear Justice Minister Peter McKay say some of the right things, specifically that the law already has the tools it needs to deal with these kind of crimes. No need for muscling up the cops. “There are already some pretty robust measures that we can use [that

The Disaffected Lib: Seriously, From Here on In, This Might Be as Good as It Gets. But, on the Other Hand. It’s Something Else.

My all-time band, from the very first time I heard “Satisfaction” to today and, almost certainly, forever.  The Rolling Stones with former,  albeit briefly, band member, Mick Taylor.  Oh yeah, and Bernard Fowler. Got a nice ling cod and a 12-lb salmon today.  I’m blessed.

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PostArctica: Hallowe’en

DeSmogBlog: World’s Major Banks Poured Over $80 Billion into Coal Last Year Alone

At least $83 billion USD in financing was provided to 65 coal mining and energy companies last year by 92 of the world’s leading commercial banks, according to a Dutch report published Wednesday.

Leading banks provided $500 billion in financing for the coal industry through 2,283 lending and underwriting transactions between 2005 and April 2014, said the report Banking on Coal 2014, which was released by BankTrack in Nijmegen.

The top 20 financiers provided 73 per cent of this amount alone, added the report, released just days ahead of the publication of the fifth United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: World’s Major Banks Poured Over $80 Billion into Coal Last Year Alone

At least $83 billion USD in financing was provided to 65 coal mining and energy companies last year by 92 of the world’s leading commercial banks, according to a Dutch report published Wednesday.

Leading banks provided $500 billion in financing for the coal industry through 2,283 lending and underwriting transactions between 2005 and April 2014, said the report Banking on Coal 2014, which was released by BankTrack in Nijmegen.

The top 20 financiers provided 73 per cent of this amount alone, added the report, released just days ahead of the publication of the fifth United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Read more…)

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DeSmogBlog: New Study Documents Air Pollution at Oil and Gas Fracking Sites Exceeding Risk Levels

This is a guest post by Caroline Cox, research director at the Center for Environmental Health.

Decades ago, when I was a graduate student, my advisor often said that our job as scientists was to put numbers on the obvious. Maybe it should be obvious that oil and gas production, including as it does the extraction, transport, and processing of enormous quantities of hydrocarbon mixtures, will result in air pollution, but studies that put numbers on this pollution have been rare.

The complexities of topography, weather, and the variability in the production processes themselves make such studies difficult. Today Environmental Health publishes (Read more…)

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: And the Winner Is…..

So it would seem that my substitute writer offered a $50.00 cash prize to the winner of the Paulie election banner contest. And as a result I am on the hook.

And that is absolutely fine with me.

It just so happens that ARC knows the individual who created this particular banner. If she would kindly send us an email so we could send the money, we will be getting that out asap.

The Canadian Progressive: PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi

High profile public relations firm Navigator announces it’s no longer representing beleaguered former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

The post PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Journalist Tired of Unfree Press Pushing War

A German journalist explains how the CIA misused him to manipulate people, to push war.

“Non official cover”

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Splitting Headache

Are you a member of a family that has one or more children under 18 and two parents, only one of whom is working? Is that one working parent in the top income tax bracket? Woohoo! The government has a great deal for you! In what the Conservatives are calling a “family tax cut,” the … Continue Reading

Sudbury Steve May: UFCW’s Anti-Democratic Position on Sudbury Store Hours Referendum Outcome Reflects Poorly on Labour Movement

So, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) is claiming victory in the recent referendum on store hours in the City of Greater Sudbury. 3 questions were asked of voters with regards to changing the by-laws which currently prohibit stores from setting their own hours, and opening on the August Civic Holiday and Boxing Day. By pretty healthy majorities (between 60% and 75%), voters in Greater Sudbury said “Yes” to the proposed changes. However, the Ontario Municipal Act requires 50% of eligible voters to vote on each question or else the referendum results are non-binding. While voter turn out (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Minimum Wages and Employment Outcomes

Last week my Unifor colleague Jordan Brennan and I published a study through the CCPA Ontario office examining the historical empirical evidence regarding the link between changes in minimum wages and employment outcomes. We find there is no robust evidence in Canadian historical data that increases in real minimum wages cause either lower employment or higher unemployment, even when we focus on key segments of the labour market that are most reliant on low-wage labour (including youth and the retail and hospitality sectors).

The full study, titled Dispelling Minimum Wage Mythology: The Minimum Wage and the Impact on Jobs in (Read more…)

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Oct. 30: October thirty, part two….

Nothing changes. The TandT is still running “news stories” (ads) about the wine expo on page 1. Page A2 still has ads for itself disguised as news stories. A6 has a story  ”Refinery benefits of Energy East project questioned”. It’s about a report from the Council of Canadians and Greenpeace which says the oil industry is lying about the benefits that Canadians will get from the pipeline. It looked promising.

Then I noticed that the greater part of the article was about the oil industry responses. Well, I guarantee that the Council of Canadian and Greenpeace are already on our (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: The Verge: Check out "Off the Grid"

This video game uses intuitive learning to teach players about how online information really functions on the Internet – from enhancing our understanding to undermining our privacy.

Article by Andrew Webster for the Verge

In 2011, Rich Metson was a metal worker who was just starting to dabble in the world of coding and open source software. This newfound interest led him to a conference put on by the Internet Society, and in between dry discussions of internet protocols and domain names, he stumbled on a talk by Columbia University professor Eben Moglen. That moment was the first time Metson (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Jian Ghomeshi: One woman, actor Lucy DeCoutere, alleges she was slapped and choked without her consent.

Richard Hughes-POLITICAL BLOGGER

Like so many Canadians I jumped on the bandwagon in defence of Jian Ghomeshi. It was a knee jerk reaction and my earlier comments mocking the CBC management were out of line. I apologize.

‘Q’ was one of Canadian Radio’s best and I mourn its’ passing but it is over and so is Jian.

His carefully structured Facebook disclosure was a signal that crisis management was in play. His attempts at marginalizing the women speaking out to reporters underlined a powerful, wealthy male power play, but it was too slick.

Now my concern has shifted to the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair–Shell Game: Public being fooled by great BC LNG illusion

By Rafe Mair

We are allowing ourselves to be mesmerized over Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

Perhaps we’re doing this to ourselves but the sad fact is that the government’s total ineptitude is not the only story. Not that that isn’t a big story. In fact, it was magnified last week when the Liberals set their tax regime for LNG companies.

It was not 7% or anything near it. It was not even 3.5% as reported – at least in the short term. In fact, for years it will be just 1.5% and assessed, to use the vernacular, on the (Read more…)