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Warren Kinsella: Do political endorsements amount to a hill of beans?

Not really.

Warren Kinsella: When your opponent has cancer, do you attack him?

Now, I don’t know if Rob Ford has cancer. But, based on the stories that are emerging, based upon what political people are hearing, few will be surprised if the Mayor’s doctors reveal – later today – that his tumours are cancerous.

So, if you are in the middle of an election campaign, how do you handle that kind of news? Here’s how Doug Ford says Olivia Chow handled it:

“Doug Ford said one of the things buoying the family is all of the outpouring of support from the public.

“We appreciate it so much,” he said, adding (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: How to Use Science Against Stephen Harper

Well now that I know that Stephen Harper is planning to stay on and lead his Cons into the next election.Unless the Duffy trial starts sooner than he is hoping.And now that I know that despite what he said about Michael Ignatieff…

He's not here for us either, and the next election will be all about HIM.Read more »

Warren Kinsella: Gallant-gate: still wonder why Wynne won, and why Hudak lost?

Because Wynne never did stuff like this – and Hudak did.

Dunno if Brian Gallant is a goner, but he sure as Hell made his life more complicated – and with just four days to go.

Dead Wild Roses: John Pilger Excerpt – Breaking the Last Taboo

Gaza and the Threat of World War

“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”

For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the (Read more…)

the disgruntled democrat: Should We Go or Should We Stay Now: Can Scotland Escape the Status Quo Trap?

Two days to go before the Scots will decide in a referendum whether to create their own independent country or to continue as part of the United Kingdom. Apparently, the upcoming result is too close to call.  Although the “No” side had a substantial lead six months ago, the “Yes” vote has increased substantially as the date of the referendum approaches.

But is it enough?

I’m very sad to say that I don’t think so.

Related Blogs Democracy’s Last Conquest: The Anglo-American Empire Sometimes You Have to Say, “Fuck the Economy” The Westminster Parliamentary System Is Showing Its Age

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350 or bust: The Fossil Fuel Industry is Making a Killing

Montreal Simon: Why Canadian Progressives Should Have Supported the Scottish Independence Struggle

With one day to go before Scotland's historic referendum vote, the excitement is building and the polls are narrowing. Support for the Yes campaign is increasing but it still lags just behind No on the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum, an exclusive poll conducted for The Scotsman reveals today. The Yes vote stands at 48 per cent compared with 52 per cent for No, when the undecided voters are excluded, the survey of more than 1,000 voters by ICM found.And the fact that the YES side is still standing, let alone so close to victory, is truly (Read more…)

Half an Hour: Bader A. Alsaleh – September 17, Riyadh – Summary Notes

Bader A. Alsaleh (Professor, Instructional Design and Technology, King Saud University) @ba_alsaleh

On 40 minutes, will present a number of ideas.

Why are we interested in social media? What is the importance of talking about it? What is the relation to education? And what are the implications on pedagogy?

Pedagogists have spent the 20th century asking about these questions, but in the 21st century everything has changed. Now social media is playing a major role, with implications to e-learning environments.

Why are we talking of a second generation of pedagogy – Pedagogy 2 – and what are the paradigms of (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: No more give-aways #nlpoli

Danny Williams is one of the richest people in Newfoundland and Labrador.  He is a multi-millionaire who owns a successful hockey franchise in St. John’s.

Danny Williams makes a lot of money from the St. John’s IceCaps,  If he didn’t,  Danny wouldn’t be in the hockey game.

Good for Danny Williams. If his business is profitable,  then Williams’ business is good for the city and good for the province.  That’s the way free enterprise works. 

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Half an Hour: Steve Wheeler – September 17, Riyadh – Notes

The Mayflower Steps. When we talk about the future, we step out into the unknown.

Macy’s, in New York. Immigrants couldn’t imagine so many people, buildings so large. They wondered what the machine was in the wall that changed people. It was like magic.

We look at technology and we glorify it. But we shouldn’t; it’s just another tool. We highlight the technology, but it should be invisible. We make it magic, and it’s just another tool.

A telephone. Can you imagine someone seeing a telephone for the first time? Bell said, “I imagine a day when every town in (Read more…)

Half an Hour: Diego Leal – September 12, Pereira – Notes

Diego Leal -  Creating online learning networks

Think of networks    = nides + connections + signals    – related to what I said yesterday

How to make possible cooperation in online learning environments?    – ArTiC – learning in networks         – is a MOOC    – sometimes the emphasis in a MOOC is the ‘massive’ – but here the emphasis is in the ‘open’         – it is to be free, to support eg. copying        – also, ‘open’ is to find different perspectives, not just what the teacher proposes

Model of early MOOCs and (Read more…)

Buckdog: Scotland Aye!!


Alberta Diary: Unelected and unknown education minister looms as first major blunder of Jim Prentice’s New Tory Government

Still on track? Jim Prentice’s New Tory Government experiences its first full day of governing. Below: Unelected Education Minister Gordon Dirks.

The appointment of Gordon Dirks as unelected minister of education by Premier Jim Prentice on his first day in office has the potential to become the first serious political blunder of Alberta’s New Tory Government.

Mr. Prentice obviously intended the appointment of Mr. Dirks, a former Saskatchewan cabinet minister and Calgary public school trustee, to be a powerful symbol of dramatic change in the troubled 43-year-old Progressive Conservative dynasty he now leads.

If no one knew much about Mr. (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Cracked on faith healers

By Rick Hiebert. All Right Reserved. Used by Permission

The humour website Cracked is exposing faith healers. A Robert Evans, who says he is a retired faith healer, explains how he did it, or rather faked it, in this blog post here.

Would be interesting to know if his back story stands up. To Google!

Canadian Dimension | Articles: A Debate on Capitalism, Environmentalism, and “Environmental Catastrophism”

Once Again on “Environmental Catastrophism”: A Reply to Sam Gindin by Ian Angus

Last year in Monthly Review, I debated Eddie Yuen, an anarchist who believes it is a mistake for radicals to focus on telling the truth about the global environmental crisis, because “awareness of climate crisis does not necessarily lead to increased political engagement.” Not only can such awareness lead to apathy, he wrote, but “environmental catastrophism is very likely to be mobilized by economic and national elites to reinforce existing inequalities and expand enclosures, commodification, and militarization.”1

I never expected to hear (Read more…)

Staffroom Confidential: Tentative agreement – Yes or No?

Despite what I know was a herculean effort on the part of our bargaining team, I very much hope that BC teachers will vote no to the tentative agreement. After five weeks of strike, and twelve years of legal battles, this is not the deal that will restore sanity to public education and it is not a fair deal for teachers and students. Just as teachers in Saskatchewan rejected a deal to ensure a better outcome, I hope BC teachers will consider a no vote to let our team know we have to go back to the bargaining table.

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Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Two Anti-Muslim Incidents in Alberta

Last Friday Syed Soharwardy, a well known Calgary-based imam alleges he was twice struck by a car driven by a woman who also shouted anti-Islam epithets at him. Soharwardy wasn't injured, but he was understandably shaken by the experience.

And the reaction of some of the boneheads we follow? Not exactly unexpected:

While it might be expected that xenophobic, racist, antisemetic, anti-Muslim, violent, boneheads would support attacks on Muslims in the country, the unchecked rhetoric equating all Muslims with terrorists has appeared to have resulted in an upswing in anti-Muslim sentiments (as indicated by the comments on the "more (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: Implied terms of contract

Rankin Construction Inc. v. Ontario, 2014 ONCA 636: [29]       Terms may be implied in a contract based on: (1) custom or usage; (2) legal incidents of a class or type of contract; or (3) the presumed intention of the parties, where the term is necessary “to give business efficacy to a contract or as otherwise meeting the ‘officious bystander’ test as a term which the parties would say, if questioned, that they had obviously assumed”: Canadian Pacific Hotels Ltd. v. Bank of Montreal, [1987] 1 S.C.R. 711, at p. 775; see also M.J.B. Enterprises, at (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Babied cats.

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper is Terrified of Mike Duffy

It's taken a long time, but Mike Duffy's trial process has finally begun, and you can be sure that Stephen Harper must be absolutely terrified.Especially after Duffy's lawyer said Harper could be called to testify. Suspended senator Mike Duffy’s lawyer will not rule out calling Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a witness, as his client’s fraud case goes to trial.fter petitioning the court Tuesday morning to set the earliest possible trial date for his client, Donald Bayne said the defence is “considering any potential witness. It’s too early to rule anything out.” And Ol' Duff (Read more…)

Sudbury Steve May: Greater Sudbury Election Notes, Part 8: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Good – Connecting Candidates and Voters

70 candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for 13 seats around the Council table (12 ward councillors and 1 mayor). Many of these candidates are developing platforms or key messaging with regards to what they feel the priorities are for the City and/or their respective wards. Many of the candidates have websites which they are using to post this information, along with information about themselves – so that voters have a bit of an opportunity to get to know the candidates. Some of the candidates are using Facebook (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: Guess which major Canadian ISP came last?

Netflix released new Canadian ISP speed rankings this week, and the results may surprise you. How did your provider fare?

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

Netflix has released its latest rankings of internet providers and the speeds they’re providing to customers who use the online streaming service.

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Alberta Diary: Privatization of Alberta’s air fleet will cost citizens money and change nothing

A typical government airplane explained. The politics and financing are more complicated. Below: Jim Prentice.

Privatization of the Alberta government’s four-plane air fleet, announced this morning by unelected Premier Jim Prentice at his first official news conference, makes plenty of political sense, but will end up costing citizens more and change nothing.

This is always the pattern with the privatization of public services. Now, in addition to having to pay for airplane services for the top dogs of the provincial government, we taxpayers will have to build in a margin to cover corporate profits, plus higher private-sector insurance and borrowing (Read more…) Le Devoir: La bataille mondiale pour la neutralité du Net persiste.

Les voies lentes d’Internet pourraient bientôt arriver au Canada si la neutralité du Net échoue aux Etats-Unis. Aidez-nous à battre:

Article par Fabien Deglise pour Le Devoir

Si loin, mais en même temps très proche. Washington cherche à paver en ce moment une autoroute de l’information où les voies dédiées aux contenus gourmands en vitesse et en bande passante deviendraient le privilège des plus riches. Une atteinte à la neutralité et à l’égalité du Net, dénoncent plusieurs groupes d’internautes aux États-Unis comme au Canada, où les mesures américaines pourraient aussi avoir un effet direct sur les réseaux.

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