Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream 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 Canadians could and couldn’t watch on TV.

read more 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

UBC Robson Square Theatre, Vancouver Friday, September 19, 2014

The pace of change in both the freedom of information and privacy spheres keeps picking up, and won’t be slowing any time soon.

A lot has happened since our last Information Summit, including:

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DeSmogBlog: Canada’s Premiers Agree to Address Climate in Proposed National Energy Strategy

Canada’s premiers have agreed to expand the nation’s developing energy strategy to address climate change and green energy while acknowledging the Alberta oilsands are still an important part of Canada’s economic future.

Endorsing the proposed Canadian Energy Strategy when they met last week at an annual conference on Prince Edward Island, the premiers said in an accompanying document that the plan “will express a renewed vision that describes the kind of energy future that provinces and territories aspire to achieve.”

The premiers added visions and principals included in the plan will allow “provinces and territories to work together, in respect of (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Seven Reasons to Walk Away From Keystone XL

This is a guest post by Mike Casey, originally published at Scaling Green.

There is less than a month before the justices of the Nebraska Supreme court hear arguments in a case that will have a big impact on TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The court will hear the argument that ranchers and farmers in the pipeline’s path must have their lifestyles ruined first before standing up to the bullying and lies by TransCanada. I’m not making that up – it’s the actual argument that TransCanada’s apologists are saying. Good luck with that.

A loss in court for TransCanada would be (Read more…)

Stuart Mackinnon: BetterParks for Vancouver: Stuart Mackinnon for Parks Board Fundraiser Dinner & Campaign Launch

Enjoy a fantastic meal and help me launch my campaign for Park Board!

Dine at Graze Restaurant on September 9th, and Graze will donate 20% of all dinner sales to my campaign!

All you have to do is make a reservation referencing Stuart’s campaign and enjoy a fabulous meal! To make your reservation please call: 604-620-8822

 Graze – 3980 Fraser st. Vancouver, BC

For more information about Graze visit their website. GRAZE food & drink DELICIOUS, CREATIVE, ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE & COMPASSIONATE Our concept from the very start was to provide people of all eating preferences something that they can (Read more…) Daily Dot: The spinning wheel of death that threatens the entire Internet

Have you been worried about what the Internet slow lane will do to your favourite websites? A new action from a global coalition of Internet activists will show you just how bad it could get.

Article by Eric Geller for the Daily Dot

The realities of an Internet without net neutrality are about to become a bit more obvious.

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Half an Hour: Connected Courses

This is a place-holder post to set up syndication for the Connected Courses course.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Nobel Peace Prize nomination “a disgrace and insult”

A fast-growing online petition on is calling on the Norwegian Nobel Committee to reject Prime Minister’s Stephen Harper’s pending nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his unequivocal support of Israel.

The post Harper Nobel Peace Prize nomination “a disgrace and insult” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Who Will Be Mark Steyn’s Witnesses?

Just noticed another piece on Steyn’s website re the defamation case climatologist Mike Mann has brought against him.  Its largely the same old same old, but then there is this bit towards the end:

I have a great legal team headed by Dan Kornstein, the man behind the most consequential piece of free-speech legislation enacted this century, and we’ve been interviewing prominent scientific witnesses tired of the climate of fear that Mann and his Clime Syndicate have imposed on their field.

Be interesting to see who he finds who can pass muster as an expert witness.  We are talking a (Read more…)

cartoon life: Nothing but sleeping cats on a rainy day

Filed under: art Tagged: Cat, sleeping, tuxedo, yin yang

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Kick Russia out of the Helsinki Accords

Is the Helsinki Accord of 1975 a worthless scrap of paper? Because Vladimir Putin sure seems to think it’s a joke.

I was not even three years old when the declaration was signed but my father, an emigré from Croatia, understood its meaning. As a younger it was impressed on me the importance of a document that, among its provisions, was a statement of several important principles:


The Common Sense Canadian: Mount Polley spill may be far bigger than initially revealed

Aerial image after Mount Polley mine tailings spill (Cariboo Regional District)

Volumes of water, tailings and other debris released into the environment by the August 4 breach of Imperial Metals’ tailings pond at Mount Polley Mine were at least 70% higher than initial estimates, the company revealed on its website yesterday.

Now, a report from BC Tapwater Alliance, using satellite imagery from NASA and the US Geological Survey to estimate the size of the containment facility, suggests even the company’s re-estimate may still be significantly underplaying the true scale of the disaster.

While the company boosted estimates from 14.5 million cubic metres of water and (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Berated for not being able to predict Mark Driscoll’s and Todd Bentley’s futures

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission

Blogger Jeffrey Yoder is even harder than I can be in the case of Todd Bentley, if that were possible. But I think it a bit much to expect people to predict the future.

In his new post

Yoder notes that the recent enforced sabbatical of Mark Driscoll reminds him a lot of the crash and burn of Todd Bentley.

But whose fault is it? Anyone who offered Driscoll and Bentley a pulpit. And I read between the lines that Yoder seems, to me anyway, to be as (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: NATO – You’re Not the Master of the Universe. Now, Stand Down.

NATO’s outgoing CEO, er Secretary-General, Anders ‘Foggy’ Rasmussen, should really send caviar and roses to Vladimir Putin.  NATO hasn’t done all that well on Foggy’s watch – the cock-up in Libya, the hapless adventure in Afghanistan everybody would rather forget, the absorption of new members from eastern Europe more eager to get under NATO’s umbrella than to pull their own weight.

Until Putin made his move on the Crimea, NATO had the makings of an alliance without much purpose and a very spotty track record.  Desultory is a word that comes to mind.

NATO needed a real enemy, someone we (Read more…)

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: September 3: missing the point – and point….

Front page – read all about it…getcher papers now….

The jolting headline for September was “Students headed back to school tomorrow”. Wow! who would have guessed?

Then there’s a big story about an old graveyard that’s been cleaned up. That’s nice. Then there’s another big story about how Crystal Park Employees will miss the amusement centre when it closes. All the news YOU need to know!

The real story of the day – a major apartment fire in Dieppe only made page two. But that, at least, was forgivable. Since the fire happened after the paper had gone to (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Stock Up on AK-47s. They’re a Hot Commodity.

They’re flying off the shelves of gunstores across the United States.  Russian AK-47 assault rifles have become a hot commodity literally overnight since they were added to Obama’s import restrictions as part of America’s sanctions.

Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a Maryland dealer specialising in the weapon took stock of its inventory. There was nothing left. Labouring almost nonstop, workers at Atlantic Firearms in Bishopville, a Worcester County community on the Eastern Shore, had shipped hundreds of Russian-made AK-47s — an assault rifle prized (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Stock Up on AK-47s. They’re a Hot Commodity.

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Called "Virtual Water"

Water-stressed Israel realized this year ago when it recognized that its exports of Jaffa oranges were really exporting “virtual water.”  It took scarce water to grow the orange and when it left the country for overseas markets it was full of water.

Fast forward to 2014 and drought-stricken California.  The BBC reports that California farmers are using billions of gallons of incredibly scarce water to grow alfalfa hay destined for China.

The southern Imperial Valley, which borders Mexico, draws its water from the Colorado River along the blue liquid lifeline of the All American Canal.It brings the desert (Read more…) CCPA Monitor: The battle for the Internet and what it means for Canada

This piece was co-authored by Steve Anderson and David Christopher and was originally published in the September edition of the CCPA Monitor

Five commissioners on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hold the fate of the Internet in their hands.

Some time after September 15, the FCC will decide whether to abandon the principle of net neutrality—the decades old rule that all online data should be treated equally. Doing so would allow large telecom conglomerates to create an Internet slow lane for everyone except deep-pocketed media giants. Nothing less than the future of the Internet is at stake. The (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Pentagon Exploits Tensions Over Ukraine, Pushes for Multi-Purpose Sensor Chain Across Canada’s Arctic

Arrest that Man, He’s From Russia!

They sure know how to pick their opportunities.

At the very moment NATO leaders are in Wales fretting over what to do with Vlad Putin and the future of Ukraine, America’s brass are floating the idea of establishing a “multi-purpose sensor chain” across the vast Canadian Arctic.

Exactly what they have in mind isn’t immediately clear but would entail sensors that could detect and track aircraft, ships and even cruise missiles as well as a missile attack from North Korea.  It’s not the same as stationing missile interceptor batteries on Canadian soil (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, September 2, 2014

Your news links for today:

Why U.S. Pressure Is Behind the Stalled Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Bill – Michael Geist Net neutrality activists are about to show you what an Internet ‘slow lane’ looks like – Daily Dot CSEC flunks history – Lux Ex Umbra Android security mystery – ‘fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S. – We Live Security Apple patches Find My iPhone vulnerability – IT PRO Lessons to Learn from the Celebrity Selfie Leak – Howard Forums Rogers removes data overage warning texts – r/canada Labour Day Outage hits TekSavvy DSL customers – DSL Reports

All links compiled (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: NATO Leaders Huddle and Fume While Putin Chuckles

NATO’s Drang Nach Osten

There’ll be an absolute glut of righteous indignation when NATO leaders convene this week in Wales to decide whatever to do with that big bad bully, the Russian Bear, Vladimir Putin.  Meanwhile, as The Guardian’s Simon Jenkins writes, Putin will be kicking back in Red Square laughing his ass off.

It is currently impossible to hear a speech or open a newspaper in which defence experts do not beat their breasts, bang their drums and demand “the west stand firm… show resolve… teach Russia a lesson… show Putin who is boss.”  They call for more (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Field of Dreams: Peace Valley Farmers, Ranchers Fight to Keep Land Above Water As Site C Dam Decision Looms

In 1920, Renee Ardill’s grandparents arrived in the Peace Valley with nothing more than a milk cow, saddle horse and team and wagon. They chose a piece of land on the banks of the Peace River, built a cabin, hunted moose and grew what they could.

“They built everything from the ground up,” Ardill told DeSmog Canada. “Imagine being able to pick your piece of land and make what you wanted out of it.”

The Ardill family has been here ever since, running a cattle ranch on the banks of the Peace. But their days could be numbered if BC (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Mr. Prime Minister, One of These Is Almost Exactly Like the Other

- Steve Bell, The Guardian

The Disaffected Lib: Sometimes In Life, It’s the Little Things That Matter

It’s really a little thing.  A little worse.  A little more frequent.  A little longer lasting.  A little more severe.  A little more damaging.

That’s the face of early onset climate change. It’s the face of severe weather events of increasing frequency, intensity and duration.  It’s weather made a little worse, a little more often, a little longer.  Yet it is, indeed, the little things that can really matter.

A little heavier rain, an extra day or two, once or twice more often per month. The thing is, all these little things add up and they multiply the overall impact (Read more…)

centre of the universe: It’s been nine long years

Not really. Not really long years. Nine ridiculously short years. Nine years that feels like days. Nine years that passed in the blink of an eye. Your brother was in his stroller. I clutched my go-mug of coffee with one white-knuckled hand and the stroller with the other. We took pictures of you out in front of the garage with … Continue reading →