Politics and its Discontents: Google And Android Phone Data Mining – A Guest Post

Commentator BM left a very useful analysis in response to my recent post on ways to protect online data. Here it is: Extreme lack of privacy suspicion back in 2010 or so made me never sign up with Facetrash or Twatter. Thank goodness. Got a new Android phone recently since I’ve never bought into Apple’s ...

Warren Kinsella: Warren Kinsella appointed to run for Ontario PC party in 2018 election

TORONTO – Warren Kinsella, a Toronto author, consultant, musician and visiting professor of law, has been appointed the Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Lakeshore-Beaches-Woodbine. Kinsella, a lifelong Liberal, made the decision to run under the PC banner in the 2018 Ontario general election after extensive negotiations with party leader Doug Ford, a ...

The Disaffected Lib: Hey, Canada is in the Spotlight Again. In Case You Couldn’t Guess It’s About the Tar Sands.

The Guardian does like to periodically remind us that, when it comes to climate change, nice, decent, oh so polite Canadians are utter swine. And they’ve got a point. Justin, he’s all for the Tar Sands. Why, that’s how Canada is going to have a green future. Why didn’t he just tell us he’s figured out ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Slippery Slope of Privacy

Those implicated in the Cambridge Analytica/AggregateIQ scandal inevitably contend that their uninvited intrusions and targeted messaging may have been unethical but they dispute that their acts were illegal and close with the assertion that there is no proof that their skulduggery actually changed anything, that it manufactured any votes for the client or suppressed voting ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Swimming Lessons

“As for our bodies, there comes a time when no one wants to come near them.” ~ Mr. Perlman speaking one of the saddest line from the lovely film Call Me by Your Name. I took my youngest daughter to the gym with me one Saturday. She wanted to use the treadmill, but there were actual ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Huffing and Puffing “Leadership”

Last week BC Premier John Horgan said BC would ban any increase in shipments of diluted bitumen (dilbit) to BC until a scientific advisory panel determined whether shippers can adequately prevent and clean up dilbit spills.  If the panel decides this isn’t possible, the ban on increased dilbit shipments will become permanent. This announcement gave ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 52: RIP

As the last blog of 2017 – and the last in the Stuff Happens series of blogs –  let’s look at the names we lost in 2017. January Mary Tyler Moore Milt Schmidt, 98, the former Boston Bruins great and most frequently accidentally mispronounced name in hockey history … Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snooka, former pro wrestler ...

Warren Kinsella: In today’s Star: whatshername and whatsisname

Here: Prominent Liberal commentator and consultant Lisa Kinsella is “seriously considering” running for the soon-to-be-vacant Ward 32 seat on Toronto council. “I’ve been encouraged to run in Ward 32 and I’m taking my time to decide,” said Kinsella in an interview Nov. 28. “It’s a big decision — not anything I take lightly.” Ward 32 ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Black on black.

It never pays to be pedantic but enough is enough. I try not to sound off on how others write, spell, punctuate or capitalize. I can make my own mistakes. And if I get on my high horse, the wife calls me ‘Anal Alan’ after the role of the brother in “Two and a Half ...

The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges Looks at The True North.

The first two words give it away, “Pity Canada.”Chris Hedges looks at Canada and sees us succumbing to the U.S. contagion only behind the mask of moderation. On reading this you may think he goes too far, is too harsh. Perhaps, but not entirely. And, yes, it is harsh in challenging us to take a ...

wmtc: 11.11: remembrance day readers’ advisory

I’ve posted 11 anti-war songs, and I’ve done Labour Day readers’ advisory, but I don’t think I’ve ever done anti-war readers’ advisory. Here are 11 great books with an anti-war themes. 1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins 2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut 3. War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges (nonfiction) 4. Regeneration, ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Family Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday November 1, 2017. Today we are talking about Family Law. In difficult custody cases, a Court may request that the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) become involved to investigate and make recommendations to the Court or to provide legal representation for a child. The ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Common Sense?

No one needs policies anymore.  Everything can be decided by using good ol’ common sense. A group calling itself Common Sense Calgary is telling Calgarians that “the same unions that backed the NDP provincially have now endorsed a slate of candidates to help continue their high-tax, high-spending, high-regulation doctrine at the city level.”  While it’s ...

DeSmogBlog: Collaborative Consent: What Next Generation, Indigenous-Inclusive Water Management Looks Like in B.C.

B.C. hasn’t been particularly good at including Indigenous populations in the decision-making process. First Nations are often brought to the table after high-level political decisions have already been made — leading to significant social and legal conflict over consultation, consent and the management of natural resources. Legal challenges of Site C, the cumulative impacts of B.C.’s ...

The Disaffected Lib: America’s Buffoon in Chief Went "Off Script" Again

It’s reported that Trump aide and rightwing nutjob, Stephen Miller, puts the finishing touches on the Cheeto Benito’s speeches, tweeks them up here and there.Trump’s volatile rant to the United Nations General Assembly in which he threatened to annihilate North Korea seems to have Miller’s DNA all over it.Now it’s come out that Trump’s “grown ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Free Pass to Conference Board of Canada Summit

    Carbon49 will give away one free pass (value $1,195) to The Conference Board of Canada’s flagship event in sustainability, Business [Un]Usual: Profit from Purpose Summit. The conference will showcase how to navigate the political, social, environmental and technological transformations that will have profound implications for businesses operating in Canada. It will take place at ...

The Disaffected Lib: Still Crazy After All These Years

Apologies to Paul Simon but the phrase, “still crazy after all these years,” speaks perfectly of America’s inability to either accept or learn from its past. The proof is manifest in the current administration’s blustering posture over Afghanistan. Trump has chosen to hit the reset button on America’s Afghan War. He doesn’t want to go ...

DeSmogBlog: Year-Long Wait for Site C Dam Budget Docs ‘Disturbing’: Expert

Are you curious to know the results of our Freedom of Information request for an updated budget and timeline for the $8.8 billion Site C dam project on B.C.’s Peace River? So are we. We were told by former energy minister Bill Bennett’s office that we would have the information on May 30, three weeks ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Sliders with SLOAN in the East Block Courtyard

All of a sudden the weather is nicer in Ottawa, so on Tuesday evening I popped over to the East Block Courtyard for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) reception. The attraction for most was the promised musical performances by SLOAN and Charlotte Cardin. Other obligations meant I had to ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Southcore Financial Centre Showcases Mixed-Use Sustainable Development

The Southcore Financial Centre is a showcase of mixed-use sustainable development in Toronto’s financial district. The three new interconnected towers—PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower, Bremner Tower, Delta Toronto Hotel—incorporate sustainability best practices in their exterior glazing systems, rainwater harvesting, and deep lake thermal cooling. We look into their special features and how KPMB Architects brought all these together. The Southcore Financial Centre ...

Canadian Dimension: Believe it’s a new French Revolution? Hold your horses

Photo by Leweb Most of the media were quick to hail a ‘New French Revolution’ following the results of the first round of voting in France’s 2017 Presidential election. Well, at a quick glance, the claim appears to have some substance. After all, it’s the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump has a plan?

Heard any good conspiracy theories today? It is amazing how many pundits are writing about Trump’s real plans for world-wide dictatorship. They see Trump’s actions in the White House as part of a scheme. They think it is designed to keep outsiders confused. But it should be obvious to everybody that Trump is the one ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

William Shakespeare is a writer for most human experience. You could not help but think of that line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream the other day reading a commentary on guaranteed basic income. Who the writer was is not important. The approach was serious. He wrote of a guaranteed basic income as being charity. That ...

DeSmogBlog: 87% of B.C. Grizzly Deaths Due to Trophy Hunting, Records Reveal

Eighty-seven per cent of grizzly bear deaths in B.C. are attributable to trophy hunters, who have killed 12,026 grizzly bears since the government began keeping records in 1975, according to data obtained by David Suzuki Foundation. In 2016, 274 grizzlies were killed — the vast majority of which (235) were killed by trophy hunters. B.C. currently ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘Nothing Has Changed’: B.C.’s Botched Oil Spill Response Haunts First Nation

On October 13, just after 1 a.m, and only eight months after British Columbia signed the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements — set in place to protect the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest — the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat ran aground near Bella Bella. Even though the 10,000-tonne fuel barge the tugboat was pushing was empty, the ...