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Most Canadians Are Benefiting from the New Wireless Code, CRTC Report Card Reveals – iPhone in Canada CRTC issues first Wireless Code Implementation Report Card, dings Rogers and Bell for non-compliance – Mobile Syrup My Wireless Code Report Card Report – Howard Forums Rogers CEO says industry needs to change way it markets wireless data – The Globe and Mail Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants – Washington Post Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police – Washington Post Apple’s “warrant canary” disappears, (Read more…) Canadians weigh in on CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearing through report released today: “The future of TV is the Internet”


Community-based release a crowdsourced report based on input from Canadians about priorities for the future of digital services in Canada.

September 19, 2014 – The voices of Canadians are being taken to the heart of a crucial CRTC Let’s Talk TV hearing on the future of digital services in Canada. Community-based has compiled a report that brings together input from over 20,000 Canadians both online and offline from coast to coast. The report, entitled Connecting Canadians: The Future of TV is the Internet will be delivered to key decision-makers at the CRTC hearing taking (Read more…)

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Arun Gupta on climate catastrophism and building a climate movement

This will be a weekend of global climate activism. Marches and forums are planned around the world, with the largest set for New York City: the three-day Climate Convergence and the People’s Climate March on Sunday expected to draw hundreds of thousands. I spoke with Arun Gupta, co-founder of The Indypendent, author and journalist living in NYC for a critical but constructive take on the weekend’s events and climate politics more generally.

As part of the Convergence, Arun is organizing a panel titled “Apocalypse How? Climate Change, the Political-Economy of Energy, and Reigniting the Radical (Read more…)

Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, September 19, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, September 19, 2014: Somebody in the Harper government needs to go back to law school – Kentucky longshot Senate candidate’s ‘With Jews We Lose’ slogan not going over well New duty counsel not public defenders: LAO – Law Times  Texas court throws out ‘paternalistic’ ban on ‘upskirt’ photos  Dana Milbank On St. Louis Grand Jury: How You Can Tell The Fix Is In   Lawyer’s photoshopped celebrity pictures lead to suspension recommendation  Harper government racked up tens of thousands in late cell phone charges – (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, September 19, 2014

OPSEU Diablogue: Straight Talk: Vera’s last day after 19 years at The Scarborough Hospital

Vera Tsotsos is a ward clerk at The Scarborough Hospital. After 19 years on the job she received notice in the spring that her full-time position would be eliminated. Her last day is today. “I would not recommend my job to my … Continue reading →

BigCityLib Strikes Back: dEAR yOUTH o’ scCOTLAND!!!!

iT is AS I FEARED!  Your elders HAVe bETRayed YOU!!!

You tRIED to coNvince THEM WITH SWEET REASONB@!!!  BUT THEY DIDN”T LISTEN!!!  tHEY fLUE off TO THE CASINO In their jewel encrusted walker with A JET PACK On the back, then took the way of all cowards with A NOVOTE!!!   The time FOR REASON!!!! is past!   ALl that REMAINS is violent  Uprising!!  kILL THEM, EAT them, take there stuff, and rip your OWN STATE from their dying hands! xxx from Cdns

Recreating Eden: Want to Know Who Will Win? Ask a Bookie

This is the day when the world (or at least a part of it) is mulling over the 55.3 per cent rejection of Scottish independence on Thursday.  Lots of talk on Radio Can and the Francophone press about what it means for Quebec.  (In short, the conclusion not surprisingly is that it doesn’t augur well.)  I imagine there’s probably a similar amount of navel gazing in Spanish-language media about Catalonia.

What should really interest people who care about the democratic process is how the polls in Scotland initially grossly underestimated the force of the independence movement, (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Umut Oszu contrasts the impoverished conception of rights being pushed thanks to the Cons’ highly politicized museum against the type of rights we should be demanding: In their modern incarnation, human rights were fashioned after the Second World War and entered into widespread circulation in the 1970s and 80s, when they came to be deployed by Western governments and non-governmental organizations as part of a Cold War “battle of ideas.” Designed in predominantly civil and political rather than social and economic terms, the rhetoric of human rights has since been mobilized to (Read more…)

wmtc: sexism, magic, and pre-famous cameos: watching "bewitched" on netflix

The best use of TV, for me, is as a sleep aid. But I never thought I’d revisit comedies from my early childhood.

I’ve watched a bit of comedy in bed, while ready for sleep, for my entire adult life, and quite a few years before that. Tuning in to something funny has always helped me tune out the pressures of the day. Like many people who have struggled with insomnia, I have strict rules about what I can and can’t read, see, or talk about before sleep. TV comedy is the perfect sleep prep.

But only certain comedies work, (Read more…)

Northern Reflections: Magic Steve


Between now and the next election, Stephen Harper will try hard to be a magician. He’ll try to make his record disappear. Michael Harris writes:

That is a conversation Harper isn’t anxious to have, for any one of a number of reasons. The mismanagement and bottomless dishonesty on display during the F-35 acquisition process, for instance.

Then there’s the PM’s performance during the Wright/Duffy Affair. You remember how he treated the the truth on that occasion as a (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Insane and Deeply Disturbing Comeback Plan

In my last post I told you how Stephen Harper's obsession with destroying Justin Trudeau is slowly driving him over the deep end.Making him believe that only by destroying Justin can he make himself popular again.But he does have a Plan B.And as Michael Harris reports, it's just as CRAZY.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: The Surveillance State Under Stephen Harper

Yesterday, Margaret Wente wrote a piece pointing out that in terms of policy, there is no discernible difference between Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper, and yet people are craving change. In typically lazy manner, she simply cited friends who say “He’s gotta go!” So what’s the problem with Mr. Harper? Is it the Duffy affair? The militant foreign policy? The highly dubious tough-on-crime agenda?

No, not really. It’s just … him. He’s too controlling, too snarly, too mean. He picked a fight with Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. He sounded callous about murdered native women. It’s not (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Separation anxiety

Today’s Sun – the first one. Good to see.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Hair prefers ‘presidential’ powers.

What a bother! That fussy Mr. Mulcair is making trouble for the Hair again. He wants Canada’s Prime Minister to ask parliament for permission to send troops to Iraq. It seems a lot of bother for a matter of just 69 soldiers going to the aid of Canada’s friends in Kurdistan and Iraq. After all, the Hair’s buddy, American President Barack Obama, has the power to send help to the Iraq government without calling Congress together to discuss the plans.

But Canada has a different system of government. The Americans have a republic wherein the President heads the administration and (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Old man, take a look at me now, I’m a lot like you were, etc.

“Old men”?

Look, lots of us agree on his position on reproductive freedom. We were taking that position long before Justin Trudeau was, in fact.

But calling your opponents names – to wit, “old men” – is dumb. Makes him look defensive and callow.

Oh, and it probably won’t help him much with the many, many folks who are older than him. Many of whom, last time I checked, vote often and early.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Bach, Air “On the G-string”

The original orchestral suite was generally believed to have been written by Bach for his patron Prince Leopold of Anhalt some time between the years 1717 and 1723. However, the oldest surviving score is later, dating from Bach’s time in Leipzig. Current thinking is that the suite may well have been written in that city for performance by the collegium musicum.[1]

The title comes from violinist August Wilhelmj’s late 19th century arrangement of the piece for violin and piano. By transposing the key of the piece from its original D major to C major and transposing the melody down (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Madness of Stephen Harper and the Unusual Wisdom of Margaret Wente

According to the Ottawa rumour mill Stephen Harper is now so obsessed with Justin Trudeau, that none of his faithful flunkies dare mention Justin's name in his presence.Lest he fall to his knees and start biting the carpet, or THEM.And for more evidence of that all you have to do is look at the speech he delivered today at of all places the Canadian Heritage War MuseumBecause it's crazy stuff. Read more »

Blunt Objects Blog: Scotland results and ugly map

I’ve coloured this map in a very interesting way.

Dark Green are areas that voted YES

Light Green are areas that voted NO, but under the Scotland-wide average.

Light Red are areas that voted NO

Dark Red are areas that voted NO, but are one “gap” away.

Scotland voted 55.3% no to 44.7% yes, slightly off from my prediction of 57%-43%.

This makes for a gap of 5.3% from 50%. The Dark Reds are those that are 5.3% beyond this the other way, or, areas won by NO at at least 60.6%.

This helps see (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Political Definitions #nlpoli

Political conservatives like to talk about how government ought to be run like a business.  They talk about it so much that it’s odd, then, that they never actually do it.

Part of it has to do with language. They use words that appear to mean the same thing when, in fact, they actually have two distinctly different meanings.

Danny Williams is a good example of how that peculiar breed of politician.  The Old Man talks about the public money his buddies on city council gave to his hockey team as an investment. As a businessman, though, Williams means something different when he talks about investing his own money.

(Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Scottish Referendum and the Fatal Lesson of Quebec

Well it was a long night and a disappointing one. The YES side in the Scottish referendum didn't do as well as I had hoped it might.Scotland will have to wait a little longer to become independent. And fear conquered hope.Scotland voters have opted to continue as part of the United Kingdom after 307 years in an historic referendum vote, although most observers believe there will be a change in the relationship in the coming months. With just one centre of 32 remaining to report, 55.4 per cent of voters had voted No to independence, with (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: RCMP + CSIS – Add Water and Stir. Voila, the Stasi Lives Again

They were East Germany’s dreaded secret police.   They spied on ordinary East Germans, tapped their phones, intercepted their mail, assessed their ‘reliability’, used informants, kept dossiers on persons of interest and ordinary citizens alike.  

The hated Stasi fell with the Berlin Wall but they live on – in today’s RCMP, the Royal Conservative Mounted Police, Harper’s personal security apparatus. Today the RCMP, in conjunction with our official spy agency, CSIS, and the Canadian Border Service Agency, operate a domestic spying network called the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, INSET.

And just whose security is INSET enforcing? Yours? (Read more…) Chicks with Chainsaws!

Okay, I have to get something off my chest. I think there’s something really cool about chainsaw artists. Chainsaw art is art made with a pretty hard core power tool and I find it fascinating to watch the artist make something spectacular out of a log.

What I think is beyond cool is female chainsaw artists. I love to watch them work and luckily some of them have YouTube Channels, so I can do that regularly. My favourite female chainsaw artists are:

Griffon Ramsey:

Griffon works out of Austin, Texas and is a sculptor who works in other mediums other (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice plucks the low-hanging fruit – now for the hard stuff…

If getting rid of SAM wasn’t that easy, imagine what the green eggs and ham are going to be like! Above, Premier Jim Prentice with the licence plate Alberta won’t be dumping after all. (CBC photo) Below: The typical Progressive Conservative, not necessarily exactly as illustrated.

It’s one thing to let a couple of pieces of ill-considered and unpopular legislation die on the order paper.

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice did that yesterday with Bills 9 and 10, two bad ideas cooked up by the brainiacs in Alison Redford’s inner circle to make the anti-public-service and financial services lobbies happy by (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Why are Americans so frightened?

ISIS has thrown the fear of God into Americans. According to a poll conducted by the Opinion Research Centre, ninety per cent of Americans believe the group is a direct threat to the U.S. with over seventy per cent believing it already has cells inside the country.

All of this might make sense—ISIS is a really scary outfit—if it were true. But it isn’t. At least not according to the man who is

The Disaffected Lib: It is Finished. Scotland Stays Put – For Now.

The BBC has called the Scottish independence referendum for the No side.  The pro-independence Yes side did win some notable victories, Glasgow for example, but not enough votes overall to succeed.

Now it falls to David Cameron to face down angry dissent in the Tory caucus and make good his promises to the Scottish people if they supported No.  That’s not going to be easy and could lead to a Tory revolt but there’ll be absolute hell to pay if the Scots who tipped the vote Cameron’s way are given cause to feel they’ve been had by Whitehall.