Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Canadians are coming together after a tragic week, but will the government listen?

It’s been a terrible few days. Wednesday’s events on Parliament Hill have left all Canadians shaken and asking questions about how we move forward as a country.

I doubt I’ll ever forget waking up on Wednesday to learn that Parliament – the very symbol of the rights and freedoms we hold dear – was under attack. Since then I’ve talked with a lot of people – my friends, family, OpenMedia colleagues, and engaged supporters – trying to process this news and consider how we can all move forward.

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Parchment in the Fire: CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English –

CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English –

(ANSA) – Rome, October 24 – As many as one million people, one thousand police officers, and a small number of dissident members of the governing Democratic Party (PD) are expected at a major rally called for Saturday by Italy’s largest trade-union federation CGIL against Premier Matteo Renzi’s Jobs Act. The rally has been planned for several weeks as the country’s most left-wing union takes aim at provisions in the Jobs Act, which is moving through Parliament and would reduce job protections for new employees. (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Crude Oil Transport Project Halted In California After Environmentalists Sue

Back in August, DeSmog reported on California environmentalists stopping “stealth carbon bombs” in their communities. Now they’re celebrating another victory as a dangerous—and illegal—crude oil transport project in Sacramento has been halted as well.

According to a report by the Sacramento Bee last March, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District first caught InterState Oil Company, a fuel distributor, offloading ethanol without a permit in the fall of 2012. Inspectors with the AQMD then caught InterState transloading crude oil from trains to trucks bound for Bay Area refineries in September of last year, again without a permit.

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Cathie from Canada: It isn’t "terrorism", its mental illness

What Canada should always remember about Wednesday was the courage of our politicians – hearing a fusillade of gunfire right outside their meeting room, they armed themselves with flagpoles and prepared to defend Parliament and their colleagues against what they must have believed at the time to be an invading force.But to me, it inflates the importance and significance of Wednesday’s attack in Ottawa to continue to call it “terrorism” or even “micro-terrorism”.It actually appears to be an almost-random outburst by a mentally ill man.While Michael Zehaf-Bibeau may well have thought of himself as an “ISIS terrorist”, (Read more…) The Guardian: U.N. report criticizes bulk spying

Mass surveillance is “corrosive of online privacy” according to U.N. special report.

Article by Owen Bowcott and Spencer Ackerman for the Guardian

Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is “corrosive of online privacy” and threatens to undermine international law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.

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Trashy's World: Ottawa City Council candidates worth voting for!

I have already endorsed some of these candidates in past posts, but being that it is only a few days till E Day, I thought I’d go over some of them again. Jean Cloutier will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for […] Power to the people (through the Internet)

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century. See Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

One thing we hear over and over again from our community is that they value the ability of the Internet to foster creativity and advance human progress. It often provides us with solutions to some of our most stubborn problems. Here at OpenMedia, we talk about “the possibilities of the open Internet,” and it’s something we all keep coming back (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Fund for Officer Vincent and Corporal Cirillo

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The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: Nov.24: The Heirs to Dr. Goebbels

Dr. Goebbels was Hitler’s propaganda chief. He was pretty good at it, convincing Germans that everything was under control even as Allies troops fought into Germany from East and West, and as allied bombers turned whole cities into piles of rubble. Brent Mazerolle is no Dr. Goebbels. His  front page, banner headline story is propaganda that is childishly written, corny, largely false statements. And it’s damned unethical. But let’s take it one point at a time.

1. The story is not  news story. It’s an opinion piece. There’s a difference, a very big difference. News is something that happened. News (Read more…)

Stuart Mackinnon: BetterParks for Vancouver: MEDIA RELEASE: Green Park Board candidates call for time out in community centre association negotiations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2014   Both sides need to reboot with new ideas for agreements 

After dozens of meetings and thousands of hours invested, and still no agreement in sight, everyone needs to cool off and take a time-out in negotiations between the City of Vancouver’s Board of Parks and Recreation and local Community Centre Associations for new Joint Operating Agreements (JOAs), say Green Party of Vancouver Park Board candidates.

“It’s time to pause and reboot,” says Green Park Board candidate Stuart Mackinnon, a Park Commissioner in 2010, when the process began after the Park Board (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Stuart Mackinnon: BetterParks for Vancouver: MEDIA RELEASE: Green Park Board candidates call for time out in community centre association negotiations

The Disaffected Lib: A Divided World that Pits Fact Against Fantasy

It’s the battle line between conservatives and everyone else.  It’s incredibly divisive and it is powerfully corrosive of social cohesion.  It’s a high-stakes war to control the national narrative between those who embrace fact and those who prefer fiction.

Pew Research set out to find what’s behind what it considers the increasing political polarization of the United States; why the country is moving away from political moderation and becoming more and more divided between liberals and conservatives. Its first report on the phenomenon, which examines where people are hearing news and opinion in both regular and social media, shows (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Divided World that Pits Fact Against Fantasy CANADALAND: Why is Canadian media stalling debate on online spying?

Why did major Canadian news outlets refuse to report on CSEC spying and the Snowden documents?

Article by Jesse Brown for CANADALAND

Last Tuesday evening at CBC’s Toronto headquarters, CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire played host to maverick reporter Glenn Greenwald. Shortly after her introductory remarks to a crowd of journalists at Glenn Gould Studio, former CBC News content director David Walmsley (now editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail) sat down with Greenwald for an admiring interview about journalistic bravery, exposing State surveillance and standing up to government pressure. A standing ovation followed.

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Cowichan Conversations: Save Island Savings- This not a Merger–This is a Takeover- VOTE NO!

Well they managed to get the logo right! “It’s good to be here”


Richard Hughes-Vote No! Save Island Savings

Vote No to this takeover attempt so that we will be able to keep our Credit Union based here in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

The Board of Directors and the CEO are about to sell us down the river through being taken over by First West Credit Union based in Langley BC.

The benefits for the top executives include a sizable yet undiclosed retirement package for CEO Little wonder he is pitching with such enthusiasm. This is a (Read more…)

The Enlightened Savage: Govern Yourselves Accordingly

Just a quick hit as I sit waiting for my oil change today, Nation. In a little over 80 hours, we will start to get by-election results in Edmonton-Whitemud, Calgary-West, Calgary-Foothills and Calgary-Elbow.  These last 80 hours are “crunch time”. Elections are won and lost in these last 3 days. Senior members of every campaign, and the candidates themselves, pull out all the stops. They forego sleep. They scramble, work every angle, fight for every last vote. As they should. But a reminder to those campaigns, candidates and parties, that is always valid at this time of year but (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Another Glimmer of Hope, This Time From the European Union.

Whilst I, by looking on praise of them, see riot and dishonour stain the brow of my own country. Sincere apologies to William Shakespeare and Kings Henry IV and V. Just days after learning that coal consumption seems to be declining in China, the European Union has announced agreement on emissions reductions that will put Harperland to ever more shame. The agreement calls for emissions cuts of 40% from 1990 levels by 2030 but also targets increases of 27% in both renewable energy and energy efficiency by that same date. It’s good news if it actually happens.  The Poles, for (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: An Unlikely War Pits the Pentagon Against the GOP

Over the past decade, America’s military has raised the climate change threat level until today it stands at a screaming, howlin’ red.  The Pentagon’s position inflicts a certain degree of cognitive dissonance on those worshipers of military muscle, the Republican Party.

The Pentagon says there’s a shit storm looming.  The GOP responds, ignore it. The Republicans control the House of Representatives where, in May, they amended ”the annual National Defense Authorization Act forbidding the Defense Department from spending money on any climate-related initiatives, including planning programs.”The Republican congressmen contended they merely wanted to maximize America’s military might (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Will the Opposition Capitulate to Harper’s Police State?

Steve Harper is taking a page, maybe a chapter, out of Dick Cheney’s neocon playbook to exploit a couple of relatively minor incidents to plunge Canada into a deeper form of surveillance state.

A report in Foreign Policy magazine warns that Canada – the Canadian public, you and me – could be headed for NSA-style surveillance sooner than anyone imagined.

When Harper proclaimed that Canadians would not be intimidated by this week’s killings he was lying through his teeth.  He’s counting on Canadians being fearful and intimidated enough to let him shred our rights and freedoms in the name of (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Fennell cleared by integrity commissioner in ruling

Talk about eleventh-hour campaign drama. Wow. Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, October 24, 2014

Your news links for today:

About That Copyright Exception for Political Advertising. . . Never Mind – Michael Geist NBCU CEO ‘Surprised’ HBO, CBS Giving Users What They Want – DSL Reports New NBA Deal to Raise Everybody’s TV Rates – DSL Reports Rogers launches LTE-Advanced wireless for faster speeds – IT World Canada Koodo’s Invasive and Unnecessary Data Proxy Strikes Again – Howard Forums FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public – FCC Why open data matters in education –

All links compiled by community member and volunteer Andrew Currie.

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Politics, Re-Spun: The CBC Respects Dignity Better than Corporate Media

Corporate media, being owned by corporations, needs to maximize shareholder wealth. That means news is a loss leader.

News is about generating sensationalism, excitement or hysteria.

News is about generating ratings to charge more for advertising to maximize shareholder wealth.

Thus, when the CBC characteristically doesn’t sensationalize something, it’s noted around the world.

CBC is owned by us, WE are the shareholders. WE maximize wealth by having high quality, respectful journalism that enhances dignity. Not like the Jerry Springer that corporate media has become.

So, read this, especially the last line:

Mansbridge, in sharp contrast to the frenetic, breathless delivery (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: A Modern Take on Gorgias

Plato’s dialogue Gorgias is mostly about the difference between content and form. Or rather it’s about how Socrates saw the difference between philosophy – content and truth – and rhetoric – form and words. Both of which are practiced and studied today in much different forms from what they were in ancient Greece. But the […]

DeSmogBlog: They’re Doing it in Germany Part 1: How to Green B.C. Energy

They’re doing it in Germany: 140 regions of the country have set a goal to become 100 per cent renewable energy regions, covering 30 per cent of Germany’s land and 26 per cent of her people, as we learnt in the June.

Could British Columbia do the same? The climate emergency warnings are dire, and the need is great. When viewed historically, it is clear that the age of fossil fuels represents only the tiniest blip of time. Deep down, we know we need to stop using them.

Here in B.C., 80 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions—the (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No. Just No.

As I had expected, the first steps in the Harper Government’s overreaching reaction to this week’s events in Ottawa are starting to surface.  

Introducing Harper’s Thought Police:

Sources suggest the government is likely to bring in new hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to claim terrorist acts are justified online. 

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Thursday that Canada’s law and policing powers need to be strengthened in the areas of surveillance, detention and arrest. He said work is already under way to provide law enforcement agencies with “additional tools” and that (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: New Tory Hate Speech Laws? Richard Warman On Government’s New Anti-Terror Initiatives

So I read this this morning:

OTTAWA — The Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist acts online.

There is frustration in government, and among law enforcement agencies, that the authorities can’t detain or arrest people who express sympathy for atrocities committed overseas and who may pose a threat to public safety, one Conservative MP said. “Do we need new offences? If so which?”Sources suggest the government is likely to bring in new hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to claim terrorist acts are justified online.

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cartoon life: Seven little cats in the grass

It’s been a week of tired. Sometimes I despair that so much is on the edge. I have no work held back, no posts queued up, no drawings hovering.

Then you just make a mark, and something happens, and you just follow it. So this is fresh – last night – and with no idea what is over the edge of the precipice of tomorrow that I can see.

This is so damned whimsical I wish I could bottle it.

Filed under: art, digital, drawing, iPad Tagged: cats, Grass

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