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Bill Longstaff: RIP—and thanks for the beer, Ed

The inventor of my favourite beer died this week. Ed McNally, former lawyer and barley farmer, who founded Big Rock Breweries in 1985 and introduced Traditional Ale (Trad to us aficionados), the world’s finest beer, a year later.

Ed was a pioneer in craft beer. Unimpressed by the pale, fizzy, lagers mass-produced by the major breweries, he decided to exploit Alberta’s barley and glacial

Dead Wild Roses: Friday Musical Interlude: The Intransigent One’s Favourite Band

This is VNV Nation, an Irish/English alternative electronic/industrial duo currently based out of Berlin, but touring to Canada this fall/winter – I’ve already got tickets – and plane tickets because the closest they’re coming is Vancouver.

They were my first exposure to electronic/industrial music – I grew up in a classical bubble – and I was hooked pretty much instantly.

Turn up the volume and turn up the bass before pressing play.

The song is “Joy”, a humanist anthem and my personal anthem as well.

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Alberta Diary: Term limits on Alberta MLAs? ‘I think Jim Prentice is trying to lose… nothing else makes sense’

“A night to remember”: Jim Prentice explains to reporters how term limits for MLAs can work. Really! Below: The orchestra the Tories should have hired to play the lunchtime event.

There was no orchestra at Tory leadership candidate Jim Prentice’s lunchtime speech in Edmonton yesterday. But if there had been, it would have been playing “Nearer My God to Thee.”

Many of the journalists who turned up for what had been billed as a major event in a sustained Twitter fusillade in the hours before the microphones were turned on were persuaded Mr. Prentice was about to announce the (Read more…) - Alberta politics: Prentice term-limit idea is gimmicky and probably unconstitutional

TweetYou are Jim Prentice. You have the podium and the attention of Alberta’s media. You are the next Premier of Alberta. You can dream big. You could promise to replace all of Alberta’s aging hospitals by 2020, to build a high-speed railway from Calgary to Edmonton, to forge a new relationship with municipalities through Big City Charters, or reinvent the […] - Alberta politics: PC Party compared MLA term-limits to whims of an Ayatollah or a general

TweetToday, Alberta Progressive Conservative Party leadership candidate Jim Prentice proposed term-limits for Premiers and MLAs. The following is an excerpt from an editorial on term-limits for MLAs that was printed in the Progressive Conservative Party’s “PC People” magazine, published in September 2010: Another concept being promoted in some quarters is the idea of term limits. These laws restrict […]

cartoon life: Corniglia from one of my sisters photos

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Buckdog: Federal documents show Harper’s Conservatives are thwarting scientists’ efforts to keep Canadians informed on Arctic ice levels

Federal scientists who keep a close eye on the Arctic ice would like to routinely brief Canadians about extraordinary events unfolding in the North.But newly released federal documents show the Harper government has been thwarting their efforts.In 2012, as the Arctic ice hit the lowest point ever recorded, scientists at the Canadian Ice Service were keen to tell Canadians about the stunning ice loss.“Less ice doesn’t mean less danger. In fact the opposite is true and there is greater need for ice information,” Leah Braithwaite, the service’s chief of applied science said in an August 2012 memo (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Tina Fontaine: Aboriginal Teen’s Death Reignites Calls For Inquiry

The death of teenage Tina Fontaine has re-ignited calls for national public inquiry into the case of nearly 1,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

The post Tina Fontaine: Aboriginal Teen’s Death Reignites Calls For Inquiry appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. We’re taking your Online Privacy concerns straight to the B.C. Legislature – and we need to hear from you.

Ever wanted to have your opinions heard by key decision makers in B.C.? Now’s your chance. Our own David Christopher has been invited to present the pro-Internet community’s concerns about privacy to key MLAs of the B.C. Legislature. David will be offering testimony about the privacy implications of B.C.’s Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPA).

PIPA is the provincial equivalent of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). It sets out how many commercial entities in British Columbia should safeguard their customers’ privacy. There are a number of key concerns with PIPA in its (Read more…)

The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad: August 21: a sore thumb, and a world gone mad….

It’s on page C1 of Wednesday’s paper “Rail report targets safety issues.” This is the report of a federal commission to determine the causes of the train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac Megantic. It’s a disgustingly inadequate report. dumping all the blame for the railway’s laxness in enforcing rules, for the poor training it gave its employees, and the terrible inadequacy of its tanker cars. That much one can agree with, of course. But there is more, much more, that should have been there.

Then it blames the engineer, a man who had been driving that train (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: don’t watch it

Man is the cruelest animal, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, and he might know: his works arguably served as an inspiration for later German militarism and National Socialism.

But the truth of his observation about the cruelty of men – the evil that men do – remains difficult to deny. Take this week’s example, available on your laptop, courtesy of YouTube and Facebook: the video of the murder of American journalist Jim Foley.

You’ve likely seen the video, which is the point. And you do not need to possess a doctorate in propaganda techniques to know how effective (Read more…)

Environmental Law Alert Blog: A hot summer: Updates on the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan projects

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It’s been a busy few months with a lot of new challenges and developments regarding the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines and tankers proposals. We thought we’d take a step back to give an update on some of the major legal developments. It’s worth flagging that, on top of all these developments regarding the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan projects, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its game-changing ruling in the Tsilhqot’in case on June 26, which will have major implications in the months and years to come including, as we’ve noted, for pipelines and tankers (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Why not enough ‘red tape’ = too much red ink: Mount Polley and the problem with de-regulation

CFAX 1070′s Ian Jessop interviews Damien Gillis on the Mount Polley mine disaster and consequences of the BC Liberals’ de-regulation policy on the environment and economy. Why not enough ‘red tape’ leads to too much red ink for shareholders and taxpayers. (Aug. 20 / 20 min)

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Geoff Campbell: Last day at Hebron Academy

Today marks my last day of work at Hebron Academy. It has been a great first full year working in marketing for an independent school. I’ve had the chance to work on a lot of diverse projects. From producing the bulk of the school’s photography for marketing, showcasing the Hebron experience through video, managing the broadcast of live streamed events on campus, creating and managing the school’s inbound marketing site, managing institutional social media accounts (leading to significant increases in likes/followers and engagement especially on Facebook and Twitter), creating/updating design collateral for print and the (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Advertising Watchdog Says Peabody Energy ‘Clean Coal’ Advert Was Misleading

CLEAN COAL, it’s the two-word catch phrase the coal industry has used for years as it tries to convince the world its climate changing energy source has a future.

While the term “clean coal” is rightly met with ridicule and derision by many, up until this week it has been allowed to stand — at least in the world of advertising.

But now the UK’s advertising authorities have told Peabody Energy that it can no longer freely dangle its “clean coal” mythology in front of consumers without explaining itself.

The advert, devised by global PR agency Burson-Marsteller, claimed that Peabody was (Read more…) Globe and Mail: Are mobile TV apps the next battlefield in the fight against Internet slow lanes?

In response to a filing by our community member @Ben Klass, the CRTC is asking Big Telecom some tough questions about whether they give preferential treatment to their own data on their mobile networks. It’s a big step towards preventing Internet slow lanes on Canada’s wireless networks and preserving real net neutrality. You can add your voice at

Article by Christine Dobby for the Globe and Mail

Canada’s telecom regulator is asking a series of tough new questions about the way three cellphone providers charge for live and on-demand television programming on mobile applications.

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The Common Sense Canadian: SFU, regional district expand Peace Valley water study re: oil and gas

Read this Aug. 20 story by Elaine Anselmi in the Alaska Highway News on SFU’s baseline studies

Rural residents in the Peace River area are being asked to put their water to the test and allow researchers from Simon Fraser University (SFU) to dip into their wells and springs.

“It gives you that baseline that’s really necessary, especially when you have industry wanting to work on your land, or maybe even just seismic [vibrations] can sometimes disturb the water – sometimes for a short time, sometimes for an extended period,” said Peace River Regional District (PRRD) chair Karen Goodings. “It’s (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

I’m in New Brunswick for a couple weeks, so might as well take a shot at the Tories while I’m here. With the writ formally dropping tomorrow, and signs going up across the province (I’ve seen probably about a dozen already driving around Saint John) Conservative leader David Alward is running away from the CBC leaders debate. The Conservatives claim they don’t want to participate in the debate because they are inviting the leaders of the Green Party and the People’s Alliance, but Alward was happy to participate alongside them in 2010. Maybe he just doesn’t want to talk about (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Opinion: Mount Polley demands full Judicial Inquiry – under oath

By Ed Mankelow

The Tailings Dam breach at the Mount Polley Mine is likely the worst mining disaster that this province has seen and it could be getting worse. If the salmon and trout stocks of Quesnel Lake are impacted on their spawning journey to Quesnel Lake and feeder streams, then not only this year’s run but the runs from this year’s spawning of salmon and trout could be lost.

There are abandoned mines in BC and this is especially true with copper mines that have gone acid and leaked into rivers and lakes for years. An example would be (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: After Oregon Rejects Coal Export Plan, Long Beach Votes to Export Coal and PetKoch

Just a day after the Oregon Department of State Lands shot down a proposal to export 8.8 million tons per year of coal to Asia from the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon, the Long Beach City Council achieved the opposite.

In a 9-0 vote, the Council voted “yay” to export both coal and petroleum coke (petcoke, a tar sands by-product) to the global market — namely Asia — out of Pier G to the tune of 1.7 million tons per year. Some have decried petcoke as “dirtier than the dirtiest fuel.“

More specifically, the Council (Read more…)

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Bill Longstaff: Hillary Clinton—a very dangerous lady

During the Democratic nomination race for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, my preference was torn between a woman president or a black president. I was leaning toward the woman, Hillary Clinton, when, watching her on a TV interview, she stated that if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons she would “totally obliterate” Iran. I almost fell out of my chair.

What the hell was this all

DeSmogBlog: All Aboard! Tar Sands Bitumen by Rail Set to Eclipse Pipelines Like Keystone XL

“Rail can get you just about anywhere. It’s like the Harry Potter stairway. You get on the stairs at one end and they move to wherever you need to go. That’s the beauty of the railway. You get on at one end here, with your bitumen or dilbit, and then you can end up in different places depending on what are the best markets.”

That quote is from Pete Sametz, president of Connacher Oil and Gas, speaking to the Daily Oil Bulletin about the appeal of moving tar sands oil by rail. And Sametz isn’t alone in his enthusiasm for (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: In Which Pat Robertson Makes Even Less Sense Than Usual

I’m completely stumped by this one from my favorite crazed evangelical:

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CSE commissioner’s annual report released – Lux Ex Umbra Spy agency mishandled information about Canadians: watchdog – CTV News Spy agency intercepted, kept 66 communications of Canadians – The Globe and Mail EFF, ACLU Demolish “It’s Just Metadata” Claim in NSA Spying Appeal – EFF How Canada Shaped the Copyright Rules in the EU Trade Deal – Michael Geist Affordable Broadband in the Spotlight with 3.5 GHz Spectrum Announcement – Mediacaster Rogers backs away from mobile TV net neutrality violation – @BenKlass on Twitter Fido Tries Luring Ex-Customers Back with Exclusive $65 Canada-Wide Plan (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Cowardly Leadership: We All Pay A Price

As I have written in the past, poor leadership costs all of us dearly. Whether looking at local provincial, federal or international politics, the price we pay for leadership that has too high a regard for itself and too little for the people is moral, social, economic and military disarray. Whether we are talking about rampant cynicism with regard to the political process, the demonization of groups within society, the dodging of taxes or the kind of demagoguery that leads to war, all, at least in part, can be tied to defects in leadership. It seems that so many (Read more…)