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Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Leading Legal Headlines for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, July 31, 2014: Second charge against Toronto cop in Sammy Yatim shooting – Toronto Star Rob Ford campaign video may have violated rules PM’s former counsel won’t face BC Law Society probe over role in Mike Duffy payment Biglaw Firm Ordered To Make A Video Apologizing For Discovery Abuses House Votes to Sue Obama for Overstepping Powers 1 Seattle cop has issued 80% of city’s marijuana tickets this year Supreme Court to rule on confessions from Mr. Big police stings – Macleans.ca Marc Emery, B.C. (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Leading Legal Headlines for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Babel-on-the-Bay: The lies we sew come back to haunt.

Having at one time tried swimming off the government dock at Cold Lake, Alberta, we can assure you that the lake is accurately named, year ‘round. There is not much in the way of entertainments around the air base located near by and it did not take many ‘Dare yah’s’ to get young airmen to jump into that frigid water. Nobody could stay in for long.

But now we find they found a use for some of that water. A company called Canadian Natural Resources Limited is reported to be using a technology that involves heating water to steam and (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: What I had to say about Kathleen Wynne and her opponents on Sun News, because Harrison Ruess never posts our clips

The senior web producer at Sun News is Harrison Ruess, a charming and dashing young man. He has no faults I am aware of, apart from the fact that he never, ever puts clips up of the lovely and talented Ms. Kirbie or, most importantly, me, on the Sun News web site.

As such, I cannot offer you a clip of me responding to a question from the scintillating and prescient Adrienne Batra yesterday. Her question was about Ontario P.C. MPP Vic Fideli running for his party’s leadership. Because no link or official transcript exists, you will have (Read more…)

Things Are Good: A Good City is an Environmentally Friendly One

The urban environment can benefit from more, well, environment. More research is coming out that proves something that many urbanites already know: where there is green there is more peace. Cities with good access to nature and have more trees spread throughout the urban space are better places to live.

Urban neighbourhoods with more green space have lower crime levels and interpersonal violence, according to research from the University of Washington. The study shows that public housing residents with trees and natural landscapes nearby reported 25 per cent fewer acts of domestic violence and aggression, as well as roughly 50 (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: Tired!

Warren Kinsella: Our best Deadmau5/Ford lines

There’s a ridiculous amount of coverage, this morning, about the totally ridiculous summit between Rob Ford and DJ Deadmau5. As a public service, we at Daisy came up with some funny lines for the other mayoralty candidates. We offer these to you, gratis.

Hey Rob – we don’t need City Hall run like a Mickey Mouse operation anymore. Hey Rob, poor old John here thinks someone actually showed up with a dead mouse, today. I’m more into classic rock. I particularly like the Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’. Rob, where are your glow sticks? A giant mouse? Better (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: GM – John Oliver – What Media *should* Be Doing.

Corporate ‘responsibility’ is put on display in this fine segment from John Oliver.

 

 

Filed under: Media Tagged: Black Humour, GM, John Oliver, State of the Media

Politics and its Discontents: The Blinkered Worldview of Stephen Harper

Recently, I wrote a series of posts on Stephen Harper’s misuse of the Canadian Revenue Agency through the orchestration of audits on nonprofits that criticize his policies. For Dear Leader, life is uncomplicated: you are either with him or against him, and if you fall into the latter category and have a certain public prominence, the knock on the door may not be far off.

One of my readers, Troy Thomas, made the following comment:

You know, this is how First Nations have been treated for decades, so I’ll share what usually happens to First Nations.

Audits aren’t the (Read more…)

350 or bust: Senator Inhofe Destroyed By Colleague Versed In Science

In the U.S. Senate this week, Senator Klobuchar called for Unanimous Consent to pass a resolution acknowledging that climate change is occurring and that it will continue to pose an ongoing risk. Senator James Inhofe objected to the resolution. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse offered this in cogent, informed response. * Whitehouse.Senate.gov ThinkProgress.org  

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: STI rates in Newfoundland and Labrador #nlpoli

Saskatoon Health Region released a report on July 18 on the rates of sexually transmitted infections in the city in 2013. 

A CBC report earlier this week quoted the deputy regional health officer as saying that social media was having an impact on the rates of syphilis in the city. 

"We do know that meet-ups using social media has led to an increase in these types of infections, and even outbreaks of syphilis, in other parts of the country," Julie Kryzanowski, the region’s deputy medical health officer, told CBC News Monday.

That’s actually a follow-on from a similar story in April in which Kryzanowski’s predecessor said that the regional health authority had interviewed some of the patients who reported they “were using certain social media sites to meet sex partners.”

So that got your humble e-scribbler wondering about STI rates in this province.

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Alberta Diary: Is there any benefit for Albertans in a criminal prosecution of Alison Redford? Not really

Alison Redford, in days past, somewhere in the skies over Alberta. OK, I never said I was a master of Photoshop! Below: Disgraced Canadian Senator Mike Duffy, Alberta Tory leadership frontrunner Jim Prentice, leadership candidate and former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk.

Will Alberta benefit from a police investigation of Alison Redford’s use of the government’s small fleet of passenger aircraft?

Not really.

Here’s why: Notwithstanding the hyperbole from a number of elected officials of more than one political persuasion, not to mention the opinions of numerous columnists, bloggers and Twitterers, a trial, let alone a conviction, is extremely unlikely.

For (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Children of Gaza and the Bestiality of Stephen Harper

It was an act of unspeakable barbarity. One that has been condemned by governments all over the world. The US and UN have condemned the shelling of a school housing displaced civilians in Gaza. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the attack, which killed 16, was "outrageous". "I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable, and it demands accountability and justice. "Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children."And defended only by those who carried it out, and by the monstrous beast Stephen Harper. Read more »

ffibs: Meanwhile on the Israeli side of the war..

PostArctica: A lesson learned from ‘plein air painting’

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Stumbled on this and remembered how enthusiastic I was about freeway art just a few years ago in they heyday of Walking Turcot Yards. Now I am thinking that my friend, Reb Frost, could probably do a pretty good Turcot painting, perhaps the old Yards really do need some closure after all.

Originally posted on Andrew Farmer Fine Art:

After arriving at my painting location, which happened to be under the A1 motorway bridge in Doncaster, I quickly realised I had forgotton my brushes…….

I wasn’t about to cycle all the way home without having a go (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: “The Fight is on!” West Van, Lions Bay councils oppose Howe Sound LNG

Citizens line the Sea to Sky Highway to protest Woodfibre LNG (My Sea to Sky)

Two city councils in Howe Sound now officially oppose plans for liquefied natural gas terminals and tankers in their backyard. This week, West Vancouver joined Lions Bay in voting against LNG for the region – including a Malaysian billionaire’s proposal to convert an old pulp mill site near Squamish into an LNG facility.

The Woodfibre LNG project is currently in an environmental assessment, for which the most recent window of public comment closed on July 27. The project has stoked considerable local interest amongst Sea-to-Sky (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: The Blue Dot Tour: It’s About All Of Us

This is a guest post by David Suzuki.

A now-famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as “the blue marble”. The late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a “pale blue dot”.

The vision of Earth from a distance has profoundly moved pretty much anyone who has ever seen it. “When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet,” International Space Station astronaut Ron Garan said. “It looks (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” (VIDEO)

“A slaughter of innocents,” Henry Siegman, an American Jewish leader and leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, says of Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza.

The post American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” (VIDEO) appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Progressive Right: Re-Elect John Henry, Mayor of #Oshawa ( #oshpoli )

It’s no surprise that I’m supporting John Henry for re-election as Mayor of Oshawa. He’s an incredible mayor.

New jobs, new industries, new development, a growing economy, home to great retail, and a vibrant community spirit. These are the hallmarks of John’s tenure as mayor.

I’ll let him describe the incredible growth the city has undergone Rick Mercer-style.

Those familiar with Oshawa politics would never suggest that it’s boring. John has demonstrated constant leadership in controlling errant behaviour in council and defending the city against spurious claims that the council is acting in a secretive fashion.John focuses solely on the (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Study links extractive industries to rise in domestic abuse

A fracking drill near Dawson Creek in northeast BC (courtesy of Two Island Films)

Read this July 24 Globe and Mail story by Andrea Woo on a new study which exposes one of the trade-offs associated with expanded resource development, namely an increase in violence against women.

An increase in domestic and sexual violence against women is among the troubling social impacts of resource extraction industries, according to a B.C. victims’ services association behind a new $40,000 initiative aimed at drawing awareness to the issue.

Tracy Porteous, executive director of the Ending Violence Association of B.C. (EVA BC), (Read more…)

Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Southern Ontario Skins: A Cast of Stooges Part V

It's been a month and a bit since our last post in the "Stooges" series, but that isn't for lack of content. For example, Brodie Walsh has proven to be a goldmine of material. Here is a veritable Whitman's Sampler of Walsh d-baggery:

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OpenMedia.ca: New Canadian Media: Rein in spying and restore our right to privacy

Most Canadians agree: our government is reckless and out of control when it comes to spying. If you agree, go to https://OpenMedia.ca/DefendPrivacy and speak out!

Article by Amira Elghawaby for New Canadian Media

How much does it concern you that your emails, texts, social media, and phone calls might be monitored?

If recent polling from both around the world and here at home is any indication, it probably concerns you quite a bit.

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OpenMedia.ca: Exciting News: Glenn Greenwald to speak in Ottawa at Oct 25 event sponsored by OpenMedia

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is coming to Canada. He will speak about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians at an event in downtown Ottawa sponsored by your OpenMedia.ca team.

WHO: Glenn Greenwald, American journalist, lawyer, and author, who is best known for his extensive reporting on the Edward Snowden NSA documents.

WHAT: Canada, America – Together into the Storm – A talk by Glenn Greenwald followed by a discussion moderated by journalist Jesse Brown, the host of the popular Canadaland podcast.

WHERE: 440 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

WHEN: Saturday October 25th, 6.30-8.30pm

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Cowichan Conversations: Former Enbridge Lobbyist Named New Head of B.C. Government Communications Branch

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

During the Dog Days of Summer few are paying attention to the political scene, but that is often when they sneak through programs, reports and in this case a shocking appointment that will not be glossed over no matter how hot it is.

Ms Premier Christy Clark may have actually set a new low with this latest scheme.

It will be interesting to see how the media responds to this sleazy move.

BTW, Has anybody seen Mark Marrisen lately? Is there a connection?

Carol Linnit from Desmog Canada broke this story and we are glad that she did.

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OpenMedia.ca: Glenn Greenwald to speak in Ottawa at Oct 25 event sponsored by OpenMedia

Glenn Greenwald Speaks 2014, Ottawa

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is coming to Canada. He will speak about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians at an event in downtown Ottawa sponsored by your OpenMedia.ca team.

WHO: Glenn Greenwald, American journalist, lawyer, and author, who is best known for his extensive reporting on the Edward Snowden NSA documents. WHAT: Canada, America – Together into the Storm – A talk by Glenn Greenwald followed by a discussion moderated by journalist Jesse Brown, the host of the popular Canadaland podcast. WHERE: 440 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada WHEN: Saturday October (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Good News for British Columbia, indeed.

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

In the run-up to the B.C. Day long weekend, a bit of obscure history related to sharing the Gospel in the province.

Back in 1971, local Christians wanted to do something unique to celebrate the 100th anniversary of B.C. becoming part of Canada. This now rare booklet was the result.

“Good News for British Columbia” is a Gospel of Mark from the Today’s English Version translation. This is confirmed by several line drawings inside by the late artist Annie Vallotton, whose artwork is intimately associated with the translation. This (Read more…)