Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Warning From Edward Snowden

But will anyone listen? Edward Snowden, the man wanted for leaking U.S. security documents in 2013 says Canadians should be “extraordinarily cautious” in reference to an anti-terror bill proposed by the Harper government. Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald spoke to a group of Toronto students Monday evening. Recommend this Post

The Scott Ross: Penny Wise, World Foolish: Pennies Never Cost A Cent

All the attention focused on how costly it is to make pennies is worth less than any piece of copper. For much of last year the most popular cited reason, the go-to justification for scrapping the penny was that making one costs more than what it’s worth. Simple economics, or even simple logic shows that ...

The Scott Ross: And Today Conservatives Respect Police Chiefs

Conservatives only respect police when police agree with Conservatives. In 2010 Conservative MP Candice Bergen, then Candice Hoeppner, dismissed the opinion of the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs (CAPC) when they supported maintaining the long gun registry. She sent out a press release saying the organization of top cops didn’t speak for police.  Fastforward to ...

The Scott Ross: Gaffe Seekers

How does the Daily Show or Fox News uncover hypocrisy of the political right or left? Do they have employees watching every news channel, every hour, of every day? No, gaffe seeking has been outsourced, and political organizations have learn how to manipulate it. Great video from MSNBC’s Rock Center here.

Art Threat: Everyone Needs Their Heart – Vancouver’s Fugitives sing against Bill C-31

Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod aren’t known for writing music with a political slant. When he’s not writing gorgeous western-tinged melodic songs, Adrian joins Brendan in the Vancouver band, The Fugitives, a four-piece composed of musicians who double as slam poets, writers, actors and hilarious accordion players (ok, there’s only one of those). But Bill ...

The Scott Ross: Liberal Party’s Future, New Apple or Old Microsoft

Tablet computers have been around for years, but it took Steve Jobs to make them popular. Though the Liberal Party has been around longer than any tablet computer, it shares more than a few similarities with the now ubiquitous device. The Liberal Party has strong fundamentals and viable market share in a competitive industry, but ...