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OpenMedia.ca: Canada is going backwards on telecom prices

This article was originally published at Rabble.ca

If you’re a Canadian and you own a cell phone, you probably don’t need an official report to tell you that you’re paying way over the odds.

A glance at your monthly phone bill should be more than enough to remind you that Canadians really do . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Canada is going backwards on telecom prices

The Progressive Economics Forum: Louis-Philippe Rochon’s Top 10 Economic Predictions for 2015

Louis-Philippe Rochon has written a provocative blog post for the CBC titled “Top 10 Economic Predictions for 2015.”

The post is available here.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Rental Housing in Yellowknife

Yesterday I blogged about rental housing in Yellowknife, over at the Northern Public Affairs web site. Specifically, I blogged about a recent announcement by the city’s largest for-profit landlord that it plans to “tighten” its policies vis-a-vis renting to recipients of “income assistance” (which, in most parts of Canada, is known generically as social assistance). . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Rental Housing in Yellowknife

The Progressive Economics Forum: Dutch Disease, Prices and Wages in Saskatchewan

Jim Stanford recently pointed out that many of the conservative economists who had defended the overvalued loonie have quickly shifted to applauding its depreciation.

The Government of Saskatchewan may be making a similar conversion on the road to Damascus. When federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair expressed concern about Dutch disease, premier Brad Wall denied that . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Dutch Disease, Prices and Wages in Saskatchewan

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Carlos Souffront, Rennie Foster in Vancouver – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 30/31

Vancouver does have a few local standouts, however- one that has remained true to Vancouver is Rennie Foster. Foster is a fairly influential producer DJ that has mentored a lot of talent frequenting the best of the best in Berlin. Foster is headlining alongside Carlos Souffront- who hails from Detroit. I’m not huge on…

. . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Carlos Souffront, Rennie Foster in Vancouver – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 30/31

Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Steffi- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 22/31

I am going to write a series on sexism and the gender gap in electronic music sometime soon, but for now let’s just focus on the amazing female talent that exists. Some of the fresher faces like Maya Jane Coles are not cutting it for me. Coles is talented, just not my particular style. Anja . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Steffi- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 22/31

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Anthony Collins in Montañita, Ecuador – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 20/31

Part of my BLOGCEMBER 2013 series- the Theme is Electronic Music *** As always, let’s set the mood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLrdkk6dGOc (various artists) *** Anthony Collins isn’t one of my first choices but […]

Melissa Fong: What is Resident Advisor?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 19/31

One of the important things you should know is how to search for parties- especially if you are in a new city. Resident Advisor will list all the main parties at dedicated clubs. They will not usually list afterhours and will…

Melissa Fong: Why you should choose weekday parties- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 18/31

I usually prefer going out on weekdays. In a big city- parties are offered on weekdays and they are often a lot better than the weekend parties. …

Melissa Fong: When producers don’t know how to mix- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 17/31

One of the things that can be confusing is the difference between producing and mixing (and then associated style).

As I already explained, NOT ALL DJs PRODUCE. Personally, I refuse to see Djs that don’t produce. Mostly because I approach these events as concerts- NOT just any other club night.

There is a time and . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: When producers don’t know how to mix- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 17/31

Melissa Fong: What should you wear to a house/techno party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 16/31

GOOD PARTIES NEVER HAVE DRESS CODES.

but MANY parties have dress THEMES. Some of the more organized parties will have costume themes and most people take part to collectively create a fantastical night. I never partake because I am joyless in that division- but I fully support the use of glitter, fun fur and body . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: What should you wear to a house/techno party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 16/31

Melissa Fong: What is Boiler Room?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 15/31

Other than a pretty meh movie from 2000, Boiler Room is like Electric Circus, but less about the go go dancing and more about the Dj. For those of you too young to remember ElectricCircus- thank goodness- it was cheesy and silly and you can just think of the Boiler Room like electronic music- TV.

. . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: What is Boiler Room?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 15/31

Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Deepchild- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 14/31

From quirky, stripped-back techno injected with soul to deep, dub-inflected excursions, Deepchild has earned himself a reputation as groundbreaking producer, respected DJ and electrifying live-performer. Based in Berlin, the Australian artist has performed at many of the world’s most respected electronic music institutions:

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Guy Gerber in Toronto – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 13/31

Guy Gerber is probably one of my favourite Deep House Dj’s. Scratch that- he is my favourite. He performs way more in Ibiza (and Miami) that I would respect (I… have a hate-on for my fictional image of Ibiza), but he just creates such solid tracks. I also like his public presence. He perfectly straddles . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Guy Gerber in Toronto – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 13/31

Melissa Fong: Physicality of Djs- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 12/31

There are some Djs that have a great physical presence behind the decks- I’m not just talking about a “bounce” or a head bop that most Djs will indulge in:

Melissa Fong: Why I don’t like outdoor music festivals- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 11/31

Outdoor festivals never have good dancing- it’s a mosh pit of drunk or drugged out people (aka- eff your overpriced, overpriced outdoor EDM Festival). Outdoor festivals don’t have optimal sound systems- open air spaces never properly contain the sound and part of the art of the music-event is to get the optimal space to listen . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Why I don’t like outdoor music festivals- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 11/31

Melissa Fong: What time do I go to a party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 10/31

This is probably the most important factor for me. There are typically anywhere in between 3-8 7 people on the bill for that night at your typical party with one room. I like to listen to a sample set of most of the Dj’s and decide which ones I want to see. Let’s say that . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: What time do I go to a party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 10/31

Melissa Fong: Ben Klock -breakandenter + Box of Kittens Party Review- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 9/31

Part of my BLOGCEMBER 2013 series- the Theme is Electronic Music *** As always, let’s set the mood: *** Ben Klock did almost a 2.5 hour set on Saturday night at […]

Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Nautiluss- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 8/31

I don’t even know how I became quite as obsessed as I am with Nautiluss- I don’t even like his individual tracks that much- I just honestly like listening to his sets….

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Ben Klock in Toronto- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 7/31

One of the nice things is that Ben Klock is one of those legit artists that is still danceable. If you’re just getting into techno it’s a bit of a different style in terms of “the dance”. Techno tends to have a more frenetic… higher tempo beat than house. There’s an industrial quality to techno . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Ben Klock in Toronto- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 7/31

Melissa Fong: Seeing a DJ is like going to a concert- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 6/31

If you go to these parties a lot- sometimes you’ll even see an entire crowd just facing forward to the DJ and watching him spin- they may crush up against the front to watch the details as soon as they come on stage. It truly is a concert experience.

Melissa Fong: Ticket Price: What should you pay for a good party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 5/31

The purpose of writing this is to let you know that price points depend on a lot of things and I want people to make decisions on genuine qualities rather than buying into a scene. The problem I am seeing with a lot of parties lately is that they have become progressively more expensive as . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Ticket Price: What should you pay for a good party?- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 5/31

The Progressive Economics Forum: Glass-House Mortgages

A letter appears in today’s Globe and Mail in response to recent direction given by Minister Flaherty to private mortgage lenders over mortgage rates. The letter was written by Steve Pomeroy, one of Canada’s leading housing policy experts.

Here is the full text of the letter:

Glass-house mortgages

Twice in recent weeks, the Minister . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Glass-House Mortgages

DeSmogBlog: How Do You Spend $375 Million A Day? Ask The Oil Industry

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The average U.S. household has seen both their net worth and their average income steadily decline over the last seven years. Unemployment in the United States still remains at uncomfortably high levels, and the poverty rate is about to reach highs that haven’t been seen since the 1960’s. But as average . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: How Do You Spend $375 Million A Day? Ask The Oil Industry

The Progressive Economics Forum: Baskin-Robbins and the Walmartization of Ice Cream

It’s been an unusually hot summer, and soaring temperatures have boosted sales of that quintessential summer food, ice cream. But Baskin-Robbins has decided to shut its production facility in Peterborough, Ont., and lay off 80 workers because of…wait for it… increased demand!

From the department of “wait, what?”, here’s the scoop behind this brain-freeze-inducing decision.

. . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Baskin-Robbins and the Walmartization of Ice Cream