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Accidental Deliberations: On controversial responses

A propos of nothing in particular, let’s go over this a couple more times:Colby Cosh’s latest on the role of the “human search engine” in tracking down information about candidates and elected officials is worth a read. But it’s worth keeping in mind… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On controversial responses

The Canadian Progressive: #AskAmbrose: Rona Ambrose Avoided Canadians’ Tough Questions During Twitter Q&A

#AskAmbrose? On Tuesday, Rona Ambrose hosted a Q&A session at Twitter headquarters. The interim Conservative leader avoided Canadians’ tough questions. The post #AskAmbrose: Rona Ambrose Avoided Canadians’ Tough Questions During Twitter Q&#0… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: #AskAmbrose: Rona Ambrose Avoided Canadians’ Tough Questions During Twitter Q&A

Things Are Good: Be Conscious How Social Media Impacts Your Mental Health

Last year a study was released that identified Facebook as a contributor to people’s depression, it’s likely that other forms of social media do the same. Researchers are finding that if you use social media and compare yourself to what you see posted there will indeed make you feel worse; however, if you use social […]

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Alberta Politics: It’s not just the #kudatah – it’s the feeling Alberta’s conservatives are all boarding the Crazy Train

PHOTOS: George Clark, Alberta’s answer to Joan of Arc. (Screen grab from Youtube.com.) Below: Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean, who with his MLAs is tacitly supporting Mr. Clark’s efforts; the origin of the #kudatah meme; Preston Manning, a conserv… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: It’s not just the #kudatah – it’s the feeling Alberta’s conservatives are all boarding the Crazy Train

The Canadian Progressive: Supreme Court of Canada Joins Twitter

The Supreme Court of Canada announced the launch of its new English and French Twitter accounts on Monday. According to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin: “Communicating on Twitter forms part of the Court’s commitment to open and accessible justice…. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Supreme Court of Canada Joins Twitter

Alberta Politics: As widely predicted, Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever invited to rejoin New Democratic Party Government’s caucus

PHOTOS: Surrounded and supported by NDP House Leader Brian Mason, Calgary-Varsity MLA Stephanie McLean and Finance Minister Joe Ceci, Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever addresses the media in Calgary yesterday after being welcomed back into the Government … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: As widely predicted, Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever invited to rejoin New Democratic Party Government’s caucus

Alberta Politics: Calgary Sun, angry conservatives try to spin a glorified typographical error into the first political brouhaha of 2016

PHOTOS: Independent Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever in a recent shot grabbed from her Facebook page. Below: Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrand (grabbed from Facebook) and PC interim Leader Ric McIver (from Wikipedia). The Calgary Sun called it “… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Calgary Sun, angry conservatives try to spin a glorified typographical error into the first political brouhaha of 2016

Alberta Politics: Violent, lurid and misogynistic threats against NDP politicians are both enabled and exposed by social media

PHOTOS: Opposition Leader Brian Jean addresses foes of Bill 6 on the steps of the Alberta Legislature. (Photo grabbed from his Facebook page.) Below: Alberta premiers Ralph Klein, Alison Redford, Ed Stelmach and Rachel Notley. It seemed pretty rich for… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Violent, lurid and misogynistic threats against NDP politicians are both enabled and exposed by social media

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer on the Disgraceful Failure of the MSM

I've wrote quite a few posts about the shameless role most of the MSM and their porky bosses played in the election campaign.How they betrayed Canadians.How they even censored Andrew Coyne.How almost all of them endorsed the Cons.So now I think I'll just let Rick Mercer sum up their disgrace…Read more »

Alberta Politics: Death threats and vile misogynist commentary about NDP politicians infest Alberta social media

PHOTOS: An organizer of a rally by the group Albertans Against the NDP, addresses a couple of dozen supporters in Calgary last Saturday. The horses are public art and were not technically part of the rally. Until recently, the group’s home page featured violent and offensive commentary about the Alberta NDP. Below: Alberta Progressive Conservative […]

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Accidental Deliberations: On changing standards

Paul MacLeod reports on the latest candidate to be summarily axed due to an even mildly controversial social media history uncovered by Robert Jago, while Robyn Urback suggests either a truce or a wholesale destruction of past posts.

But it’s worth asking what comes next for Canada’s political parties – and particularly whether they’ll have to change their standards in a hurry.

Between now and September 28, it’s possible for a party to nominate a replacement for a candidate. And I’d fully expect new names to be substituted on the ballot for all of the candidates nixed so far (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Are Stephen Harper and His Cons Creeping Out Our Social Media?

Well it's a horrible thought. The kind of thought that could give you nightmares.But Stephen Harper is desperate. He knows the internet is his enemy. The only thing he can't control.Or scare into submission.So it seems that him and his Con gang may have been creeping out Facebook.As the CBC's Reg Sherren discovered when he checked out his own site…Read more »

Alberta Politics: Thomas Lukaszuk, once the Gorgeous George of Alberta politics, ponders an unlikely political resurrection

PHOTOS: Thomas Lukaszuk, at what was arguably the summit of his political career, launching his bid in May 2014 to lead the Progressive Conservative Party and become premier of Alberta. Below: Mr. Lukaszuk showing his flowing locks to advantage, 1950s wrestling star Gorgeous George, and Edmonton-Castle Down MLA Nicole Goehring. When Thomas Lukaszuk announced he […]

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Dead Wild Roses: Locked Tight – Why You Can’t Retweet Me – By Stacey May Fowles

Wow. What brilliant article by Ms.Fowles recently published by the Walrus. I’m gonna put the whole thing up here because it sheds light on so many of the issues that face women today in the online world. Consider this example #2348239487 of how woman’s experiences in society are dramatically different than those of men.

 

“Every so often, someone (always a man) sends me a casual tweet asking why he can’t retweet me. Of course, the obvious answer is that my account is locked—a tiny optional blessing of Twitter’s functionality that means I’m not (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Will Wildrose Leader Brian Jean repudiate his Calgary-Foothills candidate’s ‘communist’ characterization of the NDP?

PHOTOS: Part of the Wildrose Chinese-language brochure that compared the NDP to communists. Below: Wildrose Calgary-Foothills candidate Prasad Panda, former Tory education minister Thomas Lukaszuk, NDP candidate Bob Hawkesworth, former Wildrose House leader Rob Anderson and former Wildrose leader Paul Hinman. What words should we use to describe the Chinese-language brochure the Wildrose Party wrote […]

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The Canadian Progressive: Green Party platform criticized for being “anti-feminist”

The Green Party of Canada’s 2015 federal election platform is being criticized for being inaccurate, hypocritical, “anti-feminist” and harmful to women.

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The Canadian Progressive: #HarperBlamesAlbertans: Canadians thrash Harper for dissing Alberta Premier Notley, Albertans

Stephen Harper insulted Albertans for electing Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP, ending 44 straight years of one party Progressive Conservative rule in the oil-rich province. Canadians hit back using the Twitter hastag #HarperBlamesAlbertans.

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Dead Wild Roses: Our Families, Technology and Having the ‘Right’ Experience

We can lump this video in with the others that attempt to shed light on issues in society that matter while discreetly hawking their wares in the background. The best form of advertising? I’m not sure, but the commercial makes space for some thinking about how generational experiences are becoming increasingly stratified and foreign to one another.

Are today’s youth doomed to be nothing but cloistered vid-heads who only know nature through what they have seen on the screens of their tablets? Possibly but I’m thinking that much of the fuss we see about losing out youth (Read more…)

Geoff Campbell: Twitter Cards now auto-expand on mobile

In January, I mentioned that I added these newfangled things called “Twitter Cards” onto the FCS website (which is shorthand for adding code and testing it on Twitter’s Developers site. Then in May I finally got around to explaining why it was important to optimize your site’s metadata for social.

If you use Twitter on a regular basis or if you keep on top of tech news, you’d know that Twitter has now defaulted to having Twitter Cards expanded by default on mobile. If you only use twitter.com, you wouldn’t see a difference, but now on mobile when (Read more…)

Wise Law Blog: @wiselaw on "Top 20 Ontario Law Twitter Accounts" Listing

BY GARRY J. WISEThanks to the good folks at Lawsome for including us in their list of Top 20 Ontario Law Twitter Accounts, reproduced below: Law Times: @LawTimes (Ontario legal news online publication) Obiter Dicta: @obiterdictaoz (Osgoode Hall student newspaper) Precedent Magazine: @PrecedentMag (Toronto lifestyle magazine for lawyers) Ultra Vires: @UltraVires (Student newspaper for @UTLaw) Ontario Bar Association: @OBAToday Toronto Lawyers Association: @TLAVoice Law Society Upper Canada: @LawsocietyLSUC Brenda Hollingsworth: @OttawaLawyers (Ottawa personal injury lawyer) Mr. Toronto Lawyer: @selwynpieters (Human rights and civil litigator) Chantal Desloges: @Twimmigration (Toronto Immigration Lawyer) Omar HaRedeye: @OmarHaRedeye (Toronto Lawyer and legal (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: @wiselaw on "Top 20 Ontario Law Twitter Accounts" Listing

Dead Wild Roses: Why is ISIL so Darned Effective?

One retired general’s opinion on why ISIS such a force in the world. A quick yet still interesting interview tagging social media and the media cycle as contributors to the success of ISIL.

Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: ISIL, social media

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper’s Attack Ads Made Him look Like an Idiot

As I've been telling you for a while, Stephen Harper's PMO is not the mighty Death Machine it once was.These days it's looking desperate and disorganized. Its election campaign is veering wildly in all directions. It's making a lot of dumb mistakes.And there couldn't be a better example of that than what happened yesterday. When the fanatics in the PMO launched two new attack ads.Only to have them go horribly wrong.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Inexperienced? Says who? Complaints about NDP caucus composition only show how weak the right wing is just now

ILLUSTRATIONS: “You voted for whom? Are you mad, man?” … No way to win friends and influence people. (Historic illustration from Punch – no idea what point the artist was trying to make.) Below: Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever (Metro Newspapers photo). Below her, an illustration from the author’s Facebook page of why all of our […]

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The Canadian Progressive: British Colombia: Illiterate “cutthroat psychopaths” in the Harper PMO

Embarrassing typos as the illiterate “cutthroat psychopaths” in the Stephen Harper PMO change British Columbia to “British Colombia”.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Responsibility of Free Speech

In January, 2015, Marie Snyder, on her blog, A Puff of Absurdity, raised the question of how free should speech be. I share her concerns about the apparent limitlessness of our rights: our right to free speech is not matched to any inherent responsibilities, civic or moral, to behave in a mature manner, nor does […]