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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, 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 […]

Cowichan Conversations: Vancouver mom’s outrage at airline for interfering with breastfeeding draws huge online support

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

United Airlines PR department must, or at least should be in high gear after this young mother complained in ‘Twitter’ that she was shamed by an attendant for breast feeding her baby during a flight.

The story has been covered by the Vancouver Province.

PHOTO: Dan Janisse/The Windsor Star File photo:A Windsor mom breastfeeds her 10-month-old son.

A Vancouver mother’s online complaint against a United Airlines flight attendant for shaming her for breastfeeding has gone viral.

A Twitter complaint from a Vancouver mother who claims she was shamed by a United Airlines flight attendant for breastfeeding (Read more…)

Geoff Campbell: Thank you, CASE District II!

I’d jut like to write a quick thank you CASE District II for awarding me an Independent School Scholarship to attend their conference last week. I’m including recap of the conference via a number of tweets during the experience. It’s always good to meet new colleagues from across the region and to learn what colleges and universities are working on. One day maybe I’ll follow up my Google Analytics introduction with a future conference presentation.

From the top:

Thank you very much CASE District II for the Independent School Scholarship. #case2dc

— Geoff Campbell (@GeoffBCampbell) February 1, 2015

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centre of the universe: Oh Danny Boy, Oh Boy Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Danny

I’ve been gone for a little while. Which is to say, after ExMass, I decided I’d do a little assperiment. But before I get to the assperiment, I want to tell you a little bit of background stuff. While I’m ramping up to that, have a listen to the best version of this song that has ever been performed in … Continue reading →

Wise Law Blog: Is Facebook Indirectly Your Employer?

A recent article published by at Huffington Post shone an interesting light on Facebook’s contribution to the Canadian job market.

A study prepared by Deliotte of some contention (as it was funded by Facebook) found that the social media giant may have indirectly contributed to the creation of 82,000 Canadian jobs, adding approximately $5 billion to our economy in 2014.

These calculations were apparently based on Facebook’s role in driving increasing sales of smart phones and apps in our nation.

Are you convinced?

-Rachel Spence, Law Clerk

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The Canadian Progressive: Online Freedom of Speech Under Seige In “Democracies” Too

Legal suppression of online freedom of speech increasing in both repressive regimes and western democracies, writes Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Alberta Diary: Did you hear the one about the health minister’s Twitter followers? Neither did they!

Alberta Health Minister and bowtie enthusiast Stephen Mandel. A lot of his Twitter followers aren’t real people. Below: NDP Leader Rachel Notley. She doesn’t have as many Twitter followers, but a much higher percentage are real people. But then, what do you expect from New Democrats?

Warning: People you meet on the Internet could turn out to be anyone! Or nobody …

Kids, are you sure that fellow you decided to follow on Twitter, the nice man who says he’s a bowtie enthusiast and loves Edmonton, is really … the minister of health?

And even if this Stephen Mandel guy (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s attack on gay-straight alliances rests on the same logical fallacy as Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law – coincidence, or what?

Russian police arrest citizens protesting against the country’s anti-gay laws, which rely on the same logical fallacy as the Prentice Government’s moves to suppress a bill that would have supported gay-straight alliances in schools. Below: Alberta Liberal MLA and GSA advocate Laurie Blakeman, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice.

Give Jim Prentice and his political advisors some credit: the narrative they used to justify sidelining a private-member’s bill that would have forced schools to allow gay-straight alliances to operate on their premises, while based on a logical fallacy, is a persuasive one to many citizens who are (Read more…)

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Tweeting in two places may break my brain

And god help me if I ever get confused! "When my brother and I go to the swinging singles bar, we look for the girls with the dog poopie on their shoes… " — Mark A. Rayner (@markarayner) October … Continue reading →

Cowichan Conversations: The Israeli Attack on Gaza – You Will Not See This On the MSM

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Lead CBC News story the other day told that an Israeli soldier had been killed and the Palestinian’s continue to fire rockets. They eventually got to the part of the story where 52 more Palestinians were killed and score more injured.

Obama and Harper both roll over in fear of the political reaction if they dare to tell the truth about the reality of the slaughter that is still underway.

There is one big difference this time and that is that word is getting out in spite of our political leaders. In Canada Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair (Read more…)