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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

Danielle (Read more…)

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.

The post Online Freedom of Speech Under Seige In “Democracies” Too appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Texas cheerleader Kendall Jones brags about killing endangered African animals

Nineteen year old Texas cheerleader claims killing endangered African animals and bragging about it on Facebook is about conservation, animal rights activists disagree.

The post Texas cheerleader Kendall Jones brags about killing endangered African animals appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Left Over: Hey MacDougall, Try Google!


Commenters snipe from sidelines, but the kids in short pants are all right It’s time to name and shame anonymous commenters who insult people working to improve Canada

By Andrew MacDougall, for CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014 5:00 AM ET


MacDougall, finish eating that big ol’ hunka steamin’ Ontario crow before you whine about anything else…and BTW, although I may use a nom de plume when commenting (don’t tweet, that’s for twits) or blogging, any time you want to find out who I am, just go to one of (Read more…)

cultural sn:afu: The Internet is hard and makes your brain hurt… but there are easy ways to build your own online arts community

One of the easiest lies artists believe is “you need to use the Internet to sell yourself”… that, somehow, ‘the Internet’ will drag you up and out of obscurity, and bring you to a huge audience who will buy all … Continue reading →

Melissa Fong: “Oppressed Majority”: What’s missing?

At the risk of getting a whole lot of Feminist hateration on this- I’m just going to say this: People who are loving this video are people who already get it [1]. It won’t make a dent on a dude that doesn’t honestly understand or recognize his own male privilege.

Melissa Fong: “Check your privilege” meme and why it is ineffective

Okay, this has been bothering me ENORMOUSLY. I talk about racism a LOT. I also blog a lot. For the entire duration of my social justice life I have never […]

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: Do you ever suffer from Twitter regret?

Foolish human! You can’t, as the appropriately ordered phrase has it, have your cake and eat it too. (Most of you lower primates get that backwards.) If you are going to be a shameless performer on Twitter, then you don’t … Continue reading →

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Monitor Social Media

He invited world leaders to his G20 summit, and then allowed the Americans to spy on them. He had his CSEC agents spy on the Brazilians. He has just unveiled a Trojan horse cyber-bullying bill that would allow police easy access to our so-called metadata, the records that internet service providers and phone companies keep on our every call and email.And now I see Stephen Harper is taking his Big Brother tendencies to a whole new level, with a plan to monitor our social media. Read more »

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Six Rules for Politicians Using Social Media

This is an updated version of the talk I presented at the the eighth annual Municipal Communication Conference in Toronto, November 2013.   I use social media regularly and frequently. As a politician, that makes me either very brave or very stupid. But I’ve been doing this for the last 30 years, long before I […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Going from specifics to depth and breadth, and from particularities to universals, here are some thoughts for your consideration, for anyone who may be interested. I’ve come to love the social networking / blogging community / window onto the web which is called tumblr. That being said, tumblr is largely what you make of it. […]

Susan on the Soapbox: Capturing the Youth Vote: Got (Black) Milk?

Politicians have been fussing about the youth vote for decades, primarily because it’s virtually nonexistent. But if they could replicate Black Milk’s social media strategy they’d deliver the youth vote all wrapped up in a pair of Galaxy tights (and Question Period would get a whole lot more entertaining as well).

Okay, a little background. Black Milk is a small clothing manufacturer based in Brisbane Australia. It was started when James Lillis pawned his CD player to buy a sewing machine (??) and taught himself to sew leggings (men: think super tight brightly coloured stretchy pants).

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RedBedHead: Blogging, Democracy and Revolution

I came across this well-written piece on the role of social media in social change, written by Jesse McLaren. I’ve often thought that the role of new media, social media etc etc has been under-theorized by Marxists. You tend to see stuff that goes in one of two directions: either an uncritical boosterism about social media as the motor of revolutions or completely dismissive and contemptuous.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: How social media has changed the news conference

This moment of snark brought to you by the incomprable XKCD. Alltop wonders if Google+ has a role to play.

The Canadian Progressive: #MacheteSomethingYEG: Edmonton’s twitchy-eyed, machete-wielding savages strike back

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

Earlier this week, National Post opinion writer Chris Selley said that if the southern Alberta floods had touched Edmonton, that city would become “a smoking hole in the ground at this point, infested with twitchy-eyed, machete-wielding savages“.

A gigantic sarcasm fail that turned out to be.

Edmontons took to Twitter and, using the hash tag #MacheteSomethingYEG, showed how proud they are of the Alberta capital. Even Mayor Stephen Mandel joined in on the fun.

Mister. AOC (@MisterAOC) updated his status with: Let’s enjoy these machetes while we can. Before the High River RCMP gets (Read more…)

Wise Law Blog: Goodbye Google Reader: Survival Tips for July 1 and Beyond

Today at SlawTips, I look at the world after Google Reader, which is to be closed down on July 1st, and offer a few promising alternatives for legal power-users who just can’t do without their daily RSS reader fixes:

So where shall we go on July 1 to find our vital law blog updates, breaking legal news, Law Society dispatches, musings in the legal press and NHL off-season developments? 

Worry not, good citizens.  SlawTips to the rescue!

See the entire post:  Survival Tips for Google Reader’s July 1 Demise.

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The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More And Indigenous Uprisings Guarantee A Sustainable Future

by: Kristin Moe | Article originally published by Yes! Magazine:

Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Dec 2012 (Photo: Obert Madondo)

There’s a remote part of northern Alberta where the Lubicon Cree have lived, it is said, since time immemorial. The Cree called the vast, pine-covered region niyanan askiy, “our land.”

When white settlers first carved up this country, they made treaties with most of its original inhabitants—but for reasons unclear, the Lubicon Cree were left out. Two hundred years later, the Lubicon’s right to their traditional territory is still unrecognized. In the last four decades, industry (Read more…)