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Melissa Fong: #VIFF2014 Everything Will Be Interview with Director Julia Kwan & TICKET GIVEAWAY

Vancouver’s Chinatown at a crossroads: A conversation with filmmaker Julia Kwan I had the opportunity to sit down with Julia Kwan, the Director and writer for Everything Will Be, which premiered […]

The Common Sense Canadian: How partisan conservative media maintain their audiences

Given the diverse sources of news now available in the U.S., partisans can easily choose news sources that align with their political attitudes. Does the rise of partisan news—on cable, talk radio, and the Internet—allow Americans to insulate themselves in “echo chambers” where they are exposed only to content consistent with their opinions, while shielded from dissenting views? If so, this may reinforce partisans’ existing attitudes, making it increasingly difficult for policymakers and the public to achieve mutual understanding and compromise on the most pressing issues of the day, including climate change.

Do the media influence audience beliefs, (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: Fed Auditor Fired for Outing Goldman Sachs for Conflicts

how are whistle blowers ever going to help shed light on corporate corruption when we don’t protect them?

Excited Delirium: Sigh … Who are the Extremists?

Sigh … another international political leader has painted my belief structure in a very broad brush, explicitly saying that I now longer have a right to question those in charge. This sucks.

Excited Delirium: Judging a (Municipal Candidate’s) Book by Their (Technological) Cover?

You’re a candidate in the upcoming municipal election in Ontario. Do you have an appropriate email address? A web site? A social media presence? No? Don’t expect my vote.

Excited Delirium: World War III Started By Lies

Why is Stevie and his crew lying to Canadians about their participation in the pile on against the mythical beast called ISIS?

OPSEU Diablogue: Will health care derail the 2017 target for balancing the books? Not likely.

The Conference Board of Canada likes to tell the world that it is independent and unbiased, but a quick look at its board of directors will reveal that it is mostly dominated by leaders from Canada’s corporate sector. That includes … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gasland Part II – Fracking Hell

Watched “Gasland Part II” [9/10] on HBO on demand, and it is something you have to see. The case it makes against fracking is a very strong one, and it shows the depths of corruption in the US system that has allowed the poisoning of water tables across America.

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And on a different note, here are “15” tips to be a better blogger.

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario keeps its secrets as hospital labs may face more privatization

The Ontario government has been less than transparent when it comes to the future of its public medical laboratories. A recent Deloitte Review of Ontario’s public lab system has been the subject of much discussion in the lab world. We’ve … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Spurred on in Part by Children, Rockefellers Join Fossil Fuel Divestment

It’s good to hear that billionaires at least listen to their children, and not just fiscally conservative accountants.

Ms. Wayne said the family’s commitment is intergenerational, and continuing. She said that her 8-year-old daughter lectures her on the destruction of orangutan habitat to create palm oil plantations.

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Here’s a story the NYT linked to the previous. In Mississippi, people are being jailed for years, without a trial!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #LyingLeona Lies Again to the UN #cdnpoli

Canada’s Minister of the Environment is a jester. She says the most outrageous lies and expects people to buy them.

Just a couple days ago in the House, a Conservative MP was caught misleading the House, by Elizabeth May. He was using the same lie Leona Aglukkaq used at the UN.

@josh_wingrove @RosieBarton I'll be following up on poor Colin Carrie's nonsense talking points in #QP today.

— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) September 22, 2014

Eh Types: The Dogs of Ford

The term “dog whistle politics” refers to politicians making a public statement, which also has a deliberate unspoken message for a targeted group of supporters. Like a real dog whistle, what they’re actually saying is something only meant for certain ears. It is a despicable tactic the Ford borthers have employed for quite some time. […]

Left Over: Vancouver Sun: Let’s Give ‘Em Subban to Talk About…

Vancouver Sun’s Jordan Subban photo caption sparks outrage Newspaper posted photo online calling Vancouver Canuck ‘dark guy in the middle’

CBC News Posted: Sep 24, 2014 7:41 AM PT Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 8:25 AM PT

 

The Vancouver Sun is doing what they do..they always feel the need to talk ethnicity, and race is always a factor, just like it portrays its women subjects based on their looks or what they wear, rather than what they are really in the news for…unless of course you are Mayor Watts from Surrey, a Con supporter and wannabe FedCon…then she (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: People’s Climate March

On Sunday I attended a climate rally in Regina with what looked to be well over a hundred other people.

It’s too bad more of the 33,400 Rider fans in attendance didn’t make the People’s Climate March a priority for their pre-game activity. Listening to the crowd at the Legislature though, it’s apparent there are plenty of people in oil country who are afraid to speak out against the industries ruining their water tables and flooding their towns with oil money. Who would they speak to anyway? Some local papers won’t publish stories of oil spills a journalist told me (Read more…)

In This Corner: Someone save me from another NHL season.

So here I am, basking in the late September sunshine, relishing a 27C day. That can only mean one thing — it’s hockey season!

Oh God, no! Didn’t it just finish last month? Or does it only seem like it?

I’ve actually grown to kind of hate the National Hockey League. I hate the grossly inflated size of the league. I hate the way the league has attempted to graft hockey onto any geographical area and arena that will have it. I hate its random, nonsensical approach to discipline for violent acts. I hate the fact the hockey season is (Read more…)

OPSEU Diablogue: Tainted reminds us why we should never forget Canada’s greatest public health disaster

It’s been more than two years since we said goodbye to the staff and donors of Canadian Blood Services’ Thunder Bay plasma collection centre. October 30 we will be returning there again as part of a unique cross-province campaign to … Continue reading →

LisaKirbie.com: Feminism is not “man hating”

This is so important.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Babel-on-the-Bay’s best bets.

Babel-on-the-Bay continues to have an almost perfect record when it comes to forecasting elections. People who used to make foolish bets with us either hold us to being within a few percentage points or have given up and save their money and pride. The latest win was our forecast for the ‘No’ side in Scotland’s referendum.

Only last week we were discussing the Scottish question with our barber. She was clipping away at our hair while explaining in her lovely Scots brogue why the ‘Yes’ side should win. Rather than lose an ear to an errant pair of scissors, we (Read more…)

LisaKirbie.com: Daisy, 50 years later

Earlier this month was the 50th anniversary of the infamous “Daisy” political ad that won incumbent president LBJ re-election. If you didn’t know, our consulting firm is named for it. Here, I discuss the importance of the ad in a column by Ashley Csanady.

Left Over: Back Door Justice on a Friday Afternoon….

NDP forces Commons debate on murdered, missing indigenous women Conservative-controlled committee didn’t recommend public inquiry but NDP seized debate opportunity

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2014 2:44 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014 5:12 PM ET

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-ndp-forces-debate-on-missing-and.html

Ffinally, the NDP comes through in a wonderfully calculated move that both highlighted the need for a public inquiry, and beat the Cons at their own game..timing is everything.

Anyone who thinks that the NDP isn’t ready for Prime Time better think again…

Probably your best blog to date, Simon..I feel exactly as you do.. (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: The CRTC, Netflix and Content

What right does the CRTC have to demand data from Netflix, if only to prepare itself for taxing Canadians?

OPSEU Diablogue: Straight Talk: Vera’s last day after 19 years at The Scarborough Hospital

Vera Tsotsos is a ward clerk at The Scarborough Hospital. After 19 years on the job she received notice in the spring that her full-time position would be eliminated. Her last day is today. “I would not recommend my job to my … Continue reading →

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Scotland, Crimea and the Right To Self-Determination

Do the people of Scotland have the right to vote in a referendum to determine their own future? Of course they do. Just as the people of Greece had, and have, the right to vote in a referendum as to whether or not to stay in the EU. And do the people of Crimea have […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: What do I want? Revolutionary change – nothing less will do at this critical time in our history

I want nothing short of revolutionary change, a radical change, a renaissance. I think it is needed – urgently needed: and I do not think that human beings are going to survive at all without it. We have, inadvertently, pressed our backs against a wall. I think we need to rise to a higher level […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Referendum On Scottish Independence: Why it matters to us all – no matter who we are or where we live

An excellent overview of the Scottish referendum on independence, which is happening today, was just pointed out to me by a friend – and, we should note that the referendum has great significance all around the world, and not only for the Scots. The article is well worth two minutes of your time to read, I […]