Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream New Report: Virtual Reality Journalism

I have recently released a report with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism on Virtual Reality Journalism. The Executive Summary is below, the full report can be found here, and the accompanying Frontline virtual reality documentary can be seen in Google Cardboard here, and in Facebook 360 here.   Virtual Reality Journalism After decades of […] . . . → Read More: New Report: Virtual Reality Journalism Why COP21 Matters

I am so hopeful for the upcoming Paris climate conference. It is an overwhelming challenge we face, but nothing matters more. . . . → Read More: Why COP21 Matters

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Plan Isn’t Ambitious

SaskPower’s new target, announced by the Premier last week, is out. .@PremierBradWall @SKGov This doesn't seem overly ambitious, given #ABclimate's goals. Can't Sask do more than Alberta? #skpoli #PowerToGrow — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 23, 2015 We’re procuring 100 MW of wind generation in 2016 and will develop up to 1600 MW between 2019-2030. #powertogrow […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Plan Isn’t Ambitious

Left Over: Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

More than 30 U.S. states refusing Syrian refugees on ‘shaky legal ground’ In wake of Paris attacks, governors of at least 31 U.S. states announce plans to bar Syrian refugees By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3:02 PM … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 45: Everybody loves France.

The world is still coming to grips with the Paris attacks of last week. From late night talk shows to international soccer (a.k.a. football) matches to Facebook postings, the world is showing solidarity with the French. This might be the one good thing to come of this horrendous event; next to Americans, the French are […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 45: Everybody loves France.

Left Over: This Former Refugee Takes an Unsentimental Journey…

Senator Mobina Jaffer talks about the realities of refugee camps Jaffer tells Stephen Quinn about what she saw in her latest trip to the Middle East By On The Coast, CBC News Posted: Nov 21, 2015 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: This Former Refugee Takes an Unsentimental Journey…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #NewLeaderPost Launched

I was invited to the New Leader Post launch, a party for some LP staff and community leaders and advertisers they wanted to pitch the new design and layout to. They’ve a new mobile app, and focus on content specific to each sort of delivery method. The food and drinks at The Lobby Public House […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #NewLeaderPost Launched

Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

Syrian refugee family to benefit from couple cancelling big wedding Samantha Jackson, Farzin Yousefian accepted donations in lieu of gifts when they tied the knot at city hall CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2015 7:50 PM ET Last Updated: Nov … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Propaganda, hysteria, ultra-violence and imperialism, as usual “A people unaware of its myths is likely to continue living by them.” – Richard Slotkin I have been too horrified by the predictably violent and insane reaction of the Western pow… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #TwoFacedTom Lukiwski Should Resign

Moose Jaw and Regina area MP Tom Lukiwski should resign. He was caught on video by a reporter calling an NDP candidate “an NDP whore”. Lawrence, Lukiwski’s Conservative buddy denies the slur, claiming he says “an NDP horde”, even though that makes little sense in the context of the speech. I checked Conservative publications on […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #TwoFacedTom Lukiwski Should Resign

Parchment in the Fire: Weakening Employment Protection in Greece and Portugal

One of the stated goals of austerity in Southern Europe is to weaken the employment protection that is characteristic of the so-called ‘Mediterranean model’ of capitalism. Employment protect refers to labour market ‘rigidities’ such as legislation that makes it difficult for employers to engage in collective or individual dismissals. Given the underdevelopment of Mediterranean welfare states, social services and benefits are often tied to employment; thus, the defence of employment protection becomes an importance means of maintain one’s access to healthcare, pensions, etc.

Numerous pieces of legislation have been passed in Greece and Portugal in order to increase the flexibility (Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Spain: precarious employment fuels rise in occupational accidents

The number of workplace accidents registered in Spain during the first six months of 2015 grew by almost 7 per cent in comparison to 2014. As many as 218,019 “minor” accidents were reported, 13,577 more than during the same period last year, along with 1,593 “serious” accidents, one more than at the same period last year, and 239 fatal accidents, 16 more than in 2014. The 2012 labour market reforms have worsened the situation. As Pedro J. Linares, Occupation Health and Environment Secretary (…)

Source: Spain: precarious employment fuels rise in occupational accidents

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, Precarity (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy

…But controlling a mob isn’t something you can really predict.

What’s the Saskatchewan Premier doing releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a “pause” and “delay” to refugee settlement? He’s equating terrorism in France with Syrian refugees on their way to live in Saskatchewan. That’s a terrible, and Islamophobic position to take.

The Premier emboldened people to take out anger for the Paris Attacks against innocent Muslim people.

And talk radio’s Conservative stalwart Gormley tweeted that chanting Muslims in North America should be shot. He retracted and apologized for the ridiculously violent comment that encouraged a mob (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: Is It Time To Replace Teachers With Technology?

I’m done. I’m fed up. I’ve had enough. Yes, there are bigger problems in the world, but if our planet has a future, education has to be a critical cornerstone for its survival. We have to declare a war on ignorance. Good education is a vital first step. In Ontario, elementary teachers have been the […]

Parchment in the Fire: Some Charts on the Conditions of Labour in Greece

A few charts from the Eurofound website provides an insightful glimpse into the conditions of workers in Greece in the context of austerity. The first chart, taken from Eurofound, demonstrates the trajectory of labour costs and labour productivity in Greece up to and during the crisis. The data indicates a significant divergence of labour costs and labour productivity under austerity. Effectively, austerity is pushing down labour costs, resulting in increases in Greek labour productivity.

Increased labour productivity, however, can largely be explained as a result of declining compensation per worker, as opposed to being the result of innovations stemming from (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall Makes News Again

.@PremierBradWall Very unhappy that you're using terrorists' crime to dictate Canada's refugee humanitarian strategy. #skpoli #cdnpoli

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 16, 2015

Brad Wall in September, before the CPC leadership opened up. Globe and Mail: #cdnpoli

— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) November 16, 2015

That was following this tragedy highlighted in the world media.

If you've changed your opinion due to a terrorist attack, ask yourself why you're letting terrorism win by having it set your agenda.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 15, 2015

.@mikemckinnon @PremierBradWall @JustinTrudeau If we delay months, how many more (Read more…)

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Left Over: Gregor Mortis at the Hall?


Can Gregor Robertson keep going? New ideas needed for age-old problems of housing and transit after eventful 1st year of 3rd term

By Chad Pawson, CBC News Posted: Nov 16, 2015 7:42 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015 8:05 AM PT


The problem at City Hall isn’t just the need for fresh blood, it’s an ongoing saga of deadwood in the bureaucracy.. As a former civic employee, now retired, I watched over a twenty year period as the same tired sycophants progressed up the management ladder..and if you were an anti-union worker abusing type, so much the (Read more…)

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 44: Dark night in the City of Light

Way back at the beginning of the year, when I first started writing Stuff Happens, the first topic was the attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. That was an atrocity, but at least it was a predictable atrocity: as terrible and unforgivable as it was, at least there was a reason, however pathetic.

But Friday night’s attacks? They were something else altogether.

People going out for dinner, at a cool cafe in Paris, surely a dream for some? Gunned down.

Concert goers at a performance of — in bitter irony — ‘death metal’? Massacred, mercilessly.

People who may never (Read more…)

Left Over: Stop Using War as a Weapon….

Defence minister’s marching orders: end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq, Syria Justin Trudeau delivers mandate letters to cabinet ministers mapping out their top priorities

By Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 13, 2015 12:21 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2015 4:21 PM ET

Despite all whining from the Con losers on this subject, Trudeau’s new defense minister has been ordered to do the right thing…

One of the reasons that Canada has remained comparatively safe during these ‘troubles’ is that we have not, until the Con regime, officially involved ourselves in an offensive way, in the exploitation of wars…but our (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Committee Of None

Five years ago, I attended a “stakeholder” meeting at a hotel, hosted by the Provincial Government. They were touting their newish 2020 “plan” to reduce climate change.

There was consensus among participants that in order to achieve the provincial target of 20% reduction over 2006 emissions by 2020, additional measures should be taken to achieve emission reductions in a larger portion of the oil and gas sector.

(emphasis added)

Advisory Council 9 (1) The Climate Change Advisory Council is established. (2) The council consists of the minister and not more than 11 other members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Party Can’t Hit a Moving Target

As Brad Wall goes to Paris to represent Saskatchewan at the COP 21 climate conference, here’s how his government handles critical climate targets:

If you can’t hit a target, remove the target and bury it until forgotten. 2 years ago I saved the text of a Sask Gov’t website, predicting it would soon be altered. It was.

“Saskatchewan has established a provincial target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 2006 levels by 2020.” CBC thought it’s still the goal. There’s no mention of it on Government webpages that I can find now.

replaced with: “Saskatchewan’s (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lest We Forget: Reflections On Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, and the Current Corporate Assault on Freedom and Democracy Around the World

The 21st century was the most violent and murderous period in human history to date. And with our current direction, the 21st century may well surpass it in violence and war. Have we forgotten the lessons of the past, or have we yet to learn them? Worse yet, not only has war not ended, but […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall’s Beef With A&W is 100% Bull Something

.@PremierBradWall 100% Canadian, growth-hormone-free milk will never be back after #TPP is ratified. That's okay with you though?

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 10, 2015

“TPP would allow milk from cows receiving hormones into Canada U.S. allows bovine growth hormone currently banned in Canada”

Unique to the TPP is the prospect of fluid milk crossing the border from the U.S. The terms of the agreement made public earlier this month specify that 85 per cent of fluid milk imports must be processed in Canada before hitting store shelves.

At the initial briefing offered to journalists, TPP negotiators said (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Joe, You Can Go Now

Why I’m really, really, really glad Joe Oliver isn’t Finance Minister anymore:

Keystone XL would have created jobs, bolstered ec growth, strengthened nat’l security, reduced GHG emissions and enhanced N Am energy indep Therefore, disappointing President Obama rejected Keystone X. See yesterday’s article where I discuss implications. http://business. financialpost. com/fp-comment/..[thiscrapisntworthreadingfurther] See my interview #CBC #newsworld on disappointing Keystone rejection & triumph of politics & symbolism over facts.

Enabling more bitumen to flow from Alberta would not lower GHG emissions, so you can bet the rest of his claims are false too.

The day before:

See my article in Nat’l (Read more…)