Clip of newspaper story: "Declassified Arar infromation shows CSIS foresaw torture"

Canadians & torture: We like to watch

By Alison@Creekside Canada's collateral fallout from the Senate Intelligence Committee summary on the torture of prisoners at CIA “black site” prisons around the world: A spokesman for Public … [Read More...]

RCMP officer throttling protestor

“The Province”: Doing it right for the petroleum producers

By Alison@Creekside h/t Waterbaby That's very good, isn't it? "Kinder Morgan has solved the NIMBY problem by taking the backyard." I also liked his debunking of the attempt to de-legitimize … [Read More...]

Megan McKay in video applying makeup

The Video: Jian Ghomeshi Inspired Makeup Tutorial

". . . People love this shade, but if you use it too much it'll go to your head and make you think you can get away with anything, even a crime . . . The blush I'm using today has been misidentified … [Read More...]

Jean Beliveau waves goodbye

Béliveau: An Hab even a Leafs fan could love

By Rod Mickleburgh As a diehard Leafs fans in the late 50’s and all through the 60’s, I don’t feel qualified to say much about the magnificent Jean Béliveau, who gave up the game Tuesday night, … [Read More...]

The author at rest

On the open road

By Rod Mickleburgh Last month, I walked 335 kilometers in 16 days, covering a good chunk of the historic, pilgrims’ trail that winds through France and eventually all the way to Santiago de … [Read More...]

Suspect is led from plane to van by RCMP

Curiously convenient: Canada’s me-too bomb plot decoded

Last week, U.S. talk show host Jack Blood offered a dissection of a recent New York Times article about the arrest of two Canadian residents charged with plotting to attack a VIA Rail train. While we … [Read More...]

Stephen Harper at keyboard, singing

Run from him

By Frank Moher As we have remarked here before, Stephen Harper's government has not been the complete disaster for Canadian artists that many expected it to be. For example, it has not cut funding … [Read More...]

Arts & Books

Stephen Harper at keyboard, singing

Run from him

By Frank Moher As we have remarked here before, Stephen Harper's government has not been the complete disaster for Canadian artists that many expected it to be. For example, it has not cut funding to the Canada Council -- in fact, it increased it and has held it steady at the new amount. And while it has cut funding to the CBC, it has not dropped a bomb on its headquarters in Toronto. So that's good. And now Stephen Harper has once again shown his support of Canada's music industry by not … [Read More...]

Politics

Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper in battle gear

Fantino and the Cons: Playing soldiers

By Alison@Creekside In May 2012, David Pugliese wrote about how senior managers at Veterans Affairs Canada received almost $700,000 in bonuses and extra pay in 2011 "even as their department came under fire for failing to help former soldiers." A Con official advised him the bonuses are set by the Treasury Board and senior management at Veterans Affairs. Pugliese: "Next year's payouts could be even larger, since the government is tying those to the savings managers can find in their … [Read More...]

Culture

Jean Beliveau waves goodbye

Béliveau: An Hab even a Leafs fan could love

By Rod Mickleburgh As a diehard Leafs fans in the late 50’s and all through the 60’s, I don’t feel qualified to say much about the magnificent Jean Béliveau, who gave up the game Tuesday night, after a long skirmish in the corner with numerous afflictions. As always, it took more than one of them to finally lodge big Jean off the puck. I hated the Habs in those days. There was no greater joy for this kid in Newmarket than when the Leafs would rise up to smite the mighty Montreal Canadiens, … [Read More...]

Politics

Zehaf-Bibeau (l), Bob Paulson

Where’s the video, Commissioner Paulson?

By Montreal Simon Almost as soon as the shooting stopped, and not long after he emerged from his closet, Stephen Harper declared that Canada was under attack by the dark forces of ISIS. And starting calling the dead gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, an ISIS terrorist. Even though he was a mentally ill crack addict. And a few days later the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson claimed the RCMP had a video that showed that Zehaf-Bibeau had acted for ideological motives. But now it turns out we may never see that video, and as Tim Harper points out, that's a real threat to our democracy. Canadians should ask questions regarding this about-turn. If an investigation has taken a different path, we should be told. Otherwise, we are free to speculate that Paulson was told not to release the video. There is no evidence to suggest Paulson has been reined in by his political masters, but the terrorist narrative is the convenient way for this to play out for a government tempted to use fear as a means to push legislation which could intrude on the privacy of law-abiding … [Read More...]

Arts and Books

Skeleton head

“The indomitable cussedness that made him unique”

By Rod Mickleburgh Paul St. Pierre, B.C.’s superb chronicler of the beautiful Chilcotin and its all-too-human characters, passed away last July. But friends and family waited until Sunday, the weekend of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, to formally say goodbye to the former Vancouver Sun columnist, Liberal MP, gifted writer, and, in the words of publisher Scott McIntyre, “accomplished shit-disturber.” The timing was no accident, clearly a request from the man, himself, who considered Mexico a second home. He particularly relished that country’s Day of the Dead (Nov. 1), an annual holiday set aside for prayers, cemetery visits, and celebration of the deceased, replete with ubiquitous, symbolic skulls. No doubt, it appealed to St. Pierre’s life-long love of the off-beat. So Mexican snacks, a mariachi band and, yes, skulls, were prominent at the packed gathering inside the historic community hall in Fort Langley, where St. Pierre lived for many years. Even some of the goodies depicted those good old skulls, complete with gleaming eyes. It was a good, relaxed, shambling event, of a … [Read More...]

Living

Rehtaeh parsons

A father’s questions

A court ban has forced us to redact the name of the young Nova Scotia woman whose father writes below. You may read more about the case, and the ban, on Slate. A facebook page in her memory is here. Back of the Book joins other Canadian publications in condemning the ban as callous and […]

Media

Taylor Swift on Q

That’s your cue, Q

By Frank Moher Veteran CBC producer Jamie Purdon has been named to take over the scandal-defaced radio program “Q.” Purdon goes back 30 years at the Corporation, so good; good time to bring in the (grand)father figure. Meanwhile, musician and all-round smart guy Wab Kinew will host the show for two weeks in December, which […]

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