Scottish referendum rally, Glasgow

The dream of a Scottish-Canadian

By Montreal Simon And so it ended, with wild rallies all over the country. After two long years of preparations and months of feverish debate, Scotland's amazing referendum campaign is finally … [Read More...]

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Who will tell the CRTC a good story?

By Jim Henshaw Last week, it appeared that CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais had found himself in a socially awkward position. The Writers Guild of Canada had presented their clear and cogent … [Read More...]

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United we watch

By Rod Mickleburgh My mother hated Labour Day. For her, a high school English teacher, it was not only a day to pay tribute to workers and unions, but a signal that the lazy, hazy days of summer … [Read More...]

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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...]

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B’s first day

By Frank Manfredi Today, my youngest started a junior disability program at Queen Victoria public school at Dufferin and King streets in downtown Toronto. I met him at the schoolbus drop off point … [Read More...]

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A Tale of Three Kitties: Cats allow cafés to come to Canada

A BoB Short Cats and cappuccinos may not seem the likeliest combination, but the idea has stirred the pot for several entrepreneurs across the country. The concept is simple: Come in for a coffee … [Read More...]

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Are Mealworms the New Maki?

By Drew McLachlan Chowing down on crickets or meal worms may conjure up old reality show episodes, or possibly your gag reflex, but a Toronto-based startup is banking on bugs becoming “the new … [Read More...]

Politics

Harper with Chinese official

Harper and FIPA: Sell-out on a Friday afternoon

By Montreal Simon He waited until late Friday afternoon to announce that the Cons had ratified their controversial trade deal with China. Hoping that most people wouldn’t notice. Ottawa confirms it has ratified a foreign investment treaty with China, more than two years after the controversial agreement was signed, as CBC News first reported Friday. […]

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Media

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Online, and off the radar

By Rachelle Stein-Wotten Watch much Canadian TV? Watch many web series? For most Canadians the answer to both of those questions is most likely, “Not a lot.” So naturally the best way to increase the viewership for both is to fuse them together into one super, unstoppable, non-watched force, right? Wait . . . that […]

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Living

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B’s first day

By Frank Manfredi Today, my youngest started a junior disability program at Queen Victoria public school at Dufferin and King streets in downtown Toronto. I met him at the schoolbus drop off point to support him as he starts at a new school, unfamiliar teachers, and new kids to get to know, befriend, be wary […]

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Media

Scene from Titanic

Who will tell the CRTC a good story?

By Jim Henshaw Last week, it appeared that CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais had found himself in a socially awkward position. The Writers Guild of Canada had presented their clear and cogent argument on the quality and appeal of Canadian made television. It wasn’t anything Blais hadn’t heard before. And maybe he was tired or maybe had just heard too much irreconcilable difference from a week’s worth of self-serving interveners. But the man knew these people had put a lot of work into their presentation and deserved at least a couple of half-hearted questions. But somehow he asked this one -- How would the WGC as Story tellers make the people of Canada understand a complicated regulatory system involving SimSub, linkage rules, and the business models that make up the Canadian television system . . . ? This took me somewhat aback, mostly because of what the question revealed of Blais himself and perhaps … [Read More...]

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Politics

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Why the Scottish referendum is Canada’s, too

By Montreal Simon It's been hard trying to explain that what's going on in Scotland is a bigger story than many progressives in this country can imagine. And that they should rejoice at the last-minute surge of the YES side, because they are fighting for our kind of values, and we can use some of the lessons of their campaign to defeat the Harper regime in the next election. Because as soon as I mention the word "referendum" some people start muttering incoherently, and when I mention the word YES they think Quebec separatists. And either start screaming, or moaning, or mumbling stuff like: No. No. Not again. Not the NEVERENDUM !#@!!!! Which is a pity, because even though its happening in a small country it really is a huge story. It has nothing to do with Quebec. And it is as James Laxer says, nothing less than the world's first vote against the growing threat of political and economic inequality. When the … [Read More...]

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Culture

Cat latte

A Tale of Three Kitties: Cats allow cafés to come to Canada

A BoB Short Cats and cappuccinos may not seem the likeliest combination, but the idea has stirred the pot for several entrepreneurs across the country. The concept is simple: Come in for a coffee and play with a few cats while you’re there. The first “cat café” opened its doors in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998. They’ve […]

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Science and Tech

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Net fatality

A BoB Short A recent U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) proposal that could have a significant impact on net neutrality in Canada as well as the United States has both users and big business up in arms. The proposal, slated for voting later this month, would bolster access to any website willing to pay the […]

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