Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Will the CRA hunt the hunters?

By Alison@Creekside The Canada Con Revenue Agency is bothering birdwatchers now. The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists pictured at left (membership 300, annual revenues $16,000) got a stern … [Read More...]

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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...]

Cover of "Harperism"

Harperism, from Hayek to Koch and Coyne

By Alison@Creekside Neo-liberalism: trickle-down, deregulating, deunionizing, globalizing free market privatization of government. When Stephen Harper was studying under the "Calgary school" in the … [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...]

Trailer Park Boys on Netflix

Geist on Netflix: Our champion goes channel surfing

By Frank Moher Michael Geist is widely respected for his commentary on Canadian technology and media law, and rightly so. He's been explaining complex matters in a straightforward way on his blog … [Read More...]

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Nobody home

  Item: "Nearly a quarter of condos in Vancouver are empty or occupied by non-residents in some dense areas of downtown, a signal that investors play a significant role in the city’s housing … [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...]

Living

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 Compestella in Spain. Our party of four was booked into small hotels along the way. The deal also provided breakfast and dinner at these hotels, and transportation of our main luggage to the next day’s destination. Amazingly, I survived the marathon trek without blisters or serious aches and pains, beyond immense fatigue and … [Read More...]

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Books

Cover of "Harperism"

By Alison@Creekside Neo-liberalism: trickle-down, deregulating, deunionizing, globalizing free market privatization of government. When Stephen Harper was studying under the “Calgary school” in the 80’s, he became so enamored with the neo-liberalism of Austrian philosopher Friedrich von Hayek — guru to Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, the Chicago boys, the IMF, and the WTO — it formed the basis […]

Politics

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Leaders of the free world walk into a bar . . .

By Alison@Creekside 4 a.m. A bar. Steve: Just say "I stand with Saudi Arabia" a bunch of times, wait for the press to repeat it, and there ya go. Canada! Fuck Yeah! Comin' again to save the motherfuckin' day, yeah ... Barry, Tony, Dave: No. No. No. Barry: Look, Steve, I know that "I stand with whoever" line works for you up there in Canada but picture me going home and saying: "You know that country that 15 out of 19 hijackers came from that bombed the WTO on 9/11 ? Remember … [Read More...]

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Media

Trailer Park Boys on Netflix

Geist on Netflix: Our champion goes channel surfing

By Frank Moher Michael Geist is widely respected for his commentary on Canadian technology and media law, and rightly so. He's been explaining complex matters in a straightforward way on his blog for a long time now, for the simple reason, apparently, that it serves the public good. He's an open-source scholar; he's our Cory Doctorow (though given the fact that Doctorow is Canadian-born, I guess he's our Cory Doctorow too). And when Geist takes on the telcos, he becomes our David, slinging rocks at a phone system that's still largely run by three big bullies. Last week, though, he got down with the Goliaths, albeit a new set who have not yet reached full size. In a piece titled "It’s Time to Be Honest: Netflix Will Not Mean the End of Canadian Television," which was itself a response to a Simon Houpt column in The Globe and Mail, "It’s time to be honest: Netflix is parasitic," Geist argued that Netflix should not be forced by the CRTC to subsidize Canadian programming because … [Read More...]

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Culture

View of Vancouver House

Nobody home

  Item: "Nearly a quarter of condos in Vancouver are empty or occupied by non-residents in some dense areas of downtown, a signal that investors play a significant role in the city’s housing market." Item: "At the summit of luxury, taking advantage of the voluptuous and expanding architecture at the very top floors, we have created a small collection of large homes that we call the Estates."   Welcome to The Estates, where we take not living in your home to a whole new level. Our luxurious homes offer forever views you'll never look at and incredible outdoor terraces you'll never tread.             Wide open spaces! The Estates feature three and four bedroom homes able to accommodate large families (not that they'll need to) or the ability to host out of town guests. Our homes are so beautiful, your guests won't even care that you're not there!   You'll never play the piano in your Grand Salon or walk on its Oak Herringbone floors. We have no idea who that actual living human being sitting on the couch is -- we'll have her removed immediately.   The Estates. The home you'll never set … [Read More...]

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Media

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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 […]

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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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