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...]

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Fantino: Making bank on our veterans

By Montreal Simon When I heard the news that Julian Fantino had met with a group of veterans in an apparent effort to rebuild all those bridges he has blown up in the last few years, I was suitably … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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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...]

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 … [Read More...]

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 is at least an interesting choice, and a break from the still-vigorous CBC tradition of looking out the window to see who in Toronto might be available. So good for that too. Now, here's another idea for seeing "Q" through this difficult time. Don't. Kill it. … [Read More...]

The Video

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 as a colour called 'BDSM' in a lot of other makeup tutorials, but the actual colour we're going to use is called 'Straight-Up Assault'" . . ." … [Read More...]

Politics

Mounties in front of Scotiabank branch

Get rich quick, or else

By Alison@Creekside Between September 2008 and August 2010, Scotiabank received a $25 billion bailout amounting to 100% of the bank's value - or as Steve and Jim preferred to call it at the time: "liquidity support" ***. Last year Scotiabank made a record $6.7 billion in net profit and CEO and president Brian Porter netted a total compensation package of $6,902,242 for the same year. Nonetheless, Scotiabank has announced it will cut 1,500 jobs, including about 1,000 in Canada. Aren't … [Read More...]

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Politics

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Fantino: Making bank on our veterans

By Montreal Simon When I heard the news that Julian Fantino had met with a group of veterans in an apparent effort to rebuild all those bridges he has blown up in the last few years, I was suitably impressed. Until I found out the meeting was at the Citadel in Quebec City, not Ottawa as is usually the case. So he could get as far away from the Parliamentary media as possible, short of heading for Tuktoyaktuk. Or Stephen Harper's closet. And that veterans who weren't prepared to join the choir and sing along with him, weren't invited. When Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino sits down with several veterans organizations in Quebec City’s historic Citadel on Wednesday, there will be some groups on the outside looking in. Fantino’s department has snubbed groups who’ve loudly criticized the Conservatives’ implementation of the contentious New Veterans’ Charter, freezing them out of an annual stakeholders’ meeting, which they’d previously attended. They had been frozen out by Fantino and his flunkies, AND the Royal … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

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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 […]

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Politics

Jailhouse Rock

Del Mastro: Harper’s latest con

By Montreal Simon Uh oh. Beat a drum slowly. Or if you’re in the Harper PMO beat a gong furiously. The Deaner is DOWN !!!! A judge has found Peterborough, Ont., MP Dean Del Mastro guilty of spending too much in the 2008 federal election and falsifying a document to cover it up. Del Mastro […]

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