Montrea subway - Parliament Hill diptych

We won’t be intimidated by the PM, either

By Montreal Simon It was for me, strangely enough, the most terrifying moment of a nightmarish day. Standing in a crowded subway station, waiting for a train to take me home, watching the fear on … [Read More...]

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The Video: Cell phone footage after shooter entered Parliament Building

Video shot by Globe and Mail reporter Josh Wingrove on his cell phone moments after a shooter entered the Parliament building in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2014.   … [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...]

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...]

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 … [Read More...]

Radio Caroline at sea

Radio Caroline, all over again

By Jim Henshaw By now, virtually every Canadian is aware of the stare-down going on between Netflix and our broadcast regulators, the CRTC. But there’s a similar confrontation concurrently … [Read More...]

Politics

Canadian flag at half mast atop Parliament building

Stephen Harper: "My fellow Canadians: for the second time this week, there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil. Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Cpl. Cirillo was killed today — murdered in cold blood — as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada's National War Memorial, that sacred place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society. Likewise, our thoughts and prayers remain also with the family and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed earlier this week by an ISIL-inspired … [Read More...]

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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 extremely tired feet at the end of the day. Basically, I loved it. This coot is made for walking. For those thinking they might want to try something similar, I offer the … [Read More...]

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Media

Radio Caroline at sea

Radio Caroline, all over again

By Jim Henshaw By now, virtually every Canadian is aware of the stare-down going on between Netflix and our broadcast regulators, the CRTC. But there’s a similar confrontation concurrently flying under most of our media’s radar between the self-same CRTC and a group of radio stations in Vancouver. These stations, unlike Netflix, have their offices, control rooms and the boardroom where they meet with their accountant to sign their business and income tax checks in Vancouver. They have dozens of Canadian employees and spend most of their airtime covering Canadian issues. But the transmitters sending their signals to audiences in BC’s lower mainland are across the border in Washington State, so they don’t have broadcast licenses. And the CRTC has a problem with that. Because it seems these radio stations are providing content to their Canadian audiences without an approved broadcast licence. Now what’s different about these Canadian stations is that they are all … [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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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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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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