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Because the Mounties said so

By Frank Moher Does Justin Trudeau have a little meter in his pocket that tells him which way to tack on issues of the day? Does he pull it out and the needle tells him "Slightly Left" or "Slightly … [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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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The shootings: How the media fed our inner monster

By Montreal Simon You think you know the story. You've seen the pictures on TV a million times. Over and over again. You've seen how the media have tried to explain what happened, and how … [Read More...]

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The shootings: How the media fed our inner monster

By Montreal Simon You think you know the story. You've seen the pictures on TV a million times. Over and over again. You've seen how the media have tried to explain what happened, and how they've framed the narrative, complete with more heroes than you can count. You know what Stephen Harper wants you to believe, and why. You've seen how many Canadians have reacted, with an explosion of grief and emotion... You think you know … [Read More...]

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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 … [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 … [Read More...]

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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 people's faces. It was only a few hours after most of them must have heard about, or seen what had happened on Parliament Hill. So I can understand why they were so deathly quiet. Many were probably still stunned by what they had seen. Or the idea that it could happen here. And the announcements on the PA system didn't help. "Due to the events in Ottawa and Quebec passengers are asked to report any suspicious activity or any packages left unattended." But still, when I saw the fear on the faces of so many I felt like shouting: "Don't you understand that your fear could cost us our country?" And when I got home, after a train ride that had me thinking of this nightmare... And I read what some in the MSM were saying: solemnly intoning like hanging judges that "Canada has changed forever." I was filled with despair … [Read More...]

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Jian Ghomeshi: Why I was fired by the CBC

Jian Ghomeshi, no-longer host of CBC's "Q", today issued the following statement on why he was fired: Dear everyone, I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news. This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more. Today, I was fired from the CBC. For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful. I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I've never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been … [Read More...]

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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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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 letter from the CRA just after they sent a letter to two federal cabinet ministers complaining about government-approved neonicotinoid insecticides that damage bee colonies. CBC: “The stern missive says the group must take appropriate […]

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The Video: Cell-phone footage after shooter entered Parliament