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 … [Read More...]

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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 … [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...]

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 … [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...]

Media

TV on a computer screen

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

silhouette of boy in school

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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Northern Gateway

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“The Phillipines is a very favorable place to hire welders”

By Alison@Creekside Below is a video follow-up to my previous post on the government’s new “LabourMinister Missing in Action” program. As it noted, two Philippine press agencies reported in January on the Canadian Welding Bureau pre-accrediting welders in three schools in the Philippines and quoted a now-retired Canadian Welding Bureau Certification Services Representative as touting welding and pipe […]

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Media

Scene from "Norma Rae"

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 were over, and it was time to go back to work. Every year, the prospect of facing classroom after classroom of demanding new students caused a thick knot of apprehension in her stomach. And my mother was an excellent teacher. Long after she retired, she continued to feel those same old familiar twinges of Labour Day dread. This year, in B.C., there is no back to school. Instead, B.C. teachers are on the picket line, while classrooms sit empty. One expects at least some of them, then, to reflect on the original purpose of Labour Day, a celebration of struggles to improve worker wages and working conditions. You know, Labour Day . . . that one day of the year when newspaper editorial writers and politicians pretend … [Read More...]

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Science and Tech

Cockroach_sushi

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 sushi.” Founded last year by five McGill MBA students, Aspire specializes in entomophagy, the practice of eating insects. The company develops methods for sustainably farming insects, while working with government organizations and individuals in order to increase the availability of edible beasties, hopefully providing extra income and a cheap source of nutrition for those in need. Aspire is far from alone in its entomophagous pursuits. Last year, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released a report urging more people, especially Westerners, to give the protein-packed critters a try. And the numbers seem to be on their side — insects are eaten by two billion people in 162 countries around the world, and … [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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The Video: From “Behind Steve’s Nobel nomination”: Aerial footage of Al-Shejaiya in Gaza