For years I have been warning that hatred kills. Like it did in Orlando last Sunday. Or like it did in Britain last Thursday. When the gentle, decent Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death by a another cowardly bigot. And I’ve also warned that the same poison was spreading in Canada. Where […]
Komagata Maru: The story behind the apology
By Rod Mickleburgh At long last, a formal apology has been delivered in the House of Commons for Canada’s racist behaviour in its shameful treatment of Sikh passengers aboard the Komagata Maru, who had the effrontery to seek immigration to the West Coast more than a hundred years ago. Not only were they denied entry, they […]
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, […]
Why the Scottish referendum is Canada’s, too
By Montreal Simon It’s been hard trying to explain that what’s going on in Scotland is a bigger story than many progressives in this country can imagine. And that they should rejoice at the last-minute surge of the YES side, because they are fighting for our kind of values, and we can use some of […]
CSEC and Brazil: “Whose interests are being served”?
By Alison@Creekside Amusing to see both NaPo and the G&M hosting remarks from former CSIS deputy director Ray Boisvert dismissing the recent Snowden/Greenwald docs which revealed CSEC spied on Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry. Snowden was present at the Five Eyes conference where the CSEC presentation on their Olympia spying program on Brazil took place. Boisvert in both papers: […]
A Modest Opinion – By George, it’s a baby!
By Nathaniel Moher I, like most of you, was surprised to learn that we have ended up living in a dystopian future where there hasn’t been a baby born in years. A time when humankind fears that this might be the end of our existence. What was it? What led to us not having babies […]
How to evade the British and Yank snoops
By John Klein (aka Saskboy) There’s no way to escape the overseeing PRISM eye of the US electronics intelligence service the NSA, right? Not entirely true. If you use American or British nodes to route your Internet traffic, odds are your every communication will be saved for days at least. Still, you don’t have to […]
A Modest Opinion – Banged and mashed
By Nathaniel Moher Because I am a professional journalist, I want, in the spirit of full disclosure, to admit to my biases toward the Queen. i) I didn’t receive a diamond jubilee award. ii) I was passed over for appointment as Governor General. However, because I’m a professional, my biases will not affect my reporting […]
Canadian humour: Deadpan, or just dead?
By Rachelle Stein-Wotten Vanity Fair devotes its January issue to celebrating comedic geniuses, and more than a handful of the spotlighted actors and writers have Canadian roots. But before all that celebrating begins, an essay by Bruce McCall ponders the dearth of Canadian comedy, and wonders whether it even exists. McCall, an ex-pat Canadian author […]
By Alison@Creekside So remember how the Cons withdrew their just-tabled internet surveillance bill, the Lawful Access Act, on Feb 14 and replaced it an hour and 15 minutes later with the identical but renamed Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act , a bill which mentions neither children nor predators? Coincidentally, the US Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 – sponsored by Texas teabaggin’ Rep […]