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I Am the Man of Constantine Sorrow
Based on its well-executed trailer, I had high hopes for NBC's adaptation of DC's antihero Constantine. But while the show benefits from excellent casting and creepy atmospherics, the pedestrian storytelling cripples what could have bee ... [read more]
Some lever. Some fulcrum
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. - Archimedes The Harper government might think that a deranged gunman has given the lever and fulcrum necessary to change their fortunes and int ... [read more]
Tonight on the Danforth! SFH for Aboriginal Legal Services!
And it’s in Toronto-Danforth – think about that. Hmmmm. [read more]
Jihadist or lunatic?
The New York Times has a huge piece this morning, with multiple contributors, about the shooter and Ottawa (whose name I still refuse to use). Was he an Islamic radical, or just a drug addicted loser? Here are the Times’ first few grafs ... [read more]
How the Hair hastens havoc.
We were all deeply concerned the other day. It just takes time to think it through. How awful that this sad, mentally-deranged person with a gun be enabled to attack and kill one of our soldiers standing ceremonial guard duty at Canada’ ... [read more]
Kung Fool
At the last Geekquinox a conversation about martial arts erupted, with the embarrassing result that my ignorance of the various styles was profound. Ask me the difference between Kung Fu, Karate, Judo, Tae Kwan Do or any other martial a ... [read more]
Keep Calm and Carry On, Canada
Harvard prof Stephen Walt says Canada's MPs are delusional if they think doubling down on counterterrorism will make the country one bit safer.  In a Foreign Policy op-ed, "Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper", Dr. Walt sums up our s ... [read more]
Fund for Officer Vincent and Corporal Cirillo
Please donate. Here. [read more]
A Divided World that Pits Fact Against Fantasy
It's the battle line between conservatives and everyone else.  It's incredibly divisive and it is powerfully corrosive of social cohesion.  It's a high-stakes war to control the national narrative between those who embrace fact and thos ... [read more]
Another Glimmer of Hope, This Time From the European Union.
Whilst I, by looking on praise of them, see riot and dishonour stain the brow of my own country. [read more]
An Unlikely War Pits the Pentagon Against the GOP
Over the past decade, America's military has raised the climate change threat level until today it stands at a screaming, howlin' red.  The Pentagon's position inflicts a certain degree of cognitive dissonance on those worshipers of mil ... [read more]
Will the Opposition Capitulate to Harper's Police State?
Steve Harper is taking a page, maybe a chapter, out of Dick Cheney's neocon playbook to exploit a couple of relatively minor incidents to plunge Canada into a deeper form of surveillance state. [read more]
Fennell cleared by integrity commissioner in ruling
Talk about eleventh-hour campaign drama.  Wow. [read more]
New Tory Hate Speech Laws? Richard Warman On Government's New Anti-Terror Initiatives
So I read this this morning: [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Friday, October 24, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, October 24, 2014: Employee awarded $65,000 for loss of pension | Canadian Employment Law Today‘Highly troubling’: US Justice Dept. slams local officials over Mic ... [read more]
A year can be forever in politics.
It will feel like a year long federal election campaign between now and October 2015. Wars have not lasted as long. Yet, despite all the strategies at play, the key decisions by the real electors will not be made until September and Oct ... [read more]
In a tree
Agreed facts on a plea may be admissible as KGB statements in other proceedings
R. v. Kanagalingam, 2014 ONCA 727: [read more]
Partial Solar Eclipse
The partial clouds ruined the partial eclipse viewing, but I caught a few fleeting seconds here and there with a small crowd of astronomers from the RASC at the Science Centre. A kind astronomer gave me a pair of these glasses: I’ve bee ... [read more]
US Journalistic Sensationalism in Aftermath of #OttawaShooting
CNN, in their attempt to fill air time after the apparent terror attack in Ottawa (#OttawaShooting), began asking American pundits whether their Northern border with Canada was safe. Erin Burnnett accompanied that discussion with a grap ... [read more]
Ready for Halloween
Earl J. Woods is a professional writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. [read more]
October Crisis, 2014
This week’s sensational events have brought the new world order to our open, trusting, and peaceful society. Not since the October Crisis 44 years ago have Canadians felt so violated by direct attack from those who desire to be enemies ... [read more]
Toronto Mayoral Election: A Brief Note
I just told a Doug Ford Robo-Call I'd vote for him.  But I lied!  Tee hee! #TOpoli  PS. He's now promising 32 K of new subway lines. — Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) October 23, 2014 [read more]
Russell Brand Calls Out Stephen Harper
h/t reader Ron Wilton [read more]
It's What Fascists Do. Harper Comes Gunning for Our Rights and Freedoms.
Just as the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were exploited to transform the United States into a place ruled by fear and suspicion, the ultimate surveillance state where even indefinite and secret detention without trial would be permitted, s ... [read more]
This, From Elizabeth May, On the Week's Murderous Events
Green party leader Elizabeth May wrote a helpful e-mail to party members while she and her staff were still in lockdown yesterday.  Here is the conclusion of her missive: [read more]
Why Does Stephen Harper Hate Renewable Energy?
Born into an oil company family, Stephen Harper's rise to petro-politics has been uninterrupted from his days in the Calgary mailroom of Imperial Oil all the way to his arrival at Sussex Drive. [read more]
A Glimmer of Hope
It's not much and it's not nearly enough but there's a rare glimmer of hope in the report that China's coal consumption has fallen for the first time this century. [read more]
Where Saskatchewan Comes To Count
Saskatchewan’s lovable radio host asks: “What are you thinking and feeling about 1) our Canada today b) yesterday on the “Hill” and c) the cowardice and evil in our midst. Is Canada different today? How do we deal with terrorism and rad ... [read more]
The People of Canada Will Not Be Intimidated by Terrorists. Only the Government Gets to Do That.
Sideshow Steve Harper, his hairdo blessedly intact following yesterday's shooting in Ottawa, has vowed that the Canadian people will not be intimidated by the killings of two Canadian soldiers this week. [read more]
In Friday’s Sun: “we are never going to let this happen again”
Yep. That’s what he said: it caught them by surprise. That’s what RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud actually said at a shambles of a press conference on Wednesday, looking feckless and useless: the attack on Parliament Hill – t ... [read more]
Man down
Teddy here. Those who know me in person know I can, at times, attract a comedy of errors. [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Thursday, October 23, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, October 23, 2014: Slava Voynov's lawyer says Kings defenceman 'never hit the woman' - Toronto Sun Toronto lawyer to be sentenced for fraud | Toronto & GTA | Ne ... [read more]
Discrimination in municipal voting.
You know you are a second-class citizen in Ontario if you are a tenant and have moved since last time you voted in a municipal election. The municipal people across Ontario explain it simply: if you are a tenant, you are responsible to ... [read more]
Thank you, Winnipeg
The Ultimate Guide to Being a Mobile Road Warrior
Today is the OBA TECHxpo at Toronto. [read more]
The Cycle Continues
By now virtually everyone with an Internet connection knows what happened in Ottawa today. While I have my own view of what the fallout from today's tragedy will bring, tonight I'll only say how deeply saddened I am that we live in a wo ... [read more]
Maybe if CSIS and the RCMP Weren't So Busy Spying on Environmentalists For Big Oil, They Could Do a Better Job on Domestic Terrorism.
To our prime minister's perverted mind, environmentalists are closet terrorists laying in wait to attack his pipelines if and when those ever get built. [read more]
If You've Got a Facebook Page
You might want to post this.  Anyone with daughters can appreciate this Lesley Gore classic from the Department of Peace: [read more]
By Canadian standards it was pretty exciting, enough to get the thickened blood of wintertime coursing through our veins. [read more]
Ottawa Attacked
A sad day of note in Canadian political history, as Parliament Hill was under gunfire today. A soldier was also shot at the nearby War Memorial. Putting the day’s events into perspective though, are Canadians less safe today because of ... [read more]
Outrageous ‘Income Inequality’ Killing Us All
Everyone but the top glass loses. “Inflation is an agent of poverty. It not only impacts the purchasing power of the lower income group, but also hits the financial capacity of the middle classes. High inflation destroys the wealth of … ... [read more]
Ottawa, right now
Here is an incredible video shot by Josh Wingrove of the Globe. It is looking down the Hall of Honour towards the library of Parliament. On either side of the hall are the rooms where MPs meet for caucus every Wednesday. [read more]
Checking back on the Morning Line for Toronto.
This is a repeat of Babel-on-the-Bay’s entry of September 4 this year. It has been an overly long and arduous municipal campaign for Toronto voters and candidates. As we always used to say to our campaign workers: Vote early…and often! ... [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 How libel chill is quashing negative online reviewsPennsylvania Supreme Court suspends one of its own in porn scandal Suit claims NY law ... [read more]
If you guys don’t come to our show tonight, I’ll never talk to you again
Actually, wait. If you don’t come, I will talk at you incessantly, without pause. That will motivate you better, I suspect. [read more]
Police falsehood may lead to witness exclusion
For a statement by an accused to a person in authority to be admissible the statement must be voluntary. What if the police mislead an accused?  That may eliminate voluntariness. R v Arnakalla 2014 NUCJ 12: [read more]
Shot on my Canon 70D using the blue filter thingy. I think it looks kind of cool.  Earl J. Woods is a professional writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. [read more]
Say What? How Bad Is It?
To quote Sverker Göransson, Sweden's top military commander, "it's fucked up." Referring to Sweden's so far fruitless search for a suspected Russian sub lurking somewhere around the islands off its capital,  he said, "This is very seri ... [read more]
SFH at the Garrison Wednesday night!
For Shift! For Chris Turner! For Evan Solomon! For civil liberties! [read more]
Pontifical Council to World Hindus - Globalization Sucks!
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a heads up to world Hindus for Diwali, the Hindu Autumn festival of lights. [read more]
A Nation Awash in Pigs and Guns. What's the Problem?
How can a nation with a lunatic gun culture ever find itself at the mercy of pigs? [read more]
Dispossession by Negotiation - Harper's Approach to Native Land Rights
In what appears to be "Shame on You, Canada" Day, the Guardian has a damning piece on how the Harper regime is intent on severing Canada's First Nations from their rightful claims to ancestral lands. [read more]
The New Republic Slams Harper, Abbott and Canada's "Government of Thugs"
It's an American publication so you'll have to excuse the hyperbole.  The New Republic, in an article entitled, "These Two World Leaders are Laughing While the World Burns Up," obviously conflated Stephen Harper and his Australian ventr ... [read more]
On ISIS fight, Canadians are with Obama
So sayeth Abacus.  The polling firm didn’t ask, but I suspect that they would have found that Canadians don’t think the President is doing what he’s doing because of his ego, either. Libs, take note.   [read more]
New Political Party
According to Google Translate - my French is sub-par - "Forces" can be translated as Strength, Power, or Leverage. Democratie is, of course, Democracy. [read more]
Really, Is This a Good Idea?
Back in the days when General Motors ruled the world it was said that the business of America was business.   That's what came to mind on reading an item today about the US ordering more than a thousand Hellfire missiles on behalf of Sa ... [read more]
140 Law - Legal Headlines for Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Tuesday, October 21, 2014: Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Killing of Girlfriend Negative online reviews led to threats of legal action from targeted b ... [read more]
Harris helps harass the Hair.
Canada’s prime minister a.k.a. the Hair does not have a large number of friends. And that short list obviously does not include Canadian author and journalist Michael Harris. We hear that Harris’ newly published list of the Hair’s short ... [read more]
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