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Trudeau urges police to ‘enforce the law’ on marijuana
(via the Toronto Star)

A “frustrated” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to enforce the law and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries.

Today

The Comet Pizza gunman provides a glimpse of a frightening future
(via The Atlantic)

Without any promising answer to the problem of fake news, outlandish false claims like a pedophilia ring running out of D.C. restaurant will continue to grow.

Today

Why an Ottawa theatre pulled a screening of a men’s rights documentary
(via Vice)

A documentary about men's rights activism will be screening in Ottawa today, but not at the venue organizers originally intended. Ottawa's city hall has picked up the booking, but a theatre owner says that hasn't stopped an army of online trolls from insulting staff and declaring rights have been violated.

Today

Twenty-sixteen was the year we played ourselves
(via The New Yorker)

The act of playing yourself — as in “Congratulations, you played yourself,” a catchphrase adopted last year by DJ Khaled — can be loosely defined as working against your conscious intentions.

Today

‘I was friends with a serial killer’
(via The Walrus)

Think you can spot a homicidal maniac? Think again.

Today

How my passion for literature succumbed to reality
(via the New York Times)

When I was 3 my mother taught me to read. She insisted that I know how before I began elementary school.

Today

‘Mythical’ sea blob finally spotted a century after its discover
(via LiveScience)

A mysterious sea blob that looks like a psychedelic Slinky has finally been spotted, more than a century after it was first described.

Today

Was snow day in Vancouver as crazy as this?
(via YouTube)

This video of a “crazy morning outside the office” was shot today in Montreal.

Today

Vancouver tax pushes Chinese to $1 million Seattle homes
(via Bloomberg)

Just a few days after Vancouver announced a tax on foreign property investors, Seattle real estate broker Lili Shang received a WeChat message from a wealthy Chinese businessman who wanted to sell a home in Canada and buy in her area.

Yesterday

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been halted
(via Mother Jones)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not grant a permit for the controversial Dakota Access pipeline to cross under Lake Oahu in South Dakota, a decision that could halt construction of the last link of the controversial pipeline that has been the subject of protests for the better part of this year.

Yesterday

Trans Mountain pipeline approval could spark ‘20 Standing Rocks’
(via The Huffington Post)

A Quebec Mohawk chief says there will be civil disobedience if the government breaks its promises to First Nations communities.

Yesterday

Kinder Morgan and the myth of national interest
(via National Observer)

It appears that the mainstream media, and perhaps a good many Canadians east of the Rocky Mountains, profoundly misunderstand British Columbia and its opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Yesterday

Green Party defeats far-right party in Austria
(via BBC News)

The Austrian flag will be a “red-white-red signal of hope” for Europe, Alexander Van der Bellen has said after beating far-right candidate Norbert Hofer in the country's presidential election.

Yesterday

Open letter to Gregor: Tent city evictions reprehensible without support for residents
(via The Georgia Straight)

I am part of the legal team that challenged the City of Vancouver’s application to remove a homeless encampment from 58 West Hastings Street earlier this month.

Yesterday

Climate scientists condemn article claiming global temperatures are falling
(via The Guardian)

Climate scientists have denounced the House committee on science, space and technology after the Republican-held panel promoted a misleading story expressing skepticism that the earth is dangerously warming.

Yesterday

The age of leaks: Theresa May orders crackdown on unauthorized leaks in a (leaked) memo
(via The Independent)

Theresa May has ordered a crackdown on unauthorised leaks by ministers and civil servants with a warning that culprits will face instant dismissal if they are caught – a leaked memorandum has revealed.

Yesterday

Did gay rights kill gay liberation?
(via The Walrus)

Equality for the LGBTQ community has come at the expense of sexual independence.

Yesterday

Kinder Morgan and the myth of national interest
(via National Observer)

It appears that the mainstream media, and perhaps a good many Canadians east of the Rocky Mountains, profoundly misunderstand British Columbia and its opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Yesterday

Maryam Monsef rejects Commons committee’s report on electoral reform
(via the Toronto Star)

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef dismisses the work of all-party committee, saying it failed to recommend a specific alternative voting system to replace the current first-past-the-post system.

2 Dec 2016

The Justin Trudeau honeymoon is over
(via Maclean’s)

Amid the Ottawa Redblacks’ thrilling 39-33 overtime win over the Calgary Stampeders in the 104th Grey Cup this past weekend, there was a moment that seemed to unite all fans, regardless of team loyalty or level of inebriation.

2 Dec 2016

Does what happened to this Canadian journalist at the border herald a dark trend?
(via Common Dreams)

The recent abusive border search of a Canadian photojournalist should serve as a warning to everyone concerned about press freedom these days.  

2 Dec 2016

Francois Hollande to step aside from French elections to help stop ‘extremism’ winning
(via The Independent)

French president Francois Hollande has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2017.

2 Dec 2016

Military experts warn of ‘epic’ humanitarian crisis sparked by climate change
(via AOL)

Climate change could prompt a "humanitarian crisis of epic proportions", causing mass migration, war and threats to national security, military experts warn.

2 Dec 2016

Will Democrats botch the resistance against Trump?
(via ThinkProgress)

The Democratic Party is screwing up its opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. They can’t help it.

2 Dec 2016

Magic mushroom chemical psilocybin could be key to treating depression
(via The Guardian)

A single dose of psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, can lift the anxiety and depression experienced by people with advanced cancer for six months or even longer, two new studies show.

2 Dec 2016

On the pleasures of incomprehensibility
(via The Paris Review)

Medieval manuscripts are survivors — of Viking raids, of damp and decay — but even with delicate, fragile pages and binding, many of them remain luminous, their vellum illuminated in gold and silver, embellished with vegetal and animistic imagery, and sketched through with the marginalia of generations of owners. Even editions made from common calfskin can inspire the same awe as the upper reaches of cathedrals.

2 Dec 2016

British Columbia grand chief calls Trudeau a ‘serial liar’ over broken promises
(via APTN National News)

The grand chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs didn’t mince words Tuesday about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

1 Dec 2016

Canadian scientists pen open letter to Trudeau government
(via The Manitoban)

Scientists from all across Canada have come together to ask that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ramp up his efforts in reviewing energy projects, in the form of an open letter.

1 Dec 2016

Should they extend the foreign buyers tax to Victoria?
(via CBC News)

The rising number of foreign buyers snapping up properties in the Victoria area is sparking debate about bringing Metro Vancouver’s 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers to the capital region as well.

1 Dec 2016

Humpback whale found dead in Nootka Sound, trapped between salmon farm nets
(via CHEK News)

A juvenile humpback whale has died after it became trapped between containment nets at Grieg Seafood’s Atrevida salmon farm in Muchalat Inlet, off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

1 Dec 2016

Entire internet to be backed up in Canada over fears of Trump censorship
(via International Business Times)

The Internet Archive, a US-based nonprofit digital library that preserves billions of webpages for historical record, is preparing to build a backup archive in Canada over fears of intrusion US President-elect Donald Trump.

1 Dec 2016

Sydney schoolboys take down Martin Shkreli, the ‘most hated man in the world’
(via the Sydney Morning Herald)

Martin Shkreli was the '“big pharma bro” who outraged the world by hiking the price of an essential drug from $US13.50 ($18) to $US750 a tablet.

1 Dec 2016

Two-wheel takeover: Bikes outnumber cars for the first time in Copenhagen
(via The Guardian)

Denmark’s capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city — there are now more bikes than cars on the streets. Can other cities follow?

1 Dec 2016

Do writers make terrible parents?
(via The Walrus)

Novelist John Banville recently claimed that no writer could be a good father. “You take so much and suck up so much of the oxygen that it’s very hard on one’s loved ones,” he told the Irish Times. “I wouldn’t have been able to live with me.”

1 Dec 2016

What happens if young people never buy homes?
(via Vice)

If you're collecting clues that civilization as we know it is about to collapse (be honest, we all are), the fact that millennials aren't buying homes maybe isn't at the top of your list right now.

30 Nov 2016

Canada can’t afford to be complacent about growing inequality
(via The Huffington Post)

For many Canadians, the outcome of the United States election has been a shock. Trump's campaign, as inarticulate and venal as it was, tapped into important and deeply rooted realities, realities that may contain lessons for Canada too.

30 Nov 2016

Trudeau reveals playbook on tackling Trump climate denial
(via Climate Change News)

Canadian PM says he will “respectfully but firmly” argue that cuts to greenhouse gas emissions will boost jobs, growth and health.

30 Nov 2016

Putin brings China’s Great Firewall to Russia in cybersecurity pact
(via The Guardian)

The Kremlin has joined forces with Chinese authorities to bring the internet and its users under greater state control.

30 Nov 2016

PEI police to punish drunk-drivers with Nickelback
(via BBC News)

A Canadian police force is threatening festive drink-drivers with a cruel and unusual punishment: forcing them to listen to local band Nickelback.

30 Nov 2016

Sheila Heti joins the CANADALAND podcast to discuss the Steven Galloway case
(via CANADALAND)

Co-host Sheila Heti talks about signing, then retracting her name from a letter that's put the CanLit scene in turmoil.

30 Nov 2016

Thousands of Nigerian fisherman sue Shell for destroying their communities
(via The Independent)

Britain’s High Court is set to rule on a case brought by thousands of Nigerian fishermen who say their livelihoods were “devastated” by oil spills for which the international giant Shell is responsible.

30 Nov 2016

How ‘ReBoot’ predicted the future but got left behind
(via BuzzFeed)

Inside the creation of the first computer-generated show on TV.

30 Nov 2016

CBC/Radio Canada asks for $400M in increased government funding to go ad-free
(via CBC News)

CBC/Radio Canada has submitted a position paper to the federal government proposing the public broadcaster move to an ad-free model, similar to the one used to pay for the BBC in the United Kingdom, at a cost of about $400 million in additional funding.

29 Nov 2016

Trudeau to miss Castro’s funeral as he continues to get ripped
(via iPolitics)

Shortly after news emerged today that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not be attending Fidel Castro’s funeral, Conservative MPs piled on the PM over comments he made on the Cuban leader’s death.

29 Nov 2016

Canada sets in motion microbeads prohibition
(via the Toledo Blade)

Canada this month took steps toward joining the United States in banning the sale of personal-hygiene products that contain tiny plastics known as microbeads in an effort to keep them away from fish and wildlife and address plastic pollution in general.

29 Nov 2016

Pope urges world leaders not to hobble climate change pact
(via Reuters)

Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

29 Nov 2016

Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016
(via BBC News)

Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.

29 Nov 2016

‘It rattles the pictures on my wall’: Mysterious Windsor Hum is getting louder and more frequent
(via the Vancouver Sun)

The globally recognized Windsor Hum has seemingly ramped up again in noise and frequency, driving residents on the city’s west end and LaSalle crazy at all hours of the day or night.

29 Nov 2016

Silicon Valley has an empathy problem
(via The New Yorker)

Silicon Valley’s biggest failing is not poor marketing of its products, or follow-through on promises, but, rather, the distinct lack of empathy for those whose lives are disturbed by its technological wizardry.

29 Nov 2016

Scientists to test theory about light that could completely change our view of the universe and prove Einstein wrong
(via The Independent)

The theory was first proposed in the late 1990s, but can now be put to the test — in potentially one of the most significant experiments ever undertaken.

29 Nov 2016

Donald Trump claims he won popular vote because ‘millions voted illegally’
(via The Guardian)

Donald Trump has continued his criticism of Hillary Clinton’s support for election recounts in three states, claiming he won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

28 Nov 2016

Dare to dream: Hillary Clinton’s team to join Wisconsin recount
(via the New York Times)

Nearly three weeks after Election Day, Hillary Clinton’s campaign said on Saturday that it would participate in a recount process in Wisconsin incited by a third-party candidate and would join any potential recounts in two other closely contested states, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

28 Nov 2016

Pipeline pits BC whales against Alberta jobs
(via The Globe and Mail)

The mayors of Victoria and Edmonton view the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion plans very differently — in ways the prime minister may not be able to reconcile.

28 Nov 2016

Carmen Aguirre: Steven Galloway is innocent until proven guilty
(via The Walrus)

This is why I signed the UBC Accountable letter. I am not a privileged white man. I am a woman of colour who arrived in this country as a refugee, and I was raped as a child.

28 Nov 2016

Fidel Castro was a dictator, Trudeau says...
(via CBC News)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Fidel Castro was a dictator and he did not intend to minimize the former Cuban leader's human rights abuses.

28 Nov 2016

...And no, that’s not Baby Trudeau being held by Castro
(via Gizmodo)

This photo of Fidel Castro holding a baby went viral back in 2015, when Justin Trudeau was first elected the Prime Minister of Canada. Numerous websites claimed that the baby was Justin Trudeau.

28 Nov 2016