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Northern Gateway pipeline approval overturned
(via CBC)

The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of Enbridge's controversial Northern Gateway project after finding Ottawa failed to properly consult the First Nations affected by the pipeline. "We find that Canada offered only a brief, hurried and inadequate opportunity... to exchange and discuss information and to dialogue," the ruling says.

Today

A rough 24 hours for Canadian media: BuzzFeed and Global retreat
(via Nieman Lab)

BuzzFeed, which launched its Canadian operation a little over a year ago, closed its Ottawa bureau and announced it would be making its Canadian content a little less Canadian. And Global, one of the nation's major TV networks, canceled its premier investigative program, 16×9.

Today

What millennials are doing right -- and wrong -- about retirement
(via Bloomberg)

Millennials may be overly confident about their investing skills, but many are handling their 401(k)s with savvy, a new study by Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust suggests.

Yesterday

The humiliating practice of sex-testing female athletes
(via the New York Times)

As women athletes' strength and confidence grew, some observers began to wonder if fast, powerful athletes could even be women.

Yesterday

Why do we eat lunch at our desks? Because capitalism
(via the Guardian)

If you're like the majority of American office workers, whatever you're having for lunch, you're probably dining al desko. Some 80 per cent of employees don't take a regular lunch break. Rather, we cram in our calories solo, and swiftly: on average it takes just 15 minutes to eat lunch.

Yesterday

BC to end self regulation of real estate industry
(via The Globe and Mail)

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says the province will remove the real estate industry’s ability to regulate itself, a day after a report recommended wide-ranging change to how the housing industry is governed in a time of skyrocketing prices and new revelations about the unscrupulous practices of some real estate agents.

Yesterday

BC-wide slash burning sparks controversy
(via CBC)

Mancuso, who usually works as a project coordinator for Folklore Reforestation, would traverse fresh clear-cuts across the Prince George region and burn down large piles of woody debris known as slash. They're the leftovers from logging and are systematically burned every fall and winter to limit the risks of wildfire.

28 Jun 2016

Cameron tells EU leaders they must offer UK more control over immigration
(via the Guardian)

David Cameron warned Europe's leaders that they will have to offer the UK more control over immigration at the end of a fractious day where politicians across Europe clashed over the meaning and consequences of last week's Brexit vote.

28 Jun 2016

Police investigating house explosion in Mississauga
(via the Toronto Star)

One nearby resident described Tuesday's explosion in Mississauga as looking like a “war zone.” Toronto paramedics have confirmed one person has been pronounced dead and they are assessing other patients. They are also going door-to-door looking for more patients.

28 Jun 2016

Turkey airport attack: 28 killed in explosions at Istanbul Atatürk
(via the Guardian)

At least 28 people have been killed and 60 injured in an attack by three suicide bombers on Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Atatürk, according to senior officials.

28 Jun 2016

Around the world, right-wing populism is prevailing in left-wing strongholds
(via the New York Times)

Across the postindustrial world, the populist right is excelling in the old bastions of the left.

28 Jun 2016

Brexit cost investors $2 trillion, the worst one day drop ever
(via CNBC)

The U.K.'s referendum to leave the European Union was a costly decision in more ways than one.

28 Jun 2016

Brussels rejects Boris Johnson 'pipe dream' over single market access
(via The Guardian)

European diplomats have dismissed claims from Boris Johnson that the UK could negotiate access to the EU single market without obeying any of the rules.

28 Jun 2016

There's been a surge in hate crimes in the UK following Brexit
(via TIME)

There has been a surge in racist attacks in the United Kingdom following Thursday's referendum in which 52 per cent of voters said they wanted to leave the European Union.

28 Jun 2016

Assisted-dying legislation faces new legal challenge in BC
(via CBC News)

A B.C. woman with spinal muscular atrophy is joining the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association to challenge the federal government's new assisted-dying legislation.

28 Jun 2016

As home prices climb, taking 30 years to pay off mortgage is becoming new norm in Toronto and Vancouver
(via Financial Post)

They are exactly the type of mortgages the government banned for about half of the borrowing Canadian public, but loans with 30-year amortizations, as opposed to 25 years, are slowly becoming the norm for consumers with a down payment of 20 per cent or more.

28 Jun 2016

Canada's work-life balance lacking, researcher says
(via The Canadian Press)

The work-life balance in European countries seems the stuff of dreams to many Canadians.

28 Jun 2016

Strombo or MacLean? Doesn't matter, hockey's lost its appeal
(via The Globe and Mail)

Hockey is fast becoming a dinosaur sport. The world has evolved and NHL hockey hasn't. And neither has the TV broadcasting of the game.

28 Jun 2016

Brussels rejects Boris Johnson 'pipe dream' over single market access
(via The Guardian)

European diplomats have dismissed claims from Boris Johnson that the UK could negotiate access to the EU single market without obeying any of the rules.

28 Jun 2016

After Brexit referendum, a poll puts support for Scottish independence at 59 per cent
(via The Scotsman)

Nearly six out of 10 Scots say they'd vote Yes in a second independence referendum.

27 Jun 2016

Pro-Brexit MP tells journalist 'leave campaign don't have a plan'
(via The Huffington Post)

Sky News political editor Faisal Islam has been left speechless after claiming a Conservative pro-Brexit MP told him the Leave campaign "didn't have a plan" for Brexit and "number 10 should have had one."

27 Jun 2016

When it comes to immigration, feelings trump facts
(via the New York Times)

The economic fallout from Britain's vote to leave theEuropean Union was swift and stark. The pound cratered to its lowest level in three decades. When the London Stock Exchange opened the next morning, its leading share index immediately fell by more than 8 percent, the largest single-day drop since the 2008 financial crisis.

27 Jun 2016

This BC government video about housing is being rejected by the internet -- no wonder the comments are disabled
(via YouTube)

Christy Clark's video about BC housing isn't receiving a warm reception on YouTube.

27 Jun 2016

TransCanada files $15-billion NAFTA claim over US rejection of Keystone pipeline
(via The Globe and Mail)

TransCanada Corp. is seeking to recoup $15-billion for the Obama administration's rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, in a legal claim that highlights how foreign companies can use trade deals to challenge U.S. policy.

27 Jun 2016

Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from homosexuals for past treatment
(via Reuters)

Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them.

27 Jun 2016

Moving 600K pieces of paper out of Syria: the Canadian effort to prosecute Syrian war crimes
(via CBC News)

Victim stories are only small part of evidence in Syrian war crimes.

27 Jun 2016

Canadian still in Florida prison for murder 30 years after seven-hour trial
(via The Canadian Press)

Almost three decades ago, a jury in Florida convicted a young Canadian misfit of gunning down an acquaintance after what was potentially a death-penalty trial that in essence lasted only seven hours.

27 Jun 2016

If Britain is to have a future, the escalating culture wars have to stop
(via Common Dreams)

Britain is an intensely divided nation. Many of the communities that voted most decisively for leave were the same communities that have suffered the greatest battering under successive governments.

24 Jun 2016

US Supreme Court upholds affirmative action
(via the New York Times)

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory.

24 Jun 2016

Canadian climate denial group, Friends of Science, named as creditor in coal giant's bankruptcy files
(via DeSmog)

A Canadian climate change denial group has popped up in a U.S. coal giant's bankruptcy proceedings that have lifted the curtain on the funding of a sophisticated continent-wide marketing campaign designed to fool the public about how human activity is contributing to global warming.

24 Jun 2016

After long wait, 11 new names added to Canada's list of species at risk
(via The Globe and Mail)

Ottawa is adding 11 new names to Canada’s list of species at risk, marking its first moves to address a growing backlog of recommendations for listing that has ballooned to several dozen species over the past five years.

24 Jun 2016

Canada reaches a major milestone in its reliance on immigration
(via The Huffington Post)

Canada has become completely reliant on immigrants for job growth, and the proof can be found in StatsCan's latest employment data.

24 Jun 2016

The federal environmental and regulatory process review -- a preliminary analysis
(via LinkedIn)

While the federal government's announcement of its intention to revise its major environmental legislation is welcome, the lengthy reviews set in motion on June 20th for the environmental assessment process and the National Energy Board effectively leave the Harper government's Bill C-38 structures for environmental and energy project assessments and decision-making in place indefinitely.

24 Jun 2016

On the 'gamification' of manual labour
(via Medium)

For four months I worked as a cleaner for a domestic cleaning app called Handy. During that time I was faced with the business end of a service providing platform, the likes of which dominate our phones and tablets.

24 Jun 2016

Entire islands disappear as violent gangs steal sand amid global shortage
(via The Independent)

A global shortage of sand has prompted violent black market gangs to steal large amounts from rivers and beaches and even the complete disappearance of dozens of small islands.

24 Jun 2016

Why women (sometimes) don't help other women
(via The Atlantic)

It's not because they're inherently harsher leaders than men, but because they often respond to sexism by trying to distance themselves from other women.

24 Jun 2016

The hidden private BC school tax haven for the rich
(via National Observer)

Do you lie awake at night, trying to figure out how to make money from your own kid's recess? Do you sometimes wonder how you can turn your non-asset-producing children into better profit centres?

23 Jun 2016

Empty home tax coming to Vancouver
(via CBC News)

Mayor Gregor Robertson has announced Vancouver will move forward on taxing empty homes as the affordability crisis grows larger and rental vacancy rates shrink to unprecedented lows.

23 Jun 2016

BC government broke laws to expedite Site C dam construction, legal experts say
(via DeSmog)

The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) granted BC Hydro several exemptions from the B.C. Wildlife Act to keep Site C dam construction from falling behind expected timelines, DeSmog Canada has learned.

23 Jun 2016

Columnist's firing at BC-based Chinese paper stirs press-freedom concerns
(via The Globe and Mail)

For more than a decade, the acerbic Gao Bingchen wrote a column for the Global Chinese Press, a Burnaby, B.C.-based, Chinese-language newspaper that is distributed, among other places, to the Chinese consulate in Vancouver.

23 Jun 2016

German government agrees to ban fracking indefinitely
(via Reuters)

Germany's coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on Tuesday, after years of fractious talks over the issue, but environmental groups said the ban did not go far enough and vowed to fight the deal.

23 Jun 2016

Trudeau praises Liberals' achievements since taking power
(via the Toronto Star)

Trudeau touched on topics including the role of a PM's partner, the upcoming NATO summit and the government's approach to medically assisted death at a news conference wrapping up the parliamentary session.

23 Jun 2016

Australians have spent almost $8 billion on rooftop solar since 2007
(via The Guardian)

Australian households and small businesses have invested more than $1bn a year in rooftop solar over the past five years, spending a total of almost $8 billion since 2007, new calculations show.

23 Jun 2016

Colorado's teen marijuana usage dips after legalization
(via Scientific American)

Marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped slightly since the state first permitted recreational cannabis use by adults, a new survey showed on Monday, contrary to concerns that legalization would increase pot use by teens.

23 Jun 2016

'I was on that fateful flight with Prince': a protégée tells her story
(via the New York Times)

It's the moment that Judith Hill has been replaying in her mind for the last two months: She was sitting on a plane with a man she loved, talking, having dinner, when suddenly he lost consciousness. She shouted his name: Prince. She shook him. But he didn't come to.

22 Jun 2016

Jason Kenney readying exit from federal politics, sources say
(via CBC News)

Conservative MP Jason Kenney is poised to announce this summer that he will leave federal politics, fuelling expectations that he intends to run a campaign to unite the right in his home province of Alberta.

22 Jun 2016

Out-of-control Canadian military police terrorized Afghan prisoners in Kandahar, documents indicate
(via National Post)

Canadian military police accused of terrorizing Afghan prisoners in their cells at Kandahar airfield operated without oversight and lacked guidance, according to newly released Defence Department documents obtained by Postmedia News.

22 Jun 2016

Stephen Harper has left the building
(via the Toronto Star)

For all the talk of the first full sitting of a Trudeau-run Parliament being devoted to undoing Stephen Harper's legacy, his final months in the House were probably not very painful.

22 Jun 2016

Mexican flags raised around Donald Trump's golf course
(via BBC News)

Mexican flags are flying on properties surrounding the controversial Aberdeenshire golf course owned by Donald Trump.

22 Jun 2016

Drone delivers abortion pills to Northern Irish women
(via The Guardian)

Pro-choice activists have delivered abortion pills to women in Northern Ireland using a drone.

22 Jun 2016

Hong Kong bookseller refuses to be silenced after harsh detention in China
(via The Globe and Mail)

His girlfriend has disavowed him. His colleagues have accused him of lying. His romantic life has been made uncomfortably public, he has been labelled a traitor by angry Chinese Internet users and he has been warned that his outspokenness has placed him in danger.

22 Jun 2016

Ontario set to launch paid whistleblower program in July led by senior regulator
(via Financial Post)

The Ontario Securities Commission will officially launch a rewards-backed whistleblower program July 14, and has named longtime regulator Kelly Gorman as the first Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower.

22 Jun 2016

Trump's campaign finances are astonishingly bad
(via the New York Times)

Donald J. Trump enters the general election campaign laboring under the worst financial and organizational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history, placing both his candidacy and his party in political peril.

21 Jun 2016

Violent 2015 sees three environmental activists killed each week
(via Reuters)

Three environmental activists were killed per week last year, murdered defending land rights and the environment from mining, dam projects and logging, a campaign group said on Monday.

21 Jun 2016

More refugees became citizens of Canada than any other country last year, UN says
(via the Toronto Star)

The world's 65.3 million displaced people would rank as the 21st largest nation in the world, but few will ever find new permanent homes, the UN says.

21 Jun 2016

Canadian housing crash would cost banks billions: Moody's
(via The Huffington Post)

The situation in Canada looks similar to that in the U.S. before its housing bubble burst in 2008, says Moody's Investor Service -- but Canada's banks would be better able to withstand the shock of a price downturn.

21 Jun 2016