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The International Olympic Committee squanders its moral highground on doping...
(via The Walrus)

Draw a circle around July 24, 2016. That was the day the International Olympic Committee squandered the opportunity to deliver a serious message to the world regarding state-sponsored doping in Olympic sport.

Today

As protestors steal and extinguish the Olympic flame...
(via The Guardian)

The Olympic torch relay was disrupted by striking teachers after it entered Rio de Janeiro. Video footage of the demonstration suggests the flame was extinguished while the runner carrying the torch had to be bussed to safety.

Today

And athletes are told to ‘keep your mouth closed’ when in contaminated water
(via News Australia)

If Olympic athletes’ tolerance levels were not being pushed to the limit already, they’ve now been told to keep their mouths closed.

Today

Vancouver realtor probed for ‘how-to’ email on avoiding new property transfer tax
(via CBC News)

The Real Estate Council of B.C. has told a Vancouver real estate agent to stop advising clients on how to avoid the proposed 15 per cent foreign buyers’ tax announced earlier this week by the provincial government.

Today

Chinese-language media up in arms over BC foreign buyer tax
(via The Globe and Mail)

Vancouver’s surprising new property-purchase tax for foreigners has generated a storm of coverage in Chinese-language media both in Vancouver and in China itself, with articles warning of dramatic new costs, analyzing the political motives of the B.C. Liberal Party and predicting a host of negative outcomes.

Today

If Clinton is elected, what should she do with Bill?
(via the New York Times)

Bill Clinton spoke as a loving and devoted husband Tuesday night at the Democratic convention. But if Hillary Clinton is elected in November, he will not just be the nation’s first first gentleman, he will enter the White House having spent eight years in the job his wife will be starting.

Today

Hiroshima: Keep Pokemon away from atom bomb memorial
(via BBC News)

The Japanese city of Hiroshima has asked Pokemon Go's creators to keep its virtual monsters out of memorials to victims of the atomic bomb.

Today

Terrible idea: First poo-themed dessert cafe set to open in Toronto
(via The Independent)

In Toronto, a city crammed full of fine restaurants, famous chefs and innovative dining ventures, it would be difficult for anyone to create a new fad.

Today

Donald Trump calls on Russia to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails
(via the New York Times)

Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he hoped Russian intelligence services had successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, and encouraged them to publish whatever they may have stolen, essentially urging a foreign adversary to conduct cyberespionage against a former secretary of state.

Yesterday

Canada’s economy is hostage to the housing bubble
(via Maclean's)

The debate over B.C.’s new tax on foreign buyers exposes how badly the Canadian economy needs ridiculously unsustainable house prices to keep rising.

Yesterday

The untold story of the fight to save Fort McMurray
(via CBC News)

That first phone call confirmed his worst fears. It was like walking to the edge of a cliff, then free-falling.

Yesterday

Leading insecticide cuts bee sperm by almost 40 per cent, study shows
(via The Guardian)

The world’s most widely used insecticide is an inadvertent contraceptive for bees, cutting live sperm in males by almost 40 per cent, according to research. The study also showed the neonicotinoid pesticides cut the lifespan of the drones by a third.

Yesterday

Major French media outlets stop publishing names, photos of Islamic terrorists
(via the Washington Times)

Major French media outlets will try a new strategy to curb terrorism in Europe: a news blackout of names and photos of attackers.

Yesterday

Highest-paid CEOs run worst-performing companies, research finds
(via The Independent)

The highest-paid CEOs tend to run some of the worst-performing companies, according to new research.

Yesterday

The man accused of inspiring Turkey's coup is behind the largest charter-school chain in America
(via The Nation)

Until last Friday, most Americans had probably never heard of Fethullah Gülen – the controversial Sunni cleric now accused of fomenting a coup attempt in Turkey. But the aged cleric, currently exiled in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, has far greater influence on US society than most realize.

Yesterday

Pope on priest killing: World is at war, but it’s not a religious one
(via CNN)

Pope Francis said Wednesday that “the world is at war” as he addressed the slaying of a Catholic priest by radical Islamists in France, but he stressed it was not a war of religion.

Yesterday

Family mourns ‘kind-hearted’ Ottawa man who died after violent arrest
(via National Post)

A 37-year-old man who lay motionless on the pavement in front of an apartment building after an altercation with police Sunday morning was dead 45 minutes before he arrived at The Ottawa Hospital trauma centre, a family spokesman says.

27 Jul 2016

Foreign buyers account for 10 per cent of Metro Vancouver real estate transactions in five weeks
(via CBC News)

Foreign buyers spent more than $885 million on Metro Vancouver real estate in just five weeks, according to new data released by the B.C. government on Tuesday.

27 Jul 2016

Bernie Sanders stays cranky to the end
(via the New York Times)

The slow-motion withdrawal of Bernie Sanders and his increasingly obnoxious Bernie-or-Busters was not actually the first clenched-teeth confrontation between a losing leftie and a winning Clinton.

27 Jul 2016

How a Trump presidency would affect Canada’s economy
(via The Globe and Mail)

“President Donald Trump” is now a distinct possibility.

27 Jul 2016

Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures linked to climate change
(via Reuters)

Record temperatures in the first half of 2016 have taken scientists by surprise despite widespread recognition that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, the director of the World Climate Research Program said.

27 Jul 2016

That’ll work: Olympic Committee says non-sponsors are banned from tweeting about the Olympics
(via Gizmodo)

The US Olympics Committee has gone off the deep end, when it comes to intellectual property. It’s willing to sue anyone to protect their trademarks, even when the use is no real threat. But the committee’s latest claim is an entirely new level of absurdity.

27 Jul 2016

It's hard to enjoy The Tragically Hip's music knowing Gord Downie has cancer
(via The Walrus)

I've been listening to the Tragically Hip a lot this summer, ever since the band revealed in late May that lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer – and concurrently announced a national tour, likely the band’s last, which kicked off Friday in Victoria. I know I’m not alone.

27 Jul 2016

Tall story? Men and women have grown taller over last century
(via The Guardian)

Men and women have grown taller over the last century, with South Korean women shooting up by more than 20cm (7.9in) on average, and Iranian men gaining 16.5 cm (6.5in). A comprehensive global study looked at the average height of 18-year old men and women in 200 countries between 1914 and 2014.

27 Jul 2016

Bernie Sanders booed by supporters in Philadelphia
(via the New York Times)

Anger and frustration reigned on the first day of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, as a divided party grappled with the fallout from an email leak that showed its officials trying to ease Hillary Clinton’s path to the presidency and undermine Senator Bernie Sanders, her rival for the nomination.

26 Jul 2016

This 93-year-old Democratic delegate has seen it all
(via The Atlantic)

This will be the Ruby Gilliam’s eighth national convention – and she says she has a few more left in her.

26 Jul 2016

Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’
(via The Undefeated)

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

26 Jul 2016

Guess which one: Canadian think tank under fire for accepting donations from arms maker
(via The Globe and Mail)

A high-profile Canadian think tank that just published a paper defending this country’s controversial $15-billion combat-vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia recently accepted donations from defence contractor General Dynamics – the parent of the arms maker in this export contract.

26 Jul 2016

Google’s quantum computer just accurately simulated a molecule for the first time
(via Science Alert)

Google’s engineers just achieved a milestone in quantum computing: they’ve produced the first completely scalable quantum simulation of a hydrogen molecule.

26 Jul 2016

Marc Emery: Naming Anne McLellan as chair of marijuana legalization task force is breathtakingly offensive
(via The Georgia Straight)

How did someone who has called marijuana a “scourge,” who has obstructed access to medical marijuana to sick and dying Canadians in pain, who has dismissed marijuana users as “stupid”, and who works for a law firm that wants to see its clients get a monopoly on legal weed, ever get to chair a task force on marijuana legalization in Canada in 2016?

26 Jul 2016

Nisga’a smelt fishermen give a lesson in the importance of maintaining connections between humans and other species
(via Maptia)

The idea that we can have social relationships with other species struck me as strange, maybe even a little loopy, the first time I heard it.

26 Jul 2016

Move over, kale: Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future
(via Science Alert)

An international team of scientists has just sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches. The reason?

26 Jul 2016

Meet the mysterious tycoon at the centre of half-a-billion in BC property deals
(via National Post)

A Chinese property tycoon linked to a massive banking scandal in China’s industrial north is at the centre of more than $500 million in B.C. property deals, a joint investigation by Postmedia and global due diligence firm IPSA International shows.

25 Jul 2016

A Saskatchewan river oil spill is about to cut off another town's main water supply
(via Vice)

An oil spill into a Saskatchewan river is a causing another town to shut off its water intake this weekend, and residents are being asked to dramatically cut back their water use.

25 Jul 2016

Donald Trump’s lessons for Canadian politics
(via CBC News)

On the morning after Donald Trump — a man that has made the writer Ezra Klein “truly afraid” for his country, a “poisonous messenger” in the words of the New York Times, a “peril” in the judgement of the Washington Post — became one of two nominees for president of the United States, the most exciting news items in Canada were the public’s enthusiastic response to the latest census and the makings of a deal on interprovincial trade.

25 Jul 2016

Calgary man detained in Turkey accused of plotting failed coup, family says
(via The Globe and Mail)

The family of a Canadian man they say is being held in Turkey on accusations he was a leader of the failed July 15 military coup is trying to get Davud Hanci’s wife and children out of the country.

25 Jul 2016

The media village at the Rio Olympics is built on a mass grave of slaves
(via Smithsonian Magazine)

As Brazil looks forward to an Olympic future, it buries its past.

25 Jul 2016

Study reveals Leonardo da Vinci’s “irrelevant” scribbles mark the spot where he first recorded the laws of friction
(via University of Cambridge)

A new detailed study of notes and sketches by Leonardo da Vinci has identified a page of scribbles in a tiny notebook as the place where Leonardo first recorded the laws of friction. The research also shows that he went on to apply this knowledge repeatedly to mechanical problems for more than 20 years. 

25 Jul 2016

At this UK music festival, you can test your drugs before you take them
(via The Guardian)

An independent music festival in Cambridgeshire has become the first UK event of its kind to offer people the chance to have their illegal drugs tested to establish their content before they take them.

25 Jul 2016

Don't call Qandeel Baloch Pakistan's Kim Kardashian
(via The Walrus)

In the West, social-media celebrities distract us from social challenges. In Pakistan, they embody those challenges in flesh and blood.

25 Jul 2016

The NBA has pulled the All-Star game out of Charlotte due to the state’s anti-LGBTQ laws
(via Yahoo! Sports)

Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA on Thursday decided to pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

22 Jul 2016

Trump raises new questions about commitment to NATO allies...
(via CBC News)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has raised fresh questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they were attacked, a stance in keeping with his “America First” agenda, the New York Times reported.

22 Jul 2016

...and the NATO chief hits back
(via BuzzFeed)

The head of NATO has called for solidarity and warned that European security is tied to the safety of the United States, following remarks by Donald Trump that he would intervene to help only NATO allies who “fulfilled” their obligations to the U.S.

22 Jul 2016

Trump is now a reality TV villain
(via the New York Times)

When Donald J. Trump descended that escalator last June to open the current season of his political reality show, it was immediately clear to me that he was playing a new role. No longer a reality-TV host and judge, he became a contestant. He would compete himself. He could be fired.

22 Jul 2016

Russia fails to overturn athlete ban for next month’s Games
(via BBC Sports)

Russian track and field athletes will remain banned from the Olympics following claims the country ran a state-sponsored doping programme.

22 Jul 2016

What’s the cost for athletes who take political stands?
(via The Atlantic)

WNBA players are paying for their political activism.

22 Jul 2016

This is a strategically crucial moment for Canada
(via The Globe and Mail)

At a time when the world is riven by sectarian conflict, violence, and intolerance, Canada is emerging as a beacon of stability, openness, tolerance and inclusion. While the turbulence abroad poses significant threats globally, we stand to benefit if we play our cards right.

22 Jul 2016

A Beatles demo disc has been rediscovered 52 years after the band sent it
(via Metro)

Fifty-two years after The Beatles sent a demo track to Cilla Black, the disc has been found.

22 Jul 2016

Hottest June on record continues 14-month global heat wave
(via CNN)

The first six months of 2016 were the hottest ever recorded, NASA announced on Tuesday, while Arctic sea ice now covers 40 per cent less of the Earth than it did just 30 years ago.

21 Jul 2016

Enbridge’s Kalamazoo spill saga ends in $177 million settlement
(via Inside Climate News)

The Canadian pipeline company Enbridge has been fined $61 million as part of an overall $177 million settlement for a massive 2010 oil spill into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

21 Jul 2016

Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after release of 300-thousand government emails over post-coup purges
(via RT)

Turkey has taken action to block access to the WikiLeaks website after a cache of around 300,000 government emails was released following last weekend’s attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Reuters reports.

21 Jul 2016

In The Tragically Hip, Canada waves goodbye to a national treasure
(via Rolling Stone)

Countless better-known acts have come out of Canada, but if the nation ever had a true musical spokesperson, it might be Gord Downie, frontman and primary songwriter of the Tragically Hip. During their 32-year history, the band has notched countless hits – including 11 Top 10 Canadian singles – that many in the country can recite by heart.

21 Jul 2016

Canadian millennials think they have it tougher than past generations, and half of boomers agree
(via Angus Reid Institute)

One-in-three say people living in their parents’ homes longer is a bad thing; just one-in-five say it’s good.

21 Jul 2016

Pokémon Go players in Bosnia warned to steer clear of landmines
(via The Guardian)

People playing the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go in Bosnia have been urged to avoid areas littered with unexploded mines left over from the 1990s conflict.

21 Jul 2016

Indonesia’s mass killings of 1965 were crimes against humanity, international judges say
(via TIME)

The panel listed the murder of an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 people, inhumane imprisonment, enslavement, torture and sexual violence during the 1965 massacres.

21 Jul 2016

France orders Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data
(via Reuters)

The French data protection authority on Wednesday ordered Microsoft Corp to stop collecting excessive data on users of its Windows 10 operating system and serving them personalized ads without their consent.

21 Jul 2016