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BC NDP to press on with LNG support, while Green allies remain opposed
(via The Globe and Mail)

British Columbia’s new NDP government will continue support for the development of a liquefied natural gas sector, despite its past criticisms of the former Liberal government’s aggressive pursuit of the industry.

25 Jul 2017

IMF: Canada has the most overvalued homes in the G7
(via Better Dwelling)

Global home prices are on the rise, and Canada is leading the pack. Numbers from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the monetary policy arm of the UN, show that Canada ranks amongst the top ten of all of their housing indicators. 

25 Jul 2017

Could this obscure NAFTA chapter be Canada’s deal-breaker again?
(via Bloomberg)

On Oct. 1, 1987, days before the U.S. and Canada signed their biggest-ever trade deal, then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney shocked the Americans by walking away from the negotiating table.

25 Jul 2017

‘It’s not my job to teach you about Indigenous people’
(via The Walrus)

I recently spent the evening with someone who is half Indigenous and half white. “Sally” was eager to learn more about her history, her family, and traditions. She was raised white and from what I learned, has a white perspective and approach to the world around her — meaning, her lens is very colonized.

25 Jul 2017

Russia’s election meddling is part of a bigger story
(via The Atlantic)

To influence U.S. politics, foreign governments don’t have to hack one party and collude with the other.

25 Jul 2017

A leading French philosopher who advocated risk-taking has drowned after attempting to save two children at a beach on the French Riviera
(via BBC News)

Anne Dufourmantelle entered the water after the children got into difficulty in strong winds at Pampelonne beach, near St Tropez, on Friday.

25 Jul 2017

This magician’s trick drew gasps — did a rival try to steal it?
(via the New York Times)

The magician Derek DelGaudio has been credited with trying to reinvigorate magic, using an approach that emphasizes deeply personal storytelling and conceptual-art riddles as much as baffling illusions, dazzling card handling and apparent mind reading.

25 Jul 2017

Scientists may have just discovered enormous amounts of water on the moon
(via IFL Science!)

Scientists have found evidence that the Moon may contain vast amounts of water in its interior, which could be hugely beneficial for future lunar explorers.

25 Jul 2017

Transgender inmate in BC wins right to move to a federal prison for women
(via CTV News)

A transgender inmate in British Columbia has won a years-long battle to serve the remainder of her sentence for first-degree murder at a women’s prison.

Today

Trump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe
(via The Hill)

President Trump has launched an all-out assault on the federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, reflecting an intensifying obsession with the probe within the West Wing.

Today

Climate change is killing us right now
(via The New Republic)

The most obvious effect of global warming is not a doomsday scenario. Extreme heat is happening today, and wreaking havoc on vulnerable bodies.

Today

Why women aren’t CEOS, according to women who almost were
(via the New York Times)

It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers.

Today

On ‘the bleak left’
(via n+1)

In 1992, calling oneself a “socialist” was an anachronism. Today it is a label with which millions of Americans identify.

Today

The end of Tim Hortons on hospital grounds?
(via Maclean’s)

The war on obesity is going to hospital cafeterias, in a movement that could mean more tofu and no treats for patients and their families.

Today

As courses close and millennials turn their backs, golf reckons with uncertain future
(via National Post)

Almost a decade out from the financial crisis that first shocked global golf, the sport has never fully recovered.

Today

Is surfing a sport or a religion?
(via The Atlantic)

Even hardcore devotees disagree, though many acknowledge there’s something profoundly spiritual about catching waves — a feeling scientists attribute to the power of being in the water.

Today

Canada must be on guard when intellectual property negotiated at NAFTA talks
(via the Toronto Star)

Experts are urging Canadian NAFTA negotiators to arm themselves with economic models detailing the importance of IP to Canada’s future prosperity.

21 Jul 2017

Methane seeps out as Arctic permafrost starts to resemble Swiss cheese
(via Inside Climate News)

Measurements over Canada's Mackenzie River Basin suggest that thawing permafrost is starting to free greenhouse gases long trapped in oil and gas deposits.

21 Jul 2017

Hmm: Exxon sues US over fine levied for Russia deal under Tillerson
(via Reuters)

Exxon Mobil Corp sued the U.S. government on Thursday, blasting as “unlawful” and “capricious” a $2 million fine levied against it for a three-year-old oil joint venture with Russia’s Rosneft.

21 Jul 2017

Canadian travel to US drops, while overseas visits to Canada surge to highest May ever
(via CBC News)

Canadians are making fewer trips to the United States, and foreign appetite for travel in Canada has hit its highest May on record.

21 Jul 2017

Canadians are bringing back Gaelic culture
(via BBC News)

Revivals of Gaelic traditions have come and gone on Cape Breton Island over the decades, but the ceilidh, a “kitchen party” with food, music and dance, is alive and well today.

21 Jul 2017

Cecil the lion’s son Xanda shot dead by big game hunters
(via The Independent)

Cecil the lion’s oldest cub has been shot dead by trophy hunters.

21 Jul 2017

Dutch prisoners given cold-case calendars in hope of solving crimes
(via The Guardian)

Prisoners across the Netherlands are to be issued with calendars for their cells featuring unsolved murders or disappearances as part of a drive by the Dutch police to crack unsolved cases.

21 Jul 2017

There’s something strange in Usain Bolt’s stride
(via the New York Times)

Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom.

21 Jul 2017

Canada, US and Mexico have agreed on fast-paced NAFTA talks
(via the New York Times)

U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials have agreed to an aggressive timetable to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), sources said, aiming to conclude early next year to avoid Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections.

20 Jul 2017

Paul Manafort owed pro-Russia interests millions before joining Trump team
(via Talking Points Memo)

Paul Manafort owed millions of dollars to pro-Russia interests before he became President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman last year, the New York Times reported late Wednesday.

20 Jul 2017

...speaking of which, Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow
(via the Washington Post)

President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.

20 Jul 2017

John McCain has brain cancer
(via BBC News)

Veteran US Republican Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is reviewing treatment options, according to his office.

20 Jul 2017

After blowing July 1 deadline, Canada seems likely to legalize pot while ignoring UN treaties
(via Global News)

Since a July 1 deadline to start withdrawing from international narcotics treaties has passed, the federal government is left with fewer, and much more awkward, ways of legalizing marijuana by July of 2018 without breaking international law, an expert says.

20 Jul 2017

Should OJ Simpson get parole?
(via The New Yorker)

O. J. Simpson will go before a parole board in Nevada on Thursday.

20 Jul 2017

Nenshi doubts Calgary will approve 2026 Olympic bid without major changes in IOC contract
(via CBC News)

Calgary will likely reject another Olympic bid or put off its decision until 2018, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Wednesday.

20 Jul 2017

First double hand transplant involving a child has been declared a success
(via The Guardian)

After almost 11 hours of surgery involving four teams of doctors, Zion Harvey had earned his place in medical history. The eight-year-old had become the first child in the world to receive two new hands in a procedure that seemed to herald a revolution in transplant medicine.

20 Jul 2017

NDP to usher in gender-balanced cabinet as it ousts Liberal-appointed staff
(via the Vancouver Sun)

B.C.’s New Democrats will introduce a gender-balanced cabinet Tuesday, as the party transitions to power a day after laying off more than 100 Liberal political appointees at the legislature.

19 Jul 2017

Legal weed could be a conduit to reconciliation, says former AFN chief
(via National Post)

Former Assembly of First Nations chief Phil Fontaine says his pitch to produce medical marijuana on reserves is getting lots of attention from Indigenous communities hoping to get into a potentially lucrative industry.

19 Jul 2017

Finance Minister Bill Morneau proposes tax changes to close loopholes for wealthy
(via CBC News)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is proposing to close loopholes that allow wealthy Canadians to avoid higher tax rates, largely by targeting people who incorporate themselves and then draw income from their businesses while paying lower corporate taxes.

19 Jul 2017

Conservative MP films bizarre CNN-inspired newscast denouncing Canadian journalists as ‘fake news’
(via PressProgress)

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant says the “elite-stream media” is broadcasting “fake news” on behalf of the Trudeau government, all in an effort to secure “hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies” for Canadian media companies.

19 Jul 2017

Donald Trump Jr. met Russian accused of laundering $1.4 billion
(via The Daily Beast)

An accused Russian money launderer representing a Kremlin-friendly oligarch has been reportedly identified as the eighth person at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. last June.

19 Jul 2017

Bodies of Swiss couple missing for 75 years found on glacier
(via The Guardian)

The frozen bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier, Swiss media said.

19 Jul 2017

Toronto hotel dumps Trump’s name
(via the Toronto Star)

The 65-storey hotel and condo at 325 Bay St. no longer bears the name of U.S. President Donald Trump.

19 Jul 2017

Is Putin really that good at judo?
(via The Independent)

Vladimir Putin's martial arts skills are the stuff of legend. Thanks to a steady stream of fawning coverage from Russian state media — often repeated uncritically in American news outlets — Putin is widely reputed to be some sort of high-level expert in judo, his abilities so impressive and so well-known that they have become a metaphor for his governing style.

19 Jul 2017

The GOP health bill died... again
(via the New York Times)

Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing for now a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

18 Jul 2017

Giant iceberg that was produced in the Antarctic last week continues to drift seaward
(via BBC News)

All the latest satellite images indicate the gap between the 6,000-sq-km block and the floating Larsen C Ice Shelf from which it calved is widening.

18 Jul 2017

Let’s get real: Americans have been the big winners under NAFTA
(via The Georgia Straight)

It’s a little pathetic watching Canadian politicians, journalists, and business people prostrating themselves in the face of Trump administration bullying.

18 Jul 2017

Donald Trump’ s campaign against ISIS results in nearly as many civilian deaths as during Obama’ s entire administration
(via The Independent)

Nearly as many Iraqi and Syrian civilians have died in US-led air strikes under Donald Trump as were killed during the whole administration of Barack Obama, independent analysts say.

18 Jul 2017

Majority of US firms say free trade with Canada helps their economy
(via The Globe and Mail)

More than one in two American businesses say the United States is better off because of free trade with Canada, with particularly strong support in the northeastern U.S., according to a new poll.

18 Jul 2017

Scientists name new species of dinosaur after Canadian icon
(via Phys.org)

Scientists from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum have identified and named a new species of dinosaur in honour of renowned Canadian palaeontologist Dr. Philip J. Currie.

18 Jul 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani’s pioneering mathematical legacy
(via The New Yorker)

The publicity-averse Maryam Mirzakhani, who died Friday, is the only woman ever to win the Fields Medal, math’s highest honor.

18 Jul 2017

Jane Austen and the rise of the female gaze
(via The Atlantic)

She died 200 years ago. But her writing fits perfectly into the culture of the current moment.

18 Jul 2017

After a harrowing flight from the US, refugees find refuge in Canada
(via the New York Times)

There are many differences between the two Ghanaian refugees in Winnipeg, but the most significant comes down to a single thumb.

17 Jul 2017

Is Trump going to reverse his decision on the climate accord?
(via Reuters)

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was hopeful that U.S. President Donald Trump would reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, according to weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) on Sunday.

17 Jul 2017

Does Canadian media have a right-wing bias?
(via The Walrus)

While the far right appears on daily news, the far left has yet to break through the mainstream.

17 Jul 2017

Donald Trump refuses to make state visit to UK until Theresa May ‘fixes warm UK welcome’
(via The Independent)

Donald Trump reportedly told Theresa May he will not make a state visit to the UK until he is guaranteed a “better reception.”

17 Jul 2017

Maize, rice, wheat: alarm at rising climate risk to vital crops
(via The Guardian)

Governments may be seriously underestimating the risks of crop disasters occurring in major farming regions around the world, a study by British researchers has found.

17 Jul 2017

Khadr responses are showing the ugly side of the right
(via the Winnipeg Free Press)

There’s been a great deal written about Omar Khadr in the past few days and I’m not going to pen yet another column on the subject. What is so revealing, however, is the response to the government’s apology and payment from the Conservative party and its followers.

17 Jul 2017

When Floyd Mayweather shouts the f-word, this is what LGBT people hear
(via The Daily Beast)

Boxer Floyd Mayweather just called upcoming opponent Conor McGregor ‘faggot.’ This, alongside racism, has taken the men’s pre-bout baiting to a dark place far beyond trash talk.

17 Jul 2017

Why a 94-year-old war veteran started a podcast to save democracy
(via The Globe and Mail)

Harry Leslie Smith is deeply disturbed at how democracy has become endangered. He’s convinced young people can be the planet’s salvation – and he’s reaching out to them one podcast at a time.

17 Jul 2017