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Jared Kushner is under scrutiny in the Russia probe
(via NBC News)

Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.

Yesterday

Foreign diplomacy: Trump appears to push aside the leader of Montenegro
(via the New York Times)

Pity tiny Montenegro.

Yesterday

UBC student discovers: There’s way less coal than we thought
(via Bloomberg)

A young researcher’s discovery about fossil fuels and climate change was so troubling, he wondered, “Oh man, am I really right about this?”

Yesterday

US admits DEA lied about Honduras ‘massacre’ that killed four villagers
(via The Guardian)

The US Drug Enforcement Administration lied about its role in a bungled anti-narcotics operation in Honduras that left four innocent villagers dead, then misled Congress, the justice department and the public as it tried to cover its tracks, a damning bipartisan investigation has found.

Yesterday

Conservatives may come to regret ignoring Michael Chong
(via iPolitics)

When Michael Chong appeared on a stage in Edmonton months back with all of the current candidates running to lead the Conservative Party of Canada (Kevin O’Leary was a no-show), he pitched his plan for a carbon tax — and was booed, loudly and long, by the audience.

Yesterday

One-third of American 8th graders think Canada is a dictatorship, report reveals
(via CBC News)

The days of politically frustrated Americans declaring “That’s it, I'm moving to Canada!” could soon be coming to an end — at least among teenagers who value freedom and equality.

Yesterday

How a man takes a body slam: In the Montana assault, two different ideas of masculinity
(via The Atlantic)

On Wednesday the Republican congressional candidate in Montana’s special election Greg Gianforte physically assaulted Ben Jacobs, a reporter from The Guardian, according to Jacobs himself and Fox News reporters who were present.

Yesterday

Was grunge any good?
(via The New Republic)

The death of Chris Cornell brings a musical era into focus.

Yesterday

Republican candidate ‘body-slams’ Guardian reporter in Montana
(via The Guardian)

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”

25 May 2017

The New York Times discovers that top Russian officials discussed how to influence Trump aides last summer...
(via the New York Times)

American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence.

25 May 2017

...As Trump retains a private attorney for the Russian probe...
(via Reuters)

President Donald Trump has tapped a longtime legal adviser to serve as his private attorney while a special counsel investigates whether his campaign worked with Russia in last year’s election, a source familiar with the decision told Reuters Tuesday.

25 May 2017

...These are the known unknowns of the investigation so far...
(via The Atlantic)

Top Russian officials reportedly discussed reaching out to Trump campaign adviser Michael Flynn last summer as part of Moscow’s interference campaign. Did they follow through?

25 May 2017

...One thing is for certain: Trump’s response has been damning
(via The New Yorker)

There is now significant evidence that President Trump has been trying to cover up something related to the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation. We just don’t know what it is.

25 May 2017

Too bad he doesn’t read: The Pope gave Donald Trump a 192-page letter he wrote on climate change
(via Yahoo! News)

Donald Trump was given a gift during his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican: a papal letter detailing why the world should fight against climate change.

25 May 2017

The Liberals are hinting at new rules limiting ‘foreign interference’ in elections
(via iPolitics)

It isn’t exactly an American-style brawl over “rigged campaigns” — not nearly as sexy as Russian dabbling in a U.S. presidential election — but Canada’s Conservatives increasingly seem to be spoiling for a fight over foreign interference in this country’s elections.

25 May 2017

How squirrels took over our cities
(via The Walrus)

We imported these fluffy colonists to fill our urban parks. They’ve been getting stronger ever since.

25 May 2017

Fox News falls into third place in primetime ratings for the first time in nearly 17 years
(via the San Francisco Chronicle)

Fox News last week fell into third place during primetime in the coveted advertising demographic of 25-54 year-old viewers, the first time it had done so in 17 years, as rival network MSNBC surged into first place.

24 May 2017

In wake of cultural appropriation debate, who will take helm of The Walrus?
(via The Globe and Mail)

Onstage in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Shelley Ambrose was charismatic and cheery. “Who knows about The Walrus magazine?” Hands flew up. “That is excellent. Who subscribes?” Fewer hands in the air. “Pretty good; we can get that number up.”

24 May 2017

How Trump used Facebook to win
(via the New York Review of Books)

Not long after Donald Trump’s surprising presidential victory, an article published in the Swiss weekly Das Magazin, and reprinted online in English by Vice, began churning through the internet.

24 May 2017

‘This is fraud, pure and simple’: Music boss rips Pemberton Festival
(via the Vancouver Sun)

Music mogul Marc Geiger didn’t mince words when asked by Billboard Magazine on Friday about the Pemberton Festival bankruptcy.

24 May 2017

Monica Lewinsky: Roger Ailes’s dream was my nightmare
(via the New York Times)

This is not another obituary for Roger Ailes, who died last week 10 months after being ousted at Fox News. It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally.

24 May 2017

Canada is building a better female orgasm
(via The Walrus)

With publicly funded sex research under fire in the United States, Canada is taking the lead in the science of sexuality.

24 May 2017

Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug
(via The Guardian)

Mushrooms are the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, according to this year’s Global Drug Survey.

24 May 2017

On Roger Moore, sultan of self-deprecation
(via The Atlantic)

Throughout his long career, the suave British actor — who died at age 89 — refused to take himself too seriously.

24 May 2017

Trump’s Muslim tolerance extends only to autocrats...
(via The New Republic)

He heaped praise on one of the most repressive regimes in the world and dismissed the democratic aspirations of the Muslim masses.

23 May 2017

...As he goes for ‘The Ultimate Deal’ in Israel...
(via The Atlantic)

Is Donald Trump the last best hope for the peace process?

23 May 2017

...While stupidly outing Israel as the source of intelligence shared with Russia
(via The Guardian)

Donald Trump appears to have inadvertently confirmed that Israel was the source of intelligence he shared with Russia.

23 May 2017

Trudeau’s government has spent $20,000 on Snapchat filters — and that’s a bargain
(via Vice)

Snapchat is the universal go-to for dog-face selfies, rainbow vomit, sexts and possibly drug deals, so naturally Justin Trudeau’s Liberals felt it would be a great vehicle for extending their brand to the youths.

23 May 2017

Canadians want Ottawa to erase old marijuana convictions
(via The Globe and Mail)

A clear majority of Canadians want the federal government to issue pardons to fellow citizens who have a criminal record for marijuana possession, a new poll has found.

23 May 2017

Why Canada needs paid menstrual leave
(via The Walrus)

We want to lead the world on women’s issues. Let’s start at home.

23 May 2017

Well then: South African hunter Theunis Botha crushed to death by elephant after it is fatally shot in Zimbabwe
(via The Independent)

A well-known South African hunter has died after he was crushed to death by an elephant which was shot by another member of his group.

23 May 2017

Mysterious donor saves UFO festival in Shag Harbour
(via The Coast Guard)

A mysterious and anonymous donor has saved the Shag Harbour 50th anniversary UFO festival.

23 May 2017

Canada’s spies collude with the energy sector
(via National Observer)

In the fall of 2013, Jason Augustine was in the thick of one of the most important standoffs First Nations activists have ever had with energy companies.

22 May 2017

Trans-Pacific Partnership set to move ahead without the US
(via The Huffington Post)

Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam committed Sunday to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out.

22 May 2017

Former Trump adviser asked to testify to House committee on Russia
(via The Guardian)

A former Trump campaign adviser has been asked to testify before the House intelligence committee over accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

22 May 2017

Sea lion drags young girl into water at Richmond’s Steveston Wharf
(via the Vancouver Sun)

A sea lion was captured on video dragging a young girl into the water at Richmond’s Steveston Fisherman Wharf.

22 May 2017

CEOs at top charities earn top dollar
(via CBC News)

Many of the biggest charitable organizations headquartered in Ontario pay their top executives more than $250,000 a year, according to data compiled by CBC News. 

22 May 2017

Twenty-million people are starving, and the media only cares about Trump: UN
(via The Independent)

Twenty million people around the world are starving to death and the United Nations said the world is only paying attention to the latest scandal of Donald Trump. 

22 May 2017

The amazing dinosaur found accidentally by Canadian miners
(via National Geographic)

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.

22 May 2017

The story of a decades-long lead-poisoning lawsuit in New Orleans illustrates how the toxin destroys black families and communities alike
(via The Atlantic)

Four hundred and twenty four people were slain in New Orleans in 1994, a murder rate that may have been the highest ever in any American city. Rival drug dealers killed each other while cops killed witnesses and whistleblowers in plain sight.

22 May 2017

Canada to apologise to LGBT people forced out of military and public service
(via The Guardian)

Canada’s government has said it will formally apologise to the thousands of Canadians who suffered injustices during a decades-long campaign to root out homosexuality from the military and public service, bringing it in line with a longstanding demand by advocates.

19 May 2017

Rachel Notley says pipeline opponents can’t hold the Canadian economy hostage
(via the Calgary Herald)

Premier Rachel Notley fired a political warning shot across the B.C. border Tuesday in defence of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would take Albertan oil to the West Coast.

19 May 2017

Canada’s middle-class is on the brink of ruin
(via The Walrus)

Why we’d rather binge on cheap credit than live within our means.

19 May 2017

Diversify or die, and Canadian media is choosing the latter
(via Torontoist)

The unbearable whiteness of Canadian mainstream media is at the centre of its increasing irrelevance.

19 May 2017

EU warns Donald Trump: Paris agreement on climate change is ‘irreversible and non-negotiable’
(via The Independent)

The Paris Agreement on global warming is “irreversible and non-negotiable,” the European Union has said in a blunt warning to climate science denier Donald Trump.

19 May 2017

Over 220,000 young Chinook to be released to help B.C.’s endangered orcas
(via CBC News)

It’s a project started by a group of B.C fishermen that could produce big results in just a few years.

19 May 2017

A Norwegian billionaire is giving away his fortune to help save the ocean
(via EcoWatch)

Norwegian businessman Kjell Inge Røkke is not someone usually admired for environmental stewardship.

19 May 2017

The ethos of the over-involved parent
(via The Atlantic)

Colleges are adjusting to increasing contact with adults who are more ingrained in their children’s lives than ever.

19 May 2017

Let me try to get this straight: A former FBI head has been hired to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation...
(via The Guardian)

The Department of Justice has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged ties between the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump and Russian operatives. Mueller will also investigate Russian intervention in the election generally.

18 May 2017

...While the Republican leader claims he was joking when he said ‘Putin pays Trump’...
(via The Telegraph)

Republican leader of the house, Kevin McCarthy, said that “Putin pays Trump,” in a recording from June 2016 published by the Washington Post.

18 May 2017

...(Certainly a Russian state-run bank financed a deal involving a Trump Hotel partner)...
(via The Hill)

A state-run Russian bank financed an asset sale in 2010 involving President Trump's partner in a Toronto hotel, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

18 May 2017

...Meanwhile, Trump might be plagiarizing ‘Legally Blonde’...
(via Yahoo!)

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon couldn't help but poke a little fun at ol' President Donald Trump after he gave a commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday.

18 May 2017

...British bookies are betting that he won’t finish a term...
(via Daily Mail)

British gamblers believe U.S. President Donald Trump is now more likely to leave office before the end of his first term than not, British bookmakers said on Wednesday, after a week of tumult at the White House.

18 May 2017

...And the American right continues to build it’s own narrative of what’s happening
(via the New York Times)

Enemies from within have launched a “deep-state” smear campaign, news organizations are acting with ulterior motives, and the worst attacks are yet to come.

18 May 2017

But in good news: Chelsea Manning has been released from prison...
(via New York Magazine)

Chelsea Manning was released from U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, today after seven years of incarceration.

18 May 2017

...And so have the whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium
(via BBC News)

The Vancouver Park Board voted to ban bringing in all new cetaceans, even if they are injured or rescued.

18 May 2017