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Victoria council gives tentative approval to 15 per cent foreign buyers tax
(via CBC News)

Victoria city council has given a tentative green light to the implementation of a foreign buyers’ tax similar to the one approved for Metro Vancouver in August 2016.

Today

Drowning in debt is the new normal in Canada
(via News 1130)

On any given day now you can expect to hear at least one economist, public official or financial commentator express grave concern about the mountain of debt Canadians now carry.

Today

Four more secret jails illegally holding gay men discovered in Chechnya: reports
(via the Moscow Times)

Gay men in Russia’s Chechen Republic are being illegally detained in at least six secret prisons across the region, the Novaya Gazeta newspaper has reported.

Today

Adidas plans to sell shoes made from ocean plastic...
(via Digital Journal)

Adidas plans to sell at least 1 million pairs of shoes partially made with ocean trash by the end of 2017. Each pair of shoes will use an average of 11 plastic bottles.

Today

...and this caterpillar eats shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution
(via Phys)

Scientists have found that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the toughest and most used plastics, frequently found clogging up landfill sites in the form of plastic shopping bags.

Today

Big surprise: Americans will be the ones to pay for that wall
(via The Hill)

President Trump said Monday he is open to getting money for his proposed wall at the southern border in the fall, instead of in a spending bill this week. 

Today

Uber was this close to getting kicked out of the App Store
(via Newsweek)

Apple CEO Tim Cook considered removing the Uber app from the App Store over privacy concerns, according to a report.

Today

Richard Branson on Alex Morton
(via LinkedIn)

Two years ago when Sheryl Sandberg began to publicly share her grief over the death of her husband Dave Goldberg, I was struck by her incredible dignity and willingness to acknowledge that people live with unimaginable pain.

Today

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen advance in French election...
(via the New York Times)

In France’s most consequential election in recent history, voters on Sunday endorsed Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen — one a political novice, the other a far-right firebrand — both outsiders but with starkly different visions for the country, early returns and projections indicated.

Yesterday

...the first round is a rebuke of France’s political establishment
(via The Atlantic)

Neither Emmanuel Macron nor Marine Le Pen is from one of the two political movements that have dominated the country for decades.

Yesterday

BC has Canada’s worst-performing economy for younger generations: report
(via Global News)

It’s tough out there for young people in B.C. Just ask Generation Squeeze.

Yesterday

Should scientists be marching for science?
(via The Walrus)

Some say science and politics don’t mix. But with their profession under threat, there may be too much at stake.

Yesterday

Michael Bloomberg to world leaders: ignore Trump on climate change
(via The Guardian)

The former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged world leaders not to follow Donald Trump’s lead on climate change, and declared his own intention to stave off the “tragedy” that would be the collapse of the Paris climate deal.

Yesterday

Britain powered 24 hours without coal for first time in 135 years in ‘watershed moment’
(via The Independent)

The UK’s first 24 hours without using coal as part of its energy mix has been hailed “a watershed” moment. 

Yesterday

Transgender inmate hopes to make history with transfer to women’s prison
(via CBC News)

After nearly two decades of taunts, threats and physical abuse behind bars, Fallon Aubee hopes to become Canada's first federal inmate to be placed in a prison based on gender identity rather than biological sex at birth.

Yesterday

Masha Gessen on ‘the real madman’ (guess who)
(via the New York Review of Books)

“Putin is the real world version of the person Trump pretends to be on television,” historian Timothy Snyder wrote in this space during the presidential campaign. A year after Snyder made that observation, the tables are turned: Trump has become the real version of the man Putin plays on television — an unpredictable, temperamental, impetuous man who will push reality past the limits of the imagination.

Yesterday

Is the BC Green Party surge different this time?
(via CBC News)

If you’re a long-time B.C. Green Party supporter, Andrew Weaver's schedule on Tuesday must have seemed like either a fever dream or a long-awaited utopian vision.

21 Apr 2017

Donald Trump calls Canada ‘disgraceful’ in row over protectionism
(via The Independent)

President Donald Trump has called protectionist trade measures by the Canadian government “a disgrace.”

21 Apr 2017

South Korea tells Trump it’s actually never been a part of China
(via Bloomberg)

South Korea’s government wants to know whether Chinese President Xi Jinping gave alternative facts on the nation’s history to Donald Trump.

21 Apr 2017

Eleven-billion dollars could end homelessness in Canada
(via The Huffington Post)

Budget 2017 earmarked a whopping $11 billion for housing and homelessness across the country. There’s no doubt this will have a big impact. However, these funds must not only build affordable housing, they must align with poverty reduction strategies and mental health and recovery initiatives currently underway if we are to truly reduce long-term homelessness.

21 Apr 2017

Stephen Harper joins San Francisco tech fund
(via IT Business)

The last time Canadians really heard from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he was campaigning for another term in government against Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. We know how that ended.

21 Apr 2017

EU leader: UK would be welcomed back if voters overturn Brexit
(via The Guardian)

The president of the European parliament has said Britain would be welcomed back with open arms if voters changed their minds about Brexit on 8 June, challenging Theresa May’s claim that “there is no turning back” after article 50.

21 Apr 2017

Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia
(via BBC News)

The novel approach is focused on the natural defence mechanisms built into brain cells.

21 Apr 2017

When a chunk of the Arctic shows up for a photo-shoot
(via the New York Times)

An iceberg ran aground over Easter weekend just off the small Newfoundland town of Ferryland, population 465, drawing knots of tourists eager to catch a glimpse.

21 Apr 2017

Are journalists going easy on Trudeau?
(via iPolitics)

The relationship is less adversarial than the one with Harper. That doesn’t mean it’s friendly.

20 Apr 2017

...After all, there are some cushy connections between The Walrus and the Liberal Party of Canada
(via Canadaland)

A series of connections between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Walrus Foundation over the past two years may be affecting the standards and thrust of the journalism at the charity’s titular magazine.

20 Apr 2017

What will Fox News be without Bill O’Reilly?
(via The Atlantic)

Eighteen days after a New York Times investigation revealed a slew of sexual-harassment settlements with the biggest star on the biggest cable news network in America, Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News.

20 Apr 2017

‘Armada’ Trump claimed was deployed to North Korea actually heading to Australia
(via The Independent)

Four warships Donald Trump claimed were being sent to North Korea last week, were in fact steaming in the opposite direction to take part in military exercises with the Australian Navy over 3,500 miles away.

20 Apr 2017

Australia, New Zealand back Trump’s fight against Canada’s ‘very unfair’ dairy industry
(via Financial Post)

Australia and New Zealand dairy industry leaders said on Wednesday they would support moves by the United States to draw the World Trade Organization into a trade dispute with Canada, after President Donald Trump said existing rules were unfair.

20 Apr 2017

Is John Ossoff the future of the Democratic Party?
(via The New Yorker)

Jon Ossoff polled better than any Republican challenger in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District seat. He will face the Republican Karen Handel in a runoff.

20 Apr 2017

Hmm: Exxon Mobil has reportedly applied for a waiver to work in Russia
(via CNBC)

Exxon Mobil, the company once ran by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is seeking a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

20 Apr 2017

Giraffes must be listed as endangered, conservationists formally tell US
(via The Guardian)

Conservationists have lodged a formal request for the US government to list giraffes as endangered in a bid to prevent what they call the “silent extinction” of the world’s tallest land animal.

20 Apr 2017

A majority of people in BC think their government is essentially an oligarchy. This needs to change
(via National Post)

Is British Columbia a democracy in which citizens are governed for the good of all? A recent poll suggests most British Columbians think we live in an oligarchy, in which the few can buy elections.

19 Apr 2017

Ontario embraces no-strings-attached basic income experiment
(via the Toronto Star)

Province to follow trail blazed by Manitoba in the mid-1970s with plan to lift people out of poverty with unconditional monthly payments.

19 Apr 2017

Silence on the right and in the media about NDP role as Alberta adds an impressive 20,000 full-time jobs
(via Rabble)

Alberta added an impressive 20,000 full-time jobs in March, according to Statistics Canada, suggesting the province’s resource-based economy is enjoying a significant rebound.

19 Apr 2017

Paul Manafort is now advising Chinese billionaire on Trump infrastructure contracts
(via The Huffington Post)

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is now advising a Chinese billionaire on how to get a piece of the business if the president successfully launches a $1 trillion U.S. infrastructure plan, the Financial Times reports.

19 Apr 2017

Observer says 2.5 million Turkish referendum votes could have been manipulated
(via Reuters)

Up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated in Sunday’s Turkish referendum that ended in a close “yes” vote for greater presidential powers, an Austrian member of the Council of Europe observer mission said on Tuesday.

19 Apr 2017

US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say
(via The Guardian)

The US military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang, two sources briefed on the planning have told The Guardian.

19 Apr 2017

Allied forces knew about Holocaust two years before discovery of concentration camps, secret documents reveal
(via The Independent)

The Allied Powers were aware of the scale of the Jewish Holocaust two-and-a-half years earlier than is generally assumed, and had even prepared war crimes indictments against Adolf Hitler and his top Nazi commanders.

19 Apr 2017

How Trump’s tax returns became a liberal fantasy
(via The New Republic)

There is a desperate belief that we’re just one more disclosure away from bringing down the president.

19 Apr 2017

Bill McKibben: Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet
(via The Guardian)

Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change.

18 Apr 2017

Climate change causes glacial river in Yukon to change direction
(via CBC News)

Climate change has caused the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in the Yukon to retreat so much that its meltwater abruptly switched direction, in the first documented case of “river piracy” in modern times.

18 Apr 2017

Trudeau government under fire for ending LGBT Iranian refugee program
(via Xtra)

The Trudeau government is under increasing pressure to explain why it started turning away LGBT Iranian refugees during the Syrian airlift, ending a program that resettled hundreds of persecuted Iranians through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

18 Apr 2017

Naomi Yamamoto B.C. election sign defaced with swastika
(via The Huffington Post)

Just a week into campaigning and the B.C. election has already taken an ugly turn.

18 Apr 2017

Poachers are ravaging nearly half of natural World Heritage sites
(via The Independent)

Nearly half of all the natural World Heritage sites on the planet are being ravaged by poachers who are driving some endangered animals towards extinction, according to a new report.

18 Apr 2017

The unintended legacy of Canada’s charter
(via The Walrus)

The document that protects our basic rights turns 35. Has it served us well?

18 Apr 2017

Hole accidentally cut in UK museum floor reveals stairs to hidden tomb of five archbishops
(via the Ottawa Citizen)

It is a perfect Easter story except, unlike Jesus’s empty tomb after the Resurrection, this tomb is crammed with the remains of former Archbishops of Canterbury.

18 Apr 2017

Turkey’s referendum: How democracies decline
(via The Atlantic)

Sometimes, it’s not with a coup, but with a vote.

18 Apr 2017

NASA snaps first photos of a mysterious and worrisome crack in one of Greenland’s largest glaciers
(via National Post)

The first photographs of a new and ominous crack in Greenland’s enormous Petermann glacier were captured by a NASA airborne mission on Friday.

17 Apr 2017

Twenty-two thousand years of history evaporates after freezer failure melts Arctic ice cores
(via The Guardian)

Within them sits some 80,000 years of history, offering researchers tantalising clues about climate change and the Earth’s past. At least that was the case — until the precious cache of Arctic ice cores was hit by warming temperatures.

17 Apr 2017

When the American dream becomes a Canadian reality
(via the Boston Globe)

Of all places on earth, Naimo Ahmed found herself here, at the end of a 16,000-mile journey, inside a Salvation Army shelter as temperatures pushed well below freezing in this remote Canadian prairie city.

17 Apr 2017

Ontario man who fought for the right to die for mentally ill Canadians has ended his own life
(via Vice)

Adam Maier-Clayton became the face of the mentally ill in Canada’s assisted suicide debate. He ended his own life last week.

17 Apr 2017

Fifty-nine per cent of former NHLers studied prone to psychiatric disorders, research suggests
(via CBC News)

A comprehensive neuropsychological study of retired professional hockey players shows that head trauma is associated with an elevated rate of psychiatric disorders.

17 Apr 2017

Even Canadians are skipping trips to the US after Trump travel ban
(via the Washington Post)

The cancellations came quickly and in rapid succession. Within days of President Trump’s first executive order restricting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, a number of European travel groups pulled their plans, amounting to a loss of 2,000 overnight stays for Hostelling International USA.

17 Apr 2017

Canada agrees on free trade with itself
(via The Economist)

Doing business across Canada is not for the impatient. Its 10 provinces and three territories see themselves as quasi-countries.

17 Apr 2017

Why is it so hard to test whether drivers are stoned?
(via NPR)

Law enforcement officials would love to have a clear way to tell when a driver is too drugged to drive.

17 Apr 2017