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Even before Trudeau’s brownface scandal, this Canadian election was defined by racism
(via Slate)

Goodnight, sweet woke bae prince.

Today

Burnaby Conservative unreachable after months of interview requests
(via Burnaby Now)

Heather Leung, the Conservative Party candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour, appears to be missing in action – or, at least, missing in media. The Tory has not responded to multiple interview requests.

Today

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May called out after endorsing tweet downplaying seriousness of blackface
(via The Williams Lake Tribune)

Green Party spokespersons offered no response when asked why Elizabeth May quietly deleted her retweet.

Today

First Nations to oversee fish-farm phase out in Broughton Archipelago
(via Times Colonist)

At least seven salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago will be phased out over the next four years, with the participation of three First Nations in that region.

Today

The viral selfie app ImageNet Roulette seemed fun – until it called me a racist slur
(via The Guardian)

During a strange week for Asian Americans, the app – which is part of an art project – achieved its aim by underscoring exactly what’s wrong with artificial intelligence

Today

Canada banning Christian demonstrations? How a private member’s bill sprouted fake news
(via CBC News)

A story with a headline claiming Canada was going to "Ban Christians from Demonstrating in Public," grew from an online ecosystem of spin and scare tactics. CBC News tracked this particular example back through time on social media to uncover where it came from and how it evolved over time.

Today

US and Canada lose 3bn birds in 50 years
(via BBC News)

Scientists conclude the major factor is habitat loss driven by human activity.

Today

West-coast water foragers turn off their taps—and go straight to the source
(via Maclean's Magazine)

Some confess to vague mistrust of municipal systems and government-sanctioned health advice. Their ideas range from the earthy to the fanciful.

Today

Conservatives forced to delete tweet alleging Trudeau under RCMP investigation
(via CBC News)

The Conservatives were forced Tuesday to remove two social media posts claiming the RCMP had confirmed it was investigating Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over the SNC-Lavalin affair.

18 Sep 2019

How Ezra Levant’s Globe op-ed got published
(via Canadaland)

It was personally commissioned by the paper's editor-in-chief, according to newsroom sources.

18 Sep 2019

Most non-Europeans have faced discrimination in B.C.
(via CTV News)

The majority of British Columbians who identify as non-European have faced discrimination during their time in the province, according to a new poll.

18 Sep 2019

Mainstream media needs to stop platforming Ezra Levant
(via National Observer)

The Globe and Mail was wrong to publish Ezra Levant’s most recent article for the same reason Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland would have been right to bar a Rebel Media reporter: Rebel Media is a source of dangerous right-wing propaganda posing an active threat to marginalized groups in Canada.

26 Aug 2019

What I learned at a People’s Party of Canada rally
(via The Conversation)

Maxime Bernier's new political party may be able to swipe some votes from the Conservatives. But it's going nowhere if he allows it to remain a conduit for xenophobia, nativism and white supremacy.

18 Sep 2019

This is why blackface is offensive
(via CNN)

The origins of blackface date back to the minstrel shows of mid-19th century. White performers darkened their skin with polish and cork, put on tattered clothing and exaggerated their features to look stereotypically "black."

18 Sep 2019

In the city that ride-hailing forgot, change Is coming
(via City Lab)

Fears of congestion and a powerful taxi lobby have long kept ride-hailing apps out of this transit-friendly British Columbia city. That’s about to change.

18 Sep 2019

Students slam UBC’s plan to stay open during climate strikes
(via CBC News)

President Santa Ono said while he is proud of students, faculty and staff who have been fighting against climate change, there are no plans to shut down the university on Sept. 27th.

18 Sep 2019

India announces ban on e-cigarettes
(via BBC News)

The government says vaping poses a health risk to the young, rather than an alternative to smoking.

18 Sep 2019

The bizarre backstory behind the great Green defection that wasn't for NDP in New Brunswick
(via Hanover Post)

The real story of the New Brunswick 14 is even stranger and smaller and more personal than the one that leaked out last week in dribs and drabs. It features a spurned leadership, a mother-son political duo, some late-night texting and the final proof, in case any more was needed, that all politics really is incredibly, minutely, mind-numbingly, local in the end.

12 Sep 2019

Indigenous, 2-spirit couple from Alberta wins The Amazing Race Canada
(via CBC News)

Anthony Johnson and James Makokis hoped being the first Indigenous, two-spirit couple to compete on The Amazing Race Canada would give them a national platform to highlight issues close to their hearts.

12 Sep 2019

Dozens of Canada’s MPs have trackers on their websites
(via CBC News)

Nearly a third of MPs have trackers embedded on their official websites that could allow them to target visitors with campaign ads, an investigation by CBC News has revealed.

12 Sep 2019

NDP drop B.C. candidate over social media comments
(via Penticton Western News)

“I have been asked to step down as a result of problematic social media engagement two years ago, made in a context in which I was a graduate student without any designs on public life.”

12 Sep 2019

‘Proud to be white’: Conservative candidate resigns after secret anti-immigrant facebook account discovered
(via PressProgress)

Conservative candidate in Manitoba shared anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim posts and declared he’s “proud to be white.”

12 Sep 2019

Bodies aren’t binary, so why are sports?
(via The Nib)

From powerlifting bans to invasive IOC testing, sports are being used to uphold our oppressive power structures.

12 Sep 2019

Ignore university rankings, but make higher education an election issue
(via The Conversation)

There's a lot to learn from institutions created to provide space for the many excluded from elite schools, including Indigenous-focused institutions that have graduated community-engaged leaders.

12 Sep 2019

B.C. Starbucks co-workers replace stolen bike for Iraqi teen seeking asylum
(via Surrey Now-Leader)

An 18-year-old from Iraq was working at Starbucks when he learned his bike was stolen from the patio.

12 Sep 2019

Supreme Court backs new Trump asylum restrictions
(via The New York Times)

The policy requires many Central American migrants to seek and be denied asylum in another country before applying in the United States.

12 Sep 2019

PewDiePie pulls $50,000 pledge to Jewish anti-hate group after fan backlash
(via The Verge)

The YouTuber said he “didn’t know a lot” about the ADL.

12 Sep 2019

Amnesty International says Jason Kenney’s ‘fight back’ strategy violates human rights
(via CBC News)

"Amnesty International is also gravely concerned that these initiatives, and the rhetoric surrounding them, feeds into a worsening climate of hostility toward human rights defenders – particularly Indigenous, women, and environmental human rights defenders – exposing them to intimidation and threats, including threats of violence."

10 Sep 2019

Why the ‘good immigrant’ trope isn’t the answer to racist op-ed in Vancouver Sun
(via The Star)

By highlighting immigrant heroes or relying on simple rhetoric — such as “diversity is Canada’s strength” — we skip over the real discourse we need to have, Melody Ma writes.

10 Sep 2019

Jagmeet Singh says ‘super-wealth tax’ would make $5.6B in 1st year during Hamilton ‘kitchen table’ event
(via CBC News)

"If we put this super-wealth tax in place, we can raise the funds to put in place that medication coverage for all, we can invest in housing to make sure it's affordable, we can make people the priority," Singh said. The super-wealth tax would include a one per cent tax on Canadians with fortunes over $20 million. It would be applied annually and include real estate, luxury items, and investments.

10 Sep 2019

B.C. carbon pollution rises 1.2 per cent in most recent report
(via Vancouver Sun)

B.C.'s GHG emissions have now increased in five of the last seven years. Carbon pollution is back up to the 2007 level of 64.8 million tonnes.

10 Sep 2019

B.C. says modular housing is working — here’s what it will look like in Maple Ridge
(via The Star)

The mayor and some residents opposed the project, but statistics from Vancouver and Surrey show other examples are an outstanding success.

10 Sep 2019

Noted Vancouver photographer Fred Herzog dies at age 88
(via Vancouver Sun)

Most of Herzog’s photographs were of Vancouver as an urban city rather than outdoor destination.

21 Aug 2019

Mother felt she ‘lost the right’ to care for living things after suicide of her son
(via CBC News)

Amanda Smytaniuk is honest about the challenge of reestablishing her role as mother to her other children after her 15-year-old son's suicide.

10 Sep 2019

B.C. wants feedback on its new paid domestic and sexual violence leave. Submit yours here.
(via Government of B.C.)

Have your say on changes to the Employment Standards Act in the area of possible paid leave after domestic or sexual violence.

10 Sep 2019

A non-racist conservative movement would kill the republican party
(via New York Magazine)

Is the American right willing to risk destruction?

10 Sep 2019

In an age of policy boldness, Think Tanks have become timid
(via The Nation)

The disconnect between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and the think tank world could pose a problem if one of them gets elected president.

11 Sep 2019

Tens of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian
(via CBC News)

More than 134,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity across the Atlantic region Monday evening, and officials in Nova Scotia have warned it could be up to a week for power to be restored in some areas of the province.

9 Sep 2019

Alberta opens public submissions for environmentalist foreign funding inquiry
(via CBC News)

United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney, who has long argued that foreign-funded charities are deliberately trying to landlock Alberta resources, has said the inquiry has a budget of $2.5 million.

9 Sep 2019

The story behind this photo of a raccoon peeking out of an abandoned ’70s Ford Pinto
(via CBC Radio)

Jason Bantle has spent countless evenings quietly camping out in the Saskatchewan wilderness trying to snap the perfect photo of a momma raccoon emerging from the 1970s Ford Pinto she's been raising her kids in.

9 Sep 2019

New West cops blocked in attempt to scrub off-duty assault from Wikipedia
( via New West Record)

The New Westminster Police Department sought to scrub the record of an assault by an off-duty cop in Vancouver from its Wikipedia page but was blocked by the website’s contributor policies.

9 Sep 2019

What do they know? Insiders at U.S. companies dumping shares at fastest pace since 2007
(via CBC News)

Insiders at U.S. corporations sold, on average, $600 million worth of shares in their own companies a day in August. What do they know?

16 Aug 2019

The right wing’s cultural civil war is a drag
(via The New Repubic)

A splintered conservative movement slouches toward authoritarianism, thanks to—of all things—drag queens at the library.

9 Sep 2019

We won’t be silent
(via The Nib)

“Nobody wants to think about the women risking their lives for abortion access. But they did. And they will.”

9 Sep 2019

The Moral Rot of the MIT Media Lab
(via Slate)

Like its parent university, the famed research center became far too comfortable selling its prestige. Even to Jeffrey Epstein.

9 Sep 2019

How one Colorado suicide prevention program got through to working-class men
(via Mel Magazine)

So how do you provide mental health services to someone who doesn’t want them, or who goes out of their way to avoid using them? You could start by making jokes about their dicks — as well as reference many other manly man things.

9 Sep 2019

In God’s country
(via The Washington Post)

Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020? "Conservatives for decades have felt bullied by the left, and the default response was to roll over and take it.”

9 Sep 2019

Ottawa must pay $40K to each First Nations child in on-reserve welfare system, rights tribunal rules
(via CBC News)

Ottawa must pay tens of thousands of dollars to every First Nations child who was placed in the on-reserve child welfare system, following a Friday ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that also provides compensation to some of their parents and grandparents.

6 Sep 2019

Maxime Bernier should have known a neo-Nazi was working for his party
(via CANADALAND)

Bernier followed the vocal white nationalist on Twitter.

6 Sep 2019

Manitoba man drives to Ottawa with allegations of vote buying in Manitoba community
(via APTN News)

“It’s a norm. it’s become a norm in my community to buy votes, mail in ballots preferably,” Clarence Sumner, who drove over 2,300 kilometres said.

6 Sep 2019

For 7 hours, Democratic presidential candidates talked climate crisis — and it was great
(via Grist)

It wasn’t the climate debate that activists — and even several of the candidates themselves — had demanded the Democratic National Committee hold. But it was nearly a full work day packed with climate policy conversation, follow-up questions, and almost no crosstalk.

6 Sep 2019

Court rules in favour of province on Alberta bill that delays wage arbitration with unions
(via Edmonton Journal)

“This government does not care about the principles of free collective bargaining, of respecting front-line workers who provide essential services to the people across the province.”

6 Sep 2019

Why don’t all high schools teach Indigenous literature?
(via The Star)

Sen. Murray Sinclair has noted that in many ways, education got Indigenous people into the mess they are in today, and it will be education that gets them out of it, Tanya Talaga writes.

6 Sep 2019

Squamish chides Woodfibre for lack of consultation
(via Squamish Chief)

“Woodfibre LNG really has fallen short in consultation and in content,” said Coun. John French. “And they need to hear that. And I think they have already heard it, because I have seen some correspondence that indicates Woodfibre LNG saw that this was not well-handled and indicating they’re going to address that. Nonetheless, I think it’s important for us to get on the record our feelings of how this came to us.”

6 Sep 2019

Four employees lose their jobs at Breakfast Television Vancouver
(via The Georgia Straight)

This week, Rogers Media shut down Breakfast Television in Montreal, laid off 11 at the Calgary Breakfast Television show, and shed four jobs in Vancouver.

6 Sep 2019

Why going solo is a risk for female reporters in the US and Canada
(via Committee to Protect Journalists)

An attacker was terrorizing women on a jogging path in Edmonton, Canada. A video journalist at a large Canadian broadcaster was assigned to cover the story on the night shift. Multiple sexual assaults had been reported and the man was still at-large.

6 Sep 2019