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Conflict of great interest: New York Times reporter stands by story on BC ‘Kafkaesque’ political donations
(via Metro News)

New York Times reporter Dan Levin never expected his visit to British Columbia to earn him rebuke from the province’s leaders.

Today

The last 48 hours: Barack Obama transfers $500 million to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal...
(via The Guardian)

Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500 million instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.

Today

...while Biden tells Davos that he top one per cent are ‘not carrying their weight’
(via BBC News)

With 48 hours left in the role of US vice-president, Joe Biden used his swansong speech at Davos to tell an audience of the world’s wealthiest that they do not pay enough in tax.

Today

Fort McMurray wildfire’s financial impact is now sitting at nearly $8.9 billion, new study shows
(via Financial Post)

An assessment of the total financial impact of last spring’s Fort McMurray wildfire is pegging the direct and indirect costs of the blaze at almost $8.9 billion.

Today

BC boomers have lost their moral authority to judge Millennials
(via Maclean’s)

Recent events in the province illustrate why the popular boomer narrative that Millennials are an entitled bunch is so galling.

Today

Canada has been given advance notice of Trump’s NAFTA demands
(via The Globe and Mail)

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, chosen by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to reshape U.S. trade policy, has informed Canada that rules of origin and independent dispute tribunals will be central to talks aimed at resetting the North American free-trade agreement.

Today

Julian Assange under pressure to hand himself in for extradition following Manning commutation
(via The Independent)

Will Wikileaks founder Julian Assange now hand himself over to be extradited to the US?

Today

How a 23-year-old wrote a fake news masterpiece
(via the New York Times)

It was early fall, and Donald J. Trump, behind in the polls, seemed to be preparing a rationale in case a winner like him somehow managed to lose. “I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” the Republican nominee told a riled-up crowd in Columbus, Ohio. He was hearing “more and more” about evidence of rigging, he added, leaving the details to his supporters’ imagination.

Today

Obama has commuted the bulk of Chelsea Manning’s sentence
(via the New York Times)

President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.

Yesterday

Kevin O’Leary to enter Conservative leadership race tomorrow
(via CBC News)

Businessman Kevin O’Leary will enter the Conservative leadership race tomorrow, CBC News has learned.

Yesterday

Theresa May says the UK will leave the European single market
(via BBC News)

Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all.”

Yesterday

When are you too stoned to drive?
(via The Atlantic)

The question is proving difficult for police, and the courts, to answer.

Yesterday

The world is getting stupider
(via The Guardian)

Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all.”

Yesterday

On the most famous intersection in Canada
(via Skyrise Cities)

Among many Canadians, the mere mention of “Portage and Main,” conjures up an image that is just as likely to come from imagination as from first-hand experience.

Yesterday

Is there too much literature about the Holocaust?
(via Times Literary Supplement)

Today the Holocaust is memorialized, institutionalized and commemorated more than ever.

Yesterday

On the history of black existentialism, afrofuturism, and art under Trump
(via Hazlitt)

In order to find purpose and affirmation, Black artists rethink time and space as we know it to find a place for themselves.

Yesterday

Inequality update: two Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the bottom third...
(via CTV News)

New economic analysis suggests that two Canadian billionaires own the same amount of wealth as nearly one-third of all Canadians.

17 Jan 2017

...and eight men are as rich as half the world
(via The Associated Press)

The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.

17 Jan 2017

Global sea ice is at the lowest level ever recorded
(via New Scientist)

It’s a new low point. The area of the world’s oceans covered by floating sea ice is the smallest recorded since satellite monitoring began in the 1970s. That means it is also probably the lowest it has been for thousands of years.

17 Jan 2017

Hockey, weed and taxes? Eleven Canadian stereotypes debunked
(via The Guardian)

Canada is often pictured as a uniformly cold, multicultural, socialist paradise full of beer-swilling ice hockey fans. But a close look at the evidence reveals some very different truths — good and bad — about the Great White North.

17 Jan 2017

How jokes won the American election
(via The New Yorker)

How do you fight an enemy who’s just kidding?

17 Jan 2017

These people are seeking an escape from Trump’s America
(via The Atlantic)

Why some people are withdrawing from mainstream society into “intentional communities”—and what the rest of America can learn from them.

17 Jan 2017

Obama’s secret to surviving the White House years: Books
(via the New York Times)

Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.

17 Jan 2017

It’s time to get over kale
(via The Walrus)

An otherwise worthless vegetable reminds us why nutritional studies are unreliable.

17 Jan 2017

Are the billionaire American Koch brothers playing climate politics in Alberta?
(via National Observer)

It’s a well-known fact that Charles and David Koch — owners of the second-largest private company in America — have been funding climate change denial in the U.S. for decades.

16 Jan 2017

Trudeau says the oil sands must be phased out
(via Yahoo! News)

Canada must “phase out” Alberta’s oil sands and end the country's dependence on hydrocarbons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

16 Jan 2017

New York Times calls BC the ‘wild west’ of Canadian political cash
(via the New York Times)

As the premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark is on the public payroll, pulling down a salary of 195,000 Canadian dollars in taxpayer money. But if that were not enough, she also gets an annual stipend of up to 50,000 Canadian dollars — nearly $40,000 — from her party, financed by political contributions.

16 Jan 2017

Human Rights Watch lists Trump as threat to human rights
(via The Hill)

Human Rights Watch is listing President-elect Donald Trump as a threat to human rights, calling his campaign a “vivid illustration of the politics of intolerance.”

16 Jan 2017

Joseph Boyden’s statement about his Indigenous roots doesn’t address main controversy, academics say
(via National Post)

Joseph Boyden’s recent public statement and interviews about his indigenous roots are too vague and don’t fully address the heart of the controversy surrounding his heritage, say academics.

16 Jan 2017

Canada is last compared with its global peers when it comes to defence and aid spending
(via BBC News)

Canada is last compared with its global peers when it comes to defence and aid spending, a new report says.

16 Jan 2017

What small town Canadians and big city Canadians don’t understand about each other
(via CBC Radio)

Are small towns really more friendly than big cities? Are you really more likely to borrow a cup of sugar from a rural neighbour than an urban one? Or more likely to meet someone of a different background if you live in a city and not a small town? 

16 Jan 2017

Chinese and German investors want to turn Chernobyl into a solar park
(via Bloomberg)

Chinese and Germans are among dozens of investors taking Ukraine up on its offer to turn the grounds of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters into a massive solar park.

16 Jan 2017

Associate at Stephen Harper’s consulting firm behind shadowy new group linked to BC Liberals
(via PressProgress)

It turns out a group planning a $2 million smear campaign has connections with both Christy Clark’s BC Liberals and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s consulting firm.

13 Jan 2017

Justin Trudeau may have broken ethics laws by vacationing with a billionaire religious leader on his private island
(via Vice)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has admitted that he accepted a ride on a billionaire’s private helicopter without clearing it first with the ethics commissioner, essentially copping to breaching federal conflict of interest rules.

13 Jan 2017

Canada’s job market is booming—if you’re 55 or older
(via Better Dwelling)

Millennials might be giving Boomers flack for how easy life in Canada is for them, but statistically they might not be benefiting as much as previously thought.

13 Jan 2017

Ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele in hiding after Trump dossier
(via BBC News)

An ex-MI6 officer who is believed to have prepared memos claiming Russia has compromising material on US President-elect Donald Trump is now in hiding, the BBC understands.

13 Jan 2017

BBC sets up team to debunk fake news
(via The Guardian)

The BBC is to assemble a team to fact check and debunk deliberately misleading and false stories masquerading as real news.

13 Jan 2017

Donald Trump’s ‘blind trust’ plan makes no sense
(via Newsweek)

Like a political Elmer Gantry, Donald Trump goes from city to city, proclaiming that only he can save America, spinning outrageous statements and spewing lies before heading off to his next revival meeting. Serious questions about his candidacy for the presidency are left unanswered or buried under a flurry of deceit.

13 Jan 2017

France’s Le Pen appears at Trump Tower
(via Bloomberg)

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen made an unannounced visit to New York and caused a stir when she was spotted at Trump Tower flanked by a longtime friend of President-elect Donald Trump.

13 Jan 2017

Explorers find disease-cursed City of the Monkey God and nearly lose their faces to flesh-eating parasite
(via National Post)

Legend has it that the locals fled Honduras’ City of the Monkey God in the 16th century fearing that it had been cursed with disease.

13 Jan 2017

What the bleep happened at the Trump news conference?
(via the Washington Post)

In case you are just now waking up from a coma, let me tell you what happened Wednesday at Donald Trump’s first press conference as president-elect. (Yes, that Donald Trump! He will be the next president!)

12 Jan 2017

Donald Trump and the anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists
(via Foreign Policy)

The president-elect’s dangerous views on the safety of vaccines threaten the lives of millions of Americans.

12 Jan 2017

From Wikileaks to golden gusher
(via National Observer)

I’ve been expecting some version of Tuesday’s “Golden-Gate” story for weeks.

12 Jan 2017

Five astonishing facts on the growing language diversity of Canadians
(via Silota)

In Canada, we often believe that the relationship between the English and French languages is central to our identity.

12 Jan 2017

Joseph Boyden sorry ‘for taking too much of the airtime’ on Indigenous issues
(via CBC News)

Describing himself as “a white kid from Willowdale with Native roots,” writer Joseph Boyden apologized for “taking too much of the airtime” in discussions about Indigenous issues.

12 Jan 2017

Think fast: An asteroid just flew by Earth about 50 per cent the distance to the moon, and we barely saw it coming
(via Business Insider)

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

12 Jan 2017

I hate to break it to ya: Nutella could give you cancer
(via The Daily Mail)

Nutella’s manufacturers have hit out at a landmark report that found one of its ingredients to be cancerous.

12 Jan 2017

Why do we (or should we) turn to poetry?
(via the New York Times)

Why Poetry? Well, yes. Most books of poetry sell a couple of thousand copies, at best. So in a quantitative sense, what’s the point of supporting it? With dollars or sense? Would we make the same argument for investing in an endangered species? Like the great Indian bustard, one of the heaviest flying birds, down to a couple of hundred of its kind.

12 Jan 2017

Refiners shun new Canadian crude blend offer from Enbridge line
(via Reuters)

Enbridge Inc has approved a new stream of heavy Canadian crude for export on one of its major oil pipelines to the United States, according to four trading sources. The only problem? No one wants it.

11 Jan 2017

Justin Trudeau re-tools cabinet in preparation for the Donald Trump era
(via National Post)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made changes Tuesday to key positions in his cabinet with a view to strengthening relationships with China and the U.S., two of Canada’s most important international relationships.

11 Jan 2017

Not a typo: Trump asks critics of vaccines to lead vaccine safety panel
(via the New York Times)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., one of the nation’s most prominent skeptics of childhood vaccines, says President-elect Donald J. Trump has asked him to lead a vaccine panel.

11 Jan 2017

Cashing out of Vancouver real estate: 43 homeowners list on the same street
(via Better Dwelling)

Over the past few days, a number of homes have begun listing — all in the same area of Vancouver.

11 Jan 2017

The Joseph Boyden controversy is not about bloodline
(via The Walrus)

I’ve known a dozen non-Natives who’ve earned a place in our community.

11 Jan 2017

One-hundred per cent of Dutch trains now run on wind energy
(via Vice)

The Netherlands now runs all of its trains on wind energy, meeting a goal to transition to 100 percent renewable energy a year ahead of schedule.

11 Jan 2017

Against Meryl Streep
(via Jacobin)

Meryl Streep’s speechifying at the Golden Globes was the worst thing to happen since Trump’s election.

11 Jan 2017

Scientists might have found the ‘missing element’ in the Earth’s core
(via BBC News)

Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core.

11 Jan 2017