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Justin Trudeau tells Donald Trump he will ‘vigorously defend’ Canadian lumber...
(via Global News)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke over the telephone Tuesday evening to discuss the brewing trade disputes between their two countries.

Today

...as Republicans tell Trump to hold up on NAFTA withdrawal...
(via Politico)

The Trump administration alarmed Republicans on Wednesday with its consideration of an executive order that could lead to the United States’ withdrawal from NAFTA.

Today

...so is this the end of NAFTA or what?
(via The Atlantic)

A proposed draft executive order that would pull the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement is the latest round in a now-familiar series in Trump’s White House: The friction of Donald Trump’s nationalist campaign promises against the reality of governance, and the tension between moderating forces within the White House and more aggressive ideological purists.

Today

Kevin O’Leary's donors are ‘angry’ and they want him to give them their money back
(via PressProgress)

Guess Kevin O’Leary was just visiting after all.

Today

‘You’re privileged’: Mulcair blasts Justin Trudeau for ‘hypocrisy’ on marijuana possession charges
(via National Post)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smoked marijuana as an MP but he has not suffered the same consequences as Canadians who are slapped with simple pot charges, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said Tuesday –an example, he says, of “abject hypocrisy.”

Today

China and Europe to build a base on the moon and launch other projects into space
(via The Independent)

China and Europe are looking to build a human outpost on the moon.

Today

Wild bison calves born in Banff National Park ‘a huge step’ to reintroduction
(via CBC News)

Bison recently introduced into Banff’s backcountry are settling into their new homes by welcoming new offspring to the herd.

Today

What’s with these new jeans from Nordstrom?
(via the New York Times)

April has been a cruel month for big brands trying to look cool.

Today

Trudeau called out on opioid crisis
(via Vice)

A harm reduction worker with personal experience of Canada’s opioid crisis accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of not going far enough to combat the overdose epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives across the country.

Yesterday

Donald Trump to strip all funding from State Department team promoting women’s rights around the world
(via The Independent)

Donald Trump plans to strip all funding from a State Department bureau that promotes the rights of women around the world, it has emerged.

Yesterday

How Trump gave up on his border wall
(via The New Yorker)

From a policy perspective, Trump’s reversal on his promised border wall is welcome. But, from a political perspective, Trump has given Congress another reason not to trust his word.

Yesterday

Real talk: Google wants to do something about fake news...
(via The Guardian)

Google announced its first attempt to combat the circulation of “fake news” on its search engine with new tools allowing users to report misleading or offensive content, and a pledge to improve results generated by its algorithm.

Yesterday

...and so does Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales
(via Reuters)

The founder of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has announced plans for a crowd-funded news website offering stories by journalists and volunteers working together, an initiative he hopes will counter the spread of fake news.

Yesterday

Canada rushes to defend net neutrality as US moves to dismantle it
(via Tech Dirt)

Here in the States, regulators and Congress are preparing to gut our existing net neutrality rules — replacing them with the policy equivalent of wet tissue paper. In Canada, regulators are taking the complete opposite tack, last week cementing the country’s net neutrality rules as some of the most comprehensive in the world.

Yesterday

Swipe right: Last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to raise money
(via BBC News)

The last male northern white rhino on earth has joined the dating app Tinder - as part of fundraising efforts by conservationists to save the species.

Yesterday

On the rise of the global novelist
(via The New Republic)

How to read fiction from around the world in an age of xenophobic populism.

Yesterday

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.

25 Apr 2017

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.

25 Apr 2017

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.

25 Apr 2017

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.

25 Apr 2017

...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.

25 Apr 2017

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. 

25 Apr 2017

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.

25 Apr 2017

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.

25 Apr 2017

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.

24 Apr 2017

...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.

24 Apr 2017

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.

24 Apr 2017

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.

24 Apr 2017

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.

24 Apr 2017

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. 

24 Apr 2017

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.

24 Apr 2017

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.

24 Apr 2017

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