Why do we put up with the ear-splitting obnoxiousness of leaf blowers? Lawn maintenance and landscaping companies swear by leaf blowers as the most efficient way to clean up yards. Others swear at them. Sales of the leaf blower — dubbed “the devil’s blow dryer” by some — have been steadily climbing since these machines first were […]

Canada – Is Australian National Anthem Racist? Is Anything NOT Racist Today?

The Indigenous peoples of Australia are having the same social problems that the Indigenous people of Canada are having.  Interesting. Australian Indigenous people are over represented in the Australian prison system as are Canadian Indigenous peoples in our prison system. Another interesting fact. Also interesting. Seems that some things are not necessarily only a Canadian […]

Canada – MMIW Report’s Notable Omissions Lead To Some Bewildering Recommendations

MMIW report’s notable omissions lead to some bewildering recommendations Chris Selley – Post Media Much of the immediate commentary and discussion about the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which was released Monday, concerns its characterization of the titular issue as “genocide.” “The violence the National Inquiry […]

Canada – Any Chance The Media Bailout Would Not Be Politicized Has Now Vanished

Any chance the media bailout would not be politicized has now vanished On Wednesday the government announced the names of the organizations it had chosen to be represented on the “independent panel” it has struck to advise it how to give money to newspapers, out of the nearly $600 million set aside in the budget […]

Canada – Replacing Phoenix Pay System Cheaper Than Fixing Mess

Replacing Phoenix pay system cheaper than fixing its mess will be, PBO reports The cost of a new pay system for federal civil servants should pale in comparison to the cost of stabilizing the failed Phoenix system, says a new report from Parliament’s spending watchdog. Cleaning up the mess Phoenix has made will cost $2.6 […]

Canada – Trudeau Creating Ministry Of Truth

Canada’s digital charter to combat fake news would fine platforms: Trudeau Canada will introduce a “digital charter” to combat fake news and hate online, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced Thursday. Speaking at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, Trudeau said social media platforms could face fines if the companies don’t police misinformation and extremism. “The […]

Canada – Removing Gender Inequality From Indian Act Is Not That Simple

Indigenous women call on government to remove gender inequality from Indian Act On a day when all mothers are celebrated, two Indigenous women are calling on the Canadian government to ensure all mothers and grandmothers are treated equally. Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell and her daughter Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director of the First People’s House of Learning at Trent […]

Canada – Lets Get Our Priorities Straight

Climate activists protest outside MP’s office Linnea Granberg and Asha Dunn say they’re fighting for the future of the planet. The Grade 11 students joined a group of 30 activists on Friday afternoon at a climate-change rally in front of Liberal MP Patty Hajdu’s Red River Road office, calling on all levels of government to […]

Canada – Soldiers Carrying Guns In Parade

Military on defensive after soldiers wrongly given guns for Sikh parade The Canadian military is scrambling to explain why a group of soldiers was issued weapons to march in a Toronto parade on Sunday for Canada’s Sikh community. Photos and videos of the event show the soldiers, many of them turban-wearing Sikhs, marching in the […]

Canada – SNC Illegal Election Contributions To Liberal Party

Names of SNC employees, executives behind thousands of dollars in illegal Liberal Party donations revealed A confidential document sent to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2016, and obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada, reveals how top officials at the embattled engineering firm SNC-Lavalin were named in a scheme to illegally influence Canadian elections. The list of names, compiled in 2016 […]