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In 2013, Problems Are Worse Than "Orwellian"

(40) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:03 PM

As this summer's PRISM revelations shattered tightly held delusions of privacy in much of the English-speaking world, sales for George Orwell's 1949 dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four skyrocketed 7000 per cent.

Riding Orwell's revived coattails, politicos and pundits across the spectrum moved quickly to fuse PRISM buzzwords...

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Trade Freedom for "Security"? That's a Raw Deal, Canada

(19) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 3:51 PM

The odds of dying in a terrorist attack on North American soil are roughly 1 in 20 million. Canadians have a better chance of being killed by a stray bullet in a random Toronto shooting -- 1 in 222,000, or suffering a fatal car accident --...

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This Industry Is a Labour Trap

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Call it a twisted capitalistic fairy tale.

Time and again, those of us barely scraping by on precarious appointments in the hospitality and retail segments of the tertiary sector of the economy -- better known as the service industry, are fed the same exhausted occupational rhetoric:

Prosperity in the "new...
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Canada's "Mosaic" Has Racist Cracks

(107) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 11:16 AM

It's ironic really.

Here in the "Canadian Mosaic", issues of race are largely stricken from the language of the everyday. We prefer not to speak openly about racism, for deconstructing it might chip away at that illusory façade of Canada as a nation of perpetual tolerance and chronic...

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The Slow and Painful Death of Freedom in Canada

(585) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 8:13 AM

Less than a generation ago, Canada was a world leader when it came to the fundamental democratic freedoms of assembly, speech and information.

In 1982, Canada adopted the Access to Information Act -- making it one of the first countries to pass legislation recognizing the right of citizens...

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Boston Bombing Showed the Break in "Breaking News"

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 5:00 PM

"I like my news right, not fast," wrote Huffington Post Canada Blogs Editor Angelina Chapin last week.

What Chapin is touching on here is an unsettling new practice sweeping the ranks of major mainstream media outlets -- scooping the news instead of vetting the facts.

For in...

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Trudeau Has More of a Platform Than We Think

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 12:01 PM

So Trudeau the Younger is now officially the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. If you didn't see that coming, well, then you're an idiot -- it was basically preordained.

And now that the most anticlimactic leadership race in recent memory is finally in the books -- we can...

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6 Cognitive Biases That Make Politics Irrational

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Politics are messy and erratic. People are volatile and illogical.

Perhaps there may be a correlation here?

Sexism, war, corruption, racism, torture, slavery, and inequality seem to be chronic societal problems -- democratic freedoms are sharply declining, the global economy is limping along, the...

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We're Not Entitled, We're Just Screwed

(39) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 11:47 AM

When it comes to technology, apparently my generation are an auspicious lot.

We don't need anyone's permission to start a free blog of our choosing, Twitter keeps us both informed and engrossed in current affairs, Facebook enables us to connect and conspire with old friends and fresh...

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Has Facebook Peaked?

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 6:12 AM

"It's complicated" would be an understatement.

Facebook is a social networking behemoth -- a cultural mainstay. It is an edifying medium that has forever changed the way we talk, share, court, and even think.

Yet it is also irritating, over-stimulating, and campy -- invasive, censored, and exploitative. And above all,...

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Non-Aboriginal? Idle From the Sidelines

(10) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 11:59 AM

Up to this point, I have been hesitant to speak at lengths for the #IdleNoMore movement largely because as a middle-class Canadian of European ancestry who has never spent much time on a reserve, I feel like it's not my place to do so.

Allow me to clarify.

I'm...

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Quebec Is Keeping the Assisted Death Debate Alive -- With Dignity

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Following the recommendations of a provincial panel of legal experts on medically assisted end-of-life procedures, the government of Quebec has announced plans to proceed with its "dying with dignity" legislation -- paving the way for doctors in the province to assist terminally ill patients in ending their lives.

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Can a Hashtag Really Influence Politics?

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 11:22 AM

In graduate school, I spent a lot of time looking at the political significance of social media, and all I can say with absolute certainty is that every interpretation of Internet activism is draped in a blanket of geographic and cultural relativism.

There are the idealists, those who believe that...

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Why I No Longer Give a Puck About NHL Hockey

(21) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 7:48 PM

As I'm sure you all know by now, a tentative deal has been reached between the players and the owners of the NHL. For most of the world, this means absolutely nothing.

For many Canadians, however, it means the return of Hockey Night in Canada, a spring...

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Why We Self-Censor When We Read Online

(12) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 4:41 PM

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. There is so much to read, watch, post, tweet -- a person can easily be overcome by facts and figures, making it incredibly difficult to fully comprehend an issue or arrive at a truly informed decision.

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2012: Canadian Politics Was a Game of Tomato, Tomahto

(11) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 7:17 AM

You wouldn't know that the next federal election in this country is still nearly three years down the road by the way Canadians have made 2012 the year of the self-reassuring partisan clique.

"I'm a Conservative... a Liberal... a New Democrat... a Green." From the way we...

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