This collection of news links makes no pretention
comprehensive or to being objective.
It reflects my interests and values... period.
I will point out however, that these links are from what I like to
think of as viable news sources, not from special interest,
agenda-based publictions. Most come from the Globe and Mail and the
CBC. Mainstream media, you might say
Money motivates in smoking cessation battle
One part of a solution - would work great
along with further restrictions on location.
Trucking industry green-driven
Interesting - but I wonder if they'll discuss
- real solutions like better rail service and having the trucking
industry pay the real cost of the damage they do to the environment and
the roads. What they wany is subsidies to go greener - not the answer.
Tesla in autopilot mode crashes into California police vehicle
Some think that machines don't make
mistakes.....but it's a given that they don't CARE if the make mistakes.
Phoenix problems evident, but not brought forward due to work culture,
auditor general says
Michael Ferguson released 7 reports today on payroll debacle and other
"Work Culture" is another way of looking at or
explaining what appears to be stupid bureaucratic decisions.
The public funding of Catholic schools in Ontario is unstable and
We shouldn't have to fund two separate English school systems. But the
barrier to change is political
This is a good example of why governments are
Scientists make few gains on federal environment bill
Canada can kick carbon addiction
By: Peter Denton
A genuine and immediate need': Hot spring weather leaves Siloam Mission
in need of bottled water
City's largest homeless shelter calling for donations of bottled water
A genuine and immediate need': Hot spring weather leaves Siloam Mission
in need of bottled water
Lake fun suffers from invasion of green slime
Cottagers worry algae blooms may eliminate swimming at Beaconia Beach
Here is the problem...there is no
real need for the study outlined here - all regions need standards.
What is happening is, as usual, lack of political will to actually fix
LWF is creating a network of "citizen scientists" who are
working to find out where phosphorus levels are highest in the Lake
Winnipeg watershed and where the most action needs to be taken, Kanu
"They are taking data and pinpointing where the main sources of
phosphorus are coming from, because Lake Winnipeg is massive — and if
we can find phosphorus hot spots, that’s a way to direct our resources
and our energy to these areas," Kanu said.
"It really is a needle-in-the-haystack problem, where the lake is
massive and its watershed is 40 times larger, so we need to know where
the phosphorus is coming from. So, instead of just sprinkling money
across the lake, let’s be strategic and targeted."
Vancouver to be first major Canadian city to ban plastic straws
also includes a ban on the distribution of polystyrene foam cups and
containers, as well as restrictions on disposable cups and plastic
shopping bags. According to the policy passed unanimously at city
council on Wednesday, the city aims to completely eliminate the
disposal of solid waste by 2040.
By 2040. Wow - what's the hurry?
Andrew Cohen asks what Stephen Harper achieved beyond trade
agreements and tax-free savings that endures. Well, he reduced the GST
by two percentage points, saving me hundreds of dollars per year. He
introduced pension-splitting for seniors, saving me thousands of
dollars per year. My tax-free savings account is now generating income
of over $2,000 per year. He did all this while bringing us through a
severe recession, and leaving Justin Trudeau a balanced budget. I wish
we had him back in Ottawa.
T.S. Ramsay, Guelph, Ont.
Interesting letter - a clear look
self-interest vs community or national interest as a reason for
A word to the wise: Why wisdom might be ripe for rediscovery
Wisdom might be fading from civic culture, but it is coming into
its own in medicine, psychology, neuroscience and other realms of
science. In the past few years, wisdom has been put under the research
microscope and found to be a distinct, measurable and precious human
quality, one that is vitally important and for which there are no
10 kinds of packaging that are a pain in the blue box
Breaking down why they're a challenge for recycling systems and some
No mention of the simple solution. Don't make
...don't buy. Recycling is the cause - not the solution. The companies
making this garbade just love re-cycling - keeps the product moving and
absolves them of reponsability.
Amber Alert for missing boy sparks complaints over new mobile emergency
CRTC ordered wireless providers to implement system to distribute
warnings of imminent threats
Information overload = information if=gnored
No room at the Inn: Small B.C. lodge claims Expedia listed 'rooms
unavailable' for 2 years
Travel booking giant blames 'glitch' for directing potential guests of
Moon Water Lodge to dead-end site
Many people seem to think that these sites are there to help - but of
course they are not. And the ever-changimg deals available are akin to
the loss leader sort of specials offered by Grocery Stores and WlaMarts
- the purpose is to confuse.
WHO calls for all countries to rid food of trans fats
'Trans fats are a harmful compound that can be removed easily without
Three Percenters are Canada's 'most dangerous' extremist group, say
Far-right group says it welcomes everyone, but some who've studied it
say it's an anti-Muslim militia
Time to rethink our recycling
Perfect example of the resistance
to solving a problem. After 30 years of failure do they really think
voluntary efforts with solve the problem?
Or do they just not care
about solving the problem?
Can Canada reinvent the plastic economy?
We can - but will we?
The death of the small car? Automakers pivot toward trucks and SUVs
Trucks, vans and SUVs now outselling smaller vehicles by 2-to-1 margin
One of many signs that people just don't care
about the environment. 30 years of effors to "educate" while
failing to "act" have been a total failure.
Canada's government is clearly uninterested in finding innovative
solutions to gun violence
Law enforcement is just one aspect of tackling the harm caused by
Pay-as-you-throw fees and 4 more ways to reduce waste
'It shouldn't be free to pollute': Charge for packaging, study suggests
Wow - finally another studey to tell us what we've
known for decades. Mainstream media catching up with what was common
knowledge 20 years agp for anyone who cared.
But - read the comments and we see that a lot of people just don't care
about the environment.
appeals to Ottawa for mandatory truck driver training
Humboldt Broncos crash and her own husband’s death prompt Pattie
Fari-Babij to organize victims’ families
Overdue. Misses the real issue why so many trucks on the road?
Gun group clashing with Ottawa over effort to eliminate lead from
Studies link lead contamination in environment to discarded bullets,
One has only to read the comments after the
article to understand the levels of stupitity and selfishness here. If
we don't stop this gun culture foolishness soon we'll end up being
Car owners had a sweet ride, but electric cars will end that
"How did gasoline-fuelled cars become so popular? The United
States has about 263 million registered passenger vehicles. The
strength and flexibility of the internal combustion engine explains
only part of the story. Gas guzzlers took over because neither the cars
nor the fuel were hit with taxes that reflected the full cost of
building and maintaining a vast road and highway network, and dealing
with the damage to health and the environment from tailpipe emissions.
In essence, drivers were—and still are—getting a free ride."
For more than a century, governments heavily subsidized the auto
industry and car owners by paying for roads and highways. That era of
benign socialism for drivers is over. Electric vehicles are coming, but
their owners may find that running them is no bargain. The era of the
gasoline car is far from over.
The article stops short of mentioning how the whole race to hang on to
the continued favouring of individual cars vs public transit is
Prescription to slow worsening myopia in Canadian kids? Head outdoors
Nearly 30% of children 11 to 13 are nearsighted, study finds
Reduce screen time.
Spend more time outdoors.
To the oil workers of Alberta: We care about you
It is no coincidence that the same people who
advocate for environmental action also advocate for social justice;
Can a regular running routine replace antidepressants?
Why products marked 'recyclable' sometimes aren't
Confusion abounds over symbols, marketing rules and variations from
city to city
CBC is doing a series about re-cycling problems -
without even a hint of the real problem - that the emphasis on
re-cycling is a strategy by the very companies producing the both waste
and products that are unnecessary. Take the "Re-Cycle Everywhere
program in Manitoba - funded by the drink companies. They love
recycliung - it convinces people to keep buying their junk.
Why it’s time to consider a personal data ‘driver’s licence’
First mention I've seen of a "public"
alternative to having social media companies store (and use) our data.
Young woman sentenced to 4 years for 2013 crash that killed friend
For all I know this might be a fair sentence, but it caused me to
wonder about the real purpose and natyre of justice. What is the
difference between a reckless drunk driver in a fatal accident and one
who isn't in a fatal accident? Luck might be the difference. We
get excited about punishing people when death is involved, but go much
easier on people who are lucky enough to get away without causing
death. The person who causes death, especially of a friend or family
member is already being punished - the one who avoids that gets off
It is the reckless driving that is the crime.
Nearly a third of Canadians don't believe humans, industry cause
climate change: poll
'Without B.C.’s carbon tax, emissions would be five to 15 per cent
higher than they are right now'
I just read "Don't Even Think About it by
George Marshall - an explanation.
When banks cash your same cheque twice, you may be on the
hook to pay
Old banking ways are 'colliding with our smartphones' as popularity
of banking apps increases
With new technology we always need to ask "Do
we need this or is spmebody just selling us something?"
The new rules for the internet - and why you
shouldn’t delete Facebook
Canada in tough position if Trump administration lessens vehicle
Another article that totally misses the obvious
solution - let car makers make what they want - just discourage the use
of monster SUV's and Trucks. That is what a proper and comprehensive
Carbon Tax would do.
Alberta firearm enthusiasts say Canada has 'too much gun control,'
decry proposed legislation
This is an example of thier reasoning...
"When events do occur that draw the public's attention they tend to
be sensationalized, and tend to seem more personal than they actually
Yeah, nothing less
pesonal than the violent death of a few dozen kids. Thanks CBC for
giving these nuts a platform.
Can trade agreements be fattening? The hidden calorie cost of free
'Pressure-cooker' NAFTA re-negotiations could see Canada give up public
health protections in favour of trade
Systemic racism? Oh, there’s plenty to see here
Canadian municipalities struggling to find place for recyclables
after China restricts foreign waste
Cities that have found new markets are keeping mum about where they are
for fear of being outbid
Letter to Editor
Justin Trudeau’s infelicitous apology for events in 1864 is an
embarrassment to Canadians. Canada wasn’t a country then; British
Columbia was a British colony and didn’t even join Confederation till
1871. The Prime Minister’s Pollyannaish attempt at political
correctness is wholly overshadowed by historical incorrectness.
Paul Pepperall, Penetanguishene, Ont.
This is aninteresting example. What is the
motivation here? He uses facts that are techically correct (but
irrelevant) to argue against and action. Does he want to divorce
ourselves (as the white conquering people - a mantle we still
wear) from blame on the basis of a technicality.
Sometimes people who's opinions are
insupportable, deep down inside, suspect they are wrong,
and resort to such details to avoid facing the fact.
Here's another example from the same page...
DUTY TO UPHOLD
Re Elizabeth May Arrested At Trans Mountain Protest (March 24): It
would be appropriate for Elizabeth May to pay back whatever it cost to
arrest her. She is an MP, with a duty to uphold and abide by our laws.
She chose to breach a valid order of the B.C Supreme Court. Taxpayers
should not be burdened with the costs incurred because of her
showcasing to the media. Others who breached the order should likewise
pay all costs. Our police have more important things to do.
Charles Marshall, Vancouver
way of arguing for the pipeline.
Canada, provinces lack clear plan to adapt to climate change,
Report says Canada's climate goals lack clarity and consistency, with
emissions targets unlikely to be met
China has banned 24 kinds of waste from abroad in effort to tackle
growing environmental disaster.
China is no longer world's dumping ground, but cleaning up its
own backyard is proving to be a challenge
Your lifestyle is making blue box recycling unsustainable
Recycling has been counterproductive from the
start - simply encourages the excessive packaging and consumption. It
is widely promoted because it diverts us from real action.
Human activity pushing Earth towards 'sixth mass species
extinction,' report warns
Ontario companies worried about upcoming changes requiring equal pay
for part-time employees
headline that comes at us from the
business point of view...
"6.6% (and don't forget to
tip): Diners, parents hit by rising
prices as minimum wage hikes passed on"
The Globe has
reminded us, twice
at least, that the recent
minimun wage hikes are costing restaurant patrons a bit more.
Buried in each story is the acknowledment that the wage hikes could be
a good thing, but the headlines focus on the downside, and some of the
statements are amusing...
"Higher minimum wages are a good thing, and some businesses were
expected to simply swallow the added costs."
Really? Who was it that expected businesses to swallow the costs? Not
Both articles miss the point. It is both OK and unsurprising that costs
are passed on. In a way, that is the point of raising the wage.
I am happy to pay a bit more, if it means the person providing
that service can be properly compensated for their work.
"Alas, the last two readings on inflation suggest that restaurants and
certain other services are passing on those costs. To us."
articles raise concerns about the new
religion - AI and automation in general - both raise valid concerns,
but both miss the real
question. That question is WHY?
The answer is always the same. Someone is selling us something. It
looks cool. We buy it without fully examining the consequences. We love
shiny new stuff. About a hundred years ago, industrialized
countries, especially Canada and the United States, went full steam
ahead (get it?) into the automobile age. We opted for what seemed to be
a pre-ordained, modern trend - away from public transportation and
towards the freedom of the car.
It wasn't that the car was a bad thing. Most citizens didn't see that
it would lead to the end of rail (and eventually bus) transportation.
And they had no way of knowing that the decision would play such a big
role in the virtual destruction of our planet.
My point is that it seemed a natural choice. But it wasn't. We were
sold something. Car manufacturers, and oil companies spent millions
convincing us and our govenments to heavily subsidize and favour the
And we should always ask WHY. Why are we investing heavily in self
driving cars when better public transportation and properly designed
commnities are the answer to commuting and gridlock? Why are so
interested in killing jobs. What is wrong with having humans in the
And the related question is cost. Nothing is free. Facbook proudly
proclaims "It is free and always will be. Nothing could be further from
the truth. We are all paying dearly. I wonder what it would cost to
provide a simliar service - but without the annoying ads and data
Just a thought - but it seems to me that one diffference between a
human and a machine - is that machines don't care when they make a
mistake. And they don't have mouths to feed at home.
Canada’s risky bet on AI
Uber and other gig-economy businesses driving
down the wages of Canadian workers? At heart, that’s a question about
Why I will never ride in a robo-taxi
Self-driving cars are complex – so complex, in fact, that in order to
work, they require hundreds of millions of lines of perfectly polished
Newfoundland cod stocks suffer serious and surprising decline
have to blame it on the incredible pressure
that has been leveraged by industry groups,” said Kris Vascotto,
executive director of the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council, an
industry association that represents year-round groundfish harvesters
in Atlantic Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to exonerate Tsilhqot'in
chiefs hanged in 1864
exoneration came after a landmark
decision from the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled the Tsilhqot'in
peoples had aboriginal title to a large swath of their traditional
territory — over 1,700 square kilometres — not just old village sites
as the provincial and federal governments had argued.
Globe editorial: Canada’s gun advocates should stop playing the
"The notion that the nation’s target shooters and hunters are so hard
done by that they need a special representative in Ottawa is truly
We’re so addicted to plastic that we drink it every day
U.S. seeks to limit food label warnings under NAFTA negotiations
Why the Right Wing Is So Interested in Narrowing Down Education into
Florida Shooting Survivor Suggests Calling AR-15 Rifles 'Marco
They're both "so easy to buy," she said.
Mass homicides are contagious and the malady is fuelled by the media
How does Canada’s health spending hold up to international scrutiny?
Canada’s inefficient labour market needs an urgent fix
I have forgotten how to read
Look both ways
For pedestrians to be safe, we can't assume that streets are inherently
Prescription opioids no better than over-the-counter drugs for
pain, study shows
Hampstead wants to ban smoking in public, even on streets and
Four sheriffs’ deputies hid during Florida school shooting
Australian payroll fiasco foreshadowed Phoenix's failed launch in
Canada shouldn’t be smug when it comes to guns
Globe editorial: To save lives in Toronto, slow down the vehicles
Australia pays fast-food workers $20 an hour and the sky hasn’t
I Was a Marine. I Don’t Want a Gun in My Classroom.
Ontario consumers appear to be paying the price for the increase in
"Indeed, Ontario restaurant prices jumped 1.9 per cent in the month
(nsa), by far the most in Canada, and an entirely predictable
response," he added, noting the numbers were not seasonally adjusted.
that a pretty low price to pay for a little
more fairness in the woprkplace?
What really happens to old clothes dropped in those in-store recycling
Loblaw, George Weston Ltd. Say Grocers Fixed Bread Prices For 10 Years
Look both ways
For pedestrians to be safe, we can't assume that streets are inherently
Health & Safety
'Somebody died because of that': Canada's mentally ill allowed to own,
Removing warning labels from Yukon liquor is shameful
Research published earlier this year in the Journal of Substance Use
and Misuse found that provincial liquor boards put far more effort (and
money) into marketing than they do into health messaging.
Canada must rethink health spending strategy
Social networks are creating a global crisis of democracy
It’s time to put ‘public’ back into government services
Culture & Heritage
Minimum wage hikes could cost Canada's economy 60,000 jobs this year
8% of Canadian workers make minimum wage, and even those making
slightly more likely to see higher wages
The headlines often feature the job loss angle - while the article is