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
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