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This collection of news links makes no pretention to being 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
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Without B.C.’s carbon tax, emissions would be five to 15 per cent higher than they are right now'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/poll-abacus-carbon-tax-1.4603824

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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/duplicate-deposits-mobile-chequing-banks-1.4584304

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


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-new-rules-for-the-internet-and-why-you-shouldnt-delete-facebook/


Canada in tough position if Trump administration lessens vehicle mileage standards

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-gun-show-1.4601373

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 are."

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 trade

'Pressure-cooker' NAFTA re-negotiations could see Canada give up public health protections in favour of trade

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/second-opinion-march30-free-trade-calories-1.4599023

Systemic racism? Oh, there’s plenty to see here
 Elizabeth Renzetti

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-systemic-racism-oh-theres-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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/garbage-recycling-china-plastics-canada-1.4586602


Letter to Editor

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/letters/article-march-28-stormy-daniels-vs-donald-trump-plus-other-letters-to-the/

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

Roundabout way of arguing for the pipeline.

Canada, provinces lack clear plan to adapt to climate change, auditors say

Report says Canada's climate goals lack clarity and consistency, with emissions targets unlikely to be met

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-climate-change-report-plan-risks-1.4594971


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
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pollution-recycling-china-petricic-1.4593078


Your lifestyle is making blue box recycling unsustainable

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/recycling-blue-box-challenges-evolving-tonne-1.4584484

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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/national-today-newsletter-russia-diplomats-biodiversity-1.4592950

Ontario companies worried about upcoming changes requiring equal pay for part-time employees

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-managing/ontario-companies-worried-about-upcoming-changes-requiring-equal-pay-for-part-time-employees/article38349586/

Another 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 me.

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.


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/top-business-stories/66-and-dont-forget-to-tip-restaurants-others-are-passing-on-minimum-wage-hikes-tous/article38348850/

"Alas, the last two readings on inflation suggest that restaurants and certain other services are passing on those costs. To us."

March 24


Two 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 auto revolution.

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 workplace? 

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 mining?

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

Are Uber and other gig-economy businesses driving down the wages of Canadian workers? At heart, that’s a question about AI.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canadas-risky-bet-on-ai/

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 software code.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-why-i-wont-ride-in-a-robo-taxi/

Newfoundland cod stocks suffer serious and surprising decline

“I 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.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-newfoundland-cod-stocks-suffer-serious-decline-report/

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to exonerate Tsilhqot'in chiefs hanged in 1864

T
he B.C. 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.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-exonerate-tsilhqot-in-chiefs-1.4590819

Globe editorial: Canada’s gun advocates should stop playing the victim

"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 astonishing."


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-globe-editorial-canadas-gun-advocates-should-stop-playing-the-victim/

We’re so addicted to plastic that we drink it every day

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-were-so-addicted-to-plastic-that-we-drink-it-every-day/

U.S. seeks to limit food label warnings under NAFTA negotiations

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-us-seeks-to-limit-food-label-warnings-under-nafta-negotiations/

Why the Right Wing Is So Interested in Narrowing Down Education into 'Skills'

https://www.alternet.org/why-right-wants-narrow-what-schools-teach

Florida Shooting Survivor Suggests Calling AR-15 Rifles 'Marco Rubios'
They're both "so easy to buy," she said.


http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/ar-15-marco-rubio-florida-shooting_us_5a90478ae4b03b55731bd4d3

Mass homicides are contagious and the malady is fuelled by the media

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/mass-homicides-are-contagious-and-the-malady-is-fuelled-by-themedia/article38010220/

How does Canada’s health spending hold up to international scrutiny?

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-how-does-canadas-health-spending-hold-up-to-international-scrutiny/

Canada’s inefficient labour market needs an urgent fix

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/canadas-inefficient-labour-market-needs-an-urgent-fix/article38305667/

I have forgotten how to read

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/i-have-forgotten-how-toread/article37921379/

Look both ways
For pedestrians to be safe, we can't assume that streets are inherently for cars


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/walking-shouldnt-be-life-threatening-even-for-phonezombies/article37668637/

Prescription opioids no better than over-the-counter drugs for chronic pain, study shows

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioids-prescription-pain-1.4564201

Hampstead wants to ban smoking in public, even on streets and sidewalks

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/hampstead-wants-to-ban-smoking-in-public-even-on-streets-and-sidewalks-1.4564822

Four sheriffs’ deputies hid during Florida school shooting

https://nypost.com/2018/02/23/four-sheriffs-deputies-hid-during-florida-school-shooting/

Australian payroll fiasco foreshadowed Phoenix's failed launch in Canada

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/phoenix-payroll-australia-queensland-experience-1.4543784

Canada shouldn’t be smug when it comes to guns

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canada-shouldnt-be-smug-when-it-comes-to-guns/article38064169/

Globe editorial: To save lives in Toronto, slow down the vehicles

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/globe-editorial-to-save-lives-in-toronto-slow-down-the-vehicles/article38173651/

Australia pays fast-food workers $20 an hour and the sky hasn’t fallen

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/talent/australia-pays-fast-food-workers-20-an-hour-and-the-sky-hasnt-fallen/article38026876/

I Was a Marine. I Don’t Want a Gun in My Classroom.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/24/opinion/sunday/marine-gun-classroom.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region


Newsfile 2018



Consumers

Ontario consumers appear to be paying the price for the increase in the minimum wage.

"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.

Isn't that a pretty low price to pay for a little more fairness in the woprkplace?

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canadians-dont-know-how-to-vacation/article38179803/


What really happens to old clothes dropped in those in-store recycling bins

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/clothes-recycling-marketplace-1.4493490


Loblaw, George Weston Ltd. Say Grocers Fixed Bread Prices For 10 Years

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/12/19/loblaw-george-weston-ltd-say-grocers-fixed-bread-prices-for-10-years_a_23312305/?utm_hp_ref=ca-news



Food




Transportation

Look both ways
For pedestrians to be safe, we can't assume that streets are inherently for cars

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/walking-shouldnt-be-life-threatening-even-for-phonezombies/article37668637/

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/pedestrian-deaths-wont-end-by-pandering-to-cars-and-drivers/article38273351/




Health & Safety

'Somebody died because of that': Canada's mentally ill allowed to own, buy guns

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/gun-license-suicide-mental-health-1.4493326

Removing warning labels from Yukon liquor is shameful

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/removing-warning-labels-on-yukon-liquor-is-shameful/article37459759/

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.


Environment




Social Policy

Canada must rethink health spending strategy

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/new-study-says-canada-must-rethink-health-spending-strategy/article37679063/

Social networks are creating a global crisis of democracy

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/niall-ferguson-social-networks-and-the-global-crisis-of-democracy/article37665172/

It’s time to put ‘public’ back into government services

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/its-time-to-put-public-back-into-government-services/article37658260/



Culture & Heritage



Economy

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/oxfam-davos-world-economic-forum-wealth-inequality-1.4497829

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/oxfam-davos-world-economic-forum-wealth-inequality-1.4497829

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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bank-of-canada-minimum-wage-1.4469912

The headlines often feature the job loss angle - while the article is often balanced??