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Parents of extremists urged to come out of shadows and help fight radicalization

Posted October 24, 2014 by Douglas Quan

Your child has turned into a violent extremist, now what? Susan Bibeau, whose son Michael Zehaf-Bibeau terrorized the nation’s capital in an assault on Parliament Hill, said in a statement this week that she and her husband had “no explanation” […]

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Canada

Ottawa shooting: What we still don’t know three days later

Posted October 24, 2014 by Postmedia News

By Andrew Duffy “Possible shots fired.” This week’s response to the dramatic events in Ottawa began Wednesday at 9:52 a.m. with an all-too-familiar 911 call. It was followed, within a minute, by a dispatcher’s startling That ignited an unprecedented emergency […]

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Mosque in Cold Lake vandalized with spray-painted words ‘Go Home’

Posted October 24, 2014 by Canada.com

EDMONTON – Residents of Cold Lake are rallying around the city’s Muslim community after a mosque was vandalized Thursday night.

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Shooting reported at high school north of Seattle

Posted October 24, 2014 by Canada.com

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Police responded Friday to a high school north of Seattle following reports of a shooting.

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Birdman Soars as a Cinematic Triumph, Major Oscar Contender

Posted October 24, 2014 by Kenny Miles

  BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as…

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Ella Henderson Is Going To Be The Next Big Pop Star

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

Say hello to Ella Henderson! Some might recognize her as a contestant on the British version of The X Factor. She finished in sixth place, but she’s already number one on the UK charts. Following her success on the reality show, she signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Music. And as you know, Simon […]

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15 Songs From The ’90s Every Canadian Will Remember

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

There is a distinct difference between growing up in Canada and everywhere else in the ’90s. While we can all remember the hits by the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears or even Nirvana, only Canadians will look back fondly on acts like Moist or Love Inc. Back in the day, Much would spin those videos so […]

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Johnny Depp’s Sinister Wolf And More Into The Woods Scoop

Posted October 23, 2014 by Jessica F

Looking for a Christmas afternoon movie to go to with your family this year? We pick the beautiful and epic Into The Woods. The trailer has been out for a while now but now Entertainment Weekly has a look inside the filming of this year’s major fairy tale foray. As Emily Blunt says in this […]

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Canada

VIDEO: MPs get back to work

Posted October 23, 2014 by macleans.ca

The Hill deals with the aftermath of a shooting

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Friends

Louis C.K. Crashes Brad Pitt’s Between Two Ferns Interview

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

Zach Galifianakis strikes again. In his latest edition of his hilarious Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns, he interviews Fury star Brad Pitt. But of course, Galifianakis calls him Bradley Pitts and Bart Pit appears on the screen. That’s not all, though: Galifianakis also offers up the story of how he lost his virginity, […]

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The British 22-Year-Old Making His Name as an Online Jihadi Hunter

Posted October 23, 2014 by Ben Bryant,

The British 22-Year-Old Making His Name as an Online Jihadi Hunter

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Party With Cobra Starship And Icona Pop In ‘Never Been In Love’

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

This summer, Cobra Starship enlisted Swedish pop duo Icona Pop for their latest single Never Been In Love and now we have the fun new music video for the track! The video is what we assume a day off with the two acts would look like: running away from paparazzi and fans, exploring the cities […]

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Meet One Direction’s Newest Band Member, Eli!

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

One Direction are already packed with talent between its five members Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis, but the band has added a very important new member to the group: Eli! So yes, Eli is a chimp, but he will be making his debut in 1D tomorrow when the music video for Steal My Girl […]

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Hidden Gems: The Orlando You Never Knew

Posted October 23, 2014 by Anonymous

You can feel it can’t you? The breezy mornings and chilly nights. Winter is indeed coming to Canada and it seems to be coming early this year. After last year’s “Polar Vortex”, it’s not surprising that so many of us […]

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Happy Belated Birthday Kim Kardashian!

Posted October 22, 2014 by Anonymous

Shame on all of us for missing such a monumental day in history yesterday. Yesterday marked Kim Kardashian-West’s 34th year of life. Who knew 34 years ago that Kim would become of one the world’s biggest celebrities and fashion icons. From the early days of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, back whe Kim used to […]

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Tove Lo’s Destructive Night On The Dance Floor

Posted October 22, 2014 by Jessica F

Tove Lo is making our dance parties cool with her hit “Habits (Stay High)”. The Swedish singer is one of the biggest breakout pop stars of this year and will be hitting the road with Katy Perry in Australia in November. Apparently she also has three kidneys. The video for “Habits (Stay High)” is one […]

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Then And Now: S Club 7 Are Bringing It All Back

Posted October 22, 2014 by Melody

Today, beloved British group S Club 7 announced that they will be reuniting to perform for BBC’s Children In Need event. If you were a child of the ’90s, this is pretty big news. The seven-piece who brought us hits like S Club Party, Bring It All Back and Two In A Million became a […]

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The Apocalypse Is Finally Bigger Than Football

Posted October 22, 2014 by Brian Merchant

The Apocalypse Is Finally Bigger Than Football

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The Chechen Leader with a $5 Million Islamic State Bounty on His Head

Posted October 22, 2014 by Anonymous

The Chechen Leader with a $5 Million Islamic State Bounty on His Head

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A Divorced Father of Two from Ohio Is Fighting the Islamic State in Syria

Posted October 22, 2014 by Anonymous

A Divorced Father of Two from Ohio Is Fighting the Islamic State in Syria

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Australian Teen Runaway Reemerges in Online Islamic State Video

Posted October 21, 2014 by Anonymous

Australian Teen Runaway Reemerges in Online Islamic State Video

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The Expansion of Personal Information Disclosure Without Consent: Unpacking the Government’s Weak Response to Digital Privacy Act Concerns

Posted October 21, 2014 by Michael Geist

Bill S-4, the government’s Digital Privacy Act, was sent for review to the Industry Committee yesterday. The committee review, which comes before second reading, represents what is likely to be the last opportunity to fix a bill that was supposed to be a good news story for the government but has caused serious concern within the Canadian privacy community. While there are several concerns (I raised them in my appearance before the Senate committee that first studied the bill), the chief one involves the potential expansion of voluntary disclosure of personal information without consent or court oversight. Bill S-4 proposes that:

“an organization may disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual… if the disclosure is made to another organization and is reasonable for the purposes of investigating a breach of an agreement or a contravention of the laws of Canada or a province that has been, is being or is about to be committed and it is reasonable to expect that disclosure with the knowledge or consent of the individual would compromise the investigation;

Translate the legalese and you find that organizations will be permitted to disclose personal information without consent (and without a court order) to any organization that is investigating a contractual breach or possible violation of any law. This applies both past breaches or violations as well as potential future violations. Moreover, the disclosure occurs in secret without the knowledge of the affected person (who therefore cannot challenge the disclosure since they are not aware it is happening).

The government is clearly aware that this is a major concern as it attempted to answer the critics during debate over Bill S-4 in the House of Commons yesterday. Unfortunately, the responses were incredibly weak. I’ve identified at least six responses from government sources below.

The post The Expansion of Personal Information Disclosure Without Consent: Unpacking the Government’s Weak Response to Digital Privacy Act Concerns appeared first on Michael Geist.

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The US Is Airdropping Weapons to Anti–Islamic State Fighters in Kobane

Posted October 21, 2014 by Anonymous

The US Is Airdropping Weapons to Anti–Islamic State Fighters in Kobane

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A UN Report Says Iraq Is Torturing and Executing Innocent Citizens

Posted October 21, 2014 by Anonymous

A UN Report Says Iraq Is Torturing and Executing Innocent Citizens

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Dracula Untold: Or Should It Be?

Posted October 20, 2014 by Anonymous

    Almost an entire century after the world’s first cinematic introduction to Draculaplaced audiences under his haunting spell, the studio that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend’s most…

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Mass Graves Dot Hillsides Around Iguala as Search for Missing Mexican Students Continues

Posted October 20, 2014 by Anonymous

Mass Graves Dot Hillsides Around Iguala as Search for Missing Mexican Students Continues

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Allan's Perspective

Saturday Morning Confusion About Censorship!

Posted October 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: As you know, your often maligned reporter goes on rants and raves about stuff that seems grossly unfair, unjust, or just plain ridiculous. I have campaigned against the far left, far right, feminists, (especially the femi-nazi’s) special interest groups, animals lovers and vegetarians, bigots, racists, survivalists, cops, minorities, immigrants, liberals and conservatives, lobbyists, […]

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General

Perfect prescription sunglasses for adventure travel

Posted October 17, 2014 by Anonymous

It’s been an ongoing struggle for me over the years. Dave and I do a lot of adventure travel getting ourselves into dirty, dusty and grimy situations. Many times we’ll go for days without a shower or even being near running water. That doesn’t bother us too much though. Once you get over the uncomfortable feeling of sweat sticking to your clothes and dirt building up on your legs, you get used to it. The problem I have is having [...]

Read the original post Perfect prescription sunglasses for adventure travel on Adventure Travel blog for Couples | The Planet D.

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Children

Internet Savvy Men, Women, & Children Disconnected from Quality Filmmaking

Posted October 17, 2014 by Kenny Miles

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their…

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Bill Murray’s Performance Blesses St. Vincent

Posted October 17, 2014 by Kenny Miles

  Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but…

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Calgary

Great places to meet your neighbours in Calgary and shop at the same time!

Posted October 16, 2014 by mike

If you’ve ever chatted with me, read this blog or followed me on Twitter, it wouldn’t take you long to figure out that I’ve always loved supporting all the great and local businesses around Calgary.  Throughout every neighbourhood of this …
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#StreakWeek: Six things I know now know about streaking!

Posted October 16, 2014 by mike

This post is presented by Stanfields Streaking. If you told me I was going to spend an entire evening researching the origins of some people’s need for public nakedness, I would tell you this isn’t that kind of blog. But, …
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Canada

New TPP Leak: Canada Emerges as Leading Opponent of U.S. Intellectual Property Demands

Posted October 16, 2014 by Michael Geist

This morning Wikileaks released an updated leaked version of the draft Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter. The latest leak dates from May 2014 (the previous leak was current to August 2013. I assessed it in posts here, here, here, here and here). The 77-page document provides a detailed look at the proposed chapter, complete with country positions on each issue. While a comprehensive assessment of the chapter will take some time, the immediate takeaway is that the U.S. remains fairly isolated in its efforts to overhaul patent and copyright law around the world with Canada emerging as the leading opponent of its demands.

The post New TPP Leak: Canada Emerges as Leading Opponent of U.S. Intellectual Property Demands appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Nanny Caught On Camera Abusing Twins

Posted October 16, 2014 by Anonymous

A lot of us scoff at the idea of enlisting the help of a nanny cam. I personally (and maybe naïvely) would like to believe that I can trust the person I have hired as a nanny to take proper […]

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Review: Fury

Posted October 15, 2014 by Anonymous

  Synopsis: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on…

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Government Opens Door to Major Changes to Digital Privacy Bill

Posted October 15, 2014 by Michael Geist

While it was overshadowed by the headlines over potential copyright reform, Peter Van Loan, the government’s House leader, disclosed last week that the government is planning to send Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, to the Industry Committee for review prior to second reading. The bill, which has proven controversial due to a provision that expands the possibility of voluntary disclosure of subscriber information and relatively weak security breach disclosure rules, will be open to more significant reforms that previously thought possible (my remarks before the Senate committee can be found here). Under Parliamentary rules, referring a bill before second reading allows the committee to alter the scope of the bill.

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CBC

Media party collusion

Posted October 14, 2014 by JR

It really is a conspiracy after all, led by the CBC:

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How To Prepare For A Family Getaway Without Losing Your Mind

Posted October 14, 2014 by Guest Author

Before having kids, we travelled all the time. My husband and I loved visiting new cities and exploring new places. When our twin girls arrived we were all of a sudden limited – by time, energy, finances – and travelling […]

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CBC

Major networks collude in attempt to limit free speech

Posted October 11, 2014 by JR

Brian Lilley provides all we need to know about the latest Media Party attempt toa) smear the Harper governmentb) protect its candidate, Justin Trudeau, andc) limit free speech

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