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Gazans Ordered to Evacuate Ask: ‘Where Are We Supposed to Go?’

Posted July 22, 2014 by Anonymous

Gazans Ordered to Evacuate Ask: ‘Where Are We Supposed to Go?’

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Canada

Researchers unlock genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia

Posted July 22, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Researchers pinpoint genetic variations in people with schizophrenia

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Your morning chatter

Posted July 22, 2014 by macleans.ca

UK leads the charge for tougher Russia sanctions

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Raising Beef Uses 28 Times More Land Than Other Meats

Posted July 22, 2014 by Anonymous

Raising Beef Uses 28 Times More Land Than Other Meats

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California fruit recalled due to possible Listeria

Posted July 22, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Peaches, plums, nectarinees and pluots taken off shelves

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Calgary

Calgary mass murder suspect to appear in court

Posted July 22, 2014 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY — A man accused in Calgary’s worst mass murder is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday after months in custody. Matthew de Grood was arrested in April and charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of five young people […]

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Africa

Hometown of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls under siege, at least 11 parents dead

Posted July 22, 2014 by Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria — About a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have […]

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Europe

Train carrying bodies of Flight 17 victims arrives in Kyiv-controlled Kharkiv

Posted July 22, 2014 by Associated Press

KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Wednesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives […]

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Africa

Gaza fighting rages as death toll climbs and truce efforts continue (video)

Posted July 22, 2014 by Associated Press

JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defence official said Tuesday as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the coastal strip and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two […]

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Biology

Discovery by schizophrenia researchers provides hope in battle against the mental illness

Posted July 22, 2014 by The Canadian Press

By Sheryl Ubelacker TORONTO — Little is known about the causes of schizophrenia, but an international consortium of researchers has made a significant discovery about its genetic underpinnings that should improve understanding of this devastating mental illness. Scientists from around […]

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Canada

The RCMP, the C8 and Moncton: The Commissioner responds

Posted July 21, 2014 by Charlie Gillis

Top Mountie Bob Paulson sends email to members about Maclean’s article on arming RCMP

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Canada

High cost of travel discouraging Canadians: survey

Posted July 21, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Only seven per cent are travelling overseas this summer

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Ibogaine, the Hallucinogenic Heroin Treatment, Is on Its Way to Afghanistan

Posted July 21, 2014 by Anonymous

Ibogaine, the Hallucinogenic Heroin Treatment, Is on Its Way to Afghanistan

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Canada

Alleged Loretta Saunders killers face hearing

Posted July 21, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Blake Leggette and Victoria Henneberry charged with murder

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CN freight collision in Wisconsin prompts evacuations

Posted July 21, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Two crew injured, locomotives and 10 cars derail

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The Painstaking Forensics of a Plane Crash Investigation

Posted July 20, 2014 by Brian Anderson

The Painstaking Forensics of a Plane Crash Investigation

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Events

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

Posted July 18, 2014 by Anonymous

What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano. The properties include a heritage home, a townhouse with stunning views and a one-bedroom condo. 3…
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Leonardo DiCaprio May Not Have an Oscar, But He’s Considered the Smartest Celebrity on Twitter

Posted July 18, 2014 by Anonymous

Who needs an Oscar when you can be the smartest celebrity on Twitter? According to a study done by Time Magazine, the Wolf of Wall Street actor is considered the smartest celebrity on the social media site. The magazine deduced that Leo tweets at almost an 8th grade level. That may seem embarrassing, but according […]

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14 Ways Clueless Influenced a Generation

Posted July 18, 2014 by Anonymous

It was 19 years ago today that Clueless premiered and forever changed a generation. Writer and Director Amy Heckerling introduced the world to the privileged lives of Bronson Alcott High’s most popular students and made us fall in love with the lovable and stylish Cher Horowitz. Cher was the best friend we wish we had. […]

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Zach Braff Dares To Celebrate The Ordinary in ‘Wish I Was Here’

Posted July 18, 2014 by Allison

In 2004, actor Zach Braff released his directorial debut Garden State and subsequently became one of Hollywood’s most polarizing actors. His years on the cult-classic series Scrubs seemed to all but disappear from memory, with viewers now only judging Braff’s work and worth as an actor on whether they loved or hated Garden State (the […]

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Dismembered Body Found in Mexico Is Missing US Traveler Harry Devert

Posted July 18, 2014 by Anonymous

Dismembered Body Found in Mexico Is Missing US Traveler Harry Devert

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The Second Wave of Teen Choice Nominees are Here

Posted July 18, 2014 by Anonymous

You know it’s officially summer when the Teen Choice Awards air. And we are one step closer to the unofficial party of the summer. The second wave of nominees for the teen-voted award show is here. The Teen Choice Awards are probably the only award show that honours the best in television, movies, and music. […]

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Events

What To Do This Weekend in Kits

Posted July 18, 2014 by Anonymous

Summer Kitsilano is packed with events and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the action. Without further ado, here are 7 fun things to do this weekend in Kits: Thank you to the Kitsilano Dairy Queen for supporting the Kitsilano.ca community by sponsoring our events guide….
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Weird Al Continues to Rule the Internet with Iggy Azalea Cover

Posted July 18, 2014 by Allison

In what’s already been a long and successful career, Weird Al may be having the best eight days of his professional life. The brilliant musician released his 14th studio album Mandatory Fun on Tuesday and has been busy with his #8videos8days challenge, which consists of the comedian releasing one new video from his album every […]

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Conan Is Serious About Winning An Emmy for Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda

Posted July 18, 2014 by Allison

Conan O’Brien is ready to make the jump from talk show host to serious actor and is doing so with a small part in SyFy’s upcoming film Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda. The famous comedian is so intent on having his work recognized that he’s rented a 60 foot billboard in downtown Los Angeles, calling for attention […]

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Copyright

Notice the Difference: Canada’s Internet Provider Notice-and-Notice Rules and the TPP

Posted July 18, 2014 by Michael Geist

Last week, negotiators from around the world gathered in Ottawa for negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. I was fortunate to be asked to meet with many of the intellectual property negotiators as part of a side session sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the copyright implications of the agreement.  EFF’s Jeremy Malcolm and Maira Sutton write about the event here, which also included Howard Knopf and Open Media’s Reilly Yeo.

My presentation
, embedded below, focused on the Canadian notice-and-notice rules for Internet service provider liability. The government recently announced that notice-and-notice will take effect in January 2015. I explained the background of the Canadian approach, how it differs from the U.S. notice-and-takedown system, and how experience demonstrates its effectiveness.

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Is “Brooklyn Girls” The Next “California Gurls” or “Friday”?

Posted July 17, 2014 by Anonymous

Has someone finally made a proper counterpart to Katy Perry’s California Gurls? Meet Catey Shaw. She’s the latest pop singer to go viral with her music video Brooklyn Girls. The video and single are an ode to the popular New York borough. The indie-pop song is catchy and the video showcases the best of Brooklyn; […]

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Britney Spears Dines and Dashes, But Makes Up For It In The Best Way Possible

Posted July 17, 2014 by Anonymous

This is the story of a girl named Britney Spears who stiffed her lunch bill. Oops … After dealing with the nasty press from the leaked un-autotuned Alien track, Britney decided to enjoy a quiet lunch date with her boyfriend David Lucado. Britney and David looked cheery as they left The Cheesecake Factory on Sunday […]

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Yak & Yeti Nepalese Bistro Now Open in Kitsilano

Posted July 17, 2014 by Anonymous

If you’ve been hunting for yak dumplings in Kitsilano, the search is over. You can find them at Yak & Yeti Bistro, the Nepalese restaurant now open at West 4th and Bayswater. Yak & Yeti opened in late 2013, but it hasn’t come across our radar until only recently. According…
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Events

Vancouver Says Okay to Craft Booze at Farmers Markets

Posted July 17, 2014 by Anonymous

As reported by BIV, City of Vancouver recently announced that it will roll out a one-season pilot program to allow the sale of craft liquor at Vancouver Farmers Markets including Kitsilano Farmers Market starting this summer. The program is effective i…

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The MTV VMA Nominations are here and Beyonce Slays the Competition

Posted July 17, 2014 by Anonymous

It’s that annual time of year where MTV honours the best in music videos and everyone vies for a silver moonman. MTV released the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards and they pretty much summarize summer 2014 so far. MTV showed that they are still hip by releasing the nominations via Snapchat. Beyonce proves […]

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Here’s A List of Ways We Don’t Want to See Archie Die

Posted July 17, 2014 by Allison

One of our other favourite redheads, beloved Archie from Archie Comics, has died this week. In the comic, which is available now, Archie heroically jumped in front of a bullet for his friend and openly-gay politician, Kevin Keller. First off, Archie Comics have really, really, really changed since we spent our summers ready the tiny […]

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Here’s What We Want From Drake and Adele’s New Albums

Posted July 16, 2014 by Allison

Adele and Drake have both sorta-kinda announced this week that new albums will be coming soon. Drake posted this image on his Instagram page yesterday with the caption ‘The next chapter #VFT6′, leading many to speculate that Drake was sharing the title to his fourth studio album. Adele gave fans hope earlier this year with […]

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15 Things We Learned From Zayn Malik’s Instagram

Posted July 16, 2014 by Anonymous

Big news in the One Direction fandom. Bad boy Zayn Malik made his Instagram public, and Directioners are going insane. Apparently Zayn has been using the photo sharing app for two years, but only now let fans into his private world. Zayn proves that he’s just like us with valencia-filtered selfies, and photos of food. […]

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Move Over Iron Man, There’s a New Superhero in Town

Posted July 16, 2014 by Anonymous

Who needs The Avengers or The Guardians of the Galaxy when we have Big Hero 6? Disney released the trailer for their new animated movie an it’s adorable. Following the success of Frozen Disney is choosing superheroes over fairy tales. The studio’s latest animated adventure is about robotics prodigy Hiro must work with his robot […]

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Weird Al Covers Lorde’s ‘Royal’s with ‘Foil’ Because Of Course

Posted July 16, 2014 by Allison

Let’s just say it – how weird would it be if Weird Al’s brand new album Mandatory Fun didn’t have a cover of Lorde’s Royals? An oversight like that could have taken Weird Al’s fourteenth studio disc from LOLZAMINUTE to WAITWHAT? Royals is already one of the most parodied songs in years (a quick YouTube […]

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Rogers Releases New Policy on Disclosing Subscriber Information: Come Back with a Warrant

Posted July 16, 2014 by Michael Geist

Rogers has updated its approach to responding to law enforcement requests for subscriber information to reflect last month’s Supreme Court of Canada Spencer decision. The company will now require a warrant for access to basic subscriber information (with the exception of life threatening emergencies), a policy that effectively kills the government’s Bill C-13 voluntary disclosure provisions. The government wants to provide full immunity for voluntary disclosure of personal information, but Canadian Internet providers and telecom companies are unlikely to provide such information without a court order given the recent decision. The Rogers update:

After hearing your concerns and reviewing the Supreme Court ruling from last month, we’ve decided that from now on we will require a court order/warrant to provide basic customer information to law enforcement agencies, except in life threatening emergencies. We believe this move is better for our customers and that law enforcement agencies will still be able to protect the public.

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Events

5 Places to Get Wet in Vancouver

Posted July 16, 2014 by Anonymous

When it comes to taking a dip in Vancouver, the obvious pick is the ocean. What are your other options? From Olympic-length, salt water swimming pools to aquamarine swimming holes hidden deep in the forest, here are 5 other fun ways to get wet in and a…

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CRTC Report Confirms Yet Again: Canadian Wireless Prices Among Most Expensive in G7

Posted July 15, 2014 by Michael Geist

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission yesterday released the latest Wall Communications Report comparing prices for wireline, wireless, and Internet services in Canada and with foreign countries. While some initial reports focused on the increased wireless pricing for light wireless users (150 minutes per month with no data or texting) that was attributed to the shift from three-year contracts to two-year contracts, the bigger story is that Canadian wireless pricing is ranked among the three most expensive countries in the G7 in every tier.

The report measures four different baskets of users and for every usage Canada is one of the three most expensive countries in the survey (other countries include the US, UK, France, Australia, Japan, Germany, and Italy).

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Copyright

Canadians That Access U.S. Netflix May Be in a Legal Grey Zone, But They Are Not Stealing

Posted July 14, 2014 by Michael Geist

Netflix is enormously popular in Canada with millions using the online video service. While the Canadian version of Netflix has improved the scope of available titles since it launched, there are still differences with the U.S. service, leading some subscribers to use virtual private networks to mask their address and access U.S. Netflix. Are those subscribers “stealing” something? The Globe and Mail’s Simon Houpt apparently thinks so.

This weekend he wrote a column titled Even the Content Creators are Stealing Content, which focused on content creators who unapologetically download television shows or use virtual private networks to access U.S. Netflix from Canada. Accessing the U.S. Netflix service is common in many countries including Canada (see stories on Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K.). Houpt argues that accessing the U.S. Netflix from Canada deprives creators of their fair share of earnings and make the creation of future shows less likely:

Paying for the Canadian service means your money goes to whoever holds the Canadian rights for the shows on Netflix. If you’re watching the U.S. service, the rights holders – that is, those who pay the creators to make the shows you’re actually watching – aren’t getting their fair share. That means they’re less likely to help get the next round of shows or movies green-lighted, making it harder for artists to get their projects off the ground.

Yet while the legal issues associated with accessing U.S. Netflix may be in a legal grey zone, the argument that creators are not paid seems wrong.

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