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Alberta Diary: Is there any benefit for Albertans in a criminal prosecution of Alison Redford? Not really

Posted July 31, 2014 by David Climenhaga

Alison Redford, in days past, somewhere in the skies over Alberta. OK, I never said I was a master of Photoshop! Below: Disgraced Canadian Senator Mike Duffy, Alberta Tory leadership frontrunner Jim Prentice, leadership candidate and former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk.

Will Alberta benefit from a police investigation of Alison Redford’s use of the government’s small fleet of passenger aircraft?

Not really.

Here’s why: Notwithstanding the hyperbole from a number of elected officials of more than one political persuasion, not to mention the opinions of numerous columnists, bloggers and Twitterers, a trial, let alone a conviction, is extremely unlikely.

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Africa

33 dead after stampede at rap concert on beach in Guinea’s capital

Posted July 31, 2014 by Associated Press

CONAKRY, Guinea — Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday. The victims included children as […]

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Crime

Three dead, deputies wounded after angry husband ‘just went wild’ in North Carolina

Posted July 31, 2014 by Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — An angry husband sprayed his father-in-law’s house with bullets from two 30-round magazines, killing two people, after his wife ran to the home during an argument Wednesday. The man later exchanged gunfire with authorities and died of a […]

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General

Pipe break puts 20 million gallons of water down the drain during California drought

Posted July 30, 2014 by Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a five-metre hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities […]

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General

The Canadian Progressive: American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” (VIDEO)

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

“A slaughter of innocents,” Henry Siegman, an American Jewish leader and leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, says of Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza.

The post American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” (VIDEO) appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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General

An Inside Look At How Two Authors Collaborated To Write A Book

Posted July 30, 2014 by Ria Misra

Every author collaboration is its own little kingdom, complete with its own set of rules, protocols, and practices. Here’s a look at how Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong collaborated to write the Blackwell Pages trilogy.Read more…

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Endangered Species

Increased poaching of rhinos and elephants sparks crackdown on traffickers

Posted July 30, 2014 by Douglas Quan

The poaching of rhinos and elephants is reaching crisis levels and going after people trafficking their parts is now the priority for American wildlife investigators, officials said Wednesday, in the wake of an announcement that a Canadian had been charged […]

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General

Watch Rob Ford go for a low-speed, high-caffeine coffee run with deadmau5

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

We won’t go into too much detail about the video below, which features Toronto mayor Rob Ford sitting in the passenger seat of DJ deadmau5’s custom-wrapped Ferrari (which he has dubbed the Purrari, since it’s emblazoned with a gigantic nyan […]

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General

Mermaid Academy Is The Only School We Need

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

Who needs to go to Harvard or Yale when you can graduate from mermaid school? Yeah, you read that right. There’s a school in the Philippines that teaches a course in being a mermaid. Have my wildest dreams finally come true? The Philippines Mermaid Academy is taking on the tough task of teaching people the […]

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General

The Damned Review: Beware of Bogota

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

    The film follows American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli), widowed from his Colombian-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Sophia Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage…

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General

Leonardo DiCaprio Is The Meme Of The Summer

Posted July 30, 2014 by Melody

Leonardo DiCaprio is just like us! He does weird dances at music festivals, practices his karate kicks on yachts and even runs around with water guns because, hey, that’s what summers are for, right? And yes, all of the above have since gone viral on the interwebs, but the latest one, the one involving a […]

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General

This Video of Vin Diesel Singing ‘Stay With Me’ Is The Best Thing You’ll See All Day. Guaranteed.

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

There are certain things that we easily associate with Vin Diesel. Big muscles. Fast cars. Aviator sunglasses. Fighting. A shiny bald head. Beating the crap out of people. You know, the usual macho/tough guy type of stuff. But serenading a stranger with the most tortured ballad of the year? Hmm, not so much. Yet that’s […]

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General

Toronto city council candidate James Sears promotes online ‘spanking’ game against female rival

Posted July 30, 2014 by Ishmael N. Daro

A Toronto political candidate has released an online game that encourages people to “spank” a partially nude cartoon version of councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. The interactive animation is available on the website of James Sears, who has registered as a candidate in Ward 32 running on a platform of cutting spending, as well as other promises including: removing fluoride from the drinking water; ending subsidies to events that “polarize the community” or “promote non-Christian values”; limiting the number of handicapped vehicle permits; and regularly drug testing all councillors and city officials.

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General

OMG YOU GUYS: 5 Seconds Of Summer Are Going On Tour, Again!!

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

It may only be Wednesday, but 5 Seconds of Summer are already having, like, the best week EVER! First, the Aussie heartthrobs learned that their self-titled debut album topped the sales charts in both Canada and the U.S., selling over 259,000 copies in the U.S. and giving them the third-biggest Billboard chart debut of the […]

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Canada

IDC reports global smartphone shipments in Q2 topped a record 295 million units

Posted July 30, 2014 by Ian Hardy

Research firm IDC has released its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone report for Q2 2014, noting smartphone shipments rose 23.1% over last year to a record of 295.3 million units, a 2.6% boost from Q1. The “ongoing demand for mobile computing and an abundance of low-cost smartphones” helped Samsung keep its lead as top mobile manufacturer. However, everything is

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General

Maroon 5 Find The One in Their New Song

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

You would think after getting married, Adam Levine would want to take a break and enjoy his new wife? Nope. Adam and his band Maroon 5 are eager to dominate the airwaves with their new song It Was Always You. The band continues with their electro-pop sound introduced in their other song Maps, by incorporating […]

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General

Lana Del Ray Has A Haunting White Wedding In Ultraviolence Video

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

Just a couple of months after performing at the wedding of the year, Lana Del Rey has a stripped down wedding of her own in the new video for Ultraviolence. After teasing the video earlier this week, our favourite tortured songstress dropped the video for her album’s title track online today and it’s everything you […]

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General

A Second By Second Review of O-Town’s Skydive Music Video

Posted July 30, 2014 by Jessica F

O-Town week continues! Are we getting you all turnt up for the album release on Sunday? I’ll presume you are all saying, “Heck yes!” Their first music video in a billion years came out in and it shot to the top of the Much Countdown. Well not quite, but maybe soon. The video for the […]

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General

Pretty Little Liars Star Lucy Hale Learns to ‘Lie A Little Better’ In New Video

Posted July 30, 2014 by Allison

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has released the second single from her debut album The Road Between with her upbeat country track Lie A Little Better. The actress used the iconic Grand Old Opry as the backdrop for the performance video, which features Hale rocking out on stage and having fun with her band […]

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General

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom get into a Brawl

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

In a lifetime there are a few fights that truly shake the world. Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman, Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley II, Red Viper vs. the Mountain, and Peter Griffin vs. the chicken are just a few. But now there is a new fight that has everyone talking. It’s all about Bloom vs. […]

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General

Nick Jonas Proves He’s Not a Jo-Bro Anymore With ‘Chains’ Video

Posted July 30, 2014 by Allison

Nick Jonas is breaking free of his past as a Jonas Brother with his latest music video for Chains. The new single marks a rebirth of the former Disney star, who is upping the sexy factor with both his lyrics and video. We totally noticed, Nick. And we like what we see. Exactly how far […]

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General

The Madonna/Miley Collabo Is Happening, Probably

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

Looks like the musical hook-up you’ve been waiting for (or possibly dreading) is finally happening. Let’s connect the Instagram dots, shall we. First, Madonna posted a pic of the lyrics to a new song that might be called Rebel Heart. More interesting than the actual lyrics is who she tagged (then un-tagged) in the post: […]

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General

Janelle Monae Starts Our Kind of Sorority in Electric Lady Video

Posted July 30, 2014 by Jessica F

Put down your physics textbook, grab your girlies and stock up on red cups because Janelle Monae is hosting a sorority party. Janelle dropped a video for her incredibly catchy song Electric Lady set at the chillest, pinkest party for her make believe sorority Electa Phi Betas. Or as her mom mistakenly calls them, the […]

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General

Kiesza Takes Her Performance To The Streets On Kimmel

Posted July 30, 2014 by Melody

Kiesza is clearly a pro at performing on the streets by now, as seen in her hit music video for Hideaway and her latest performance on the Late Show With Letterman. Now watch again as she performs her popular song on the streets of L.A. on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Starting off her performance by getting […]

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General

Wiz Khalifa Brings His Musical Influence To Toronto

Posted July 30, 2014 by Melody

Rapper Wiz Khalifa brought his Under The Influence Of Music Tour to Toronto last night and we were there to capture it all for you! Joined by a long list of tour mates, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan, Khalifa closed the show with an amazing headlining set filled with influences of all […]

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General

Taylor Swift To Perform At The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Posted July 30, 2014 by Melody

We’re less than a month away from the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and the list of performers just got better with the addition of pop star Taylor Swift! The artist will join Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds Of Summer in Inglewood, California on August 24 and one can only hope and pray that […]

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General

Alvvays Want To Get Married In Their New Music Video

Posted July 30, 2014 by Melody

We recently listed Toronto band Alvvays’ self-titled debut as one of our essential albums for the summer and now we have even further proof why this indie-pop outfit needs to be on your playlist ASAP. Archie, Marry Me is arguably one of the best songs of the year with its over-the-top romanticism and sing-along chorus, […]

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General

Rise Against Gets Close To Jay-Z With Made In America Fest

Posted July 30, 2014 by Jessica F

Punk band Rise Against are sitting quite high on the bill for Jay-Z’s Made In America festival in Los Angeles at the end of August. And if what the fest’s website reports is indeed true, Jay-Z hand picks all of the acts himself. So when Tim McIlrath from Rise Against came through Much earlier this […]

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General

Allison Williams Is Cast As Peter Pan For Live TV

Posted July 30, 2014 by Jessica F

Girls star Allison Williams has been cast as Peter Pan in NBC’s live musical performance airing on December 4. She will be starring alongside Christopher Walken who has been cast as Captain “effin” Hook. Both of these things are amazing. In case this sounds crazy to you, it actually isn’t uncommon for a woman to […]

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General

We’re Crushing On Shawn Mendes And His ‘Show You’ Video

Posted July 30, 2014 by Allison

We haven’t exactly been keeping our feelings for teen singer Shawn Mendes a secret. We listed ten reasons why we’re obsessed with the rising star. We named him one of our five Canadian artists that are about to explode. We know that Shawn is cute as a button and posts hilarious Vine videos to his […]

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Copyright

The Battle Over Tariff 8, Part 2: The Recording Industry’s Surprising Opposition to Songwriter, Composer and Music Publisher Streaming Royalties

Posted July 30, 2014 by Michael Geist

Yesterday I posted on the battle over Tariff 8, the Copyright Board of Canada’s new tariff for digital music streaming services that the media has suggested could open the door to popular foreign services migrating to Canada. Despite the initial excitement, the Canadian recording industry, led by Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association) has taken aim at the decision, which its President Graham Henderson argues:

will further imperil artists’ livelihoods, and threatens to rob them of the fruits of their labour in the new digital marketplace. And it will further undermine the business environment, undercutting the ability of labels and other music companies to make future investments in Canadian talent.

As noted in the post, Re:Sound, the collective responsible for the tariff, has filed for judicial review of the decision and Music Canada is urging its supporters to “like” its Facebook protest page, which it says will help win the fight.

There are two things that make the campaign against the decision particularly striking: the industry’s failure to mention to that Tariff 8 is only one of several payments made for music streaming and its opposition to those other payments.

The post The Battle Over Tariff 8, Part 2: The Recording Industry’s Surprising Opposition to Songwriter, Composer and Music Publisher Streaming Royalties appeared first on Michael Geist.

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General

Your morning chatter

Posted July 30, 2014 by macleans.ca

The Palestinian death toll tops 1,270

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General

Pussy Riot Is Suing the Russian Government at the European Court of Human Rights

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

Pussy Riot Is Suing the Russian Government at the European Court of Human Rights

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CBC

Air Redford’s airborne ghost riders will be the death of Alberta’s Tories

Posted July 30, 2014 by djclimenhaga

Those ghost riders on Alison Redford’s government flights aren’t going to go away. They will be the death of the party she led to government in 2012.
As Tattoo used to cry from the bell tower in the creepy Fantasy Island TV series: “De plane! De…

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Family

4 Budget-Friendly Eats in Kitsilano

Posted July 29, 2014 by Lisa

Have house prices in Kitsilano made you re-consider your monthly budget plan? Is your landlord about to give you the yearly rent increase notice? Already taken that splurge-worthy vacay? Perhaps it’s time to start saving some cash. Try one of these 4 budget-friendly restaurants in Kitsilano for your next bite, without…
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General

The Satanic Temple Wants to Use Hobby Lobby Against ‘Informed Consent’ Abortion Laws

Posted July 29, 2014 by Anonymous

The Satanic Temple Wants to Use Hobby Lobby Against ‘Informed Consent’ Abortion Laws

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Events

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Kitsilano Showboat

Posted July 28, 2014 by Anonymous

A little cheesy, a little magical, Kitsilano Showboat still has what it takes to draw a crowd after 78 years of entertaining guests. You’re probably aware of the fact that Kits Showboat performances are free and take place four times a week (7pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) weather permitting,…
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General

Crumbling CETA?: The Investor-State Dispute Settlement Rules Threaten to Take Down the Canada – EU Trade Agreement

Posted July 28, 2014 by Michael Geist

On September 12, 2011, the Council of the European Union issued a 20-page press release that provided updates on the 3109th Council meeting. On page 13, there was single sentence on EU trade policy:

The Council authorised the Commission, on behalf of the EU, to open negotiations on investment with Canada, India, and Singapore within the framework of the ongoing bilateral negotiations with these countries on trade liberalisation.

The Canada – EU trade negotiations had started several years earlier and the late addition of investment did not attract significant attention at the time (the major focus was on the divide over intellectual property and procurement issues). Yet months after Canada and the EU announced that they had reached agreement on CETA, it is the investment provisions, particularly the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) rules, that could seemingly derail the entire agreement.

The post Crumbling CETA?: The Investor-State Dispute Settlement Rules Threaten to Take Down the Canada – EU Trade Agreement appeared first on Michael Geist.

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General

The Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Will Last Until at Least Mid-Fall

Posted July 28, 2014 by Fruzsina Eördögh

The Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Will Last Until at Least Mid-Fall

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