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The Family of the CIA Operative Released in US-Cuba Prisoner Swap Has No Idea Where He Is

Posted December 20, 2014 by Anonymous

The Family of the CIA Operative Released in US-Cuba Prisoner Swap Has No Idea Where He Is

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Michael Harris REALLY Doesn’t Like Peter Mansbridge

Posted December 19, 2014 by Simon

As I said in my last post, I wasn’t impressed with the way Peter Mansbridge handled his year end interview with Stephen Harper.

I thought he stroked Great Crazy Leader with a feather, and failed to challenge his many lies, or ask the follow up questions that needed to be asked.

So the whole thing looked more like a cozy chat than an interview.

But I see that Michael Harris was even less impressed.
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Review: Murder of a Cat

Posted December 17, 2014 by Anonymous

  Synopsis: A goofy anti-social guy investigates the mystery surrounding the  murder of his cat.      Slapstick comedies tend to fall short of expectations usually. Murder of a Cat…

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Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

Posted December 17, 2014 by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Popular posts and community favorites, published in 2014.

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Review: Pioneer

Posted December 16, 2014 by Anonymous

  Synopsis: A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980’s Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads…

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My day behind blog!

Posted December 12, 2014 by Jennifer A. Jilks

All teachers in Ontario must keep a Day Book. Some principals used to make us fill in our day books for a week at a time, and would spot check them. This helps if you suddenly had an absence, and the occasional teacher could more easily fill in. A go…

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Top Five: Chris Rocks Witty, Crowd Pleasing Latest is Worth Seeing!

Posted December 12, 2014 by Kenny Miles

  Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded…

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Exodus Gods & Kings: The Impressive Epic Scope Is Safe for Christians, General Audiences

Posted December 12, 2014 by Kenny Miles

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire….

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Supreme Court’s Privacy Streak Comes To End: Split Court Affirms Legality of Warrantless Phone Searches Incident to Arrest

Posted December 11, 2014 by Michael Geist

The Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in R. v. Fearon today, a case involving the legality of a warrantless cellphone search by police during an arrest. Given the court’s strong endorsement of privacy in recent cases such as Spencer, Vu, and Telus, this seemed like a slam dunk. Moreover, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Riley, which addressed similar issues and ruled that a warrant is needed to search a phone, further suggested that the court would continue its streak of pro-privacy decisions.

To the surprise of many, a divided court upheld the ability of police to search cellphones without a warrant incident to an arrest. The majority established some conditions, but ultimately ruled that it could navigate the privacy balance by establishing some safeguards with the practice. A strongly worded dissent disagreed, noting the privacy implications of access to cellphones and the need for judicial pre-authorization as the best method of addressing the privacy implications.

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What does it mean, to blog with an “authentic” voice ?

Posted December 11, 2014 by andrea tomkins

Watch out! I’m feeling introspective today! I was in a meeting last week, sort of a consulting thing. There were five of us around the table. We were talking about blogging, and reaching blog readers, when one of the people in the meeting turned to me and asked: “Why do you think people read YOUR blog?” […]

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The editor’s letter

Posted December 10, 2014 by andrea tomkins

One of the things I do in my role as editor of Capital Parent Newspaper is write an editor’s letter in every issue. It can always be found in its regular spot on page two. When I first came on board two years ago it was up to me whether I wanted to include something […]

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Too Little, Too Late?: Access Copyright Finally Acknowledges the Reduced Value of Its Licence

Posted December 10, 2014 by Michael Geist

Access Copyright announced a shift in its licensing approach for universities and colleges yesterday, unveiling what it described as “new market-focused services.” Access Copyright CEO Roanie Levy is quoted as saying “we recognize the advances many institutions have made on content dissemination and the centralized management of copyright. We hear you. We are changing.” Indeed, the copyright collective has changed its tune in some important ways.

Less than three years ago, Access Copyright believed that institutions simply could not opt-out of its licence, claiming that an opt-out would amount to “an absolute ban on all copying” since the only possible way to legally copy materials was to pay the collective. Over the past three years, Access Copyright has been proven wrong. The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed all of its key legal arguments in a massive defeat, the government expanded fair dealing with the inclusion of education, universities opted-out of the Access Copyright licence in droves, and dozens adopted fair dealing policies that called into question whether there was much value in the licence at all.

While Access Copyright is still suing York University (more about that below), the collective appears to recognize that the education sector has alternatives, including the enormous expenditures on site licences, open access publishing, fair dealing, public domain works, and individual licences for works not otherwise available. In other words, Access Copyright is an option, not a requirement, and the collective must prove value that extends beyond extolling the size of its repertoire. Rather, it must demonstrate that it offers value for money in an environment where the Supreme Court has emphasized the importance of users’ rights and adopted a liberal, flexible approach to fair dealing.

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DVD Review: The November Man

Posted December 9, 2014 by Anonymous

  Synopsis: An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA…

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 92

Posted December 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

O.K. boys and girls, it’s time for another edition of “Let’s Get Things Back Into #Perspective Here!” (God I love that word!) Since regular readers know that I live in a constant state of confusion about what’s going on in the world, they will also know that I attempt to set things straight every now […]

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Canada – European Union Data Sharing Agreement Sent to EU Court of Justice for Review

Posted December 3, 2014 by Michael Geist

Earlier this year, Canada and the European Union announced that they had reached agreement on sharing airline passenger name record data. The data shared includes names, addresses, and credit card numbers of airline passengers. The agreement was signed in June (video of the signing here), but approval from the European Parliament was required. In light of growing privacy concerns, that approval has proven more difficult to obtain than previously anticipated.

Rather than simply grant approval, the European Parliament has narrowly voted to send the agreement to the European Court of Justice for review to ensure that it is compliant with European law including EU treaties and the European Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the final vote was 383 to 271 with 47 abstentions). The resolution notes that the European Data Protection Supervisor (effectively the Privacy Commissioner for the EU) issued an opinion in September 2013 that questioned the necessity and proportionality of agreements to transfer passenger information between jurisdictions. The EDPS opinion features an extensive review of the agreement and raises pointed questions about specific provisions along with numerous recommendations for reform.

The decision means that the Canada – EU data sharing agreement will be delayed by at least one to three years while the court conducts its review. The review will raise several important privacy issues including the effectiveness of exchanging passenger information in combating terrorism and the state of Canadian privacy law. The European Court of Justice has already struck down the European Data Retention Directive, suggesting that this agreement could also face tough scrutiny.

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Get out of town!

Posted December 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Now, over the past few days we have looked at an American Democrat with Republican leanings, and an American Republican who likes the Democrats. How about somebody who doesn’t like either? By Lance Freeman Americans, I have some bad news for you: You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by […]

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Books 26, 27 and 28

Posted December 2, 2014 by James Bow

While I consider myself a fiction writer first and foremost, it still gives me great pleasure to announce that my twenty-third, twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth non-fiction book for kids arrived in my hands earlier this week. These three books, part…

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The Price of Admission to the TPP Talks Revealed: U.S. Demanded Canada Pass Anti-Counterfeiting Legislation

Posted November 28, 2014 by Michael Geist

In the years leading up to Canada’s entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, there was considerable speculation about demands imposed by the U.S. For example, I wrote in 2012 about two reported demands: that Canada was stuck with any chapters concluded before entry and that it would not have any veto authority. This meant that if all other countries agreed on a particular provision, Canada would be required to accept it.

Yesterday, Industry Minister James Moore provided the first official confirmation of at least one other condition of admission to the talks: anti-counterfeiting legislation. Bill C-8, the anti-counterfeiting bill that focuses on providing new border measures provisions such as enhanced search and seizure powers for customs agents without court oversight, is really a bill about satisfying U.S. demands for TPP entry. According to Moore:

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Canada: The Eternal Rebuilding Project

Posted November 19, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Personal relationships enrich us, work makes us feel useful, and goals give us purpose via Lecture 1 – Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio. Adrienne Clarkson speaks in this Massey Lecture about belonging. The first peoples were here first. They established a sense of this land. Europeans came […]

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Reader’s Diary #1089- Laura Legge: Tukisiviit?

Posted November 17, 2014 by John Mutford

 I have to admit, I got preoccupied with politics and ethics while reading Laura Legge’s “Tukisiviit?”Written by a white woman but told from the point of view of an Inuk teenager, I’m not the first to question if this was appropriate. (Unlike the …

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Winter is Coming

Posted November 12, 2014 by James Bow

There’s a nip in the air. Are you ready? To get you in the mood, here’s a video of people who had to deal with some real snow……

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Saturday Morning Confusion About Privacy #76

Posted November 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Facial recognition technology is used to screen people at the Statue of Liberty in New York. The U.S. government pumped millions of dollars into the development of facial recognition technology after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (Chip East/Reuters) Dear Readers: If anybody is still confused about how much the government is prying into your private […]

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On a Life Turned Somewhat Upside Down

Posted November 1, 2014 by James Bow

As you can tell, it’s been a while since I last updated this blog. I suspect I’m going to have to rethink how I address my blog, since most of my social media interaction has been on Facebook and…

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Exclusive photo’s of Jian Ghomeshi on a date!

Posted October 31, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Once again, ya saw it here first! After a great amount of trouble and expense, the Perspective Naked News staff , a branch of the Perspective Research Department, has managed to obtain this clip of Jian Ghomeshi on a recent date with one of the women now accusing him of assault. As you […]

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Trapped in Parliament with a Gunman

Posted October 30, 2014 by Anonymous

Trapped in Parliament with a Gunman

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Canadian Actress Come Forward As Vicitim Of Jian Ghomeshi

Posted October 30, 2014 by Anonymous

The Jian Ghomeshi saga continues, but this time a Canadian actress has agreed to step forward and go public with her story. In an article published by The Toronto Star Wednesday evening, actress Lucy DeCoutere alleges that back in 2003, Ghomeshi […]

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This Woman Was Awarded $685,737 After Learning Her Boyfriend Was an Undercover Cop Sent to Spy on Her

Posted October 29, 2014 by Anonymous

This Woman Was Awarded $685,737 After Learning Her Boyfriend Was an Undercover Cop Sent to Spy on Her

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The Gohmeshi Saga: Stop Victimizing The Victims

Posted October 29, 2014 by Guest Author

“There’s no place for the state in the bedroom of the nation.” Pierre Elliot Trudeau is famously quoted as saying that it’s none of government’s BI business what kind of sex people enjoy and with whom they enjoy it. Somehow […]

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Man Finds Out He’s A Dad On Facebook… 2 Years Too Late

Posted October 29, 2014 by Anonymous

Look, I get it. Social media is great, especially Facebook who is like the mothership of online communication. It has connected people in unimaginable ways, but sometimes nothing beats some good ol’ face-to-face, person-to-person interaction. As this Oklahoma man might […]

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Why Aruba Is A Great Choice For Your Next Family Vacation

Posted October 29, 2014 by Guest Author

Our family loves to travel. BK (that’s before kids) my hubby and I travelled across Europe, to many exciting US cities (usually with the plan of seeing a major league baseball game) and to any sunny destination we could find. […]

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New Islamic State Video Shows Hostage John Cantlie Allegedly Reporting from the Ground in Kobane

Posted October 28, 2014 by Anonymous

New Islamic State Video Shows Hostage John Cantlie Allegedly Reporting from the Ground in Kobane

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