Halong Bay, Vietnam: Two Days And A Night
Posted on 26 April 2015 | 2:00 pm
Raptors fall to Wizards in Game 4, bow out in a first-round sweep
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:13 am
B.C.'s Nepalese community frantically seeking news of family
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:58 am
Underground child porn trade moving toward youngest victims
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:48 am
Someone got Android Wear running on Samsung's Gear 2 watch
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Scanlan: The Senators were endearing, their comebacks enduring
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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:30 am
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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 5:58 am
EFF supports our notice-and-notice letter
We wrote a letter to Minister of Industry James Moore demanding that the legal loophole be closed. It is time to put an end to abusive copyright trolls. Speak out at https://OpenMedia.ca/shakedown
Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF
The notice and takedown provisions of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provide a streamlined way for copyright owners to remove material from the Internet. Now almost two decades after the law was passed, the DMCA takedown system has proved itself to be an utter disappointment. Users are frequently outraged by false takedown notices that are issued recklessly (such as the scattershot automated notices that Total Wipes Music Group recently sent targeting websites, including EFF's) or even maliciously (such as the use of takedowns to silence political speech).
Posted on 24 April 2015 | 10:25 pm
A Se'nnight of Steyn, April 20-26
Posted on 26 April 2015 | 2:00 pm
Rona Ambrose works to break silence on the Hill
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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:18 am
Feds Charged Ahead With Northern Gateway First Nations Consultation Despite Internal Doubts
The documents, requested by the Haisla Nation nearly four years ago, were released through Access to Information legislation recently and show the federal government was warned it wasn't fulfilling its duty to consult aboriginal peoples as required under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.
An Environment Canada email included in the documents contained a list of concerns regarding the consultation process, stating, "it is not clear that [the process] would meet the honour of the Crown duty."
The email also acknowledged "First Nations were not involved in the design of the consultation process" and that there was a "lack of clarity" concerning First Nations' rights and title.
Haisla Nation Chief Coun. Ellis Ross said he received the trove of documents with "mixed emotions."
"We're very satisfied to know the staff of Environment Canada agreed with us in terms of the inadequate process in place to address rights and title," Ross said. "But it's disappointing this information is in our hands now when we can't do anything with it legally or politically."
"But it does confirm what we've been saying all along about the process when it comes to rights and title is very inadequate. It doesn't even follow case law."
Under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution Act, the government is obligated to "recognize and affirm" First Nations rights, including the right to traditional land and cultural practices. The Crown has a "duty to consult" First Nations on any projects planned for traditional territory or projects that may affect aboriginal rights.
The National Energy Board conditionally approved the controversial 1,178 kilometre Northern Gateway pipeline in June 2013 despite broad opposition from First Nations and other British Columbians.
"Now we can see that Canada's own environment ministry agreed with us," Chief Fred Sam of Nak'azdli said.
"For years Nak'azdli and the Yinka Dene Alliance have said to Canada that its approach to consultation for the Enbridge proposal is seriously flawed," he said.
Eight First Nations including the Haisla, the Nak'azdli and Gitxaala Nations have launched a legal challenge against the pipeline on the basis of inadequate consultation.
Chris Tollefson, lawyer with the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre, said the lack of appropriate consultation was apparent from the moment the Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings for the Northern Gateway pipeline began.
"At the hearings I could see the frustration of the First Nations that were participating in terms of the inability of the process to deal with their constitutional rights and their issues," Tollefson told DeSmog Canada.
"The JRP in my view was never clear on what its role was in relation to consultation and that uncertainty, I think, will ensure that this issue is before the courts for some time. Because in the end that consultation, from my perspective, was never duly discharged."
When it comes to Section 35 of the Constitution, "the first principle is that First Nations have a right to be consulted on projects that would affect their rights or their title; in short, their livelihood and life and right to occupy traditional territory," he said.
Tollefson said the federal Court of Appeal will hear the case of the eight First Nations as well as two environmental organizations -- including BC Nature which he represents -- against the Northern Gateway pipeline's approval in Vancouver this October.
An additional Transport Canada email released to the Haisla, dated Aug. 31, 2009, also expressed doubt in the adequacy of the government's approach saying "the consultation plan as written does not appear to be flexible enough to account for changing circumstances and incoming information."
Both the Environment Canada and Transport Canada emails were sent to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, which was seeking input from government agencies on Crown consultation.
Despite these doubts the federal government "charged ahead" with its consultation process, Chief Sam said.
"Now, many First Nations have been forced to go to court to challenge Canada's Enbridge decision," he said.
Gitxaala Nation Chief Clarence Innis said he's "shocked" that, despite the apparent level of uncertainty about consultation, "Canada pressed ahead with this dishonourable treatment of our Nation and other First Nations."
"This confirms the justice of our principled opposition to the shipping of bitumen through our territory and British Columbia's Northwest Coast," Innis said.
For Haisla legal counsel Ellis Ross, the documents cast a shadow on the traditionally fraught relationship between First Nations and the federal government.
"We're trying to follow the rules, and case law principles -- the Haisla isn't blocking roads or anything -- we're trying to follow the courts," he said.
"But with Canada, it's like the rules are there to be bent or broken."
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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 10:31 pm
Man dies after car veers into Annapolis River
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:40 am
Royal Caribbean ending last-minute deals
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:00 am
10 new stores and restaurants in Leslieville & Riverside
Leslieville and Riverside are well on their way to becoming happening alternatives to their west end counterparts with tons of new restaurants, coffee shops and stores opening up. From bulk food to tacos, there are plenty of new spots to check out in the neighbourhood.
Here's a round-up of new stores and restaurants to check out in Leslieville and Riverside.
With the saturation of coffee options in the neighbourhood Raspberry Cafe has decided to diversify by offering yoga classes in their upstairs space. Famed Toronto yogi, Mahyar Raz and her son have opened up their new yoga studio and offer espresso drinks and baked goods for a lovely after class wind down.
Capitalizing on the available space at the bottom of one of the many new condo developments beside the Don River, Il Ponte is serving up contemporary updates to classic Italian dishes. Added bonus: they have gluten free pasta on the menu.
Raise The Root
Not only do I love their punny name, I'm also a fan of the great organic fruits, veggies and eggs they offer. Sitting next to Meating on Queen it's the perfect grocery pairing for the neighbourhood. Not only does it offer up organic alternatives to regular grocery store shopping, it's also a quicker stop than a big box store.
This Logan St. event space and café is a great addition to the neighbourhood. A massive and versatile 23,000 sq. ft. space for your next party, fashion show or corporate event. Doubling as a café they offer sandwiches, pastries and in-house catering for their events.
Urban Bulk Emporium
This indie take on Bulk Barn is a great place for the health conscious cook. From locally-sourced honey to every type of quinoa you can imagine this place has all your specialty food needs. Urban bulk emporium also offers a great selection of natural soap products and some pre-packaged foods for those with strict dietary needs.
Queen's Head Pub
If you're looking for an English-style pub head here. With traditional pub fare, a lengthy beer list and daily specials, it might just be your new local. They also offer brunch on weekends.
There are tons of great coffee options in the neighbourhood but this second coming from the Beaches stalwart is trying to make inroads with their small batch espresso, roasted up fresh by the owners every other day. Can't get a spot at Bonjour brioche for brunch? Head to Remarkable Bean for delicious quiches and baked goods.
F'coffee has rebranded as The Cannonball. Now fully licensed and open a little later than it previously was it's a great spot to grab a coffee, a bite or a beer. Their grilled cheese is to die for and if weather permits, head out to their shady back patio. The added bonus of available beers keeps the option of a day drink open, which is a nice touch.
The popular west end taqueria has moved to the east, filling the space of Rasputin Vodka Bar. The narrow space has been warmed up with bright stools and wood accents in their signature Mexican street style. All the favourites from their College St. location are available, including their Margaritas on tap.
This retail outlet is like the best of reel of southern Ontario's antique markets and vintage shops. Carefully curated by owner James Lane, Home James is bringing Leslieville the best in both new and upcycled homewares. The owner also offers home staging which is a skill he obviously uses in the beautiful layout of his store.
What did I miss? Let us know about your favourite new Leslieville and Riverside business in the comments.
Posted on 26 April 2015 | 10:48 pm
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Posted on 22 April 2015 | 12:34 am
Calgary bar owner on a hiking honeymoon among those stranded by Nepal quake
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:24 am
Workplace victims to be honoured at Vancouver ceremony
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:56 am
Historicist: Toronto’s Dentist Mayor
“The only motive that a sane man can have for entering Civic public life is a desire to render a real service, and that means constant work and great anxiety.” So said Frederick J. Conboy to city council in January of 1945, at the conclusion of four consecutive one-year terms as mayor of Toronto. Conboy’s […]
Posted on 25 April 2015 | 4:00 pm
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Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days
Aracely Meza, a 'prophet' who operated the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey church at her home in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve to death a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a "demon," then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators say.
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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:24 am
Diabetes drug found in freshwater is a potential cause of intersex fish
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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 11:42 pm
Bill Blair launches political career at Sikh celebration
Dressed in a plain black suit, blue shirt and striped tie, retired Toronto police chief Bill Blair stepped outside his comfort zone Sunday on his first day as a civilian and aspiring federal Liberal candidate.
“Public safety was easy. Locking up the bad guys is a piece of cake,” he quipped after greeting several dozen Sikh police officers at the CNE before Sunday’s Khalsa Day parade.
“This other thing is hard.”
As reported in the Sunday Star, Blair is entering federal politics and seeking the Liberal nomination in Scarborough Southwest, a community where he has lived most of his life.
Former CTV anchor Tim Weber is also running for the Liberal nomination in anticipation of next fall’s federal election. The riding is currently held by New Democrat Dan Harris.
Blair’s 10-year tenure as chief officially ended Saturday night. But Toronto’s former top cop said he couldn’t miss the annual Khalsa Day celebration, which marks the Sikh New Year. The parade drew an estimated 100,000 people to downtown streets Sunday.
“I have a very special relationship with this community. I have been coming to this event for 25 years,” said Blair. Over his suit, he wore an orange scarf he received several years ago during a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, a holy Sikh site in Punjab, India.
“Although I no longer wear the uniform of the Toronto Police Service . . . I wanted to be here with these people today because it is an incredibly important day for our Sikh community and the city of Toronto,” he told reporters after addressing several thousand gathered in the CNE’s Better Living Building.
As he posed for photos and mingled with the friendly crowd, talk quickly turned to his political aspirations
“We are looking forward to seeing you in Ottawa,” said event organizer Gobinder Randhawa, founder of Scarborough’s first Sikh temple in 1985.
“We should talk,” Blair responded, as the group laughed.
“I have to tell you, for most of my life, I have run from politicians, not for politics,” he said. “But I want to continue to serve.”
In an interview later, Randhawa said he hopes Blair wins the nomination and the election.
“The quality in politics has to be improved,” he said. “I think we need men like him at every level of government.”
Many police officers at the event seemed pleased their old boss is making the leap into federal politics.
Staff Supt. Rick Stubbings said the retired chief has been “a real bridge” to the Sikh community and predicted he will make a good politician.
“He really is authentic. He cares about people,” added Stubbings, a member of Blair’s senior management team for 10 years and the senior officer at the event.
Auxiliary Const. Anmol Lal, who has served for four years and hopes to join the force full time, said Blair is popular in the Sikh community and among the police rank and file.
“It’s a great thing. He was an amazing chief,” said Lal, one of several who wore turbans with their uniforms.
Speaking to reporters, Blair said he is seeking political office because he wants to continue to serve the public.
“I know the issues that confront our citizens. I know a lot about public safety and national security, issues of drug policy and a lot of things about social justice, because that’s what it means to be a public servant in the city of Toronto,” he said.
Although Blair said he had “respectful conversations with everybody,” he chose the Liberals because the party’s “values most closely fit with my own.”
He said he hopes to bring what he has learned from almost 40 years on the police service “to a national discussion of how we can keep all communities safe, livable, respectful and inclusive.”
But Blair is taking nothing for granted.
“I’m going to have to earn that nomination and try to convince them that I am the best person to represent them (in Ottawa),” he said.
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 12:49 am
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