Things Are Good: Farming for the Future on the Roofs of Hong Kong

Green roofs are great for collecting water and cooling neighbourhoods, they are also useful for feeding their local communities. In the densely built urban environment of Hong Kong there is a network of green roofs that used for farming. These farms are used to grow crops sold in local stores and to encourage the people ...

Montreal Simon: Hong Kong and the Triumph of the Umbrella Revolution

Two years ago I was incredibly moved by the sight of thousands of young students in Hong Kong, lighting up the sky with their cell phones.And demanding more freedom from their stern rulers in Beijing.In a pro-democracy movement that was known as the Umbrella Revolution.Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: But Gosh It Sure Looks Purty

One of the great threats facing mankind discussed at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos is algae blooms triggered by agricultural run off into coastal waters and freshwater lakes and rivers. Some are red, some are green, but the residents of Hong Kong are being treated to a lovely, glowing blue faux algae ...

Left Over: Mood Indigo, and No Surprises Here, Folks…..

Chapters to close Robson store in downtown Vancouver Chapters Indigo blames high rent as it prepares to shut down its flagship Vancouver location CBC News Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:15 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 19, 2015 6:58 PM PT For those of us old enough to remember, Robson St. used to be a friendly, ...

Montreal Simon: The Umbrella Revolution and the Hypocrisy of the Harper Cons

It's an amazing sight, thousands of young pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, defying the old guard in Beijing. Daring to lecture them on the limits of power, in their own backyard.In the shadow of Tiananmen.The young members of the Umbrella Revolution, lighting up the darkness with their cell phones…Read more »

Bill Longstaff: Hong Kong—a people who actually care about democracy

North Americans don’t seem to care much about democracy. Canadians don’t, and our good neighbours the Americans don’t. We enjoy considerable freedoms along with our electoral systems of government, but our systems are hardly democratic, and it doesn’t seem to bother us. If it did, we would never tolerate them. Observation of the American system ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Umbrella Revolution

It's an amazing sight, and an incredibly inspiring one. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators defying the authorities in Hong Kong. Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton-charges to stand firm in the center of the global financial hub on Monday, one of the biggest political challenges for Beijing since the ...

Alberta Diary: Once a Tory leadership front-runner, Gary Mar reaches out from Asia to haunt Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives

Brian Mulroney, right, famously responds to the claim made by John Turner, left, that he had “no option” but approve Pierre Trudeau’s patronage appointments. Below: Gary Mar in 2011. Advice to Jim Prentice: If, in some future pre-election leaders’ debate someone asks you about Gary Mar’s 2013 compensation package, don’t say: “I had no option.” ...

LeDaro: Hong Kong: Polluted skyline

If we keep burning fossil fuels at the current level this kind of smog may spread worldwide. SOUPY: An eagle flew over Hong Kong’s polluted skyline Monday. Off-the-charts air pollution in Beijing in the past few months has shown signs of drifting to Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden Flees Hong Kong for Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden- Hero or Traitor? Here is an update from Democracy NowU.S. Files Espionage Charges The exact whereabouts of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden are unknown after he reportedly left Hong Kong and landed in Moscow on Sunday. His flight came just days after the United States publicly revealed it had filed ...

The Canadian Progressive: Aided by WikiLeaks, NSA whistleblower Snowden leaves Hong Kong, heads for asylum

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad With WikiLeaks’ aid, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden left Hong Kong over the weekend and landed in Moscow en route to asylum in a third country. His departure came after Hong Kong  authorities rejected U.S. government demands for his extradition. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the U.S. government for leaking top-secret ...