Excited Delirium: The House Covers the Opioid Crisis

I cringed as I listened to ‘The House’ on CBC doing a special on Canada’s opioid crisis. Scratch the surface on this folks: we need to go after the companies that are profiting from the original drugs AND the apparent solution.

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Free Pass to Conference Board of Canada Summit

    Carbon49 will give away one free pass (value $1,195) to The Conference Board of Canada’s flagship event in sustainability, Business [Un]Usual: Profit from Purpose Summit. The conference will showcase how to navigate the political, social, environmental and technological transformations that will have profound implications for businesses operating in Canada. It will take place at ...

Parchment in the Fire: Forget the Parthenon: how austerity is laying waste to Athens’ modern heritage | Cities | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/sep/12/athens-modern-heritage-austerity-neoclassical-architecture-acropolis-greece Filed under: Uncategorized

Parchment in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece’s Radical Left (3/3)

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Parchment in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece’s Radical Left (2/3)

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Parchment in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece’s Radical Left (1/3)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19882 Filed under: Uncategorized

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ted Cruz Likes Porn, Literally

So Ted Cruz, how will you remember 9/11? Ted Cruz: pic.twitter.com/TW0psPuBQh — Antony Copland (@SprowstonStud) September 12, 2017 8 months ago, this Twitter user claimed Ted made the same mistake while watching Twitter-hosted porn: Well that was weird. In my Activity TL the verified account of @tedcruz just liked a hard core porn tweet. And ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 34: Dear Earth …

Dear Earth: This is a difficult letter for us to write, but something has to be said. Are you mad at us? I mean, seriously, seriously angry? It sure seems that way. I mean, just look at your attitude of late. You sent a hurricane named Harvey to batter poor old Texas with levels of ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Globe and Mail’s Ibbitson flunks math?

Reading a recent column by the Globe’s John Ibbitson, I was a little confused by his logic but I was even more concerned about his mathematics. He was forecasting a win by Quebec M.P. Guy Caron in the New Democratic Party leadership voting later this month. He very wisely gave all the credit for the ...

Excited Delirium: They Must Be High

Wynne’s plan to control the sale and distribution of marijuana in Ontario will be a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and will only frustrate voters.

TaylorOwen.com: NPR Interview on Silicon Valley and journalism

I was recently on NPR’s new national show 1A discussing how Silicon Valley is shaping journalism.  Part 1 is here, and part 2 (responding after the interview with Facebook’s Campbell Brown) is here.

Parchment in the Fire: French Labor Reform Attempts to Remove Labor Union Protection

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In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 33: Water, water, everywhere …

Houston and much of Texas was devastated this week by Hurricane Harvey, or Wally, or Larry,  or whatever it was called. (Note to the people who name hurricanes: if you know it’s going to be a big one, give it a powerful name. Hurricane Harvey doesn’t exactly inspire fear, but if they had named it ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Onward religious warriors.

A picture said it all. It was of a Buddhist monk, in saffron robes, with his begging bowl, sitting between the cement walls of modern expressway ramps. It makes the point of the problems of the Church of Rome mentioned in yesterday’s commentary. It occurred to me that all religions are facing the same problems. ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 32: The history police strike!

The Ontario elementary school teachers’ federation has voted to ask the provincial government to remove the name of Sir John. A. Macdonald from Ontario schools. According to the teachers’ union (sorry, that should be ‘federation’), Macdonald is the architect of the “genocide” of Canada’s Aboriginal people. Yes, it has come to this. Wiping out the name ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: They are rewriting history, again.

Now the revisionists are going after Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister. And what is their problem? They think Sir John was racist and disrespected Canada’s aboriginals. You might also believe he was a drunk and a scoundrel and if you lived in those times, you probably would have been the same. And ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Hawaiian Luau and Other Fun

My camera broke:

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Eclipse from Regina, SK

The eclipse today was visible from Regina, but not the totality available to Americans in many states. My new Canon SX540 HS did a good job with a pair of solar eclipse filter glasses taped over the lens. The sunspot chain was very sharp and visible at 200X digital zoom, 80ISO. I made a projector ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Pop Quiz

Ms Soapbox is shocked. She just returned from the Alberta Teachers’ Association Summer Summit on Public Education and discovered that she knows far less about education and teaching in Alberta than she thought she did. What education looks like today So pop quiz!  (Stop grumbling, many politicians are pontificating about the state of education in ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 31: Isn’t summer supposed to be a quiet time?

The world is truly moving too fast. Or at least it is in the United States of America, the flickering beacon of democracy. It seems like more stuff happened in the States in the past week than we experience in a typical month, or even a year. For simplicity’s sake, I will revert to the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Plastic Is Out of Hand

Plastic almost always ends up as waste within a year or two of its production. We’re making too much of it also, at an increasing pace. “Of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of virgin plastics ever made, half was made just in the last 13 years,” Geyer said. “Between 2004 and 2015 we made as ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Scheer Shouldn’t Shrug Off Toxic Rebel Association

CPC leader Andrew Scheer told reporters Wednesday he would not grant interviews to Rebel Media if the editorial direction remains as it is. — Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) August 17, 2017 This was in response to me, and countless others calling for him to denounce the hate site for its involvement in the Charlottesville Nazi attack. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Nazis Ruling News Cycle In USA

The “loons” on the right wing really stuck their foot in their mouths this week, so better balance things out so they don’t seem so violent and crazy by bringing up some possibly comparable event from years ago on the left wing. Main stream media continually proves it’s unwilling to be a reasonable adjudicator of ...

eaves.ca: Teaching Digital at the Kennedy School of Government: Part 6: Bringing it Together

Okay, so to recap, here at the Kennedy School of Government I’m interested in the social, economic and policy changes brought about by the way digital technologies expand or threaten how we can solve problems, relate to one another, and reimagine institutions and the world. We have a range of students who fall into three broad ...

eaves.ca: Teaching Digital at the Kennedy School of Government: Part 5: Foundational Topics

One challenge I’ve observed about how digital technologies are taught at most schools of policy or government is it takes a relatively ad hoc approach. It is a mix of courses that emerge due to either student demand or faculty interest. To be fair, this is often better than nothing, but it offers little in ...