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Category Archive: Canada

Aug 08 2013

Some justice in Rehtaeh Parsons case

There is no justice in this universe but what happens right here, on this planet, when there are repercussions for transgressions against one another. Sometimes, though, you have to settle for what you get. Trigger warning for sexual assault and bullying of a sexual assault victim.

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Aug 05 2013

Sesame Street: Sons Of Poetry

I have never seen Sons of Anarchy but if it’s anything like Sesame Street’s offering, I’ll watch it all. I love moo. Hey, did I ever tell you that there was about one sketch per episode of Sesame Street that was specifically made for Canada, to fulfill the “Canadian content” prerequisite on some stations? We …

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Jul 11 2013

Tell Canadian senators not to pass “Pope Day” bill!

Theobromine of CFI Canada, regular commenter here and elsewhere on FtB, passed along this change.org petition asking the Canadian government to reconsider the private member bill which has passed the House of Commons on its third reading, and is now apparently in the Senate. The bill would honour Pope John Paul II, who attempted to …

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Jul 01 2013

Happy Canada Day! … from Minnesota.

When in Minnesota, do as the Minnesotans do. Like the folks at MST3k, who are definitely Minnesotan. Happy Canada Day!

Jun 12 2013

Humanist Views: Canada and Humanism

Last night, I taped an episode of Humanist Views with Scott Lohman of Humanists of Minnesota. I haven’t had a chance to re-watch it and see exactly how I present on this program — I’m sure there are verbal missteps in there, and I just hope I didn’t say anything egregiously offensive to anyone. I …

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May 31 2013

Canadian abortion rights doctor Morgentaler dead at 90

Doctor Henlek “Henry” Morgentaler, Polish-born Canadian immigrant, has died of a heart attack on May 29th, 2013. He was a Nazi prison camp survivor, and became a physician and family planning doctor in Montreal in 1955. He presented a brief to the House of Commons in 1967 about illegal abortions, arguing that women had the …

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May 05 2013

Copyright Board of Canada: “palpable error” in 15x inflated music tariffs

Michael Geist covers the Copyright Board of Canada admitting to having made a “palpable error” in accidentally super-inflating music company royalties well beyond the original decisions for reproduced music in movies intended for personal use: The Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters had proposed a tiered tariff approach of a maximum of 2 cents …

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Apr 08 2013

Canadian birth control recall — for placebos instead of real pills

Here’s one of those screw-ups whose impact would be significantly dampened if it wasn’t covered up by the drug corps responsible. Users of Alysena-28, by Canadian drug company Apotex, should check their pills’ batch number. Apotex says one batch of the Alysena-28 may contain two weeks of placebo sugar pills instead of one, adding the …

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Mar 26 2013

Transgender rights bill passes in Canada!

Back on March 20th, despite the Tories’ attempts at kicking the can down the road, NDP, Liberals and a whopping 15 Conservatives passed the controversial transgender rights bill in the House of Commons, making assault on a transgender person a hate crime, and protecting trans* folk against discrimination. I hate having to say “the controversial” …

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Feb 11 2013

Harper government gives money to anti-gay religious group working in Uganda

Via reader Jeffrey P, seems the Government of Canada has provided over five hundred thousand dollars to a rabidly anti-gay religious group, Crossroads Christian Communications, to “help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.” Given John Baird’s spoken out against the plans for a death penalty for homosexuality in that …

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