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Category Archive: Canada

Dec 06 2012

An anniversary to remember, with a thumb to Harper’s eye

Today’s the 23rd anniversary of the Montréal Massacre, which has of late been a focus in Canadian politics with Harper having successfully destroyed the long gun registry. Except, as it turns out, in Quebec. The provincial government kept their copy, with the help of a sympathetic judge, and plans on implementing their own registry, according …

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Dec 04 2012

Date rape ads that get it right

"It's not sex when she's wasted" ad copy

Trigger warning, obviously, for ads depicting many of the most common scenarios in which you might find yourself raped by an acquaintance. As correctly as these scenarios are dealt with, they are still potentially triggering. Therefore, below the fold.

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Nov 12 2012

Write your local MP: No more Canadian aid for Uganda while they’re murdering gays

Update: Please read Melanie Nathan’s caution on what should and shouldn’t be done to fight this initiative — she strongly urges that countries not withdraw aid because of this bill, because the LGBTI community will be scapegoated and targeted as a result. I leave the rest of this post intact because I am concerned that …

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Nov 04 2012

Harper government celebrates destruction of long gun registry… quietly

Via Winnipeg Free Press, a spokesperson for the Public Safety Minister Vic Toews confirmed that the long gun registry has been destroyed — at least, except for Quebec’s, where legal battles are ongoing. Interestingly, the Harper government did not issue a press release on the matter; it took gun enthusiasts rumoring about the registry’s destruction …

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Oct 09 2012

Wayback: remember when Harper’s government wanted to process dead animals too?

Someone tweeted a link to this story a few days ago. The story happened in May, but it’s chilling in light of current events. The Conservative government is pitching the change as a way to cut red tape and provide greater flexibility to slaughterhouse operators. But the New Democrats are raising a red flag saying …

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Oct 05 2012

Beef recall expands… again

The ground beef recall I mentioned recently has apparently increased significantly — including more meat products for the sixth time since the original recall. In all, the recall involves millions of pounds of beef produced from late August to early September and shipped to stores in Canada and the United States. Beef from the plant …

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Sep 22 2012

Canadian beef recall due to E.coli

May want to check your ice boxes. OTTAWA, September 21, 2012 – The public warning issued on September 20, 2012 has been expanded to include additional ground beef products because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency …

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Sep 19 2012

Blanding’s turtles, nearing extinction, find help in NS zoo

Blanding turtle hatchlings in a tank

Our local zoo, Oaklawn Farm, has reportedly taken on and hatched some hundred Blanding’s turtle eggs, a breed of Nova Scotia turtle that’s on the endangered species list. Oaklawn Farm Zoo is the former home to the largest African lion in captivity in North America, Rutledge, who died of old age recently. In June, more …

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Sep 19 2012

Halifax NSIS talk: GIRLS and Science

Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal will be presenting the following talk at the Halifax Natural History Museum auditorium, 1747 Summer St., on Oct. 1st, 7:30pm: GIRLS and Science: Why it’s Important and How You can Support Them October 1, 2012 Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal Mount St. Vincent University The NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Atlantic …

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Aug 23 2012

Our local canadate

Your Canadate [Local Politician] 2012

So there’s evidently a local election going on that I wasn’t aware of. It’s probably something at the town level, or I would have seen signs driving about. Want to know how I found out about this election? Well, it’s a funny story actually. I came home from work a few days ago, and Jodi …

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