The Tsilhqot’in Decision

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia , announced on June 26, 2014, is the most important case on native rights since the Delgamuukw  decision back in December of 1997.  Since it originates in a dispute about aboriginal title right in our... Read More

The Way We Kill Now

After the state of Arizona injected 55-year old convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III with an untested 2-drug execution cocktail (hydromorphone, an opioid painkiller that suppresses respiration, and a sedative called midazolam), it took him nearly two hours to die. He also “gasped... Read More

Making the Cut

You’re young, and your mom cuts the crust off your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and then you’re old, and the director is yelling “cut” and it’s all over. We can talk about a life cut short but I’d much... Read More

Just Try

I can tell you about fifteen hours a week of therapy. I can tell you about speech delays, sensory processing disorder, language processing disorder and social anxiety. I can tell you about impaired motor skills and cognitive abilities impossible to assess.... Read More

A Simple, Intense Tomato Soup with Maftoul

I often get funny looks when I suggest this at my weight management groups and my cancer nutrition classes. No one quite rolls their eyes, but I do feel a collective will not to laugh; a suppression of an exasperated “you’ve got... Read More

What People Think When You Have 4 Kids

I will soon have four kids. Therefore you assume that I: 1. Am Mormon or Catholic 2. Like to have sex but don’t know how to use birth control 3. Have plans to start my own farm and therefore need... Read More

Are You Being ‘Grantist’?

wire basket eggs (Photo from Mazaletel – https://www.flickr.com/photos/meg-z) I sometimes get the feeling that crowdfunding is considered the crass second-cousin of genteel, Category 1 research council grants. The same way people can be ageist, racist, sexist, and all manner of... Read More

You Needn’t Read This

the other day maybe yesterday a guy came to the door and rang the bell and our dogs barked all stupid so I answered the door he was a young guy with a tee shirt and a clipboard and the... Read More

The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014: Where Are the Women?

In 1996, Kate Mosse established what is now the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in response to the 1991 Booker Prize all-male shortlist (this was prior to the release of longlisted titles) in a year when 60% of novels published... Read More

Seinfeld History: The True Story of the Real \’Joe Davola\’

Joe Davola ran into Larry David and his manager/girlfriend, Laurie Lennard, at a Robin Hood Foundation fundraising party in Los Angeles, round about 1992. The TV executive, now at Fox, had known Lennard since his days at MTV in the... Read More

Something Simple, Courgette + Feta Salad

The other day I was asked what set my blog apart from the rest. In short, what was my USP? In a world where even the most obscure ingredient is relatively accessible, complex recipes, fancy techniques and even fancier equipment... Read More

James Moore and “precision” in Gaza-Israel

James Moore was on CBC radio in Vancouver this morning talking about the “difference” between Hamas rocket launches from Gaza and Israeli operations into Gaza. Per Moore, Hamas’ attacks are indiscriminate, and are simply aimed at civilians to do the most... Read More

One Theme, Five Ways: Customizing Adelle

Adelle is a popular free theme — our 47th most popular, to be exact. You’ve probably seen its familiar pink dots, bold menu bar, and pops of magenta as you catch up with your favorite blogs. Don’t be fooled by Adelle‘s distinctive look, though:... Read More

Happy Pride!

Dear Friends,I want to wish you all Happy Pride!New Democrats are proud of our long history that celebrates and encourages the participation of the LGBTQ community in Canada’s political process. In fact, the very first openly gay Member of Parliament, Svend Robinson,... Read More

Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 2

Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If... Read More

STATEMENT BY NDP HEALTH CRITIC ON THE DEATH OF AIDS CONFERENCE DELEGATES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 18, 2014 STATEMENT BY NDP HEALTH CRITIC ON THE DEATH OF AIDS CONFERENCE DELEGATES NDP Health Critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) made the following statement from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia:“The terrible tragedy of all those who... Read More

The Iron Dome is a Scam

The Iron Dome is a scam according to experts inside and outside of Israel.According to defence experts – plural – its a public relations exercise and it follows that both Israel and Hamas play along with it with because it... Read More

How Stephen Harper AND The Conservative Party LIE To You Every Day And The MSM Backs Up Their Bullshit ….

REGINA — So much of what many Canadians consider conventional wisdom is what Henry Ford used to call ‘history’: mostly bunk.I’m talking about statements like the Harper Conservatives are the best party to manage the economy, or that internal trade... Read More

As Bad As Things Are For Mike Duffy … They Look Even Worse For Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper, without public consultation or election, hand picked and anointed Mike Duffy to be a Canadian Senator. No matter what Mike Duffy did .. Stephen Harper committed the undemocratic actions that set this whole sorry mess in play.He should... Read More

Just Pressed: New Books by Authors on WordPress.com

Gabrielle Bell, a cartoonist based in Brooklyn, New York, has published a new book, Truth Is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries. Raw, revealing, and sometimes surreal, this comic diary serves up what Gabrielle is known for — her humor and introspection — as she... Read More