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The Costs of Staying Idle on Aboriginal Issues

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Thanks to woeful tales of seemingly gold-plated Zambonis in remote reserves, many Canadians have responded to recent calls for an improved relationship between Indigenous peoples and Ottawa as something that's too expensive to consider.

The perception is that improvements will cost big bucks, and ultimately hurt Canada's economy....

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Idle No More Memes Taking Over the Twittersphere

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Say, are you an upsettler from Ottawapiskat?

Following its conception from within the belly of social media, Idle No More has been born onto Canada's streets. Nonetheless, its ideas still continue to develop and agitate within the bullpens of Twitter and Facebook. There, unlike the blockades...

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Canada's Great Immigration Flop

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:33 PM

In the 1870s, a federal fire sale -- 160 acres of land in exchange for $10 and a pinky-sworn promise to farm it -- saw Canada's settlement frontier explode west of Lake Superior. Over the next 60 years, more than 470,000 square kilometres of prairie land was given...

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Dear F1: It's Not Me, It's You

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 9:01 AM

When the sport you love insults your values, your values must win. That's why I'd like to publicly announce the immediate dumping of my formerly loved sport, Formula One, and offer you a peek at my break-up letter:

Dear Formula One:

How did it come to this?

By believing...

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Why Should You Care About Attawapiskat?

(36) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 12:02 PM

You can see them coming easier than a hailstorm in Saskatoon. One of my favourites is the cock-and-bull Ezra Levant uttered in his recent Sun TV editorial. If the man has a gift it's parroting reactionary Canadians. He definitely nailed the "It's not my fault" grumble I've heard...

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Arctic Fighter Jets? Yes! Universities? No.

(23) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 5:37 PM

When it comes to the North our government likes to be tough. We will gladly spend $9 billion on F-35 fighter jets, ostensibly to help patrol our Arctic airspace and keep it Russian-free. We will get verklempt with Cold War-esque patriotism watching a cherub-faced Stephen Harper

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Biden, China and Our Shared Only-Child Dilemma

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 2:51 PM

Despite having the large, pouty eyes of a female manga character, Rachel Yan, a pretty 25-year-old woman in Beijing, thinks a lot about aging.

"I'm the only child and so I have to look after my parents," she says, as we sit in a dead night club near Tiananmen...

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China to Apple: We're Makin' Copies

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 12:40 PM

Richard Laymer, Rob Schneider's wonderfully annoying office character who lurked near the photocopier in 1990's SNL sketches, would love today's China. As he'd say, "China. The China-natorrr! Makin' some copies."

Kunming, sleepy capital of China's Yunnan province, has become world famous this month for being home to 22...

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China Forced to Listen, 140 Characters at a Time

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 2:47 PM

"They think they can control it but we are not stupid," says a woman who I'll call Alice. "We see what is happening through [Sina] Weibo."

It's a week after the crash of two bullet trains in China, which killed more than 40 and injured 191, and Alice and I...

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