"It would have been quite a news conference, and it very nearly happened.
Last fall, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after months of intense, private talks, agreed to face the media together to declare their agreement that research shows the 'benefits' and 'positive impacts' of supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users
. For the RCMP, making such a statement would have been a turning point: the Mounties would have had to distance themselves from dubious studies
, commissioned by the force itself, that were critical of Insite
, Vancouver’s pioneering
But it didn't happen.
posted by Alvy Ampersand
on Aug 23, 2010 -
The Toronto 18.
"The [Toronto] Star was the first to break the news, just over four years ago, that an al-Qaeda inspired homegrown terror cell had been busted in Toronto. ... Numerous publication bans have kept the full story from the public. Now, with the case over, we can present the complete narrative of the Toronto 18: Who they are, how they met, what they did." This is a great example of how to present long-form journalism online.
posted by chunking express
on Jul 9, 2010 -
Canada's next Governor-General will be David Johnston
, currently President of the University of Waterloo
in Ontario, a tech-oriented school. Johnston
is a legal scholar specializing in securities regulation, corporation law, public policy, and IT law. Here's his CV
[pdf]. Why Johnston, instead of a journalist or public figure as has been the trend? For one
, a legal scholar will be better able to navigate potential constitutional issues during minority governments. Johnston has pledged
to be "a stalwart defender of our Canadian heritage, of Canadian institutions, and of the Canadian people".
posted by PercussivePaul
on Jul 8, 2010 -
The president of Penguin Canada has been fired
and is facing a sexual harrassment suit. Oh, and a second woman
has alleged harrassment as well. There's some criticism of Penguin
also for trying to cover up the facts at first. And there's a portrait of the "artist
" as a young man. Sounds like it would make a good book ...
posted by anothermug
on Jun 20, 2010 -
are increasing that there will be a merger between the two left-leaning political parties in Canada, the hapless Liberals under the wooden Michael Ignatieff, and the perennial almost-show New Democrats under the magnificently mustached
Jack Layton. Denials all 'round, of course, but as separate parties they have not managed to take down Stephen Harper and his wiley Conservatives.
posted by anothermug
on Jun 8, 2010 -
That’s so weird!
is a Canadian sketch comedy series on YTV. Pitched at the young teen audience, anyone who likes their humour broad and zany will enjoy this. Some favourite sketches are Daniel Book (a 17-but-still-7 Daniel Cook
), Logan and Wilf (teen boys parodied) and the Cafeteria Ladies
. The show was recently picked up by Boomerang Latin America and Nickelodeon Australia. A whole new generation of Canuck sketch comedy takes off, eh?
posted by No Robots
on Apr 30, 2010 -
In 2001, Marc Bertrand
was tasked by the National Film Board of Canada with creating 26 one-minute films about science. The only constraints were that he had to use both archival footage and animation. The result was Science Please!
And because the NFB is awesome, you can watch all 26 of them online: Part 1
| Part 2
| Or, in French [more inside]
posted by 256
on Apr 26, 2010 -
was stopped by the police while riding a bicycle without his helmet... He then spent the next two years trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare... trying to go home.
The Kirkman family has been locked in Kafkaesque bureaucratic limbo since a misunderstanding ruined an idyllic summer vacation in small-town Oregon in 2008. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation
on Apr 16, 2010 -
Canada was another country before it was born
. In the fire of the battle of Vimy Ridge
, people who were born in Canada, or who came to Canada, came together, as Canadians
, in one of the defining battles of the the First World War.
This is the 93rd anniversary of the greatest unifying event in Canadian history.
posted by Dipsomaniac
on Apr 9, 2010 -
Remember when Obama held an Internet 'town hall' meeting last March (previously
)? Well Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, decided to participate in a decidedly similar "Internet town hall"-esque interview, with a public system for posting and voting on questions. The response was surprisingly similar both in terms of votes, and in terms of Harper's response (skip to 35:40)
to the voters' primary concern
. [more inside]
posted by tybeet
on Mar 25, 2010 -
What If Everybody in Canada Flushed At Once?
The water utility in Edmonton, EPCOR, published a graph of water consumption last week. By now you’ve probably heard that up to 80% of Canadians were watching the Olympics gold medal hockey game between Canada and the USA. So, it stands to reason that they’d all go pee between periods. More from The Globe and Mail
posted by netbros
on Mar 10, 2010 -