“Robots” — A Poem

Poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday: “It starts in telemarketing. Computers with human-like capabilities make automated calls to customers, deliver messages with precise intonation, use voice recognition to engage in a dialogue. People can’t always tell…” READ MORE

Review: Better Than The Movie

In 2001 Veterans Affairs Canada added 23 names to the nation’s First World War Book Of Remembrance preserved in the Peace Tower. The 23 were shot for cowardice and desertion.
Ron Duhamel, then-veterans affairs minister, told the Commons: “People may lose control of their emotions, have a breakdown for reasons over which they have little control,” he said; “I wish to express my deep sorrow at their loss of life”.
But, what if this is all wrong? READ MORE

Must Be Spring

The Commons will debate a private bill proclaiming a National Garden Day each and every June. The legislation would celebrate home and commercial horticulture across Canada, including one Prairie City where the growing season lasts just eight weeks: "Nearly everybody loves flowers. It makes people feel good." READ MORE

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Feds Sued On Hidden Files

Transport Canada is being taken to Federal Court over its refusal to divulge even basic information about the country’s no-fly list. The department was cited for concealing records by the Office of the Information Commissioner: 'You are denied on the basis of nothing that you can know about'. READ MORE

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A ‘Plan’ To Weaken Unions

Widening restrictions on federal employees’ right to strike are a bid to weaken labour, says the Customs and Immigration Union. Employees are suing cabinet to overturn an order declaring as many as 1500 new employees “essential” and forbidden from striking: "That is their larger plan". READ MORE

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20 Careers To Reconsider

A confidential cabinet memo cautions Canadians in certain occupations will have trouble finding work over the next decade. Industry Canada compiled a list of careers projected to flatten by the year 2022: "There will likely be pressure". READ MORE

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“Silly” Regulations Targeted

Health Canada must amend "silly" rules under the Food and Drugs Act that regulate some types of lipstick in the same manner as cancer drugs, says a manufacturers’ group. Industry appealed for further amendments to a bill now before the Commons: "I have never met anyone who thinks this makes sense". READ MORE

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Guest Commentary

Clare Westcott

The Day They Put Us In Quarantine

Between 1927 and 1962 there were 50,000 polio cases reported in our country; 4,240 people died. Many others were disabled for life. Many survived, some of them well-known: Joni Mitchell, Ontario Lieutenant David Onley, former prime minister Paul Martin – and my little sister Blanche, who never forgot the winter of ’41. READ MORE

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