“More asbestos! More asbestos!”

, June 24, 2011

From today’s Morning Brief, courtesy of iPolitics: “Later today Prime Minister Stephen Harper was scheduled to be in Thetford Mines, Que., to partake in a St-Jean Baptiste holiday barbecue. If you recall from Grade 7 geography, Thetford Mines is home to one of the largest asbestos deposits in the world. “It’s perhaps no coincidence then that, […]


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It’s Friday, so here’s the video for “(Hey You) What’s That Sound?” by Les Rythmes Digitales

, June 24, 2011

This week’s video is the work of an Englishman in the nineties pretending to be a French producer from the eighties. It did fairly well at the time, and it’s held up since, either despite or because of it being instantly dated. I do wonder how my friend DJ Paul G, an unrepentant Skee-lo fan, […]


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Link of the Day: The Make-A-Wish Foundation

, June 24, 2011

“Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From our humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, we’ve evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the United States and its territories every 40 minutes. “In the fiscal year 2010, […]


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“If there’s a steady paycheque in it, I’ll marry anyone you say”

, June 23, 2011

The problem I have with Winston Blackmore, the excommunicated bishop and leader of Canada’s largest polygamist group, isn’t the fact that he was kicked out of his fundamentalist Mormon church, or the fact that he’s been arrested for polygamy, or the fact that he’s been married twenty-five times and fathered a hundred and twenty-one children. […]


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Link of the Day: Mother Jones

, June 23, 2011

“Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting. We currently have two main ‘platforms’: an award-winning bimonthly national magazine (circulation 240,000), and a website featuring new, original reporting 24-7. (In the past we’ve had a radio show and TV specials; theme parks are in the conceptual stage.) […]


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Join Cathy Crowe at tonight’s Toronto Centre NDP nomination meeting

, June 22, 2011

Tonight at 6:00 PM, the provincial NDP will host a nomination meeting for the Toronto Centre riding at the Ryerson Student Centre. Street nurse and homeless advocate Cathy Crowe will receive the nomination for the riding. You may remember Cathy representing the NDP back in February of 2010, when a byelection was held to fill […]


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Link of the Day: Diabetes Summer Surge

, June 22, 2011

The Diabetes Summer Surge is a campaign created by the Canadian Diabetes Association, a terrific organization dedicated to helping Canadian diabetics live healthy lives and working toward a cure. “Host or support an event between June 20th and September 15th and raise funds and awareness for the Diabetes Summer Surge campaign. Involve your family, friends […]


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No more democracy101.ca post alerts in my personal social media feeds

, June 21, 2011

If you’ve been reading democracy101.ca, then first of all, thank you. If you’ve been following it through my personal account on Twitter, or through posts on my Facebook wall, then I’m afraid I’ll need you to start looking elsewhere. Those channels were getting pretty cluttered, so as of today, I’m no longer posting new content […]


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Currently enjoying “Drop” by Seven

, June 21, 2011

Seven is the dubstep moniker of UK producer and DJ Eddy Berry. His 2009 single Drop is a bold, heavy entry in a genre that’s still emerging and ambiguous over on this side of the pond. It’s not a dense piece of music, but there’s a lot of weight and depth to it. The sounds […]


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Five tacos for five dollars

, June 21, 2011

There’s a small but promising fast food chain called TacoTime that’s more than happy to sell you five tacos for five dollars. They’ve got a franchise down in the underground mall at Dundas and Yonge in Toronto. Pay them a visit, give them five bucks, and brother, they’ll give you five tacos. This is not […]


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