Da Youth Iz Down With Surveillance

And the kids have a point.  The Internet used to be for porn; now its also for spying. Stalking  old girl-friends, digging up embarrasing tweets from enemy politicians,tracking your husband’s movements through the GSP on his cell-phone, using honeypots to trick pedos into revealing their IP addresses.  Little brother spies on little broth...

Megamind Time Machine

We kicked off a Netflix addiction with “The Croods” [5/10] last night, and “Megamind” [8/10] this morning. At Christmas we replaced a tube TV with a more modern LED version that can get free broadcast channels and hook up to a laptop. Cutting the cable was made possible also with the prospect of Netflix, which I managed to hold off pushing the go button on until last night. My parents stopped by with some pencils for the kids, some cell phone stands for us, and some bi...

Romney’s flirtation with 2016 was never serious

Mitt Romney never intended to run for President in 2016, just like Sarah Palin will never run for President ever again. Why do they keep saying they’re going to? Oh there are Million$ of reasons. People like Romney and Palin have hit the jackpot. All they need to do is to convince enough of the rubes who populate the base of the Republican party that they’re going to run and talk bad about President Obama and their coffers get filled with money. Which, after they inevitably...

Queensland Live

For those awake this early Saturday, you will likely know my calculations in the previous post about time zones mixed up AM and PM. However, the good news is that this means those of you who like getting up before the sun can watch the election live! http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/ Here is a screengrab I made from earlier ...

Disclosure produced in professional discipline producible despite Wagg

One might think P.(D.) v. Wagg, 2002 CanLII 23611 placed limits on production of disclosure in discipline matters.  That would be wrong.  Philip Services Corp. v. Deloitte & Touche, 2015 ONCA 60: [24]      Imp...

Two Questions about the new Anti-Terror Act

Today saw the unveiling of the proposed new Act to cope with terrorist activities, as discussed ...

Feature film ‘Tru Love’ a delight

I want to give a quick shout-out for a feature film I saw last weekend: ‘Tru Love,’ by co-directors Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald, which is playing for a second week until Feb 5th at Toronto’s Carlton Cin...

Striking a pleading for failure to comply with interim order

Koohestani v. Mahmood, 2015 ONCA 56: [54]       Notwithstanding the legitimate concerns raised before Spence J., my difficulty with his decision to strike the appellants’ defence is that he failed to apply the principles relevant to such a request, particularly those set out by this court in Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership v. Corkery, 2009 ONCA 85, 94 O.R. (3d) 614. In Bell ExpressVu...

In Nunavut civil matters cross examination may occur before affidavits served

 Marion v KIA 2015 NUCJ 6: The plaintiff urges the Court to impose a general rule that all affidavits must be filed prior to cross-examinations and seeks to place the onus on the party seeking to vary from this process to make a case pursuant to Rule 381(6). In my view this is not the correct approach. In my view the correct approach is to maintain the general right to cross-examine and to...

CAN THE POLICE OBTAIN YOUR INTERNET SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION WITHOUT A WARRANT? Yes they can!

Although it is a search which is not lawfully authorized that constitutes an unreasonable search that violates your privacy interests, the information obtained as a result of the search will not be excluded in a trial as its admission will not bring the administration of justice into disrepute.   http://...

Tuesday; PDQ Bach

John Klein: Here’s what Toronto was like 30 years ago for my Grandma. ...

A proposal for Newfoundland

The province still seems set on reducing the number of MHAs. I therefore present to the province my own proposal to help them achieve this without resulting in nearly as many problems as are possible under the current plan. Step One: LabradorOf the current 48 seats, they have 4. Of the proposed 38, they will still have 4. There seems general consensus that Labrador should retain 4 seats so long as the number of total seats does not drop too drastically. I’d say even ...

Mask from Cape Dorset

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Innovation Agents

  ONE OF THE GREAT CRITICISMS THAT HAS that always confronted the World Economic Summit in Davos each and every year is that its pronouncements sounds so grandiose and global when in fact little, if anything, concrete seems to come from all that talk and collaboration. We need evidence, the kind that is supposed to […] ...

Levant Lawsuit Lurches Towards Conclusion

Buckets has emerged from cryo-sleep to give us this post.  After no less than two computer forensics companies declared that Richard Warman’s computer had not even been turned on the day of the infamous “Cools Post”, the judge has decided to put an end to at least this portion of the discovery phase.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what that means in detail, but ...

CSEC Back In The News

Here’s an interesting bit of the process the NSA and partners are going about tracking your online activities so they can link everything you do that isn’t encrypted and disassociated from your IP address and social profiles online, to you personally. LEVITATION has been watching you, most certainly. Every RT of #BellLetsTalk...

#BellLetsTalk about mental health in politics

Connecting back to my last post, today is a big day for online, hashtag activism: #BellLetsTalk day. For every tweet tagged with the hashtag, Bell will donate 5 cents towards mental health services. It’s a good cause to raise awareness and start discussions towards mental health, but it is take a critical eye towards wha...

CPC Bounce Begone

Grenier notes that Nanos’ latest has some actual voting intention numbers rather than their typical index thing: Nanos’s weekly index report has voting intentions numbers in it: 35% LPC, 31% CPC, 24% NDP, 6% GPC, 3% BQ (pg 22) http://t.co/VDSJUwPihr— Éric Grenier (@308dotcom) January 28, 2015 Here’s...

Adam Vaughan, Scott Simms visit #Brant; charity walk response

Last week, Liberal MP’s were out an about in Southern Ontario prior to the re-opening of the last session of Parliament before the next election, and in Brantford-Brant, 2 MP’s dropped by to visit with voters on issues and to support Danielle Takacs, Brantford-Brant Liberal candidate. The first MP to visit was Adam Vaughan, MP for Trinity-Spadina, and the Liberal Urban Affairs and Housing Critic. He along with Danielle held 2 roundtables on the affordable housing issue ...

Use of rejected alibi to show guilt

R v Avalak, 2015 NUCJ 04: [33]  The Crown asks that I go further and find that the accused fabricated an alibi and that such a fabrication should be taken as consciousness of guilt. In my view, the law does not allow me to do so in this case. The law on alibi evidence is set out concisely in the following quotation from the Supreme Court of Canada in R v Hibbert, [2002] 2 SCR 445, 163 CCC (3rd) 129, at para 67 of the ...

Upcoming Queensland Election

Queensland, the North-East state of Australia, is holding it’s state-level election. The two main parties are the Labor party, and the Liberal National Party, a coalition of the two parties in Australia’s Coalition. The difference between the LNP and other Liberal and National parties is an official merger between the two within the state. There is a long history in Queensland, which I will go in to shortly, but the most important thing to keep in mind at this time is to note what...

The Real Creator of Jobs

IN RESPONDING TO NICK HANAUEER’S observation that “the pitchforks are coming,” one of the .01% noted that the democracy has successfully “tamed” the masses, to the point where violent responses to growing economic inequality are no longer likely. One wonders what that person must think of the millions marching in the streets of Paris in […] ...

Failure to consider immigration consequences of sentence an error in principle

R. v. N. F., 2015 ONCA 51: [11]       The failure to consider the specific immigration consequences of a carceral sentence of six months or more was an error in principle disentitling the sentencing judge’s decision to the deference usually accorded to such decisions in this court. Left to consider the fitness of the sentence, as is our mandate u...

Harper Government spent $7 million of your tax dollars to attack Justin Trudeau’s position on marijuana

In yet another disgusting abuse of power and waste of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars by Stephen Harper and his government, it’s now been confirmed that a ...

ConCalls: DDM Calling For Mistrial! #RoboCon

Hapless Dean Del Mastro, the former Prime Ministerial Parliamentary Secretary is supposed to soon find out how long he’ll spend in jail away from his wife and baby child. What's the difference between $21K and $20K? No kids, not $1000, it is a mistrial! #DelMastro #DDM pic.twitter.com/YPtKkOSmCd &md...

Pitchfork Democracy

THE DAVOS MEETINGS HAVE CONCLUDED AND, as always, we await the results. Warnings were coming from everywhere prior to the exclusive sessions – possible recessions, the lowering price of oil, global inequality. But as far back as last summer, one of those in the world’s most elite financial club was already sounding the alarm at various […] ...

Greek election results

Earlier I had predicted the following would be the result of the election: 146 SYRIZA83 ND18 POTAMI16 XA14 PASOK14 KKE9 ANEL The final results are in, and I was fairly close. 149 SYRIZA 76 ND 17 XA 17 POTAMI 15 KKE 13 ANEL 13 PASOK SYRIZA, the Coalition for the Radical Left, will form the new government. The...

Many Canadians aren’t voting, particularly young Canadians. Why? Because politics moves slowly.

This article on the ongoing decline in Canadian voter participation, particularly by youth in the Globe today by Michael Adams, President of the Environics Institute for Survey Research and  Maryantonett Flumian, President of the Institute on Governance  has been shared by more than a few people I know on Facebook, so I ...

Fox News North Deal Stalls As Teneycke Balks?

From Canadaland: Multiple sources tell CANADALAND that Sun News Network (SNN), the Quebecor-owned cable news channel that launched in 2011, is on the verge of closing. Couple of weird things.  One is this: As recently as three weeks ago, sources say that SNN management told several employees that negotiatio...

Pole dancing?

Of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and Nunavut ...