Fracking on trial– Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, ‘Slick Water’

In the words of New Yorker environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, Slick Water is "a true-life noir filled with corruption, incompetence, and, ultimately, courage." More specifically, Nikiforuk says, it is a story about "the courage of women."  From the Tyee Online article by Robyn Smith.  The story of how one woman, an oil patch scientist, struggled … Continue reading Fracking on trial– Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, ‘Slick Water’

Historic moment: Trudeau government swearing in today November 4, 2015

Today we have political change as Justin Trudeau's new cabinet is revealed after the swearing in ceremony in Ottawa.  A historic moment.  I remember Justin and Margaret Trudeau from the first Trudeau government.

The Leap Manifesto|A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another

"The time for energy democracy has come: we believe not just in changes to our energy sources, but that wherever possible communities should collectively control these new energy systems." " High-speed rail powered by just renewables and affordable public transit can unite every community in this country – in place of more cars, pipelines and … Continue reading The Leap Manifesto|A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another

A Library Matter of Genocide

A Library Matter of Genocide.  This is an article written by Michael Dudley about a controversy at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, revolving around their "unequal and imbalanced treatment of genocides".  A recent article in the Winnipeg Free Press shows that the museum may have been directed to remove or downplay references … Continue reading A Library Matter of Genocide

Bill C-51 and library record privacy

The Patriot Act in the US allows government agencies to obtain your personal library account information.  In this article in the Nation it is stated that "Under the Patriot Act, the government can demand library records via a secret court order and without probable cause that the information is related to a suspected terrorist plot. … Continue reading Bill C-51 and library record privacy

Human cruise control app takes you places

Human cruise control--would you like someone else's phone to control your muscles? How would you like to have your footsteps directed by someone using a cell phone?  Sound sci fi?  Not really.  There is a new app in development by the University of Hanover which uses electrostimulation to guide the subject wherever the phone controller … Continue reading Human cruise control app takes you places

Freedom to Read Week Feb 22-28, 2015

This video was made by two students at the Calgary Science School in preparation for next week, which is Freedom to Read Week in Canada.  Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights … Continue reading Freedom to Read Week Feb 22-28, 2015