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I’m not laughing at Vic Toews

He’s not funny.

February 18, 2012   1 Comment

Watch these guys… they’re watching you.

The politicians who thought the long form census was too much of an invasion of privacy are going to try putting all internet-using Canadians under warrantless police surveillance. Cellphone users, you’re in, too. Bill C-30.

The fig leaf covering this outrageous attack on civil liberties is fear of child pornographers. Apparently our rights are a nuisance for the police because they have to get a warrant at present.

Squawk here. Write your MP with this form. Freedoms, once surrendered, are very hard to win back.

February 14, 2012   3 Comments

What does the doctor say?

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Tell us, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, does the marvellous curved building that was the original Bridgepoint Hospital still stand, or was it torn down as part of the massive reconstruction that is going on? [Read more →]

February 13, 2012   4 Comments

A sweet smile on Jones Avenue

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Todays walk took me under the railway overpass that crosses Jones, north of Gerrard. Bright graphics show more verve and style than typical school kid decorations. Come on, Monarch Park kids, your Coxwell Avenue effort isn’t keeping up!

I believe such adornments are organized and approved by local schools, partly to discourage graffiti and partly to give kids a chance to display their artistic chops.

February 12, 2012   No Comments

Not So Little Mosque on the Danforth

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Many (most?) Toronto churches have removed their steeples for fear of lightening strikes, collapse and rising insurance premiums. A minaret soars above the Danforth, unconcerned about such worldly matters.

The Danforth is one of the best strips for showing off Toronto’s ethnic [and religious] diversity. Halal grocers thrive in the vicinity of the mosque. Greektown occupies a few blocks. Allen’s Irish Pub is an institution. Ethiopian and Moroccan restaurants thrive, along with Asian restaurants and shops manned by Carribeans and newcomers from Eastern Europe. Don’t forget the Italian men’s clubs. They’ve probably been here as long as anybody.

February 12, 2012   3 Comments

Take the ACTA and SOPA out of our Bill C-11

I still have my protester toque. We keep telling them, they keep coming back. Michael Geist asks, CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?

Here is an excerpt. Link at the bottom. [Read more →]

February 11, 2012   2 Comments

Help squelch ACTA

If you read the body of the message, you’ll see what’s wrong with a copyright scheme called ACTA. — Bill

Stop ACTA & TPP: Tell your country’s officials: NEVER use secretive trade agreements to meddle with the Internet. Our freedoms depend on it!

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February 11, 2012   2 Comments

Deinterlacing a wedding video

See those horizontal stripes that are tearing up the image of the minister in the foreground? That’s because he moved quickly on video footage that was shot in the UK and converted so that I could watch it here in North America. [Read more →]

February 11, 2012   4 Comments

Good advertising is a rare and wonderful thing.

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It is particularly difficult to be clever and speak engagingly across the gulf that separates teen and parent sensibilities. When it happens, it’s worth a nod. Well done, Team Detroit!

February 9, 2012   No Comments

A fast, funny and insightful TED Talk

No Flash? Use this link. [Thanks, Joni.]

February 8, 2012   4 Comments