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Friday 24 June 2011
22 June 2011 — Toronto police will never again use the controversial crowd control technique known as kettling, which was employed for the first and last time in the city’s history during last year’s G20 summit.
The decision was revealed to the Star in a police statement Tuesday, June 21, along with the information that two Toronto police superintendents were “responsible” for commanding and controlling G20 policing in the city outside the security fence.
On June 27, 2010, the final day of the G20 summit, some 300 protesters and bystanders were boxed in, or kettled, by riot police at Queen St. and Spadina Ave. for about four hours.
In a move that troubles even some of his supporters, Ford shifted from penny-pinching this week to irrationally rejecting a complimentary health service. As a result, new immigrants to Toronto and the city’s poor will be deprived of two nurses that would have been paid for by the province. That’s bad enough, but it portends far worse.
If Ford can’t accept this program, even when Queen’s Park pays, imagine the mercy he’ll show toward city services that actually cost the municipality money. — 377 words.
Justice in a gilded age ...
(while somewhere in the darkness, do we hear
Madame Guillotine sharpening her blade anew?)
Be sure to play video of Dolores Huerta backgrounding the Cuban 5
From the Desk of Elizabeth Hill
22 June 2011, LOS ANGELES California — We were more than a little surprised when a CNN journalist based in Los Angeles contacted SPARC Gallery interested in covering Gerardo Hernandez's exhibit "Humor from my Pen" before its opening on June 4. We remained skeptical but after several phone calls back and forth an interview was set up.
On June 3 the CNN journalist arrived early to set up her camera and to go over what she would be covering about the background of Gerardo's work and the case of the Cuban 5 in general.
'To leave those responsible for these crimes in impunity would give a green light for such violence to continue. We can’t stand by and let that happen.'— Jennifer Moore, MiningWatch Canada.
20 June 2011 EL SALVADOR — Yet another anti-mining activist has been murdered in El Salvador.
Canadian civil society organizations are calling for a full investigation
into the murder of Juan Francisco Durán Ayala, the fourth such death in two years that local organizations believe are linked to the presence of Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining in the department (district) of Cabañas. — 771 words.
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President Obama offered Hope but gave more of the same
Only the bleeding multi-trillion dollar deficit, combined with a wrecked economy, is seemingly reining-in the military-industrial blood lust that sucks away 50 cents out of every American tax dollar.
There is a discernable difference in tenor of the voice and the body language of U.S. president Barack Obama. Gone is the strident confidence of both during the election campaign. Now we have a wide-eyed voice and posture saying, I know I'm lying, but please believe me because I want my second coming in 2012. — 748 words.
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This wasn't '94. This was weirder, more violent, driven by a lust for digital attention.
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainability Editor
The line between revitalization and gentrification is blurry and awkward.
'I don’t think you can blame the independent businessman for trying to have a go at it and then affecting change. Did we push anybody out of this space? No. Did we take anything else out of here? No.'
My interview with Mark Brand is interrupted by yet another phone call, only this time the 35-year old Gastown entrepreneur doesn’t return with an apology, he tells me he has to leave – there’s an emergency at one of his stores.
As we pass the statue of Gassy Jack, he explains that someone is harassing his staff at Sharks and Hammers. We pass a cop parked on Water but Brand pays him no mind.
At the storefront the tension surrounds a tall, skinny young man wearing a torn shirt. He has no shoes on but introduces himself as Dimi, careful to point out that it’s not short for Dimitri. He’s fixated on the name of Brand’s clothing line: Welcome to East Van.
“Are you from East Van?” Dimi demands. Brand replies that he is.
“Is the designer from East Van?” he presses, “I want to meet the designer.”
“The designer’s an East Van artist, but he’s not here right now,” Brand says calmly. At about six feet and 200 pounds, he has little to fear. He’s confident and in control, but not at all hostile. Still, Dimi raises his chin:
“You want to hit me?”
'No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.' — Hugh Johnson
Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair is the author of The Neglected Garden and two French novels. Visit her website to learn more www.albertevilleneuve.ca.
24 June 2011 — One of my special treats in years past has been a day trip to Perth on Father’s Day weekend and a visit to Kiwi Gardens’ “Art in the Garden”. Kiwi Gardens celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The rolling, ten-acre grounds feature beautiful mature gardens showcasing spectacular perennials, stone walls and winding pathways. Unique pieces of art are strategically placed to complement different areas of the gardens.
— Winston Churchill
The epitaph and art on the tombstone suggest the gladiator, named Diodorus, lost the battle (and his life) due to a referee's error, according to Michael Carter, a professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. Carter studies gladiator contests and other spectacles in the eastern part of the Roman Empire.
He examined the stone, which was discovered a century ago in Turkey, trying to determine what the drawing and inscription meant.
"After breaking my opponent Demetrius I did not kill him immediately," reads the epitaph. "Fate and the cunning treachery of the summa rudis killed me."
The summa rudis is a referee, who may have had past experience as a gladiator. — 692 words.
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Note from the heart of the empire
20 June 2011 — A 59-year-old man has been jailed in Gastonia, N.C., on charges of larceny after allegedly robbing an RBC Bank for $1 so he could get health care in prison.
Richard James Verone handed a female teller a note demanding the money and claiming that he had a gun, according to the police report.
He then sat down and waited for police to arrive.
Money and Markets
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainability Editor
What happens when watchdog becomes lapdog? Nikiforuk's latest ENERGY & EQUITY inquiry.
17 June 2011 VANCOUVER BC — The Economist magazine once described "regulatory capture" as a simple case of a gamekeeper behaving like a poacher.
Whenever industry captures the power of the state to foster private goals (and it's an occupation older than prostitution), regulators get captured and corruption surely follows.
19 June 2011 CORO Venezuela — Following claims made by U.S. newspaper El Nuevo Herald earlier this week, the Honduran government has denied that it had made a “secret pact” with Venezuela to implement “Socialism of the 21st Century” in the Central American nation.
On Friday, the U.S. daily published an article alleging that an agreement had been made between the current Honduran president, Porfirio Lobo, and Venezuelan business ambassador, Ariel Vargas, during a secret meeting held at the Venezuelan Embassy in Tegucigalpa on the 15 May.
17 June 2011 CARACAS — Venezuelan authorities Tuesday charged an employee of state-run electricity company Corpoelec with sabotage, saying the act led to a major electricity failure across several states in May.
In a statement, the Attorney General’s ofﬁce said it charged Luis Alfonzo Pena Nanez for his role in the power outage. The ministry also said it would charge another worker, Hugo Alberto Aguilar Caceres, Friday, June 17.
Under state law, the accused could face four to eight years in prison.
Chavez’s right turn: State realism vs. international solidarity
14 June 2011 CARACAS —The radical “Bolivarian Socialist” government of Hugo Chavez has arrested a number of Colombian guerrilla leaders and a radical journalist with Swedish citizenship and handed them over to the right-wing regime of President Juan Manuel Santos, earning the Colombian government’s praise and gratitude. The close on-going collaboration between a leftist President with a regime with a notorious history of human rights violations, torture and disappearance of political prisoners has led to widespread protests among civil liberty advocates, leftists and populists throughout Latin America and Europe, while pleasing the Euro-American imperial establishment.
It is past time for health authorities to curb the antibiotic misuse that created the resistance of this aberrant E Coli strain
22 June 2011 — The quality of the food we eat is more important than how much we eat, according to a new study that examined why people gain weight.
And when it comes to the worst dietary culprits, potato chips, sugary drinks and meat top the list.
New genetic study reveals that fewer mutations are made
20 June 2011 MONTREAL Canada — A team of researchers have discovered that, on average, thirty mutations are transmitted from each parent to their child, revising previous estimations and revolutionizing the timescale we use to calculate the number of generations separating us from other species.
"Your genome, or genetic code, is made up of six billion pieces of information, called nucleotides," said co-lead author Philip Awadalla of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Medicine and Director of CARTaGENE.
Female tennis players who grunt too loudly are putting off their opponents and spoiling the game for the millions of spectators, the head of Wimbledon says.
Did Chris Wallace really say Fox News isn't Fair and Balanced?
20 June 2011 NEW YORK NY — News flash: Fox News is not fair and balanced. According to whom? The cable network's star Sunday host, Chris Wallace.
Clips of the on-air duel between Wallace and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart on Fox News Sundayhave been lighting up the Intertubes. In an interview, the Fox anchor repeatedly tried to out-wit the faux anchor and portray him as an ideologue pushing a liberal partisan agenda. But Stewart explained — over and over — that he's a comedian. He noted that his overall agenda is "about absurdity and corruption… It's anti-contrivance." And he rejected Wallace's attempt to portray the rest of the mainstream media (MSM) as a bunch of covert liberal schemers. The MSM's true bias, Stewart insisted, is "toward sensationalism, conflict, and laziness."
There's a lot more to Jack London than sailors and dogs
He was a pace-setter in Science Fiction for just one example
Children of the Wolf — Hemingway, Mailer, Kerouac, were all cubs of the renegade Jack London.
"Why, man," said Cassius, "(Julius Caesar) . . . doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonourable graves."
Every ambitious male writer in North America in the last century has felt that way about Jack London, and felt himself at best a pathetic imitation of him. If London had been born in 1976, not 1876, he would bestride our world as he did in the decade before World War I.
Jack London knew every side of the American dream, including the nightmare. Growing up illegitimate and poor in 19th-century Oakland, California, he was a teenage tough who worked in various dime-an-hour jobs. Teaching himself to sail, he prospered as an oyster pirate in San Francisco Bay.
At 17 he shipped out as able seaman on a sealing vessel, where he won respect by outfighting a far bigger man. He bummed across the U.S. and got thrown in jail for vagrancy. Barely 21, he went to the Klondike where he found little gold but came back with the experience that launched his writing career. — 1.161 words.
An eclectic collection of short stories that will stir your sense of humour, warm your heart, outrage your sense of justice, and chill your extra sensory faculties in the spirit of Stephen King. The final short story, the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Sauna is a ground-breaking love story.
The series begins with Deo Volente (God Willing). Followed by The Quintessence of Mr. Flynn, Sharing Lies, Flying High, The Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows Ya, One Lift Too Many, The Model A Ford, the out-of-body chiller, Room For One Only and O Ernie! ... What Have They Done To You! The series closes with the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Sauna, a groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.