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On Canadian Atheist: Why the Erazo decision is not really a meaningful step forward

There is a lot of crowing in the freethinker blogosphere about the recent court victory by Oliver Erazo over the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Unfortunately, much of it is extremely misinformed about just how much impact the decision really had. It turns out that there is actually no substantive change in the separate schools system in Ontario at all due to this ruling. More details on Canadian Atheist.

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On Canadian Atheist: This is not an unbelievers’ world

I don’t think that anyone with a solid and sane grip on the current reality of the world can disagree that the “religious group” that is most discriminated against and most persecuted today is nonbelievers. But sometimes you need a graphic to get a sense of just how bad the situation is. Using the data from the Freedom of Thought 2013, the report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) about state discrimination against and persecution of atheists, humanists, and the non-religious, I created a map that illustrates this. More details on Canadian Atheist

Racism, gender essentialism, transphobia, and anti-science attitudes are rampant in tween media

I didn’t watch the Olympics. Part of it is simply that I’m not much of a sports fan, and even less of a fan of the kind of hyper-commercialized, industrialized sports that the Olympics represent. The other part was that I didn’t want anything to do with them given the political situation in Russia. The upshot of all that is that I needed something else to provide my working background noise. Normally I would keep a 24-hour news channel on, but that would surely just end up flooding me with Olympics crap. So instead I opted to try something really different… I turned on the kids’ network: YTV. Continue reading

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Back from hiatus

No, I’m not dead! I took a brief and somewhat unplanned hiatus in February for personal reasons – nothing serious, though – compounded with the fact that I was sort of living cut off from news and pop culture (and, hence, had nothing to write about).

But I’m alive, and the posts will continue, as sporadically as ever.

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The Paul Calandra way of answering questions

Paul Calandra, Conservative MP for Oak Ridges—Markham, has been parliamentary secretary to the PM since just . In that short time, he made a name for himself as a nasty, dissembling thug who would respond to questions with deflections, attacks, and general non-answers – it got so embarrassing the Conservatives even stopped letting him answer certain questions! Well, as the latest video shows, he still has some QP duties… and still has his own way of answering questions: the Paul Calandra way. Continue reading

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What’s the harm with metadata?

Thanks to Edward Snowden, CSEC has been outed as just as underhanded and illegal as the US‘s NSA – spying on innocent Canadians in violation of both reason and their legal mandate. But taking a page from the NSA‘s defence when they were caught red-handed, CSEC claims what they were doing was not really spying, just mostly spying, because they were only collecting metadata about law-abiding Canadians, not data. Oh, so it’s just the metadata. That means it’s okay, right? Continue reading

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Canada Post has problems… because it’s run by boneheads

So Canada Post is in the news cycle again – specifically, concerns that they’re phasing out door-to-door delivery of mail. That’s tragic, sure, but before you shed tears for Canada Post and blame the Internet for its current woes, let me give you a peek at the side of Canada Post that you don’t often hear about in the major news outlets. It may put the corporation’s current troubles in an entirely new light. Continue reading

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