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The CBC’s shitty year

2015 hasn’t been a good year for our national broadcaster. High-profile scandals among some of its biggest celebrities, and mounting frustration over its unbalanced journalistic practices have soured the once stellar reputation of the CBC.

Scott Vrooman for Senate

Following Canadian news can be a challenge and a half. Mainstream sources are easy to find, but about as reliable as a gauze condom. Alternative sources are a chore. Sometimes it takes a comedian to make sense of Canadian politics.

On Canadian Atheist: What do Canadians think about publishing images of Muhammad?

Shortly after the murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, the Angus Reid Institute conducted a survey to see how Canadians felt about the balance between freedom of expression and religious sensitivity. The results were uplifting. Canada is often stereotyped as a country full of people who don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. It’s refreshing […]

How right-wing bigots are ruining science fiction

I’m a huge science fiction fan – science fiction, please, hold the fantasy – and have been for as long as I can remember. One of the biggest events of the year for me is the Hugo Awards; for me, they’re bigger than the Oscars. I’m subscribed to get announcements of major Hugo Award news, […]

On Canadian Atheist: Angus Reid survey on religious identity, beliefs, and attitudes in Canada

The Angus Reid Institute conducted a fairly comprehensive survey, commissioned by Reginald Bibby, of religious identification, beliefs, and attitudes in Canada. Much of the results won’t be surprising to anyone who reads atheist blogs, but the survey did suggest that while nonbelievers are not considered to be representative of mainstream Canada, mainstream Canada’s attitudes and […]

I make public domain ebooks

It occurs to me that I’ve never mentioned this here, but I make public domain ebooks. I take public domain texts, mark them up using modern, semantic technologies, package them as EPUB ebooks, then release them back into the public domain.

Entering the public domain in Canada in 2015

There’s been a lot in the news recently that’s depressing, to say the least. I’ve kept up with covering it, but I really need a break to blog about something a little more positive. So, here’s 2015’s version of last year’s post on what’s entering the public domain in Canada this year.

On Canadian Atheist: The Canadian English-language news media has betrayed Charlie Hebdo, again

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, news media has been predictably flooded with details of what happened, and why. What’s been noticeably missing from virtually all English-speaking media, however, are any images of Charile Hebdo cartoons that feature Muhammad. CBC News, for example, showed highly blasphemous cartoons skewering Jesus and the Pope, but […]

The myth of the Christmas Truce

You’ve almost certainly heard some variant of the story. In the first December after the outbreak of World War Ⅰ in 1914, in the midst of the bloody and wearing trench warfare that became the defining symbol of the fighting on the Western Front, the soldiers on opposing sides spontaneously dropped their weapons on Christmas […]

IS/ISIS/ISIL, social media, and censorship – there is a solution

Shortly after the news broke about the murder of a journalist for money, and the existence of a video showing the beheading, major social media platforms flew into a panic. Their inevitable corporate-reactionary response was to completely scrub their services of any sign of the militant group – or the video – but that only […]