On April 8, the government introduced the Digital Privacy Act (Bill S-4), the latest attempt to update Canada’s private-sector privacy law. The bill is the third try at privacy reform stemming from the 2006 PIPEDA review, with the prior two bills languishing for months before dying due to elections or prorogation.
Gone, for the most part, are the halcyon days of pop music videos. MTV and Much have rededicated themselves to showing second-rate reality TV and first-rate comedy shows. The videos we now search YouTube for still feature the familiar scantily clad groups of young women, of course, but there’s no longer much dancing in formation. There are still plenty of butts, of course. Let there never come a day when booties disappear from our music videos.
Prison is an unforgiving place by design (at least in some countries), but even there, people are supposed to be accorded basic human rights. One of those rights is to not be drugged for purposes of behaviour control. For female Correctional Service Canada inmates, that particular right seems to have been disregarded with alarming frequency.
On Thursday, Edmonton radio station 630 CHED set off controversy by posting a poll to its Twitter account. Unlike most radio station polls — “What’s your favourite type of meat to BBQ,” “How much do you like the weekend,” “Which Dave Matthews Band song is the best one,” etc — this one dealt with a serious issue, and it did so poorly.
While this is certainly shitty, it isn’t exactly surprising that the NSA not only knew about this bug and exploited it but also steadfastly refused to help patch it — even though it possible left tens of millions of Americans vulnerable to similar hacking, be it from criminals or other states.
Point a microphone at enough people and they will have opinions on just about anything, including award shows that haven’t even happened yet.
The CBC announced Thursday that it will cut 657 jobs over the next two years in an effort to make up a $130-million budget shortfall, just the latest round of hacking and slashing to Canada’s public broadcaster.
Sun News contributor Faith Goldy took over Michael Coren’s show The Arena this week and tried her best to be more of a religious fundamentalist than he is — by demanding Justin Trudeau be excommunicated from the Catholic church.
ATMs are difficult to break into. This makes perfect sense, because they are metal boxes that exist solely to dole out money in $20 denominations. A conservative estimate would be that, at any time, a single ATM contains nearly $100,000: no small haul for an enterprising criminal.
Air travel may get slightly more intrusive if a Transport Canada proposal goes through giving airport security the power to break into your checked luggage if they deem it suspicious for any reason.
As days grow longer and, ostensibly, warmer, Winnipeg is still reeling from the coldest winter the Heart of the Continent has seen since 1898.
Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders is widely considered something of a buffoon. Anders is prone to making outlandish, offensive statements and when he’s not doing that, he’s doing a pretty bad job at his actual job.
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) March 30, 2014
The Quebec values charter — which is the Parti Quebecois’ transparent attempt to discriminate against Muslims, Sikhs and other minorities under the guise of secularism — got a big boost Sunday from Quebec icon Janette Bertrand.
In a just-released video, British freerunner James Kingston and a friend are seen scaling the Moscow Bridge in Kyiv where Kingston dangles his climbing partner over the edge with one hand. The video they shot of their crazy stunt is fucking terrifying.