Here are my thoughts on today’s headlines. Everything but the titles is written by yours truly.

Twin crises sap the world’s optimism by Deborah Yedlin:

A number of economists have predicted that the world and the global economy are in for a double-dip recession.

The article listed percentages, statistics and many numbers regarding the S&P/TSX, the Dow and the declining value of the euro.

What caught my eye however, was the article’s accompanying photograph.

The cutline read, “In Athens, protesters beat a police officer during a rally against government austerity measures designed to alleviate the country’s debt crisis.” The photo shows several men attacking an officer.

At the G8 and G20 summits, the world’s largest countries made commitments to cut their deficits by half by 2013.

This of course means that instead of stimulating the economy out of its slump, governments are opting to cut budgets.

Like I said, the article focused on the facts: it was the photo that focused on the effects.

Slashing budgets may be a logical way of reducing debt, but it definitely does not meet the needs of the people.


Here are my thoughts on today’s headlines. Everything but the titles is written by yours truly.

How the Supreme Court keeps information from us by Peter McKnight:

The right to information is not acknowledged in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, meaning that it doesn’t exist.

Having access to public or government records falls under “freedom of expression:” in other words, the only way to gain access to information is “where the access is necessary to permit meaningful discussion on a matter of public importance,” according to the Supreme Court.

Another thing that doesn’t exist is a clear and concise definition of the words “meaningful” and “importance.”

What all of this means, is that access to information will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

It also means that what is considered “meaningful” and of  “public importance” can be interpreted to include a wide and varied number of cases, or to exclude almost any case.

At the heart of Facebook is an old-fashioned kaffeeklatsch by Shelley Fralic:

An interesting observation: the fastest-growing demographics on Facebook are women aged 35 to 50 and people over the age of 55, according to David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect.

As older generations begin using newer technologies and social networking sites, will new media apps, sites and technologies be created to cater to the baby-boomer population?

Fortress Toronto: Loss of civil liberties part of an absurd price by Craig McInnes:

The G8 and G20 summits are underway in Toronto, with the help of $1-billion in security measures.

The six-kilometre long, three-metre high security wall complete with metal sheeting and concrete blocks, and over 10,000 police officers to guard it, is just a little menacing. However, the most menacing measure to protect the world leaders was not a part of the $1-billion budget.

From June 21 to June 28, police can arrest anyone who comes within five metres of the wall and refuses to provide identification or submit to a search.

The person “trespassing” on public property does not have to have been doing anything suspicious either.

But isn’t this a violation of our civil liberties?

Of course it is, but that doesn’t matter: the Ontario government passed the regulation June 2.


Here are my thoughts on today’s headlines. Everything but the titles is written by yours truly.

Loose lips sink generals, too by Sheldon Alberts, accompanied by Barbara Yaffe’s General’s self-destruction adds to doubts about Afghan mission:

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commanded over U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, was dismissed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday over remarks made in Rolling Stone magazine criticizing Obama and White House senior civilian leaders.

McChrystal has been replaced by Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.

In Canada, senators are recommending Parliament hold a debate on Canada’s future in Afghanistan, with the goal in mind of prolonging Canadian soldiers’ stay overseas.

This contrasts with Canadians’ views on the war: 59 per cent are opposed to the mission, according to a June 17 Angus Reid poll.

Costs are legitimate, watchdog says by Janice Tibbetts:

Canada’s budget for hosting the G8 and G20 summits has reached almost $1-billion.

But do the ends justify the means?

The issue usually focused on is whether or not a country’s spending is in line with what other host countries have spent on similar events.

A recently released 12-page expense report focused on said issue, but did not provide a value-for-money analysis.

Errant robot stalls containment effort by Kristen Hays and Ayesha Rascoe:

When is enough, enough?

Since April 20, the BP oil spill has spewed 15 times the amount of oil into the ocean than the amount spilt back in 1989 by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska.

Between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels are being leaked into the ocean each day, forcing the closure of rich fishing grounds, killing hundreds of turtles and seabirds and dozens of dophins, and ruining the coastlines of four states.

However, the Obama administration’s deep sea drilling ban, imposed until investigations are over and regulations are revised, may be refined in the weeks to come.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar suggested that some drilling in proven oilfields might move forward.