Recent Entries in Can-con

  New Canadian Porn Channel

I never thought I'd be pleased about Can-con, but here's one notable exception. This could be a big break for fledgling Canadian pornographers.

Canadian porn channel may benefit society

Alberta-based Real Productions Inc. has won CRTC approval to launch Northern Peaks, billed as "Canada's first adult video channel offering significant Canadian adult content."

Of course, this being pornography, not everyone is happy. Social conservatives have pounced, with one organization labelling the CRTC's decision as "detrimental to Canadian culture," claiming that "many studies have shown the negative effects of pornography."

Soon, my precious ... soon we will be rid of them.

The National Do Not Call List (DNCL) Should Be Launched By September 30, 2008

The National Do Not Call List (DNCL) Should Be Launched By September 30, 2008

On December 21, 2007 the CRTC awarded a five-year contract to Bell Canada to operate the National DNCL. The National DNCL will be a nationwide registry that will allow you to reduce the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls you receive. Currently, each telemarketer is required to maintain its own "do not call list", which you must register on separately to reduce or avoid calls. With the National DNCL, you will only have to register your Canadian telephone number on one list.

The National DNCL operator will be responsible for registering numbers, providing telemarketers with up-to-date versions of the National DNCL, and receiving consumer complaints about telemarketing calls.

At least according to bill C-61. Yes, he's adorable, but that won't get him anywhere with the Canadian government.

SFFaudio - Blog Archive - WALL-E, a Bill C-61 copyright criminal.

Here's the evidence:

1. WALL-E records audio from his favorite movie, Hello Dolly, putting in onto his own digital recorder (bypassing the macrovision DRM on the tape). A COPYRIGHT CRIME UNDER C-61

2. WALL-E archives the audio, he doesnâ..t merely time-shift it. He listens repeatedly! A COPYRIGHT CRIME UNDER C-61

3. WALL-E shares his DRM-broken music with his friend, another robot named EVE. A COPYRIGHT CRIME UNDER C-61

4. WALL-E watches Hello Dolly on multiple evenings, on the screen of an iPod. Hello Dolly is not available through the iTunes store, therefore he broke the videocassette DRM when he platform shifted it. A COPYRIGHT CRIME UNDER C-61

Bill C-61 sucks. Big time.

False.... Good Snopes.com article on the history of the Canadian flag.

snopes.com: Canada's Maple Leaf Flag

Many of these flags bore Union Jacks and fleur-de-lys. Quite a few featured a beaver, including one wearing a Mountie hat; another one showed an adult beaver encircled by ten smaller ones (Canada and its provinces). Other wild creatures included Canada geese, grizzly bears, moose, salmon, bison, caribou. The North Star was a popular emblem, as was the cross. Several designs included aboriginal symbols. And one, submitted by the self-proclaimed "Society for the Suppression of Blue Lines" of Toronto, consisted of "crossed red hockey sticks rampant" and a single hockey puck.

  On Canada's flag

We came that close to putting a beaver on the flag, people (pinches fingers together).

Choosing Canada's Flag - The Archivist - Publications - Library and Archives Canada

On December 15, 1964, after a prolonged and bitter debate lasting thirty-three days, the House of Commons passed an act providing a national flag for Canada. The design chosen was based on the flag of the Royal Military College in Kingston.

Although debate over a distinctive Canadian flag lasted for nearly a century, there was renewed controversy during the election campaign of 1963, when Liberal leader Lester B. Pearson promised that Canada would have a flag of her own within two years. Once in power, Prime Minister Pearson promoted a design by an Ottawa heraldic expert, Alan Beddoe. This design, with three maple leaves on a white field and a vertical blue bar on each end, soon became known as "Pearson's Pennant."

By contrast, the Leader of the Opposition, John Diefenbaker, favoured the Red Ensign, the flag of the British merchant marine, which had flown on Canadian vessels since 1892. Furthermore, in 1945, it had officially replaced the Union Jack as Canada's flag on land until such time as the Canadian Parliament chose a new one.

Dr. Henry Morgentaler is finally among those named to the Order of Canada. Much to the chagrin of right-wing and anti-abortion groups.

Now 85, Morgentaler, a Polish Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Montreal after the war, opened his first abortion clinic in 1969 and performed thousands of procedures, which were illegal at the time.

Morgentaler, a trained family physician, argued that access to abortion was a basic human right and women should not have to risk death at the hands of an untrained professional in order to end their pregnancies.

Morgentaler's clinics were constantly raided, and one in Toronto was firebombed. Morgentaler was arrested several times and spent months in jail as he fought his case at all court levels in Canada.

His victory came on Jan. 28, 1988, when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canadaâ..s abortion law. That law, which required a woman who wanted an abortion to appeal to a three-doctor hospital abortion committee, was declared unconstitutional.

... or for regular people using glamour shots, or for people with webcams.

More like it's for people with seriously damaged egos. They have a height and weight listing for user profiles, but which are only ranges of heights and weights (i.e. people are 5'7"-5'11").

The weight system is even more baffling, since most of the guys are either 5 or 6kg. What does that even mean?

Only the beautiful people need apply

Like a gated community for hotties, BeautifulPeople.net is an elite Canadian club with "a strict ban on ugliness." Officially launching today, the controversial site -- versions of which have been introduced successfully in 15 other countries since 2002 -- is only open to men and women who are easy on the eyes, with members rating the photos of new applicants to determine their eligibility.

If you look like Charlize Theron, you're in. If you look like Charlize Theron in Monster, you're out.

Calling BeautifulPeople elitist but fair, the site's operators say they're "separating the hippos from the cheetahs" in the social networking jungle.

Very interesting article about the Canadian United Church. In an increasingly secular society, where the United Church has become a "government-sponsored social club", there is some serious talk about just closing shop.

What's unfortunate is that, aside from the Unitarians, the United Church is pretty much the most liberal and sensible congregation around.

Will United Church 'throw in the towel'?

Says Reverend Connie denBok:

"We have a huge number of deeply demoralized clergy, congregations dwindling and dying, and either we say, 'Gosh, we've hit a dead end and should consider changing direction,' or we say, 'Our direction has been a good and righteous one and we're not getting anywhere with it and we should shut the whole organization down."

This is the damndest thing I've heard, and it happened in Canada, no less. A parent of an autistic child is told by a teacher that a psychic said someone with a "V" for a name was molested. Ergo, her child was molested. This teacher needs to be fired. This psychic should also be fired ... out of a canon ... at the sun.

CityNews: CityNews Exclusive: The Mother, The Child, The School Board And The Psychic

The frightened mother rushed back to the campus and was stunned by what she heard - the principal, vice-principal and her daughter's teacher were all waiting for her in the office, telling her they'd received allegations that Victoria had been the victim of sexual abuse - and that the CAS had been notified.

How did they come by such startling knowledge? Leduc was incredulous as they poured out their story.

"The teacher looked and me and said: 'We have to tell you something. The educational assistant who works with Victoria went to see a psychic last night, and the psychic asked the educational assistant at that particular time if she works with a little girl by the name of "V." And she said 'yes, I do.' And she said, 'well, you need to know that that child is being sexually abused by a man between the ages of 23 and 26.'"

What can I say? Canadians like their zombie films.

Bruce McDonald takes a foray into the gruesome

McDonald, who's made nine feature films, including Highway 61 and The Tracey Fragments, spent a decade pursuing a more ambitious, expensive adaptation of the novel, attracting along the way the interest of such unlikely names as R.E.M lead singer and film producer Michael Stipe. But financing inevitably fell through, usually over artistic differences.

"The concept itself was just so fantastic," McDonald says, "and that's what kept us going all these years." Burgess wrote what he calls a "garbage can full of drafts," before he and McDonald arrived at the current incarnation, almost by accident. Coincidentally, the CBC asked McDonald for a radio play - "a kind of War of the Worlds thing" - and, in six months they turned in a more focused version of Pontypool using one location and just a few actors. "The CBC," says Burgess, "went â..yikes,' then â..yes,' then â..yikes' again."

Michael Geist tells us why we should be mad at Industry Minister Jim Prentice right now.

Michael Geist - The Canadian DMCA: A Betrayal

So why is it a betrayal?

Because in a country whose Supreme Court of Canada has emphasized the importance of balance between creators rights and user rights, the Canadian DMCA eviscerates user rights in the digital environment by virtually eliminating fair dealing. Under this bill, the right to copy for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, and news reporting virtually disappears if the underlying content is digitally locked.

Because in a country that rightly promotes the importance of education, the Canadian DMCA erects new barriers for teachers, students, and schools at every level who now face the prospect of infringement claims if they want to teach using digital media.

Because in a country that prioritizes privacy, the Canadian DMCA will render it virtually impossible to protect against the invasion of privacy by digital media companies. The bill includes an exemption for those that circumvent digital locks to protect their privacy, yet renders the tools needed to circumvent illegal. In other words, the bill gives Canadians the right to protect their privacy but prohibits the tools needed to do so.

There's much more. Write to your MP, the Industry Minister, the Canadian Heritage Minister, and the Prime Minister.

Go to http://www.copyrightforcanadians.ca/action/firstlook/ for sample letters.

Check out Online Rights Canada's new action alert, "Tell MPs What's Wrong with the Prentice Bill":

Here's what their website says about it:

"After months of hesitation, Industry Minister Jim Prentice has finally revealed his re-write of Canada's rules of copyright. Tell your MP just what you think of it."

2817 people have already taken action. Add your voice today!

Someone tracked the IP of the edits on a Wikipedia article back to Industry Canada. Losers. These are the guys who are in charge of Internet legistlation, and they can't even anonymously edit Wikipedia properly.

Government buffing Prentice's Wikipedia entry

The government has been editing Minister of Industry Jim Prentice's Wikipedia entry, removing mentions of the recent copyright-reform controversy and hailing the minister as personifying "experience, confidence and competence, ability and capability."

The edits, discovered by University of Ottawa internet law professor Michael Geist â.. a vocal opponent of Prentice's pending copyright legislation â.. have been anonymously made over the past week with several attempts to remove criticisms of a bill the minister is expected to table before Parliament breaks for its summer session some time over the next few weeks.

The Wikipedia website allows anyone to edit an entry, which allows for incorrect information â.. or opinionated views â.. to be added. The site's open architecture provides a way for incorrect information and opinions to slowly be filtered out as additional users add to or remove from entries.

Well, nice try anyway. Harper's sure to ignore this.

globeandmail.com: MPs vote to give asylum to U.S. deserters

American military deserters celebrated a bittersweet victory Tuesday as the House of Commons passed a motion calling on the Harper government to let them stay in Canada.

The opposition parties banded together to outvote the Conservatives and approve the motion to grant permanent residence status to deserters and their families.

But the measure, which passed 137-110, isn't binding â.. and the government is certain to ignore it.

Oh great. Now I can't take my iPod with me?

Copyright deal could toughen rules governing info on iPods, computers

The agreement is being structured much like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) except it will create rules and regulations regarding private copying and copyright laws.

Federal trade agreements do not require parliamentary approval.

The deal would create a international regulator that could turn border guards and other public security personnel into copyright police. The security officials would be charged with checking laptops, iPods and even cellular phones for content that "infringes" on copyright laws, such as ripped CDs and movies.

The guards would also be responsible for determining what is infringing content and what is not.

The agreement proposes any content that may have been copied from a DVD or digital video recorder would be open for scrutiny by officials - even if the content was copied legally.

Great. One more Canadian kook with a crystal skull, riding on the media bandwagon of the new (and boring) Indiana Jones movie.

Skull 'find' inspires Indiana Jones

The late Anna Mitchell-Hedges -- a Port Colborne, Ont., orphan who was adopted by British adventurer Frederick Mitchell-Hedges in the early 1900s and died just last year at age 100 -- spent her long life retelling the tale of her chance sighting of a glinting object amid Mayan ruins in Belize.

The purported discovery spawned an enduring popular fascination with crystal skulls and their supposed mythic powers -- the perfect backdrop for the new Indy sequel, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which takes its place alongside the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade in the lucrative film franchise created by George Lucas, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as the swashbuckling archeologist-action hero Jones.

Good news for those who purchased an iPod a million years ago.

Digital Home Canada - Apple settles suit with Canadian iPod owners

The Montreal law firm which handled the case said that as many as 80,000 Canadians could be eligible, which could cost Apple as much as $36 million in credits. The credit can only be used at Apple's retail or online outlets so the true costs to the company will be considerably less than $36 million.

The only bad part about this is you can't buy it in Canada. It fits 20 cases of beer, dammit!

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ZENN Motor Company

Here's a pretty awesome electric motorcycle that uses advanced gyros for steering and speed control. I think I want one.

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