Monthly Archives: July 2015

Harper Does It Again: Puts Politics Before Democracy

by | July 31, 2015

This post’s title is an amalgam of the titles of two blog posts released today, and coincidentally, both posts use the same cartoon to illustrate their point: Eric MacDonald’s post, “Harper Does It Again … Is This Really What The Supreme Court Had In Mind?” contains a short explanation of the cartoon, and lets the… Read more »

True North Smart and Free

by | July 31, 2015

Just in time for the anticipated announcement of an October federal election, Evidence for Democracy has launched True North Smart and Free: a new website with a series of short, engaging, shareable stories that documents changes to how science is collected, communicated, and used in federal policy decision-making and what this means for Canadians. Evidence for… Read more »

Weird Words

by | July 30, 2015

Today, @OxfordWords tweeted a link to the article “The 20 Weirdest Words Added to the Dictionary Because of Technology“: 1) Screenager (n.) 2) Meatspace (n.) 3) Slacktivism (n.) 4) Al desko (adv. & adj.) 5) MOOC (n.) 6) Netiquette (n.) 7) Dox (v.) 8) First World problem (n.) 9) Srsly (adv.) 10) Cyberchondriac (n.) 11)… Read more »

Woman on Porter Airlines Refuses to Switch Seats and Accommodate Sexism in the Name of Religion

by | July 29, 2015

Finally, a woman has refused to change seats on an airline to accommodate a sexist, religious request. As CBC reports: Christine Flynn, 31, said she was buckled in and waiting for Porter Airlines Flight 121 from Newark, N.J. to Toronto to take off early on Monday morning when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man approached. The man made… Read more »

Atheist Breast Cancer Support Group

by | July 29, 2015

Diana MacPherson‘s January 14, 2015 post “An Atheist’s Perspective on Cancer” received comments today from reader Karla. In her first comment, Karla replied to an earlier comment from Iwona who says, I would like to be able to find a group of people (women) that are going through the same problems and are not constantly talking… Read more »