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SO this happened this past week:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/supreme-court-facebook-bc-douez-1.4174804

What gets my attention is this detail as quoted:

"The British Columbia Supreme Court approved her suit, but the provincial Court of Appeal stayed the case, saying it should properly be pursued in California, where Facebook has its head office.

The appeal court said all potential users of Facebook must agree to its terms of use, which include a forum selection and choice-of-law clause requiring that disputes be resolved in California according to California law.

In its 4-3 split decision, however, the Supreme Court found the clause unenforceable."


From Michael Geist:

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2017/06/supreme-court-rules-facebook-cant-contract-b-c-privacy-law/
dewline: (canadian media)
So this happened today at the CRTC:

http://www.tv-eh.com/2017/06/19/minister-joly-appoints-acting-chair-of-the-canadian-radio-television-and-telecommunications-commission/

Is this a decision Canadian viewers, readers and listeners need to worry about? If so, why?
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Maybe this is something for Law and the Multiverse, the Legal Geeks and/or Bob Ingersoll. Or their Canadian counterparts, if such are willing to step up.

Is Laura "X-23" Kinney, the current Wolverine, legally entitled to Canadian citizenship?

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We were so busy watching the appointments to the Supreme Court. That was certainly a mistake. And I suspect that we will all pay as Canadian citizens over the next half-century. To what degree? It's still debatable.
dewline: (Blackoutspeakout)
Well, it looks like the New Conservatives started blinking.

Hoping the trend continues. For the safety of all Canadians.

More on other stuff later.
dewline: (meme-defence)

The recommendation is for certain federal cabinet ministers' quotations in the article. The article itself strikes me as solid, grounded in fact, and leads me to worry about what seems part of an ongoing trend as described in the title above.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-government-to-appeal-ruling-reversing-cruel-cuts-to-refugee-health-1.2696311

The Federal Court of Appeal ruling itself is also - in my POV - grounded solidly in both fact and empathy. Which we need in the court system in no small degree, especially in these times. I do not like this practice on the part of cabinet ministers of conflating legitimate refugees and illegal immigrants for one thing, and for another, there may well be people in the second group who ought to be moved into the first.

Discouraging fact-based empathy is not for me. Not in my name. 

(By the by, I'm downloading a copy of the text of the ruling for future study. Seems like a good idea on principle.)

dewline: (gratitude)
Glad that we were able to help you too.
dewline: (celebration)
Thirty years ago tomorrow, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed into law as part of the larger process of repatriating the Canadian Constitution from British to Canadian control. Since then, it's been at the heart of Canadian law, filling a role very much akin to that the US Bill of Rights.

The current government seems to have a problem with the idea of honouring this anniversary, the Charter apparently being seen by many in the New Conservatives' ranks as a legacy of their political enemies.

By comparison, most of the population of Canada, regardless of their political leanings, have their own opinions on the subject.

That would include me.

Happy birthday, Charter!

*raises a virtual toast!*

Here's to at least thirty more!
dewline: (Default)
That's what the weather was today here in Ottawa. Not much snowfall, and the sunlight dominated the day. All eleven hours, eighteen minutes of it.

(Yes, I keep track. It's useful for mental health maintenance measures. Like light-boxes serving double-duty as makeshift sun lamps. Also, for fanatically tracking the progress towards Spring 2012)

Meanwhile, there's a bunch of stuff Kepler's been digging up for humanity. Nice to have that info to file away for future ongoing research and exploration.

On the other hand, we've got this thing that's starting to look more and more like an organized attempt at voter suppression-style election fraud during last year's federal election being investigated by Elections Canada, the RCMP and CRTC. Some of you have already been discussing this elsewhere online.

We've had public protests complaining about it in Vancouver already, and Parliament Hill is next up tomorrow at noon.

(No, I won't be there. Got a day-job now and I want to keep it as long as I can. But good to see the self-organizing lack of apathy amongst my fellow citizens!)

So. Just a bit spooked, I suppose?
dewline: (Default)
Go, see for yourself. Before it gets amended again.

And keep the LegisINFO home page bookmarked for future reference on other bills that you suspect might impact on your life as a Canadian citizen. It might be useful.
dewline: (bad news)
Last night before bed, I mentioned that I neither believe nor trust the utterances of Vic Toews.

Tonight, some links to news coverage wherein some of the reasoning behind that prejudice of mine - for the moment, "prejudice" seems to fit until a better-reasoned argument can be put forward - might make itself evident to anyone still reading this LJ blog.

As for the choice of music...I prefer cautious hope for the future over cynical irony. Particularly nowadays. But I'll live with the latter if I'm forbidden any other choice.
dewline: (Default)
I don't trust or believe Vic Toews.

That's all.
dewline: (Default)
You looked at the music I had on when I wrote this first, right?

Yeah. I listen to Bruce Cockburn at least a couple of times a week. Between that and being a CBC audience member by repeated public admission, I'm probably already considered a "person of interest" in some quarters.

So...I have to wonder what TV series certain federal cabinet ministers have been watching over the last decade during their in camera sessions. It surely wasn't Intelligence or The Border.

Especially when I read news like this item today.

I'm with Amnesty International's people as quoted on this one, people.
dewline: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] budgie_uk posted an opinion piece on his new Wordpress blog suggesting that it's past time that the UK wrote itself a Constitution.

Which got me thinking about our own set-up.

If memory serves, ours here in Canada is spread across a couple of documents, classic UK-style:

1) The British North America Act of 1867
2) The Constitution Act of 1982, which includes...
3) ...the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Am I wrong in suspecting that there's other components to the mix that I'm forgetting?

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