Canada: Legislation limits free speech for journalists - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship -
Journalists face fines in Alberta for commenting on strike action by unionized workers? Welcome to the corporate national-security state.
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These companies (along with hundreds of others) are using the investor-state dispute rules embedded in trade treaties signed by the countries they are suing. The rules are enforced by panels which have none of the safeguards we expect in our own courts. The hearings are held in secret. The judges are corporate lawyers, many of whom work for companies of the kind whose cases they hear. Citizens and communities affected by their decisions have no legal standing. There is no right of appeal on the merits of the case. Yet they can overthrow the sovereignty of parliaments and the rulings of supreme courts.
You don’t believe it? Here’s what one of the judges on these tribunals says about his work. “When I wake up at night and think about arbitration, it never ceases to amaze me that sovereign states have agreed to investment arbitration at all … Three private individuals are entrusted with the power to review, without any restriction or appeal procedure, all actions of the government, all decisions of the courts, and all laws and regulations emanating from parliament.”
There are no corresponding rights for citizens. We can’t use these tribunals to demand better protections from corporate greed. As theDemocracy Centre says, this is “a privatised justice system for global corporations”.
I crave the hatred of those people," Greenwald says about the small, somewhat incestuous community of Beltway pundits, government officials, think-tank experts and other opinion-makers he targets routinely. "If you’re not provoking that reaction in people, you’re not provoking or challenging anyone, which means you’re pointless. — Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the NSA’s Secrets | Politics News | Rolling Stone
The reason I can’t laugh about Rob Ford anymore is that he has become a threat to the basic assumptions that allow politics to function. If this guy isn’t in jail, why bother having police at all? Why not just round up poor people whenever powerful people get the urge? The least we can do, it seem to me, is let everyone currently serving a sentence for drug use out of prison. Otherwise, the whole system is pure hypocrisy. — The Day the Rob Ford Story Stopped Being Funny - Esquire
George Orwell on journalism.
I hope you’re schooling young Hitchens now, wherever you are, you magnificent bastard.
Because god knows, divers aren’t geeks or gearheads or anything.
Its news and documentary coverage must be different. That means more progressive voices heard, filling a huge gap in the Canadian media, an arena dominated by centre and right-wing views. The politically-progressive base in Canada remains stable and remains largely unheard. It’s the CBC’s job to fill that vacuum. Less of the Don Cherry-style dismissal of “pinkos out there that ride bicycles” and more attention to those who reject the right-wing, Big Business view of the country. —
Why newness, not nostalgia, is the way forward for the CBC
With this prescription for the CBC, John Doyle shows, once again, why he’s a National Treasure.
Experience has more or less proven that aviation on the island is unsustainable under current regulations, as set out on the municipally fabled Tripartite Agreement of 1983 [PDF]. The latest evidence is Porter’s abrupt about-face on jets, which went from unnecessary yesterday to do-or-die today. But the airport will remain alive as long as the chance remains for some future buccaneer to catch the city in one of its regular Lastman/Ford-type stupors and blow the rules wide open. —
Desperately Seeking Jets | politics | Torontoist
Oh Barber, how we’ve missed you.
Dawn of the Dead, or Black Friday:
Really can’t improve on this.