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    "Basically what you're having is a judge can overturn and then cost the taxpayer a lot of money without any accountability or representation on their behalf," Albas said. No, what a judge is doing is ending unjust laws that are being rammed through omnibus budgets that had shut down debate by anti democratic "representatives". Um. Sorry you find the Charter so inconvenient! (not sorry!) http://bit.ly/1k4w2IJ
    3 hours ago | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Everyone, EVERYONE, deserves to have a place to call home!
    3 hours ago | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    OTTAWA—The Canada Revenue Agency has launched a political-activities audit of PEN Canada, a small charity promoting freedom of expression that has criticized the Harper government in the past. Where is the Fraser Institute's audit?
    3 hours ago | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    For those interested in academia: Public Philosophy & Tenure/Promotion: Rethinking “Teaching, Scholarship and Service” One of the responses to the attacks upon the contemporary university, particularly upon the humanities, has been to encourage faculty to engage in so-called ‘public intellectualism.’ In this paper I urge (some) philosophers to embrace this turn, but only if the academy can effectively address how to credit such work in the tenure and promotion process. Currently, public philosophy is typically placed under ‘service’, even though the work is often more intellectually and philosophically rigorous than committee work, even sometimes more than publications. I address this problem by providing an analysis of what is academically valuable about good scholarship and then showing how much of public philosophy achieves those goods. From this I argue that the academy should abandon the traditional categories of teaching/research/service and replace them with a holistic and qualitative single category of “teacher-scholar.” I then recommend that evaluation criteria should be very inclusive, giving credit to the wide range of activities in which faculty participate and I provide some suggestions for how those criteria should read. http://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1489&context=eip
    Wed 12:17 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    I've been concerned about this very thing for some time
    Wed 9:39 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "While it seems as if staffers are willing to hide behind the “it’s our job” excuse for editing Wikipedia articles, or simply that they were just trying to correct some misinformation, the idea that political staffers are using their work time to censor and delete information from the internet’s encyclopedia seems like a massive waste of resources at the very least. Given that all of these edits fall under the “section blanking” category—meaning that information was removed en masse, in lieu of simply correcting facts—there appears to be a widespread tactic of censoring Wikipedia pages in order to improve the public image of predominantly Conservative politicians."
    Jul 15, 2014 9:19 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Since 1973 Briarpatch Magazine has been serving our community with a "fiercely independent" voice covering events and providing analysis often ignored or misrepresented by corporate media. Briarpatch has just launched its first crowd sourced (online) fundraising campaign. I'd be very grateful if you could help Briarpatch spread the word or better still donate! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/briarpatch-magazine-keep-our-website-going
    Jul 15, 2014 9:24 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Jul 15, 2014 8:34 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    So the Harper Government (TM) wants my SIN number because they royally [insert expletive] destroyed our world renowned census data? I don't think so! I actually didn't mind the census-- after all sound data/evidence ought to inform all gov policy-- but nope, sorry no way you're getting my SIN voluntarily. StatsCan requests SIN data for survey test run "In 2006, the mandatory long census had a response rate of 93.5 per cent. The 2011 NHS received a response rate of 68.6 per cent, with higher reluctance among some groups, such as aboriginals." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/statscan-requests-sin-data-for-survey-test-run/article19517683/
    Jul 09, 2014 11:28 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A very good reminder: "We who work in it must never forget the power, the privilege, and the responsibility that we all share to speak out and mobilize for positive change whenever and wherever we can." http://www.cautbulletin.ca/en_article.asp?articleid=3874
    Jul 08, 2014 8:48 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Jul 01, 2014 10:40 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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