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The growing pandemic of political speak — John Kerry, America's ever-more-pontifical secretary of state, recently began an answer about Middle East peace negotiations by declaring, as he often does: "I want to make this crystal clear." He then went on to do the opposite, blathering on about "facilitation," building eventually to this howler: "The president is desirous of trying to see how we can make our best efforts in order to find a way to facilitate."
Hah, great piece. Why politicians and academics don't just say what they mean - World - CBC News
RT @AGMacDougall: Headline misfires but solid piece: @natnewswatch: Neil MacDonald: The growing pandemic of political speak…
I may laminate and frame this Neil MacDonald piece on incomprehensible political-speak:… #cdnpoli

Shakespeare at 450: How science may have influenced his work — ​Dan Falk is a Canadian journalist, author and broadcaster. His book, The Science of Shakespeare, was published in April by Goose Lane in Canada and by St. Martin's Press in the U.S.] We don't usually talk about Shakespeare and science in the same breath: For one thing, science, as we think of it today, didn't really exist in Elizabethan England.
RT @CBCQuirks: Shakespeare at 450: How science may have influenced his work - new @CBCIdeas documentary with @DanFalk
RT @danfalk: Happy 450th to William #Shakespeare! Here's a piece I worte for on how #science plays a role in his work:
Happy 450th to William #Shakespeare! Here's a piece I worte for on how #science plays a role in his work:

Gas price jump 'doesn't make sense' — Drivers looking for a good reason why gasoline prices made major jumps across Canada overnight will be left lacking, as the usual seasonal influences don't add up to the types of increases they're seeing in many parts of the country. Montrealers woke up to eye-popping price hikes of more than nine cents per litre this morning.

Firefighters on scene at Kia of Saskatoon — Firefighters are on the scene of a reported blaze at a Saskatoon car dealership.

Miriam Toews on sisterhood, suicide and All My Puny Sorrows — Prefer to watch this conversation? Continue to the bottom of this post to find the video version Jian's interview with Miriam Toews. Canadian novelist Miriam Toews (A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans) is known for her masterful fusion of humour and heartbreak. Her latest book, All My Puny Sorrows, is
RT @RandomHouseCA: . @MiriamToews talks to @jianghomeshi about sisterhood, suicide & All My Puny Sorrows on @cbcradioQ…

First Play: Ray LaMontagne, Supernova CBC Music — When Ray LaMontagne settled into his home in the Berkshire foothills to write songs for his fifth album, the followup to his Grammy-winning God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise, he ran into something that hadn't happened before - he couldn't finish a song.

Aboriginal people in Toronto may face premature death: study — Chrissy Smith loves being a part of the aboriginal community in Toronto but she admits, it can be a hard place to live. Originally from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Chrissy Smith is one of approximately 70,000 aboriginal people who call Toronto home.
Aboriginal people in Toronto may face premature death: study - Aboriginal - CBC

Easter egg hunt in Laval goes horribly wrong — Laval, Que., was the scene of an Easter egg hunt gone so bad that organizers are considering having police on hand for the next edition. More than 10,000 Easter egg hunters and their parents showed up to the Cocothon event last Saturday at Laval's Nature Centre.
Almost on par w Surrey sand castle day stabbings RT @CBCMontreal: Easter egg hunt in Laval goes horribly wrong…
RT @danfalk: Easter egg hunt in Laval, Quebec, goes horribly wrong; orgs. say police may be needed for next time...
Easter egg hunt in Laval, Quebec, goes horribly wrong; orgs. say police may be needed for next time...
RT @CBCMontreal: Easter egg hunt in Laval goes horribly wrong: kids get knocked over, parents snatch eggs from other kids' baskets http://t…
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Musical theatre composers fight against sheet music piracy — By now, some young musical theatre fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter. The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, Wicked, wants people to know that it's stealing.

Gobbledygook study exposes bogus journals — Using a deliberately incoherent research paper created by cutting and pasting alternating paragraphs from a geology paper and a haematology study - Ottawa Citizen reporter Tom Spears set out to test the credibility of so-called predatory, online scholarly journals. Of the 18 he submitted the gobbledygook to, only two rejected it.
"Of the 18 [scholarly journals] he submitted the gobbledygook to, only two rejected it."…

Saskatoon resident tarps over 'unsightly' public art — A Saskatoon man says the black tarp he used to cover a piece of public art at the corner of 33rd Street and Avenue C is an improvement over the original display. "It's literally two compressed bales of garbage," said Luke Coupal, who's lived in the neighbourhood for the past decade.

Canada's longest-serving MPs — Courtesy of the Library of Parliament, here are the top 10 longest-serving MPs in Canadian political history, along with their political affiliation and brief sketches: Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier (Liberal, Laurier Liberal) First elected: Jan. 22, 1874. Left office: Dec. 16, 1917 (death). Length of service: 44 years, 10 months, 17 days.
RT @CBCPolitics: Herb Gray, who died this week, was one of Canada's longest-serving MPs - Here's the Top 10, from @Kady #cdnpoli #hw

Russian ambassador Georgiy Mamedov to address Ukraine conflict — Russia's ambassador to Canada, Georgiy Mamedov, will address the conflict in Ukraine and Crimea from the Russian perspective in a speech to the Empire Club in Toronto today. will carry it live starting shortly after noon ET. The speech will come the same day U.S.
by @laurapayton Russian envoy calls Canadian diplomat a 'spy' amid expulsions - Politics - CBC News #hw #cdnpoli
Russia kicks out Canadian diplomat amid Ukraine crisis - Politics - CBC News #hw #cdnpoli
RT @CBCAlerts: More on #Russia expelling Canadian diplomat in Moscow. Sources say envoy was first secretary of immigration section: http://…
We're having connectivity problems for the Russian ambassador's speech...story to be updated once we get tape back.…

Mount Everest avalanche: Sherpas hold walkout at base camp — Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday in an unprecedented walkout to honour 16 of their colleagues who were killed last week in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on the mountain, climbers said. The boycott throws Nepal's lucrative climbing season into disarray.

Minister Thomas Lukaszuk accused of misleading legislature — The opposition Wildrose says Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk mislead the legislature when he claimed Alberta's information commissioner endorsed a controversial government system for vetting freedom of information requests.
Lukaszuk for Premier! RT @CBCEdmonton: Minister Thomas Lukaszuk accused of misleading legislature… #yeg
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