News: Weekend Reads

Mannequin challenge

Sunday  21:35,   20 november 2016
MSN

Mannequin[...]

Looking for a way to die, when the law leaves you behind

Friday  19:06,   18 november 2016
Maclean's

Looking for a way to die, when the law leaves you[...]

Inside Toronto’s extremist prevention program, where police quietly stop ‘wannabes’ from joining ISIL, KKK

Thursday  21:50,   17 november 2016
National Post

Exclusive: The National Post has learned that for two years, police have incorporated counter-extremism into existing community safety program for at-risk youthsTORONTO — The first time Donovan Locke had to perform an intervention with an[...]

Ashley Csanady: Indigenous prayers in the classroom and all-Muslim suburbs are equally dangerous attacks on our secular society

Thursday  21:36,   17 november 2016
National Post

In a secular society, we can't let religion creep into our public spaces in the name of inclusivity, even if it sounds all warm and fuzzy to indigenous prayers in schools or build faith-based communitiesImagine your child running home from class [...]

Would Trump win the Tory leadership?

Thursday  21:36,   17 november 2016
Maclean's

Scott Gilmore on spotting cynical opportunists in the Tory leadership raceI was sure he would lose. But he didn’t. I was dismayed that someone so poisonous could find such broad support among Americans. The day after the election I left New York for [...]

Just in time for Trudeau’s visit, Argentina declares a pitiless war of extermination on the Canadian beaver

Thursday  21:20,   17 november 2016
National Post

Argentina is dispatching a crack team of 10 hunters into the wilds around Tierra Del Fuego. Their decade-long mission? To trap and destroy 100,000 Canadian beavers. “There are one or two beaver colonies per kilometre of river. We want to get these[...]

The dolphins used to treat PTSD in Ukrainian soldiers

Wednesday  22:36,   16 november 2016
The Guardian

Trainers in Odessa say sessions can help veterans, as well as children with learning difficulties, but there are concerns about the animals’ welfare A few months later he was on holiday in Odessa and his mother, Anna, decided to try dolphin therapy. [...]

The scariest part of Facebook’s fake news problem: fake news is more viral than real news

Wednesday  21:36,   16 november 2016
Vox.com

Mark Zuckerberg says fake news on his site is too rare to be an issue — but he's the only one.Facebook has recently come under fire for allowing fake news, exaggerated news claims, and other forms of rumor-mongering and irresponsible[...]

Playing the workaholic on social media

Wednesday  21:22,   16 november 2016
The Atlantic

Though the sentiment “fuck my life,” expressed in some form or another, has existed as long as life has been terrible, the abbreviation “FML” is entirely an invention of the internet’s social age. While it’s hard to know from where it originally[...]

Stop, hey, what's that sound? The 50th anniversary of a time when music, revolution, cops and revelers clashed on the Sunset Strip

Wednesday  20:51,   16 november 2016
Los Angeles Times

I laced my high-tops in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew up under a cloud of many illusions, one of which was the idea that Los Angeles was not worth visiting. As part of this Northern California superiority narrative, the revolution of the[...]

In Prison, but Still a Big Sister

Wednesday  20:06,   16 november 2016
The Atlantic

“I’m not going to discuss how I ended up in the criminal-justice system,” Lettisha Boyd tells me. “I did end up there—I guess that’s the biggest thing.” Boyd, now 41, was sent to a prison in New York state more than two decades ago for a felony[...]

‘I no longer had the ability to reason’: Margaret Trudeau talks about life before mental health diagnosis

Tuesday  22:35,   15 november 2016
National Post

Margaret Trudeau 'lived in a private hell' for years before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder .Trudeau, the ex-wife of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spoke at the Mingle for Mental[...]

How politics sabotaged the federal government’s grand IT plan, Shared Services Canada

Tuesday  20:07,   15 november 2016
National Post

It's rare that issues involving information technology intrude on Ottawa's political agenda -- rarer still that they do so with the force displayed in 2016 .All of Shared Services’ core projects are behind schedule, substantially so, in the[...]

Venezuelan 'narconephews' bad at drug smuggling, defense and prosecution say

Tuesday  19:29,   15 november 2016
The Guardian

Defense says pair were ‘stupid’ and set up by informants while US prosecutors claim they overestimated their power in trying to ship 800 kilos of cocaine to USFranqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 31, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 30, are accused[...]

How much police trespassing is permissible?

Tuesday  05:00,   15 november 2016
Maclean's

Police argue they can wander into your backyard without permission. A court will put that to a[...]