Joanne St Lewis

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Ottawa transit commission flouts Quebec's 'niqab ban'

Ottawa's transit commission has made its opposition to Quebec's so-called "niqab ban" official.<p>The 12-member commission on Wednesday unanimously …

Canada

Donald Trump’s ‘kakistocracy’ is not the first, but it’s revived an old word

When John Brennan used a 17th-century word to describe the US presidency, Twitter went wild – but what does it mean?<p>Rarely does an ancient Greek portmanteau word spark a Twitterstorm. But that’s what happened when the former director of the CIA John Brennan took to Twitter and accused Donald Trump …

Donald Trump

Terrorism in Africa: 21 active militant groups on the continent in 2018

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies, an organization dedicated to studying security issues on the African continent, just published its 2018 …

Africa

Should Quebec City mosque killer Alexandre Bissonnette have been charged with terrorism?

MONTREAL – It was a carefully planned assault on a Muslim place of worship triggered — the attacker acknowledged to police — by news that Canada was …

Extremism

What is terrorism?

Comment: Broad and shifting definitions of 'terrorism' have given states free rein to act with impunity, writes Zohra el-Mokhtari.<p>Tags:<p>Terrorism, …

Whistle-blower pleads guilty to leaking FBI guide on surveillance

April 17 (UPI) -- An FBI whistle-blower on Tuesday pleaded guilty to giving classified information to a reporter about the agency's methods for …

Surveillance

U of R profs say camera 'surveillance' during exams does not address cheating concerns

Faculty members at the University of Regina are slamming the administrative decision to put video cameras in exam rooms in an attempt to combat …

Regina

Beyond Cambridge Analytica -- The Surveillance Companies Infiltrating And Manipulating Social Media

If it hasn’t already been made clear by Facebook’s moves to cut off AggregateIQ and Cambridge Analytica from the platform following the data privacy fiasco that exploded last month, there are multiple companies who don’t play by the social network’s rules and abuse its users’ privacy.<p>But in recent …

Social Media

‘We’re not immune’ on the Hill: Sen. Bernard launches Senate debate on anti-Black racism

An Independent Senator launching a debate in the Senate on anti-Black racism nationally and on Parliament Hill says recent accusations of racism …

Canada

Why Starbucks shouldn't be praised for its misguided racism workshops

The line between implicit bias and explicit bias can become murky at times, but the Starbucks incident is a clear case of explicit bias and to call it anything less is outrageous<p>After a Starbucks manager had two black men arrested for occupying a table without making a purchase, Starbucks has …

Critical Thinking

FIFA charges World Cup host Russia with fan racism

FIFA charged World Cup host Russia with fan racism on Tuesday, less than two months before the tournament begins.<p>Monkey chants were aimed at black …

War Crimes

Can a Man Still Paint a Female Nude?

Part I: “I quit doing the figure. I’m only doing abstract art.”<p><i>Male artists wonder whether they can work with the female form, while the world</i> …

Feminism

Things You Do Every Day That Keep You From Getting Sh*t Done

Making to-do lists.<p>There’s something about seeing everything you have to do in one neat column, just waiting to be checked off, that gives many of us …

Productivity

The 18 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Set In Space, Ranked

From "Firefly" to "Doctor Who," these are the voyages of television's top spaceships.<p>Space is a scary place, as we’ve seen in countless movies and TV …

Science Fiction

Robin Williams Did This 1 Thing to Unlock His Creativity--and It's Exactly What Neuroscience Recommends

Unlocking creativity ain't easy--but some brilliant scientific and comedic minds have figured it out.<p>We all have self-defeating habits and do plenty to sabotage our own success. Unfortunately, it's no different when it comes to creativity.<p>Neuroscience research indicates that those who struggle with …

Creativity

The Surgeon Who Experimented on Slaves

Fellow doctors have been some of the most prominent defenders of J. Marion Sims, the controversial “father of gynecology.”<p>Their names—at least the ones we know—were Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey. There were other women, but their identities have been forgotten.<p>The man whose name appears in medical …

Black History

In 1968, the Supreme Court gutted the Fourth Amendment, certain that it would all work out in the end. It didn't.

In 1968, the Supremes ruled in <i>Terry v. Ohio</i> that the police did not need "probable cause" to stop a person, it was sufficient that they have …

Fourth Amendment

The first step to better grilled cheese is losing the butter. Trust us

Grilled cheese, is it ever <i>really</i> the wrong choice? No, it is not. Is your version the best it can be? Are you sure? A swipe of mayonnaise is a surefire way to up your grilled cheese game.<p>What? Yes. I learned this trick by watching the Gabrielle Hamilton season of <i>Mind of a Chef</i>. If the food-bro …

grilled cheese

A Woman Was Told She Was "Too Harsh" On Her Stalker & Shared Her Thoughts In A Reddit Post

“I don’t want to be mean, or unkind,” a female college student wrote on the /r/TwoXChromosomes subreddit, “but I want to be safe.” The woman, who …

Feminism

20 Simple Habits That Will Make You Happier

I am fascinated with the habits that affect happiness, health, productivity and success. I read everything I can get my hands on related to these …

Happiness

Facebook to ask everyone to accept being tracked so they can keep using it

Facebook is going to ask all of its users whether they want to be tracked as they use it.<p>The site will ask all of its users to explicitly opt in to …

Privacy

Privacy watchdog suggests he may join ongoing AggregateIQ investigations

Canada’s privacy czar has publicly suggested he may join in on the ongoing probes against AggregateIQ, the B.C. company tied to the Facebook data controversy and money flows around the 2016 Brexit vote.<p>The Victoria-based political consultancy was already facing scrutiny for its role in working with …

Privacy

Embrace the slow-media philosophy

There are many calls to delete Facebook from your life. But Cal Newport, a professor of computer science and author of <i>Deep Work</i>, suggests you go beyond that meme of the moment and embrace a more all-encompassing, slow-media approach.<p>“This is problematic because once you allow one of these platforms …

9 easy things you can do to beef up your privacy on Facebook

Years ago, in what seemed like a much more innocent time, I signed up for Facebook.<p>The first thing you do, as you probably already know, is to fill …

Privacy

Facebook Says Cambridge Analytica Harvested Data of Up to 87 Million Users

WASHINGTON — Facebook on Wednesday said that the data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with a political consulting firm connected to President Trump during the 2016 election — a figure far higher than the estimate of 50 million that had been widely cited since the leak was …

Cambridge Analytica

French officer who swapped places with a hostage in terror attack dies

<b>(CNN) —</b> A police officer who swapped places with a female hostage during an attack by an ISIS supporter on a supermarket in southern France has died of his wounds, French authorities said.<p>Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot in the neck Friday after offering to take the place of a woman during a …

Extremism

Why the Tiny Weight of Empty Space Is Such a Huge Mystery

The amount of energy infusing empty space is too small to explain without a multiverse. But physicists have at least one avenue left to explore.<p>The …

Facebook Vigilantism Is a Scary Thing

“They’re turning suspects into criminals in one click.”<p>In early December, a shocking video recorded in the lobby of an apartment building on the outskirts of Beirut surfaced on the internet. The video, posted to an unusual Facebook page called <i>Weynieh el Dawleh—</i>or “Where is the state?”—showed two …

Internet

Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t push “colour-blind” politics

Some contort Martin Luther King Jr.’s words to criticize policies for racialized Canadians. But King spent his life fighting for redress and …

Iran sentences ‘Girl of Enghelab Street’ to 24 months for removing headscarf in public

TEHRAN, Iran — A Tehran prosecutor says a woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in public in late December has been sentenced to 24 …