As of the end of October, a unique educational experiment is now playing out in several MontrÃ©al high schools. Local NGO Head & Hands has spent the past two years developing and perfecting a sex education program to be taught in part by students themselves. Their daring new initiative is called the Sense Project.
The pretext for the recent declaration of a state of emergency by Pakistani President/General Pervez Musharraf was curbing lawlessness and violence by Islamist militants.
Astute observers, however, will recognize that the real target of Musharraf's emergency measures is Pakistan's independent judiciary.
Quilapayun, the legendary folk music group, is the closing act of Torontoâe(TM)s 4th annual Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace held at Harbourfront November 9 to 11, 2007. The group, renowned for their involvement in the socially conscious Chilean New Song Movement (Nueva Cancion), returns to Toronto after more than three decades.
A couple of days ago, I was sitting in the offices of a Canadian publisher talking about digital books. I was urging the folks there to get into the business of distributing authors' work online with no digital rights management whatsoever.
Let me set the stage. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is code that is kludged on to online content, like music, to prevent purchasers from using that content in ways the distributors would rather they didn't. For example, DRM prevents you from making a copy of a song you've purchased from an online music store and passing it on to a friend.
Stephen Colbert is much more than a comedy sensation. The growing "Colbert Nation" is also a sign of our times, and especially a sign of the desperation felt by many Americans and observers of U.S. politics.
Colbert, 43, is the host of the popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central. He recently announced his intention to run for President in 2008. After hinting at a bid for the highest office, Colbert conveniently timed his announcement to coincide with the release of his new book, I Am America (And So Can You!).
The radical tax cut and debt repayment plan announced in this week's Economic Statement does nothing to address the serious problems facing the country, the Alternative Federal Budget coalition says.
"Tax cuts will not do anything to help skyrocketing drug costs, our crumbling municipal infrastructure, nor provide clean drinking water on First Nations' reserves. They will not create affordable childcare spaces, build affordable housing, lower tuition fees, nor reduce greenhouse gases," says Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
I thought it would make sense for me to write my first tech column for rabble.ca on my iPod Touch, during a morning GO bus commute to Toronto.
First, the act tells you a lot about me: a nerd who doesn't mind looking like a nearsighted hunt 'n' pecker with a flashlight in his lap. Second, and more seriously, it gives me a natural intro to my topic: mobile, touch-based interfaces and activism.
In the Throne Speech, Stephen Harper included a promise to give honourary Canadian citizenship to Aung San Suu Kyi, a move that was whole-heartedly endorsed by all parties. Who could argue, after all, against highlighting the courageous efforts of a woman who has come to symbolize the struggle for democracy against a repressive regime?