As reported by Robert Cheng of CNET and Pocketnews, Windows Phone 8 details have been leaked. Microsoft is developing their latest platform for their Windows Phone. The latest version seems to address some of Microsoft’s previously glaring needs.
On Thursday, January 19, 2012, a class of second-year journalism students from Ryerson University was sent out on the streets of Toronto on a Twitter Scavenger Hunt. Student tweets began pouring in during the late afternoon and their class hashtag, #JRN112, trended in Toronto later that night. One of the main discussions of the Twitter Hunt involved the role social media played in their consumption of news.
New declassified documents show the RCMP may have spied on Bob Rae while he was in university, reports the Toronto star.
Hundreds of pages of information collected by the now defunct intelligence branch of the RCMP were leaked to The Canadian Press by Library and Archives Canada.
Rae worked on the Students’ Administration Council in 1968-69, alongside future New Democrat MP, Steven Langdon. Considered moderates, the two weren’t the most politically extreme of the council. But the interim Liberal Leader’s free-thinking student activism while at the University of Toronto caught the attention of Mountie security agents, apparently keeping their eye on “left-wing subversives.”
Rae organized conferences (teach-ins) and was deeply concerned with campus politics, including renovations to residences and plans to increase enrolment to graduate programs. In one redacted memo, spies reported that Rae and several other students were planning to meet about student business -- hardly the stuff worthy of government probing.
Steve Hewitt, author of Spying 101: The RCMP’s Secret Activities at Canadian Universities, 1917-1997, believes Rae’s enthusiasm and leadership likely spooked the RCMP at the time. Worried that the violent protest that emerged on campuses throughout the United States would spread north, spies at the RCMP kept files on students like Rae and tried to separate harmless enthusiasts from potential radicals.
News that the federal government was following Rae surprised even him.
“The notion that any of this posed a kind of a threat to the established order certainly would have come as news to all of us” he said in an interview with the Star.
Ironically, Rae served on the Security Intelligence Review Committee, which monitors the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), before returning to politics in the 1980s.
Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller delivered a special report to the provincial government about the fate of Ontario’s maple trees. Rob Ferguson of the Toronto Star reported that Asian longhorned beetles found in the GTA are threatening trees and require quarantine zones. Infestation paired with climate change could make the trees obsolete, although not for decades.
Miller mentioned the loss of the elm trees in the ‘60’s, and the threat of losing both ash and black spruce trees. He blames the provincial government’s lack of a biodiversity strategy for the potential loss of the maple tree, and is worried that upcoming budget cuts will make it impossible to preserve the species.
Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle does not agree with Miller on the urgency of the threat, and says that the government is making efforts to protect biodiversity. These efforts include preventing development into the greenbelt region around the GTA and a new law that protects endangered species. However, Ontario’s biodiversity strategy expired last year; something Miller says leaves the government “ill-prepared” to deal with the infestation.
Staying home is the only upside to having a cold. However, the trend to go work sick is so common it has a name, presenteeism. The biggest culprits of workplace sniffles: strongly oriented team-settings, high-paid executives, family-based employment, and positions prone to downsizing.
Tip Top Tailors, the Canadian retail chain for men, has launched a heritage collection named Grafton 1853. The new luxury collection will showcase nine essential pieces for every man’s wardrobe, reports The Toronto Star, and is named after its founders and founding year.
The items will cost about 10 per cent more than the retailer’s regular merchandise, due to higher quality fabrics and production in Canada or Italy rather than the Pacific overseas. “This line was built around the perfect shirt ($69.50),” says Rob Cannon, the vice-president of marketing and merchandising for Grafton Fraser, the Tip Top parent brand. “No iron, 100 per cent cotton, seams that don’t twist or pucker, unbreakable buttons, extra length for tucking. Practical luxuries.”
“There is also a suit ($425.50), really the only suit you need,” he says. “If you travel a lot, and our customer travels, you just hang it overnight and the wrinkles drop out. The armholes are cut with some stretch so you can move comfortably. You can sit comfortably.”
Though Tip Top was officially founded in 1909, the company dates back to 1853 and was founded by Irish immigrant James Grafton. The retailer isn’t the first to use its heritage as a selling point, either: brands like the Hudson Bay Company and Burberry have both used their historical designs and roots for modern profit. In times of deep economic downturn, it seems more and more brands are clinging to their past, like Tip Top, in hopes of acquiring the success their brands had to maintain during hard times.
A video released Wednesday of four camouflage-dressed U.S. Marine Corps urinating on three blood-stained Taliban corpses is leading to anger internationally. The video is authentic and is a possible war-crime, The New York Times reports. The instance likely took place between March and September of 2011 when the Marine battalion was deployed to Helmand Province. Officials are unsure of the exact location the video was shot or who filmed it.
The instance likely took place between March and September of 2011 when the Marine battalion was deployed to Helmand Province.
Officials are unsure of the exact location the video was shot or who filmed it.
The Pentagon has confirmed all four marines were on duty at the time, but have not released names. The video greatly damages the already-weary reputation of the United States in Afghanistan.
President Hamid Karzai commented that the images were “inhuman” and greatly disturbed him. Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, told Reuters this was not the first time such brutality was seen.
Instances of American troops killing Afghani civilians and abusing children have previously been reported. American officials have been remorseful. Karzai has been informed by Pentagon that a full investigation will take place, and the actions do not reflect morals of American troops. Secretary Hillary Clinton promised those responsible will be held accountable.
The Leafs brought the Air Canada Centre to its feet on Wednesday night when Clarke MacArthur scored late in third period to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second half of a home and home series, as reported by TSN.
Although many Ryerson University Students may love going to the infamous Salad King during their spare time, the Oakham Cafe on Gould Street seems to be dominating the Twitter world of Ryerson students.
Hailed “The Best Burger in the City” by Toronto Life, and recently having its own hymnal written, popular Leslieville joint The Burger’s Priest finally opened the doors to its second location, located between Yonge and Lawrence Monday night. The Grid reports that some hungry patrons waited for over an hour to get their fix of these classic Californian-style burgers and impressive combinations. Fans of the original location will be relieved to hear that the menu remains the same, with the addition of milkshakes, though rumours of onion rings making an appearance have not yet been confirmed.
Despite renovation issues delaying its official opening, the new 1,200 sq. ft. boasts a sleeker, larger space (now with washrooms), but true to the original, burger fanatics come in droves. Local residents who have often made the trek downtown told Grid reporters, “We felt like the gods had shone upon us, because we just couldn’t take that drive to Queen Street anymore.”
Owner Shant Mardirosian posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page about the night’s success, “I just want to thank everyone who came out today. My expectations were blown right out the window.”
The gruesome twosome Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul have been selected as players for the 2012 all-star game in Ottawa. Kessel and Lupul will be joining fellow Leaf defensemen and Captain Dion Phaneuf, who was voted in by fans last week as one of the six starters, according to the Toronto Star.
The rest of the 36-player roster, which was announced this morning, included the two Toronto Maple Leafs power forwards, who have scored a point in 33 of 42 games this season, more than any other pair in the NHL.
Coach Ron Wilson says the selection of his three players is well deserved, and reflects the way they have been playing this season.
“Lupul and Kessel should be there,” Wilson said. “They’ve been in the top five in scoring and have been the most consistent forwards all year,” as quoted by the Toronto Star.
This is the first time in 12 years that the Leafs have had three players selected to play in the all-star game.
The game will be played at the Scotiabank Place on Jan. 29.
The circles that artist Damian Hirst paints are “taking over the planet,” describes The Guardian, likening them to cigarettes, “calming but addictive.”
All 11 Gagosian galleries around the world debut his pieces today, brightly coloured spots on stretches of canvas in shapes ranging from triangles to squares to rhomboids, bearing menacing names like Cocaine Hydrochloride and Morphine Sulphate. The spots seem like they were created by a machine and all give off the same feeling of sameness and coldness – except perhaps for the miniature versions, which give off a “sprightly, human feel” with its half a dot on puny canvas. All however, are unapologetic in its bluntness, with no discernible secrets.
Hirst is known for his staggering number of renditions of circles on blank canvas, having created almost 1500 of the pieces in his career. A team of assistants are already currently busy with another project, a million spots that will take over nine years to finish.
Cameron complains that the film focuses too much time on Thatcher’s fight with dementia; instead of focusing on the years she was in government. Critics have also been sending mixed reactions of the film. And those who have been able to see the film in the United Kingdom have either reacted with applause or sights of angry picketers have been spotted.
The Iron Lady opens in theatres January 13th , and shows roughly 70 years of Margaret Thatcher’s life.
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