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Personal Locator Beacons from the Rescuer’s Perspective 

A case study of a rescue by +Coquitlam Search and Rescue involving a personal locator beacon http://blog.oplopanax.ca/2011/08/personal-locator-beacons-from-the-rescuer%E2%80%99s-perspective/
A case study of a rescue with a Personal Locator Beacon in SouthWestern BC detailing rescuer's difficulties accessing the location.
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Laser strike on helicopter - subjects arrested and charged!
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In the words of Kai Nagata

"This country was built on cultural genocide. We invaded territory, stole children, wiped out languages – all of this was official government policy. Canada really did impose a racist head tax on immigrants. And in the First and Second World Wars thousands of citizens were stripped of their rights and property and interned for years in prison camps. These are difficult events to come to terms with, but they’re part of our history.

The only thing protecting us from such abuses today are limits on state power. These checks and balances are not given to us – they had to be fought for. Our job is to guard them vigilantly from the political and corporate interests that would weaken our democratic institutions to their own advantage.

This is one of those moments."
https://dogwoodinitiative.org/blog/secret-spying-hearings
When did we vote to be spied on by our own government?
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But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively. He has consistently limited the capacity of the public to understand what its government is doing, cloaking himself and his Conservative Party in an entitled secrecy, and the country in ignorance.
Stephen Harper, during his time as prime minister, has promoted secrecy and ignorance. He doesn’t even want scientists to discuss their research.
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Why the internet of things is going to be an awful, terrible mess.
This is the view of every technology expert who actually knows how things work.
http://boingboing.net/2015/08/12/hilariously-terrifying-talk-ab.html
In Not Even Close: The State of Computer Security, a talk given at the Norwegian Deveopers' Conference, Microsoft Research's James Mickens gave the most acerbic, funny, terrifying security talk I c...
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Yeah. Elizabeth May held her own however she was cut off quite a bit. However when she did get in her fair share, she commanded her words very well.
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People who think that this is OK are the same people who don't understand what assault is.

Try this; would you reasonably expect to run up and kiss a police officer? Your Boss? Then why do you think it would be OK to do so to a stranger?

Now of course this was just a stupid kid, but that stupid kid, and every stupid person out there who thinks this is OK needs to learn that it categorically is not.
If we continue to brush it off or to tell women to just "deal with it" we are actively working against gender equality and women's safety.
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Noted strange anti-science attitude toward WiFi from Green Party.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/elizabeth-may-wages-war-against-wifi/article617404/
The Green Party's battle over wireless "smart meters" has some critics questioning its logic
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Most citizens may not even remember the decision to get rid of the long form census, but throughout the western world this action was seen as a shot across the bow, a government so inured to facts, so blind to evidence, that they themselves removed the single tool that could be used to measure the effectiveness of any policy or program.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/opinion/sunday/the-closing-of-the-canadian-mind.html?_r=0

"Most shockingly, he ended the mandatory long-form census, a decision protested by nearly 500 organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Catholic Council of Bishops. In the age of information, he has stripped Canada of its capacity to gather information about itself. The Harper years have seen a subtle darkening of Canadian life."
Stephen Harper, during his time as prime minister, has promoted secrecy and ignorance. He doesn’t even want scientists to discuss their research.
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I know it hard to have someone tell you you're being lied to. The first reaction is always to reject the messenger or to outright disbelieve the message. I'd encourage you to read the evidence. Socialism works.

Consider the difference between bankrupt Alberta and Norway with a trillion dollar surplus from oil revenue. That's the difference between a conservative government and a sensible evidence based responsible socialist government. 

Our vaunted conservatives have had years to get the house on order, with nothing to show for it except low expectations and an international reputation in tatters. And in Alberta its even worse as they really had to work hard to fuck that one up.

The numbers do not lie. If you can actually point to some evidence that the current government is nothing except giving huge tax breaks to rich people (including me) then Ièd love to see it.

My partner and I took the entire universal child care benefit and donated it to the NDP, who will mostly likely win our riding. Ièd have sent it to the liberals if they had a chance here. 
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Even other conservatives hate Harper.
The question is, who votes for him at all if conservatives don't?
There’s a clear disjuncture between Canadians and the Harper government on Canada’s foreign policy, writes former Conservative prime minister Joe Clark
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This past weekend was a busy one politically as Canada was launched into a lengthy election campaign just as countries negotiating the latest round of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Hawaii failed to conclude a deal. With reports that there may be a follow-up ministerial meeting within weeks, Canadian officials have been quick to claim that the election campaign will not interfere with the TPP trade talks. To support the claim that t...
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Software Engineer, avid backcountry skier, climber and mountaineer, and a veteran SAR volunteer living in Squamish, British Columbia.
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An 'unwanted kiss' may seem innocent but has larger consequences
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If we continue to brush it off or to tell women to just "deal with it" we are actively working against gender equality and women's safety.

The Closing of the Canadian Mind - The New York Times
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Stephen Harper, during his time as prime minister, has promoted secrecy and ignorance. He doesn’t even want scientists to discuss their rese

Toronto Star
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There’s a clear disjuncture between Canadians and the Harper government on Canada’s foreign policy, writes former Conservative prime ministe

‘Famous’ grizzly bear feared shot by hunters in B.C.’s Chilcotin region
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A photographer based in Canmore, Alberta, is expressing concern that one of the most recognizable female grizzly bears from the Chilcotin re

Renaissance painting shows how watermelons looked before selective breeding
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A painting of fruit done by Giovanni Stanchi sometime in the mid 1600s shows that the watermelon has changed somewhat in the inter

Vaughn Palmer: Legal bills mount as B.C. pursues LNG negotiations
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VICTORIA — When the B.C. Liberals entered into negotiations for the province’s first liquefied natural gas project, they sought out some hig

Bureaucrats told to provide Rob Nicholson 3 terrorism-related statements...
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Opposition leaders say a request to Foreign Affairs bureaucrats to produce three terrorism-related media statements for minister Rob Nichols

Web Design - The First 100 Years
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Designers! I am a San Francisco computer programmer, but I come in peace! I would like to start with a parable about airplanes. In 1981, my

Your body, the battery: Powering gadgets from human “biofuel”
arstechnica.com

If our bodies burn 2,000-2,500 calories per day anyway, that could power a smartphone.

Nexen’s Fort McMurray pipeline spill one of Canada’s biggest ever
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A Nexen pipeline southeast of Fort McMurray has spilled an estimated 5,000 cubic metres of emulsion - about 5 million litres of bitumen, san

Government favours infrastructure projects to Conservative ridings
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Heavy tilt toward approving projects in Conservative-held ridings prompts criticism that the government is putting politics ahead of pressin

Conservative MP compares Stephen Harper government to Jesus, inspiring h...
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Is it time we started referring to Prime Minister Stephen Harper as "Our Lord and Saviour"?

This door sounds like Miles Davis
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This door in a Chicago parking garage does a pretty good impression of Miles Davis. (via ★whileseated)

Outrage boils over as B.C. government plans to sell groundwater for $2.2...
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More than 82,000 people have signed a petition against the government’s plans to sell B.C.’s water for $2.25 per million litres.

Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter From Thomas Piketty to Angela Merkel
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Five leading economists warn the German chancellor, “History will remember you for your actions this week.”

How Harper will win the election
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Experts shed light on Harper's election winning machine.

Almost Everything You've Heard About The Anti-Gay Sweet Cakes Wedding Ca...
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Last week, Oregon ordered the owners of the infamous "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" bakery to pay damages to a lesbian couple they had discriminat

Thomas Piketty: “Germany has never repaid.” — Medium
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In a forceful interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, the star economist Thomas Piketty calls for a major conference o…