23. March 2015 · Comments Off on We’re all ‘Under the Dome’ · Categories: Climate Crisis, Democracy Undermined, Jason MacLean, Uncategorized

First Published Monday, March 23, 2015
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By Jason MacLean
Thunder Bay
Have you watched Under the Dome yet? I’m not talking about the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. I’m talking about the documentary released last month about China’s cataclysmic air pollution that generated more than 200 million views on Chinese websites within days of its release before the government ordered that it be removed from the Internet (you can watch it with English subtitles here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM). More »

03. March 2014 · Comments Off on Mayors back bullies · Categories: Uncategorized

First Published in The Chronicle Journal Monday March 3, 2014

By Julee Boan

In 2010, two municipal councillors from Thornhill, Ont., advocating for the protection of prime farmland in their community were sued by a developer who accused them of trespassing on his land. The developer seemingly forgot that he had leased the land back to a local farmer who had given the councillors permission to hold a news conference on the side of the road at the farm.

The lawsuit was, of course, dismissed as nonsense by the courts. But it took two years and substantial lawyers’ fees to resolve. In response, one of the councillors said, “To us, this looks like an attempt at intimidation and bullying … In my opinion, this is a SLAPP suit.” More »