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Broken Government & George Will - The Proud Madisonian

As my friends know, I’m a Charlie Rose fan (witness this earlier Charlie Rose post) and a U.S. political junkie. Over the last 15 years, with TiVo at the ready, I have rarely missed an episode. I’m also an admirer of the Pulitzer price winning, George Will, a level-headed, conservative-leaning, syndicated Washington Post columnist that

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Hotspot Shield Works in Canada Again–With Some Annoyances

Back in May, 2009 I reported that Hulu had managed to defeat Hotspot Shield. As of September 9, 2010 the latest Hotspot Shield seems to be effective at defeating Hulu’s anti-circumvention measures. At this moment I can access each of: Hulu: I can access full episodes of shows on Hulu now. Below, for example, is

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Large Teen Pregnancy Declines in Canada vs. United States

According to a CBC News report that aired on “The National’” on Wednesday May 26, the teen pregnancy rate in Canada has declined 37% in the last 10 years. The report cites improved sex education and access by teens to contraceptives as the primary reasons for this large decline. Canada now has less than half

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Can the U.S. Stimulus Package Work?

Of late, I’ve heard countless Republicans, Fox News pundits and others emphatically state that: Keynesian stimulus spending has never worked in the past; World War II was the sole impetuous for recovery after the Great Depression – not spending; and the New Deal had no ameliorating effect on the Great Depression’s high unemployment rates. All

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U.S. Job Losses – Current vs. Recent Recessions

  This graph speaks for itself! It shocked me! It puts into perspective the depth of the current economic downturn compared to the most recent 2001 and 1990 recessions. U.S. Job losses are almost double those of the prior two recessions in the same amount of time and already deeper than they were in the

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Bell & Telus Announce Canada-wide HSPA/GSM Network Starting 2010

  Bell and Telus have announced the joint development of a long-rumoured, fast, nation-wide, HSPA wireless network to begin service as early as 2010. In the near term, the network will support both existing CDMA mobile handsets used by current Bell and Telus customers, plus GSM–based handsets.  GSM is the global standard currently used by

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Canada’s National Do Not Call List Starts Sept 30, 2008

If you dislike getting unwanted telemarketing calls, starting Tuesday Sept 30, 2008, Canadians will be able to sign up for the new “National Do Not Call List”. The list Is modelled after the U.S. National Do Not Call Registry established in 2003. [Oct 1 Update: The service is working intermittently right now.] Once you put

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A Week of Wimbledon in HD

Ah …. Finally …. Wimbledon in HD! I’m happy to report that NBC lived up to its promise to provide high def coverage of Wimbledon for the first time this weekend. And, surprisingly, they’ll be broadcasting all of the second week at Wimbledon in HD too. With the U.S. Feb 17, 2009 digital cut over

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French Open 2008 First Week

There’s not much to love about this year’s French Open – so far. There wasn’t one memorable match in the first week. Two of my favourites, Davenport (not playing for ‘personal reasons’) and Roddick (out for a rotator cuff injury) are not participating. Three time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, one of my all-time favourites,

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Net Neutrality Rally on Canada's Parliament Hill - May 27, 2008

On Tuesday May 27, 2008 between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa, and other prominent supporters  such as Michael Geist, will be sponsoring a Net Neutrality Rally on Canada’s Parliament Hill. The net neutrality rally is intended to foster greater Internet competition, innovation

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Global Begins HD Broadcasting in Canada

Canada’s national television network, Global, is now broadcasting in HD in the Metropolitan Toronto and Golden Horseshoe areas of Ontario on their Hamilton (CHCH) and Toronto (CIII) affiliates. Global is Canada’s last major nationwide network to start broadcasting in HD. It was facing a June 2008 hard deadline imposed by the CRTC to begin broadcasting.

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Text of Decision In yet another example of Canada’s broken broadcasting policy, Canada’s national broadcasting regulator, the CRTC, today denied John Bitove’s (XM Canada’s founder) HDTV Network Inc’s application for an eight city Canadian HDTV broadcast network. The network was to be backed by Microsoft founder and Charter Communication’s chairman, Paul Allen. Most Canadian cities