Guitar Sweatshops

via Another Line of Flight Musicians usually show up at rallies to protest labour rights but it is very rare for that protest to be at a guitar show! If you own a Cort, Fender, or Ibanez guitar you will want to read about labour relations at their Korean factory. Embarrassingly, I have never thought […]

Chuck D – Never have so many been pimped by so few

Chuck D speaks out on media: HIP-HOP NEWS spreads like any other mainstream NEWS in America. The garbage that’s unfit to print has now floated on websites and blogs like sh*t. For example a rapper working in the community gets obscured while if that same rapper robbed a gas station he’d get top coverage and […]

Only At Athletic Events, Or Else!

In the eyes of the state, our national anthem ought only to be sung at hockey games and the Olympics, certainly not in the streets by citizens “standing on guard”: Peaceful G20 protest at Queen & Spadina from Meghann Millard on Vimeo. I saw it first at I cite. As much as the national anthem […]

Cory Doctorow – Digital Economy Act: This means war

Cory Doctorow’s latest. The entertainment industry’s willingness to use parliament to impose censorship and arbitrary punishment in the course of chasing a few extra quid is so depraved and terrible that it has me in fear for the very underpinnings of democracy and civil society. Indeed, the swiftness with which the DEA went through the […]

O Canada

The Harper government has suggested this week that it might take a look at revising the lyrics of “O Canada” in order to make them more gender neutral. Specifically, they are looking at replacing Robert Stanley Weir’s line “in all thy sons command” (to my recollection, this line is often rendered as “in all our […]

Michael Geist on the Canadian Copyright Reform Consultation

Michael Geist notes the rock and hard place situation in which Canadians who desire a sane copyright law find themselves. The strategies employed by powerful lobby groups in order to shut out the voices of educators and consumers of creative works are of particular interest. Those in support of strict copyright laws, including “three strikes” […]