February 22, 2018

US Federal judge finds National Security Letters’ gag provision unconstitutional

Woo, boy. You know those National Security Letters that the FBI has been issuing at its own discretion -- the ones Google has been doing its best to track? Judge Susan Illston of Federal District Court in San Francisco just found 'em unconstitutional. As the story goes, NSLs arrive from the factory with a gag order on the recipient, and as Illston … [Read more...]

Dyble report finds breaches of conduct, mis-use of government resources

The Dyble report (read highlights of the report here) on the ethnic voting scandal is out and it's more bad news for the BC Liberals. REVIEW OF THE DRAFT MULTICULTURAL STRATEGIC OUTREACH PLAN John Dyble has identified partisan activity among some government officials that breached the public service standards of conduct, and that some government … [Read more...]

U.S. court finds against BC Hydro in massive lawsuit

BC Hydro officials say they plan to appeal a U.S. court ruling that has ordered them to pay $ 265 million. A California judge has ruled Hydro’s Powerex subsidiary manipulated markets during the state’s energy crisis in 2000. In a statement, Powerex chief legal officer John Irving says: "We see this latest decision involving 16 energy … [Read more...]

“Spider-Man” Actress Finds “Fault in Our Stars”

Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") is confirmed to be under consideration for the role of Hazel in the film adaptation of novelist John Green's young adult novel "The Fault In Our Stars". The film tells the heartbreaking love story. Woodley would play a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by … [Read more...]

Study finds transit fare gates don’t curb crime

Fare gates on public transit systems have very little impact on fare evasion, crime and public disorder. That's the finding of a study carried out by Criminologist Darryl Plecas at the University of the Fraser Valley.  Plecas says while the introduction of turnstiles and fare gates is perceived by the public as a panacea to deal with fare … [Read more...]

US court finds Apple and LG did not infringe on Alcatel-Lucent patents

With all of these patent wars ongoing, it's actually astonishing that these companies have any time to get anything done. In fact, we often wonder how much more could be done if needless, incessant litigation weren't around to muck things up. All that aside, Apple and LG Electronics are likely celebrating a victory today, as a verdict in a San … [Read more...]

Teacher accused of molesting Coquitlam students finds out Monday if he will be convicted

A teacher accused of molesting five girls in Coquitlam finds out Monday if he'll be convicted. The Provincial Court Judge hearing the case against Aleksandr Plehanov reserved his decision in July. The trial focused on the credibility of the victims, who all testified they were inappropriately touched by the substitute teacher when they were in … [Read more...]

SimCity Social finds a home on Facebook, destiny winks in approving fashion

Given that "City" is in the name, SimCity has always felt like a title in need of a social platform. Fast forward a score or so since its inception, and fate seems to have finally played out. SimCity Social was just announced at E3 today, bringing the heralded city-building simulator to a social network that's pushing a billion residents. The new … [Read more...]

Critic finds tourism numbers hard to believe

Predictions of a hundred thousand jobs in the tourism sector and the plan to fill them has the NDP accusing the BC Government of being confused.  Tourism critic Spencer Chandra-Herbert says bringing in more immigrants to fill the jobs doesn't make sense, "Meanwhile, the immigrants who have arrived here are getting there adult basic education … [Read more...]

Missing Women Inquiry finds another bump in the road

Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal is determined to complete his final report for the Provincial Government, as ordered, by the end of June, but that means hearings slated to wrap up this month will continue into May. A series of public forums will be held the first two weeks followed by testimony from at least a dozen more … [Read more...]