Le doyen du Bloc Québécois, Louis Plamondon, croit qu’Yves-François Blanchet a «littéralement sauvé le parti» en 2019, alors que le parti vivait des heures sombres et n’avait plus d’argent. [Journal de Montreal]
People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier is running in the by-election in the riding of Portage-Lisgar in southern Manitoba. He opened his campaign by declaring he would introduce legislation restricting abortion access rights. This is a big change for Bernier and the PPC who, by and large, have stayed away from social conservative issues and preferred more libertarian stances on everything from abortion to same-sex marriage to medically-assisted dying. No longer apparently. This link takes you to the text of a speech Bernier apparently gave that was published by the PPC. I was not present for the speech and cannot verify that these were the words he actually spoke. But this is a PPC document. - DA [People's Party of Canada]
A controversial right-wing media personality with a huge online following will soon be entering the election fray. Toronto psychologist Jordan Peterson is making three speaking tour stops in Alberta next week and will almost certainly provide fodder for local conservative media columnists to chew on. [Daveberta]
The temperature analysis schema was defined in the late 1970s by James Hansen and the complete analysis and method are documented in Hansen and Lebedeff (1987). To put it simply [this] is a method of global temperature change that is used for comparison with one-dimensional global climate models. [TomazTsql]
Recent research has suggested that there are clear differences in the language used in the Dark Web compared to that of the Surface Web. As studies on the Dark Web commonly require textual analysis of the domain, language models specific to the Dark Web may provide valuable insights to researchers. In this work, we introduce DarkBERT, a language model pretrained on Dark Web data. [Computation and Language]
Issued this day ...
.. in 2008: Scott #2272: Art Canada: Yousuf Karsh. Design: Hélène L’Heureux.
From 1988 to 2002 , Canada Post issued one stamp in its “Masterpieces of Art” series. All of those issues featured one work — a painting or a sculpture — by a Canadian ‘master.’ That series gave way to an annual series from 2004-2010 called an “Art Canada” series in which Canada Post would issue a souvenir sheet and a stamp or two featuring the work of single artist.
This stamp — Sc 2272 — is one of a trio issued to honour the photography of Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002). Sc 2272 features a 1956 portrait Karsh made of the film star Audrey Hepburn. Terrific, eh?
Of some note: Karsh’s work is featured on other Canadian stamps including some of the portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.