Oct 22, 2023
David Akin's Roundup
Clippings of #cdnpoli, #media, and #tech content aimed at those with an interest in Canadian politics and policy. And sometimes Canadian postage stamps.
Trudeau government’s own polling program is saying it’s in trouble
Nearly 24,000 were polled and a healthy majority gave the Trudeau government a failing grade for the way it was handling the economy, climate change and Indigenous issues. [Global]
Canadians living on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts tend to have stronger feelings about extreme weather events according to internal government polls obtained by Global News. [Global]
Canada confident Israel didn’t hit hospital: Blair
Canada has 'high degree of confidence' Israel didn't strike hospital in Gaza, said Defence Minister Bill Blair in a statement Saturday evening. [Global]
Ottawa will end evacuation flights from Israel next week, citing decreasing demand and increasingly available commercial options now that a number of Canadians have successfully left the country since the latest Israel-Hamas war began. [TorStar]
More Canadian funds will help provide food, water, emergency medical assistance, protection services in Gaza, officials say, while ensuring that none of it goes to Hamas. [Global]
Two weeks after the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, there are worrying signs Hamas has sympathy among Palestinians. [Global]
York University is moving closer to a formal process that could lead to the removal of recognition of student unions accused of offensive statements in the Hamas-Israel conflict. [Global]
From the provinces
Alberta is beginning public consultations around a potential referendum on leaving the Canada Pension Plan, but numbers they're using to make their case are being questioned. [Global]
The event, in Osoyoos, B.C., tackled issues and what rural communities need from the provincial government. [Global]
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Ukraine fears drone shortages due to China restrictions
Volunteers in Ukraine say it is harder to access Chinese-made drone parts after Beijing clamped down. [BBC]
Far-right libertarian Javier Milei holds the pole position in a vote likely to roil Argentina's shaky markets, affect ties with trade partners and set a new political path for the major grains exporter with huge reserves of lithium and shale gas. [Reuters]
Swiss voters are casting final ballots to choose their next legislature. Polls point to a rebound Sunday for right-wing populist and Socialist parties, while Greens are expected to lose ground compared to the last such election four years ago. [AP]
A court in Iran has sentenced two female journalists to up to seven years in prison for “collaborating” with the United States government among other charges. [AP]
YouTube launches new watch page that only shows videos from “authoritative” news sources
YouTube has introduced a new watch page to help users get information from “authoritative” news sources — especially in times of “elections, unrest, and natural disasters.” The new news watch page isn’t curated by a human editor. Like the platform’s search results, the content is “algorithmically generated and dynamic.” [Nieman Lab] 

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Here lies a nearly-complete archive of Whole Earth publications, a series of journals and magazines descended from the Whole Earth Catalog, published by Stewart Brand and the POINT Foundation between 1970 and 2002. They are made available here for scholarship, education, and research purposes. [WholeEarth.info]

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