During the readout of Vela 6911, AFTEC personnel watched as a stylus drew a figure representing the variations in light intensity, as monitored by the two satellite bhangmeters. There was no data from a third optical sensor, whose mission was to provide the geographic origin of any noticeable flash of light, because it was out […]
Justin Trudeau apparently dislikes being reminded about the science of climate change and the implications for Canada’s bitumen sands: The environmentalist advised Trudeau about accepting the internationally agreed target for a two-degree rise in global temperature means that 80 per cent of the oil sands would have to stay in the ground. Suzuki said Trudeau […]
On Thursday and Friday I photographed a conference at the Munk School, hosted in part by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History: Regional Governments in International Affairs: Lessons from the Arctic.
Parche left for the Barents shortly after yet another diplomatic scuffle, in which the Soviets boycotted the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, answering the U.S. boycott of the games in Moscow four years earlier. When she returned, it was clear that she had brought home far more than the most optimistic intelligence officials had hoped […]
When the Yankee subs were the best the Soviet Union had, nearly every one sent within range of the United States had been in the line of fire of U.S. subs shadowing behind. If war had broken out, those subs could have sunk the Soviet boomers before they ever fired. Then, if both sides ever […]
Anonymous threats of violence against women and feminists at the University of Toronto have appeared online recently. In response, the women’s caucus of CUPE 3902 organized a demonstration against gendered violence.
There are some historical events where it may be impossible for ordinary people to learn the truth. For example, there are situations where more than one nation state has a good reason to circulate a false history — complete with credible-seeming historical documents. One such case may be the 1979 Vela incident, in which an […]
At Massey College today a magnificent new sculpture was unveiled in the quad: a bronze cast of birch branches made by Camilla Geary-Martin. The artwork is dedicated in part to Ursula Franklin — a remarkable Senior Fellow of the College — as well as the late Boris Stoicheff.
Back in 2012, then-Conservative senator Hugh Segal gave an impressive lecture on achieving large-scale poverty reduction in Canada, including through the establishment of a guaranteed minimum income. Recently, he spoke with The Georgia Strait about how the topic is unlikely to come up during this election.