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Who's (Not) Afraid Of Facts On Kinder Morgan? with Robyn Allan

Facts, Kinder Morgan and the Trans-Mountain Expansion. Very rarely shall the three intersect, by extensive design. Some factors, like climate, fade from the narrative because...well, they are inconvenient facts for proponents of TMX. Others such as a multi-year failure of Kinder Morgan to finance the project have been made moot by the Federal bailout plan. Corruption and incompetence of the National Energy Board continues to be found, yet the Trudeau government breaking the promise of a...


Smarks In The Bank go deep on MITB, TakeOver Chicago II and a NJPW super-segment

Smarks In The Bank or what? After three PPV's in less than a month, it's been 6 weeks since that spurt ended. And it's time. Money In The Bank goes Sunday, June 17 and there are 10 matches scheduled, from the SmackDown Tag Championship in the pre-show, to both womens belts up for grabs, to the Intercontinental title match, to three grudge/storyline matches of varying degree, to a Last Man Standing WWE title match, to the Mens and Womens Ladder matches for the contracts. Will 4 hours be...


"The Bridge" - Lost History Shown On The 60th Tragic Anniversary with George Orr

On June 17, 1958, the Second Narrows Bridge being built over Burrard Inlet collapsed. Nineteen men died. It has remained Vancouver's worst industrial accident. Sixty years later, all that remains are a few old faded photos and a sign declaring the bridge as "The Ironworkers Memorial". It turns out a young draftsman had filmed the entire project being constructed. He arrived five minutes late to the site on the day of the tragedy. Had he arrived on time, he would have died. Peter Hall's...


Is Perception The Reality? Ontario Votes For The Next Ones

Isn't it a good thing this was a short campaign? It may not seem like it to most Ontarians but considering recent history, it was. So what was learned this time? As usual, it depends entirely upon who you ask. That part is completely in line with recent history as well. Some things did not change over the writ period at all in the "public sphere". Kathleen Wynne started the campaign as someone on the way out. A scandalous regime that had spent Ontario into the ground. That perception still...


Is There A Viable Environment Or Economy With Post-Truth Conservatism?

Remember that accepted axiom that the passage of time would make humanity smarter? The sum of our experiences recorded for posterity in ever increasing detail and totality would inevitably lead to better outcomes? Are you tired of waiting? Do you sense it is now moving further away instead of nearer? Post-truth Conservatism, the name of a misleading practice, is now a force to be reckoned with. Throw in the Identity Politics tactic and we may appear to have ushered in the science of...


State Of Civil Liberties In Canada and RightsCon Hits Toronto with Tim McSorley

Considering the lack of reporting by corporate media on the state of Civil Liberties in Canada, you could assume things are just fine. But that is all it would be - an assumption. A carefully crafted one that has been molded since Day One of the Trudeau government. Remember how the Liberals would "fix the problematic elements" of Harper's C-51? As we near three years of the mandate, C-59 is crawling its way through Parliament doing pretty much what C-51 did. Ignoring evidence, voting down...


SmarkLash Brings The BackLash

When is the last time you remember three pay-per-view events in the same month from WWE? First it was WrestleMania, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Then the Greatest Wahhabi Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Now it's BackLash, in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday, May 6. For the first time since the brand split a couple years ago, WWE has gone back to a policy of PPV's including both rosters, not just the Big 4 events. It's time to open up the booking possibilities again for the company. The recent...


The Rant Up Here - Version Number I Have No Idea

Depending on who you ask, episodes like this are not nearly enough or any like it are too many. In reality, that call is mine and mine alone. So here we go... The Rant Up Here ... version number I have no idea. Rant #1 - As if the "Electoral Reform" scam was not enough, we were told that at least the weakening of the electoral system courtesy of the Unfair Elections Act would be corrected. Bill C-33, an Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act, was given first reading in November 2016. Since...


The Smarks Go Over The Shake-Up & Greatest Wahhabi Rumble (or WrestleMANia 34A)

The Smarks are back for their 25th episode and you could be forgiven for thinking it's 25 years in the past, if not more. WWE has signed a 10 year co-operation deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and that means we get WrestleMania 34A with no women wrestlers in the land of wahhabist testosterone. The Greatest Royal Rumble, a one-off spectacle with tickets nearly being given away, goes Friday, April 27 at noon Eastern time. So how long ago was this thrown together? By the looks of it on...


Weaponizing Social Media & Opinion In An Age Of Ignorance with Stephen Lautens

The View Up Here kicks off its fifth year and Season 9 with a definite listener favourite returning to guest once again - Stephen Lautens. As usual, Mr. Lautens picks his content and this episode is very timely indeed. Is there any going back? Weaponizing social media and opinion in an Age of Ignorance. With the inescapable presence of seemingly unlimited choices of "news" and "information", the phrase "more is more" has taken on new meaning. No matter where you sit on the spectrum, no...


Here Comes The Ontario Election - Imagine The Possibilities

June 7 approaches, the Budget has come down and Queen's Park nears dissolution of the Legislature. Cue the campaign rhetoric, cue the media scrambling, cue the on-line partisan blusterstorm. So what are the "strategies" for the campaign? Depends who you ask. Sitting government always has the advantage of using more information with credible sources from the civil service itself. The pre-election budget from the Wynne government is a very well constructed document which on its own would...


SmarkMania 2 Looks At WrestleMania 34 & NXT TakeOver New Orleans

It's Mania Time!! The Smarks present SmarkMania 2 as our festivities to predict/reveal/speculate/rumour-monger/talk shit/mark out about this weekend in New Orleans as WrestleMania 34 and NXT TakeOver New Orleans are the top events in a spectacle packed WrestleMania week. The build for WM 34 has been well executed and interesting. No less than 13 matches (14 if Undertaker shows up?) putting every belt on the line, a consequence of being banished from SmackDown Live and one of the most...


WTF USA? with Stanley Cohen

Once upon a time, it was accepted that as the world's only superpower, a certain degree of predictability and consistency would be reflected in international US policy to validate the various indulgences carried out around the globe. Not to say this often bipolar behavior did anyone any good. Ask the Balkans, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Central America, Qatar, Palestine, Syria, Iran, North Korea etc etc. The 6-time bankrupt Master Businessman in charge has decided that a constant...


TVUH Backgrounder - Bill C-69, Revision of Canada's Environmental Approval Game

Team Trudeau made a lot of big promises on the campaign trail in 2015. Promises to "set things right", to promote "transparency", to create things for the future that will be "clear and straightforward". Sunny Ways, my friends. At what is more or less the midway point of their mandate, the record on delivering compared to promising is nothing to be overly excited about. The Harper gang made their priorities and more or less rammed them through without dissent being tolerated from within or...


The PCPO Circus Brings FordNation Redux with Dave Glover

The last thing any political party wants a few months before an election is to have to hold a Leadership contest. Especially one that is pushing polling that says they will form the next Government. Thanks, Patrick Brown. He tried his best to create a true three ring circus, but just didn't have the effort. Bullet dodged by the party. Tanya Granic Allen (Church Lady) brought the regressive revisionism that seemed more appropriate to lead her Synod than a political party. How dare people...


Step aside as The Fast Smarks preview Fastlane on the Road to WrestleMania

Fastlane is the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania on Sunday, March 11 in Columbus, Ohio. A SmackDown Live exclusive event, all four belts are up for grabs for the blue brand. Tradition tells us that the "go home" PPV before WM is not a lot to get excited about. No surprise, that tradition holds firm. There are six matches on the main card with the two non-title bouts seemingly pulled out of creative's ass. A womens tag match based on a 15 minute feud and what appears to be a mandatory...


TVUH Global - #Justice4Reality with Billie Winner-Davis & Kevin Gosztola

Reality Leigh Winner wasn't one to break the rules. Always a straight-A student, driven to learn on her own eventually working in three additional languages. She chose to enlist instead of accepting a full scholorship at Texas A&M. A Senior Airman in the US Air Force as a linguist who was awarded commendation before her Honorable Discharge. Two years at the Defensive Language Institute led to assignment at Ft. Meade, Maryland with the NSA. But one tour was enough. In February 2017, Reality...


The Smarks Eliminate Unknowns Predicting Elimination Chamber

Elimination Chamber is a RAW branded event this year, happening Sunday, February 25 in Las Vegas. It's not a huge match card, so the buy-in has been focused on the "firsts" this year. First #1 - Elimination Chamber will have SEVEN entrants with the winner facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania for the Universal Championship. Three entrants will start the match instead of the standard two with four in the pods. The Miz will be the first entrant, Elias will be the last. That's all the details...


Fentanyl - Epidemic Of Death, Government Inaction & Money Laundering In Canada

The last 35 years have brought drug usage increases as a cycle, usually with the development of a new form of a familiar drug. Crack Cocaine. Crystal Meth. Extacy. Dabs. These drugs and their associated forms have always been criminalized. Not so for pharmaceuticals. Prescriptions for opioids have multiplied by three in the last 15 years. North America has the highest consumption rates for these drugs in the world, seemingly by design. The public relations exercise of Oxycontin being...


Ontario's P3 Habit - A No Win For Voters with Rick Barnes

Public-Private Partnership. Sounds benign, doesn't it? An arrangement to allow for more infrastructure at the public's disposal, with lower financial cost compared to the whole process of design, building and operating by the Crown. We heard a lot about things to acheive more for less starting in the '80's with Reagan and Thatcher. It sounded pretty good to Brian Mulroney, but it was the Chretien majorities that made short-term political gains of "economic management" into an...