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Using her body to stop Keystone XL

Grace Cagle, 22, was alone, 80 feet up in the southern corner of the tree block, when the company brought the bulldozers in. “They drove this giant machine that cuts trees right up to the base of my...

Too hot in Texas

New modelling of climate change effects on mosquito populations in the United States has surprising results – it might get too hot in summer even for the mosquitoes

Robo-boxing, electo-tennis and more at the SXSW Interactive opening party sponsored by Frog and Microsoft

The Palmer Events Centre exuded nerd cool last night at the SXSW Interactive opening party. The event was staged outdoors with trans/electro-rave music, as well as live, interactive gaming stations,...

SXSW documentary and feature films: Marley, We are Legion and more

There are 132 feature films playing in the film portion of SXSW, 74 of which are world premieres, 17 North American premieres, and 11 U.S. premieres. That’s 12 hours of film viewing for the next 9...

SXSW opening parties

Despite the Vancouver-esque weather here in Austin, many SXSW attendees managed to brave the winds and strong rains last night to attend the various happy hours and opening parties. We managed to...

Freshbooks welcomes SXSW attendees with Texan barbeque

Driving at night in the rain, we almost missed the turn off to the ranch where Canadian company, FreshBooks was hosting a party for SXSW attendees. The Salt Lick, a famous barbeque joint in Texas,...

Alberta oilsands at the centre of White House protests over next two weeks

Environmentalists pull out Hollywood star power to argue that oilsands crude is too dirty a deal for American refineries.

June Gloom releases a winter Wonderland

This charming LP is sure to please fans of Cake, The Trews, Counting Crows and Sloan.

American Journalist's Article Compares Canada to Nazi Germany

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.” I need to remember this because I’ve just read the most unbelievable, non-apologetic...

Olympic Ramification: A Transfer of Chemicals From Vancouver to a Small Washington Town Stuns its Residents

Vancouver's Canexus Chemical plant allegedly has plans to ship the world's deadliest chemical to Belmont, Washington for safekeeping during Olympic Games, but the residents of tiny Belmont aren't so s