Radio: Germany’s Oktoberfest goes mobile with smartphone apps

From CBC radio’s The World This Weekend Beer, bretzels, lederhosen and apps? Germany’s world-famous beer festival is a time-honoured tradition and more than 200 years old, but now specialized Oktoberfest smartphone apps are launching Munich’s folk fest into the mobile world. And the volk are on board. Listen here: http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/twtw_20121007_14086.mp3  (From 22:52 to 25:55) Here’s a …

How much money do banks make off student loans?

Note: This article originally appeared on OpenFile Montreal, to which this blog post linked for the full text. Since September 2012 OpenFile’s website has been “on hiatus” and the news organization shut down due to financial insolvency. Therefore, the full text of article is now posted below. Mel Lefebvre was on the way to starting …

Founder of Montreal pots and pans protest surprised by success

Founder of Montreal pots and pans protest surprised by success Hundreds of people stood at the corner of Beaubien and Christophe-Colomb in Montreal banging on their pots and pans Wednesday night to protest Quebec’s Bill 78. “It’s a casserole frenzy here,” said François-Olivier Chené, the movement’s Montreal founder, speaking over the clamour as the crowd continued to …

On shaky ground

Mennonite Central Committee survives ‘major shift’ in CIDA donation-matching program, only to suffer serious shortfall in long-term funding by same device When the massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) was one of the fortunate non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to receive money for its relief work from the government fund set up to …

Documentary: The hidden world of food waste in Quebec

Documentary: Wasteful Thinking – The hidden world of food waste in Quebec With the world’s population projected to hit seven billion later this  year, a stable supply of food has never been more important. Recent spikes in food prices have set off riots around the world and  have been linked to revolutions in the Middle …