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Fatal care: Foster care tragedies cloaked in secrecy

Fatal care: Foster care tragedies cloaked in secrecy | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The Alberta government has dramatically under-reported the number of child welfare deaths over the past decade, undermining public accountability and thwarting efforts at prevention and reform.
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An article that reveils the underside of foster care. However, it's important not to create generalizations of foster care that all foster children are abused and neglected in foster homes. Certainly there are bad foster homes, but there are also good fosters and foster families as well.

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Velvet Martin's comment, January 9, 3:22 AM
Today, a press conference divulged that 145 children did not die... The tally of fatalities is actually 741 children! http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Child+welfare+death+review+dates/9364286/story.html
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Federal marijuana bill would legalize some cannabis strains

Federal marijuana bill would legalize some cannabis strains | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The federal marijuana bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt plants with a low percentage of THC.
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"The three-page bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act -- the federal law that criminalizes marijuana -- to exempt plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high.

If passed, it would be the first time that federal law allows any medical marijuana use." My comment: The bill doesn't legalize marijuana for causal use. Obviously. it's strictly a medical marijuana bill that basically legalizes marijuana with a high CBD content (non- psychoactive cannabanoid in marijuana).

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Indian youth hurt by Colorado's marijuana experiment

Indian youth hurt by Colorado's marijuana experiment | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Colorado-driven marijuana diversion to other states seems to be everywhere these days — and Indian reservations are suffering because of it.
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Pro-pot activists don't think or consider the "collateral" damage to our youth. They are only interested in being able to legally engage in their drug. Despite the claims of the "harmlessness" of smoking marijuana, it is not harmless for our youth. With high rates of suicide, historical trauma and intergenerational trauma, poverty, our youth don't need to have their brain development and motivational skills impaired by marijuana. Marijuana use by our youth will lead to poor parental and dysfunctional family systems.     

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Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless

Officials at Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city's streets.
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To the Tsilhqot'in, with Gloves | The Tyee

To the Tsilhqot'in, with Gloves | The Tyee | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
How a people, its chiefs and a chief justice have bravely ennobled the Canadian spirit.
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Ivan Star Comes Out: Group disturbs tranquility at Bear Butte

Ivan Star Comes Out: Group disturbs tranquility at Bear Butte | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Mato Paha has been a sacred site to the northern tribes for thousands of years.
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Fat Taker wannabes in a "cultural camp" on Bear Butte. Seriously, what right do these wannabes have to be present on Mato Paha? It would be better if they were to move and camp, more appropriately, on a hill of uranium waste.

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Keystone Pipeline Controversy Explained Through Animation - YouTube

You probably keep hearing about the climate controversy over tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Alberta, Canada and through the...
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Marijuana's thirst depleting North Coast watersheds

Marijuana's thirst depleting North Coast watersheds | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Streams in Northern California's prime marijuana-growing watersheds likely will be sucked dry
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Guatemala: Opposition to Mining, the New Threat to National Security

Guatemala: Opposition to Mining, the New Threat to National Security | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
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Hillary Clinton: Clinton: Putin very arrogant

Hillary Clinton: Clinton: Putin very arrogant | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Vladimir Putin bears at least some blame in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Hillary Clinton says.
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Of course Putin is arrogant. He's a damn Russian, a former KGB agent, has $40 billion, and runs his country like the head of the Russian Mafia.

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Exclusive: Former Enbridge Lobbyist John Paul Fraser Named New Head of B.C. Government Communications Branch

Exclusive: Former Enbridge Lobbyist John Paul Fraser Named New Head of B.C. Government Communications Branch | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The newly appointed head of the B.C. government’s communications branch is a former lobbyist for Enbridge Inc., the company that hopes to build the $7.9-billion Northern Gateway pipeline stretching 1,200 kilometres from the Alberta oilsands to Kitimat on the B.C. coast.
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Celebrating Red Lake’s chief chairman; Bemidji honors first leader of tribal council by flying flag at City Hall

Celebrating Red Lake’s chief chairman; Bemidji honors first leader of tribal council by flying flag at City Hall | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
BEMIDJI — An international flair will be evident at Bemidji City Hall this weekend as the city flies the Red Lake Nation flag alongside the U.S. stars and stripes. Once a year, the city raises the Red Lake Band’s totem in honor of the sovereign nation’s first tribal chairman Roger A. Jourdain.
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Michele Bachmann Suggests Labor Camps for Immigrant Children

Michele Bachmann Suggests Labor Camps for Immigrant Children | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Michele Bachmann Suggests Labor Camps for Immigrant Children
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 “I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, to chip in and build special new facilities… `Americanization’ facilities, if you will. And we’d send these kids to these facilities, in Arizona and Texas and wherever else. And we’d get private sector business leaders to locate to those facilities and give these children low-risk jobs to do. And they’d learn about the American way of life, earn their keep, and everyone wins in the end.” No...this isn't a satirical article from The Onion. These are actual quotes made by Bachmann. 

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Why every Canadian should watch Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Why every Canadian should watch Rhymes for Young Ghouls | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
This film might be difficult to watch, but it's "potentially transformational", says Chelsea Vowel. The revenge tale set in the 70s residential schools era is a work of fiction, but every single event portrayed has happened in Canada's indigenous communities.
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Say It in Ojibwe: Camp Helps Keep the Language Alive

Say It in Ojibwe: Camp Helps Keep the Language Alive | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Leave your English in the car—this camp is about preserving and learning the Ojibwe language.
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I'm Gluten Intolerant... Intolerant

I'm Gluten Intolerant... Intolerant | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
It seems to be a big buzzword these days. The "G.I." abbreviation has taken on an entirely new meaning....
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"Truthfully, unless you have celiac disease, which is a major issue in 1 percent of the population, you probably don't know what gluten is, let alone what glycemic index is. You're most likely listening to some half-truths written in a book by some doctor who is more concerned with the width of his wallet rather than the width of your waistline." My comment: I have to laugh at people who are into the so-called gluten "diet." Technically, there is no such thing as a gluten diet because it's not considered a diet. It's a medical situation for people (1%) to restrict their gluten intake. But, of course, it's become a trendy "diet" that will undoubtedly be replaced by yet another trendy diet. 

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“It Was Just a Joke”: Confronting the Pervasive Nature of Sexism Against Native Women

“It Was Just a Joke”: Confronting the Pervasive Nature of Sexism Against Native Women | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Thanks to the grassroots efforts of Native women, a growing amount of attention is drawn to the struggle toward justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW) in Canada and the US. Unfor...
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When languages die, ecosystems often die with them

When languages die, ecosystems often die with them | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
When a language goes extinct, it takes a wealth of knowledge about its local environment along with it. A new reports says that may be why languages and biodiversity are declining at similar rates around the world.
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The Oilsands Cancer Story Part 1: John O’Connor and the Dawn of a New Oilsands Era

The Oilsands Cancer Story Part 1: John O’Connor and the Dawn of a New Oilsands Era | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
This is the first installment of a three-part series on Dr. John O'Connor, the family physician to first identify higher-than-average cancer rates and rare forms of cancer in communities downstream of the Alberta oilsands.
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Minnesota crossed by 50 oil trains a week

Minnesota crossed by 50 oil trains a week | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Fifty oil trains, each loaded with more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, pass through Minnesota each week, and almost all of them go through the Twin Cities, according to the first detailed reports on the state’s crude-by-rail traffic obtained by the Star Tribune
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Cleaning up after pot growers challenges North Coast

Cleaning up after pot growers challenges North Coast | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
ELK — Deep in a private Mendocino Coast forest, trees and brush
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Executioner Enters Lethal Injection Room With Bag From Home Depot

Executioner Enters Lethal Injection Room With Bag From Home Depot | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
MCALESTER, OK—Shortly before administering a lethal injection to a prisoner sentenced to death by the state, Oklahoma Department of Corrections executioner Michael Callahan reportedly entered the death chamber Friday at Oklahoma State Penitentiary c...
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Music Industry Experts Say Ted Nugent's Ongoing Diatribes Damaging Concert Promotion

Music Industry Experts Say Ted Nugent's Ongoing Diatribes Damaging Concert Promotion | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
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Nolan wants Enbridge Sandpiper route moved to south

Nolan wants Enbridge Sandpiper route moved to south | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., Thursday voiced his opposition to the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline route that would cut across the northern part of Minnesota including parts of Cass and Crow Wing counties.
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Nolan's support in opposition to the Sandpiper is welcomed. But if he is so concerned about economic and environmental factors, where is his opposition to copper-nickel mining?

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EPA Issues Policy Supporting Tribal and Indigenous Communities - Red Lake Nation News

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Tacoma casino cancels Nugent shows, citing racism

Tacoma casino cancels Nugent shows, citing racism | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Emerald Queen Casino says it will cancel two Ted Nugent concerts that were scheduled August 2 and 3 over allegations of racist remarks by the singer. The announcement comes after Coeur d'Alene Tribes in Idaho canceled Nugent's August 4 show.
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