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U.S. boom in oil production spells peril for Canadian crude

U.S. boom in oil production spells peril for Canadian crude | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Drilling frenzy south of the border brings good news and bad for oil-patch producers...
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NDP urges Liberal gov. to cede majority of electoral reform committee

NDP urges Liberal gov. to cede majority of electoral reform committee | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

The NDP is urging the governing Liberals to surrender majority control over the special Commons committee that's supposed to recommend an alternative to Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system.

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Heckuva good idea.

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Liberals to repeal Harper-era sick leave law

Liberals to repeal Harper-era sick leave law | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

The Liberal government has introduced legislation to repeal a Harper-era law that allows the government to impose changes to short-term disability and sick leave in the public service.

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Conservatives blast Sajjan for linking Syrian conflict to climate change

Conservatives blast Sajjan for linking Syrian conflict to climate change | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

The Conservatives chastised the defence minister in question period Thursday for remarks he made in a speech last week linking the start of the Syrian civil war to climate change.

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This guy does his research.

"Last March, U.S. researchers reported that a drought from 2007 to 2010 was two to three times more likely to have been caused by climate change than natural variability alone.

The researchers called the drought served a “catalyst” for the Syrian conflict."

 

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International expert applauds Trudeau's approach on indigenous issues

International expert applauds Trudeau's approach on indigenous issues | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's talk of systemic discrimination against Canada's Aboriginal Peoples lends legitimacy to the issues and those tackling them, a United Nations human rights expert said Monday.

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"What we found in our inquiry was that although, for example, the residential school practice had ended, regrettably as late as it did, that whole kind of discrimination was being reproduced in the social welfare policies and the way social welfare is administered in those communities," Bailey said.

 

In December, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson conceded there are racists in his force during a session with First Nations leaders and delegates in Gatineau, Que.

 

"I don't want them to be in my police force," Paulson said.

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Feds to speed up infrastructure project approvals as millions left unspent

Feds to speed up infrastructure project approvals as millions left unspent | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

The federal government left more than $616 million in infrastructure money on the table at the end of fiscal 2014-15, with the department in question warning that it almost never spends everything it can in a given year.

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Tory changes to CPP disability claims led to massive backlog, auditor finds

Tory changes to CPP disability claims led to massive backlog, auditor finds | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The federal auditor general's latest report lays bare massive delays processing Canada Pension Plan disability payments. Shared Services Canada is also unable to demonstrate any cost savings from its much-delayed streamlining of government email services, it says.
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Statistics Canada prepared for sending out long-form census

Statistics Canada prepared for sending out long-form census | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

Rather than sending selected households separate pieces of mail with the short form and then the National Household Survey, Statistics Canada has combined both questionnaires were integrated into one document.

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Hundreds of new, front-line Veterans Affairs workers being hired

Hundreds of new, front-line Veterans Affairs workers being hired | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
New hiring has started at Veterans Affairs Canada in an attempt to replace hundreds of workers cut under the previous Conservative government. Case managers, client service agents and disability benefits officers are among the positions currently being filled.
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'Anything But Conservative' to pay for Cape Breton veterans groups

'Anything But Conservative' to pay for Cape Breton veterans groups | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Cape Breton veterans groups will receive Anything But Conservative money left over from the federal election campaign to oust Stephen Harper.
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Canada needs to combat big money in U.S. politics: ambassador

Canada needs to combat big money in U.S. politics: ambassador | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Canada's ambassador to the U.S. says this country needs to find a way to combat the influence of big money in American politics, which he says gets in the way of the interests of both countries.
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Parliament returns, your questions answered

Parliament returns, your questions answered | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The 42nd session of Parliament begins today for what will be a short, one-week session before members leave for their holiday break. But the week will see several important developments.
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Liberals' infrastructure pledge faces delivery problems, department documents say

Liberals' infrastructure pledge faces delivery problems, department documents say | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Federal officials warned the Liberal government just last month that its plan to steer billions in unspent infrastructure money directly to cities could run into roadblocks with the very cities and provinces they want to help.
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This story is a non-story. With the departure of the Harper crowd, the media must be really scrambling to find newsworthy items to cover. Yawn.

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An open letter to the new Minister of Veterans Affairs – Manitoulin Expositor

An open letter to the new Minister of Veterans Affairs – Manitoulin Expositor | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Manitoulin Island news, opinions, weather, classifieds, obituaries and events. Serving Manitoulin Island, the North Shore and Northern Ontario.
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From the letter: 

"VAC criteria is vague or covers grey areas with wordings a rocket scientist would have trouble making good sense of, yet across the border in the United States their veterans are compensated for exposure to the very same chemical compounds."

 

"The bottom line being, if these chemicals are recognized in the US, surely the same criteria should apply for Canadian Forces exposed to the same chemicals, thus why can we not adopt the same criteria?"

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PM says he doesn't want to 'shortcut' NEB on Energy East pipeline

PM says he doesn't want to 'shortcut' NEB on Energy East pipeline | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered a sympathetic ear to major players in Canada's oilpatch Thursday, but didn't provide any assurances on the fate of the pipelines Alberta so desperately wants to move its product to the coasts.

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Infrastructure minister looking at ways to get billions in unspent funds to cities

Infrastructure minister looking at ways to get billions in unspent funds to cities | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

The federal infrastructure minister says his government is willing to cut the strings on new infrastructure cash to help cities repair crumbling roads, bridges, and sewers.

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Harper wanted to pull out of Europe's leading security organization: diplomats

Harper wanted to pull out of Europe's leading security organization: diplomats | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

Former prime minister Stephen Harper wanted to pull Canada out of one of Europe's leading security organization four years ago, but U.S. President Barack Obama helped convince him to stay.

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Ottawa lobbyists ruffled by order to "go dutch" on meals, tickets

Ottawa lobbyists ruffled by order to "go dutch" on meals, tickets | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

A change in government brings with it a wave of invitations -- companies, associations and not-for-profits all want to get to know the new guard and figure out where they stand on key issues.

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Striking fear in the hearts of lobbyists everywhere...

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Questioning on Senate reform begins with Fisheries Minister

Questioning on Senate reform begins with Fisheries Minister | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo on Wednesday became the first cabinet minister to submit to questioning in the Senate as the upper house adapts to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan for a more independent, less partisan chamber.

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This seems like a step in the right direction.

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B.C. mayor asks Trudeau to suspend NEB review of Trans Mountain pipeline

B.C. mayor asks Trudeau to suspend NEB review of Trans Mountain pipeline | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

A Vancouver-area mayor is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately suspend National Energy Board hearings into the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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Special committee on assisted dying waiting on members

Special committee on assisted dying waiting on members | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

A month after the Liberal government passed a motion striking a special joint parliamentary committee on assisted dying, no MPs or senators have yet been assigned to sit on the committee, much less begin hearings on the matter.

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Mining magnate Peter Munk admits donating more than legal limit to Conservatives

Mining magnate Peter Munk admits donating more than legal limit to Conservatives | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it

Mining magnate and philanthropist Peter Munk has admitted he donated more than the legal limit to the Conservative party three different times.

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Paris climate talks: May says 46-page draft contains 'over 500' disagreements

Paris climate talks: May says 46-page draft contains 'over 500' disagreements | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Negotiators in Paris have come up with a draft deal to try and combat climate change. But they'll have to work through hundreds of disagreements before they can sign off on a treaty, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says.
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Not surprising. But we do have a lot of work to do.

 

**Canada's delegation sounds excessive. We didn't need to send everyone. Elizabeth May is likely equal to 10 people with her knowledge and good sense on this issue.

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Liberal MP Geoff Regan elected new Speaker of House of Commons

Liberal MP Geoff Regan elected new Speaker of House of Commons | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
MPs have elected Liberal Geoff Regan as Speaker of the House of Commons.
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Trudeau to appoint five Independent senators in January

Trudeau to appoint five Independent senators in January | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appoint five new senators in January as he launches reforms to make the upper chamber less partisan.
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After ten years of abuse, Canadian democracy needs an overhaul

After ten years of abuse, Canadian democracy needs an overhaul | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
RT @Bergg69: After 10 yrs of abuse, Canadian democracy needs an overhaul
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#Cdnpoli #abpoli #skpoli #nlpoli #yqr
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Demand more and achieve more.

 

"Simply reversing the worst of the Harper record isn’t enough."

 

"We look to the new government to move forward with a bold and ambitious agenda to strengthen respect for debate and dissent. And we encourage all Canadians to actively engage in shaping that agenda and holding the government to account for its implementation."

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