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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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The reassertion of whiteness in Canada: Deepan Budlakoti and Bill C-24

The reassertion of whiteness in Canada: Deepan Budlakoti and Bill C-24 | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Is Bill C-24 strengthening Canadian citizenship?
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Josh Paterson, Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association suggests, "This bill turns the whole idea of being Canadian upside-down, so that the Canadian citizenship of some people will be worth less than the Canadian citizenship of others".

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'Preventing poverty' not a valid goal for tax purposes, CRA tells Oxfam Canada

'Preventing poverty' not a valid goal for tax purposes, CRA tells Oxfam Canada | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world if it wants to keep its charitable status for tax purposes. It can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor.
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Prevention is not a charitable act, according to Canada Revenue Agency. Tell that to the churches...

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Court rules against Conservative government’s refugee health cuts

Court rules against Conservative government’s refugee health cuts | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The Federal Court says government changes to health care create two tiers of coverage between refugees who are from designated countries of origin and those who are not.
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Ottawa’s refugee health-care cuts ‘cruel and unusual,’ court rules

Ottawa’s refugee health-care cuts ‘cruel and unusual,’ court rules | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Case deals a blow to get-tough federal policy toward refugees from countries the government considers safe
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EconomicActionPlan.ca: Now featuring women and people with different coloured skin! - YouTube

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How Canada lets employers avoid temporary foreign worker reforms: Walkom

How Canada lets employers avoid temporary foreign worker reforms: Walkom | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Ottawa is still letting companies bring in temporary foreign workers. It just calls them something else.
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Federal climate change report warns of economic, health impacts

Federal climate change report warns of economic, health impacts | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Governments not doing enough to help Canadians adapt to damages of global warming.
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Harper government poll for Canada’s 150th birthday cites Liberal, NDP icons

Harper government poll for Canada’s 150th birthday cites Liberal, NDP icons | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
By Dean Beeby
OTTAWA — Canadians have handed the Harper government a Top 10 list of the country’s greatest heroes, featuring some of the Conservative party’s greatest adversaries, past and present.
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A trio of tough choices for Stephen Harper: Tim Harper

A trio of tough choices for Stephen Harper: Tim Harper | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
On energy, jobs and defence procurement, Stephen Harper faces three decisions that will shape the legacy of his government.
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Government orders federal departments to keep tabs on all demonstrations across country

Government orders federal departments to keep tabs on all demonstrations across country | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The Conservative government has expanded its surveillance of public activities to include all known demonstrations across the country.
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Last year the Government Operations Centre was involved in coordinating a response to Aboriginal demonstrations against fracking. The GOC distributed a map of the area where the RCMP had conducted raids on protesters who had seized an oil company’s vehicles. It also produced a spreadsheet detailing 32 planned events in support of anti-fracking.

 

Those included a healing dance in Kenora, Ont., a prayer ceremony in Edmonton and an Idle No More “taco fundraiser, raffle and jam session” planned at the Native Friendship Centre in Barrie, Ont., according to documents obtained through the Access to Information Act by APTN National News.

 
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A bill on the sale of sex or the sale of Conservatives? Tim Harper

A bill on the sale of sex or the sale of Conservatives? Tim Harper | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Peter MacKay’s bill on the sex trade will appeal to his party’s base, but it does not respond to the Supreme Court ruling of last December.
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When at first you don't succeed, try-try again.

 

(aka: asting time and money repeating mistakes of the past).

 

"New Democrats urged MacKay Thursday to refer his new bill to the Supreme Court, since that is where it is headed anyway. But the minister won’t do so even if he knew from the outset that this would not survive a court challenge.

 

It is too valuable in its present form for the government in 2015, playing to its self-promoting image of protecting all things fine, upstanding families respect, even if the legislation comes nowhere near answering the court’s original demand for better protection from sex workers in its ruling which landed this mess on MacKay’s desk." 

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Coyne: Justin Trudeau declares issue ‘settled,’ but abortion deserves debate

Coyne: Justin Trudeau declares issue ‘settled,’ but abortion deserves debate | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Well. That certainly worked out well. Justin Trudeau’s edict on abortion — thou shalt not question a woman’s right to choose if thou wisheth to be a Liberal candidate, or at any rate thou shalt not vote against it in Parliament, unless thou art...
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The Tyee – IMF Pegs Canada's Fossil Fuel Subsidies at $34 Billion

The Tyee – IMF Pegs Canada's Fossil Fuel Subsidies at $34 Billion | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
In such giveaways we're a world leader, a fact rarely noted when federal budgets are debated.
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"In comparison to other countries, Canada provides more subsidies to petroleum as a proportion of government revenue than any developed nation on Earth besides the United States and Luxembourg."

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Donna Kennedy-Glans wants to rejoin PC caucus

Donna Kennedy-Glans wants to rejoin PC caucus | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Donna Kennedy-Glans, the MLA for Calgary-Varsity and a former member of cabinet, says the party is correcting past mistakes and has asked to rejoin the Progressive Conservative caucus.
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#becauseIthinkyouarenotpayingattention

 

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PEN Canada hit with political-activities tax audit

PEN Canada hit with political-activities tax audit | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The Canada Revenue Agency has launched a political-activities audit of PEN Canada, a small charity promoting freedom of expression that has criticized the Harper government in the past.
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Rail safety upgrades inadequate, critics say

Rail safety upgrades inadequate, critics say | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
A flurry of new safety regulations has boosted the security of rail transit in Canada, but experts say what happened in Lac-Mégantic is part of a more systemic failure.
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“It may be fine as a supplement to a regulatory regime, but it’s not a substitute for Transport Canada setting the rules and Transport Canada enforcing the rules. That’s the fundamental problem,” Winfield said.

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Academics predict turnout collapse in byelection votes held Monday before Canada Day

Academics predict turnout collapse in byelection votes held Monday before Canada Day | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
CALGARY — Polls are open in four federal ridings Monday, the day before the Canada Day holiday, and two political scientists based in Alberta say turnout could be low in some of the votes, even by byelection standards.
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You can be rich too, you just gotta believe really hard. - YouTube

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Suppressing vote of expats latest Conservative court battle: Tim Harper

Suppressing vote of expats latest Conservative court battle: Tim Harper | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Why is Pierre Poilievre so adamant that more than five years out of Canada is enough to disenfranchise Canadian citizens?
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Moms change diapers, Dads form leaders: Justice minister's emails to staff

Moms change diapers, Dads form leaders: Justice minister's emails to staff | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Justice Minister Peter MacKay raised eyebrows in his department with two very different tri... - Canada - Winnipeg Free Press.
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Women get credit for running errands and "maybe" thinking about dinner, while men are "moulding" their children's futures. 

 

If Peter MacKay had taken the same patronizing tone on Father's Day he may have said something this:

 

"By the time many of you have arrived at the office in the morning, you've already - unplugged the toilet, taken a steak out of the fridge for barbequing later, walked the dog and maybe even thought about picking up flowers for the wife." You go, men. 

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Den Tandt: Kathleen Wynne’s victory no blessing for Trudeau Grits

Den Tandt: Kathleen Wynne’s victory no blessing for Trudeau Grits | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Federal Liberals have been turning cartwheels, at least publicly, since Kathleen Wynne’s triumph in the Ontario election last Thursday.
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Teksavvy and Rogers publish transparency reports highlighting the extent of government data requests

Teksavvy and Rogers publish transparency reports highlighting the extent of government data requests | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Third-party internet provider Teksavvy and Rogers, one of the largest ISPs in Canada, have published the first Canadian telecommunications transparency reports.
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Den Tandt: Tories make a hash of new prostitution bill

Den Tandt: Tories make a hash of new prostitution bill | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Short of dusting off the country’s old prostitution laws, printing them on fresh paper and saying “yes these are too legal, so there,” it’s tough to see how Justice Minister Peter MacKay could have made a worse mess of his new legislation on the...
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MacKay strikes again. Or maybe I should say, strikes out again.

 

"The Supreme Court’s ruling found, in essence, that any law causing prostitutes to work furtively or in secret violates their right to health and safety. It was a profoundly progressive, enlightened decision, and it was unanimous."

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Complaints about federal government secrecy increase 30 per cent

Complaints about federal government secrecy increase 30 per cent | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says Canada’s access to information laws need to be modernized as complaints to her office continue to grow.
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Harper government ignores advice on Ukraine election observation missions

Harper government ignores advice on Ukraine election observation missions | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Joan Bryden OTTAWA — For the third time in four years, the Harper government has sent a large, Canada-only mission to observe an election in Ukraine, despite a report that concluded it would be cheaper, more credible and more effective to join a...
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