When Willie Thrasher first hit concert stages in the Northwest Territories during the late 1960s, his band the Cordells played Kinks and the Rolling Stones covers. That is, until an old man at a winter dance gig suggested he produce original music based on his heritage.
"I'd never seen this guy before. He came there and sat down and said, 'Why don't you write Inuit folk music about your culture, about your ways,'" Thrasher explains over the line from his current home in Nanaimo, B.C. where he works as a city-sanctioned busker. "I didn't know much about our culture at the time because the residential schools were meant to take all that away from us."
law professor named an Ontario judge this week wrote two years ago for a conservative, U.S.-based institute that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada has harmed religious freedom and free speech, and led to the “indoctrination” of children in public schools.
Bradley Miller, a constitutional specialist at Western University in London, Ont., said the “new orthodoxy” about gay marriage in Canada means that those who object to it are treated as bigots and denied their rights as parents, workers, pamphleteers or religious believers. He also said parents who do not want their children hearing discussions on the subject would have to pull them out of public schools.
Canadian energy delivery company Enbridge Inc. has temporarily shut down and isolated one of its crude oil pipelines that connects to the United States after a 1,350-barrel, or 56,700-gallon oil spill, the company reported Wednesday evening.
At the end of September, the Great Lakes Commission released its Draft report on transport of crude oil in Great Lakes region, which provides an overview of the increase of crude oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. The Commission gave stakeholders 60 days to provide comment on the Draft report. The final report will be formally released at the Commission's 2015 semiannual meeting on February 24-25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Thirty organizations signed a collective submission to the Great Lakes Commission outlining gaps in the draft report including:
Resource development is outpacing provincial efforts to protect the habitat of the threatened woodland caribou.
That's the warning found in a report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society being released today.
Leona Aglukkaq to discuss species at risk with provinces in 2015 In an embargoed copy obtained by CBC, the CPAWS report shows there's been a lot of resource development since 2012, when the federal government ordered the provinces to come up with a plan to conserve caribou habitat by 2017.
The report points to increased natural gas development in British Columbia, new oil and gas leases in Alberta and a new mine in a Manitoba provincial park.
"Unfortunately conservation isn't keeping up with development, so the habitat of the caribou continues to be very much at risk pretty much everywhere across the country," said Eric Hebert-Daly, the group's national executive director.
The annual status report on the caribou, which ranks the provinces and their plans for recovery strategies for the caribou, puts Alberta at the bottom of the list.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi, speaking Thursday to hundreds of members of the Calgary Chamber on the state of the city’s economy as oil prices plummet, paused from that topic for a five-minute digression on Alberta’s recent legislation on gay-straight alliances.
After Bill 10 received two readings in the Alberta legislature, Premier Jim Prentice put the controversial legislation on “pause” last week, in the wake of public outcry across the province.
Here’s what Nenshi had to say, verbatim, about the whole affair:
Here in Lima, Peru at the United Nations climate change talks, I am watching negotiators from impacted countries like the Philippines working earnestly on a new agreement to reduce global climate pollution.
At the same time, I am reading stories back home about Prime Minister Stephen Harper telling the House of Commons yesterday that regulating greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector would be "crazy."
Let's be clear who is crazy here. A common definition of "crazy" is "a state of mind that prevents normal perception and behaviour."
Given this definition I would suggest that it is not those who want Canada to regulate its oil and gas sector - the single largest source of carbon pollution in Canada - that are crazy, but Mr. Harper and his Conservative government.
The Seattle-based think-tank Sightline Institute released a report Tuesday highlighting Kinder Morgan’s enviro-transgressions across the energy giant's continent-wide network of pipelines and export terminals.
The company's recent troubles on Burnaby Mountain in Canada were cited as a major reason for updating the second edition of this report. More than 100 people were arrested last month -- including scientists, environmentalists, First Nations and other people young and old -- for disobeying a court order designed to protect the company's drillers on the mountain.
The story was not widely reported in U.S. press, the think tank lamented.
“It’s become the Keystone XL fight of Canada,” said the institute's policy director Eric de Place in a tele-press conference to journalists on both sides of the border.
"I often despair that the 49th parallel ends up being quite a barrier [to news coverage from Canada]."
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama spent five minutes disparaging the potential benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline Friday.
He then kept it alive with five words.
At a wide-ranging year-end news conference Friday, Obama maintained his recent pattern of expressed skepticism about the project: He played down its job potential, said it wouldn't lower gas prices for Americans and, employing the language of pipeline opponents, said it would merely help Canadian "tar sands" companies export their product overseas.
A 77-year-old woman shot dead in her two-storey Saanich home, along with the family dog. A 67-year-old woman brutally assaulted in a Surrey home who died later in hospital. An East Vancouver mom killed in the basement with her son in the same house.
Domestic homicides are considered the most predictable and preventable of all homicides, yet many, mostly women, still die at the hands of a person who has vowed to love them.
Spousal homicides, termed intimate-partner violence (IPV) homicides by the B.C. Coroners Service, have hit a five-year high in B.C.
OTTAWA—The very public spat between Queen’s Park and Ottawa won’t work well for Premier Kathleen Wynne in the long term, according to Treasury Board President Tony Clement. The Conservative cabinet minister and former MPP accused Wynne of dialing up her “rhetoric” around Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s seeming reluctance to meet with her. “My experience in provincial and federal politics leads me to conclude that move never works as a long-term strategy in Ontario,” Clement said in an interview with the Star.
HALIFAX - Dalhousie University is proceeding with a restorative justice process to resolve complaints about sexually violent comments posted on a Facebook group page about female dentistry students, the university's president said Wednesday.
The Halifax university said many of the women who were the subject of the comments and members of the Facebook group have come forward.
University president Richard Florizone said the women have chosen the restorative justice process, which is an informal and confidential resolution procedure that includes the parties involved.
Canadians aren't feeling very positive about the direction of the country under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a new poll suggests.
But according to new numbers from Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy, things have improved slightly for Conservatives from their darkest point last year.
The survey, released Thursday, shows 45 per cent of Canadians think the Harper government has performed poorly or very poorly, while 37 per cent rate the performance as good or very good. Last December, in the thick of the Senate expense scandal, 56 per cent of respondents told Nanos they were unhappy with the government's performance.
The federal government neglected to spend $300 million in Parliament-approved funding for “environmentally responsible” programs last year, while overspending on programs to support the oil and gas industry through research, market development and ads, according to The Hill Times.
A Natural Resources Canada spending report submitted to Parliament indicates that it failed to spend $298.6-million on programs for green programs such as renewable energy development and technology innovation.
Amnesty International's Canada branch has issued a wide-ranging attack on the Harper government for making economic development a higher priority than human rights — especially in resource development.
That’s where Tahltan First Nations Elders called the Klabona Keepers, who are self-proclaimed guardians of that pristine wilderness, were hit in late November with a court order granted to Imperial Metals. The injunction forbids the mine opponents from continuing to interfere with the $600-million Red Chris copper and gold mine that intends operate for 30 years.
Veterans Affairs allowed tens of millions of dollars in approved funding on veterans programs – such as death and disability benefits – to go unspent last year while exceeding its budget for internal services like communications.
A closer look by The Globe and Mail at the department’s line-by-line public accounts shows the biggest source of the gap – or lapse – comes from the department’s two biggest categories: the health-care program and disability and death compensation.
OTTAWA - The Harper government is looking to hire staff at Veterans Affairs.
Job notices for dozens of front-line positions in cities across the country have begun appearing at a time when the government is under pressure for slashing nearly 900 staff at the embattled department.
The opposition parties have linked the job cuts to last month's auditor general's report, which said the department made one in five mentally ill ex-soldiers wait up to eight months before deciding whether to fund their treatment.
The Conservative government’s enthusiasm for cutting costs and reducing the size of the public service appears to end at the elevator to the minister’s office.
Data tabled in the House of Commons on Monday shows the number of political staffers working for cabinet ministers has ballooned under the Tories, up 21 per cent per cent from the last year of Liberal rule.