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Corrections Canada to make budget cuts as prison population grows

Corrections Canada to make budget cuts as prison population grows | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Federal agency must trim $295-million in spending by 2015 as Ottawa looks to cut deficit...
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The power of one

The power of one | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA -- There are 308 members of Parliament. In the House of Commons, Elizabeth May occupies seat ... - FYI - Winnipeg Free Press.
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Forgotten Aboriginal Musicians Survived Residential Schools, Police Brutality To Make These Songs

Forgotten Aboriginal Musicians Survived Residential Schools, Police Brutality To Make These Songs | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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."
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Same-sex marriage harms free speech, new Ontario judge wrote in 2012

Same-sex marriage harms free speech, new Ontario judge wrote in 2012 | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Suzanne Côté waged $200,000 tax battle over clothes with Quebec tax agency | Toronto Star

Suzanne Côté waged $200,000 tax battle over clothes with Quebec tax agency | Toronto Star | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Madame Justice Suzanne Côté battled five years with Revenu Québec to be able to deduct more than $200,000 in clothing and “personal care” expenses from her annual earnings.
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57,000-Gallon Oil Spill In Canada Forces Closure Of Pipeline To U.S.

57,000-Gallon Oil Spill In Canada Forces Closure Of Pipeline To U.S. | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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What's missing in the Great Lakes Commission's Draft report on transport of crude oil?

What's missing in the Great Lakes Commission's Draft report on transport of crude oil? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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:
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Caribou continue to be at risk in Canada, report says

Caribou continue to be at risk in Canada, report says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Nenshi: Passing Bill 10 would bring ‘international attention toward what kinds of hillbillies we are’

Nenshi: Passing Bill 10 would bring ‘international attention toward what kinds of hillbillies we are’ | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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:
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Prostitution Should Be Run Like A Business, Public Health Association Says

Prostitution Should Be Run Like A Business, Public Health Association Says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Canadian Public Health Association is calling on the government to regulate the sex industry as a business with rules to protect the safety of prostitutes.

In a position paper released Friday, the association says the world's so-called oldest profession should be regulated under existing occupational health and safety regulations.

It says that would help deal with some of the root causes of prostitution, such as poverty and homelessness.
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May's Bill Passes Senate In Historic First For Greens

May's Bill Passes Senate In Historic First For Greens | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Senate has passed a private member's bill on Lyme disease, the first Green party bill to ever pass both houses of Parliament.

The legislation sponsored by Green party Leader Elizabeth May won Commons approval last June and now only needs royal assent to become law.

It calls on the government to call a conference of provincial and territorial ministers, medical experts and representatives of patient groups to develop a comprehensive Lyme disease strategy.
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Who exactly is crazy here, Mr. Harper?

Who exactly is crazy here, Mr. Harper? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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StatsCan Reveals How Many Canadians Live In Poverty

StatsCan Reveals How Many Canadians Live In Poverty | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says 13.8 per cent of the population lived in low-income households in 2012.

The agency says its measure of after-tax low-income deems a household to be low income if it has less than half the overall median income.

By this measure, it says, 16.3 per cent of children under 17 were in low-income households in 2012.
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U.S. report slams Kinder Morgan’s enviro transgressions, including on Burnaby Mountain

U.S. report slams Kinder Morgan’s enviro transgressions, including on Burnaby Mountain | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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]."
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Obama Takes Swing At 'Tar Sands' And Keystone Pipeline

Obama Takes Swing At 'Tar Sands' And Keystone Pipeline | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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14 dead: 2014's grim toll for domestic violence as spousal homicides hit five-year high

14 dead: 2014's grim toll for domestic violence as spousal homicides hit five-year high | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Spat with Stephen Harper won't help Kathleen Wynne, warns Tony Clement | Toronto Star

Spat with Stephen Harper won't help Kathleen Wynne, warns Tony Clement | Toronto Star | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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'Restorative Justice' To Be Carried Out At Dalhousie

'Restorative Justice' To Be Carried Out At Dalhousie | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Canadians Still Unhappy With Harper Government's Performance: Poll

Canadians Still Unhappy With Harper Government's Performance: Poll | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Harper government leaves $321 million for green programs unspent, while overspending on oil and gas

Harper government leaves $321 million for green programs unspent, while overspending on oil and gas | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Amnesty International slams Harper government for putting economy ahead of rights

Amnesty International slams Harper government for putting economy ahead of rights | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Stephen Harper consistent but out of touch: Walkom | Toronto Star

Stephen Harper consistent but out of touch: Walkom | Toronto Star | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canada’s prime minister has no time for endangered species, climate change or Kathleen Wynne.
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pdeppisch's comment, December 15, 10:17 AM
I should have added: that Harper is a conservative and that he and his believers have only one mantra - it is the economy stupid. All his legislation has been to make it easier for business to operate. The fact that hat legislation is not environmentally friendly is of no concern. If the economy tanks then he will be voted out of office! So - the world is in a Catch-22 situation! Tank the economy or kill the planet. And right now we are doing both. If the voter would send a clear message the politician would listen. But voters also believe that it is the economy! So - you get the GOP re-elected and or have more members in Congress. Until the voter decides to care about the environment in a big way and stops spending money on consumer goods - we are in essence going to kill this planet's biosphere which will kill quite a few humans not to speak of the animals and possible wipe us out. C'est la vie?! Après moi le deluge!
malek's comment, December 15, 4:42 PM
democracy side-effects
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YUP! :(
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Shania Twain: 'Violence, Especially In Your Own Home, Is Never Acceptable'

Shania Twain: 'Violence, Especially In Your Own Home, Is Never Acceptable' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
TTAWA - Country music superstar Shania Twain has lent her voice to an RCMP campaign against family violence.

In a 60-second video posted online by the Mounties the singer tells viewers that violence inside the home shouldn't be kept a secret.

Speaking over a twangy guitar track, she says "sometimes home is where the hurt is" and adds that whether it's physical, sexual or emotional "abuse is abuse."
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David Suzuki's grandson brings star power to Sacred Headwaters fight over Imperial Metals

David Suzuki's grandson brings star power to Sacred Headwaters fight over Imperial Metals | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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. 
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Veterans Affairs overspends on administration, falls short on benefits

Veterans Affairs overspends on administration, falls short on benefits | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Veterans Affairs Seek New Staffers

Veterans Affairs Seek New Staffers | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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The Gargoyle - Number of staff in ministerial offices ballooned under Harper

The Gargoyle - Number of staff in ministerial offices ballooned under Harper | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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