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Election fraud case a 'battle for democracy,' voter says - Politics - CBC News

Election fraud case a 'battle for democracy,' voter says - Politics - CBC News | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Council of Canadians and two voters who say they received misleading calls directing them to the wrong polling station just before the last federal election believe they still have a strong case for election fraud in six ridings.
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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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How Long Will Minister Aglukkaq Ignore the Problem of Endangered Species? asks @JohnMcKayLib

How Long Will Minister Aglukkaq Ignore the Problem of Endangered Species? asks @JohnMcKayLib | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Recent cuts to Environment Canada's operating budget have left the department a shadow of its former self and unable to enforce what little environmental laws are left. The Harper Government has burned enough environmental legislation to keep the Min...
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Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record? | The Tyee

Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record? | The Tyee | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Hydraulic fracturing, a technology used to crack open difficult oil and gas formations, appears to have set off a swarm of earthquakes near Fox Creek, Alberta, including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week.

That would likely make it the largest felt earthquake ever caused by fracking, a development that experts swore couldn't happen a few years ago.

Fracking operations in British Columbia's Montney shale generated similar seismic activity of that magnitude last year, and earthquake scientists at Ontario's Western University are still analyzing the two events to see which is the largest.  
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Canada's Telecoms Are Losing Subscribers .. So They're Hiking Prices

Canada's Telecoms Are Losing Subscribers .. So They're Hiking Prices | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Some of Canada’s largest wireless and internet providers are responding to shrinking subscriber numbers by extracting more money from those customers they still have.

In its fourth-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, Rogers Communications showed it had lost 103,000 TV customers over the past year, a roughly 5-per-cent decline. But revenue from TV declined only 2 per cent, indicating the company is taking in roughly 3 per cent more per customer
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Hedge Funds Bet On Oil Dropping Further

Hedge Funds Bet On Oil Dropping Further | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

(Bloomberg) -- Hedge funds boosted bearish wagers on oil to a four-year high as U.S. supplies grew the most since 2001.

 

Money managers increased short positions in West Texas Intermediate crude to the highest level since September 2010 in the week ended Jan. 20, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Net-long positions slipped for the first time in three weeks.


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Grain shipping firms face railway backlog, deteriorating service

Grain shipping firms face railway backlog, deteriorating service | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A coalition of agriculture associations says the grain industry is dealing with deteriorating rail service and an 11 per cent shortfall in the supply of railway cars.

The Ag Transport Coalition released a report saying that the railways have failed to supply more than 11,000 cars that were ordered in the first five months of the crop year.
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Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
When Bernd Lange talks about the advantages of a free trade agreement with the US, he often cites the example of the VW bus. The hippy favorite has been the target of a 25 percent tariff since 1964, a punitive move after the European Economic Community raised levies on imported chicken, shutting the Americans out of the market. Sales have been hampered for decades as a result. But if the levy were significantly reduced, its price tag would plunge.
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All Of A Sudden, Stephen Harper Discovers Manufacturing

All Of A Sudden, Stephen Harper Discovers Manufacturing | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Conservative government is considering a strong focus on the manufacturing sector in the upcoming budget, part of a general shift in attention towards Ontario and its prospective voters.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has faced sharp criticism from the opposition parties that he has ignored Canada's industrial heartland in favour of the energy sector in his home province.

"While Mr. Harper was busy not caring about manufacturing jobs drying up, his finance minister was telling Ontarians they had 'no one to blame but themselves,"' Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said in a speech to caucus earlier this week in London, Ont.
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Facebook Created HOW Many Jobs In Canada?

Facebook Created HOW Many Jobs In Canada? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
If a new study from Deloitte is to be believed, Facebook is one of Canada’s largest indirect employers, responsible for creating 82,000 jobs in the country.

But some question whether the study is to be believed.

Titled “The global economic impact of Facebook” and commissioned by the very same company, it says Facebook is responsible for the creation of 4.5 million jobs around the world, and added $227 billion U.S. to the global economy last year.
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Alaska to proceed with B.C. ferry terminal despite anti-sanctions law

Alaska to proceed with B.C. ferry terminal despite anti-sanctions law | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The state of Alaska is pushing ahead with a project to rebuild a B.C. ferry terminal with U.S. steel, undaunted by Ottawa’s vow to punish companies that bend to Buy America rules.

A senior Alaska government official vigorously defended Governor Bill Walker’s refusal to seek a waiver from the protectionist purchasing rules that apply to all U.S. government-funded transportation projects.
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Newfoundland Suspends Participation In All Trade Agreements

Newfoundland Suspends Participation In All Trade Agreements | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador says it is suspending its participation in all trade agreements because of its dispute with Ottawa over a promised federal-provincial fisheries fund.

The provincial government says the federal government has failed to honour its commitment to provide $280 million in exchange for the province relinquishing minimum processing requirements for fish plants as part of a free trade deal with Europe.
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This Is Why A Falling Loonie Won't Rescue Canada's Economy

This Is Why A Falling Loonie Won't Rescue Canada's Economy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Until a few months ago, the complaint that Canada’s economy isn’t diverse enough, and is too reliant on energy exports, seemed to be a purely academic matter.

When economists warned, for example, that Canada is running an enormous deficit in non-energy trade (i.e. we just aren’t making and selling much other than energy), a common response would be, “So what? In a global economy, we don’t need to produce everything we consume, do we?”

That certainly was the attitude of our federal government which (until very recently) saw little reason to prop up central Canada’s struggling manufacturing sector, and focused much of its efforts on convincing the U.S. to build a pipeline for Canadian oil.
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B.C. Burial Site Deal Is 'Big Success' For First Nations

B.C. Burial Site Deal Is 'Big Success' For First Nations | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
B.C. First Nations are celebrating a "big success" after news that the provincial government is purchasing a controversial piece of land from a private owner.

Grace Islet, located off Saltspring Island, is a First Nations burial site containing at least 16 cairns. First Nations have been raising the alarm about the potential for development there since 2006, but the site drew major attention last summer when owner Barry Slawsky began constructing his retirement home.
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Canada's Economy Shrinks

Canada's Economy Shrinks | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada says the country's gross domestic product declined 0.2 per cent in November compared with the previous month, primarily because of declines in manufacturing and several of the key resource sectors.
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MORE JOB CUTS

MORE JOB CUTS | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce quietly eliminated 500 jobs across the country over the past two weeks, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Spokesperson Kevin Dove confirmed the news to The Huffington Post Canada on Thursday, calling the layoffs a “necessary.” The Toronto-based bank is Canada’s fifth-largest and also operates locations worldwide.

“After careful review, we have made the difficult decision to selectively reduce a number of positions across CIBC,” read a statement from the bank, explaining they reflect an “overall alignment” of its resources to streamline services.
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Manitoba One Of The Worst Places For Natives: Docs

Manitoba One Of The Worst Places For Natives: Docs | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
WINNIPEG - Federal government documents show Manitoba is one of the worst places for First Nations people to live in Canada.

Internal reports from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development show Manitoba natives are more likely to grow up in poverty, drop out of school, live off social assistance in dilapidated housing and suffer family violence.

Their life expectancy is also eight years shorter than that of other Manitobans.
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Harper's Claim About NDP, Liberals 'Full Of Baloney'

Harper's Claim About NDP, Liberals 'Full Of Baloney' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - "Friends, our opponents have been clear. They would take away the Universal Child Care Benefit. They've said so on many occasions." — Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a speech Sunday prior to the resumption of the House of Commons.
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It's Official: Layoffs At Tim Hortons

It's Official: Layoffs At Tim Hortons | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
TORONTO - Tim Hortons is laying off an unspecified number of employees at its headquarters in a reorganization of its operations.

The coffee chain, which was taken over by Burger King Worldwide last year, did not immediately respond to questions about how many employees would be cut at its Oakville, Ont., offices.
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Soldiers who died for Canada weren't citizens: government response to petition

Soldiers who died for Canada weren't citizens: government response to petition | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
"What does it matter that maple leaves adorn tombstones of various cemeteries in Europe...? Canada has lost none of its nationals during the last two World Wars, at least not officially," begins an article recently published in Le Monde, France's most famous newspaper. 
 
"Because, according to Ottawa, Canadian citizenship never existed before the Citizenship Act on January 1, 1947". 

It's a fact many Canadians don't consider as government officials honour soldiers on Remembrance Day, but the feds' official position is that Canadians who died during the world wars were never citizens, since modern citizenship law only came into effect after the fighting ended.
 
That 1947 cutoff date poses enormous challenges for certain Canadians today. A 92-year-old Canadian war veteran, and an Ontario-raised war veteran's daughter are among those still fighting to be recognized as citizens, due in part because of their pre-1947 birthdate. 
 
"It's really, really wrong. How is a government supposed to serve its citizens if it doesn't even know what it is?" said citizenship advocate Don Chapman, who is a spokesperson for a group called the Lost Canadians — legitimate Canadians, some of whom served in the army and paid taxes in Canada for decades, only to discover they were disqualified from citizenship due to arcane provisions of old laws.
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On Terrorism, Harper is all Talk and No Walk

On Terrorism, Harper is all Talk and No Walk | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
They say politics is show business for ugly people. And with only nine months or so until the writ is dropped, Canadians can only expect the theatrics from their government to reach new heights.

No issue, it seems, will be spared the prime minister's play-acting, not even when it comes to Canada's national security.

The two terrorist attacks in October and the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris have created a climate of fear in Canada around terrorism.
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Nearly Half Of Canada's Metro Areas Are Seeing Falling Incomes

Nearly Half Of Canada's Metro Areas Are Seeing Falling Incomes | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
You’ve probably read stories about how Canada’s wage growth is nothing to write home about, but new research from the Broadbent Institute adds a surprising dimension to the story: No fewer than 15 of Canada’s 32 largest metro areas saw incomes slide during 2006-2012.

Economist Andrew Jackson, a senior policy adviser at the Broadbent Institute, compiled StatsCan wage data to see how Canadian incomes have held up in the era of the Harper government.
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MacKay Disagrees With Top Mountie

MacKay Disagrees With Top Mountie | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
MONTREAL - Justice Minister Peter MacKay said he doesn't see the need for an in-depth examination of police and justice system protocols as suggested by the head of the RCMP after the recent shootings of two Mounties in Alberta.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said last weekend the fact the suspected shooter was let free despite having a violent criminal history including a series of overlapping firearm bans may spark a review.

"I don't think, in my view, in my experience, having some sort of a pause where we have a full-blown examination or royal commission or some sort of a study is really going to provide us the answers that we need," MacKay said Tuesday in Montreal.
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Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite

Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power. We are social creatures who absorb the outlook and opinions of those with whom we associate, and unconciously echo them. Objectivity is impossible.
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Kinder Morgan not required to provide full oil spill response documents: NEB

Kinder Morgan not required to provide full oil spill response documents: NEB | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The B.C. government won't be getting the full, unredacted version of oil spill response documents from Kinder Morgan for its proposed pipeline expansion, the Vancouver Observer learned on Friday. 

In an email, a Ministry of Environment spokesperson said Kinder Morgan will not be required to provide the documents for Trans Mountain, as the Province requested in a motion in December.  

The government's request was denied on the basis that "sufficient information has been filed from the existing Emergency Management Plan documents to meet the [NEB's] requirements at this stage of the process".  

The decision was made just one day before the information request deadline in the second round of the NEB hearings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline expansion. The Texas-based oil giant is currently applying to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries crude oil from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C.  
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Because the taxpayer will pay for any clean-up of oil spills - as per usual! 

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Alberta Has More Working Poor Than Any Province: Report

Alberta Has More Working Poor Than Any Province: Report | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A new report says one in eight, or approximately 12 per cent, of people in Edmonton are currently living in poverty.

The report, released by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) and titled "A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton," also found that Alberta has a higher rate of working poor than any other province in Canada.

The report outlines that while Edmonton's job market has been thriving and increasing in past years, there are several groups that remain in disproportionate circumstances financially.
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Sony to close all 14 Canadian stores within 2 months

Sony to close all 14 Canadian stores within 2 months | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Sony is closing all 14 of its stores in Canada over the next six to eight weeks, the company announced in a statement today.

Approximately 90 jobs will be affected, a spokesman for Sony Canada told CBC News. Sony Canada is not saying why the stores are being closed.
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malek's comment, January 17, 4:17 PM
government "Action Plan" in action