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'Call me crazy but I thought we were Canada the Good': robocalls complainant

'Call me crazy but I thought we were Canada the Good': robocalls complainant | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Sandra McEwing is mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore.... - Canada - Winnipeg Free Press.
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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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Japanese coal ship grounding off BC coast a harbinger of things to come, say First Nations - APTN National News

Japanese coal ship grounding off BC coast a harbinger of things to come, say First Nations - APTN National News | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Last week off the north coast of British Columbia a Japanese ship full of coal ran aground on the very route proposed by Enbridge for tankers shipping tarsands bitumen to Asian markets.
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Canadian Charities: Criticize the Government and Pay

Canadian Charities: Criticize the Government and Pay | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Not terrorists, white-collar crooks, or climate change -- it seems the real threat to Canadian society hides behind a much friendlier face: charities. Or to be more specific, charities critical of the Canadian government. This week it was made public that the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) is auditing PEN Canada for its "political activities." In 2012, the Canadian government earmarked $8 million of the CRA's budget for auditing political activities, and then upped that amount again to $13 million. In a time of austerity, there is still a plenty of money to go after enemies of our federal government.
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CRA audits charitable status of Tides Canada amid Tory attack

CRA audits charitable status of Tides Canada amid Tory attack | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Conservative critics contend Vancouver-based group has been funnelling money from foreign charities to groups in Canada opposed to oil-sands development
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Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video)

Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video) | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Blooms of blue-green algae spread across Lake Erie late every summer like a plague of slime, the vivid green coating so thick its soup-like texture can...
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Canada's Tar Sands and the National Economy

Canada's Tar Sands and the National Economy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
It's easy to overestimate the importance of the tar sands to the Canadian economy. Tar sands and their pipelines are, after all, hailed by the ruling Conservatives, sections of the business press a...
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Customers Billed By Bell, Rogers After Cancelling Services

Customers Billed By Bell, Rogers After Cancelling Services | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The majority of Canadians rely on Bell Canada and Rogers Communications for their internet, cable and cellphone services, but that doesn't mean their customers are pleased.
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What do these PMs know that economists don’t?

What do these PMs know that economists don’t? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Despite assertions by Tony Abbott and Stephen Harper, a properly designed carbon tax is not necessarily incompatible with economic and social goals
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pdeppisch's comment, July 19, 5:01 PM
YUP! But how to change that given the Tories narrative and the media supporting Harper. And if they don't then they get their budget cut into tiny little chunks - please see CBC!
malek's comment, July 20, 4:19 AM
the mouthpiece of plutocracy?!
pdeppisch's comment, July 20, 5:12 AM
YES - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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This 32-Year-Old Is On His Way To Becoming Premier, Poll Suggests

This 32-Year-Old Is On His Way To Becoming Premier, Poll Suggests | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Will New Brunswick be the next province to elect a Liberal government when voters head to the polls in September? Liberal parties are on a roll at the provincial level, with three consecutive victories in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario (four with British Columbia, though the B.C. Liberal Party is more closely associated with the federal Conservatives).
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Northern Gateway facing legal doom: eight new First Nations lawsuits (VIDEO)

Northern Gateway facing legal doom: eight new First Nations lawsuits (VIDEO) | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Enbridge is facing a startling number of new First Nations lawsuits, challenging the constitutionality of the Harper’s government decision in June to approve the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline.  Eight First Nations -- from Haida Gwaii to Yinka Dene territory west of Prince George – have launched legal challenges, since Friday.
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Jeff Immelt is just the American Canada needs to clean up its oil sands

Jeff Immelt is just the American Canada needs to clean up its oil sands | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
GE's chief has stature in Washington and Wall Street and he recognizes that for the oil sands to fulfill their valuable potential the emissions problem has to be fixed
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pdeppisch's comment, July 12, 8:11 AM
But "stupid" politics, i.e. making money by the elite for the elite - which is what politics is - always will be there!
malek's comment, July 12, 8:32 AM
and in election you have "politicians" to pick, viscous cycle !
pdeppisch's comment, July 12, 8:43 AM
"Politicians" govern for the elite and oligarchy - need to get the money out! And that won't happen! Harper, I think killed the funding of the political parties by government, i.e. tax payer. And therefore the Oligarchy is alive and well.
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Tar Sands Pollution Forces Native Community To Confront The Loss Of Its Oldest Tradition

Tar Sands Pollution Forces Native Community To Confront The Loss Of Its Oldest Tradition | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Nothing on the table is grown, hunted, or caught on the reserve. Not anymore.
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Shh: Abnormally Secretive Free Trade Talks Take Place In Ottawa

Shh: Abnormally Secretive Free Trade Talks Take Place In Ottawa | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have long been a guarded secret, but critics say the Harper government went the extra mile to keep the latest round of talks out of the public eye. Talks on the world’s largest (so far) free trade area were slated to begin July 3 in Vancouver.
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Harper's Spat With Chief Justice Was Wrong: International Group

Harper's Spat With Chief Justice Was Wrong: International Group | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

#TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's public criticism of Canada's top justice impugned her integrity and was tantamount to undue interference with the independence of the courts, according to an international group of eminent judges and lawyers.As a result, the International Commission of Jurists says Harper should withdraw his remarks and he and Justice Minister Peter MacKay should apologize to Beverley McLachlin, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.The opinion by the Geneva-based organization follows a complaint from a group of Canadian lawyers and legal academics related to the federal government's abortive appointment of Federal Court Judge Marc Nadon to the top court in October last year.Harper and MacKay would later suggest publicly that McLachlin had behaved inappropriately by trying to talk to them about potential legal problems with the proposed appointment."

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Why The CRA Is No Longer An Effective Instrument of Public Policy

Why The CRA Is No Longer An Effective Instrument of Public Policy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
with the activities of its charities section having been so thoroughly politicized by the Harper government, we can no longer call the CRA an effective instrument of public policy. Its campaign of vexatious audits of the political activities of progressive charities represents has created a chill in political dissent, and is a new low even for the Conservative regime.
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'Preventing Poverty' Not Allowed For Charities, Canada Revenue Says

'Preventing Poverty' Not Allowed For Charities, Canada Revenue Says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor.The bizarre bureaucratic brawl over a mission statement is yet more evidence of deteriorating relations between the Harper government and some parts of Canada's charitable sector.The lexical scuffle began when Oxfam Canada filed papers with Industry Canada to renew its non-profit status, as required by Oct. 17 this year under a law passed in 2011.Ottawa-based Oxfam initially submitted wording that its purpose as a charity is "to prevent and relieve poverty, vulnerability and suffering by improving the conditions of individuals whose lives, livelihood, security or well-being are at risk."The international development group, founded in 1963, spends about $32 million each year on humanitarian relief and aid in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, with a special emphasis on women's rights.But the submission to Industry Canada also needed the approval of the charities directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency, and that's where the trouble began.Agency officials informed Oxfam that "preventing poverty" was not an acceptable goal."Relieving poverty is charitable, but preventing it is not," the group was warned. "Preventing poverty could mean providing for a class of beneficiaries that are not poor."Oxfam Canada's executive director called the exchange an "absurd conversation.""Their interpretation was that preventing poverty may or may not involve poor people," Robert Fox said in an interview with The Canadian Press."A group of millionaires could get together to prevent their poverty, and that would not be deemed a charitable purpose."
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CRA smacks PEN Canada with audit in latest of Harper government's attack on charities

CRA smacks PEN Canada with audit in latest of Harper government's attack on charities | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
“Now's the time to support PEN Canada, faced with a punishing audit by the Harper Conservatives,” renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood tweeted today.
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Oppenheimer homeless camp: First Nations members issue eviction notice to Vancouver

Oppenheimer homeless camp: First Nations members issue eviction notice to Vancouver | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A standoff is brewing between the City of Vancouver and a group of protesters camped out in a Downtown Eastside park — but in a twist of events, the city itself has been handed an eviction notice.
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malek's comment, July 21, 4:32 AM
Kicking them or not is a typical sign of Canadian Myopia: it's the striking unjust distribution of wealth
Dana Hoffman's comment, July 22, 9:24 AM
Its so sad things like this are happening.
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Six Nations Blockade of Enbridge Work Site on Line 9 Route

Six Nations Blockade of Enbridge Work Site on Line 9 Route | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
This is the second "integrity dig" along the Line 9 route interrupted this week.

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Jacqueline Keeler's curator insight, July 20, 12:04 PM

“This isn’t just about Line 9 – or Northern Gateway, Energy East or Keystone XL. This is about pipelines – all of them,” Danielle Boissineau asserts in the press release. “This is about the tarsands and how destructive they are to expand, extract and transport.”

“This is a continental concern,” adds Elliot. “It’s not just a Six Nations issue or an indigenous issue. We share the responsibility to protect our land and water as human beings.”

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Bacopocalypse Now!

Bacopocalypse Now! | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Bacon prices in Canada are nearly 27 per cent higher today than they were a year ago, as a crisis in the industry continues to push costs into the stratosphere. Bloomberg reporter and former Bank of Canada economist Ilan Kolet tweeted the chart below, showing bacon prices surging by 5.8 per cent in June alone.
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Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology

Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
When Conservative MP Robert Goguen asked Timea Nagy, a former sex worker who alleges she was gang raped, whether the attack was a case of freedom of expression, well, it was hard to know how to react.This all took place during a recent committee meeting regarding Bill C-36, which aims to transform the legality of sex work in this country.
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How Tories Bully Charities and Abuse Power

How Tories Bully Charities and Abuse Power | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canadian charities are experiencing an "advocacy chill" and changing the way they go about their work as a result of what they say is "bullying" by the Harper Conservative government. My just completed Master's thesis research finds that the denunciatory rhetoric of government ministers against charities, followed by stepped up audits is having its toll not only on charity operations, but also on the strength of Canada's public discussions and thus on the vigor of democracy itself.
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Expert: Environmental Impact of Alberta Tar Sands 'Horrible'

Expert: Environmental Impact of Alberta Tar Sands 'Horrible' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The four-seat plane we’ve hired circles one of the factory complexes owned by Suncor, one of the world’s largest processors of bitumen, a gooey crude...
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The shocking truth about B.C.’s carbon tax: It works

The shocking truth about B.C.’s carbon tax: It works | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The province has the lowest personal income tax rate in Canada, and one of the lowest corporate rates in North America
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Oil sands pollutants contaminate traditional First Nations' foods: report

Oil sands pollutants contaminate traditional First Nations' foods: report | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Study finds increased levels of metals, arsenic and mercury in wild animals, forcing aboriginals to shift to store-bought foods
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Hard To Believe It's Canada: Labrador Towns Run Out Of Food

Hard To Believe It's Canada: Labrador Towns Run Out Of Food | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - There's no excuse for bare grocery shelves in remote Labrador communities still waiting for spring food shipments delayed by ferry issues, says provincial Transportation Minister Nick McGrath."They have every reason to be upset," he said Monday in an interview of coastal enclaves such as Hopedale and Makkovik that haven't had major freight deliveries by ship since the fall."

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