In a stunning about-face, Environment Minister Mary Polak has rescinded the environmental assessment exemption for prospective sweet natural gas processing plants and all-season ski resorts only a day after it was announced.
The CPC's push for its absurdly named Fair Elections Act would make infamous Republican strategist Karl Rove proud. At best, it has been a campaign to mislead the public, at worst, an attempt to rig the electoral system to favour the Tories in 2015. Conservative Senator Linda Frum says its a conflict of interest for Elections Canada to promote voter turnout. But the real conflict of interest lies with the Conservatives, who are pushing through a bill that radically reshapes our electoral process just one year before they'll seek to win a second majority government.
"OTTAWA - The Harper government is getting some serious push-back from Conservative senators on its controversial overhaul of elections laws, with a Senate committee unanimously recommending nine major changes to the legislation.In an interim report to be tabled Tuesday, the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee recommends that the government drop provisions to muzzle the chief electoral officer and the elections commissioner, The Canadian Press has learned.It also recommends removing another provision which electoral experts have said would give an unfair, potentially huge, financial advantage to established parties — particularly the ruling Conservatives — during election campaigns.However, the committee is not recommending any change to the government's plan to ban the practice of allowing registered voters to vouch for those who don't have adequate ID."
Foreign workers recruited from Belize are accusing McDonald’s Canada of treating them like "slaves," by effectively forcing them to share an expensive apartment – then deducting almost half their take-home pay as rent. “When we arrived at the airport, they said, ‘We already have an apartment for you,’ so at that point we already know we don’t have a choice of where to live,” said Jaime Montero, who came to Edmonton with four others in September to work at McDonald’s. "We had to live there. We were told this is what we are doing," said another worker who didn't want to be named because he still works for McDonald's. The Belizians said their dream of making good money in Canada to send to their families quickly shattered.
"WASHINGTON - The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government.The Prime Minister's Office reacted swiftly Wednesday to a letter signed by Nobel laureates, including Jimmy Carter, urging President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline.Carter is the first former president to come out against Keystone XL.Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office responded with a warning: Remember 1979.It was a reference to the dip in oil supply which followed the Iranian revolution and touched off a global panic."
"The government must tighten up requirements that allow Canadian employers to hire low skilled temporary foreign workers and do a better job enforcing the rules of the program, an expert in the issue says. "The issue is how seriously are they taking that enforcement and how much are they actually doing it and what happens when they actually do do it," said Naomi Alboim, chair of Queen’s University's School of Policy Studies. The federal government has expanded its investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foreign workers following CBC's Go Public reports over complaints about the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker program at a franchise outlet in B.C."
“We’ve been tread upon and ignored.” said Grand Chief Michael Delisle of the Mohawk Nation community of Kahnawake, near the city of Montreal, on Tuesday (April 15), as he reacted to the tabling last Thursday of a proposed new Canadian government bill, the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act."
The Harper government’s Digital Privacy Act is being billed as “protection for Canadians when they surf the web and shop online,” but critics say it amounts to a wholesale threat to the privacy rights it ostensibly aims to enshrine. Bill S-4, as the proposed legislation is officially known, would allow internet service providers to share subscriber information with any organization that is investigating a possible breach of contract, such as a copyright violation, or illegal activity, writes digital law professor Michael Geist.
"BRIDGER, South Dakota -- Chief Arvol Looking Horse blessed the Pte Ospiye Spiritual Camp in Bridger, South Dakota on Saturday, which is the second Lakota Spiritual Camp established to fight the threat of the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline. Lakotas are ready to put their lives on the line to protect the massive Ogallala Aquifer, the source of water for future generations."
MONTREAL - A Quebec court has ruled that Telus must reimburse customers more than $2.6 million for text messaging fees that the mobile phone carrier collected between 2008 and 2011.The Quebec Superior Court ruling on a class-action suit against Telus says the Vancouver-based carrier unlilaterally changed the terms of contracts for 177,425 customers in Quebec and began to charge 15 cents per incoming text message.If the ruling stands, each customer would be reimbursed about $15.Telus says it's reviewing the court decision and may appeal.The company says it notified customers of the price change "well in advance" and offered the customers bundles with flat rates that included unlimited incoming texting.The court said that under Quebec law, consumers must know exactly how much they will pay for services under a contract they have signed.
Every day, the federal Opposition ramps up its criticism of the Federal Elections Act. And while it’s certainly big news on Parliament Hill, some observers note that it doesn’t seem to be causing much of a stir with the rest of Canada.