"A century ago, it was “shell shock,” a strange affliction of some soldiers in the First World War. A generation later, it was combat fatigue, and little better understood (U.S. General George S. Patton famously slapped a victim, considering him a malingering coward). Then it became an occupational hazard for soldiers in Vietnam, and acquired its present name: post-traumatic stress disorder.
Since Vietnam, the problem has become somewhat better understood – and known to affect far more people than first thought. A Canadian Forces survey estimates that 11.1 per cent of regular personnel have experienced PTSD at some time, and 5.3 per cent met the case definition at the time of the survey or in the previous year."
Acid mine drainage from the Tulsequah Chief mine in northwest B.C. has worried and infuriated Southeast Alaskans for almost six decades and concerns have again peaked with a new analysis that claims a study of runoff — that found the drainage would not affect fish — was flawed.
The mine, situated beside the Tulsequah River, the largest tributary to the Taku, one of Alaska’s premium salmon rivers, was closed by Cominco in 1957 without reclamation or clean-up of acid mine drainage.
PULLING OIL FROM the tar sands of Canada is an ugly business. It scars the land with deep gashes, barren pits, and murky tailing ponds. It can be hard to grasp the scale of it from the ground, so photographer Stuart Hall rented a plane. What he saw stunned him. “There’s a lot of beauty in that place, but also a lot of destruction,” he says. “It’s like a bad marriage.”
A delegation from Alaska says it is time to enforce the century−old Boundary Waters Treaty between Canada and the United States when it comes to northern British Columbia mining activity.
The group is in Ottawa this week seeking to enlist federal help in stopping B.C. copper and gold mines from polluting the headwaters of key salmon rivers that flow from Canada into Alaska.
They’re also pushing the U.S. State Department to refer the matter to the International Joint Commission, which was created under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty to help resolve disputes along internationally shared waters.
Frederick Otilius Olsen, an indigenous tribal vice−president from Kasaan, Alaska, says the catastrophic failure of the Mount Polley mine tailings dam in 2014 was a "huge wake−up call" that galvanized concerns over what he sees as British Columbia’s lax mining regulations.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says it's time to reopen investigations into alleged robocalls made by Conservatives - in light of recent testimony by Sen. Mike Duffy.
May said in a newly-released letter that no one challenged Duffy's statements in court, during his recent trial, about a Conservative "black ops group" that broke the rules during the 2008 election. As a result, she said investigators must look into the matter.
"It is alarming to me and to many of my constituents that voter fraud may have been committed in our riding and no one has been caught," wrote May in her letter, dated May 31.
It was sent to Elections Canada CEO Marc Mayrand and other federal officials, including the commissioner of Canada Elections, Yves Coté.
When Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey went cap in hand to Ottawa, seeking tax relief and government incentives to save his company, few observers could contain their mirth. Yet nobody connected the dots to the fresh Panama Papers revelations, the massive global tax evasion story that broke just three days earlier.
Canadian journalists, it seems, have not yet solved the murder of their own profession.
Do Google and Facebook pay tax on Canadian earnings?
Let’s start with the federal government’s own ad spend on daily newspapers. In the seven years since 2008/09, it’s plummeted from 18 per cent of the government’s advertising budget to less than one per cent today.
In a pattern repeated across the advertising sector, Canadian print media hemorrhaged millions of dollars to the government's online advertising, which now swallows some $14 million (or 27 per cent) of the total spend. The bleeding hasn’t stopped, as mobile advertising continues to overtake print media at a spectacular pace. Online advertising is now dominated by Facebook and Google.
OTTAWA — Federal auditors have found about $100 million that shouldn't have been paid to companies because contractors overcharged the government, or because the payments were deemed to be part of "excessive profits,'' newly released documents show.
The $100 million figure, calculated as of March 31, 2015, was the cumulative total from three years of reviews of contracts that turned up evidence the government has been routinely overcharged.
The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, show that more than 50 contracts reviewed by officials at Public Services and Procurement Canada revealed issues with, among others, Irving Shipbuilding and aerospace giant Bombardier.
The Arctic’s Baffin Bay and Davis Strait region is home to seals, bowhead whales, polar bears and up to 90 per cent of the world’s narwhals. The area’s marine waters also provide habitat for 116 species of fish, such as Arctic char, an important dietary staple for Nunavut’s Inuit communities.
Although the area is crucial to Inuit for hunting and other traditional activities, the federal government has approved underwater seismic blasting by a consortium of energy companies. They plan to fire underwater cannons from boats to map the ocean floor for oil and gas deposits, in preparation for offshore drilling.
The blasting, approved by Canada’s National Energy Board in 2014, is meeting fierce opposition.
A lower court affirmed the NEB decision in 2015, claiming Inuit were adequately consulted on the project — something Inuit dispute. To prevent destruction of their hunting grounds, the remote hamlet of Clyde River in Nunavut and the Nammautaq Hunters and Trappers Organization appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which agreed to hear the case later this year. A positive decision could halt seismic blasting and affirm the right of Indigenous peoples to decide their own future regarding resource development in their territories, which is central to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, of which Canada is a signatory.
“This is truly a case where the RCMP manufactured the crime.” – B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce.
Why did the RCMP create the July 1, 2013 B.C. Legislature bomb plot and train and equip a hapless, methadone-addicted, developmentally challenged couple to undertake terrorist actions?
And why did the RCMP also break Canada’s laws in doing so?
Money. Lots and lots of money.
John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were freed Friday after three years in jail thanks to a stunning decision that saw a respected judge condemn the RCMP in the strongest terms possible, while overturning a jury’s guilty verdict on terrorism changes because the Surrey couple were “entrapped” by police, who also committed an “abuse of process.”
OTTAWA — The Liberal government needs to provide Syrian refugees with more resources so they can have a better chance of integrating successfully into Canada, a new Senate report says.
The Senate's standing committee on human rights heard from several witnesses, including refugees themselves, during hearings in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, this spring. It was so moved by the testimony it heard that it issued an interim report Monday to spur the government into action.
"It was like being hit with a sledgehammer of emotion," committee chair, Senate Liberal Jim Munson told The Huffington Post Canada. "We want the government to see and feel what we heard."
Dr. Paulin Rukiko Polepole greets me warmly in the lobby of his downtown Toronto apartment. He's wearing a natty, navy suit jacket paired with a bright blue button-up, shiny, black leather shoes, a metal watch and stylish socks.
He works at SickKids Hospital, counselling pregnant women and new mothers. He speaks seven languages.
Six federal cabinet ministers launched a sweeping review of Canada’s environmental laws on Monday, pledging to restore what the previous government took away.
The announcement is only the start of a major wave of consultations to overhaul four major laws that were radically altered as part of a “responsible resource development” plan introduced in 2012 by former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government.
If asked about sustainable food systems, most people think about the environment, climate and social responsibility. These pillars are key to sustainability, but so is the economics of food.
For any organization to be sustainable, it needs to be profitable for everyone across the supply chain: farmers, processors and retailers. What’s currently threatening the delicate balance between these key drivers is counterfeiting.
Food fraud isn’t new to the food industry. During the Middle Ages, staple foods such as bread, meat and wine were often adulterated, leading to the implementation of legal regulations to ensure quality and quantity.
Because of modern advanced technologies, however, most consumers believe that today’s food-supply chains are protected and that counterfeit products are the exception. Yet in recent years, evidence of widespread fraudulent behaviour has increased.
The recent news that French’s and Primo are planning to buy Canadian tomatoes for their ketchup sparked a wave of culinary patriotism among some consumers.
But are Canadian vegetables really Canadian? Maybe not for customers of a southern Ontario greenhouse, which has been slapped with a total of $1.5 million in fines for selling Mexican-grown produce as “Canadian.”
Mucci Farms of Kingsville, Ont., says it was a mistake — and presumably not an attempt to fool consumers.
Ten years after the casino’s arrival, Costello’s findings showed that the younger the age at which children escaped poverty, the better their teenage mental health. Among her youngest age cohort, Costello observed a “dramatic decrease” in criminal conduct. In fact, the Cherokee children in her study were now better behaved than the control group.
Aboriginal children make up a disproportionate number of kids in foster care, according to a new Statistics Canada report issued Wednesday that paints a complex picture of native family life across the country
OTTAWA — Secret briefings to Canada’s indigenous affairs minister warn that natural disasters are increasing in number and severity, disproportionately affecting remote reserve communities.
In the aftermath of the Fort McMurray wildfires, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t say were exacerbated by climate change, First Nations assert they are first and worst affected by a rapidly-shifting environment.
OTTAWA — A political accountability watchdog has filed an ethics complaint with federal commissioner of lobbying Karen Shepherd about the gifts of paid travel that various lobbying organizations have given to MPs — and a few senators — in recent years.
Ottawa-based Democracy Watch, which promotes high ethical standards in government, says the gifts violate a rule that prohibits lobbyists from doing anything that would put an MP, senator or other public office holder in even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
A number of parliamentarians travel abroad each year as guests of organizations, companies or foreign governments.
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