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Mother Nature goes on record against Keystone XL

Mother Nature goes on record against Keystone XL | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Barack Obama doesn’t have to ask a soul about killing the pipeline.
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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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First Nations-led alternative to Enbridge Northern Gateway faces challenges

First Nations-led alternative to Enbridge Northern Gateway faces challenges | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
"I've never even heard of the Eagle Spirit project until Monday, and suddenly, it has First Nations' support?" A Burns Lake Band councillor questions consulting process around pipeline project.
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Northern Mine Sits Atop A LETHAL Store Of Arsenic

Northern Mine Sits Atop A LETHAL Store Of Arsenic | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A mine in the Northwest Territories sits atop a lethal store of arsenic that would be enough to kill every man, woman and child in the world, Vice reports.
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Métis win Appeal Court ruling giving them Indian status

Métis win Appeal Court ruling giving them Indian status | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that Métis people should be considered Indians under the Canadian Constitution, but it stops short of granting the same rights to non-status Indians.
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B.C. rescinds environmental assessment exemption

B.C. rescinds environmental assessment exemption | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
In a stunning about-face, Environment Minister Mary Polak has rescinded the environmental assessment exemption for prospective sweet natural gas processing plants and all-season ski resorts only a day after it was announced.
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Jimmy Carter Urges Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Jimmy Carter Urges Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday announced his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, joining a group of Nobel laureates urging President Barack Obama to reject the project.

In a letter to Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carte...
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Canada becoming launch-pad of a global tar sands and oil shale frenzy

Canada becoming launch-pad of a global tar sands and oil shale frenzy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Martin Lukacs: A worldwide extreme energy boom, modelled after Canada's, is unleashing weapons of mass ecological destruction
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The Fair Elections Act Is Republican-Style Cheating

The Fair Elections Act Is Republican-Style Cheating | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Senators Want 9 Major Changes To Fair Elections Act

Senators Want 9 Major Changes To Fair Elections Act | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"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."

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Yinka Dene pipeline communities ban Northern Gateway

Yinka Dene pipeline communities ban Northern Gateway | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The list of Aboriginal communities and municipalities opposed to Northern Gateway grew, with the addition of Yinka Dene Alliance for First Nations, from north central B.C.
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British Columbia town votes: We don't want pipeline and tanker terminal

British Columbia town votes:  We don't want pipeline and tanker terminal | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
  The town of Kitimat, on the northern British Columbia coast, defied the Canadian government and voted by a decisive margin against a proposed oil pipeline terminus and a super port that be v...
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New First Nations Education Act an 'illusion of control'

New First Nations Education Act an 'illusion of control' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, tabled in parliament yesterday, falls short of providing First Nations control over education, says Chief Derek Nepinak.
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Enbridge faces questions on oil spills and Aboriginal relations, on eve of Kitimat vote

Enbridge faces questions on oil spills and Aboriginal relations, on eve of Kitimat vote | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
With a critical vote approaching, an Open House enabled many people to ask tough questions about the Northern Gateway pipeline
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Keystone XL cops – incompetent at all levels

Keystone XL cops – incompetent at all levels | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
John Abraham: US Department of State report on Keystone XL climate impacts displays shocking incompetence
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'It Was Like Modern Day Slavery'

'It Was Like Modern Day Slavery' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Ontario looks to liquidate its holdings in General Motors

Ontario looks to liquidate its holdings in General Motors | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The late-80s and early-90s saw the Canadian government divest itself from some of its largest state-owned businesses (Crown Corporations) –
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Energy East Pipeline sparks debate and protests in Thunder Bay | Wawatay News

Energy East Pipeline sparks debate and protests in Thunder Bay | Wawatay News | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"An open forum on the TransCanada Energy East Pipeline proposal in Thunder Bay was met with debate and protests by First Nations members and other organizations on April 9 and 10.

The proposed 4,600-kilometre pipeline is expected to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil daily across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to reach refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick."

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Harper Government Scolds Jimmy Carter

Harper Government Scolds Jimmy Carter | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"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."

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Foreign Worker Permits Handed Out Like Candy

Foreign Worker Permits Handed Out Like Candy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"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."

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Grand Chief Delisle: ‘We’ve been tread upon and ignored.’

Grand Chief Delisle: ‘We’ve been tread upon and ignored.’ | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

“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."

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Digital Privacy Act A ‘Stunning' Attack On Privacy: Critics

Digital Privacy Act A ‘Stunning' Attack On Privacy: Critics | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Remember the deleted Enbridge islands? They have sea lions (PHOTOS)

Remember the deleted Enbridge islands?  They have sea lions (PHOTOS) | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Vancouver Observer spent the day boating the Douglas Channel -- and found sea lions on one of the infamous "deleted" Enbridge islands.
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Are CEOs panicking over a new style of tax rage brewing? | rabble.ca

Are CEOs panicking over a new style of tax rage brewing? | rabble.ca | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"It's rare that members of Canada's financial elite are so clumsy in revealing that their cage has been rattled.

Seemingly out of the blue this week, the head honchos of Canada's biggest companies, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, put out a media release insisting that their taxes are not too low."

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Chief Arvol Looking Horse blesses new tarsands resistance camp | the narcosphere

Chief Arvol Looking Horse blesses new tarsands resistance camp | the narcosphere | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"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."

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Telus Illegally Hiked Texting Fees, Court Rules

Telus Illegally Hiked Texting Fees, Court Rules | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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Fair Elections Act: Why Canadians are shrugging it off

Fair Elections Act: Why Canadians are shrugging it off | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
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.
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