Canada and its politics
8.6K views | +0 today
Follow
 
Scooped by pdeppisch
onto Canada and its politics
Scoop.it!

Principles, not mere pragmatism, should drive the Nexen decision

Principles, not mere pragmatism, should drive the Nexen decision | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Market-driven capitalism and citizen-directed democracy need to be respected – and applied – in dealing with China...

 

via: @RobSilver

more...
No comment yet.
Canada and its politics
What Canadians think about politics and their (Non Westminster) Parliament
Curated by pdeppisch
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

The power of one

The power of one | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA -- There are 308 members of Parliament. In the House of Commons, Elizabeth May occupies seat ... - FYI - Winnipeg Free Press.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Energy Megaprojects, and How They Aim to Seduce Us | The Tyee

‘Rigorous’ reviews that aren’t so inclusive. Sparkling clean pipelines. Smooth sailing tankers. Don’t be fooled.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Can Christy Clark Dance Away From Donation Scandal? | The Tyee

"Last week Premier Christy Clark heard the four letters that every politician dreads, particularly when they are hitting close to home — RCMP.

Only five days after Elections BC announced its investigation into The Globe and Mail’s report that some lobbyists may have had their personal donations to the BC Liberal party reimbursed by third parties, the agency called in the RCMP."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

First Nations child welfare facing reform a decade after abused teen's suicide

First Nations child welfare facing reform a decade after abused teen's suicide | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Child welfare agencies on First Nations reserves in New Brunswick are on the cusp of a major overhaul, nearly a decade after the suicide of a teenage girl who was sexually abused in a foster home.

The new system is poised to give the agencies more resources, something officials say is desperately needed.

But those same officials are reluctant to discuss the death that led to calls for change — or the screening system that failed her.

Mona Sock was 13 when she took her own life behind the arena on Elsipogtog First Nation on Sept. 26, 2007, the day her abuse was revealed to police.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Political Donations Investigation Handed to RCMP | The Tyee

"Elections BC says it has referred the investigation into alleged violations of political donation laws to the RCMP.

“This investigation has been referred to ensure that it will in no way impede Elections BC’s administration of the provincial general election scheduled for May 9,” said a statement from Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer.

“This referral will also ensure that there is no perception that Elections BC’s ability to administer the general election in a fair, neutral and impartial manner is in any way compromised,” it said. “The potential scope and timing of this matter make the RCMP the most appropriate agency to continue this investigation.”"

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Canadian Denied Entry To U.S. Told She's Been 'Trumped'

Canadian Denied Entry To U.S. Told She's Been 'Trumped' | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
MONTREAL — A Montrealer who is a Canadian citizen by birth says she was barred from entering the United States and told to get a valid visa if she ever wants to cross the border.

Manpreet Kooner said she was turned away at a crossing along the Quebec-Vermont border on Sunday after a six-hour wait where she was fingerprinted, photographed and questioned before being refused.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Brazil’s Deadly Prison Riots a Warning for Canada | The Tyee

Brazil’s Deadly Prison Riots a Warning for Canada | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"The Brazilian prison riots at the beginning of this year saw more than 100 deaths in three different states. While these riots may seem like horrific events occurring in a distant land, they give us an opportunity to discuss the conditions facing men and women incarcerated in Canada."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

'He's a Liar': Why British Columbians Are So Over Justin Trudeau

'He's a Liar': Why British Columbians Are So Over Justin Trudeau | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared on iPolitics.

The man sitting at the head of the table has a face that should be on money.

It is calm, etched with wrinkle lines of infinite patience, utterly immune to honeyed words. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has heard more vows than the parsons in Reno’s drive-thru wedding chapels — most of them destined to be broken by the politicians who made them. Yet behind the softness, the weary eyes suggest something else. These are undefeated eyes.

I am in the downtown Vancouver boardroom of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the gentle voice is saying some very tough things.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Ottawa Failing to Protect Fraser River Salmon from Industry, Says Richmond Councillor | The Tyee

"The federal government is ignoring the threat that increasing industrial development poses to Fraser River salmon, according to long-time Richmond City Coun. Harold Steves.

And the city’s attempts to discuss the issue with the federal Liberal government have been brushed aside, Steves told The Tyee. Although Ottawa says it wants to protect salmon, the government doesn’t seem concerned about potentially harmful projects proposed for the river, he added."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Raw Logs and Lost Jobs: How the BC Government Has Sacrificed Forest Communities | The Tyee

"Its members include the most powerful players in the province’s forest industry, companies that do the vast majority of logging on British Columbia’s coast. Its website boasts of “innovative, high-tech” companies whose workers turn out “a growing array of forest and wood products.”


CONTESTS, EVENTS & MORE FROM TYEE AND SELECT PARTNERS

Join Us At ‘Stories To Be Heard, Not Yet Told,’ March 6 In Vancouver
Reserve your seats now for this fundraiser benefiting Columbia Institute and The Tyee.

But in truth, members of the Coast Forest Products Association are far from the job creators they could be."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Alberta’s Growing $30-Billion Liability: Inactive Wells | The Tyee

"Alberta has among the continent’s most permissive policies on cleaning up inactive oil and gas wells, and that could saddle taxpayers with more than $30 billion worth of liabilities, according to a new report.

While most North American jurisdictions require companies to clean up and restore non-producing oil and gas wells in a timely fashion, Alberta doesn’t, says the report by University of Alberta economist Lucija Muehlenbachs, also a visiting fellow at the U.S. think tank Resources for the Future."

 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Besties? BC Hydro and Premier’s Office Too Close for Comfort, Experts Suggest

Besties? BC Hydro and Premier’s Office Too Close for Comfort, Experts Suggest | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Fast-tracking Site C dam construction before May’s provincial election is an unusual decision driven more by politics than need, according to a Canadian expert in Crown corporations who suggests the relationship between BC Hydro and the Premier’s office may be “too close for comfort.” 

Luc Bernier, the former head of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, said Premier Christy Clark’s vow to push Site C past the “point of no return,” when B.C. has a surplus of electricity and Clark is still searching for a buyer for Site C’s power, leads him to believe that that “there’s too much politics around BC Hydro.”

“What seems unusual to me is the idea of locking up this project before the provincial election,” said Bernier, who holds the Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management at the University of Ottawa.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Logging Crew Mobilizes Near 'Irreplaceable' Wetland, Slated for Site C Flooding

Logging Crew Mobilizes Near 'Irreplaceable' Wetland, Slated for Site C Flooding | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A “landmark” wetland and birding hotspot in the Peace River Valley is slated to be destroyed by the Site C dam, after the B.C. government preserved it as a model conservation project. The area around Watson Slough, which provides habitat for two dozen bird, plant and amphibian species vulnerable to extinction, is scheduled for imminent logging by BC Hydro contractors in preparation for flooding the area for Site C. Preparations are being made for logging crews and security had arrived at Bear Flat near Watson Slough Wednesday morning in prepration for clear-cutting the Bear Flat/Cache Creek area. Peace region residents say logging the area around the slough this winter will prematurely rob them of a favourite outdoor spot, as treasured locally as Vancouver’s Stanley Park or Beacon Hill Park in Victoria. “It’s discouraging,” Karen Goodings, a Peace River Regional District director, said in an interview. “Watson Slough is one of the landmarks of this area and I really believe it is irreplaceable.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage

Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Uber Canada on Thursday urged the Canadian government to retain a tax advantage available to ride-services companies, a day after the country's Liberal administration proposed removing the measure.

The new national budget unveiled on Wednesday said the government planned to amend Canada's Excise Tax Act to redefine ride-sharing firms as taxi companies.

This would force the government to collect the goods and services tax (GST) on every ride provided, just as traditional taxi operators are required to do.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Jodie Emery Quits Liberals, Says They Lied on Pot Promise | The Tyee

Activist and former federal Liberal nomination hopeful Jodie Emery has cancelled her party membership, saying Justin Trudeau’s party lied to Canadians about its plans to legalize marijuana.


CONTESTS, EVENTS & MORE FROM TYEE AND SELECT PARTNERS

The Tyee Commenter’s Guide To Civility: A Humble Refresher
A reminder of our dos and do nots, along with a first and greatest commandment.

Emery made her announcement via Twitter Friday morning, accusing the party of backing away from its commitment to legalize pot.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

'A child that dies shouldn't be anonymous,' ex-youth advocate argues

'A child that dies shouldn't be anonymous,' ex-youth advocate argues | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Bernard Richard warned New Brunswick that the detection of child neglect required a sense of urgency.

Ten years ago, after the death of 27-month-old Juli-Anna St. Peter, the former child and youth watchdog made recommendations to the province for how to keep vulnerable children safer.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

'We are all doing it': Employees at Canada's 5 big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers

'We are all doing it': Employees at Canada's 5 big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Employees from all five of Canada's big banks have flooded Go Public with stories of how they feel pressured to upsell, trick and even lie to customers to meet unrealistic sales targets and keep their jobs.

The deluge is fuelling multiple calls for a parliamentary inquiry, even as the banks claim they're acting in customers' best interests.

In nearly 1,000 emails, employees from RBC, BMO, CIBC, TD and Scotiabank locations across Canada describe the pressures to hit targets that are monitored weekly, daily and in some cases hourly.

"Management is down your throat all the time," said a Scotiabank financial adviser. "They want you to hit your numbers and it doesn't matter how."
more...
pdeppisch's comment, March 17, 11:56 AM
The oligarchy runs Canada and Trudeau is part of it. I don't expect fines or jail. Very sad. Wrongdoing needs to be punished, severely. But like usual, there won't be consequences. The CEO's will apologize and promise to do better. HA HA Ha
malek's comment, March 17, 5:26 PM
Is Canada so corrupt? According to a study by the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, "a large proportion of Canadians see their politicians and their institutions as fundamentally corrupt".source: wikipedia]
pdeppisch's comment, March 17, 7:45 PM
Canada is actually in the top 10. http://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2016?gclid=CjwKEAjwkq7GBRDun9iu2JjyhmsSJADHCD_HVSBnXw1pWU-gWWKWukRGy0VOC-NS0EMlJEYFMCsNLxoC2G_w_wcB but the politicians need to engage and keep their promises or better yet not promise and acknowledge reality. If a beach gets polluted the first thing thy do is close the beach and forbid swimming. HUH It needs to be cleaned up and the problem solved. If your basement would keep flooding would you do something? We let corporations pollute! Why? And that is why I say the oligarchy is in charge. It needs to be stopped. Remember the book Why Nations Fail. Anyway............
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

BC’s Pipeline Spill Map Has Been Offline for Over Eight Months | The Tyee

"Since Jan. 1, 2017 there have been more than 50 accidental releases from pipelines and oil and gas facilities in Alberta. These spills and leaks, ranging from large to small, from hazardous to non-hazardous, happen almost every single day.

Don’t believe it? You can check for yourself via the Alberta Energy Regulator’s incident reporting dashboard where spills are documented and information about volume, location and response is made available to the public."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

'Customers are prey to me': TD teller says clients pay price for bank's 'unrealistic' sales targets

'Customers are prey to me': TD teller says clients pay price for bank's 'unrealistic' sales targets | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Three TD Bank Group employees are speaking out about what they say is "incredible pressure" to squeeze profits from customers by signing them up for products and services they don't need.

The longtime employees say their jobs have become similar to that of the stereotypical used car salesman, as they're pushed to upsell customers to reach rising sales revenue targets.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Senate Shines Light On 'Inhumane' Inuit Housing Crisis

Senate Shines Light On 'Inhumane' Inuit Housing Crisis | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau has seen housing conditions decline in his hometown of Iqaluit over three decades, leaving homes with broken doors, cracked walls and mould everywhere.

He calls the situation: "Inhumane."

On Wednesday, a Senate committee focused a harsh light on what Inuqtaqau described, warning that the acute Inuit housing crisis will only get worse unless the federal government makes swift changes to how it funds housing in the North.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

CAPP Lobbies Government to ‘Recycle’ Carbon Tax Revenues Back to Oil Industry

CAPP Lobbies Government to ‘Recycle’ Carbon Tax Revenues Back to Oil Industry | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Canada’s largest oil and gas lobbyist group, asked the federal government to introduce a carbon pricing scheme that would “recycle” revenues back into oil and gas operations, documents released via Freedom of Information legislation reveal.

The documents, released to Greenpeace Canada, contain an August 2016 submission CAPP provided to the federal government in which the group argues a price on carbon should be revenue neutral for industry.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

What Is Social Licence? Vancouver Panel to Debate on March 14 | The Tyee

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a point of saying that for projects like pipelines to proceed, it’s not just political, legal and regulatory approval that must be obtained. “Social licence” is also key.

Social licence is commonly defined as ongoing community and stakeholder support for a project. The fact that social licence is “ongoing” is crucial to understanding it. It’s not a simple one-off approval given to companies; it must be maintained over the course of a project’s lifespan.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Tsilhqot’in Ready for Yet Another Fight if B.C. Grants Mine Exploration Permits Denied by Feds

Tsilhqot’in Ready for Yet Another Fight if B.C. Grants Mine Exploration Permits Denied by Feds | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
bizarre twist in a decade-long battle over a proposed mine on Tsilhqot’in Nation traditional territory could see the B.C. government issue extensive exploration permits for the mine this month even though the project has twice been turned down by the federal government.

The proposal by Taseko Mines Ltd. to build a $1.5-billion open pit, copper and gold mine in the Cariboo region — a plan which received vocal support from Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett — was approved in 2010 by the provincial government after a B.C. environmental assessment.

But, the same year, the Prosperity Mine was rejected by the federal review panel, which took a dim view of plans to drain Fish Lake, known to Tsilhqot’in as Teztan Biny, for use as a tailings pond.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Postal Union Works to Hold Liberals to Door-to-Door Delivery Promise | The Tyee

#The national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the Liberal government’s record of broken promises has him concerned about the government’s campaign pledge to restore door-to-door delivery.

Mike Palecek met with Minister of Public Services and Procurement Judy Foote — who is responsible for Canada Post — Thursday morning on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to discuss door-to-door restoration and other issues.

Palecek described the short meeting as “productive.”"

more...
pdeppisch's comment, February 10, 7:25 PM
I think Trudeau got in because Canadians were totally sick of Harper. I wanted to vote NDP but our NDO candidate was very weak. So - Liberal. :(
malek's comment, February 12, 8:45 AM
:(
pdeppisch's comment, February 12, 9:47 AM
Yes - lots of :( :( :( :( :(
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

BC Hydro Shows Trump-Style Attacks on Media Can and Do Happen in Canada

BC Hydro Shows Trump-Style Attacks on Media Can and Do Happen in Canada | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
When Donald Trump held his first news conference this month following his election as U.S. president, observers worldwide decried his shameless attack on the media and his critics.

In an onslaught against the press, Trump labelled CNN “terrible” and “fake news,” lambasted the digital-media powerhouse BuzzFeed as a “failing pile of garbage,” then turned his sights on the BBC, calling the news outlet, “another beauty,” and refusing to answer a reporter’s questions.

Could something similar ever happen in Canada? You bet it could.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Groups Call for Overhaul of Energy East Review Due To ‘Apprehension of Bias’

Groups Call for Overhaul of Energy East Review Due To ‘Apprehension of Bias’ | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
On January 9, the National Energy Board (NEB) finally announced the new panel members that will review TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline, replacing the trio that recused themselves in September 2016 after revelations that panel members had secretly met with a TransCanada consultant. But within hours of news breaking about the new panel members, a notice of motion was filed by the environmental law firm Ecojustice on behalf of Transition Initiative Kenora, calling for the complete cancellation of the entire Energy East review based on an unresolved “reasonable apprehension of bias.” “The original panel presided over the review for years,” says Charles Hatt, one of the two Ecojustice lawyers representing Transition Initiative Kenora, in an interview with DeSmog Canada. “All of those important decisions that they made along the way occurred after the conduct that gave rise to the reasonable apprehension of bias, after those meetings with the interested stakeholders.”
more...
No comment yet.