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New peatland bacteria feed on greenhouse gas and excess fertilizer

New peatland bacteria feed on greenhouse gas and excess fertilizer | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered new methane-consuming bacteria in the soil beneath the Brunssummerheide peatland reserve in Limburg, the Netherlands.
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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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Feds Skipped Job Credit Study, Relied On Interest Group

Feds Skipped Job Credit Study, Relied On Interest Group | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Harper government passed up conducting its own internal analysis on the job-creation potential of its $550-million small-business job credit, relying instead on numbers produced by an interest group, the finance minister revealed Wednesd...
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NDP To File Complaint Over 'Misleading' Tory Ads

NDP To File Complaint Over 'Misleading' Tory Ads | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — The NDP is lodging a formal complaint with Advertising Standards Canada about the Conservative government’s new ads promoting a family tax cut that has yet to be passed by Parliament.

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Senators Make Legal Case For Missing, Murdered Women Inquiry

Senators Make Legal Case For Missing, Murdered Women Inquiry | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Former Liberals in the Senate are offering up ready-made legal arguments to anyone willing to take the federal government to court in order to force a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.They say they are ta...
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Plenty riding on whether high court will hear appeal for Métis and non-status Indians

Plenty riding on whether high court will hear appeal for Métis and non-status Indians | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canada's Métis and non-status Indians will learn Thursday whether the Supreme Court will hear a high-stakes landmark case that could extend the federal government's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples.
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Battle over refugees’ welfare coverage looms between advocates and Ottawa

Battle over refugees’ welfare coverage looms between advocates and Ottawa | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Measures that would give provinces the ability to cut off access to social assistance were buried in the Conservatives’ latest omnibus budget bill
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Fake grassroots advocacy part of TransCanada's plan to silence Energy East critics

Fake grassroots advocacy part of TransCanada's plan to silence Energy East critics | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Documents leaked to Greenpeace show TransCanada’s plans to create industry-funded grassroots campaigns, conducting “detailed background research on key opposition groups,” and enlisting “supportive third parties” to “put the pressure on [groups like Environmental Defence]" to thwart citizen opposition to its proposed Energy East pipeline. 

The tactics described are somewhat similar to methods advocated by Richard Berman, an American consultant and lobbyist whose speech urging oil companies to "win ugly" in an "endless war" against environmentalists was reported in The New York Times. 
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If Government Is Committed To Transparency, Why the Steep Search Fees?

If Government Is Committed To Transparency, Why the Steep Search Fees? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
In the past few years, I have made a handful of requests, dutifully paying my $5 in the hopes of receiving documents that will shed some light on Canada's human rights record. What has transpired is Kafkaesque. I requested information from the Depart...
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Harassment persistent among public servants: study

Harassment persistent among public servants: study | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canada’s public servants report high and persistent levels of harassment on the job that some experts say can be tied to mental health concerns, which account for nearly half of the workforce’s di...
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Why Justin Trudeau Is a More Natural Politician Than His Father Was

Justin is a natural as a grassroots politician. His father was not. He tired quickly of grin and grips, so we spent public events moving him quickly from one admirer to another. Justin revels in the book describing the thousands he met in Papineau. H...
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Union launches political but 'non-partisan' campaign

Union launches political but 'non-partisan' campaign | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

The largest union for white-collar professionals in Canada’s public service is preparing for an unprecedented “political” campaign in the 2015 election that some worry could breach the tradition of non-partisanship among bureaucrats.

More than 400 delegates at the annual meeting of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) voted Friday to “take all necessary” political action – short of becoming partisan – to prepare for the 2015 election and a round of collective bargaining that could end with most members on strike.

“Let’s face it, this government is probably the worst employer we’ve had to deal with since PIPSC became a union in 1967,” said PIPSC president Debi Daviau in her opening address.

“After all, the Harper Conservatives didn’t drop the word ‘progressive’ from their name by accident.”

For the first time in the union’s 95-year history, a motion reached the floor calling for PIPSC to abandon “its traditional stance of non-partisanship” and mount an advertising campaign for the 2015 election campaign targeting the Harper government’s “far-right agenda” and “anti-union” policies. That motion was withdrawn in favour of a softer approach.

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Majority of sexual-assault victims lack confidence in Canadian justice: study

Majority of sexual-assault victims lack confidence in Canadian justice: study | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of female sexual-assault victims who responded to a detailed survey said they lacked confidence in the criminal justice system -- pointing to a need for better support services, says a new federal study.
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2 Alberta First Nations file suit against Site C dam project

2 Alberta First Nations file suit against Site C dam project | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation have filed a lawsuit against the federal government's approval of the Site C dam project, saying the government failed to properly consult them.
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Bill S-6 is a fundamental violation of the modern day Yukon treaty relationship

Bill S-6 is a fundamental violation of the modern day Yukon treaty relationship | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Kirk Cameron argues that the proposed changes to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act are an affront not just to the aboriginal people of Yukon who spent 20 years in treaty negotiations, but to all Yukoners.
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Critics Blast Harper Government For Unspent Veterans Affairs Funds

Critics Blast Harper Government For Unspent Veterans Affairs Funds | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Canada has returned $1.13 billion to the federal treasury in unspent funds since the Conservatives came to power in 2006 — cash that critics say should have gone towards improved benefits and services.The figure, which...
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Mercer: Tories Don't Even Understand The Science They Silence

Mercer: Tories Don't Even Understand The Science They Silence | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
"In Canada, the only time you hear about scientists now is when they’re being told to shut up or they're being shut down by a government who can't even begin to understand what the scientists are talking about."

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Harper Government Lets $125M In Aid To Poor Nations Lapse

Harper Government Lets $125M In Aid To Poor Nations Lapse | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Almost 14 per cent of the money that Canada's newly amalgamated Foreign Affairs Department planned to spend alleviating poverty in poor countries in the last year has been returned, unspent, to the Finance Department.Foreign Affairs managed ...
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Red Chris mine failure would eclipse Mount Polley damage: report

Red Chris mine failure would eclipse Mount Polley damage: report | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The results of a third-party review into the design of a northwestern B.C. gold and copper mine says it has the potential to cause significantly more environmental damage than the recent collapse of the Mount Polley tailings pond.
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25 years after Ottawa’s pledge to end child poverty, it’s time to hit ‘reset’ | Toronto Star

25 years after Ottawa’s pledge to end child poverty, it’s time to hit ‘reset’ | Toronto Star | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
“There’s a remarkable degree of consensus on what it would take to end child poverty,” says one advocate. But is there the political will?
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Massive crowd on Burnaby Mountain, as Kinder Morgan injunction takes effect

Massive crowd on Burnaby Mountain, as Kinder Morgan injunction takes effect | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
What started as a trickle of oil-pipeline protesters two months ago has spilled into a massive anti-Kinder-Morgan movement on Burnaby Mountain, if Monday night's crowd is any indication.More than 800 people showed up at 4pm – the exact time a B.C.-Supreme-Court-ordered-Kinder-Morgan injunction took effect.
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Harper has been losing friends for a decade — now he’s losing his base

Harper has been losing friends for a decade — now he’s losing his base | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Conrad Black says Stephen Harper has "run out of steam." That's code for a guy who doesn't know what to do anymore but isn't willing to lead the job. And yes, this is the same guy who founded the National Post to advance the fortunes of the Conservative Party.
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Canadians Subsidized His Legal Fees

Canadians Subsidized His Legal Fees | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canadians subsidized the legal fees of Dean Del Mastro, the former parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, through a fundraiser organized by his riding association that allowed them to provide tax receipts to contributors. 
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TV Host Gets Tough With Tory MP

TV Host Gets Tough With Tory MP | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
When the United States and China announced an historic agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions last week, many said Canada would soon face increased pressure on the issue of climate change.

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'Persecuted For Being Indian': B.C. Couple Charged With Poaching

'Persecuted For Being Indian': B.C. Couple Charged With Poaching | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A First Nations couple facing poaching charges claim they are being “persecuted for being Indian.”Jay Coutts and Fara Palmer were in provincial court in Kamloops, B.C., on Thursday to fight the charges, saying their abori...
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Getting the word out

Getting the word out | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
WHAT THE U OF M SCIENTIST'S REPORT ON THE TAR SANDS FOUND:High concentrations of cadmium, methylmercury, selenium and arsenic in the livers and kidneys of beaver, ducks and moose.Of the same four heavy metals, concentrations of arsenic and cadmium were highest in willow samples.Tests turned up positive for 16 known PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon), an organic compound associated with fossil fuels. Those levels were highest upstream of the oilsands development.Of the 94 Cree community members who took part in the health study, 20 were diagnosed with cancer, including breast, lung, cervical, gall bladder, colon, prostate, stomach and kidney cancer."That's a high proportion compared to Canadian averages," study author Stéphane McLachlan said. Just how high is hard to pin down, given the variables over age and type of cancer in existing studies. "In terms of cancer we'd hoped we could compare it to the other studies done by government. But those studies are woefully inadequate. They were done so differently from our own studies that ultimately we couldn't compare them."The scientists and the elders ended up comparing people without cancer to those with cancer. They found the highest proportions in patients with a history of working in the oilsands who also frequently ate local foods and fish.
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The final front: Veterans versus Harper in 2015

The final front: Veterans versus Harper in 2015 | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
John Ralston Saul is probably right — our Maple Leaf Mussolini would have impressed old Benito himself, shiny boots and all.

Canada's Master Confuser has hit all the hot buttons in recent weeks and many Canadians responded exactly as he had hoped. They stampeded like a herd of gazelles pursued by starving lions.

Stephen Harper emerged from the storage closet following the attack on Parliament Hill to declare Canadians would not be intimidated. He linked two disturbed killers to terrorism long
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