Learn the name of Adam Capay. He is the living symbol of everything that is wrong with Canada’s prisons, its justice system and its treatment of indigenous people.
Mr. Capay, 23, has been held in solitary confinement in an Ontario provincial prison for four years. He is housed alone in a basement, at the end of a long corridor, in a cell sheathed in plexiglass. The lights are on 24 hours a day.
"Sitting in the House of Commons’ question period as MP for Toronto-Danforth in the fall of 2013, I could not believe my ears.
The leader of the (then) opposition Liberals, Justin Trudeau, had just used his lead-off question to congratulate then prime minister Stephen Harper on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement — even without having seen a text. What the... ?
The fawning continued until it became apparent there was no text and the Conservatives were playing fast and loose with the state of negotiations, and the Liberals decided to lay low. Giving unconditional support to a non-existent agreement was hard to explain."
Canadian politicians of nearly every stripe seem united, at the moment, in their adolescent professions of love for new pipelines. But love is blind, and in this case, blind to four tough truths about Canada’s dead-end relationship with bitumen.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a clear promise to Canadians in the 2015 election campaign. A Liberal government “will make every vote count,” Trudeau said, pledging electoral reform in his first term.
But that promise is under attack by politicians who oppose change and claim the government doesn’t have a mandate to replace the current first-pass-the-post system and a referendum is required."
TORONTO — Nestle will have to wait two years before it can even test a well it purchased in a fast-growing southern Ontario community which wanted the site for its drinking water supply.
The Ontario government posted a proposed regulation for public comment Monday that would impose a moratorium until 2019 on water taking permits for new or expanded operations that take groundwater to bottle and sell.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change will also stop issuing permits for pump tests that determine the quality and quantity of water available for bottling until the province completes a review of its regulations.
"A natural Resources memo extolling the economic benefits of more bitumen pipelines for Canada is “riddled with factual and analytical mistakes” that could “dangerously mislead” elected officials and the public, says an economist who has pored over its claims. In a detailed 10-page letter, B.C. economist Robyn Allan has warned Jim Carr, minister of Natural Resources, that the memo’s conclusions are “unreliable and yet, based on recent public statements, you have adopted them to conclude new pipelines, such as Trans Mountain’s expansion, are necessary.”
Canada’s $6-billion fishing industry is at risk of suffering another major stock collapse, the country’s Environment and Sustainable Development commissioner warned Tuesday.
“We’re at potential risk for another stock to potentially collapse. It’s disconcerting that the department wasn’t aware of this, couldn’t wrap it up,” Julie Gelfand told reporters in Ottawa.
In her fall report, Gelfand said 15 of Canada’s major fish stocks, which are considered to be critically at risk, are still being fished. Twelve of those stocks currently have no government rebuilding plan in place — a number the commissioner said they weren’t even aware of until she had completed her audit.
A shift in perspective sometimes changes everything. This book does just that, and while it’s certainly a history of the world, it also has implications for British Columbia and the politics of selling liquefied natural gas to Asia.
Canadian First Nations have a long and deep connection with the British monarchy, dating back more than 250 years. Now, with the relationship between aboriginals and the federal Liberal government showing signs of strain, some First Nations leaders are leveraging a historic relationship - and the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Canada - to shine a spotlight on their frustrations. Among them is Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, who pulled out at the 11th hour from a ceremony involving the royal couple meant to symbolise reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people. Mr Phillip, with the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, which represents 115 of the provinces' 203 First Nations, told the BBC he "didn't feel entirely comfortable with the invitation given the reality on the ground". "I've witnessed countless grandiose, well-intentioned ceremonies that at the end of the day represented nothing more, nothing less than a photo-op that would suggest there was peace, harmony, and prosperity between First Nations peoples and the Crown."
The Council of Canadians is calling out an independent review of a federal government study that found the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement would give a $4.3-billion boost to the economy by 2040.
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The economic impact assessment, released Monday, also found that staying out of the controversial trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations would reduce GDP by $5.3 billion by 2040. (Canada’s GDP is currently about $2 trillion.)
Sujata Dey, trade campaigner with the council, noted the assessment was conducted by the Office of the Chief Economist within Global Affairs Canada, the department responsible for negotiating the TPP.
Canadian kids have headed back to school, but not all of our children will be educated equally.
As Manitoba MLA and activist Wab Kinew told The Huffington Post Canada earlier this year, "The government of Canada gives $4,000 less per student per year to First Nation schools."
He added, "There is no rationale that you could come up with that would satisfy your basic morality or your sense of fairness. So it's up to us to fix those things."
One Canadian who has devoted much of the past decade to fixing those things is former prime minister Paul Martin who had first tried to address indigenous education with the Kelowna Accord, which included $1.8 billion in increased funding to address the discrepancy. But that agreement was never implemented by Martin's replacement, Stephen Harper, who assumed office in 2006.
So two years later he founded the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative to try and move the needle on his own, with efforts like the incredibly successful five-year Model School project (launched in 2010), which pushed rock-bottom reading rates right past the provincial average.
At the International Whaling Commission meeting, pro-whaling countries have scuttled a proposal for a cetacean sanctuary in the South Atlantic - it's a sign of Japan's continued political influence on the whaling topic.
It appears Belgium’s Wallonia has put a nail in the coffin of the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) by vetoing it. The reasons, The Economist puts it, “are hard to understand.”
Well, yes and no. Canada is one of the most progressive trade partners you could hope to have, and it is hard to believe that Walloon incomes or values are really being threatened. But clearly something larger than the specifics of this agreement is at stake here.
"International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland walked out of talks aimed at addressing Belgian opposition to the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) on Friday.
Agreement appears impossible, she said.
“I have personally worked very hard, but it is now evident to me, evident to Canada, that the European Union is incapable of reaching an agreement — even with a country with European values such as Canada, even with a country as nice and as patient as Canada. Canada is disappointed and I personally am disappointed, but I think it’s impossible. We are returning home.”
Leaving aside the odd reference to how nice Canada is, this is remarkable language that lays bare the obvious frustration and disappointment for the government, which prioritized the CETA agreement above all trade deals."
NDP leader John Horgan said that if his party wins the next provincial election it would work towards providing $10-a-day child care, though he declined to say how long the program would take to implement or what it might cost.
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“We’re going to be more specific when we get a look at this year’s budget numbers,” Horgan said in an interview. “Our goal is to begin the day after the election to put in place affordable, accessible child care for British Columbians.”
The report is dated July 17, 1973, and stamped by the Department of the Environment.
Scientists had undertaken a study of fish in the Skeena estuary due to proposals to build a super port in the Prince Rupert area.
The federal government wanted to know: “What destructive consequences could be imparted on the fisheries resource by superport construction?”
So the scientists set out to find out which areas of the Skeena estuary — home to Canada’s second largest wild salmon run — are most important for fish.
They found Flora Bank, one of the largest eelgrass beds in B.C., is “of high biological significance as a fish (especially juvenile salmon) rearing habitat,” and advised that “construction of a superport at the Kitson Island — Flora Bank site would destroy much of this critical salmon habitat.”
Less than 24 hours after the approval of a controversial $36-billion liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia, the Trudeau government — swooned over for its bold climate commitments in Paris last year — has found itself under attack for what critics label a major conflict between its environmental commitments and economic interests.
"Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland needs to worry less about making it easier to sell Nova Scotia lobster in China and more about Chinese predatory trade practices threatening thousands of Canadian jobs, says the United Steelworkers Union.
Last week at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, Freeland told Bloomberg News that small business in Canada can benefit from accessing the global market."
Canada’s largest oil producer is looking to abandon some of its high-cost and greenhouse gas intensive oil sands assets, according to Suncor Energy’s CEO Steve Williams.
Williams mentioned the move at the Barclays convention in New York, stating: “We’ve begun to have conversations with the government of Alberta and the current regulators about the design of their policy, which actually requires the maximum amount of resource to be extracted regardless of the economic or environmental value.”
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