Canada and its politics
8.5K views | +0 today
Follow
 
Scooped by pdeppisch
onto Canada and its politics
Scoop.it!

Native communities need more than protests

Native communities need more than protests | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
While the Idle No More protests capture attention, the real problem is Ottawa’s lack of interest in real policies
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!

Is This Why Liberals Killed Promise to Close Tax Loophole for Rich? | The Tyee

The federal government reneged on a promise to close a tax loophole used by rich executives after being pressured by some of Bay Street’s wealthiest big wigs, and critics are demanding to know why the public wasn’t told about those exchanges.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Indian Status Cards Shouldn't Expire: Petition

Indian Status Cards Shouldn't Expire: Petition | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
An online petition is calling on the federal government to scrap the renewal process for Indian Status cards.

“The renewal process is too lengthy and unnecessary and un-accommodating,” says Edward Martin’s petition on Change.org. After two months, the petition has collected more than 6,200 signatures.

A status card is government ID that gives "registered Indians" access to some benefits, such as tax exemption for certain purchases made on-reserve and for the PST segment of the HST in Ontario.

“Imagine having to renew your SIN number,” Martin said in an email to The Huffington Post Canada. “It’s the same thing.”

Originally from the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation on the Quebec-New Brunswick border, Martin was in the middle of moving to Victoria, B.C. in August when his status expired.
more...
pdeppisch's comment, January 9, 4:11 PM
Yes - at least the Canadian Government has tried to do this for the last 150 years or whatever. They want the Indians to assimilate and stop being hunter-gatherers. If you read the various Indian acts and statutes you will see attempt after attempt to get rid of Indians including taken the kids and putting them with Whites. See Boarding Schools. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Act And have a good time using Google to find out how many ways it has been done. And then you can always listen to Thomas King's CBC Massey Lecture.
malek's comment, January 10, 10:10 AM
has always been a thorny issue. all Canadians are equal
pdeppisch's comment, January 10, 11:32 AM
True - except there are treaties that got broken and they are not allowed to be forgotten as in most places.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

‘Now that You Know, You Can’t Turn a Blind Eye’ | The Tyee

Author, activist Bev Sellars on her book ‘Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival.’
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Campaign Launched to Protect TFWs from Illegal Fees for Jobs | The Tyee

"Advocates for foreign workers are launching a campaign to force the B.C. government to crack down on agencies from charging illegal fees for jobs in the province.

It is illegal to charge a person money for a job in B.C., but that doesn’t stop many employment companies from demanding fees from overseas workers, according to the West Coast Domestic Workers Association."

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

'I feel like I was abandoned:' Report reveals racist abuse suffered by Cree airman

'I feel like I was abandoned:' Report reveals racist abuse suffered by Cree airman | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A Cree member of the Royal Canadian Air Force says he is leaving the military after enduring years of racism that left him feeling ostracized and contemplating suicide.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Bring back door-to-door mail delivery, Commons committee says

Bring back door-to-door mail delivery, Commons committee says | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A House of Commons committee is recommending Canada Post come up with a plan to reinstate door-to-door delivery in parts of the country that lost the service in the last year and maintain a freeze on the installation of community mailboxes.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

First Nation Lays Land Claim Over Parliament Hill

First Nation Lays Land Claim Over Parliament Hill | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — An Ontario First Nation has filed a lawsuit seeking aboriginal title over much of downtown Ottawa, including Parliament Hill.

"The Algonquin Anishinabe Nation has never surrendered its title to the Kichi Sibi lands," says the band's statement of claim filed Wednesday in Ontario's Superior Court.

The claim includes islands in the Ottawa River, as well as a long portion of its south bank that includes Parliament, the Supreme Court, the National Library and the Canadian War Museum. It stretches southwest along the river to include LeBreton Flats, federally owned land that is the proposed site for major new developments that could include a new hockey arena for the NHL's Ottawa Senators.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Young Canadians Experience What It's Like To Live On A Reserve

Young Canadians Experience What It's Like To Live On A Reserve | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
On a reserve north of Saskatoon, University of Regina student Hanah Molloy had an experience she’ll never forget.

She sat with the medicine woman of Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation, who showed her the natural remedies she forages and explained the significance of her position.

“To have a one-on-one experience with this woman was quite profound for me,” Molloy, 25, said. “We really got to feel the importance of her role.”

Molloy is white, but has Plains Cree siblings. She comes from a long line of activists — her grandparents advocated for health care services in Saskatchewan and her father, Brian Rands, lived on a northern Saskatchewan First Nation to build relations with the indigenous community there.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Why It’s Still Too Easy to Kill an Employee | The Tyee

"[Editor's note: This series republishes in its entirety “Hell’s History: The USW’s fight to prevent workplaces deaths and injuries from the 1992 Westray Mine disaster through 2016,” commissioned by the United Steelworkers union and downloadable for free as a PDF here. ]


ALSO IN THIS SERIES:
Hell’s History

Why It’s Still Too Easy to Kill an Employee
THE WESTRAY ACT OF 2004

Bill C-45, the law the United Steelworkers and their allies fought to have passed after a preventable explosion killed 26 coal miners in Nova Scotia, explained.

“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.”
– Robert Frost, “Fire and Ice”

For 26 miners deep in the notorious Westray Mine, the end came in fire. On May 9, 1992, every man underground in that misbegotten Pictou County mine died as untreated coal dust and poorly ventilated methane gas ignited, driving a hellish fireball through the tunnels. The dust and gases had been allowed to accumulate in the depths of the mine by a management team far more interested in maximizing profit for shareholders and fulfilling promises made to political sponsors than in worker safety. Safety regulators who were responsible for inspecting the mine failed to effectively identify and correct many defects to the recently opened mine’s ventilation, coal dust suppression and methane detection technologies."

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

Bring Back Per-Vote Subsidy To Clean Up Politics: Mulcair

Bring Back Per-Vote Subsidy To Clean Up Politics: Mulcair | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is calling for the return of the per-vote subsidy as a way of guarding against pay-for-access fundraisers that appear to be embroiling the Liberal government.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

No Tanker Ban in Trudeau’s $1.5-Billion Coastal Protection Plan | The Tyee

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised ban on crude oil tankers on B.C.’s North Coast was missing from a costly marine protection plan announced Monday in Vancouver, sparking concerns of “betrayal” from a New Democrat MP.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Rethinking Tent Cities as a Help in Housing Crisis, Not a Nuisance | The Tyee

"The proliferation of homeless encampments is a direct result of the housing crisis. They’re the developed-country equivalent of the shanty town, the infill of vacant lots and spare ground with collections of tents sheltering people with nowhere else to go.

And until recently — indeed often still — they are viewed as a nuisance on the civic landscape, especially in places that bank on their beautiful visual appeal. Officialdom’s usual response has been to try to “clean up” tent encampments, using police to move their tenants along. Or worse.

But attitudes to encampments are changing. In Portland and Seattle, authorities are conceding that for some, no better options exist. Vancouver and Victoria too are eyeing the possible opening-up of a new and more positive relationship with campers previously regarded as unwanted vagrants."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Family-Centred Care Practice
Scoop.it!

Premier Notley denies hypocrisy over child welfare conflicts

Premier Notley denies hypocrisy over child welfare conflicts | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
In October 2008, as an opposition MLA, Rachel Notley demanded the resignation of then-human services

Via Velvet Martin
more...
Velvet Martin's curator insight, January 13, 2:23 PM
http://www.calgaryherald.com/News/12528940/story.html


Premier Notley denies hypocrisy over child welfare conflicts

EMMA GRANEY, EDMONTON JOURNAL 01.12.2017

Premier Notley denies hypocrisy over child welfare conflicts
SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT
In October 2008, as an opposition MLA, Rachel Notley demanded the resignation of then-human services minister Janis Tarchuk over problems in the child intervention system.

Notley charged that Tarchuk’s ministry had bungled the screening process for would-be government care homes.

“You clearly have no idea what’s going on inside your ministry,” Notley told Tarchuk during question period.

“You failed your staff. You failed Albertans. You failed these children. Why won’t you resign?”

Tarchuk responded that “actions have taken place” and issues “have been addressed,” but Notley said Albertans had no reason to have any faith in the minister’s assurances.

“You’ve lost all credibility,” Notley said. “Why won’t you resign?”

Then-premier Ed Stelmach stood by Tarchuk, just as Notley stood by current Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir last week as the opposition called for his resignation.

Notley’s decision was twice called into questioning the house this week by Progressive Conservative interim Leader Ric McIver and Wildrose MLA Todd Loewen, but the premier denied Wednesday she took a hypocritical stance by backing Sabir.

In response to McIver’s questions, she said her minister had “worked diligently” to support the work of Human Services and child intervention, reversing potential cuts and increasing funding by $37 million.

When asked Wednesday about her support for Sabir, she said the incident in 2008 and 2016 were “two very different sets of facts, two very different situations.”

In 2008, there was no public reporting of children who died in care — not the numbers, not the circumstances — and the children’s advocate was buried inside a ministry.

“Back at that time, it was an opposition member who had to inform the government that a death had occurred,” Notley said.

“It was a very, very different situation.”

egraney@postmedia.com

twitter.com/EmmaLGraney

Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

The Shell Game: Canada’s Lax Disclosure Laws Open Door to Tax Fraud, Money Laundering | The Tyee

Transparency International warns against country becoming a ‘haven for corrupt capital.’
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Fight to Stop Oil Spoiling BC’s Coast Is 50 Years Old | The Tyee

"No intelligent person can doubt that if the present misuse of so-called fossil fuels and assorted broad spectrum poisons” continues, a whole range of irreversible ecological changes will undo the natural world. The renowned British Columbian philosopher and naturalist Roderick Haig-Brown made that warning in 1970 and now we are living the emergency.

Two years later he gave a speech to small fleet fishermen in English Bay about the Moran Dam then proposed for the Fraser River. That great and long river, he said, determined and sustained the whole abundance and character of Georgia Strait. It must never be damned. Nor should it ever be poisoned by fossil fuels."

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

New Study, EPA Report Highlight Fracking’s Risk to Groundwater | The Tyee

"Another U.S. study has found that hydraulic fracking, which triggers small- to medium-sized earthquakes, can change the chemistry and quality of groundwater.

The report comes at the same time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final version of its five-year-long study on fracking, which confirms that all stages of the brute force technology “can impact and have impacted drinking water resources” and that impacts vary “in frequency and severity” depending on location, the scale of operations, and technologies used."

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

CN Rail Overcharged Taxpayers By Up To 900%: Report

CN Rail Overcharged Taxpayers By Up To 900%: Report | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Canadian National Railway made hundreds of millions of dollars systematically overcharging Greater Toronto’s transit operator on contracts it carried out, according to a report from the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation (SIRF).

The report alleges the company overcharged GO Transit and later Metrolinx by as much as 900 per cent on rail projects it carried out, and even charged the taxpayer-funded agency for work it did for its own purposes.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Report condemns 'systemic' racism toward Indigenous military members

Report condemns 'systemic' racism toward Indigenous military members | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Indigenous members of the Canadian military face "systemic racism," according to a draft report obtained by CBC News that calls for an external review.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Billions of litres of raw sewage, untreated waste water pouring into Canadian waterways

Billions of litres of raw sewage, untreated waste water pouring into Canadian waterways | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
More than 205 billion litres of raw sewage and untreated waste water spewed into Canada's rivers and oceans last year, CBC News has learned, despite federal regulations introduced in 2012 to try to solve the problem.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Federal Food Subsidy Program Still Failing Northerners: Study

Federal Food Subsidy Program Still Failing Northerners: Study | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A researcher has found that a federal subsidy intended to reduce astronomical food prices for northern families has resulted in stale-dated, unreliable food on store shelves without making grocery bills more affordable.

Tracey Galloway of the University of Toronto, whose findings are to be published in a scientific journal later this month, says the Nutrition North program should be reformed with mandatory price caps on essential food.  
more...
pdeppisch's comment, December 5, 2016 5:41 PM
I am waiting and I am 76! :(
malek's comment, December 7, 2016 1:55 PM
:)
pdeppisch's comment, December 7, 2016 2:37 PM
:) :) :)
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Scientists rate Canadian climate policies | James Byrne and Catherine Potvin

Scientists rate Canadian climate policies | James Byrne and Catherine Potvin | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Despite the progress discussed above, the Canadian Government decision to approve the Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is a step backward, casting doubt on the willingness of the Federal Government to address climate change with concrete and meaningful policies and actions. Our impact assessment indicates that this LNG project would be one of the largest point source of emissions in Canada and would increase BC’s emissions by 8.5%. Continued development of projects with high greenhouse gas emissions will compromise progress in other sectors. It will prevent Canada from meeting its emissions reduction target for 2030, and is incompatible with Canada’s stated goal to help limit global temperature increases to 1.5oC. Research indeed estimates that, to maintain global temperature increase below 2oC, half of existing gas reserves and one third of existing oil ones must remain unused.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Family-Centred Care Practice
Scoop.it!

First Nations housing should be 'front and centre' of national housing strategy, chief says

First Nations housing should be 'front and centre' of national housing strategy, chief says | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Shane Gottfriedson, B.C Regional Chief with the Assembly of First Nations, says First Nations housing should be a priority in Canada's proposed national housing strategy.

Via Velvet Martin
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Peace River Valley, Sacrifice Zone | The Tyee

In the next decade, a 60-metre-high wall of compacted earth will stretch more than a kilometre across the main stem of the Peace River, causing the waters behind it to swell into a 93-square-kilometre artificial lake, drowning the best topsoil left in northeast British Columbia. The waters will swallow 50 islands and a valley that is home to farmers, ranchers, trappers and habitat to innumerable creatures big and small.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Liberals Dodge Democracy in Effort to Ram CETA through House | The Tyee

"“Europeans want this deal fixed. Canadians want this deal fixed. Will the minister commit to removing the investor-state provisions from this deal?” — Tracey Ramsey, NDP international trade critic

“Frankly, I am astonished that the NDP cannot get behind a deal that today has the full support of all progressives across Europe.” — International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland

And so Freeland, the minister responsible for the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), confirmed in Parliament on Oct. 27 that she has no concerns about the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in the deal. (While offering the rather inflated claim that 100 per cent of “progressive” Europeans agree 100 per cent with her.)

Freeland could have taken a different tack."

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

We’re Teaming Up to Find Fresh Solutions for Homelessness | The Tyee

"Eight years ago, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson promised to end homelessness in his city by 2015.

Yet on just one cold evening last month, 36 people seeking a bed in emergency shelters run by Union Gospel Mission were turned away, facing shivering in a doorway or on a park bench.

The mission’s Jeremy Hunka says its maxed-out shelters have been forced to turn away 1,545 people in the first nine months of this year — almost 25 per more than last year. “That hits you in the heart,” he said."

more...
No comment yet.