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"Historical and Contemporary American Indian Injustices: The Ensuing Psychological Effects

In this research I investigate the various ways in which the process of historical colonization has devastated the indigenous population and cultures. I explore and analyze its long-lasting effects.
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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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National Affairs: Reality of the witness box looms over Stephen Harper - Medicine Hat News

National Affairs: Reality of the witness box looms over Stephen Harper - Medicine Hat News | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
National Affairs: Reality of the witness box looms over Stephen Harper
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Could we one day see Stephen Harper sitting under oath in the witness box being cross-examined by counsel for disgraced suspended Sen.
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Garrison sums up Parliament in June - Sooke News Mirror

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Garrison sums up Parliament in June
Sooke News Mirror
Just after adjournment we also learned that the Harper government has cut the funding to the Pathway Youth Employment Project on the Westshore.
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Conservative government censored memo on environmental group | Toronto Star

Conservative government censored memo on environmental group | Toronto Star | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Harper government heavily censored a memo showing the effectiveness of a non-partisan environmental group that had its funding axed, documents show.
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Huge Number Of Survivors Report Broken Bones, Breathing Problems, Hearing Loss

Huge Number Of Survivors Report Broken Bones, Breathing Problems, Hearing Loss | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
WINNIPEG - The vast majority of claims filed by Indian residential school survivors seeking extra compensation for medical injuries are for hearing loss, respiratory illnesses and broken bones.The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat — an independent body which helps resolve long-standing claims that address specific abuse of survivors — says just over 1,000 medical assessments completed so far focus primarily on ear, nose and throat ailments, as well as broken bones.A request for proposals put out by the secretariat says 60 per cent of the assessments involve the ears, nose and throat, while 21 per cent involve orthopedics. Secretariat spokesman Michael Tansey confirmed the figures, but said no one could comment further on the nature of the claims.Marie Wilson, commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said lasting injuries are not surprising, given the way residential school students were treated."We have had many, many people talk to us about the physicality of the punishment which often was a cuff on the ear or being pulled by the ear or being dragged across the room by the ear," she said in an interview."People talked to us about hearing loss that came with being whacked at the side of the head.
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Harper's Spat With Chief Justice Was Wrong: International Group

Harper's Spat With Chief Justice Was Wrong: International Group | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

#TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's public criticism of Canada's top justice impugned her integrity and was tantamount to undue interference with the independence of the courts, according to an international group of eminent judges and lawyers.As a result, the International Commission of Jurists says Harper should withdraw his remarks and he and Justice Minister Peter MacKay should apologize to Beverley McLachlin, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.The opinion by the Geneva-based organization follows a complaint from a group of Canadian lawyers and legal academics related to the federal government's abortive appointment of Federal Court Judge Marc Nadon to the top court in October last year.Harper and MacKay would later suggest publicly that McLachlin had behaved inappropriately by trying to talk to them about potential legal problems with the proposed appointment."

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Why The CRA Is No Longer An Effective Instrument of Public Policy

Why The CRA Is No Longer An Effective Instrument of Public Policy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
with the activities of its charities section having been so thoroughly politicized by the Harper government, we can no longer call the CRA an effective instrument of public policy. Its campaign of vexatious audits of the political activities of progressive charities represents has created a chill in political dissent, and is a new low even for the Conservative regime.
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'Preventing Poverty' Not Allowed For Charities, Canada Revenue Says

'Preventing Poverty' Not Allowed For Charities, Canada Revenue Says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor.The bizarre bureaucratic brawl over a mission statement is yet more evidence of deteriorating relations between the Harper government and some parts of Canada's charitable sector.The lexical scuffle began when Oxfam Canada filed papers with Industry Canada to renew its non-profit status, as required by Oct. 17 this year under a law passed in 2011.Ottawa-based Oxfam initially submitted wording that its purpose as a charity is "to prevent and relieve poverty, vulnerability and suffering by improving the conditions of individuals whose lives, livelihood, security or well-being are at risk."The international development group, founded in 1963, spends about $32 million each year on humanitarian relief and aid in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, with a special emphasis on women's rights.But the submission to Industry Canada also needed the approval of the charities directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency, and that's where the trouble began.Agency officials informed Oxfam that "preventing poverty" was not an acceptable goal."Relieving poverty is charitable, but preventing it is not," the group was warned. "Preventing poverty could mean providing for a class of beneficiaries that are not poor."Oxfam Canada's executive director called the exchange an "absurd conversation.""Their interpretation was that preventing poverty may or may not involve poor people," Robert Fox said in an interview with The Canadian Press."A group of millionaires could get together to prevent their poverty, and that would not be deemed a charitable purpose."
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CRA smacks PEN Canada with audit in latest of Harper government's attack on charities

CRA smacks PEN Canada with audit in latest of Harper government's attack on charities | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
“Now's the time to support PEN Canada, faced with a punishing audit by the Harper Conservatives,” renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood tweeted today.
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Oppenheimer homeless camp: First Nations members issue eviction notice to Vancouver

Oppenheimer homeless camp: First Nations members issue eviction notice to Vancouver | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A standoff is brewing between the City of Vancouver and a group of protesters camped out in a Downtown Eastside park — but in a twist of events, the city itself has been handed an eviction notice.
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malek's comment, July 21, 7:32 AM
Kicking them or not is a typical sign of Canadian Myopia: it's the striking unjust distribution of wealth
Dana Hoffman's comment, July 22, 12:24 PM
Its so sad things like this are happening.
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Six Nations Blockade of Enbridge Work Site on Line 9 Route

Six Nations Blockade of Enbridge Work Site on Line 9 Route | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
This is the second "integrity dig" along the Line 9 route interrupted this week.

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“This isn’t just about Line 9 – or Northern Gateway, Energy East or Keystone XL. This is about pipelines – all of them,” Danielle Boissineau asserts in the press release. “This is about the tarsands and how destructive they are to expand, extract and transport.”

“This is a continental concern,” adds Elliot. “It’s not just a Six Nations issue or an indigenous issue. We share the responsibility to protect our land and water as human beings.”

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Bacopocalypse Now!

Bacopocalypse Now! | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Bacon prices in Canada are nearly 27 per cent higher today than they were a year ago, as a crisis in the industry continues to push costs into the stratosphere. Bloomberg reporter and former Bank of Canada economist Ilan Kolet tweeted the chart below, showing bacon prices surging by 5.8 per cent in June alone.
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Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology

Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
When Conservative MP Robert Goguen asked Timea Nagy, a former sex worker who alleges she was gang raped, whether the attack was a case of freedom of expression, well, it was hard to know how to react.This all took place during a recent committee meeting regarding Bill C-36, which aims to transform the legality of sex work in this country.
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New-found Threat to Oilsand Projects | The Tyee

New-found Threat to Oilsand Projects | The Tyee | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
TYEE EXCLUSIVE: Researchers discover ancient salt formation key factor in Alberta steam fracking disasters.
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Conservatives fretting about the supremacy of Parliament - Macleans.ca

Conservatives fretting about the supremacy of Parliament - Macleans.ca | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Conservatives fretting about the supremacy of Parliament
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The Harper government is having a bit of trouble with the courts—see here and here for background from this magazine—but what do those examples amount to?
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Stephen Harper v. Canada - iPolitics.ca (subscription)

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Stephen Harper v. Canada
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According to the logic offered up by many Conservatives lately, what the boss did back in 2000 amounted to an attempt to undermine Parliament.
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Baird Earns Rave Reviews On U.S. Conservative Radio

Baird Earns Rave Reviews On U.S. Conservative Radio | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON - A highly popular conservative radio talk show in the United States has heaped praise on Canada's Harper government, while simultaneously blasting U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration.Its host delivered a gushing review of Canada's foreign policy to millions of listeners this week during a segment with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, where they discussed the Harper government's position on the Gaza conflict.The Canadian minister received that hero's welcome on the Mark Levin show, whose audience size has been reported at somewhere between just under seven million and just over eight million people.Baird reiterated the government's views, saying: Israel has a duty to defend itself; Hamas is a terrorist organization; the conflict is with Hamas, not the Palestinian people; and there can be no moral equivalency in the face of terrorism, the great struggle of our generation."

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The CRTC Is Starting to Listen to Canadians

The CRTC Is Starting to Listen to Canadians | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Over the last year, we've seen the CRTC publish customer-friendly new rules for wireless, set up a special task force to investigate extortionate roaming fees, and start a conversation with Canadians about the Future of Television (and watching TV content online!) Things are starting to change.
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Japanese coal ship grounding off BC coast a harbinger of things to come, say First Nations - APTN National News

Japanese coal ship grounding off BC coast a harbinger of things to come, say First Nations - APTN National News | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Last week off the north coast of British Columbia a Japanese ship full of coal ran aground on the very route proposed by Enbridge for tankers shipping tarsands bitumen to Asian markets.
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Canadian Charities: Criticize the Government and Pay

Canadian Charities: Criticize the Government and Pay | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Not terrorists, white-collar crooks, or climate change -- it seems the real threat to Canadian society hides behind a much friendlier face: charities. Or to be more specific, charities critical of the Canadian government. This week it was made public that the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) is auditing PEN Canada for its "political activities." In 2012, the Canadian government earmarked $8 million of the CRA's budget for auditing political activities, and then upped that amount again to $13 million. In a time of austerity, there is still a plenty of money to go after enemies of our federal government.
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CRA audits charitable status of Tides Canada amid Tory attack

CRA audits charitable status of Tides Canada amid Tory attack | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Conservative critics contend Vancouver-based group has been funnelling money from foreign charities to groups in Canada opposed to oil-sands development
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Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video)

Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video) | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Blooms of blue-green algae spread across Lake Erie late every summer like a plague of slime, the vivid green coating so thick its soup-like texture can...
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Canada's Tar Sands and the National Economy

Canada's Tar Sands and the National Economy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
It's easy to overestimate the importance of the tar sands to the Canadian economy. Tar sands and their pipelines are, after all, hailed by the ruling Conservatives, sections of the business press a...
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Customers Billed By Bell, Rogers After Cancelling Services

Customers Billed By Bell, Rogers After Cancelling Services | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The majority of Canadians rely on Bell Canada and Rogers Communications for their internet, cable and cellphone services, but that doesn't mean their customers are pleased.
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What do these PMs know that economists don’t?

What do these PMs know that economists don’t? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Despite assertions by Tony Abbott and Stephen Harper, a properly designed carbon tax is not necessarily incompatible with economic and social goals
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pdeppisch's comment, July 19, 8:01 PM
YUP! But how to change that given the Tories narrative and the media supporting Harper. And if they don't then they get their budget cut into tiny little chunks - please see CBC!
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the mouthpiece of plutocracy?!
pdeppisch's comment, July 20, 8:12 AM
YES - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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This 32-Year-Old Is On His Way To Becoming Premier, Poll Suggests

This 32-Year-Old Is On His Way To Becoming Premier, Poll Suggests | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Will New Brunswick be the next province to elect a Liberal government when voters head to the polls in September? Liberal parties are on a roll at the provincial level, with three consecutive victories in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario (four with British Columbia, though the B.C. Liberal Party is more closely associated with the federal Conservatives).
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