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Clement: 'Ring Of Fire' Will Be Canada's Next Oil Sands

Clement: 'Ring Of Fire' Will Be Canada's Next Oil Sands | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Ontario’s “Ring of Fire” mining project promises to be the economic equivalent of another oil sands, Treasury Board President Tony Clement says.
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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.
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Ottawa’s Positive TPP Review Lacks Independence, Says Council of Canadians | The Tyee

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.
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Former PM's Project Sent Indigenous Reading Rates Skyrocketing

Former PM's Project Sent Indigenous Reading Rates Skyrocketing | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
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.
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The National Energy Board Is a Mess, Shut It Down | The Tyee

Time to lay rest to this obsolete service agency for a last-century industry.
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Future of Public Health Care at Stake in Major New Trial | The Tyee

Future of Public Health Care at Stake in Major New Trial | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Private clinics’ constitutional challenge, starting Tuesday, aims to end ban on extra billing.
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Inuit Fight to Protect Territory from Oil Industry's Seismic Blasting

Inuit Fight to Protect Territory from Oil Industry's Seismic Blasting | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The Arctic’s Baffin Bay and Davis Strait region is home to seals, bowhead whales, polar bears and up to 90 per cent of the world’s narwhals. The area’s marine waters also provide habitat for 116 species of fish, such as Arctic char, an important dietary staple for Nunavut’s Inuit communities.

Although the area is crucial to Inuit for hunting and other traditional activities, the federal government has approved underwater seismic blasting by a consortium of energy companies. They plan to fire underwater cannons from boats to map the ocean floor for oil and gas deposits, in preparation for offshore drilling.

The blasting, approved by Canada’s National Energy Board in 2014, is meeting fierce opposition.

A lower court affirmed the NEB decision in 2015, claiming Inuit were adequately consulted on the project — something Inuit dispute. To prevent destruction of their hunting grounds, the remote hamlet of Clyde River in Nunavut and the Nammautaq Hunters and Trappers Organization appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which agreed to hear the case later this year. A positive decision could halt seismic blasting and affirm the right of Indigenous peoples to decide their own future regarding resource development in their territories, which is central to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, of which Canada is a signatory.
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BC Terror Trial Verdict a Scathing Indictment of RCMP Management | The Tyee

“This is truly a case where the RCMP manufactured the crime.” – B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce.

Why did the RCMP create the July 1, 2013 B.C. Legislature bomb plot and train and equip a hapless, methadone-addicted, developmentally challenged couple to undertake terrorist actions?

And why did the RCMP also break Canada’s laws in doing so?

Money. Lots and lots of money.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were freed Friday after three years in jail thanks to a stunning decision that saw a respected judge condemn the RCMP in the strongest terms possible, while overturning a jury’s guilty verdict on terrorism changes because the Surrey couple were “entrapped” by police, who also committed an “abuse of process.”
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'Quiet Suffering' Of Syrian Refugees Reflected In Senate Report

'Quiet Suffering' Of Syrian Refugees Reflected In Senate Report | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — The Liberal government needs to provide Syrian refugees with more resources so they can have a better chance of integrating successfully into Canada, a new Senate report says.

The Senate's standing committee on human rights heard from several witnesses, including refugees themselves, during hearings in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, this spring. It was so moved by the testimony it heard that it issued an interim report Monday to spur the government into action.

"It was like being hit with a sledgehammer of emotion," committee chair, Senate Liberal Jim Munson told The Huffington Post Canada. "We want the government to see and feel what we heard."
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This Doctor Speaks 7 Languages. And He's A Canadian Refugee.

This Doctor Speaks 7 Languages. And He's A Canadian Refugee. | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Dr. Paulin Rukiko Polepole greets me warmly in the lobby of his downtown Toronto apartment. He's wearing a natty, navy suit jacket paired with a bright blue button-up, shiny, black leather shoes, a metal watch and stylish socks.

He works at SickKids Hospital, counselling pregnant women and new mothers. He speaks seven languages.

He is a refugee.
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pdeppisch's comment, June 22, 11:52 PM
That was the story I heard when we landed in 1953! :)
malek's comment, June 23, 5:40 AM
urban legend?
pdeppisch's comment, June 23, 10:43 PM
Hi Malek - Could be - with the Internet and Huffington Post one never knows. BUt I can't find anything and it is not published on April 1st. If I find that it is fake I will delete it.
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Liberal ministers announce steps to fix Harper's environmental overhaul

Liberal ministers announce steps to fix Harper's environmental overhaul | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Six federal cabinet ministers launched a sweeping review of Canada’s environmental laws on Monday, pledging to restore what the previous government took away.


The announcement is only the start of a major wave of consultations to overhaul four major laws that were radically altered as part of a “responsible resource development” plan introduced in 2012 by former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government.
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For the food industry, fraud is the elephant in the room

For the food industry, fraud is the elephant in the room | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
If asked about sustainable food systems, most people think about the environment, climate and social responsibility. These pillars are key to sustainability, but so is the economics of food.

For any organization to be sustainable, it needs to be profitable for everyone across the supply chain: farmers, processors and retailers. What’s currently threatening the delicate balance between these key drivers is counterfeiting.


Food fraud isn’t new to the food industry. During the Middle Ages, staple foods such as bread, meat and wine were often adulterated, leading to the implementation of legal regulations to ensure quality and quantity.

Because of modern advanced technologies, however, most consumers believe that today’s food-supply chains are protected and that counterfeit products are the exception. Yet in recent years, evidence of widespread fraudulent behaviour has increased.
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Food Company To Pay For Selling ‘Canadian' Produce From Mexico

Food Company To Pay For Selling ‘Canadian' Produce From Mexico | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The recent news that French’s and Primo are planning to buy Canadian tomatoes for their ketchup sparked a wave of culinary patriotism among some consumers.

But are Canadian vegetables really Canadian? Maybe not for customers of a southern Ontario greenhouse, which has been slapped with a total of $1.5 million in fines for selling Mexican-grown produce as “Canadian.”

Mucci Farms of Kingsville, Ont., says it was a mistake — and presumably not an attempt to fool consumers.
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malek's comment, June 18, 9:47 AM
Canadians buy $3.6-billion in counterfeit Italian food products annually?? http://bit.ly/1ruuknX
pdeppisch's comment, June 19, 11:38 AM
Thank you. :) Unfortunately cheating is the bane of humanity! grrrrrrr
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Why Do the Poor Make Such Poor Decisions? — Utopia for Realists — Medium

Why Do the Poor Make Such Poor Decisions? - Utopia for Realists - Medium
Ten years after the casino’s arrival, Costello’s findings showed that the younger the age at which children escaped poverty, the better their teenage mental health. Among her youngest age cohort, Costello observed a “dramatic decrease” in criminal conduct. In fact, the Cherokee children in her study were now better behaved than the control group.
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Freeland’s Trade Agenda Fails Canadian Workers, Says Union | The Tyee

"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."

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BC Hydro: From Public Interest to Private Profits | The Tyee

"Strip away the accounting tricks and political spin, and BC Hydro’s reality emerges.

The Crown corporation’s customers face a future of massive rate increases to guarantee cozy deals that produce inflated profits for private companies.

It’s an extraordinary betrayal of the Crown corporation’s original role of bringing electricity and opportunity to British Columbians.

How did we get here? To understand that, we need to look at BC Hydro’s history."

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Suncor Looks To Abandon Oil Sands Assets | OilPrice.com

Suncor Looks To Abandon Oil Sands Assets | OilPrice.com | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
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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Saving Canada's only desert | Environment | DW.COM | 12.08.2016

Saving Canada's only desert | Environment | DW.COM | 12.08.2016 | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Most people don't even know Canada has a desert - the Okanagan is an anomaly in a country known for snow. But the Okanagan Desert is threatened - scientists and indigenous people are now working to protect the ecosystem.
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What Tax Avoidance Costs Us (For One, Pharmacare) | The Tyee

What Tax Avoidance Costs Us (For One, Pharmacare) | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"Canadians sometimes make strange choices about how we want government to spend the tax money we hand over every year. A recent poll from the Angus Reid Institute is a startling illustration of that.

When the polling firm asked Canadians if they would like to have a pharmacare system, they got a resounding “yes.” Then they asked Canadians how they would like to pay for that. The choices included increasing the GST, restoring the corporate tax rate to 18 per cent, increasing the basic income tax rate, or charging a pharmacare premium. While restoring the corporate tax rate seemed like a good idea to more than half the respondents, the idea of any kind of tax increase wasn’t particularly popular. And that’s understandable.

But an important option was missing — and that’s where Angus Reid seemed to miss the point.

Eliminating tax haven use could save Canada almost $8 billion a year. That’s enough to cover universal public prescription coverage almost eight times over."

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Why Is Canada #1 in PTSD? | The Tyee

"A century ago, it was “shell shock,” a strange affliction of some soldiers in the First World War. A generation later, it was combat fatigue, and little better understood (U.S. General George S. Patton famously slapped a victim, considering him a malingering coward). Then it became an occupational hazard for soldiers in Vietnam, and acquired its present name: post-traumatic stress disorder.

Since Vietnam, the problem has become somewhat better understood – and known to affect far more people than first thought. A Canadian Forces survey estimates that 11.1 per cent of regular personnel have experienced PTSD at some time, and 5.3 per cent met the case definition at the time of the survey or in the previous year."

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Chinese Politician's Role on Teck Board Worries Watchdog | The Tyee

Chinese Politician's Role on Teck Board Worries Watchdog | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Beijing in the boardroom bad for sovereignty, says IntegrityBC's Dermod Travis.
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Alaskans Find Flaw in B.C. Study Showing Acid Drainage from Abandoned Mine Does Not Affect Fish

Alaskans Find Flaw in B.C. Study Showing Acid Drainage from Abandoned Mine Does Not Affect Fish | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Acid mine drainage from the Tulsequah Chief mine in northwest B.C. has worried and infuriated Southeast Alaskans for almost six decades and concerns have again peaked with a new analysis that claims a study of runoff — that found the drainage would not affect fish — was flawed.

The mine, situated beside the Tulsequah River, the largest tributary to the Taku, one of Alaska’s premium salmon rivers, was closed by Cominco in 1957 without reclamation or clean-up of acid mine drainage.
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malek's comment, July 1, 2:56 PM
Happy Canada Day, good man.
pdeppisch's comment, July 1, 7:44 PM
Ditto - Happy Canada Day my good friend. :)
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Disturbing Aerials Reveal Canada’s Vast Tar Sand Mines

Disturbing Aerials Reveal Canada’s Vast Tar Sand Mines | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
PULLING OIL FROM the tar sands of Canada is an ugly business. It scars the land with deep gashes, barren pits, and murky tailing ponds. It can be hard to grasp the scale of it from the ground, so photographer Stuart Hall rented a plane. What he saw stunned him. “There’s a lot of beauty in that place, but also a lot of destruction,” he says. “It’s like a bad marriage.”
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To Tackle Inequality, Start with BC's Two-Tier Education | The Tyee

To Tackle Inequality, Start with BC's Two-Tier Education | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
We don't talk much about two-tier education.

Two-tier health care, sure. Governments reject the idea that a sick child from a wealthy home should get better treatment than a child from a poor home.

But B.C. governments have been happy to let parents with money buy their children a big educational head start over the equally bright poor kid a few neighbourhoods away.
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Alaska group raises international concerns in Ottawa over B.C. mine operations

Alaska group raises international concerns in Ottawa over B.C. mine operations | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A delegation from Alaska says it is time to enforce the century−old Boundary Waters Treaty between Canada and the United States when it comes to northern British Columbia mining activity.

The group is in Ottawa this week seeking to enlist federal help in stopping B.C. copper and gold mines from polluting the headwaters of key salmon rivers that flow from Canada into Alaska.

They’re also pushing the U.S. State Department to refer the matter to the International Joint Commission, which was created under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty to help resolve disputes along internationally shared waters.

Frederick Otilius Olsen, an indigenous tribal vice−president from Kasaan, Alaska, says the catastrophic failure of the Mount Polley mine tailings dam in 2014 was a "huge wake−up call" that galvanized concerns over what he sees as British Columbia’s lax mining regulations.
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'Years' Of Injustice Fuelled Water Crisis On Canada's Reserves: Report

'Years' Of Injustice Fuelled Water Crisis On Canada's Reserves: Report | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
An Ontario chief says his remote reserve plagued by unsafe water continues to be on the hook for arranging and paying for bottled water — even though Ottawa is technically responsible for the service.

It’s one example of how the federal government has continually let down Grassy Narrows, said Chief Simon Fobister Sr. in an interview with The Huffington Post Canada.

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a 92-page report calling on the Liberal government to take “urgent” steps to address the drinking water issues on some First Nations reserves.

“The water crisis is the result of years of discrimination compounded by lack of accountability,” said Amanda Klasing, senior HRW researcher, in a news release.

“Tainted water and broken systems on Ontario’s First Nations reserves are jeopardizing health, burdening parents and caregivers, and exacerbating problems on reserves.”
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Attawapiskat Chief Wants 'Water, Sewer.. Things Ontario Calls Normal'

Attawapiskat Chief Wants 'Water, Sewer.. Things Ontario Calls Normal' | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh hopes a meeting scheduled with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later this month will lead to new health and infrastructure commitments for his community.

Shisheesh told the CBC a visit by Health Minister Jane Philpott last Thursday did not result in any announcements.

"I was kind of disappointed," Shisheesh said.

"The meeting was not successful because we're still in a crisis mode and we still need immediate help in our community."

Philpott's visit came two months after the reserve declared a state of emergency due to a suicide crisis. 
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