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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 | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | 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 | 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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Vets Will Need To Verify Lost Limbs Every 3 Years, Instead Of Annually

Vets Will Need To Verify Lost Limbs Every 3 Years, Instead Of Annually | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - A wounded soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan and has had to prove to Veterans Affairs every year that he still needs a wheelchair, will now only have to go through the experience every three years.

The change in policy was quietly announced in the House of Commons by Pierre Lemieux, parliamentary secretary to the veterans minister.

In addition, Lemieux told opposition parties that veterans who are required to complete these renewals under the veterans independence program will have six months to hand in the paperwork, considerably longer than under the current system.
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Tories suggest missing aboriginal women related to domestic violence

Tories suggest missing aboriginal women related to domestic violence | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The federal Status of Women Minister hopes to emerge from Canada’s first national round table on murdered and missing aboriginal women with plans for anti-violence initiatives directed at aboriginal men, saying she has a “good sense” of the people who are committing the crimes.

The Conservative government is using its assertion that the disproportionate number of deaths and disappearances is largely related to domestic violence to bolster its arguments against a national inquiry into the tragedies.
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Is there a cancer cluster around the Alberta Tar Sands

Is there a cancer cluster around the Alberta Tar Sands | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
FORT CHIPEWYAN, Canada — In 2006, Canadian doctor John O’Connor made a startling realization. Specialists had diagnosed three of his patients in the northern Alberta village of Fort Chipewyan with cholangiocarcinoma — a deadly cancer of the bile duct. The same cancer had killed his own father years earlier in Ireland.
Only about one in 100,000 Canadians contracts this type of cancer, so the likelihood of three cases in a town of about 950 was minuscule. O’Connor suspected pollution from Alberta’s tar sands, 100 miles upstream from Fort Chipewyan on the Athabasca River. Since then, the provincial government, while confirming an additional case of bile duct cancer and high rates of lung and cervical cancer, has yet to investigate further.
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Meetings between Kinder Morgan and feds leave no paper trail

Meetings between Kinder Morgan and feds leave no paper trail | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
No records, no agenda, no minutes, no briefing notes. That's what Vancouver-based economist and former ICBC CEO Robyn Allan learned from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on senior-level meetings between the federal government and Texas-based oil giant Kinder Morgan. 

"It's not just bad administration," said Allan. "It's a betrayal of public trust." 

Three of the meetings involved then-Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. 

Allan filed FOI requests on records relating to 20 meetings between Kinder Morgan and the federal government in 2013 and 2014 in May, and received her first response in October. 

She said she was was stunned to find a three-word response for 15 of these senior-level meetings: "No records exist." 
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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama made good Tuesday on a threat to veto a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, bringing the two sides in the long-running controversy to a rare point of agreement: their battle is far from over.
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Tories' Plans For TFSA Will Mostly Help The Wealthy: Report

Tories' Plans For TFSA Will Mostly Help The Wealthy: Report | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - A new study says the Conservative government's plans to double contribution limits for tax-free savings accounts would cost billions in lost tax revenue and primarily line the pockets of wealthy Canadians.

The report by the left-wing Broadbent Institute says most Canadians would not benefit from the plan to nearly double the TFSA contribution limit to $10,000 a year, up from $5,500.

Instead, the report says, they would bear the burden of reduced public services or higher taxes to offset the lost revenues.
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F-35 Fumbles And Canada's Reputation As 'Challenging Partner'

F-35 Fumbles And Canada's Reputation As 'Challenging Partner' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The widening fallout from a botched program to replace Canada's aging CF-18 fighter jets may be damaging the military's relationships with its international allies.

A defence briefing note says hundreds of arrangements the military has with allies to share facilities and services are being called into question, and must be reviewed as if they were formal supply contracts.
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Montreal Says 'Non' To Canada Post Community Mailboxes

Montreal Says 'Non' To Canada Post Community Mailboxes | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A committee convened by the city to study issues surrounding the quality of life of Montrealers will table recommendations on Monday urging the city to say no to Canada Post's community mailboxes.

- Canada Post's community mailboxes a headache 
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Premier Christy Clark Has Left Us No Choice

Premier Christy Clark Has Left Us No Choice | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Dear Premier Christy Clark,

I'm having a hard time finding these choices you keep telling me I have. You say that you'd rather I have money in my pocket so that I can choose what to do with it. You say that you want your B.C. government to be accountable to taxpayers like me but I'm having difficulty understanding what you mean about choices and being accountable.

I really wish I could enjoy the choices you say I have. Please help me to find them. All I seem to be able to find are all the things I didn't choose.
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Aboriginal Affairs Minister Mocks NDP MP On Topic Of Deadly Reserve Fire

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Mocks NDP MP On Topic Of Deadly Reserve Fire | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canada’s Aboriginal Affairs minister accused the opposition of trying to “score cheap political points” after an NDP MP said a lack of federal funding was to blame for a fire that killed two aboriginal children in Saskatchewan.

“This has everything to do with the lack of federal funding to First Nations when it comes to fire and emergency services,” NDP MP Niki Ashton said in question period on Wednesday.

Early Tuesday, a fire ripped through a Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation house while two children and their grandmother were inside. An 18-month girl and a two-year-old boy were carried out of the home by their father but died on scene.
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Better Late Than Never: Politicians Are Speaking up Against Bill C-51

Better Late Than Never: Politicians Are Speaking up Against Bill C-51 | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
This is all thanks to you: Huge numbers of Canadians, including key Ottawa decision-makers, are pushing back hard against the government's Bill C-51, which proposes unprecedented new powers for Canada's security agencies. The bill effectively turns CSIS into a secret police force and would place every Canadian under a government microscope.

Stephen Harper pretends that this full-fledged assault on our democratic rights is necessary to keep us safe -- despite clear expert evidence that mass spying actually undermines our security. Like everyone, we were shocked and saddened by the violence that marred the final months of last year. However, these harsh and unnecessary new laws trouble us to our core.
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There Is A Way To Fix First Nations Education. And This Is How It Starts

There Is A Way To Fix First Nations Education. And This Is How It Starts | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
When 12-year-old Shannen Koostachin walked into a school in suburban Toronto in 2007, she wondered why it was so much nicer than her own.

In this school, students learned in bright classrooms. Shannen went to class in a cold portable trailer. Her school didn’t have a playground or a library or a computer lab or a gym. Why did schools in this part of Canada have these things, but not in her community?
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Pressure Mounting Over Missing And Murdered Aboriginal Women

Pressure Mounting Over Missing And Murdered Aboriginal Women | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Pressure is mounting on the federal government to take action on missing and murdered aboriginal women, with several premiers and aboriginal leaders meeting in Ottawa today to try to determine what can be done.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has rejected calls for a national inquiry into the nearly 1,200 aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing in the last 30 years.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne wishes Harper would attend today's meeting, but is pleased he's sending two representatives: Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch.
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Not enough data, not enough answers, on missing indigenous women

Not enough data, not enough answers, on missing indigenous women | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
This story is part of an ongoing Globe and Mail investigation into the hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

Let the statistics speak, as they painfully emerge, about the missing and murdered indigenous women of Canada – and let the victims be mourned and, sometimes, restored to their communities.

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An RCMP report last year found that 1,181 indigenous women were killed or disappeared between 1980 and 2012; of these, 164 are missing. This country also has at least 697 unidentified human remains. To improve the record of finding those who have gone missing, Parliament late last year enacted legislation to create a DNA-based databank, making it more likely to find matches between missing people and unidentified remains.
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Tar Sands Pipeline Vetoed, Climate Threat Marches On | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Tar Sands Pipeline Vetoed, Climate Threat Marches On | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Pres. Barack Obama vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline on February 24— not because of climate change, not because of low oil prices and not because of the risks from leaking diluted bitumen from the tar sands. Obama vetoed the pipeline bill “because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures.” In other words Obama used the third veto of his presidency to preserve the prerogatives of his office, in this case evaluating cross-border pipelines and the ever-vague “national interest.”
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Bloomberg's Solution To Keystone Won't Be Music To Harper's Ears

Bloomberg's Solution To Keystone Won't Be Music To Harper's Ears | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Business magnate and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a solution to the Keystone XL pipeline impasse — but it likely won’t be music to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ears, or to the ears of many climate activists.

In an editorial published at the news service he founded and that carries his name, Bloomberg argues the controversial pipeline has become “a perfect symbol of Washington’s dysfunction,” but offers a solution he says would allow both sides to declare victory: Get Canada to sign a climate deal with the U.S.

“A U.S.-Canada agreement would position Canada as a leader on climate change, while also delivering a big economic boost to its economy,” wrote Bloomberg, who has been appointed the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on cities and climate change.
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Dallaire: Feds Failing To Help Veterans With PTSD

Retired Lieutenant General and former Senator Roméo Dallaire says Veterans Affairs Canada isn't coming close to meeting the needs of veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

Dallaire, who has been outspoken about his own struggles with PTSD, is in Vancouver as the keynote speaker of a Canadian Mental Health Association conference that will focus on hearing from people who work on the front lines in jobs where post traumatic stress disorder is too common.
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High-profile Conservatives consider run in Nepean, but Harder accuses Poilievre of meddling

High-profile Conservatives consider run in Nepean, but Harder accuses Poilievre of meddling | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
With John Baird’s stunning exit from politics earlier this month, a number of high-profile Conservatives are considering running for the party’s nomination, but some are complaining publicly that the new federal regional minister responsible for Ottawa, Pierre Poilievre, is discouraging them because he has a preferred candidate. 

Mr. Baird, who was the minister of Foreign Affairs and the regional minister for Ottawa, announced on Feb. 2 that after spending 20 years in provincial and federal politics, he was stepping down from Cabinet and resigning his seat to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Baird has represented Ottawa West-Nepean since 2006, but chose to run in the new riding of Nepean in the next election, a more Conservative riding, where he was the nominated candidate for the 2015 election. 
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Trudeau Gets Personal On Doctor-Assisted Suicide Debate

Trudeau Gets Personal On Doctor-Assisted Suicide Debate | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau says he personally believes the Supreme Court of Canada was right to strike down the ban on doctor-assisted death.

The Liberal leader says his own view is based on his experience when his father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, was dying.
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Why tar sands train became a fireball

The volatility of Bakken crude, with its dissolved gases, is well-known. But until now, the thick tar sands oil that railroads want to carry to the Port of Albany has been regarded as a pollution threat but not an explosive one.
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BC’s Caribou Recovery Plan: do we want caribou as a species to exist?

BC’s Caribou Recovery Plan: do we want caribou as a species to exist? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
In B.C.'s Selkirk Mountains, where the province began an organized kill of a 20-wolf pack in late January, the caribou population has declined from 46 caribou in 2009 to 18 in 2014.

In the Southern Peace, the other area targeted for a wolf kill, about 950 caribou in six herds remain. One herd has gone extinct in recent years. Five have less than 50 animals. Only one herd, with 705 animals, is large enough to be considered viable over the long term. 

According to experts, a population of 75-100 animals is the minimum that is able to withstand fluctuations while the causes of decline are investigated. 

The provincial Ministry of Environment’s most recent Science Update for the South Peace region predicts that increasing industrial activity will result in a 75% decline in caribou herds over the next 10 years. That would leave less than 300 animals.
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4 Former PMs Call For Stronger Security Oversight

4 Former PMs Call For Stronger Security Oversight | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Four former prime ministers and several retired Supreme Court members are among almost two dozen prominent Canadians calling for stronger security oversight.

The statement published Thursday in the Globe and Mail and La Presse newspapers comes as the Conservative government proposes a new, expanded mandate for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

"Protecting human rights and protecting public safety are complementary objectives, but experience has shown that serious human rights abuses can occur in the name of maintaining national security," the statement says.
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malek's comment, February 21, 9:07 AM
Damned if you do, damned if not
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As they say: "Who watches the watchers!" Sooner or later there will be breaches! :(
malek's comment, February 21, 6:14 PM
You bet
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Mohamed Fahmy Cannot Afford More Mistakes by the Conservative Government

Mohamed Fahmy Cannot Afford More Mistakes by the Conservative Government | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
While Canadians were relieved to see Mohamed Fahmy released on bail last week, it is far from clear that his long ordeal is over. Officially he is still scheduled to face a retrial beginning on February 23. During his first trial, he was found guilty of multiple charges and sentenced to seven years imprisonment on the basis of very dubious evidence in an arbitrary process, which was widely condemned around the world as a miscarriage of justice.

The Government of Canada has an obligation to do its utmost to help its citizens when they are facing such trying situations. Unfortunately, that does not appear to have happened in this instance.
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New Farmer's Market In Attawapiskat Sells Food That's Actually Affordable

New Farmer's Market In Attawapiskat Sells Food That's Actually Affordable | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
As is the case in too many northern aboriginal communities, high food prices are a real barrier to healthy living.

Now a new farmer's market is offered a fresh reason for hope. It's providing high-quality produce to the residents of Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, and it's doing it without trying to make a profit.
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Peter MacKay's friends, colleagues make up 6 of 9 judge appointees

Peter MacKay's friends, colleagues make up 6 of 9 judge appointees | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A news site connected to the Broadbent Institute is raising questions about why six of the nine judges appointed to Nova Scotia courts since October 2013 have personal, professional or political connections to Justice Minister Peter MacKay. 

MacKay was appointed attorney general and justice minister in 2013. Since then, he's made provincial Supreme Court justices of:
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