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Trudeau Poll Numbers Point To 'Remarkable Opportunity'

Trudeau Poll Numbers Point To 'Remarkable Opportunity' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A new poll suggests Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are making inroads in the part of Canada that vaulted New Democrats to Official Opposition status: Quebec.
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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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Harper government leaves $321 million for green programs unspent, while overspending on oil and gas

Harper government leaves $321 million for green programs unspent, while overspending on oil and gas | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The federal government neglected to spend $300 million in Parliament-approved funding for “environmentally responsible” programs last year, while overspending on programs to support the oil and gas industry through research, market development and ads, according to The Hill Times. 

A Natural Resources Canada spending report submitted to Parliament indicates that it  failed to spend $298.6-million on programs for green programs such as renewable energy development and technology innovation.
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Amnesty International slams Harper government for putting economy ahead of rights

Amnesty International slams Harper government for putting economy ahead of rights | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Amnesty International's Canada branch has issued a wide-ranging attack on the Harper government for making economic development a higher priority than human rights — especially in resource development.
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Stephen Harper consistent but out of touch: Walkom | Toronto Star

Stephen Harper consistent but out of touch: Walkom | Toronto Star | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canada’s prime minister has no time for endangered species, climate change or Kathleen Wynne.
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pdeppisch's comment, December 15, 10:17 AM
I should have added: that Harper is a conservative and that he and his believers have only one mantra - it is the economy stupid. All his legislation has been to make it easier for business to operate. The fact that hat legislation is not environmentally friendly is of no concern. If the economy tanks then he will be voted out of office! So - the world is in a Catch-22 situation! Tank the economy or kill the planet. And right now we are doing both. If the voter would send a clear message the politician would listen. But voters also believe that it is the economy! So - you get the GOP re-elected and or have more members in Congress. Until the voter decides to care about the environment in a big way and stops spending money on consumer goods - we are in essence going to kill this planet's biosphere which will kill quite a few humans not to speak of the animals and possible wipe us out. C'est la vie?! Après moi le deluge!
malek's comment, December 15, 4:42 PM
democracy side-effects
pdeppisch's comment, December 15, 7:09 PM
YUP! :(
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Shania Twain: 'Violence, Especially In Your Own Home, Is Never Acceptable'

Shania Twain: 'Violence, Especially In Your Own Home, Is Never Acceptable' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
TTAWA - Country music superstar Shania Twain has lent her voice to an RCMP campaign against family violence.

In a 60-second video posted online by the Mounties the singer tells viewers that violence inside the home shouldn't be kept a secret.

Speaking over a twangy guitar track, she says "sometimes home is where the hurt is" and adds that whether it's physical, sexual or emotional "abuse is abuse."
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David Suzuki's grandson brings star power to Sacred Headwaters fight over Imperial Metals

David Suzuki's grandson brings star power to Sacred Headwaters fight over Imperial Metals | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
That’s where Tahltan First Nations Elders called the Klabona Keepers, who are self-proclaimed guardians of that pristine wilderness, were hit in late November with a court order granted to Imperial Metals.  The injunction forbids the mine opponents from continuing to interfere with the $600-million Red Chris copper and gold mine that intends operate for 30 years. 
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Veterans Affairs overspends on administration, falls short on benefits

Veterans Affairs overspends on administration, falls short on benefits | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Veterans Affairs allowed tens of millions of dollars in approved funding on veterans programs – such as death and disability benefits – to go unspent last year while exceeding its budget for internal services like communications.

A closer look by The Globe and Mail at the department’s line-by-line public accounts shows the biggest source of the gap – or lapse – comes from the department’s two biggest categories: the health-care program and disability and death compensation.
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Veterans Affairs Seek New Staffers

Veterans Affairs Seek New Staffers | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Harper government is looking to hire staff at Veterans Affairs.

Job notices for dozens of front-line positions in cities across the country have begun appearing at a time when the government is under pressure for slashing nearly 900 staff at the embattled department.

The opposition parties have linked the job cuts to last month's auditor general's report, which said the department made one in five mentally ill ex-soldiers wait up to eight months before deciding whether to fund their treatment.
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The Gargoyle - Number of staff in ministerial offices ballooned under Harper

The Gargoyle - Number of staff in ministerial offices ballooned under Harper | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Conservative government’s enthusiasm for cutting costs and reducing the size of the public service appears to end at the elevator to the minister’s office.

Data tabled in the House of Commons on Monday shows the number of political staffers working for cabinet ministers has ballooned under the Tories, up 21 per cent per cent from the last year of Liberal rule.
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Waterloo woman finds NEB e-mail lauding public’s inability to question pipelines

Waterloo woman finds NEB e-mail lauding public’s inability to question pipelines | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A Waterloo resident – now credited with finding crucial flaws in Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal pipeline in Southwest Ontario -- is sounding the alarm over an internal e-mail from the National Energy Board that appears to boast about new Harper government rules that reduce the public’s ability to ask questions at pipeline hearings.

Louisette Lanteigne uncovered the e-mail via an Access to Information request.  In the report attached to the memo, the NEB’s Hearing Manager for Oil Pipeline Applications told colleagues about the “successes” of a recently concluded Line 9A pipeline hearing in the summer of 2012. 
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Newfoundland threatens to pull support for Canada-EU trade deal

Newfoundland threatens to pull support for Canada-EU trade deal | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Newfoundland is threatening to withdraw support for the Canada-European Union trade agreement, a move that could create havoc for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, warns he’s ready to pull backing for the agreement because, he says, Ottawa is reneging on the terms of a separate deal that secured his province’s support for the accord, formally known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
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More Than 60 Organizations Call For Repeal Of New Prostitution Law

More Than 60 Organizations Call For Repeal Of New Prostitution Law | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
TORONTO - More than 60 organizations and agencies from across the country are calling for the non-enforcement and repeal of new prostitution laws that came into force on Saturday.

The groups — which include the Canadian AIDS Society, John Howard Society, and Native Women's Resource Centre — want the new law repealed and the full decriminalization of sex work in Canada.

The sweeping new changes to the way prostitution is regulated in Canada follow a Supreme Court decision last year that found the old laws violated the rights of prostitutes.
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Harper Does A 180 On Election Spending

Harper Does A 180 On Election Spending | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Stephen Harper used to contend that money does not influence the outcome of elections.He used to rail against any attempt to limit the amount of money outside advocacy groups could spend during campaigns.And he used to strenuously object to ...
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What's missing in the Great Lakes Commission's Draft report on transport of crude oil?

What's missing in the Great Lakes Commission's Draft report on transport of crude oil? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
At the end of September, the Great Lakes Commission released its Draft report on transport of crude oil in Great Lakes region, which provides an overview of the increase of crude oil transportation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. The Commission gave stakeholders 60 days to provide comment on the Draft report. The final report will be formally released at the Commission's 2015 semiannual meeting on February 24-25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Thirty organizations signed a collective submission to the Great Lakes Commission outlining gaps in the draft report including:
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Caribou continue to be at risk in Canada, report says

Caribou continue to be at risk in Canada, report says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Resource development is outpacing provincial efforts to protect the habitat of the threatened woodland caribou.

That's the warning found in a report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society being released today.

Leona Aglukkaq to discuss species at risk with provinces in 2015
In an embargoed copy obtained by CBC, the CPAWS report shows there's been a lot of resource development since 2012, when the federal government ordered the provinces to come up with a plan to conserve caribou habitat by 2017.

The report points to increased natural gas development in British Columbia, new oil and gas leases in Alberta and a new mine in a Manitoba provincial park.

"Unfortunately conservation isn't keeping up with development, so the habitat of the caribou continues to be very much at risk pretty much everywhere across the country," said Eric Hebert-Daly, the group's national executive director.

The annual status report on the caribou, which ranks the provinces and their plans for recovery strategies for the caribou, puts Alberta at the bottom of the list.
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Nenshi: Passing Bill 10 would bring ‘international attention toward what kinds of hillbillies we are’

Nenshi: Passing Bill 10 would bring ‘international attention toward what kinds of hillbillies we are’ | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Mayor Naheed Nenshi, speaking Thursday to hundreds of members of the Calgary Chamber on the state of the city’s economy as oil prices plummet, paused from that topic for a five-minute digression on Alberta’s recent legislation on gay-straight alliances.

After Bill 10 received two readings in the Alberta legislature, Premier Jim Prentice put the controversial legislation on “pause” last week, in the wake of public outcry across the province.

Here’s what Nenshi had to say, verbatim, about the whole affair:
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Prostitution Should Be Run Like A Business, Public Health Association Says

Prostitution Should Be Run Like A Business, Public Health Association Says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Canadian Public Health Association is calling on the government to regulate the sex industry as a business with rules to protect the safety of prostitutes.

In a position paper released Friday, the association says the world's so-called oldest profession should be regulated under existing occupational health and safety regulations.

It says that would help deal with some of the root causes of prostitution, such as poverty and homelessness.
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May's Bill Passes Senate In Historic First For Greens

May's Bill Passes Senate In Historic First For Greens | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Senate has passed a private member's bill on Lyme disease, the first Green party bill to ever pass both houses of Parliament.

The legislation sponsored by Green party Leader Elizabeth May won Commons approval last June and now only needs royal assent to become law.

It calls on the government to call a conference of provincial and territorial ministers, medical experts and representatives of patient groups to develop a comprehensive Lyme disease strategy.
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Who exactly is crazy here, Mr. Harper?

Who exactly is crazy here, Mr. Harper? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Here in Lima, Peru at the United Nations climate change talks, I am watching negotiators from impacted countries like the Philippines working earnestly on a new agreement to reduce global climate pollution.

At the same time, I am reading stories back home about Prime Minister Stephen Harper telling the House of Commons yesterday that regulating greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector would be "crazy." 

Let's be clear who is crazy here. A common definition of "crazy" is "a state of mind that prevents normal perception and behaviour."

Given this definition I would suggest that it is not those who want Canada to regulate its oil and gas sector - the single largest source of carbon pollution in Canada - that are crazy, but Mr. Harper and his Conservative government.
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StatsCan Reveals How Many Canadians Live In Poverty

StatsCan Reveals How Many Canadians Live In Poverty | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says 13.8 per cent of the population lived in low-income households in 2012.

The agency says its measure of after-tax low-income deems a household to be low income if it has less than half the overall median income.

By this measure, it says, 16.3 per cent of children under 17 were in low-income households in 2012.
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U.S. report slams Kinder Morgan’s enviro transgressions, including on Burnaby Mountain

U.S. report slams Kinder Morgan’s enviro transgressions, including on Burnaby Mountain | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Seattle-based think-tank Sightline Institute released a report Tuesday highlighting Kinder Morgan’s enviro-transgressions across the energy giant's continent-wide network of pipelines and export terminals.

The company's recent troubles on Burnaby Mountain in Canada were cited as a major reason for updating the second edition of this report.  More than 100 people were arrested last month -- including scientists, environmentalists, First Nations and other people young and old -- for disobeying a court order designed to protect the company's drillers on the mountain.

The story was not widely reported in U.S. press, the think tank lamented.

“It’s become the Keystone XL fight of Canada,” said the institute's policy director Eric de Place in a tele-press conference to journalists on both sides of the border.

"I often despair that the 49th parallel ends up being quite a barrier [to news coverage from Canada]."
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Tories using EI to pad books by $5 billion, report says

Tories using EI to pad books by $5 billion, report says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Artificially high employment insurance premiums will cost thousands of jobs while temporarily padding Ottawa’s books by billions of dollars, according to a new report by Canada’s financial watchdog.

The Conservative government already knew it was facing an EI fund surplus and will lower premiums for some employers through the small business job credit.

Parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette found the credit will create only 200 jobs next year and 600 in 2016. But keeping premiums artificially high will cost 2,000 jobs next year and 8,000 jobs in 2016, Frechette found.

The budget officer says these jobs created or lost in the short term will eventually be offset by premium rate cuts that start in 2017.

But keeping EI premiums
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Canada's Catch-22: Bankruptcies Could Soar If Economy Improves

Canada's Catch-22: Bankruptcies Could Soar If Economy Improves | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
here is a Catch-22 in Canada’s economy, which is this: When things get good again, it will cause things to go bad.

That’s because Canadians have taken on so much debt that a rise in interest rates could tip many borrowers at the margins into insolvency.

Many market observers expect interest rates in Canada and the U.S. to start rising next year, with the U.S. Federal Reserve leading the way as the U.S. economy enjoys a widespread recovery.
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North Dakota to require every barrel of crude oil be filtered

North Dakota to require every barrel of crude oil be filtered | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Dec 9 (Reuters) - North Dakota is poised to impose the strictest oil standards in its history on Tuesday, requiring every barrel of crude to be filtered for dangerous types of natural gas in an effort to make crude-by-rail transport safer.

The new requirements come as federal, state and local officials grapple with how best to ensure the safe transport of North Dakota's crude oil, which has been linked to a string of fiery crude-by-rail explosions, including one last year in Quebec that killed 47 people.

Governor Jack Dalrymple and the two other members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) are taking the first concrete regulatory steps to sanitize the state's oil. They nearly approved a previous set of standards last month before asking staff members for last-minute tweaks and additional public comment.
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Conditions in First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities are Canada's National Shame

Canada is among the world's wealthiest nations, but our wealth is not equitably distributed. Many communities, particularly northern and Aboriginal, suffer from poor access to healthy and affordable food, clean water, proper housing and other necessary infrastructure. An ironic example of this disparity is at Shoal Lake, about two hours east of Winnipeg. There, two First Nations, Shoal Lake 39 and 40, are next to the City of Winnipeg's main drinking-water supply, but Shoal Lake 40 has been on a boil-water advisory for decades.

Shoal Lake's story is complicated. To begin, the Ontario-Manitoba border runs through the middle of the lake. Winnipeg has drawn its drinking water from the Manitoba side through a 153-kilometre aqueduct since 1914.
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Harper Tries To Deflect Veterans Lawsuit Heat Onto Liberals

Harper Tries To Deflect Veterans Lawsuit Heat Onto Liberals | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The new veterans charter, a marquee deal defended and championed by Stephen Harper's Conservatives since 2006, suddenly became a "Liberal policy" Tuesday as the government weathered more demands for Julian Fantino's resignation.

The veterans affairs minister, who was on his feet constantly during the previous day's question period, rose infrequently on Tuesday in the face of an unrelenting barrage of NDP and Liberal attacks.

Instead, he was defended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who tried to put some political distance between his government and a class-action lawsuit in B.C. that argues the charter is unconstitutional and discriminatory against modern veterans.
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