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It’s Global Warming, Stupid: Bloomberg Editors Endorse Unleashing Tar Sands With Keystone XL Pipeline – Utne Altwire

It’s Global Warming, Stupid: Bloomberg Editors Endorse Unleashing Tar Sands With Keystone XL Pipeline – Utne Altwire | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….In this tale of two headlines, we start with Bloomberg’s famous post-Sandy cover, “It’s Global Warming, Stupid.”… the only responsible...
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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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Site C Threatens Treaty Rights, Way of Life, Say Some First Nations | The Tyee

"There’s spiritual sites all over this place,” says Chief Roland Willson of the local West Moberly First Nation. “Anywhere around here you put a shovel in the ground and start digging, you’ll find arrowheads, remnants of our ancestors here, going back as far as 13,000 years ago. Well, that was us. And we’re still here, we’re still using the valley.”

Willson is talking about the Peace River Valley, including the 65 square kilometres that will be flooded by the Site C dam.

West Moberly is one of seven First Nations whose traditional territories cover the Peace Region in northeast B.C. They’re part of the only historic treaty in B.C., Treaty 8, which protects their right to hunt, fish and trap for a livelihood and otherwise continue living “as if they had never entered into Treaty.” Or so said the Crown in 1899."

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Bill McKibben comes out swinging against Canada's Justin Trudeau

Bill McKibben comes out swinging against Canada's Justin Trudeau | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Justin Trudeau, the handsome, worldly prime minister of Canada seems to do no wrong, but when it comes to climate change, he's a complicated figure.

The prime minister boldly declared that "Canada is back" at the negotiating table for U.N. climate talks during a speech at the Paris negotiations in 2016, garnering a standing ovation. 

But a well-known climate activist wants the world to see through the double-speak. Never one to shy away from a fight, activist and journalist Bill McKibben took aim at the internet's favorite world leader, and onetime boxer, in an op-ed on Monday in The Guardian.
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Buffy Sainte-Marie On Why Canada Needs To Decolonize

Buffy Sainte-Marie On Why Canada Needs To Decolonize | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
I've interviewed indigenous people who don't consider Canada 150 something worth celebrating. I know that you're participating in anniversary events in Vancouver. What's your take?

Well, my motto is stay calm and decolonize.

For me, the celebration of 150 is the perfect opportunity to continue to decolonize. Decolonizing doesn't hurt anybody. It's exactly what everybody needs to do.

What is decolonization?

People are still under the impression that, and put this in quotes, "our Indians" belong to the colonial administration and that's the way life has been for us. To decolonize you have to get rid of the basic assumption that indigenous people are somehow to be classed with the flora and the fauna.

That was actually the case in Australia, and even though we don't say that in Canada, that is sometimes how we have been treated.

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Energy Megaprojects, and How They Aim to Seduce Us | The Tyee

‘Rigorous’ reviews that aren’t so inclusive. Sparkling clean pipelines. Smooth sailing tankers. Don’t be fooled.
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Can Christy Clark Dance Away From Donation Scandal? | The Tyee

"Last week Premier Christy Clark heard the four letters that every politician dreads, particularly when they are hitting close to home — RCMP.

Only five days after Elections BC announced its investigation into The Globe and Mail’s report that some lobbyists may have had their personal donations to the BC Liberal party reimbursed by third parties, the agency called in the RCMP."

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First Nations child welfare facing reform a decade after abused teen's suicide

First Nations child welfare facing reform a decade after abused teen's suicide | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Child welfare agencies on First Nations reserves in New Brunswick are on the cusp of a major overhaul, nearly a decade after the suicide of a teenage girl who was sexually abused in a foster home.

The new system is poised to give the agencies more resources, something officials say is desperately needed.

But those same officials are reluctant to discuss the death that led to calls for change — or the screening system that failed her.

Mona Sock was 13 when she took her own life behind the arena on Elsipogtog First Nation on Sept. 26, 2007, the day her abuse was revealed to police.
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Political Donations Investigation Handed to RCMP | The Tyee

"Elections BC says it has referred the investigation into alleged violations of political donation laws to the RCMP.

“This investigation has been referred to ensure that it will in no way impede Elections BC’s administration of the provincial general election scheduled for May 9,” said a statement from Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer.

“This referral will also ensure that there is no perception that Elections BC’s ability to administer the general election in a fair, neutral and impartial manner is in any way compromised,” it said. “The potential scope and timing of this matter make the RCMP the most appropriate agency to continue this investigation.”"

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Canadian Denied Entry To U.S. Told She's Been 'Trumped'

Canadian Denied Entry To U.S. Told She's Been 'Trumped' | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
MONTREAL — A Montrealer who is a Canadian citizen by birth says she was barred from entering the United States and told to get a valid visa if she ever wants to cross the border.

Manpreet Kooner said she was turned away at a crossing along the Quebec-Vermont border on Sunday after a six-hour wait where she was fingerprinted, photographed and questioned before being refused.
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Brazil’s Deadly Prison Riots a Warning for Canada | The Tyee

Brazil’s Deadly Prison Riots a Warning for Canada | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"The Brazilian prison riots at the beginning of this year saw more than 100 deaths in three different states. While these riots may seem like horrific events occurring in a distant land, they give us an opportunity to discuss the conditions facing men and women incarcerated in Canada."

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'He's a Liar': Why British Columbians Are So Over Justin Trudeau

'He's a Liar': Why British Columbians Are So Over Justin Trudeau | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared on iPolitics.

The man sitting at the head of the table has a face that should be on money.

It is calm, etched with wrinkle lines of infinite patience, utterly immune to honeyed words. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has heard more vows than the parsons in Reno’s drive-thru wedding chapels — most of them destined to be broken by the politicians who made them. Yet behind the softness, the weary eyes suggest something else. These are undefeated eyes.

I am in the downtown Vancouver boardroom of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the gentle voice is saying some very tough things.
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Ottawa Failing to Protect Fraser River Salmon from Industry, Says Richmond Councillor | The Tyee

"The federal government is ignoring the threat that increasing industrial development poses to Fraser River salmon, according to long-time Richmond City Coun. Harold Steves.

And the city’s attempts to discuss the issue with the federal Liberal government have been brushed aside, Steves told The Tyee. Although Ottawa says it wants to protect salmon, the government doesn’t seem concerned about potentially harmful projects proposed for the river, he added."

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Raw Logs and Lost Jobs: How the BC Government Has Sacrificed Forest Communities | The Tyee

"Its members include the most powerful players in the province’s forest industry, companies that do the vast majority of logging on British Columbia’s coast. Its website boasts of “innovative, high-tech” companies whose workers turn out “a growing array of forest and wood products.”


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But in truth, members of the Coast Forest Products Association are far from the job creators they could be."

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Canada drops four spots on the World Press Freedom Index - BBC News

Canada drops four spots on the World Press Freedom Index - BBC News | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Canada's press freedoms are under threat, according to the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders.
Canada dropped four spots to number 22 on the list that ranks 180 countries based on how they treat journalists.
A number of high-profile incidents of police action against journalists in Canada have raised concerns.
Press organisations have called on the government to shore up laws protecting free speech and media sources.
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Mega-Fracking in BC Linked to Earthquakes, Study Finds | The Tyee

"The largest earthquake ever triggered by hydraulic fracturing in British Columbia followed industry’s use of large volumes of water and occurred during a fracking-triggered swarm of 676 earthquakes between 2014 and 2015, a new study has found.

The earthquake, triggered by the fracking activities of Malaysian-owned Progress Energy, registered 4.6 magnitude. It was about four kilometres underground and about 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John in the northern Montney formation. The earthquake could be felt nearly 180 kilometres away from the epicentre."

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CIBC CEO defends outsourcing Canadian jobs to India in staff memo

CIBC CEO defends outsourcing Canadian jobs to India in staff memo | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
CIBC's CEO issued an internal staff memo Friday to address a CBC News story revealing that the bank is eliminating up to 130 Toronto finance jobs and outsourcing the work to India. 

The article, which ran on Thursday, generated more than 2,000 comments on the CBC News site — many of them taking a negative view of CIBC's decision to send the jobs overseas.
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Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage

Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Uber Canada on Thursday urged the Canadian government to retain a tax advantage available to ride-services companies, a day after the country's Liberal administration proposed removing the measure.

The new national budget unveiled on Wednesday said the government planned to amend Canada's Excise Tax Act to redefine ride-sharing firms as taxi companies.

This would force the government to collect the goods and services tax (GST) on every ride provided, just as traditional taxi operators are required to do.
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Jodie Emery Quits Liberals, Says They Lied on Pot Promise | The Tyee

Activist and former federal Liberal nomination hopeful Jodie Emery has cancelled her party membership, saying Justin Trudeau’s party lied to Canadians about its plans to legalize marijuana.


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Emery made her announcement via Twitter Friday morning, accusing the party of backing away from its commitment to legalize pot.
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'A child that dies shouldn't be anonymous,' ex-youth advocate argues

'A child that dies shouldn't be anonymous,' ex-youth advocate argues | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Bernard Richard warned New Brunswick that the detection of child neglect required a sense of urgency.

Ten years ago, after the death of 27-month-old Juli-Anna St. Peter, the former child and youth watchdog made recommendations to the province for how to keep vulnerable children safer.
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'We are all doing it': Employees at Canada's 5 big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers

'We are all doing it': Employees at Canada's 5 big banks speak out about pressure to dupe customers | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Employees from all five of Canada's big banks have flooded Go Public with stories of how they feel pressured to upsell, trick and even lie to customers to meet unrealistic sales targets and keep their jobs.

The deluge is fuelling multiple calls for a parliamentary inquiry, even as the banks claim they're acting in customers' best interests.

In nearly 1,000 emails, employees from RBC, BMO, CIBC, TD and Scotiabank locations across Canada describe the pressures to hit targets that are monitored weekly, daily and in some cases hourly.

"Management is down your throat all the time," said a Scotiabank financial adviser. "They want you to hit your numbers and it doesn't matter how."
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pdeppisch's comment, March 17, 11:56 AM
The oligarchy runs Canada and Trudeau is part of it. I don't expect fines or jail. Very sad. Wrongdoing needs to be punished, severely. But like usual, there won't be consequences. The CEO's will apologize and promise to do better. HA HA Ha
malek's comment, March 17, 5:26 PM
Is Canada so corrupt? According to a study by the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, "a large proportion of Canadians see their politicians and their institutions as fundamentally corrupt".source: wikipedia]
pdeppisch's comment, March 17, 7:45 PM
Canada is actually in the top 10. http://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2016?gclid=CjwKEAjwkq7GBRDun9iu2JjyhmsSJADHCD_HVSBnXw1pWU-gWWKWukRGy0VOC-NS0EMlJEYFMCsNLxoC2G_w_wcB but the politicians need to engage and keep their promises or better yet not promise and acknowledge reality. If a beach gets polluted the first thing thy do is close the beach and forbid swimming. HUH It needs to be cleaned up and the problem solved. If your basement would keep flooding would you do something? We let corporations pollute! Why? And that is why I say the oligarchy is in charge. It needs to be stopped. Remember the book Why Nations Fail. Anyway............
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BC’s Pipeline Spill Map Has Been Offline for Over Eight Months | The Tyee

"Since Jan. 1, 2017 there have been more than 50 accidental releases from pipelines and oil and gas facilities in Alberta. These spills and leaks, ranging from large to small, from hazardous to non-hazardous, happen almost every single day.

Don’t believe it? You can check for yourself via the Alberta Energy Regulator’s incident reporting dashboard where spills are documented and information about volume, location and response is made available to the public."

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'Customers are prey to me': TD teller says clients pay price for bank's 'unrealistic' sales targets

'Customers are prey to me': TD teller says clients pay price for bank's 'unrealistic' sales targets | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Three TD Bank Group employees are speaking out about what they say is "incredible pressure" to squeeze profits from customers by signing them up for products and services they don't need.

The longtime employees say their jobs have become similar to that of the stereotypical used car salesman, as they're pushed to upsell customers to reach rising sales revenue targets.
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Senate Shines Light On 'Inhumane' Inuit Housing Crisis

Senate Shines Light On 'Inhumane' Inuit Housing Crisis | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau has seen housing conditions decline in his hometown of Iqaluit over three decades, leaving homes with broken doors, cracked walls and mould everywhere.

He calls the situation: "Inhumane."

On Wednesday, a Senate committee focused a harsh light on what Inuqtaqau described, warning that the acute Inuit housing crisis will only get worse unless the federal government makes swift changes to how it funds housing in the North.
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CAPP Lobbies Government to ‘Recycle’ Carbon Tax Revenues Back to Oil Industry

CAPP Lobbies Government to ‘Recycle’ Carbon Tax Revenues Back to Oil Industry | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Canada’s largest oil and gas lobbyist group, asked the federal government to introduce a carbon pricing scheme that would “recycle” revenues back into oil and gas operations, documents released via Freedom of Information legislation reveal.

The documents, released to Greenpeace Canada, contain an August 2016 submission CAPP provided to the federal government in which the group argues a price on carbon should be revenue neutral for industry.
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What Is Social Licence? Vancouver Panel to Debate on March 14 | The Tyee

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a point of saying that for projects like pipelines to proceed, it’s not just political, legal and regulatory approval that must be obtained. “Social licence” is also key.

Social licence is commonly defined as ongoing community and stakeholder support for a project. The fact that social licence is “ongoing” is crucial to understanding it. It’s not a simple one-off approval given to companies; it must be maintained over the course of a project’s lifespan.
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Tsilhqot’in Ready for Yet Another Fight if B.C. Grants Mine Exploration Permits Denied by Feds

Tsilhqot’in Ready for Yet Another Fight if B.C. Grants Mine Exploration Permits Denied by Feds | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
bizarre twist in a decade-long battle over a proposed mine on Tsilhqot’in Nation traditional territory could see the B.C. government issue extensive exploration permits for the mine this month even though the project has twice been turned down by the federal government.

The proposal by Taseko Mines Ltd. to build a $1.5-billion open pit, copper and gold mine in the Cariboo region — a plan which received vocal support from Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett — was approved in 2010 by the provincial government after a B.C. environmental assessment.

But, the same year, the Prosperity Mine was rejected by the federal review panel, which took a dim view of plans to drain Fish Lake, known to Tsilhqot’in as Teztan Biny, for use as a tailings pond.
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