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Part 3: How Tories Control The Science Message

Part 3: How Tories Control The Science Message | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The Harper government’s iron grip on communications has been acutely felt in federal agencies and departments that engage in scientific research, resulting in a dramatic drop in press releases, the muzzling of scientists, and, in one department at...
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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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'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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Indigenous kids made up almost half of Canadian foster children in 2011: Statscan

Indigenous kids made up almost half of Canadian foster children in 2011: Statscan | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Aboriginal children make up a disproportionate number of kids in foster care, according to a new Statistics Canada report issued Wednesday that paints a complex picture of native family life across the country

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First Nations communities suffering ‘more intense’ impact of climate change, secret briefings say

First Nations communities suffering ‘more intense’ impact of climate change, secret briefings say | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Secret briefings to Canada’s indigenous affairs minister warn that natural disasters are increasing in number and severity, disproportionately affecting remote reserve communities.

In the aftermath of the Fort McMurray wildfires, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t say were exacerbated by climate change, First Nations assert they are first and worst affected by a rapidly-shifting environment.
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Faith in Big Trade Deals Keeps Crumbling | The Tyee

Faith in Big Trade Deals Keeps Crumbling | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
At the height of the battle over the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement in the 1980s, full page ads promised the deal would bring "more jobs, better jobs."
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pdeppisch's comment, May 28, 11:28 AM
We traded a nasty Oligarch with a slightly benign Oligarchy! The Liberals have been nicer to the people then the conservatives so that s why the Liberal Party ruled Canada for the majority of Canada's existence. But it is still the Oligarchy. There are no democracies. They are all of the same stripe (skunk) whether we call them Plutocracy or Oligarchy or Aristocracy or "The Elite" or the 1%. Same play regardless of the name. <smile> CSIS is probably reading this.
malek's comment, May 28, 12:43 PM
Conflict of interest is endemic
pdeppisch's comment, May 28, 10:17 PM
YUP!
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Lobbyists Shouldn't Be Taking MPs On Trips: Democracy Watch

Lobbyists Shouldn't Be Taking MPs On Trips: Democracy Watch | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — A political accountability watchdog has filed an ethics complaint with federal commissioner of lobbying Karen Shepherd about the gifts of paid travel that various lobbying organizations have given to MPs — and a few senators — in recent years.

Ottawa-based Democracy Watch, which promotes high ethical standards in government, says the gifts violate a rule that prohibits lobbyists from doing anything that would put an MP, senator or other public office holder in even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

A number of parliamentarians travel abroad each year as guests of organizations, companies or foreign governments.
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CRTC pushes cable providers, public to tell all about new $25 basic TV packs

CRTC pushes cable providers, public to tell all about new $25 basic TV packs | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The CRTC is making cable providers publicly explain their $25 basic TV packages.

The broadcast regulator and a consumer group have received hundreds of complaints about the CRTC-mandated TV plans.

Now the commission has announced it will hold public hearings starting on Sept. 7 to discuss how the controversial TV deals are panning out.

So far, Bell, Rogers, Shaw, and Vidéotron all must testify at the hearings.

"The CRTC wants to ensure that they are offering the new options to Canadians in a manner that is consistent with its regulations and the spirit of its policy," said the commission in a statement.

Interested consumer groups who qualify will have a chance to testify as well.
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pdeppisch's comment, May 28, 10:16 PM
YUP! You get a star and go the head of the class! :S)
malek's comment, May 29, 8:15 AM
(}) here's a hug
pdeppisch's comment, May 29, 10:25 AM
:) <smile>
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Why Do So Many BC Liberal Operatives End Up in Trouble? | The Tyee

Why Do So Many BC Liberal Operatives End Up in Trouble? | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power." -- John Steinbeck, author 1902-1968


"Why do so many BC Liberal operatives currently face criminal charges? And why have so many other BC Liberals been convicted, disciplined, forced to resign, fired or otherwise criticized for breaking the law, violating rules or misbehaving? With a criminal charge being laid last week against former BC Liberal government communications director Brian Bonney, and with two other party operatives already facing trials, those are questions that need to be asked of Premier Christy Clark. Of course, everyone facing charges has the right to be presumed innocent and have their day in court, because allegations are unproven. But nonetheless, the answer to the cause of the BC Liberals' legal problems could be disturbing."

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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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Elizabeth May wants the investigation into 2008 robocalling to be reopened

Elizabeth May wants the investigation into 2008 robocalling to be reopened | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says it's time to reopen investigations into alleged robocalls made by Conservatives - in light of recent testimony by Sen. Mike Duffy.


May said in a newly-released letter that no one challenged Duffy's statements in court, during his recent trial, about a Conservative "black ops group" that broke the rules during the 2008 election. As a result, she said investigators must look into the matter.

"It is alarming to me and to many of my constituents that voter fraud may have been committed in our riding and no one has been caught," wrote May in her letter, dated May 31.

It was sent to Elections Canada CEO Marc Mayrand and other federal officials, including the commissioner of Canada Elections, Yves Coté.
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Ottawa imposes unequal increases in benefits for injured veterans

Ottawa imposes unequal increases in benefits for injured veterans | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Government opts for ‘humiliating’ demotions, unequal increases in payments for incapacitated vets discharged from lower ranks
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BAMBOOZLED: Canada suckered by Facebook and Google’s tax shell game

BAMBOOZLED: Canada suckered by Facebook and Google’s tax shell game | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
When Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey went cap in hand to Ottawa, seeking tax relief and government incentives to save his company, few observers could contain their mirth. Yet nobody connected the dots to the fresh Panama Papers revelations, the massive global tax evasion story that broke just three days earlier.


Canadian journalists, it seems, have not yet solved the murder of their own profession.

Do Google and Facebook pay tax on Canadian earnings?

Let’s start with the federal government’s own ad spend on daily newspapers. In the seven years since 2008/09, it’s plummeted from 18 per cent of the government’s advertising budget to less than one per cent today.

In a pattern repeated across the advertising sector, Canadian print media hemorrhaged millions of dollars to the government's online advertising, which now swallows some $14 million (or 27 per cent) of the total spend. The bleeding hasn’t stopped, as mobile advertising continues to overtake print media at a spectacular pace. Online advertising is now dominated by Facebook and Google.
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Ottawa Overpaid Contractors By $100 Million, Audit Finds

Ottawa Overpaid Contractors By $100 Million, Audit Finds | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Federal auditors have found about $100 million that shouldn't have been paid to companies because contractors overcharged the government, or because the payments were deemed to be part of "excessive profits,'' newly released documents show.

The $100 million figure, calculated as of March 31, 2015, was the cumulative total from three years of reviews of contracts that turned up evidence the government has been routinely overcharged.

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The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, show that more than 50 contracts reviewed by officials at Public Services and Procurement Canada revealed issues with, among others, Irving Shipbuilding and aerospace giant Bombardier.
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'They just dispose of them': Injured migrant farm workers sent home without treatment

'They just dispose of them': Injured migrant farm workers sent home without treatment | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The family of a migrant farm worker who died several months after a severe head injury says the program that brought him to Canada stripped him of his labour rights after he was hurt, then tried to cut off his access to health care.

Sheldon McKenzie, 39, suffered the injury at work, and his family say they were forced to intervene to keep him from being shipped back to Jamaica without getting the medical care he required.

His cousin, Marcia Barrett who lives in Winnipeg, says more needs to be done to protect the rights of migrant labourers who come to work under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program that provides temporary foreign labour to Canadian farms. ​
Marcia Barrett

Marcia Barrett fought to keep her cousin Sheldon McKenzie in Canada to get the medical care he needed after a serious head injury. (CBC )

Hundreds of those workers have been sent home from Canada in similar circumstances, a practice known as "medical repatriation."

"It's worse than slavery — they dispose of them," Barrett told Go Public.
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Canada's aboriginals tell Trudeau they can block pipelines

Canada's aboriginals tell Trudeau they can block pipelines | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Canadian aboriginal groups and their allies said on Friday they have the power to block proposed oil pipelines on land where they have proven title, dismissing comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said no community has a veto.

Trudeau told Reuters on Thursday that unanimous consent is not needed for the government to approve pipeline projects to bring Canadian oil to market, even as he pledged consultation with aboriginals and environmentalists who oppose projects.

At the heart of the conflict are the rights of aboriginal people, particularly in British Columbia, where many groups never signed treaties and a 2014 Supreme court decision made clear that in cases where aboriginal title is proven, "consent" is required before major projects can go ahead.
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