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Alaska to proceed with B.C. ferry terminal despite anti-sanctions law

Alaska to proceed with B.C. ferry terminal despite anti-sanctions law | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The state of Alaska is pushing ahead with a project to rebuild a B.C. ferry terminal with U.S. steel, undaunted by Ottawa’s vow to punish companies that bend to Buy America rules.

A senior Alaska government official vigorously defended Governor Bill Walker’s refusal to seek a waiver from the protectionist purchasing rules that apply to all U.S. government-funded transportation projects.
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Newfoundland Suspends Participation In All Trade Agreements

Newfoundland Suspends Participation In All Trade Agreements | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador says it is suspending its participation in all trade agreements because of its dispute with Ottawa over a promised federal-provincial fisheries fund.

The provincial government says the federal government has failed to honour its commitment to provide $280 million in exchange for the province relinquishing minimum processing requirements for fish plants as part of a free trade deal with Europe.
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This Is Why A Falling Loonie Won't Rescue Canada's Economy

This Is Why A Falling Loonie Won't Rescue Canada's Economy | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Until a few months ago, the complaint that Canada’s economy isn’t diverse enough, and is too reliant on energy exports, seemed to be a purely academic matter.

When economists warned, for example, that Canada is running an enormous deficit in non-energy trade (i.e. we just aren’t making and selling much other than energy), a common response would be, “So what? In a global economy, we don’t need to produce everything we consume, do we?”

That certainly was the attitude of our federal government which (until very recently) saw little reason to prop up central Canada’s struggling manufacturing sector, and focused much of its efforts on convincing the U.S. to build a pipeline for Canadian oil.
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B.C. Burial Site Deal Is 'Big Success' For First Nations

B.C. Burial Site Deal Is 'Big Success' For First Nations | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
B.C. First Nations are celebrating a "big success" after news that the provincial government is purchasing a controversial piece of land from a private owner.

Grace Islet, located off Saltspring Island, is a First Nations burial site containing at least 16 cairns. First Nations have been raising the alarm about the potential for development there since 2006, but the site drew major attention last summer when owner Barry Slawsky began constructing his retirement home.
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Advocate Keith Neville ordered to stop work with veterans' appeals

Advocate Keith Neville ordered to stop work with veterans' appeals | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A veterans' advocate in Whitney Pier said he's been told by the federal government he can no longer help former military members navigate the bureaucracy of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board.

Keith Neville has successfully advocated for 48 veterans having their cases heard by the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, which provides veterans and other applicants with an independent avenue of appeal for disability decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada.
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malek's comment, January 14, 2015 1:39 PM
Put him under enhanced interrogation to get compliance..lol
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Missing women: Canada can’t hide anymore

Missing women: Canada can’t hide anymore | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
In July, 2012, Lydia N. (not her real name) sat in a hotel room not far from Highway 16 – the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where so many indigenous women and girls have been murdered or disappeared – and told me about her efforts to keep her 15-year old daughter safe from violence. She said she had spoken to the police six times, urging them without success to press charges against her daughter’s adult boyfriend for an incident in which he choked her daughter on a public street. It was not the first episode of abuse, and Lydia doubted it would be the last. She told a constable, “The next day you hear from me you’re going to hear that my daughter’s dead.” In the end, she said, “We’re First Nations and they just don’t care. That’s how I feel.”
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malek's comment, January 14, 2015 1:41 PM
Special status produces general problems
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Canada's campaign to block NAFTA's oil sands tailings pond probe slammed by critics

Canada's campaign to block NAFTA's oil sands tailings pond probe slammed by critics | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Reactions to the federal government's attempts to stop NAFTA's environmental oversight commission from investigating environmental damage caused by tailings ponds in Alberta's oil sands came fast and fierce from critics.

“There’s compelling evidence that [industry contamination] is happening," said Dale Marshall of Environmental Defence, "and that the federal government is denying it, and not allowing that information to be known to Canadians and the people who live in that area." 

"It's disheartening. The Canadian government is more interested in protecting oil sands companies," added Marshall.  

Canada has already stopped NAFTA twice from investigating its environmental record in the past year. The trade organization’s environmental oversight commission seeks to review public complaints that Canada is ignoring its fishery laws by not acting strongly enough to protect the Athabasca River from industry pollution. 
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The War on Knowledge by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives - Georgian Bay News

The War on Knowledge by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives - Georgian Bay News | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The War on Knowledge by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives

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Is the Harper legacy one we want to leave for future generations?

Is the Harper legacy one we want to leave for future generations? | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Photo via Creative Commons by Bram Cymet
The year 2014 was a busy time for the Harper Conservatives, who were quietly dismantling Canada's environmental protections to serve international oil, gas, mining and aquaculture interests. 
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malek's comment, January 9, 2015 9:27 AM
the old discussion "competence vs charisma" lol
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Nutrition North: 5 of 6 advisory board members donated to federal Tories

Nutrition North: 5 of 6 advisory board members donated to federal Tories | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The board that advises the federal cabinet minister in charge of Canada's controversial Nutrition North food subsidy program is almost entirely made up of Conservative donors, public records show.

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Five of the six people appointed to the Nutrition North advisory board have donated money to the Conservatives.
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WATCH: Calls for action on domestic violence almost two decades after Vernon mass murder

WATCH: Calls for action on domestic violence almost two decades after Vernon mass murder | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
VERNON – As we continue to learn more about the mass murder that took place in Edmonton, for some, that case is bringing up memories of another mass murder, this one in the Okanagan. It has been almost two decades since nine people were killed in a Vernon home. It was April 1996 when nine members of the Gakhal and Saran families were murdered. The gunman was the estranged husband of Rajwar Gakhal, one of the victims.

Her cousin is now reacting to the news out of Alberta.

“I think this is where government, politicians and even as a society we need to collaborate and start encouraging victims to come out and tell them it is okay to ask for help,” says Riminder Gakhal.
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Rail Car Leaking Acid In Alberta

Rail Car Leaking Acid In Alberta | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
COALHURST, Alta. - A rail car leaking phosphoric acid in a southern Alberta town is causing some concern.

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency is reporting what it calls a minor release of chemicals by a Canadian Pacific Railway car in Coalhurst.
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What might success look like for young aboriginals?

What might success look like for young aboriginals? | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The past year has been an eventful one for aboriginal peoples in Canada. The tragedy of violence against aboriginal women has finally been forced onto the national agenda, thanks in large part to the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s insistent counting of victims. The federal government’s attempt at aboriginal education reform failed. Shawn Atleo departed his post as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations soon after. The Idle No More movement remains active.
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Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite

Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power. We are social creatures who absorb the outlook and opinions of those with whom we associate, and unconciously echo them. Objectivity is impossible.
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Kinder Morgan not required to provide full oil spill response documents: NEB

Kinder Morgan not required to provide full oil spill response documents: NEB | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The B.C. government won't be getting the full, unredacted version of oil spill response documents from Kinder Morgan for its proposed pipeline expansion, the Vancouver Observer learned on Friday. 

In an email, a Ministry of Environment spokesperson said Kinder Morgan will not be required to provide the documents for Trans Mountain, as the Province requested in a motion in December.  

The government's request was denied on the basis that "sufficient information has been filed from the existing Emergency Management Plan documents to meet the [NEB's] requirements at this stage of the process".  

The decision was made just one day before the information request deadline in the second round of the NEB hearings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline expansion. The Texas-based oil giant is currently applying to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries crude oil from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C.  
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Because the taxpayer will pay for any clean-up of oil spills - as per usual! 

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Alberta Has More Working Poor Than Any Province: Report

Alberta Has More Working Poor Than Any Province: Report | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A new report says one in eight, or approximately 12 per cent, of people in Edmonton are currently living in poverty.

The report, released by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) and titled "A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton," also found that Alberta has a higher rate of working poor than any other province in Canada.

The report outlines that while Edmonton's job market has been thriving and increasing in past years, there are several groups that remain in disproportionate circumstances financially.
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Sony to close all 14 Canadian stores within 2 months

Sony to close all 14 Canadian stores within 2 months | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Sony is closing all 14 of its stores in Canada over the next six to eight weeks, the company announced in a statement today.

Approximately 90 jobs will be affected, a spokesman for Sony Canada told CBC News. Sony Canada is not saying why the stores are being closed.
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malek's comment, January 17, 2015 4:17 PM
government "Action Plan" in action
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Canadian police fail to protect female Aboriginals: report

Canadian police fail to protect female Aboriginals: report | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Canadian police have failed to adequately prevent and protect indigenous women and girls from killings, disappearances and extreme forms of violence, a U.S.-based human rights group said on Monday.

The damning 127-page report by the branch of the Organization of American States said police failure and systemic discrimination against Canada's Aboriginal community has contributed to the plight of missing or murdered indigenous women and the poverty that is at the root of the violence.
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Ex-Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on muzzled scientists, secrecy and "broken" government

Ex-Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on muzzled scientists, secrecy and "broken" government | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
"There's no accountability. It's completely, completely broken," said former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who was hailed as a "national hero" for insisting that federal government be accountable for its spending. 

Before he stepped down in 2013, Page exposed the federal government's overspending of billions of dollars on F-35 jets, the war in Afghanistan, and challenged Harper's claim that government couldn't afford to maintain Old Age Security for 65-year-olds. He took the federal government to court for refusing to provide details on its austerity budget, which earned him the wrath of the Prime Minister's Office. 

Page spoke out about the lack of trust in public service, as well as the damaging effects of government muzzling of scientists. 
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Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women 'Groundbreaking' Report Released

Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women 'Groundbreaking' Report Released | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A new report into missing and murdered indigenous women in B.C. is breathing new life into an acrimonious debate between advocates of a public inquiry and the Canadian government, which says it is taking action to address the problem but refuses to c...
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Canadian court hands victory to First Nations in lawsuit against Rio Tinto

Canadian court hands victory to First Nations in lawsuit against Rio Tinto | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Quebec's highest court has refused to hear an appeal of a last year judgment that rejected a motion to dismiss the millionaire lawsuit against the miner's Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOC).

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malek's comment, January 9, 2015 9:26 AM
I still don't like this special status in Canada
pdeppisch's comment, January 16, 2015 9:41 PM
Ah - special status???? I suspect that white people have a lot off special status / privileges that First Nations' people can only dream off.
malek's comment, January 17, 2015 4:16 PM
it cuts both ways
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Why Harper Couldn't Dump Fantino Completely

Why Harper Couldn't Dump Fantino Completely | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
That, it would appear, was the choice before Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the waning days of 2014 as controversy raged over the Conservative government's treatment of Canada's military men and women.
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Keystone News Unsurprising After Harper Wrecked Canada's Relationship With The U.S.

Keystone News Unsurprising After Harper Wrecked Canada's Relationship With The U.S. | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
If revenge is indeed a dish that's best served cold, the President of Cool just served up a four-star pièce de résistance for Stephen Harper.

Tuesday's announcement of Obama's planned veto of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline should not have been surprising, yet when the blow came it carried a shocking intensity.
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Fracking lawsuit against Alberta Environment can go ahead, judge rules

Fracking lawsuit against Alberta Environment can go ahead, judge rules | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
An Alberta woman has the right to sue the provincial environment ministry for allegedly failing to properly investigate water contamination she says Encana’s hydraulic fracturing caused on her property, a Calgary judge has ruled.
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Have You Seen Them?

Have You Seen Them? | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Scores of aboriginal women are still missing in Canada in 2014 — cases that are likely to haunt this nation for years and decades ahead.
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