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Tories Hit Elections Watchdog With Big Accusation

Tories Hit Elections Watchdog With Big Accusation | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Harper government has opened up a new front in its war with the chief elections watchdog, accusing him of engaging in political activism against its controversial overhaul of the country's election laws.Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski said Thursday it was inappropriate for chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand to criticize the government's proposed electoral reform bill during a private meeting with his own staff.
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Kahnawake Mohawks unhappy with First Nations Education Act

Kahnawake Mohawks unhappy with First Nations Education Act | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Many Mohawks in Kahnawake, Que., say the Harper government’s proposed First Nations Education Act basically amounts to the government deciding what’s best for Canada’s aboriginal people.
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It May Cost A LOT More Than He Thinks To Fix Rural Internet

It May Cost A LOT More Than He Thinks To Fix Rural Internet | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The $305 million federal budget pledge for expanded high-speed internet in rural and remote communities is only a fraction of the billions a new report says it could take to upgrade connections in Canada’s three territories alone. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty promised during Tuesday’s speech that the government would commit $305 million in funds over five years to provide or improve high-speed broadband to about 280,000 households and businesses in areas of Canada that are underserved.
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Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline raises issue of Native-land grab

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline raises issue of Native-land grab | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
An email sent by the president of Kinder Morgan Canada to the B.C. premier’s office reveals in frank language the challenge for oil companies posed by First Nations opposing pipeline projects.

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“The existing Trans Mountain pipeline crosses fifteen Indian Reserves in BC and traverses the traditional territory of many more,” reads a letter by Ian Anderson dated August 10, 2012. “Increasingly, our operations are affected by the many and complicated issues surrounding Aboriginal rights and title.”

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Company Broke Its Promise, Oilsands Workers Say

Company Broke Its Promise, Oilsands Workers Say | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Alberta Federation of Labour is calling out a job contractor for backing out on its promise to rehire workers from an oilsands site. In a press release, the union claims contractor Pacer-Promec Joint Ventures made a vague promise last week to rehire 65 employees from the Imperial Oil Kearn Lake oilsands site who were laid off and replaced with temporary foreign workers from Croatia.
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Cookie-cutter solutions for First Nations education won't work

Cookie-cutter solutions for First Nations education won't work | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Twila Singer, from Blood Tribe Reserve, was one of a few people who were escorted out of an event last week where the prime minister made an announcement about First Nations education. “We didn't develop it, or have a referendum on it, we were left out of the loop,” she says.
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“Hands off Elections Canada!,” Fair Vote Canada says

“Hands off Elections Canada!,” Fair Vote Canada says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Fair Vote Canada urges the federal government not to push through significant changes to Elections Canada without building consensus with other political parties.
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Political support growing to refine Alberta's oil, not export it

Political support growing to refine Alberta's oil, not export it | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
NDP, Greens and a national union all backing increased refineries for Alberta's bitumen
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Rusty Onowakohton Nolan ~ How to Solve The Indian Problem "Kill the Indian in the kid".

Rusty Onowakohton Nolan ~ How to Solve The Indian Problem "Kill the Indian in the kid". | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Residential schools across Canada have been hell for thousands of First Nations Children and their parents. Used to assimilate the children and erase their languages and cultures.
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Thunder Bay film sparks Aboriginal race relations dialogue

Thunder Bay film sparks Aboriginal race relations dialogue | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A film premiere aiming to improve race relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Thunder Bay drew a full house Thursday night.
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Kitigan Zibi concerned about new aboriginal education plan

Kitigan Zibi concerned about new aboriginal education plan | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Educators at a reserve near Maniwaki are concerned the prime minister's new plan to recognize First Nations control over schooling may have the opposite effect.
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Harvey Yesno says new federal education act falls short

Harvey Yesno says new federal education act falls short | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Nishnawbe-Aski Nation says it’s disappointed with the federal government's revised First Nations Education Act.
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Opposition to shipping tar sands oil across the Great Lakes continues to grow | rabble.ca

Opposition to shipping tar sands oil across the Great Lakes continues to grow | rabble.ca | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

The opposition to the expansion of the Alberta Clipper transporting tar sands oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin continues to grow. Last week over a dozen U.S. environmental organizations sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for the Alberta Clipper and Keystone XL to be reviewed together.

This week National Chairperson Maude Barlow and I sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raising our concerns about Enbridge's Alberta Clipper (Line 67) project and asking that Kerry reject the presidential permit allowing for the Alberta Clipper expansion project.

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Blue dots becoming symbol for First Nations Education Act resistance

Blue dots becoming symbol for First Nations Education Act resistance | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Photographs of Indigenous people with a blue dot on their chest are being posted on social media following what happened at a joint announcement on the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act.
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Tory Ministers Don't See Eye-To-Eye -- Again

Tory Ministers Don't See Eye-To-Eye -- Again | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
It appears two key members of Stephen Harper's inner circle don't see eye-to-eye — yet again. This time, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Employment Minister Jason Kenney are clashing over a key promise Conservatives made in the last federal election en route to their majority mandate.
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3 Tory Senators Raise New Eyebrows Over Pricey Travel Expenses

3 Tory Senators Raise New Eyebrows Over Pricey Travel Expenses | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The top-spending Conservative senators routinely purchased high-priced business class airfares and repeatedly used public money to bring spouses with them on trips to Ottawa, even as the Senate expense scandal was in full swing last fall. In one case, Senator Scott Tannas of Alberta billed $12,000 to taxpayers to fly himself and his wife in executive class to Ottawa for a two-day trip. Another senator, from Toronto, was one of the party's highest billers for travel despite being just an hour by air from the national capital.   The pricey travel, found by a CBC News review, came at the same time as senators were debating whether or not to suspend three of their peers — Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau — for questionable spending practices. "To me, it's really shocking that they exercise such poor judgment, even if it's legal," said Ian Greene, a professor of public policy and administration at York University in Toronto.
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First Nation education funding 'still does not provide equity'

First Nation education funding 'still does not provide equity' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
New federal funding for First Nation education isn't enough to pay on-reserve teachers at the same rate as provincial teachers, a Cape Breton Mi'kmaq leader says.
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Canadian Producers Call For Netflix Crackdown

Canadian Producers Call For Netflix Crackdown | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Video streaming services like Netflix should be required to contribute money to Canadian content producers, and Canadians should be blocked from using services that allow them to view content from the U.S., a trade group recently told a Senate committee. In comments before the Senate’s standing committee on transportation and communication late last month, the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) argued that “foreign-based content companies like Netflix, which now takes millions of dollars out of Canada every month, [should] also put some of those dollars back into our country.”
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'A Real Predator'

'A Real Predator' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
QUEBEC - An angry Pauline Marois accused Ottawa on Wednesday of acting like a "real predator" with its budget."I am outraged," the Quebec premier said. "They are impossibly stubborn and they are making Quebecers pay."Marois was particularly incensed with Ottawa's insistence it will enforce the Canada Job Grant in just six weeks — with or without the co-operation of all provinces and territories.The premier accused the Harper government of imposing a decision and not wanting to negotiate.
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Stan Beardy wants action on closed bridge to First Nation

Stan Beardy wants action on closed bridge to First Nation | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The closure of Thunder Bay's James Street Swing Bridge has caught the attention of the Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.
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Flaherty cites terrorism when asked why CRA is auditing environmental charities

Flaherty cites terrorism when asked why CRA is auditing environmental charities | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A flicker of hesitation crossed Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's face as he paused to formulate a response to a question that many have been asking since last year: why is the federal government focusing its financial audits on charities that oppose oil pipeline projects?  
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Tory MP: Trudeau Can Pry Guns From My 'Cold, Dead Hands'

Tory MP: Trudeau Can Pry Guns From My 'Cold, Dead Hands' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Conservative MP Blaine Calkins believes the Trudeau Liberals want to take away his firearms. And to that, the Alberta native says they must pry them from his "cold, dead hands."
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Oral history book ensures aboriginal elders' stories live on

Oral history book ensures aboriginal elders' stories live on | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
More than 200 First Nations elders from around Manitoba want to make sure their stories live on. Ten years in the making, Manitoba now has the first volume of its oral history.
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Company Has Yet To Stop Leaks That Have Been Spilling Tar Sands In Alberta For 9 Months

Company Has Yet To Stop Leaks That Have Been Spilling Tar Sands In Alberta For 9 Months | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A new report says the government needs to place high priority on determining the cause of the spill,
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Enbridge's knee-jerk reaction to poll doesn't change BC's opposition to Northern Gateway

Enbridge's knee-jerk reaction to poll doesn't change BC's opposition to Northern Gateway | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

Yesterday afternoon, Enbridge released a video with the apparent purpose of discrediting my firm’s poll about the Northern Gateway pipelines and tanker proposal.

The video takes the position that activist groups released a misleading poll, which claims a majority of B.C. residents is against the Northern Gateway Pipeline. According to Enbridge, these activists misrepresented the facts.

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