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Tim Harper: Government spies on advocate for native children | Toronto Star

Tim Harper: Government spies on advocate for native children | Toronto Star | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Cindy Blackstock has worked tirelessly for aboriginal children. The government has watched her with the same tireless zeal.
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Harper Was Briefed On 'Death By A Thousand Cuts'

Harper Was Briefed On 'Death By A Thousand Cuts' | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper was briefed earlier this year on how across-the-board budget cuts hurt public service morale, productivity and citizen satisfaction.The memorandum — headlined "Death by a Thousand Cuts: How government...
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Is it time for Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino to be replaced?

Is it time for Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino to be replaced? | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
By David Pugliese Defence Watch  No one seems to be happy with Julian Fantino’s recent announcement that the Conservative government will spend $200 million on mental health initiatives for soldier...
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Vets With PTSD Face Dizzying Paperwork, Long Waits: AG

Vets With PTSD Face Dizzying Paperwork, Long Waits: AG | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The federal auditor general says some of Canada's battle-scarred veterans are waiting up to eight months before finding out whether they are eligible for mental health disability benefits.And for a handful of those ex-soldiers, the cumbersom...
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Conservatives refuse to support NDP motion to eliminate child poverty « Canada's NDP

Conservatives refuse to support NDP motion to eliminate child poverty « Canada's NDP | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
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Status Of Women OK'd Few Projects For Aboriginal Women

OTTAWA - The federal agency that's supposed to promote the equality and advancement of women has only approved a handful of projects in recent years that had anything to do with aboriginals.

Now opposition parties are asking why Status of Women Canada didn't give the green light to more projects focused on aboriginal women and girls, who disproportionately fall victim to violence and poverty in this country.

The federal agency recently provided statistics in response to a question from New Democrat MP Niki Ashton showing 31 of 210 projects approved since the fall of 2011 — 14.8 per cent — were focused on aboriginal women and girls.
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MP Rajotte more lobbied than any Cabinet minister last month

MP Rajotte more lobbied than any Cabinet minister last month | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The pre-budget bonanza and a slew of lobby days made October the busiest month so far for federal lobbying, communications reports filed in the online Lobbyists’ Registry show. But wi
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Ottawa pledges $200-million to aid veterans with mental health issues

Ottawa pledges $200-million to aid veterans with mental health issues | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Announcement comes just before Auditor-General reports Tuesday on emotional well-being in the Canadian Forces
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Jelly-covered plankton multiplying in Canadian lakes

Jelly-covered plankton multiplying in Canadian lakes | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Jelly-covered plankton that look like tapioca are multiplying in many Canadian lakes, clogging up water pipes and potentially disrupting the food chain.

The population of freshwater plankton called Holopedium has doubled in Ontario lakes between the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s, reports a study published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The plankton are thriving in lakes that are low in calcium — and the calcium levels of many lakes have fallen in recent decades because of acid rain and logging.
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Not All Is Well In B.C.'s Woods

Not All Is Well In B.C.'s Woods | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
It might surprise you to learn that there is a place just a few hours from Victoria, B.C. that is home to Canada's version of the American redwoods. And it may come as more of surprise to learn that its days could now be numbered unless something is ...
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Bill S-6 is a fundamental violation of the modern day Yukon treaty relationship

Bill S-6 is a fundamental violation of the modern day Yukon treaty relationship | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Kirk Cameron argues that the proposed changes to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act are an affront not just to the aboriginal people of Yukon who spent 20 years in treaty negotiations, but to all Yukoners.
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Critics Blast Harper Government For Unspent Veterans Affairs Funds

Critics Blast Harper Government For Unspent Veterans Affairs Funds | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Canada has returned $1.13 billion to the federal treasury in unspent funds since the Conservatives came to power in 2006 — cash that critics say should have gone towards improved benefits and services.The figure, which...
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Mercer: Tories Don't Even Understand The Science They Silence

Mercer: Tories Don't Even Understand The Science They Silence | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
"In Canada, the only time you hear about scientists now is when they’re being told to shut up or they're being shut down by a government who can't even begin to understand what the scientists are talking about."

Rick Mercer devoted...
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VIDEO: Sun TV smears Preston Manning for believing in climate change

VIDEO: Sun TV smears Preston Manning for believing in climate change | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
This won't end well.Sun TV fired first in what could be the beginning of a nasty civil war within Canada's conservative movement.Preston Manning, founding father of the modern conservative movement and head of the right-wing Manning Centre, made a pair of surprising appearances recently in the Globe and Mail challenging Canadian conservatives to ch
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I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Before I Became a Politician

I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Before I Became a Politician | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A letter to a young liberal.

 

"I was touched that you asked for my advice about going into politics. Anyone whose career in politics was nasty, brutish, and short—as mine was—is grateful that anyone thinks their opinion is worth hearing. All I’d claim is that my thoughts come with what Scott Fitzgerald called “the authority of failure.”"

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Mandatory domestic violence charges too infrequent, women say

Mandatory domestic violence charges too infrequent, women say | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Some women say Ottawa police aren't doing enough to enforce an Ontario-wide policy of mandatory charging in cases of domestic violence, and that it's putting women at risk.
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Canada’s unheard aboriginal narrative

Canada’s unheard aboriginal narrative | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
John Ralston Saul’s new book adds his heft to a native renaissance in the making

"Canada’s rank racism toward aboriginal peoples was institutionalized within the fundamentals of European philosophy and culture, says maverick thinker John Ralston Saul. Europeans insisted their principles were universal. “Of course they were universal. After all, they said they were.”

With their technological and cultural sophistication came a conviction of racial superiority. They were so superior, the writer adds, that they proceeded to massacre one another, as the aboriginals quizzically looked on, in one world war and then a second. A hundred million died in less than half a century."

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Harper earmarks $5.8B for infrastructure, including First Nations schools

Harper earmarks $5.8B for infrastructure, including First Nations schools | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government will spend $5.8 billion on federal infrastructure improvements, including $500 million for on-reserve schools and money for parks, heritage sites, border facilities and marine conservation areas.
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Maher: Harper’s on thin ice snubbing the premier of Ontario

Maher: Harper’s on thin ice snubbing the premier of Ontario | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
In December 2013, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne had a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill to discuss plans to build infrastructure to allow miners to exploit the Ring of Fire mineral fields north of Thunder Bay. Both […]
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$1.1 Billion In Lapsed Funding For Veterans 'Not Lost Money': Fantino

$1.1 Billion In Lapsed Funding For Veterans 'Not Lost Money': Fantino | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
HALIFAX - Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino said Sunday the department's $1.1 billion dollars in unused funding over seven years is "not lost money."

The department was unable to spend more than $1.1 billion of its budget over seven years, and like other departments that are unable to spend their appropriation within the budget year, Veterans Affairs was required to return its unspent funds to the treasury.

But Fantino told a news conference in Halifax that the funding is recycled back into programs for veterans.
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Canada’s Petro-Politics Playing Out on B.C.’s Burnaby Mountain

Canada’s Petro-Politics Playing Out on B.C.’s Burnaby Mountain | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The way tensions between pipeline opponents and Kinder Morgan contractors have escalated during the last week should come as a surprise to no one.
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Feds Finally Realize Mining Companies Are Tarnishing Canada's Brand

OTTAWA - It's taken almost a decade of loud, often unwelcome advocacy, but the federal government appears to finally recognize that Canada's international brand needs a little spit and polish.In back-to-back addresses this week to a Mining Associatio...
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Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government: Tim Harper | Toronto Star

Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government: Tim Harper  | Toronto Star | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
At the age of 77, Stephen Lewis describes himself as being “happily in his dotage,” a man free to bare his soul and dispense with diplomatic niceties.
He did just that in Charlottetown last Friday. The one-time lion of the left unleashed a withering roar over eight years of Stephen Harper government that deserves to be moved from the relatively tiny confines of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and into a larger forum.
Lewis focused on five fronts of perhaps irreversible decline in this country, five only, because time did not allow him to get into all the factors that “scar my soul.”
The former Ontario NDP leader, United Nations ambassador and lifelong human rights advocate took aim at the “pre-paleolithic Neanderthals” in office and their role in the decline of Parliament, the suppression of dissent, the plight of First Nations, their blinkered climate-change policy and our plummeting world status.
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Feds Skipped Job Credit Study, Relied On Interest Group

Feds Skipped Job Credit Study, Relied On Interest Group | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Harper government passed up conducting its own internal analysis on the job-creation potential of its $550-million small-business job credit, relying instead on numbers produced by an interest group, the finance minister revealed Wednesd...
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NDP To File Complaint Over 'Misleading' Tory Ads

NDP To File Complaint Over 'Misleading' Tory Ads | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — The NDP is lodging a formal complaint with Advertising Standards Canada about the Conservative government’s new ads promoting a family tax cut that has yet to be passed by Parliament.

“We are in the process of filing a c...
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