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If everyone in the Business, Economic and Political world would play by the rules and be ethical - what kind of world would we have?
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On Oil Spills, Alberta Regulator Can’t Be Believed: New Report | The Tyee

"A study commissioned at the request of a First Nation says the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has not reported accurately on the scale or impact of daily crude oil and salt water spills in the petro province.


The regulator has not provided “the public with accurate, credible, complete, unbiased and timely information and fails in its responsibility to protect the environment,” the study concluded.


Kevin Timoney, author of the report and an independent ecologist based in Alberta, called for the province’s auditor general to audit “the failure of the regulator.”


Timoney’s review of the regulator’s spill database found spills that were not recorded in the database at all, or didn’t include information on volume spilled."

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Besties? BC Hydro and Premier’s Office Too Close for Comfort, Experts Suggest

Besties? BC Hydro and Premier’s Office Too Close for Comfort, Experts Suggest | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Fast-tracking Site C dam construction before May’s provincial election is an unusual decision driven more by politics than need, according to a Canadian expert in Crown corporations who suggests the relationship between BC Hydro and the Premier’s office may be “too close for comfort.” 

Luc Bernier, the former head of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, said Premier Christy Clark’s vow to push Site C past the “point of no return,” when B.C. has a surplus of electricity and Clark is still searching for a buyer for Site C’s power, leads him to believe that that “there’s too much politics around BC Hydro.”

“What seems unusual to me is the idea of locking up this project before the provincial election,” said Bernier, who holds the Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management at the University of Ottawa.
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What Hope For Civilisation If Apple Pays No Tax?

What Hope For Civilisation If Apple Pays No Tax? | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Brussels has been accused of “bending the rules” in its pursuit of Apple for €13 billion in taxes it says should have been paid in Ireland. But in truth it is the multinationals and their corporate lawyers and accountants who have twisted the rules on taxation almost out of existence.

The tax system had been “captured” by the tax avoidance industry. Multinationals were paying less and less tax and states were reduced to tax wars against each other in failing efforts to attract them.
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MT Sea Emperor Crew Unpaid, Without Warm Clothing Off UK – gCaptain

MT Sea Emperor Crew Unpaid, Without Warm Clothing Off UK – gCaptain | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Seafarers on board a ship held at Fawley Port in the UK were found to be without warm clothing for days and their wages unpaid for three months, according to the Apostleship of the Sea, a Catholic charity based in Great Britain.

The Marshall Islands-flagged chemical tanker, Sea Emperor, was detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on January 28 due to various deficiencies related to the ship’s equipment. After a seafarer contacted the International Transport Workers Federation, Peter Morgan, an assistant port chaplain for Southern Ports, visited the ship to meet with the crew. Peter says he was taken aback when he boarded the ship and saw the conditions.
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Trump: the murder rate is at a 45-year high. Actual statistics: that’s not remotely true.

Trump: the murder rate is at a 45-year high. Actual statistics: that’s not remotely true. | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Trump has repeated this lie over and over again.

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VA Spent Billions Without Denting Doctor Hiring Problem

VA Spent Billions Without Denting Doctor Hiring Problem | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
An NPR investigation found that despite $2.5 billion in special funding, VA added no more doctors and other clinicians than without the extra money.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, February 7, 1:49 AM
An NPR investigation found that despite $2.5 billion in special funding, VA added no more doctors and other clinicians than without the extra money.  #Veterans #VA
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#Australia Malcolm #Turnbull Has Hired A Top #Mining Lobbyist To Advise On #Climate Change #stupidity

#Australia Malcolm #Turnbull Has Hired A Top #Mining Lobbyist To Advise On #Climate Change #stupidity | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
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Fake honey kills celebrity buzz

Fake honey kills celebrity buzz | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Research commissioned by The Sunday Times has found that honey sold under the New Zealand manuka label at up to £45 ($73) a pot may not be manuka.

Results of the research last week persuaded Fortnum & Mason, the upmarket London grocer, to clear its shelves of its own-brand manuka honey after tests showed that it might not be genuine. Honey sold by Holland & Barrett and Amazon also failed the tests.

Commonly sold in health shops and believed by some to have a wide range of healing properties, the thick, dark-brown honey is supposed to be made from the nectar of bees that ­forage in manuka bushes found mainly in New Zealand.
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Fake manuka?
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IsFake honey a fake news? Google for more fake news including hoax celebrity deaths
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I think my news story is accurate. The "manuka" honey may be fake. And my story said that. It also took a dig at the celebrities who promote it. Next time I will stick with the times. See: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bee-careful-that-honey-may-be-fake-3fc0zwd5x My story was a copy of the times and you need access to the times to read it all. I shall dig a bit deeper. Thanks.
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El Faro - An Open Letter To Investigators – gCaptain

El Faro - An Open Letter To Investigators – gCaptain | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
On the JAX/SJU trade route, time is of the essence. There is little make up time, at sea, built into the schedule.  Additionally, there are other reasons to get the ship off dock, i.e. dockage fees in some cases, and most notably, being able to steam slower and hence burn less fuel. Vessels are kept at the dock for a minimum amount of time, which reduces time for repairs. Older ships like the El Faro, or the ships I served aboard, are always in need of repairs; it is the nature of the beast. This doesn’t necessarily make them unsafe in a perfect world, but on quick turnaround trade route with repairs constantly delayed, safety quite often takes second place, to schedule. Mariners have little to say when repairs get done. We report the need for repairs. Port Engineers, Engineering Departments, Schedules, and Budgets decide when the repairs are scheduled.
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First Bus response to Supreme Court ruling ‘treats disabled people with contempt’

First Bus response to Supreme Court ruling ‘treats disabled people with contempt’ | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A bus company forced to change its policies after a ground-breaking Supreme Court access case has been accused of treating disabled peple and the legal system with contempt, after it revealed the m…

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A Case Study for Betsy DeVos's Educational Utopia

A Case Study for Betsy DeVos's Educational Utopia | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Nevada's failed universal voucher program provided a useful template for what a school landscape could look like under the education secretary-nominee.

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The Goldman Sachs Effect - BillMoyers.com

The Goldman Sachs Effect - BillMoyers.com | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth.” Under Trump, an even smaller group will flourish — in particular, a cadre of former Goldman Sachs executives. To put the matter bluntly, two of them (along with the Federal Reserve) are likely to control our economy and financial system in the years to come. Continue reading

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On Jessica Ernst, and the Vagaries of Justice in Canada | The Tyee

"As a result, any quasi-judicial regulator in the country could trample any citizen armed with damaging information about its performance, and abrogate their freedom of expression. Or worse.

All they need do to get away with such democracy-killing behaviour is pull out an immunity clause that says, in essence, the Supreme Court says we’re above the law, and we can behave badly.

Writing in one of the nation’s top legal blogs, Sossin found that the Supreme Court not only missed the whole point of the case, but probably damaged the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to boot."

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Sexism off the Menu: Seven Ways to Protect Servers from Abuse | The Tyee

"They serve you with a smile. In private, they pour out frustration. A number of women restaurant workers have told about feeling forced to put up with mental and physical misery, wage theft, unpaid overtime and random hours for fear of being fired in an industry where enforcement of workplace standards has slid due to cuts.

Their dependence on tips makes it harder to stand up to sexist, even abusive customers and bosses, said the servers who shared stories with The Tyee for a series ending today.

Worsening that dependence, research has found, is a 2011 law that set B.C.’s minimum wage 25 cents lower for tip-earning servers of alcohol — a gap that has since widened to $1.25."

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How to Fix the National Energy Board, Canada's 'Captured Regulator'

How to Fix the National Energy Board, Canada's 'Captured Regulator' | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The National Energy Board (NEB) is a “captured regulator” that has “lost touch with what it means to protect the public interest.”

That’s what Marc Eliesen — former head of BC Hydro, Ontario Hydro and Manitoba Hydro, and former deputy minister of energy in Ontario and Manitoba — told the NEB Modernization Expert Panel on Wednesday morning in Vancouver.

“The bottom line is that the board’s behaviour during the Trans Mountain review not only exposed the process as a farce, it exposed the board as a captured regulator,” he said to the five-member panel.

“Regulatory capture exists when a regulator ceases to be independent and objective.”
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The Rape of Appalachia

The Rape of Appalachia | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

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THE TRUMP & GOP's dirty gift to citizens!!  THEY ARE BACK TO FINISH THE KILL AND TAKE IT ALL BACK as TRUMP claims the earth and water of AMERICA for his rich, rich, rich takers not makers!!!! How relevant is this old article today!!
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Slaps, Gropes and Comments ‘Non-stop’ | The Tyee

"The waitresses called him Googly Eyes. Because no matter where they were or what they were doing, whenever they looked over he’d be watching them.

Every day around lunchtime, Googly Eyes would show up at the restaurant where Laura worked. He’d sit at the bar, order one iced tea, and stay for hours staring at the servers as they scurried around the restaurant in their short skirts and high heels. Late in the afternoon he’d leave. Then he’d come back at dinnertime and do it again."

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Betsy DeVos Says It's 'Possible' Her Family Has Donated $200M To Republicans

Betsy DeVos Says It's 'Possible' Her Family Has Donated $200M To Republicans | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said it was “possible” her family has donated $200 million to Republicans, after questioning from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) during her confirmation hearing Tuesday night.

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How much do you need to buy influence for your family?
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TV maker unlawfully tracked viewing habits - BBC News

TV maker unlawfully tracked viewing habits - BBC News | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
TV maker Vizio has agreed to pay out $2.2m in order to settle allegations it unlawfully collected viewing data on its customers.
The US Federal Trade Commission said the company’s smart TV technology had captured data on what was being viewed on screen and transmitted it to the firm’s servers.
The data was sold to third parties, the FTC said.
Vizio has said the data sent could not be matched up to individuals.
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(Part 1) The Pathology of the Rich: Chris Hedges Predicts D Trump

On RAI with Paul Jay (2013), Chris Hedges discusses the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, an
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‘I Am Not Your Negro’: Film Charts Nightmares Behind the American Dream | The Tyee

"There are many moments in Raoul Peck’s astounding new film I Am Not Your Negro that come off the screen and imbed themselves in your chest.

The film begins with a letter that novelist, essayist, and social critic James Baldwin wrote to his agent, describing an idea for a book about the murders of Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and Martin Luther King Jr. The book, with the working title Remember this House, remained unfinished when Baldwin died in 1987."

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Donald Trump Is Breaking His Promise To Be Tough On Wall Street

Donald Trump Is Breaking His Promise To Be Tough On Wall Street | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
UPDATE: Feb. 3 ― President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Friday that halt the Obama administration’s conflict of interest rule for retirement savings and order a review of the 2010 financial reform rules meant to make banks more stable and less likely to need bailouts.

Previously:

If there was ever doubt that President Donald Trump’s tough talk on big banks was an empty show, his first 12 days in office have put it to rest.

Trump is governing like a run-of-the-mill, deregulating Wall Street crony, despite his populist campaign rhetoric: His party’s platform pledged to return to the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act, which broke up big financial institutions by separating investment and commercial banking; he vowed to close a tax provision that saves private equity managers billions of dollars; he lambasted his opponent for her ties to Goldman Sachs, and he assailed the bank’s CEO in an election ad.
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Trump Leads the Religious Right to the Promised Land

Trump Leads the Religious Right to the Promised Land | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Evangelicals' alignment with Trump shows their affinity for power over morality.

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80% of missing children are from the Foster System 

80% of missing children are from the Foster System  | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3219503


Manitoba

80% of missing persons in Manitoba are CFS kids, police say

Police get an average of 550 missing persons reports a month; 71% are girls

The Canadian Press

September 08, 2015

Jerell, teen in Manitoba CFS care
A report going to the police board says Winnipeg police get an average of 550 missing persons reports a month. Just over 80 per cent are about kids in government care and 71 per cent are girls. (CBC)
Police in Winnipeg say four out of five missing persons reports they receive every month involve kids in the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services.

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A report prepared for the city's police board says officers deal with an average of about 550 missing persons reports a month. Of those, 83 per cent involve kids in government care and 71 per cent are female.

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Another police report prepared for the same board meeting shows the top 19 addresses associated with missing persons reports are Child and Family Services facilities.

"The vast majority of missing persons reported are short-term chronic runaways," the report says. "Most are vulnerable indigenous youth who are in the care of Child and Family Services."

The police figures also show that "habitual/chronic" missing persons accounted for almost 70 per cent of all 709 missing persons reported between April and June and that 22 people accounted for 20 per cent of the reports during those three months.

Winnipeg police are refusing to comment on the numbers until they are formally presented to the city Friday.

Federal government statistics show Manitoba had the highest number of missing persons reports involving children and youth per capita in Canada last year. There were just over 6,400 missing persons reports involving young people — nearly twice that of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

One of them was 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, who ran away from a hotel where she was in the care of Child and Family Services. Her body was found wrapped in a bag in the Red River.

Manitoba has been grappling with its troubled child-welfare system for years. The province has over 10,000 kids in care and the vast majority of them are aboriginal. The province recently came under fire from Manitoba's First Nations children's advocate for seizing an average of one newborn a day.

Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said the high number of missing persons reports from government facilities says more about the complex needs of the children in care than it does about the care they receive.

Sometimes a handful of "frequent flyers" can make up a large percentage of missing persons reports, she said.

"I guess because I'm a parent and also I'm a social worker, I understand in some ways what the families and what the young people are going through," she said. "I have that expectation with everyone that works within this field that we don't give up on the families. We don't give up on the children and the youth we are working with."

But Irvin-Ross said the numbers are a worry, especially in light of ongoing concerns around the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

"Am I concerned about those numbers? Yes, I am, and everybody within child welfare is too," she said in an interview Tuesday. "We need to develop relationships with these young people so if they're in crisis, they have someone to talk to. They don't have to run away."

Irvin-Ross said the province has very strict standards that mean young people who want to leave can't be physically restrained.

"Only individuals that are able to do that are frontline staff within StreetReach with the supervision of police," she said.

Critics say high numbers should be wake-up call

Ian Wishart, critic for the Opposition Conservatives, said a shortage of foster placements has led the province to house children in hotels for years, making it easy for them to "walk in one door and out another."

Kids, especially girls, are running away because they aren't being properly supported, he said.

"Those are often ones that are at risk of being sexually exploited. We simply cannot allow that to continue to happen as easily. We become a feeding ground for sexual predators."

with files from CBC

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"The Media Coverage on Syria is the Biggest Media Lie of our Time": Interview with Flemish Priest in Syria

"The Media Coverage on Syria is the Biggest Media Lie of our Time": Interview with Flemish Priest in Syria | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a witness to the “civil war” and according to him, Western reports on the conflict in Syria are very misleading. In short: “the Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country.”

"Before the war, this was a harmonious country: a secular state in which different religious communities lived side by side peacefully. There was hardly any poverty, education was free, and health care was good. It was only not possible to freely express your political views. But most people did not care about that.” 


 Interviewer: Mother Agnès-Mariam, of your Mar Yakub (“Saint Jacob”) monastery, is accused of siding with the regime. She has friends at the highest level. 


 Father Daniel: “mother Agnès-Mariam helps the population: she has recently opened a soup kitchen in Aleppo, where 25,000 meals are prepared five times a week. Look, it is miraculous that we are still alive. We owe that to the army of Assad’s government and to Vladimir Putin, because he decided to intervene when the rebels threatened to take power.


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