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Is the Conservative robocall narrative starting to crumble?

Is the Conservative robocall narrative starting to crumble? | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Here is Anita Hawdur, an Elections Canada officer, in an email a day before the 2011 election, the one in which the Conservatives are accused of attempting to rig the vote by directing voters to the wrong polling stations.
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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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Canada official defrauded First Nations

Canada official defrauded First Nations | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
A Canadian government consultant has pleaded guilty to stealing from a breakfast programme aimed at children living in Kashechewan First Nation.

Giuseppe Crupi was appointed by the government to co-manage the programme for Cree children in northern Ontario.

Between 2007-12, police say he took C$1.2m ($930,000, £700,000) from the programme and misappropriated nearly C$700,000 for personal use.
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Here’s a Spill Response System To Get Us to ‘World-Class’ | The Tyee

Here’s a Spill Response System To Get Us to ‘World-Class’ | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"For years, Heiltsuk has warned against the threat of oil spills, but even so, the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill was a devastating wake-up call for us.

On Oct. 13, 2016, as diesel poured out of the hull of the tug that had crashed into critical endangered abalone habitat and onto the shores of our ancient clam gardens, we waited for spill response equipment to arrive."

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Canada Tells NAFTA Leaky Oilsands Tailings Ponds a ‘Challenge’ to Prove, Despite Existing Federal Study

Canada Tells NAFTA Leaky Oilsands Tailings Ponds a ‘Challenge’ to Prove, Despite Existing Federal Study | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
There’s no telling if the 220 square-kilometres of unlined tailings ponds in the Alberta oilsands are leaking contaminated waste into nearby water sources, according to the government of Canada.

That claim was made in an official response to NAFTA’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation despite strong scientific evidence suggesting a clear linkage between the oilsands’ 1.3 trillion litres of fluid tailings and the contamination of local waterways.

The response comes after a June 2017 submission by two environmental organizations and a Dene man alleging the federal government was failing to enforce a section of the Fisheries Act that prohibits the release of a “deleterious substance” into fish-frequented waters.
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No Conflict of Interest on Shawnigan Lake Review as Government OKed It, Rules Professional Body | The Tyee

Green MLA who fought project disturbed by findings.
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National Aboriginal Day Should Be A Stat Holiday: NDP MP

National Aboriginal Day Should Be A Stat Holiday: NDP MP | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
An NDP MP is pushing the federal government to recognize National Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday.

Saskatchewan’s Georgina Jolibois, who also serves as her party’s deputy critic for indigenous affairs, tabled a private member’s bill Thursday inspired by a specific call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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British Columbia: Greens to back minority NDP government - BBC News

British Columbia: Greens to back minority NDP government - BBC News | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
British Columbia Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver says his party will support a "stable minority" government led by the New Democratic Party (NDP).
The deal means the end of of 16 years in power for the Liberal Party in the Canadian province.
The Liberals won a slim victory in elections earlier in May, with 43 seats to the NDP's 41.
This makes them the first minority government in the province since the 1950s.
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pdeppisch's comment, May 30, 6:17 PM
That's politics. Did you vote for the lesser evil in N.S.?
malek's comment, June 1, 3:14 PM
Ooops, voted Libs, the simple-majority winner. I'm a hopeless case, LOL.
pdeppisch's comment, June 2, 9:53 PM
LOL
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Tories Just Chose An 'Extremist' For Leader: Liberals

Tories Just Chose An 'Extremist' For Leader: Liberals | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Even before Conservatives began counting the ballots, the ruling Liberals set out to frame the new Opposition leader as a far-right extremist.

Only trouble was, the relentless barrage of email missives from Liberal headquarters in the days and hours leading up to Saturday's vote were aimed largely at Maxime Bernier, the front-runner and presumed winner of the marathon Conservative leadership race.
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malek's comment, June 1, 3:15 PM
lack of charisma is a serious Canadian issue
pdeppisch's comment, June 2, 9:52 PM
Yup! :)
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Canada drops four spots on the World Press Freedom Index - BBC News

Canada drops four spots on the World Press Freedom Index - BBC News | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Canada's press freedoms are under threat, according to the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders.
Canada dropped four spots to number 22 on the list that ranks 180 countries based on how they treat journalists.
A number of high-profile incidents of police action against journalists in Canada have raised concerns.
Press organisations have called on the government to shore up laws protecting free speech and media sources.
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Mega-Fracking in BC Linked to Earthquakes, Study Finds | The Tyee

"The largest earthquake ever triggered by hydraulic fracturing in British Columbia followed industry’s use of large volumes of water and occurred during a fracking-triggered swarm of 676 earthquakes between 2014 and 2015, a new study has found.

The earthquake, triggered by the fracking activities of Malaysian-owned Progress Energy, registered 4.6 magnitude. It was about four kilometres underground and about 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John in the northern Montney formation. The earthquake could be felt nearly 180 kilometres away from the epicentre."

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CIBC CEO defends outsourcing Canadian jobs to India in staff memo

CIBC CEO defends outsourcing Canadian jobs to India in staff memo | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
CIBC's CEO issued an internal staff memo Friday to address a CBC News story revealing that the bank is eliminating up to 130 Toronto finance jobs and outsourcing the work to India. 

The article, which ran on Thursday, generated more than 2,000 comments on the CBC News site — many of them taking a negative view of CIBC's decision to send the jobs overseas.
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Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage

Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Uber Canada on Thursday urged the Canadian government to retain a tax advantage available to ride-services companies, a day after the country's Liberal administration proposed removing the measure.

The new national budget unveiled on Wednesday said the government planned to amend Canada's Excise Tax Act to redefine ride-sharing firms as taxi companies.

This would force the government to collect the goods and services tax (GST) on every ride provided, just as traditional taxi operators are required to do.
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Jodie Emery Quits Liberals, Says They Lied on Pot Promise | The Tyee

Activist and former federal Liberal nomination hopeful Jodie Emery has cancelled her party membership, saying Justin Trudeau’s party lied to Canadians about its plans to legalize marijuana.


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Emery made her announcement via Twitter Friday morning, accusing the party of backing away from its commitment to legalize pot.
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At Kwantlen, a New Degree Offering in ‘Indigenous Community Justice’ | The Tyee

At Kwantlen, a New Degree Offering in ‘Indigenous Community Justice’ | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"New academic minor puts a critical lens on Canada’s system.

Indigenous Community Justice will focus on defining Indigenous justice, as well as examining Indigenous practices for achieving and delivering justice, community structures, governance models and how they interact — and sometimes clash — with the ideals of Canada’s justice system. "

 
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Despite What Politicians Say, Hundreds of BC Gas Wells Leak Methane | The Tyee

Despite What Politicians Say, Hundreds of BC Gas Wells Leak Methane | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"When B.C.’s Oil and Gas Commission identified significant methane leaks from hundreds of gas wells in 2013, the energy regulator withheld that information from BC Liberal politicians.

The report, which looked only at the Jean Marie formation north of Fort Nelson, concluded that “there may be as many as 235 instances of visible gas migration and 900 total instances of gas migration in the north zone of B.C.”"

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Trudeau, Orwell and ‘Deliverology’ | The Tyee

PM embraces a political fad that promises accountability and delivers — well, nothing.
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Fair Tax System Down the Drain if Loopholes Aren’t Closed | The Tyee

"If the federal government backs down on its plan to close a tax loophole exploited by high-income earners, the rich people have won.

We’ve spent a couple of decades being bombarded with the message that the only acceptable tax changes are cuts.

It’s mostly worked. Political parties know they’ll take a beating for even whispering about changes that close loopholes or increase taxes.

As the Trudeau Liberals are learning."

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CPP Changes Do Little for Low-Income Earners, Study Finds | The Tyee

CPP Changes Do Little for Low-Income Earners, Study Finds | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"The changes made last year to the Canada Pension Plan provide little benefit for low-income earners, says a new study from the Institute for Research on Public Policy released Wednesday.

The study, titled Unfinished Business: Pension Reform in Canada, found that an examination of how the CPP changes interact with the rest of Canada’s retirement system, such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement for low-income pensioners, should be conducted."

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Canada’s Tax System Is Still Subsidizing the Ultra Rich | The Tyee

Canada’s Tax System Is Still Subsidizing the Ultra Rich | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"Canada’s tax system is riddled with loopholes. Year after year, we hear tax experts and politicians talk about it but, aside from some tweaking and a whole lot of rhetoric, they do little to fix it.

In the meantime, the rich get richer."

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pdeppisch's comment, June 12, 11:42 AM
Rather unfortunate as it seems to suggest no more fun, eh! :)
malek's comment, June 12, 12:41 PM
grrrr!
pdeppisch's comment, June 12, 12:59 PM
yes - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Income Inequality ‘Surged Under Harper,' Analysis Says

Income Inequality ‘Surged Under Harper,' Analysis Says | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Poverty and income inequality increased in Canada during the Harper era — but whether or not the policies of the previous Conservative government are to blame remains an open question.

Between 2006 and 2015, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in power, after-tax earnings among Canadians grew from a median of $62,700 to $69,100 — an increase of 10.2 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday.

“But the gains were very unfairly distributed,” wrote economist Andrew Jackson in a blog post asserting that inequality "surged under Harper."
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Companies Still Hiring Foreign Workers when Canadians Available, Says Auditor General | The Tyee

Companies Still Hiring Foreign Workers when Canadians Available, Says Auditor General | The Tyee | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Temporary foreign workers continue to be hired in place of Canadians despite federal assurances that the Canada’s beleaguered foreign worker program is meant to be a last resort, the auditor general said Tuesday.
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Site C Threatens Treaty Rights, Way of Life, Say Some First Nations | The Tyee

"There’s spiritual sites all over this place,” says Chief Roland Willson of the local West Moberly First Nation. “Anywhere around here you put a shovel in the ground and start digging, you’ll find arrowheads, remnants of our ancestors here, going back as far as 13,000 years ago. Well, that was us. And we’re still here, we’re still using the valley.”

Willson is talking about the Peace River Valley, including the 65 square kilometres that will be flooded by the Site C dam.

West Moberly is one of seven First Nations whose traditional territories cover the Peace Region in northeast B.C. They’re part of the only historic treaty in B.C., Treaty 8, which protects their right to hunt, fish and trap for a livelihood and otherwise continue living “as if they had never entered into Treaty.” Or so said the Crown in 1899."

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Bill McKibben comes out swinging against Canada's Justin Trudeau

Bill McKibben comes out swinging against Canada's Justin Trudeau | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Justin Trudeau, the handsome, worldly prime minister of Canada seems to do no wrong, but when it comes to climate change, he's a complicated figure.

The prime minister boldly declared that "Canada is back" at the negotiating table for U.N. climate talks during a speech at the Paris negotiations in 2016, garnering a standing ovation. 

But a well-known climate activist wants the world to see through the double-speak. Never one to shy away from a fight, activist and journalist Bill McKibben took aim at the internet's favorite world leader, and onetime boxer, in an op-ed on Monday in The Guardian.
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Buffy Sainte-Marie On Why Canada Needs To Decolonize

Buffy Sainte-Marie On Why Canada Needs To Decolonize | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
I've interviewed indigenous people who don't consider Canada 150 something worth celebrating. I know that you're participating in anniversary events in Vancouver. What's your take?

Well, my motto is stay calm and decolonize.

For me, the celebration of 150 is the perfect opportunity to continue to decolonize. Decolonizing doesn't hurt anybody. It's exactly what everybody needs to do.

What is decolonization?

People are still under the impression that, and put this in quotes, "our Indians" belong to the colonial administration and that's the way life has been for us. To decolonize you have to get rid of the basic assumption that indigenous people are somehow to be classed with the flora and the fauna.

That was actually the case in Australia, and even though we don't say that in Canada, that is sometimes how we have been treated.

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Energy Megaprojects, and How They Aim to Seduce Us | The Tyee

‘Rigorous’ reviews that aren’t so inclusive. Sparkling clean pipelines. Smooth sailing tankers. Don’t be fooled.
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Can Christy Clark Dance Away From Donation Scandal? | The Tyee

"Last week Premier Christy Clark heard the four letters that every politician dreads, particularly when they are hitting close to home — RCMP.

Only five days after Elections BC announced its investigation into The Globe and Mail’s report that some lobbyists may have had their personal donations to the BC Liberal party reimbursed by third parties, the agency called in the RCMP."

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