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Stand Our Sacred Ground -- Honour the Treaties : Press Statement April 23, 2014 Standing Our Sacred Ground -- First Nations, Tribal Leaders & Land Owners Send Message To Canada, Stop Tar Sands At The Source *Link to HD photo and video below Washington DC -- Northern Plains Tribal leaders and land owners representing the Cowboy and In...
Donald Cameron on the legal right to a clean environment : This week on Habitat, I speak with journalist Silver Donald Cameron about his latest project, GreenRights.com, which looks the case for incorporating rights for the natural world, as well as the right to a healthy environment, into our constituti...
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Fourteen MP Retirements and Their Impact in 2015: Thirty new ridings, plus now fourteen retiring MPs and counting, adds up to a lot of open seats in the next election. And without the incumbency advantage, open seats always come with a higher risk of turnover. That means a lot of competitive races to watch in 2015. In addition to the 12 MPs who […]
Conservative 2015 Majority At Risk As Incumbents Flee to Safer Ground: The Conservatives risk conceding the majority supposed to have been their due when 30 new seats were added to the House of Commons. In many of the 30 new ridings, sitting MPs have taken their incumbency advantage with them and fled to safer ground, leaving the remaining open seats more — and some...
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Where is former Alberta Premier Alison Redford: There aren’t too many jobs where you can still get paid even if you don’t show up for work, but Alison Redford seems to have one. She hasn’t shown up in the legislature once since she resigned as Alberta’s premier. Francis Silvaggio reports. The post Where is former Alberta Premier Alison Redfor...
A bastion of desk-thumping — Question Period in Alberta: There is something refreshing about checking out the Question Period of another Canadian legislature when one gets the chance, to provide a bit of a reality check as to the constant cries of “dysfunction” in whichever assembly we happen to be speaking about.  Not that I’m going to buy into the...
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How Obama shocked Canada as Keystone’s frustrator-in-chief: BLOOMBERG — On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, seated in his Ottawa office across from Parliament Hill, took an urgent call from U.S. President Barack Obama. Harper’s advisers were listening intently around a muted speakerphone in an adjoining room. The State Depa...
Kenney takes action amid temporary foreign workers program scandal: Employment Minister Jason Kenney took action on Thursday against the government’s scandal-ridden temporary foreign worker program, banning restaurants from accessing the program amid a roar of criticism. Hours after the C.D. Howe Institute said the program had spurred joblessness in B.C. and Albe...
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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question: Learn more about our new interactive features for Power & Politics and how you can take part in the political conversation -- live and on-screen -- here. Ballot Box refreshes daily -- the question you see above is the current question. Internet Explorer 8 users please note: browser ...
PM to take the stage at Gala Triomphe in Quebec City : After spending the last few days out of the public eye, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads off to Quebec City, where he may, according to media reports, hold an informal tête-à-tête with newly installed Premier Philippe Couillard before taking the stage at tonight's Gala Triomphe, w...
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Infographic: Liberals, Conservatives Tied For Support: Infographic: Liberals, Conservatives tied for support
Head of Weyburn chamber of commerce says foreign workers essential: WEYBURN, Sask. - Despite a recent recent controversy over the use of temporary foreign workers at a restaurant in Weyburn, Sask., the local chamber of commerce says a lot of businesses couldn't operate without them.The entire federal program has been criticized by national think-tanks, economists...
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Are You Being Monitored? New Tool Helps Find Out (in News): Civil liberties group shows how to unearth dirt government has on you.  Related Stories Step into Canadian Border Services and You May Be on TV (in News) What to Make of the BC NDP's One-Horse Race? (in News) 'No Rationale Given,' Say Rejected Kinder Morgan Intervenors (in News)
Mayor's Pledge to End Street Homelessness Takes a Hit (in News): Vancouver's Robertson calls increased numbers of unhoused a 'frustrating setback.'  Related Stories The Olympic Village Developer Is Bankrupt (in News) Six Months after Defeat, BC NDP Tries to Find Its Feet (in News) Ten Legacies of the Vancouver Olympics (in News)
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Saturday night blues blogging: This is Otis Rush performing at Montreux in 1986 with Gambler's Blues. Freddie King wants to know if you can feel it. This is Goin' Down. And a long, slow closer: this is Buddy Guy and Junior Wells performing Ten Years Ago. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
Saturday night blues blogging: Good evening. This is Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King performing Tired of Crying Over You at a bar in Texas. And this is Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers on vocals. The tune is Changing Neighborhoods. And the big finish: The Mannish Boys are joined by seve...
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Liberal reformers: A few thoughts here on today's announcement by Justin Trudeau that Liberal Senators will no longer be part of the Liberal caucus and are now to sit independently. One of Trudeau's lines that stood out for me was this one: "At our best, Liberals are relentless reformers." Recently, on the death of...
CPP reform rhetoric: Since there is a significant meeting among Canadian finance ministers today, where reform to the Canada Pension Plan is on the agenda, it's worth pointing out some really unhelpful ongoing language the federal Finance Minister is using to describe CPP. This is what he said today to describe CPP: ...
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The Price of Inaction: War changes everything, yet nothing about war ever really changes. Towns are seized and lost and seized again. Families bury their young, and then their old, and then their young again. Women and little girls are raped, beaten, and humiliated. Children wake up screaming, and cannot sleep amid the...
A Different Kind of Legacy: The Iraq War is now 11 years old and still tearing up the country, but no longer with the assistance of U.S. troops. Between 500,000 and 700,000 people died from 2003–2011. The monthly civilian toll now is as high as it’s been since 2008. It’s a riven country, at odds with itself, fending off jih...
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When In India, Please Use The Loo: Apparently there is a poo problem in India. The government is working hard to urge people who have to drop the deuce to do so in the Loo. UNICEF’s new campaign, "Poo2Loo," targets India’s public defecation problem with a number of music videos, put-ons and advertisements sporting a whale of a f...
McDonald's alleged foreign worker practices and Canadians who feel left out.: The ongoing federal investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foreign workers has widened to several other locations, as more local workers speak out about feeling sidelined and shortchanged. In one case, the manager quit his managerial job for six McDonald’s locations in Alberta, becaus...
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Marois: It’s not a priority for me to break up the country…right now.: So Pauline Marois wants to focus on issues other than a referendum on breaking up Canada. “It’s not a priority for Quebecers at the moment and it’s not my priority either. Our priority is to reinforce Quebec, reinforce it in all areas, reinforce the economy and adopt a charter.” -Pauline Marois “...
Mayor Rob Ford The Time Traveller: Rob Ford spoke to the media twice today, twice! The first time he admitted that yes, he had in fact smoked crack in the past but he doesn’t really remember it (which is why he wants to see that video). The second appearance seemed on the surface to be innocuous, it was just a statement with no qu...
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WTF Wednesday: Game of Thrones and why we still don’t recognize consent: Water is still wet, the sky is still blue, and “first-world” countries still have trouble calling rape, well, rape.Spoiler alert for all Game of Thrones fans who have not seen the episode “Breaker of Chains,” and a trigger warning. The word “rape” is used often.On Sunday’s episode of Game of Thro...
Gender Block: The deal with street harassment: So who else had a face palm family conversation over the Easter weekend? Well, if yours was anything like mine, it’s time to talk about street harassment.Street harassment can range from something as obvious as public masturbation to something as seemingly subtle as leering. Last year, the United...
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Report Shows B.C. Most Affected by Changes in Foreign Workers Prog. : A C.D. Howe Institute report released on Thursday has highlighted that several key changes to the temporary foreign worker program allowed employers to hire from abroad easily in recent years and consequently led to an increase in unemployment rates in B.C. and Alberta. The report authored by Si...
Toronto police search for missing woman Glory Nzeribe : {ads1}The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing woman. Glory Nzeribe, 19, was last seen on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 8 a.m., in the Kipling Avenue/Finch Avenue West area. She is described as black, 5'3", 130 lbs., with black shoulder-length braided h...
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Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure: Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this lo...
Great Hacks from the Open Data in Vancouver: Last weekend I helped host an Open Data Day in Vancouver. With the generous support of Domain7, who gave us a place to host talks and hack, over 30 Vancouverites braved the sleet and snow to spend the day sharing ideas and working on projects. We had opening comments from Andy Yan – whose may […]...
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Is the U.S. FCC really about to destroy the Open Internet?: It looks like there's some bad news coming out of the United States. Headlines across the country are suggesting that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has announced new rules that could destroy the Open Internet.The rule...
iPolitics: Vancouver group OpenMedia calls on Harper, Obama to release TPP text: We've been fighting hard to Stop the Secrecy at the TPP negotiations, and our efforts are having a strong effect. Over 2.8 million people have signed on to help us project a hard-hitting message on prominent Washington, D.C. buildings. Ha...
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Unions alarmed by police violence: ITUC condemns killings at Lonmin Marikana platinum mine.
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Adrian Dix, the hideously unsuccessful leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party, has finally agreed to resign. To say the decision is overdue would test the limits of polite euphemism. If Dix paid his heating bills with similar speed, the poor guy would have perished of frostbite long...
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Pulpy Fiction: Just signed a 4-book publishing deal. First up, a Cthulhu-esque pulpy sci-fi trilogy. After that, my bloody stab at the zombie genre will infect the literary universe. Fun times ahead. I’ll pass along more details soon as I can. In the meantime, here’s a big thank you to my family, friends and wr...
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The Cornerstone of Gentrification in the Downtown East Side: From the Woodward squat ten years ago, to a displaced neighbourhood VANCOUVER—Towering 43 storeys at the corner of Abbott and Hastings St, in the poorest neighbourhood in Vancouver—the Downtown East S...

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