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BC NDP Troubled by 'Quiet' Fines for Mortgage Insurance Firms (in News): 'No policy holders were notified,' says NDP critic of settlement reached last year.  Related Stories'No Records' of Requested Health Ministry Review (in News)
We Can Afford a Missing Women's Inquiry (in Opinion): It's not just another study. It's what indigenous people deserve.
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Jim Prentice's 'pathetic lies': It's all spin all the time with Alberta's 'new management' : Unlike Jimmy Carter, Jim Prentice doesn't claim to be a nuclear physicist or a peanut farmer, or even to answer all his correspondence personally, and that's entirely to his credit. Just the same, Alberta's premier is being pretty economical with the truth these days, and, I don't know abo...
From opposition to retreat: Tom Mulcair and Bill C-51: At the end of last week it looked like Tom Mulcair and the NDP caucus were going to rise to the occasion on one of the great threats to Canadian civil liberties and Canada's activist community in many years, Bill C-51.  read more
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21 MPs Still Unconfirmed for 2015 Ballot, and Other Nominations Trivia: With an election looming on the horizon, 21 Members of Parliament have still not been confirmed as candidates for the upcoming federal election, while 44 others are bowing out, and 2 Commons seats sit vacant. The "As yet Unrenominated Incumbents" list includes MPs from the Conservatives, Liberals...
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PMSH says gov’t to “widely” consult on assisted dying: In Question Period, Prime Minister Steven Harper indicated that the government will consult “widely” on the issue of assisted dying. Video from The Toronto Star. The post PMSH says gov’t to “widely” consult on assisted dying appeared first on Loonie Politics.
Ontario PC leadership candidates address sex-ed protesters: Some candidates in the Ontario PC leadership race spoke to a Toronto crowd protesting an update to sex education in the province Tuesday. Tory MP Patrick Brown said the government did not consult parents about the changes. Video from The Toronto Star. The post Ontario PC leadership candidates ad...
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Five stories in the news today, Feb. 27: Five stories in the news today, Feb. 27, from The Canadian Press:POLITICIANS TO MEET ON MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMENSeveral premiers and aboriginal leaders meet with two federal cabinet ministers today about what action can be taken on missing and murdered aboriginal women. There have be...
Toronto-area woman who gave silicone butt injections to be sentenced today: TORONTO - A Toronto-area woman who used silicone for illegal buttock enhancement injections on nine women — in some cases using syringes attached to a caulking gun — will be sentenced today.Marilyn Ely Reid pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of aggravated assault endangering life. One coun...
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Well, Internet, we did it. We stopped the Internet slow lane.: Well, Internet, we did it. Today, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced the strongest Net Neutrality rules possible. Experts everywhere agree that the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates ...
It's an Internet party, and everyone's invited: We did it! Today, the FCC announced that it would not allow Big Telecom to create Internet slow lanes, and would preserve real net neutrality. Go to StopTheSlowdown.net to celebrate!  read more
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THE TYRANNY OF THE TALKING POINT: Spin doctors control what information government does and doesn’t release. (Graphic by Shutterstock.com) Dear government spin doctor I am working on a story about how the job you’re doing is helping to kill Canada’s democracy. I know that your role, as a so-called communications professional, i...
BILL COVERAGE GIVES FALSE HOPE FOR DEMOCRACY: Liberal MP Ted Hsu’s private member’s bill to reinstate the mandatory long-form census had no real chance of passing. Too bad not every news outlet let their audience know that. (Photograph by Ted Hsu) Small, tiny and slim: these are all words that describe the chances of an opposition private ...
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Being stupid in the endless war on terrorism: Siddiqui: The best antidote to terrorism is democracy. So we crush it in Muslim lands, by cozying up to autocrats there.
The truth about terrorism we refuse to see: Siddiqui: In two great speeches last week, Barack Obama repeatedly called for honest dialogue on Islam and terror but he wasn’t fully honest himself.
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Russia, Repression and The Rule of Law: Any battle between the Russian state and its political opponents has always been an unequal contest, since the state brings an overwhelming superiority to such confrontations. This disparity is as true today as it was during the Soviet Union’s fight against dissidents and imperial Russia’s strugg...
No place like home? Unearthing two new habitable planets: The recent discovery of two new planets, dubbed Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, proves that small habitable-zone planets exist – something we did not know only five years ago. The question of whether alien worlds like our own exist around other stars has captured the public imagination since antiqui...
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Price of oil down - Price of gas up - So what's new?: Greed itself is not bad. In fact is needed in appropriate amounts. Otherwise we would still be living in caves and chewing old bones around the dying flame of the fire. Making the jump from ancient times to our days, we knew that cheap gas was an aberration and just too good to last: Gas pri...
The Earth's climate is warming. Believe, Believe, Believe! Or something like that: As you are freezing while digging yourself out of a mountain size snowbank in subzero temperatures somewhere in the Northeast of the American continent, think positive and keep the spark of life going in your frozen body. Focus on the dogma of the current climate change, without doubting what th...
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Gender Block: Patricia Arquette, gender equity and intersectionality: Unless you don’t use social media (which you totally do and probably have at least once since clicking this link) you have heard about Patricia Arquette’s that-went-downhill-fast Oscars moment. During her acceptance speech, after winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood, she spoke ...
Music makers: With this his final column in the print edition of This, MASON WRIGHT begins a regular series profiling independent Canadian record labels for this.org. Here is his first, from our Jan/Feb 2015 issue.CANADA IS HOME TO DOZENS of small and independent record labels that nurture the development of e...
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President Salva Kiir pardons all armed rebel forces : Juba 26th Feb. 2015. The Vice President of the republic of South Sudan read a decree issued by President Salva Kiir of the republic of South Sudan for pardoning all armed forces fighting the government and gave them up to the end of next month to response. Community Empowerment for Progress ...
Calgary woman Georgia Carla Rankine charged with bank fraud : The Calgary Police Service has charged an employee of a financial institution in relation to identity theft and fraud. Between June 2012, and November 2013, woman working as a customer experience associate at a financial institution in southwest Calgary allegedly unlawfully requested cu...
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Quebec Education Minister resigns in disgrace: Quebec Minister of Education Yves Bolduc resigned today, after a short tenure marked by one frighteningly obtuse statement after another.
Much ado about niqab : “This is not the way we do things here,” Stephen Harper recently told reporters, when asked to explain why the government was appealing the Federal Court of Canada ruling to allow Muslim women to wear a niqab during a citizenship swearing-in ceremony...
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Une curieuse alliance: Sondage après sondage, la tendance se confirme. Un an après la fin officielle du débat sur la « Charte des valeurs », les cendres identitaires sont toujours brûlantes au Québec. Les attentats de l'automne (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Ottawa) et de l'hiv...
Rétablir le programme Aliments-poste et l’élargir: La hausse du prix des aliments dans le Nord canadien est un problème qui mobilise de plus en plus l’opinion publique. Des photos d’aliments de base affichant des prix exorbitants circulent dans les médias sociaux. Et qui n’a pas été choqué par la fro...
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Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe: WASHINGTON – Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes appli...
The political pussyfooting inspired by this week’s warnings on TFSAs: Whether a tax policy is regressive depends on the story of the day for Canada’s centre-left opposition parties. On Tuesday, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) added his voice to those of progressive economists worried about the possible resurrection of a supped-up tax-free savings account (TF...
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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question: Thursday we asked: How serious a problem is racism in Canada?- Very: 370 votes (26%)- Somewhat: 346 votes (24%)- Not very: 691 votes (49%)- Unsure: 7 votes (0%)  Thursday we asked: How serious a problem is racism in Canada?- Very: 370 votes (26%)- Somewhat: 346 votes (24%)- Not...
Power & Politics' Ballot Box question: Wednesday we asked: Will an interest rate cut change your spending habits?- Yes: 41 votes (5%)- No: 716 votes (93%)- Not sure: 10 votes (1%)  Wednesday we asked: Will an interest rate cut change your spending habits?- Yes: 41 votes (5%)- No: 716 votes (93%)- Not sure: 10 votes (...
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Don’t say the “N” word:
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Toronto’s Future Isn’t Written Yet: If you make to the end of the Back to the Future movie trilogy, past the flying cars and cowboys the last scene has a sage bit of wisdom to help you get through life…and voting: Jennifer: I brought this note back from the future (about Marty losing his job) and…now it’s erased! Doc: Of course it...
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Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study: Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and g...

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