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The path to diversity in Halifax city council is straightforward : It goes with saying the Tilt-a-Whirl that is Halifax city council has too long tilted toward men, who traditionally also happen to be white, middle-aged and middle class, usually involved in business of some sort and been recycled through at least a couple of election wash-dry cycles. Ther...
Unrestrained resource extraction isn't ancient history -- it's a crime still in progress: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 It has been one year and one week since a coalition of dozens of organizations and artists launched The Leap Manifesto, a short vision statement about how to t...
Fossil capitalism has created a new geological era called the Anthropocene : Geologists say that humanity's impact on the Earth has been so profound that it's ushered in a whole new, deeply unstable, geological era, which they are calling the Anthropocene. Scientists declare new geological epoch, the Anthropocene
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Trudeau Liberals Approve Petronas LNG Project on BC’s Coast (in News): Environmentalists immediately condemn decision: ‘Honestly, we expected better.’  Related Stories Christy Clark Fields Tough Questions on LNG Promises (in News) LNG Project Would Affect 'Grand Central Station' for Salmon, Researchers Say (in News) ‘If They Do It Properly,’ Coastal Youth Could Supp...
How to ‘Stop’ Tent Cities? Help Residents Before Crisis, Mayors Say (in News): At UBCM convention, discussion full of solutions follows housing minister’s question.  Related Stories Lens on Poverty in BC: Pay Hydro or Go Hungry (in News) 'BC NDP, Strap on Your Tubas!' (in News) Plenty of House Price Policy Fixes Available to Clark’s Government (in News)
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Senate bill would ban junk food ads to kids: A new Senate bill would ban marketing food and soft drinks to kids under the age of 13, with the goal of reducing junk food consumption and obesity in Canada. Conservative Senator Nancy Greene Raine, who introduced the bill, S-228, said food purchasing decisions should be left to parents alone. “...
Morning Brief: Wednesday, September 28, 2016: Today’s Morning Brief is brought to you by Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP’s Employment Law Group. Finding employment solutions that work for you. ____________________ Ottawa gives Pacific NorthWest LNG conditional approval – MPs unanimously support regional representation for Supreme Court – Liberal...
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Battle for $15 per hour minimum wage escalates in Quebec: The fight for 15 is alive in Quebec, where workers at the Old Port of Montreal have been on strike for four months.
Opening Bethlehem to the world: Editors' note: The western Canadian premiere of Open Bethlehem is Monday night, Sept. 26 at Vancouver's Rio Theatre. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, moderated by author Hadani Ditmars.
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Saskatchewan MP Scheer Enters Conservative Leadership Race : 37-year-old bilingual Saskatchewan MP from Ottawa, Andrew Scheer, is all set to announce his bid for the Conservative leadership on Wednesday. Reports claim that Scheer will be accompanied by his wife, Jill, and some of their five children when he makes his leadership ambitions formal. Scheer’s ...
BMA Chief ‘Considering Options’ as Junior Doctors Cancel Five-Day Strikes : The head of the junior doctors' committee, Dr Ellen McCourt, has assured the press that the group’s decision to call five-day doctor strikes, which were then abandoned, was not a mistake because the junior doctors still have  "a range of options" open to them to oppose the new contract. Discussi...
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CELEBRATING RIGHT TO KNOW WEEK: A panel discussion during Right to Know Week will take place at Carleton University later this month. (Photograph by nismonick) I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking at my alma mater for an event celebrating Right to Know Week. On Sept. 26, Carleton University and the Office of the Informati...
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BY THE NUMBERS: What secrets do Canadians learn thanks to freedom of information laws? I’ll be scanning news coverage across the country to find out. (Photograph by Shutterstock.com) Canada’s freedom of information laws may be broken. But they can still be used to make public records that the powerful want to ...
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Partout au Canada: coule pas chez nous!: La lutte contre l’oléoduc Énergie Est a rapidement remporté la médaille de la campagne climatique la plus efficace de l’histoire du Canada. Les mobilisations au Manitoba, en Ontario, dans les Maritimes et, surtout, au Québec, ont surpris le reste du...
La vie citoyenne de Jean Charest: Quittant la vie politique pour redevenir simple citoyen, suite à la défaite de son parti en septembre 2012, Jean Charest – âgé d’à peine 54 ans – n’a pas tardé à se trouver un nouvel emploi au cabinet McCarthy Tétrault, à Montréal.
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Regional caucuses in the Senate are the wrong approach: A Public Policy Forum report on how to navigate a newly independent Senate by former senators Hugh Segal and Michael Kirby was released to a bit of fanfare late last week, with its key feature being the idea that the Senate be reorganized from party lines, to the regional lines by which its se...
Tories engaging in wedge politics over Bill C246, The Modernising Animal Protections Act: There are few things in politics that bother me more than foolish wedge politics standing in the way of meaningful progress. This week, the House of Commons votes at second reading on Bill C246, The Modernising Animal Protections Act, proposed by east-end Toronto MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.  I...
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Shaky Allegations Shouldn't Derail World Vision Operations In Gaza: The media rollout on August 4th was flawless, and the news story was indeed sensational. Israel claimed that millions of dollars of World Vision aid money in Gaza had been diverted to Hamas. The supposed culprit was Mohammad El Halabi, Manager of World Vision's Gaza operations. All the major news...
Liberals To Regulate Vaping With New Legislation, Health Canada Says: OTTAWA — The Liberal government says it plans to introduce legislation later this fall to regulate vaping. Health Canada offered few other details Tuesday beyond saying it would both protect young people from nicotine and allow adult smokers to use vaping as a quit-smoking aid or as a potentially...
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Anti-Trumpsters are busy but not effective: As a Canadian, I can only watch the unfolding and the outcome of the Trump saga. Still, one is compelled to ask, how many people are out there who think that if the powers most people call the Establishment are successful in taking out Mr. Trump, things will not return to "normal"? The anger w...
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Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, December 1, 2015: Your news links for today: Dark Clouds Over the Internet - New York Times Surprise! The NSA Is Still Spying On You - Gizmodo UK ISP boss points out massive technical flaws in Investigatory Powers Bill - Ars Technica BlackBerry is leav...
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Minority Math is Hard on the Liberals: The Liberals have run a strong and energetic campaign thus far under leader Justin Trudeau, so it seems unfair how hard it will be for them to find enough seats to claim the head of a minority government. Whether you're following one of the popular poll aggregator and seat projectors, or just wor...
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Tories in review: women’s rights: THE SUN HITS the back of my neck as I kneel over my poster board. It’s a hot summer afternoon in June and I’m colouring with markers, shared with the hands of girls decades my junior, helping with childcare at a sex worker solidarity rally. We’re at Toronto’s Allan Gardens, the day’s setting for ...
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How Harper systematically mined anti-Muslim prejudices: In this excerpt from his chapter in The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada, Haroon Siddiqui argues that Stephen Harper’s policies constituted an extensive, deliberate strategy to malign Muslims.
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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...
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My Letter to my MP on Electoral Reform: Dear Mr. Saini, I am one of your constituents and I must say very happy you won your seat and your party won the recent election even though I am not always a Liberal voter. I was unable to attend your open house last night in Kitchener with Minister Monsef but I have a strong interest in electo...
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Improvising a Digital Curriculum at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Since arriving as a Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to integrate digital into the curriculum. I have a course on Digital Government and will be teaching modules next term on what we’ve learned from Digital Services (like USDS and GDS) as...
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Thoughts on the #LPC electoral reform policy plank: As a party member who has been involved with supporting democratic reform initiatives in the Liberal party, I thought I would add a few thoughts to the discussion today on the Liberal Party of Canada's electoral reform plank, rolled out earlier today. The pledge to "Make every vote count" is as f...

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