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Health care not Harper care: National Day of Action for a New Health Accord:   March 31st, 2015, marks the one year anniversary of the expiry of the Health Accord. Canada is facing an important next step in our medicare history. In 2014, the current health care accord -- the deal that sets funding and health care service delivery agreements between the federal and...
B.C. government seeks to privatize and control teacher professional development: Yesterday the B.C. government introduced Bill 11 -- a new law that will, among other things, change the system of teacher professional development in British Columbia. Without any consultation with teachers or their union, the BCTF, the government is legislating a new system of authorized ...
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PRIVATE INTERESTS SEEK PUBLIC RECORDS:   Guess who is filing more access requests than the media. (Photograph by Shutterstock.com) FOI FOR ALL? Journalists may make the biggest headlines for using Canada’s access law. But, as is the case in the United States, federal government estimates suggest most of information requests don’t co...
BC NDP ACCESS REFORM EFFORT TAKES PLACE OFF-CAMERA: Guess what some of these reporters weren’t asking about last week (Photograph by Damien Gillis) DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR Greater access to government records is in the self-interest of journalists. But, in British Columbia, that self-interest resulted in few, if any, stories about a recent oppositi...
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Challenges we've met, and new ones we need to: Siddiqui: Haroon Siddiqui reflects on the ways in which Canada has evolved over the 17 years of his column, and considers the challenges Toronto, Ontario and the country now face.
Stephen Harper's flip-flop on war fits pattern of deceit: Siddiqui: Instead of scaring and dividing Canadians, the prime minister should concentrate on issues that really matter, like the economy.
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iPolitics: Principled conservatives want C-51 scrapped: Concerns over secret police Bill C-51 are uniting political opponents. Article by Tasha Kheiridden for iPolitics Bill C-51 was supposed to unite conservatives in the latest round of the War on Terror™. Instead, it’s dividing them — both o...
CBC: Why we should be teaching children to code : Are your kids missing out? Article by The CBC "Knowledge workers are the ones getting the raises, getting the jobs and so forth. There are shortages worldwide in all of these fields. So the education system needs to change, to produce them...
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Walmart in Peterborough, Ont. locked down Saturday: PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - A Walmart in Peterborough was locked down for several hours Saturday after reports of a shot being fired in the area.Peterborough Police are saying little, only posting on Twitter than the store was no longer in lockdown by Saturday evening.Earlier in the evening, police said...
Former Alberta opposition leader handed defeat after defecting to government: The former leader of Alberta's Official Opposition has paid a political price after crossing the floor to join the governing Progressive Conservatives.Danielle Smith lost the Tory nomination to Carrie Fischer in the riding of Highwood, south of Calgary.Smith led eight of her colleagues of the Wil...
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Baird goes to Barrick: John Baird has  found a new job, just a month after leaving the Harper government.  The former foreign minister will  be a special international adviser to Barrick Gold Corp.
John Baird is adviser to Barrick Gold: TORONTO – Former foreign affairs minister John Baird has become a special international adviser to Barrick Gold Corp. The Toronto-based mining giant (TSX:ABX), in its annual report issued Friday, lists Baird as a member of its international advisory board. Baird, 45, announced in February that he...
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WATCH: Green Energy for the Giant of Africa: Nigeria is both the biggest oil producer and home to the largest economy on the African continent. Yet 100 million of Nigeria's 170 million people live without access to electricity. Now some are looking to alternative energies as key to reducing pov...
POLL: Young Canadians more progressive than their elders: Big news at this weekend’s Progress Summit, where analysis of a new poll shows young Canadians are strikingly more progressive than their elders.
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Even with Amendments, C-51 Should Worry Activists (in Opinion): History shows 'lawful protest' clause a flimsy shield against surveillance, dirty tricks.  Related Stories How Bill C-51 Eviscerates Privacy Protection (in Opinion) Please Advise! Trudeau Asks, Was That Weekend Racket a St. Paddy's Day Thing? (in Opinion) Six Things Protesters Need to Know ab...
How Clever Ikea Ads Make Us Feel Smart (in Culture): When pranksters trick snooty art lovers, it's pure schadenfreude.  Related Stories To Help People Fall in Love, Don't Do This (in Culture) Vancouver on the Verge of a Comedy Coup (in Culture) BC Filmmaking Duo Passes the Acid Test (in Culture)
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Loopholes and Taxation: Overseeing a Fairer European Union: Companies should pay a fair share of taxes on the money they earn, and governments should not favor certain businesses by giving them advantages not available to others. This sounds straightforward, but the reality is not. Throughout the financial crisis, citizens in many European countries have ...
Obama VS. Bush: Public Protection and Perception: Public opinion in the United States is divided about the performance of the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) and the National Security Agency (N.S.A.) during the Bush and Obama presidencies. The revelation of intelligence “failures” such as lack of warning of the 9/11 attacks, the incorrect a...
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Are you a male with or without a beard?: You are not in the Middle East or accidentally transferred back to the middle ages by a stealth time machine. Yet, just about everywhere you look, today, you see males of all ages strolling around with hipster beards, or what some see as "Spastic face rugs". Unkind people and some studies claim...
Are you a male with or without a beard?: You are not in the Middle East or accidentally transferred back to the middle ages by a stealth time machine. Yet, just about everywhere you look, today, you see males of all ages strolling around with hipster beards, or what some see as "Spastic face rugs". Unkind people and some studies claim...
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Can women win contested nominations? The data say ‘Yes’ … IF they actually run: Seven of the weekend's nine nomination meetings saw women candidates selected – 3 New Democrats, 3 Liberals, and 1 Conservative – and three of those seven women were able to win competitive nominations, in order to secure their spot on their party's ticket. Indeed, as International Women's Day dr...
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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Go your own way: Photo by Norman Wong Lowell’s bold, new vision for a women- and girl-friendly pop futurePOP SINGER-SONGWRITER Lowell has recently been experiencing a recurring dream in which she’s robbing a bank, then driving away on a motorbike with her lesbian lover. Given the surreal imagery in the videos fo...
The Trope Slayers: CHELSEA VOWEL, MOLLY SWAIN, AND SOME DALEKS AT COMICCON | Photo courtesy Métis in Space Métis in Space is a hilariously smart take down of Indigenous stereotypes in popular science-fictionLAST SUMMER, friends Molly Swain and Chelsea Vowel were having a rough time, and looking for an excuse to sp...
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Quebec Student Group Consider Legal Action against Police Tactics : ASSE student group has openly denounced the behavior of police after a protester, Naomie Tremblay-Trudeau, was shot in the face with part of a tear-gas canister at an anti-austerity demonstration. Addressing media outlets on Friday, Naomie announced that she is considering legal action again...
Communiqué of the 494th PSC meeting on the Situation in South Sudan : Juba 28th March, 2015. The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 494th meeting held on 24 March 2015, was briefed on the situation in South Sudan and the status of the peace process in that country by the Chair of the Mediation Team of the Inter-Governmental Authority on...
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Mouvement étudiant : recomposition en cours: Le printemps est agité pour le mouvement étudiant, et pas seulement à cause de la grève contre l’austérité qui a commencé il y a plus d’une semaine. Samedi, la Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l’Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM) a ch...
Policiers, vous vous mettez en souricière: Messieurs les agents, Mesdames les agentes, je dois vous avouer que je ne vous comprends pas. Depuis le début de la grève étudiante contre l’austérité, je vous vois à la télévision les gazer, les poivrer, les frapper, leur foncer dessus, les arrêter...
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Stephen Harper’s war: Where do they stand?: The NDP released the video on-line highlighting their position versus the Liberal Party on the issue of the ISIS mission extension proposed by the Harper government. The post Stephen Harper’s war: Where do they stand? appeared first on Loonie Politics.
Rex Murphy: The ISIS Mission Debate: Point of View: Rex Murphy shares what he really thinks the ISIS mission debate is about. The post Rex Murphy: The ISIS Mission Debate appeared first on Loonie Politics.
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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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Don’t say the “N” word:
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Should America Make Voting Mandatory?: So US President Obama recently suggested that making voting mandatory. There are multiple reasons for this, one being that the people who don’t vote are more likely to be low income and democrat so it would favour his party. But he also suggested it would reduce the influence of money in politics...
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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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