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Conservatives have to tie themselves in knots to sustain their narrative about Alberta's fiscal situation: Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Given the history of this province and its current goings on, our various stripes of conservative really had to tie themselves in knots yesterday to put their complicated spin on the state of Alberta's finances after Finance Mi...
Ontario factory owner quotes, misrepresents scripture in punishing workers who unionized: Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming. read more
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Morning Brief: Tuesday, September 1, 2015: Today’s Morning Brief is brought to you by Leadnow. Votetogether.ca is your one-stop shop with all the tools, actions and riding-specific information you’ll need to move Canada forward on October 19. This advertisement was authorized by Leadnow. ____________________ RCMP investigation into Pamela...
Clippings: Tuesday, September 1, 2015: International Obama calls for urgent action on climate change during Alaska visit (CBC News) ISIS bomb damage to Bel Temple in Palmyra significant, UN says (CBC News) Elections 2015 Mulcair pledges a national action plan to end violence against women and more funding for shelters (The Canadian ...
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Ex-Tory Senator Segal: Why I Fought Anti-Labour Bill C-377 (in Opinion): Law threatens worker rights 'basic to a free market economy.'  Related Stories Canada as 'Denier and Outlier': Joe Clark on Harper's Foreign Policy (in Opinion) The Worst-Case Scenario for a Mulcair Government (in Opinion) Nasty, Outrageous Politics Starts with Us (in Opinion)
One Fine Dropped, One Upheld for BC Lobbyist (in News): Regulator agrees with finding that Brad Zubyk's infractions 'not merely technical.'  Related Stories BC Local Election Spending 'Obscene', Says Watchdog (in News) BC Gov't Could've Published Withheld Reports, Privacy Office Finds (in News) In Emails to Clark, Liberal Supporters Vented Yoga Brid...
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The New Brand Power: Mobilizing Global Solution Networks: Historically, brands participated in solving global problems through philanthropy or their corporate social responsibility initiatives. Thanks to the Internet and some big changes in the global economy, brands can now leverage the effects of networks to create a dramatically bigger impact than pr...
Rodrigo Duterte: The Rise of Philippines’ Death Squad Mayor: For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines’ main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem. They’re a political platform. Duterte publicly admitted his direct links to the Davao...
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Alarm sounded as TransCanada set to drill in Bay of Fundy : "TransCanada has botched both their public relations strategy and their official application to build Energy East, so it's not surprising that they seem desperate to get some shovels in the ground prior to the federal election” – Keith Stewart, Green...
The destructive song of the Arctic oil Sirens: In The Odyssey, Ulysses ties himself to the mast of his ship to resist the enchanting song of the Sirens, which causes passing sailors to steer towards rocks in a dangerous strait, only to hit them and sink. All the other men on board have their ears...
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Canadians are polite, not Bobbleheads: The other day I had an interesting conversation with a visitor from a troubled part of Europe. He was impressed with the manifestations of politeness he found in the daily life of Canadians. Rather pleased, I asked him to give me an example of something that especially impressed him. I was exp...
Scott Walker:Voters have very legitimate concerns about Canadian border: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) Magnus Opum in running for President, includes reviewing security on the little in the news northern border it shares with Canada. When asked whether he would support building a wall along the long northern border Mr. Walker responded. "some law enforcement fo...
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A hat-trick of double-takes on the ballot: And now for something completely trivial. There will be three sets of candidates with the same names on the ballot this coming October: Robert Kitchen The most recent pairing came last night, when businessperson Robert Kitchen of Nackawic in New Brunswick (pictured left) won a two-way contested n...
The State of the Slates: As we head into Labour Day weekend, the three main parties are within eyeshot of completing their national 338-seat slates, as is the Bloc Québécois in la belle province. The NDP leads the pack with 326 or 96% of their candidates selected, with the Liberals just behind at 322 or 95%, and the Cons...
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One year later: Denise Hansen examines the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada—and why there’s cause for anger and hope here, tooPROTESTS AND MARCHES AND SIT-INS have never really been my chosen course of social action. I can remember my dear family friend Kathy, a valiant social justice advocate, trying over ...
Gender Block: Jurassic World: I didn’t exactly expect Jurassic World  to be feminist savvy—it’s largely about capitalizing on nostalgia and making a bunch of dinosaurs run around. Dinosaurs, after all, are big bucks: as of July 26 the film has grossed $1,542,568,684 worldwide. They’re also very cool and I’ll admit I saw the m...
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Michigan’s Hindu goddess temple erects tower: Devi Parashakthi Ma (Eternal Mother) Temple in Pontiac (Michigan, USA) has formally inaugurated its Rajagoupuram, a richly decorated 54-foot granite monumental tower recognizing 520 deities and containing “intense divine energy”.   Crafted by a group of shilpis (artisans) over about three year p...
BC Hydro Faces Rainstorm during Power Restoration, Thousands Still Without Power : BC Hydro is facing a hard time restoring power across the lower mainland of the province due to ongoing heavy rainfall. The company claims that its crews are working day and night to reconnect thousands of people who have been without electricity for two days but heavy rainfall is causing hindra...
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LATEST TWEETS ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IN CANADA: Tweets by @publiceyeonline I’ll be taking a break from column writing for the next few weeks. But follow me on Twitter, where I’ll continue bringing you the latest news and views about secrecy and openness in Canada.
A TRANSITORY PROBLEM?: How many of these files will be saved and how many will be deleted? (Photograph by Shutterstock.com) Freedom of information should give the people the power to know what decisions their governments are making, as well as how and why those decisions are being made. Canada’s records access laws o...
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Les Cris de Waswanipi se batteront jusqu'au bout: Sur invitation des Cris de Waswanipi, Émile Duchesne a passé cinq jours sur le territoire d'Eeyou-Istchee en compagnie d'une délégation de Cris. Il a documenté pour Ricochet les ravages des coupes forestières sur le territoire cri, mais aussi la beau...
Forces et démocratie veut casser le jeu politique: Alors que deux des grands partis fédéraux se positionnent comme les acteurs du changement, le petit et très jeune parti Forces et démocratie ne veut pas seulement changer le parti au pouvoir, il souhaite briser plusieurs conventions politiques. Son b...
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Determined, pragmatic ‘Anybody-But-Conservative’ movement may finally topple Harper from power this year:   I can hear it in the exasperated voices of friends and acquaintances as we discuss the ongoing federal election campaign in Canada.  Regime fatigue has definitely set in this election campaign. “Harper’s got to go!” one friend told me last night.  She lives in Etobicoke-Lakeshore in west To...
Mulcair dismisses attacks on NDP platform: Tom Mulcair says taxpayers should not be funding new major league teams in Quebec, while many children in Canada live in poverty. The NDP leader says the private sector should "put everything in place" to get new teams. Video from The Globe & Mail. The post Mulcair dismisses attacks on NDP p...
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Common Sense Canadian: Why privacy matters in this Canadian election: Most Canadians do not want to give up their privacy rights. This election, will you vote for online privacy? Pledge your vote at OurDigitalFuture.ca Article by Kevin Grandia for Common Sense Canadian  While you are out this weekend enjoyi...
Arstechnica: Videotron provoking net neutrality fight with unlimited music: Instead of giving Big Telecom giants the power to choose which online apps and services are more expensive, why don't they treat all services equally? Let's put Canadians in the driver's seat – not these out of touch telecom giants. Artic...
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Pamela Wallin Could Face Charges In Senate Expense Scandal: Report: OTTAWA — Former Conservative Sen. Pamela Wallin could soon be charged now that the RCMP has handed over its probe to Crown prosecutors, reports CTV. Reporter Bob Fife, citing unnamed sources, said the RCMP had concluded an 18-month investigation into Wallin's personal and partisan travel charges ...
RCMP Investigation Into Pamela Wallin's Expenses Handed To Crown: CTV News: After an 18-month investigation, the RCMP has handed their file into Sen. Pamela Wallin’s questionable expense claims over to Crown prosecutors, CTV News has learned. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for persona...
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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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Haroon Siddiqui’s parting reflections on career and country: In his final column, Haroon Siddiqui reflects on his 37 years at the Star and on how Canada has changed.
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Executed Prisoners Are Not Political Props: Huffington Post: The Conservative Party of Canada uses the execution videos of the people they want to protect as props to attack Liberal leader as unprepared for leadership. Whether military action is warranted and productive is a case by case decision. That is a discussion to have and the Liber...
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The wrong side of Hillary: Bad things tend to happen to those who oppose the Clintons. It’s now known that many of the vilest slurs hurled against Barack Obama during his first presidential run — including crazed allegations he was born in Kenya or a closet Muslim who secretly wore weird Muslim clothes — had their origins ...
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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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