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daveeza
Living on Earth: Canadian Government Gag Order for Scientists? - http://www.loe.org/shows...
Living on Earth: Canadian Government Gag Order for Scientists?
"Canada’s conservative government, which has been pressing the Obama Administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, has come under sharp criticism for allegedly muzzling Canadian government scientists who talk about the pipeline, climate change and other controversial topics. The Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria released a report called “Muzzling Civil Servants: A Threat to Democracy" that documents the ways in which Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s administration has prevented public scientists from speaking freely about their research. The Law Centre and Democracy Watch, a leading Canadian public accountability group, have requested an official inquiry into whether these practices violate Canada’s Open Government laws. Tyler Sommers is the Coordinator for Democracy Watch, and he joins us now. Welcome to Living on Earth. SOMMERS: Hi. CURWOOD: So what was the process for talking to government scientists before Prime Minister Harper took office, and what's it... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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Patrick Brazeau: Harper's strategic aboriginal appointment - Politics - CBC News - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
"Opposition politicians are now claiming that Stephen Harper should have known that Patrick Brazeau was bad news when he appointed him to the Senate in December 2008. They point out that, within a few weeks of his appointment, there were a string of public allegations of workplace sexual harassment and missing child support payments, some of which the government was apparently aware of in advance." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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Tom Flanagan is now persona non grata, but his ideology lives on | rabble.ca - http://rabble.ca/blogs...
"He has also advocated for property rights on First Nations reserves, but has to be given credit, on that front, for a willingness to modify his initial hard line after being exposed to former Kamloops Chief Manny Jules' much more nuanced position. Jules is the chief advocate in Canada for First Nations property rights. He favours a tailored system suited to Aboriginal history and culture, not a reproduction of the majority (colonial) society's "fee simple" system. Flanagan has admitted publicly that he learned much from Jules that changed his view on this complex issue -- an issue he once believed was oh-so-simple. He has not shown similar open-mindedness on much else. Like children, Canadians need behaviour modification The essence of Harper's mentor's political philosophy, if one could call it a philosophy, owes as much to Machiavelli as it does to any of the philosophic heroes the new right, going back to Adam Smith and his famous "invisible hand." Flanagan's goal has been to get... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
How to make CBC stronger | The Vancouver Observer - http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs...
"Does the CBC need to be in the professional sports business? No, it doesn’t. The only reason it does is to generate revenue. I would surely miss Hockey Night in Canada. The fact is that the private sector is more than capable of handling that. But does the private sector in Canada do a sufficient job at providing an opportunity for Canadian artists to create? No. To consistently produce quality documentaries? No. Televise important conversations and debates of importance to Canada? No. Highlight the richness of the local and regional character of the nation? No. In English and French and through its northern service? No. Do the economics of the private sector allow for correspondents to be in every corner of the world so that we get the news and insight from a uniquely Canadian perspective? No. All of that is where the CBC comes in. Part of the problem is that the CBC reports to the government. You can’t have the kind of creative freedom and journalistic integrity if you are living... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Stephen Harper — world’s worst talent scout | iPolitics - http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013...
"Like some of his appointments, the Senate itself is further evidence of poor judgment by the prime minister. Instead of the refreshing promise of reform, Harper has turned the Senate into a bank machine for the Conservative Party, using his appointees to raise money at endless fundraisers and to fiddle the system. Harper’s broken promise is bad enough, especially the part about patronage having no role to play in the parliament of Canada. The reality check? No one has outdone the current PM in sending party hacks, bagmen, failed candidates and media sycophants to the trough. The difference between this PM and his predecessors is that he didn’t stop at stacking the Senate with pork. He remorselessly used it as just another partisan forum, on one occasion deploying a patronage-based Senate to kill a climate-change bill that had already been passed by elected MPs. That hadn’t happened in seven decades. Then there was the disastrous hiring of Bruce Carson as a key advisor to the prime... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Highway Of Tears: Human Rights Watch Alleges RCMP Officers Raped, Abused Aboriginals In BC (UPDATE) - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013...
"Human Rights Watch was struck by the level of fear on the part of women we met to talk about sexual abuse inflicted by police officers." Rhoad said about a dozen young women cancelled interviews with researchers because they were too scared of repercussions from police officers working in their small communities. Samer Muscati, a Canadian co-researcher, said the level of fear among the women interviewed was on par with what he's encountered while researching abuses by security forces throughout the Middle East, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. "You expect that level of fear when you're in a place like Iraq, in a post-conflict country where security forces are implicated in horrible abuses," said Muscati." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Anti-gay religious group gets CIDA funding for work in Africa | CTV News - http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile...
"An evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin" is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for its work in Uganda, where gays and lesbians face severe threats. The federal government has denounced virulent homophobia in that East African country and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has condemned plans for an anti-gay bill that could potentially include the death penalty for homosexuals. At the same time the government is providing $544,813 in funding for Crossroads Christian Communications -- an Ontario-based evangelical group that produces television programming -- to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014. Until Tuesday, the organization's website carried a list of "sexual sins" deemed to be "perversion": "Turning from the true and/or proper purpose of sexual intercourse; misusing or abusing it, such as in pedophilia, homosexuality and lesbianism, sadism, masochism, transvestism, and... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
2012 NHL Awards - 24/7 Tracy (Tracy Morgan Skit) - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
2012 NHL Awards - 24/7 Tracy (Tracy Morgan Skit) - YouTube
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"Tracy Morgan's skit at the 2012 NHL Awards as the newest member of the New York Rangers" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Bill McKibben on Idle No More | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters - http://www.adbusters.org/blogs...
"The stakes couldn't be higher, for Canada and for the world. Much of this uprising began when Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper rammed through Parliament an omnibus bill gutting environmental reviews and protections. He had no choice if he wanted to keep developing Canada's tar sands, because there's no possible way to mine and pipe that sludgy crude without fouling lakes and rivers. (Indeed, a study released a few days ago made clear that carcinogens had now found their way into myriad surrounding lakes). And so, among other things, the omnibus bill simply declared that almost every river, stream and lake in the country was now exempt from federal environmental oversight. Canada's environmental community protested in all the normal ways – but they had no more luck than, say, America's anti-war community in the run up to Iraq. There's trillions of dollars of oil locked up in Alberta's tarsands, and Harper's fossil-fuel backers won't be denied. But there's a stumbling block they... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
The Tyee – Eight Ways to Take Part in Idle No More - http://thetyee.ca/Life...
"Furthermore, while big legislative changes like Bills C-38 and 45 affect everyone in Canada, not everyone in Canada has the same legal basis for fighting back. A majority government can and is passing laws that most Canadians, having cast their ballots long ago, are now powerless to prevent; First Nations, on the other hand, have a unique leverage here. We are issuing legal challenges to the omnibus bills on the basis of infringement on treaty rights, land title, and constitutional questions. I believe it's in the best interests of people who care about the environment to support this. Environmental groups started waking up to this strategy in the fight against Northern Gateway, but it needs to happen on a bigger scale. We all need to realize that First Nations and non-indigenous Canadians have common goals and interests that go well beyond any one pipeline or province; they extend across the country. We need to support each other in walking the paths that will achieve our common goals." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Stephen Harper targets economy as priority - http://www.montrealgazette.com/news...
Pride of being canadian, are you kidding me???? Seven years ago, for the first time, Canadians placed their trust in this government.,” Harper said of his rise to power in the 2006 election. “And to that trust we have been faithful. We have kept our promises.” However, he said the government cannot afford to be “complacent” because there are many more “challenges” to address. He said that the government will be focused this spring on four areas that are “priorities” for Canadians: * families; * the safety of streets and communities; * pride in being a Canadian citizen;" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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How Long will We let Coal Plants Mercury-Poison Us? | Chinese air pollution already a problem on West Coast - http://www.juancole.com/2013...
"Here’s an interesting casualty of mercury poisoning. One of the head scientist’s working for Canada’s Department of Fisheries Office(DFO) specifically over seeing ground fish quota’s Pacific Division has been diagnosed with extremely high levels of mercury. Apparently they consumed a higher than normal amount of ground fish and are ill because of it. Considering British Columbia isn’t known for much in the way of heavy industry one can only draw the conclusion it’s coming from somewhere else." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Emails show Elections Canada raised voter suppression concerns before election - http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news...
"By Sunday afternoon, Elections Canada had received reports of the calls from 13 different ridings. Legal counsel Karen McNeil sent another email to Hamilton: “These calls are continuing and the frequency of calls seems to be increasing,” she wrote, providing a list of the originating phone numbers that some voters had recorded. Voters who called the numbers back heard only recorded messages identifying them as Conservative Party lines, she said. McNeil told Hamilton the poll-moving calls had been reported by voters in the ridings of Avalon (Newfoundland and Labrador); West Nova (Nova Scotia); Ajax-Pickering, Halton, Kingston and the Islands, Kitchener-Conestoga and Vaughan (Ontario); Kildonan-St. Paul, Saint Boniface and Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba); and Cardigan (Prince Edward Island). There were also later reports of poll-moving calls in two Quebec ridings: Outremont and Lac-Saint-Louis and Prince George-Peace River in British Columbia. Hamilton replied at 10:45 a.m. the following... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
New court documents show cross-country complaints about election calls - http://www.vancouversun.com/news...
"STORYPHOTOS ( 1 ) Protesters march on Yonge Street in Toronto, Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2012, on what organizers are calling the National Day of Action Against Election Fraud. Photograph by: Postmedia News , Postmedia News OTTAWA — Newly released court documents show that Elections Canada has obtained phone records from across the country as it probes misleading election calls that investigators believe were “wilful conduct” aimed at keeping voters from casting their ballots. Elections Canada released the documents to lawyers in a Federal Court case on Wednesday, as soon as the information requested had been returned to investigators from phone service providers Shaw and Videotron. The documents show that the investigators have been actively looking into complaints from voters who described calls directing them to the wrong polling station, and other harassing calls that purported to come from opposition parties, but which investigators believe were made by someone else. The... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Canada, it’s time. We need to fix this in our generation. | âpihtawikosisân - http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012...
"The Assembly of First Nations published an open letter to the Governor General and to Stephen Harper to meet with Chief Spence saying: “The Government of Canada has not upheld nor fulfilled its responsibilities to First Nations, as committed to by the Crown including at the Crown-First Nations Gathering January 2012. Canada has not upheld the Honour of the Crown in its dealings with First Nations, as evidenced in its inadequate and inequitable funding relationships with our Nations and its ongoing actions in bringing forward legislative and policy changes that will directly impact on the Inherent and Treaty Rights of First Nations. Treaties are international in nature and further indigenous rights are human rights, both collective and individual and must be honoured and respected.” Protesters in Halifax on December 16th. Protesters in Halifax on December 16th, photo by Bryson Syliboy. The Idle No More movement has been busy, with actions occurring all across the country in support of Chief Spence and in support" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Firmly Backing Idle No More, Atleo Says Indigenous Peoples' Moment Has Come - ICTMN.com - http://indiancountrytodaymedia...
"We will not stand down as this country seeks to attempt to develop $650 billion in natural resources,” Atleo told reporters in a conference call on Friday morning. “Our people are saying that we will stand up for the waters, for the air, for the medicines, for the animals, for the land and the plants; that despite legislative efforts that we have an inherited responsibility and in the case treaty, treaty is paramount over parliament, over laws that Canada might pass.” He promised that aboriginals would “carry out coordinated legal challenges and responses, but we will also take this to the Canadian public as well as on the international level to the United Nations and the Organization of American States to see the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ recognition of our right to free prior and information consent and the implementation of Section 35 [of the Canadian Constitution, which protects aboriginal and treaty rights] are upheld as well as the... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
"If you didn't find the #Ottawapiskat hashtag funny, you might be one of the #Upsettlers. Like the former, the latter hashtag is being used on Twitter to satirize criticisms being levelled at Idle No More. But, this time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government aren't the butt of the joke. No, that honour goes to the "upset settlers" themselves. It's not just name-calling. Many of these tweets expose the ignorance, racism, and colonial attitudes behind complaints about the indigenous-sovereignty movement. (Contributing is easy. Just take anything tweeted by Ethical Oil pusher Ezra Levant and add the #Upsettlers hashtag to it.) Here's a few of my favourite #Upsettlers tweets. The #IdleNoMore movement has produced a group of Canadians dismayed over accusations of privilege, or as I like to call them: #Upsettlers. — Settler Colonial (@SettlerColonial) January 15, 2013 #upsettlers say we should all have equal rights. Conveniently, those rights will reflect their values and way of life #assimilation" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
"If you didn't find the #Ottawapiskat hashtag funny, you might be one of the #Upsettlers. Like the former, the latter hashtag is being used on Twitter to satirize criticisms being levelled at Idle No More. But, this time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government aren't the butt of the joke. No, that honour goes to the "upset settlers" themselves. It's not just name-calling. Many of these tweets expose the ignorance, racism, and colonial attitudes behind complaints about the indigenous-sovereignty movement. (Contributing is easy. Just take anything tweeted by Ethical Oil pusher Ezra Levant and add the #Upsettlers hashtag to it.) Here's a few of my favourite #Upsettlers tweets. The #IdleNoMore movement has produced a group of Canadians dismayed over accusations of privilege, or as I like to call them: #Upsettlers. — Settler Colonial (@SettlerColonial) January 15, 2013 #upsettlers say we should all have equal rights. Conveniently, those rights will reflect their values and way of life #assimilation" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
"Putting GHG emissions in context Climate change is now the most serious global environmental threat.1 Its potential impacts include global warming, sea level rise, increased extreme weather events, and altered rainfall patterns. Climate change is a direct consequence of elevated greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere and feedback mechanisms. Since GHGs are emitted from fossil fuel burning, energy is the key policy category for tracking and analyzing climate change. The main challenge is to make economic growth less dependent on energy use and related air emissions, by improving energy efficiency and by developing and using cleaner fuels and low-emitting electricity sources.2 How does Canada compare to its peer countries on GHG emissions? Canada is one of the world's largest per capita GHG emitters. Canada ranks 15th out of 17 OECD countries on GHG emissions per capita and scores a “D” grade.3 In 2010, Canada’s GHG emissions were 20.3 tonnes per capita, significantly... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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UN officer reported Israeli war crimes before deadly bombing: widow - Ottawa - CBC News - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
UN officer reported Israeli war crimes before deadly bombing: widow - Ottawa - CBC News
"Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener said her husband's mission was to report on the hostilities in the area and she believes that is why Israeli forces attacked the Israeli United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) post, despite Israel's claims that the bombing was accidental. "Obviously they were unhappy with what they were observing. Maybe that post was in the way as well," she said. "I know my husband was reporting war crimes. And I guess they don't want to deal with that." Hess-von Kruedener said she is speaking out this week because a Canadian Forces board of inquiry report issued recently about the bombing has left questions unanswered. The report, released Jan. 31, blamed the Israeli Defence Forces for the incident, but also found the Israeli military refused to provide documents other than a summary of its own internal investigation, "which lacked sufficient detail to explore certain issues to their fullest extent." The report said the UN also refused to provide documents... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Twitter / bcsealmama: #idlenomore "not just an Indian ... - https://twitter.com/bcsealm...
Twitter / bcsealmama: #idlenomore "not just an Indian ...
if you care about climate change, canada is now the crack dealer of the energy world.. - daveeza from Bookmarklet
AJ Batac
Red Cross warns of 'end of the world' - Manitoba - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
Red Cross warns of 'end of the world' - Manitoba
"Canadians urged to prepare for 'doomsday' by Red Cross" - AJ Batac from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Canada rejects UN human rights criticism detailed in Amnesty International report | Canada | News | National Post - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012...
Canada rejects UN human rights criticism detailed in Amnesty International report | Canada | News | National Post
daveeza
Stop Harper Fund for Peaceful Direct Action - http://www.stopharperfund.ca/
"The Stop Harper Fund for Peaceful Direct Action Many people have generously offered to make donations to me, after I lost my page job. While I am thankful for these gestures, I do not want to personally benefit financially. I have, however, decided to create a fund to support organizations and individuals engaging in creative non-violent direct actions against the Harper government's agenda. Any money donated would go to training, legal advice and support for such actions. I hope that people who had thought to donate to me will instead consider donating to this fund. Decisions about which organizations or individuals will receive money will be made in consultation with an advisory committee that I will help form in the near future. A lawyer and registered accountant will verify that all funds are spent in accordance with the stated mandate. Please stay tuned to this web site for upcoming events and actions. --Brigette DePape" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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[11-Jan-13] Maude Barlow returns Diamond Jubilee Medal in solidarity with Chief Spence and #Idle No More - http://canadians.org/media...
"Maude Barlow returns Diamond Jubilee Medal in solidarity with Chief Spence and Idle No More OTTAWA — In a show of solidarity with Chief Spence and the Idle No More movement, Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, announced that she would be returning her Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. “I encourage other medal recipients to also return their medals,” said Barlow. “We can’t accept this honour from the Governor General if he won’t honour the Crown’s commitment to First Nations by meeting with Chief Spence.” Naomi Klein announced on Twitter earlier in the day that she would be returning her medal." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
[11-Jan-13] Maude Barlow returns Diamond Jubilee Medal in solidarity with Chief Spence and #Idle No More - http://canadians.org/media...
"Maude Barlow returns Diamond Jubilee Medal in solidarity with Chief Spence and Idle No More OTTAWA — In a show of solidarity with Chief Spence and the Idle No More movement, Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, announced that she would be returning her Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. “I encourage other medal recipients to also return their medals,” said Barlow. “We can’t accept this honour from the Governor General if he won’t honour the Crown’s commitment to First Nations by meeting with Chief Spence.” Naomi Klein announced on Twitter earlier in the day that she would be returning her medal." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
#Idlenomore and a historical context of colonisation, environmental degradation - http://friendfeed.com
Zimmerman: A Settler’s Guide to IDLE NO MORE January 3, 2013 by J. Zimmerman aaa I used to be such a proud Canadian. So much so that I now have a red maple leaf tattooed forever on my left arm. I had just traveled from Toronto to Vancouver; I felt particularly patriotic and zealous at the time. That’s what happens when you decide things on a whim, but sometimes people have to make such decisions and live with the consequences. It stands as a reminder to me of a time when national boundaries and ideas of intrinsic national character mattered to me. All it would take is some decent education and experiences and the worldly upheavals of 2011 and 2012 to shake me out of this mentality. Most importantly though, looking to the situations involving Canada’s First Nations would make me realize that there was little to really be proud of. We see now happening in this country a major unprecedented movement, that is the Idle No More movement. Many of us have seen them on the news or in person,... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Idle No More: The Indigenous Peoples' Movement | Amnesty International: Joint Statement Supporting Chief Spence and "Idle No More" - http://idlenomore.tumblr.com/post...
"The omnibus budget bill C-45 introduced far-reaching changes. Amendments include changes to complex land provisions in the Indian Act that compound existing problems. It also re-writes environmental laws, including Navigable Waters Protection Act, Fisheries Act and Hazardous Materials Information Review Act, which were used to promote and protect a sustainable environment, clean water and healthy oceans. The integrity of the environment is being assaulted, to the detriment of present and future generations. Canada is estimated to contain nearly 32,000 major lakes and more than 2.25 million rivers. Yet a new Navigation Protection Act reduces federal environmental oversight and covers only 3 oceans, 97 lakes, and portions of 62 rivers. Certain key rivers in British Columbia along the path of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline are not included. Resource development projects on traditional lands of Indigenous peoples will be much less likely to be subject to rigorous public... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
"Sun Country Highway Ltd is a progressive Canadian owned company leading the electric vehicle movement across the nation by raising awareness and promoting the adoption of zero emission transportation. Founded by president, Kent Rathwell, Sun Country Highway was created to build the most sustainable electric vehicle infrastructure in the world. Vision Empowering Canadians to lead global change by adopting a model for economic and environmental sustainability. Mission To create the most ‘earth-friendly’ country in the world. Our aim is to empower Canadians to make choices that promote economic and environmental sustainability; we want to help green Canada’s highways by fostering a culture shift toward greener living. 2012/2013 Strategic Objectives Develop a national infrastructure for green vehicles" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
daveeza
Putting it in drive: What's next for Idle No More | rabble.ca - http://rabble.ca/news...
"To put it bluntly, Indigenous death and despair serve the government's purpose. Like exterminating the buffalo helped starve First Nations onto reserves, through underfunding and interference with local governance, the current government is starving people off reserves. The consequent destruction of Indigenous communities will make it easier for the government's friends in the oil, gas and mining industries to go about their business unhindered. Stephen Harper responds to only two motives, political expediency and the economic interests of those who put him in office. With his majority, his concern for micro-managing his political profile has decreased as the urgency with which he is pursuing the corporatist agenda has accelerated. If INM is going to prompt a reaction, it must speak to that motivation. Protesters wield a stick -- the January 5th closing of border crossings is one interesting example to come -- and they have a very large carrot in that resource extractive industries... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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