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Conservation groups condemn ‘yes’recommendation from Northern Gateway review panel

Conservation groups condemn ‘yes’recommendation from Northern Gateway review panel

The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation to approve the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is major setback for science and democracy in Canada, Ecojustice lawyers said today.

“We submitted hundreds of pages of scientific evidence on behalf of our clients that lead to one emphatic conclusion: The Northern Gateway pipeline is an unsafe, unsustainable and unnecessary project, and it does not serve the national interest of this country,”said Ecojustice staff lawyer Barry Robinson.

Harper and His Movement Were No Friends to Mandela

Harper and His Movement Were No Friends to Mandela

Of all the hypocrisies revealed by Stephen Harper, perhaps none are so morally offensive as his sudden, solemn respect for Nelson Mandela. We will never know how Harper would reconcile his past attitudes towards apartheid with his trip to South Africa to honour the iconic statesman at his memorial.

Why Tories Are So Afraid of What Deloitte’s Runia Might Testify

Why Tories Are So Afraid of What Deloitte’s Runia Might Testify

With all the reporting on the Senate scandal you might think there’s not much more to be discovered. But reading the actual documents the RCMP turned up in its Mike Duffy investigation is definitely worth the effort. The documents pull back the curtain on Harperland, a landscape so profoundly unethical Harper’s staff does not hesitate even for a second in plotting to interfere with a supposedly independent official Senate audit.

Giving Tuesday just a few days away

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, more and more Canadians are gearing up to spend. 

What if there was a day each year dedicated to giving back in the midst of the holiday spending season? The first annual GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on Tuesday, December 3, the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to answer this need. 

Governments must address disproportionate poverty rates of First Nations children in BC, say First Nations Summit

Governments must address disproportionate poverty rates of First Nations children in BC, say First Nations Summit

First Nations Summit leaders are once again calling on governments to address the disproportionate child poverty rates suffered by on and off-reserve First Nations children in BC following this week’s release of the 2013 Child Poverty Report Card by First Call; the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.

Ban on imported seal products upheld; Ottawa to appeal

Ban on imported seal products upheld; Ottawa to appeal

The European Union (EU) will continue its ban on imported seal products, despite the Canadian government's appeal that it violates fair trade agreements. 

Doing Time

Doing Time

Many Norwegians responded in disbelief and anger when it was announced that convicted mass murderer Anders Breivik had enrolled in a political science course at the University of Oslo. Allowing a mass murderer to enroll in a university course was going too far. The university’s rector, Ole Petter Ottersen, explained that Breivik will not be admitted to campus, and that he will pursue his studies in his cell. Ottersen held that changing the law which allows convicts to further their education, reacting to his crimes with a lex Breivik, would place Norway on a slippery slope.

Toronto police bring down international child pornography ring

Toronto police bring down international child pornography ring

At least 386 children have been saved from child exploitation around the world, thanks to Project Spade – a massive, international investigation headed by the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

The TPS started investigating a Toronto-based individual that was suspected of sharing graphic images of children being sexual abused in 2010.

This investigation led officers to uncover a company called Azov Films, which allegedly created and distributed images and videos of child pornography.

Moving Beyond Our Obsession with Stephen Harper

Moving Beyond Our Obsession with Stephen Harper

Remember Brian Mulroney, the PM so many people loved to hate? We need to remember him so we can learn a lesson from that period in our political history: there is a real danger in demonizing prime ministers to the exclusion of other longer term political objectives. Mulroney’s unctuous manner, his arrogance and his shameless toadying to the U.S. and to corporate CEOs made people crazed with anger at the man.

COMMENT: What would a trade agreement intended to benefit all Canadians look like?

COMMENT: What would a trade agreement intended to benefit all Canadians look like?

This is of more than academic concern right now as the Harper Conservative government will eventually unveil the full details of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

From what we know about it now this agreement is little more than a ‘corporate bill of rights’. It gives corporations even more power to shift investment as they see fit and directly strengthens their interests in everything from public procurement to patent laws.

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