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MP Pension Reform Needed, say Greens

Green Party leader, Elizabeth May

The Green Party of Canada is in full agreement that reform is needed for Member of Parliament pension plans. 

“Examining how best to reform pensions of MPs is completely in line with what I’ve been calling for in terms of greater financial accountability from our elected representatives,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. 

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke dies from injuries

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke lost her battle nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah, dying Thursday at the age of 29.
Burke was injured Jan. 10 while training at a personal sponsor event at the Park City Mountain resort.

The native of Squamish, B.C. fell during a training session at a personal sponsor event and was airlifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City.

“Our hearts go out to Sarah's husband Rory and her entire family, Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge said in a statement.

Greens say Health Canada failed to reveal radioactivity in rainwater

Green Party leader, Elizabeth May

The Green Party of Canada said despite public concern over fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Health Canada failed to report higher than normal radioactive iodine levels in rainwater. 

The Greens have been calling for Canada to increase transparency around possible radioactive contamination in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

“We were worried that this important information would not reach the public and unfortunately, it looks as if we were right,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich Gulf Islands in a written press release.

Open letter regarding hearings into proposed Endbridge pipeline

Open letter regarding hearings into proposed Endbridge pipeline

Dear Prime Minister:

 

We are deeply concerned that your government has already determined the outcome of the controversial Enbridge pipelines proposal even before the panel responsible for assessing its impacts has commenced its hearings. This, in our opinion, has the real potential to completely undermine the independence and impartiality of the Panel, its report and recommendations.

EthicalOil.org and the Harper Government

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The various spokespeople for supposed "grassroots" pro-Tar Sands and pipeline organization EthicalOil.org have steadfastly maintained their campaign has no connection to the oil and gas industry or the Harper Government. But as the links between these groups continue to pile up, that contention becomes harder and harder to swallow.

This year, put the country ahead of party affiliations

This year, put the country ahead of party affiliations

As we enter the new year, the prospects for defeating the Harper government in 2015 seem uncertain at best. And yet if those who care about the country were musing over a new year’s resolution, that would be it, a dedication to this single overarching purpose. Even if Harper is soundly defeated in the next election, it will take a decade to reverse the damage he has already done. If he wins a second majority, it will take a generation or more.

 

Your car may be hotter than you think: annual list of top 10 stolen vehicles

2009 Toyota Venza 4-door

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada today, many of which are showing up in the local market and not necessarily being exported out of Canada.

In these cases, the vehicles are often re-sold to unsuspecting consumers.

This year there is a new hot target for thieves — the 2009 Toyota Venza. It replaces the 2000 Honda Civic SiR, which was last year's number one stolen vehicle.

The top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada are:

Government introducing new passports in 2012

Government introducing new passports in 2012

Passport Canada will start issuing higher-security electronic passports, or ePassports, to Canadians next year. With the ePassport, Canadians will have the option of getting a new, security-enhanced passport that is valid for five years, starting next year, or a 10-year passport, starting in early 2013.

Today, in accordance with the User Fees Act, Passport Canada is unveiling its new fee-for-service proposal to accompany the new 10-year ePassport. Canadians are invited to have their say on this proposal.

It’s the economy, dippers

It’s the economy, dippers

The NDP leadership race suddenly seems like a very long, drawn out affair. Initially, there was much outrage – especially from Thomas Mulcair – at the suggestion that the party go along with what Jack Layton seemed to want: an earlier leadership convention in January. But now many in the party, lead by Winnipeg MP Pat Martin worry that the party’s performance in the Commons is suffering because many of its strongest MPs are out of their critic roles and pre-occupied with the race.

MORTGAGE TRENDS: Short-term rates stay put

MORTGAGE TRENDS: Short-term rates stay put

Canada’s key interest rate will end 2011 unchanged.

 

The Bank of Canada (BoC) left its policy rate at 1.00 percent this week, as anticipated.

 

In a statement, the Bank said European economic performance will be worse than expected, Canadian and United States growth are “slightly” better than expected, and inflation will “ease.”

It added: “With the target interest rate near historic lows and the financial system functioning well, there is considerable monetary policy stimulus in Canada.”

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