by: Obert Madondo
Many had hoped the Special Parliamentary Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women would move Canada closer to addressing the perennial issue of more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
The committee’s final report, delivered in parliament last week, turned out to be another government-sponsored sham. Most shocking is the fact that the report killed Canadians’ call for a national public inquiry, which is only a first step towards addressing this national tragedy.
Rights advocacy groups and opposition parties express their disappointed.
Once again, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is disappointed and frustrated.
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Someone who donated pants forgot a large sum of money in a pocket. Police in Lethbridge, Alta., say staff at Value Village found the cash, but despite attempts, have failed to find the owner to return the … Continue Reading
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The leaders of the three main political parties in Newfoundland and Labrador are calling on Ottawa to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. The provincial government issued a joint news release Friday with … Continue Reading
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me– and there was no one left to speak out for me.
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By Patrick Smith For The Ottawa Citizen OTTAWA – Parliament, not the courts, must decide how long a federal department can wait before releasing records requested by a member of the public, according to a ruling this week. The federal […]
The Public Health Agency of Canada is moving to calm any fears of a potential major measles outbreak as clusters of cases emerge across the country. While recent outbreaks in four provinces have been “unusual,” the virus remains relatively rare […]
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OTTAWA — Canada’s anti-money laundering agency believes it can legally collect and keep personal information such as social insurance numbers, despite the objections of the federal privacy commissioner. Records released to the Ottawa Citizen under the access to information act […]
Breaking news of the day: Apple now has a special spot within the App Store dedicated to selfies. Don’t really blame them for taking advantage of the opportunity. ‘Selfie’ was the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries last year and millions of people around the world upload pics of themselves to the various social
OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada challenges claims made by Canada’s Natural Resources Minister at the FirstEnergy East Coast Energy Conference yesterday in New York.
Before an audience of US and Canadian energy industry executives, Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver described Canada as “emerging as a 21st century energy superpower.”
Citing statistics from 2011, Minister Oliver alleged that there is a downward long-term trend for greenhouse gas emissions per barrel in the Canadian oil sands, and that Canada is taking significant steps to reduce its overall emissions.
Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich–Gulf Islands, calls both claims false and misleading.
“The reality is that with the rise of in-situ extraction in the oil sands, particularly over the past two years, the reduction in GHG per barrel has stalled and moved to increasing emissions per barrel,” said May. “Only by cutting off statistics more than two years ago can Minister Oliver make that claim. Meanwhile, there is no evidence that Canada is reducing our emissions. Environment Canada is now projecting that by 2020 we will be essentially at the same level of emissions that we had pledged to cut by 17%. In other words, Canada’s Copenhagen promise to reduce GHG by 17% against 2005 levels by 2020 has been completely ignored.”
In 2005, Canada’s emissions were 737 megatons (MT). According to Environment Canada, in 2020, our emissions will be 734 MT. We had promised 130 MT in reductions. Despite efforts by several provinces, notably a successful carbon tax in British Columbia and shutting down coal plants in Ontario, all provincial progress has been wiped out by growth in the oil sands.
Minister Oliver also alleged that with increased pipeline capacity, bitumen from the Canadian oil sands could be shipped and sold internationally at global crude oil prices, a claim May disputes. “We will not automatically get Brent prices at tidewater. Bitumen is unrefined pre-crude,” she explained. “It requires processing to become a product comparable to the crude we import from Norway, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.”
May also pointed out that Minister Oliver’s claims that Canada has “Responsible Resource Management” with strong environmental regulation is belied by the record of the Harper administration. ”Far from having strong standards, the weak environmental laws applying to the oil sands constitute another form of subsidy. This administration has gutted the Fisheries Act, repealed the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, eviscerated the Navigable Waters Protection Act and declared war on science.”
May concluded: “Canada is not emerging as a 21st century energy super-power, but as a compliant resource colony for other countries, prepared to sell out our country’s economic health and our children’s future for a sector that currently contributes less than 5% to our national GDP. It’s time to blow the whistle on this nonsense.”
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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The race for a new Progressive Conservative leader in Newfoundland and Labrador will be run by caucus outsiders. The party says Corner Brook businessmen Frank Coleman and Bill Barry filed their nomination papers by the deadline … Continue Reading
TORONTO – Disturbing video showing employees of one of the world’s leading turkey producers clubbing, kicking and otherwise abusing the hapless birds is evidence of a culture of cruelty and neglect at the factory farm, an animal-rights group said Friday. … Continue Reading
KABUL – Canadians could go from digging trenches to helping dig gold and copper mines in Afghanistan if the Harper government has its way. The country’s ambassador to Kabul signalled this week that the moribund Afghan economy will be a … Continue Reading
HALIFAX – Fire officials say an evacuation zone remains in place at a port in Halifax after steel cylinders carrying uranium hexafluoride fell about six metres from inside a container, prompting a radiation scare. Phil McNulty, the executive fire officer … Continue Reading
Videotron announced they ended 2013 with 503,000 wireless subscribers. The Quebec-based carrier announced plans that might dramatically increase this number as they’ll officially start selling both the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s on March 28th. To-date, Videotron customers have been able to purchase a nano-sim for $5 and hook it onto an iPhone as it
Rob Ford ‘is no role model,’ Chow says at campaign launch
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Oxy morons: if you “organize” the grassroots, you’re not “grassroots.”
http://t.co/h7t0Gi3sbR — Joel Johannesen (@JoelJohannesen) March 13, 2014 … […]
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PQ leader and star candidate brush off Quebec sovereignty questions
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By Mary Agnes Welch Winnipeg Free Press WINNIPEG — As Canada’s public safety minister, Vic Toews was criticized over and over by Federal Court judges for sidestepping evidence, failing to offer detailed decisions and displaying close-minded intransigence when dealing with […]
If you’re addicted to Tim Hortons and have an Android device you probably want to download this app. We wrote about “Tim’s Times” last month, but at the time it was only available on iOS. Good fortune has arrived as it’s now available on Android for those running Honeycomb or higher. As for the specifics,
MONTREAL — This summer the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will host the first major exhibition of Fabergé objects ever staged in Canada, said Nathalie Bondil, the museum’s director and chief curator. “Fabergé, Jeweller to the Tsars” will comprise some […]
For the legions of Canadians who have the Samsung Galaxy S4 it seems your official upgrade to KitKat is finally available. So far we’ve received tips that Rogers, TELUS, Videotron, WIND and Bell are live with it coming in at 414MB. Check your GS4 and let us know if OS 4.4.2 has arrived on your
I remember when talking with Ontario Travel while planning our winter adventures way back in September. We were very excited about all the winter trekking lined up for the season, but we were also nervous about keeping warm and staying safe. Knowing we had our work cut out for us physically was one thing, but surviving the cold was another. When you are facing the elements at 30 below, there is a lot to consider. However, winter can be comfortable. You just need to stock up on the right gear and arm yourself with a little knowledge to safe and comfortable when winter trekking.
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So Canada is leaving its occupation of Afghanistan. I never liked the mission. I never liked the context. I never liked the propaganda. I never liked the transformation of some kind of Canada into this occupying Canada. 162 killed and 2,179 wounded? But here’s the very very hard question. Who is the government NOT counting? […]
Pauline Marois has been describing a world after separation in which almost nothing would change. There would be no border controls. Quebecers could keep their Canadian passports. They’d even keep the dollar
Armand Dubois will run for the Liberals
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OTTAWA — The federal auditor general plans to refer any cases he finds of questionable spending by senators to the RCMP even before his current comprehensive audit of Senate spending is made public. The detail is contained in a list […]
OTTAWA — Military advisers working on the cyber-security file warned a year ago that the Canadian Forces were on the verge of being pushed entirely out of the realm of cyber-defence, according to internal emails from the military’s cyber task […]
Rogers promised Samsung Galaxy S4 owners would see the upgrade to OS 4.4 KitKat “soon.” This was a month ago and today, according to their latest update OS Upgrades schedule, shows tomorrow (March 13th) to be the lucky day. There’s no word on what time the update will be available, but it’s best to continue
If you’re a fan of the Toronto Raptors, who are currently leading the Atlantic Division, then Bell might be your best friend today. The carrier has announced that they have a total of 250 pairs of tickets to see the Raptors. Apparently there is no purchase needed and Bell noted that you just have to
By Murray Brewster KABUL, Afghanistan — The Canadian army has hauled down the flag in Afghanistan. An understated ceremony, held under sunny skies and heavy guard, at NATO headquarters in Kabul brought to an end just over a dozen years […]
The federal New Democrat is expected to launch her campaign Thursday in Toronto
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Ontario professors should have to teach more courses and get mandatory training in the art of teaching, say two reports released Tuesday. A report on the teaching workloads of professors in chemistry, philosophy and economics at 10 universities by the … Continue Reading
Tout allait rondement pour Pauline Marois. La première ministre du Québec menait sa campagne électorale selon les stratégies de ses faiseurs d’images, sans anicroche. Ses bordées (tacks) étaient parfaites, pleines voiles dehors. Elle ne voulait pas parler de référendum car elle savait que c’est le talon d’Achille du Parti Québécois dans l’élection générale en cours au Québec. Un sondage tout récent indique, encore une fois, que 61 % des Québécois rejettent la proposition que le Québec se sépare du Canada. Il y a eu deux référendums à ce jour et le NON l’a emporté chaque fois. Assez de perte de temps! Assez, c’est assez !
Pauline Marois sait ce que pensent les Québécois et même si la séparation est la raison d’être du Parti Québécois, elle veut surtout se maintenir au pouvoir au lieu de risquer de retourner dans l’opposition et de subir le rejet de son leadership par les membres du parti. Le pouvoir est plus alléchant et important et c’est la raison pour laquelle elle avait mis stratégiquement de côté la question d’un nouveau référendum. Et pour s’en sortir et réassurer les Québécois, pour ou contre, elle joua le jeu du chat et de la souris, « il y aura peut-être un référendum, il n’y en aura peut-être pas. Nous allons créer une commission d’enquête, et nous verrons… ». Ça semblait suffisant pour calmer les esprits…
Mais soudain, Marois décide d’annoncer fièrement la candidature de l’homme d’affaires Pierre-Karl Péladeau dans le comté de St-Jérôme. Propriétaire de médias intégrés (télévision, journaux, internet), homme de succès, très riche, c’est une grosse capture et Marois, avec raison, avait hâte de l’annoncer. Malheureusement, elle et ses conseillers semblent avoir minimisé l’impact qu’auraient PKP et le contenu de son discours. Il veut que le Québec soit un pays. Il est pressé. Il veut le plus vite possible un autre référendum et veut être le négociateur pour le Québec auprès du Canada pour régler les accords de la séparation. D’un coup, subitement, la stratégie électorale de Marois de camouflage de la question référendaire s’écroula. Le référendum devenait le sujet principal du débat électoral et cela confirmait ce que disait, depuis le début, le chef libéral Philippe Couillard. Les journalistes entourèrent PKP, il devenait l’élément nouvelle, l’homme de la situation, l’homme adulé, celui qui comblait les journalistes avec des nouvelles percutantes qui faisaient valoir un différend entre lui et sa chef. Marois disparut subitement des radars. Toutes ses sorties électorales de la journée et depuis ne furent pas rapportées par les médias, seuls comptaient la nouvelle vedette, le séparatiste PKP et la question d’un nouveau référendum.
Qu’arrivera-t-il de tout cela ? Il me semble clair que la tenue d’un nouveau référendum est l’enjeu principal de l’élection et, à mon avis, doit l’être car une victoire majoritaire péquiste sèmera à nouveau la zizanie entre nous et nous lancera tête première dans une nouvelle confrontation avec Ottawa, contrairement à ce que désire une très grande majorité de Québécois. Philippe Couillard doit démontrer ses qualités de chef et prendre le « lead » dans ce débat. C’était son argument principal depuis le début de la campagne, mais peu de personnes ne l’écoutaient. Maintenant que Péladeau a confirmé ce qu’il avançait, il doit y aller visière levée et profiter de l’occasion pour faire valoir ses politiques. C’est la voie à une victoire libérale, ou à un gouvernement péquiste minoritaire qui ne pourra ainsi tenir un référendum et approuver la charte inutile des « valeurs québécoises » qu’il propose et qui divise profondément le peuple québécois.
Merci PKP d’avoir permis que le vrai enjeu de l’élection du 7 avril devienne clair pour l’ensemble des Québécois.
The cost of relocating the train tracks at as much as $175 million, PQ leader estimates
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REGINA – The Saskatchewan government continues to reject the idea of banning young people from using tanning beds despite their link to melanoma — a deadly form of skin cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Dermatology Association met … Continue Reading
OTTAWA – Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb will make their first appearances in court next week on charges of fraud and breach of trust arising from the Senate expenses scandal. Brazeau, who has been suspended from the upper house, is … Continue Reading