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A Nation Without Vision

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Anonymous

Little attention was paid when Justin Trudeau proclaimed Canada the world’s “first post-national state.” The New York Times reporter interviewing our prime minister found the remark “radical.” It was, it is, and by all signs it will be into our future …

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Here’s One You Might Not Have Heard Of – the “Technosphere”

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Anonymous

Think of it as everything man has built on Earth that’s still standing. That includes the pyramids and everything older provided it’s still around.

Now I’m going to throw out a number that’s pretty hard to digest – thirty – trillion – tons. That’s the estimated weight of the stuff we’ve built. Those pyramids, sure, but also the Trump Tower, all our roads and houses and bridges and airports, your car, your kid’s bike, everything manmade.

But how is one to make sense of 30 trillion tons. This might help. 30 trillion tons represents 50 kilograms of stuff for each square metre of the Earth’s surface.

Technosphere is a new term and according to the study published in journal The Anthropocene Review, it comprises of all the human-made structures including houses, factories and farms to airplanes, rockets, computer systems, tablets, smartphones and CDs, to the waste in landfills and spoil heaps that have been built to keep humans alive.

Humans have been having a huge impact on the planet through their activities and that’s where the Anthropocene concept has its roots in. It is an epoch that highlights the impact humans have made to the planet and it provides an understanding of how we have greatly changed the planet ever since our species started dominating.

Technosphere has its roots in the biosphere, but over the years it has gained so much of ‘weight’ and development that it has become a phenomenon of its own. Further, it is having a parasitic effect on the biosphere – like all human activities have on our planet.

Professor Mark Williams at the University of Leicester says “Compared with the biosphere, though, it is remarkably poor at recycling its own materials, as our burgeoning landfill sites show. This might be a barrier to its further success — or halt it altogether.”


According to Wiki, the average human body weight is just over 80 kilos which adds an extra 600-billion kilos of insatiable, voracious consumers all on its own. Maybe Elon Musk is right. Maybe we should get ourselves a new planet.
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Hugh Jackman, Fox 2000 Will Produce, Act, in Alexie’s True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Anonymous

After almost 20 years playing Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is teaming up with Fox 2000, Donners Company (Producers of Deadpool) and Temple Hill (“The Fault in Our Stars”) to film an…

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Backgrounder: New transit projects across Alberta

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The governments of Canada and Alberta have approved a new list of transit projects under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), which is designed to address key infrastructure priorities with a focus on repairing and upgrading existing faci…

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Canada and Alberta fund 89 projects to improve public transit across the province

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

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Entourage and Graceland Star Rhys Coiro Makes Impromptu Visit to Standing Rock

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Anonymous

Actor Rhys Coiro, who had recurring roles on the hit TV series Entourage and Graceland, made a surprise visit to the water protector camps near Standing Rock o…

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Statement by Minister Qualtrough on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today issued the following statement.

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Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change leads clean-technology business delegation to China and meets with the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, will travel to China from December 5-8, 2016 to lead a clean-technology sector business delegation with Canadian and Chinese companies, will have high-level meetings…

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Eyes in the Sky: Cutting NASA Earth Observations Would Be a Costly Mistake

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  guest
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By Pennsylvania State University

Donald Trump’s election is generating much speculation about how his administration may or may not reshape the federal government. On space issues, a senior Trump advisor, former Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker, has called for ending NASA earth science research, including work related to climate change. Walker contends that NASA’s proper role is deep-space research and exploration, not “politically correct environmental monitoring.”

This proposal has caused deep concern for many in the climate science community, including people who work directly for NASA and others who rely heavily on NASA-produced data for their research. Elections have consequences, and it is an executive branch prerogative to set priorities and propose budgets for federal agencies.

However, President-elect Trump and his team should think very carefully before they recommend canceling or defunding any of NASA’s current Earth-observing missions.

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StarTalk Radio With Neil deGrasse Tyson –What Will It Take to Survive on Mars? Guest: "The Martian" Author Andy Weir

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  dailygalaxy.com

What will it take to survive on Mars? To find out, Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Andy Weir, best-selling novelist and author of The Martian, which was adapted into a feature film starring Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney and received…

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This Week’s Most Popular –"Colossal Hidden Galaxy to Merging Neutron Stars"

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  dailygalaxy.com

NASA’s Kepler Mission Reveals Our Solar System is Extremely Rare –"And We Have No Idea Why" Colossal Spiderweb Galaxy Three Times Size of the Milky Way –Submerged at Center of Massive Embryonic Cluster Pluto’s Extreme Ocean –Scientists Ask: "Could It…

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Saturday Stories: Post-Truthism, Anti-Semitism, And At Least 2 More Hate Filled Isms.

Posted  December 3, 2016  by  Yoni Freedhoff
Photo Source: Nick Solari, Michael Vadon CC BY-SA 2.0 / Mario Santor, Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0

The inimitable Margaret Sullivan in The Washington Post on the post-truth world of the Trump presidency.

Alana Newhouse in Tablet with an incredible piece on anti-Semitism in America.

Tiffany Martínez, in her online journal, covers how the word “Hence” highlighted at least 2 more hateful biases currently in America.

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: DECEMBER 2

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Caitlin Blennerhassett
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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s communist leader, passed away last week at the age of 90. He is said to have survived hundreds of assassination attempts; here are just 10 ways the CIA tried to kill Castro.

Shameless has published a summary of the open letter submitted to the University of British Columbia entitled “An Open Letter to UBC: Steven Galloway’s Right to Due Process” and a letter of support for UBC students.

New information about the foibles of the recent election in the United States continues to be released, with news growing ever more disturbing.

Here are five ways to support abortion providers in the United States post-election.

Black Lives Matter: Toronto’s Sandy Hudson and Janaya Khan have been named two of Toronto’s 50 most influential people.

December 1st marked World AIDS Day and was also the kick off to Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada.

In international queer news, Pakistan’s first trans model, Kami Sid, is FIRE and there are beautiful photos out of Delhi’s Queer Pride Parade.

Standing Rock’s Medic & Healer Council is still seeking donations.

The Gilmore Girls revival was released last week and people went bonkers.

Scarborough is so done with Toronto.

Here’s a goat coping with anxiety in a duck suit. Happy weekend!

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How Baltimore’s Dirt Bike Riders Make a Living

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  VICE Staff

On tonight’s episode of PAYDAY, VICE heads to Baltimore to see how a stunt bike rider, an illegal tattoo artist, a hookah business owner, and a photographer spend and save their money.

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83 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, December 3

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Steve Newton

Keep busy with these events.

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Joint statement by ministers Dion and Bibeau regarding The Gambia’s presidential election

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement regarding The Gambia’s presidential election.

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Your Local Health Clinic Probably Needs More Help Than Planned Parenthood

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

Rallying behind Planned Parenthood is great, but if you want to save your right to abortion or birth control, you should be supporting your local health clinic too.

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Trumping National Character In The United States Of America

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

By Thomas Watson

As the battle to replace him in the White House raged, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a sadly ironic presidential proclamation. Calling on all Americans to put their best foot forward, he officially named seven days in mid-October…

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Donald Trump’s Swamp: Meet Ten Potential Energy and Climate Cabinet Picks and the Pickers

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Steve Horn

One of President-elect Donald Trump’s most pressing current tasks is selecting who will serve in his new administration, especially his transition team and cabinet, though there are over 4,000 political appointees to hire for federal jobs in all.

Much of the mainstream media attention so far has centered around Trump’s choices of Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and former Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor. Congressional Democrats have called for Bannon to be banned from the White House, citing his personal bigotry and the bigotry often on display on Breitbart.com. Meanwhile, Bannon’s hire was praised by the American Nazi Party and KKK.

Yet, perhaps just as troubling is the army of climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry lobbyists helping to pick or court a spot on Trump’s future climate and energy team.

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International Trade Minister to attend WTO environment ministerial meeting

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, will be in Geneva, Switzerland, on December 3 and 4, 2016, to represent Canada at the Ministerial Meeting on the World Trade Organization (WTO) plurilateral environmental goods agreemen…

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Yeah, They Really Were “Gullibillies”

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

Krugman on Trump, “Millions of Americans have just been sucker punched. They just don’t know it yet.”

“The white working class is about to be betrayed,” Krugman declares in no uncertain terms. “The evidence of that coming betrayal is obvious in the choice of an array of pro-corporate, anti-labor figures for key positions. In particular, the most important story of the week — seriously, people, stop focusing on Trump Twitter — was the selection of Tom Price, an ardent opponent of Obamacare and advocate of Medicare privatization, as secretary of health and human services. This choice probably means that the Affordable Care Act is doomed — and Mr. Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters will be among the biggest losers.”


Trump famously promised to “drain the swamp,” a phrase the Gullibillies took to mean whatever they wanted. To some it was jailing Hillary for imagined crimes. Others thought he would reform Congress or break up the incestuous relationship between Wall Street and Washington. Guess what? They were had.

So, you don’t know my brother John? He lives in San Francisco, he’s as smart as a whippet and when I called this week he had a question – “what do George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have in common?”

“Goldman Sachs,” he answered his own question, with an implied baboom!

John’s right. It seems that no recent aspiring or elected US president dares to broach the White House without their hand being held by someone who has done time at this obscenely rich, multinational corporate behemoth. Still building out his cabinet team, Donald Trump already has recruited three of them and there’s speculation more are in the pipeline.


But far from yanking a plug to empty [the Swamp], Trump is happily doing bombshells in the murk, gathering in playmates whose corporate and political credentials, not to mention their multibillion- and multimillion-dollar fortunes, suggest little empathy with the “forgotten men and women” that Candidate Trump promised to protect from rich guys looking after rich guys and, as they go, demolishing the financial regulations that might have prevented the Great Recession – or which were reinstated in its aftermath, in the hope of preventing a repeat of the 2008 financial collapse from which the US is still recovering.


…Not only were they too pally with “crooked” Hillary Clinton, who he claimed was “under their total control”, but according to one of Trump’s TV ads, Goldman Sachs and its ilk comprised a “global power structure” that was “responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.

“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people,” Trump declared.


…Paul Waldman writes in The American Prospect: “So in order to take on that global power structure, Trump is hiring a bunch of billionaires and Wall Street tycoons, cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy, scaling back regulatory oversight of Wall Street, and offering an infrastructure plan that consists mostly of tax breaks to corporations to encourage them to build projects that they’ll then charge the public tolls in order to use.”


…America’s estimated 500 billionaires might be unlikely candidates for a White House team that working-class Americans were promised would look out for them – at his last campaign rally in Michigan, Trump told supporters: “We’re fighting for every citizen that believes that government should serve the people, not the donors and not the special interests.”

But already Trump, the first billionaire President-elect, has appointed three more billionaires to a team that, even incomplete, is the richest administration in modern American history – prompting Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank to dub it “Trump’s Team of Oligarchs”.Trump got elected on the “stupid” vote and they were warned that he believed he could do anything, even grab them by the p##sy. They didn’t have long to wait for their turn.

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Government of Canada proposes stronger regulations to protect children from exposure to lead and cadmium

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Young children are curious, always learning and constantly exploring new objects and environments. As they do so, they need to be protected from the possibility of exposure to toxic substances in children’s products.

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High on Fire plays Vancouver on January 20

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Jennie Ramstad

Tickets are on sale now.

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Backgrounder – Proposed Consumer Products – Containing Lead Regulations

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The current Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) have a lead content limit of 90 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) for the following product categories.

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Backgrounder – Proposed amendments to the Children’s Jewellery Regulations

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Health Canada is proposing the introduction of a 130 mg/kg total cadmium limit under the Children’s Jewellery Regulations for children’s jewellery items small enough to be swallowed by a child. The Department is also proposing to reduce the current tot…

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HMCS Edmonton assists in seizures, disruptions of over 2 tonnes of cocaine in Eastern Pacific

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton assisted the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in the disruption of three separate illicit drug shipments from November 15 to 18, 2016, in international waters off the Pacific Coast of Central America. The combined wei…

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The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors VanDusen Festival of Lights 2016

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden open from December 1, 2016 to January 2, 2017.
This year we’ve expanded the show to include a new carousel and all en…

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Vehicle testing marks next big milestone for O-Train Confederation Line

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

A major milestone in the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project was celebrated today …

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Light rail vehicle testing: the next big milestone on route to the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Light rail vehicle (LRV) testing began on the track between Blair and Cyrville stations this week . . .

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The Generals – Again – Sound the Warning Siren on Climate Change.

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

Climate change is on the mind of every professional military across the world. They know it impacts the threats they face and multiplies the challenge they must meet to defend their nations.

In the run up to the American election, two “commanders” groups, one made up of US generals and admirals,  the other made up of senior commanders of the US and other nations, warned of the threat climate change posed to world security.

Now, another military warning that, unless we act immediately to eliminate carbon emissions, we will experience mass migration on a scale most a decade ago would have thought unimaginable.

“Climate change is the greatest security threat of the 21st century,” said Maj Gen Munir Muniruzzaman, chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on climate change and a former military adviser to the president of Bangladesh. He said one metre of sea level rise will flood 20% of his nation. “We’re going to see refugee problems on an unimaginable scale, potentially above 30 million people.”

He’s talking 30 million migrants from Bangladesh alone. That’s just a fraction of the global figure. A lot of those eyes will be looking for safe refuge, preferrably in some large, relatively unpopulated territory.

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Public servants who turn a blind eye to wrongful activities will be held accountable

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

A former Library and Archives Canada manager pleaded guilty today for failing to report wrongdoing related to the purchase of IT professional services.

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Southern Resident Killer Whales Unlikely to Survive Increase in Oil Tanker Traffic, Say Experts

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

Under the waves of Haro Strait, hydrophones record the noise made by passing vessels and, if you happen to be a whale, the din is already disorienting and disturbing, making it difficult to echo-locate food or communicate with other members of the pod.

Tweet: ‘It’s a thunder. Thump-thump-thump, accompanied by squeals & engine noise - like being under the hood of a hot-rod’ http://bit.ly/2gi1faFIt’s a thunder. Thump, thump, thump, accompanied by squeals and engine noise. It’s like being under the hood of a hot-rod,” said Howard Garrett, president of Orca Network, the Washington State group that tracks the comings and goings of the 80 remaining members of the endangered southern resident killer whales.

All recent studies of the resident pods have identified marine noise around the Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca Strait as one of the stressors threatening their survival, in addition to lack of Chinook salmon — the whales’ favourite prey — contaminants accumulating in their blubber and degradation of their critical habitat.

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Getting It Right – Sadly

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

He didn’t say a word about changing into Harper.

Three years ago Damien Gillis of The Common Sense Canadian speculated that Justin Trudeau might be worse than Harper for Canada’s environment. Now it turns out he was right. Three debacles, all of them in British Columbia, show that Trudeau is not the leader he pretended to be.

…barely a year into his reign Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is batting almost .1000 when it comes to approving controversial energy projects, from liquefied natural gas plants in Squamish and Prince Rupert to permits for the Site C dam — and now Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3.

In that 2013 editorial, my main concern about the new Liberal leader was that his energy and trade policies were nearly identical to those of former prime minister Stephen Harper — they just looked and sounded better coming from Canada’s prodigal son.

Moreover, I already had the sense Trudeau wasn’t guided by a clear set of values, making him vulnerable to persuasive political advisors and powerful lobbies. With Harper, I noted three years ago, at least we had “a sense that his zeal for expanding Canada’s fossil fuel industries through foreign ownership is something in which he believes on a deep, ideological level.” With Harper, you knew exactly what you were getting — he loathed environmentalists and didn’t care much for “radical” First Nations either.


…His first year in office was all about trying to have his cake and eat it, too.

In Paris, he committed Canada to serious climate action. “Canada is back, my friends,” he crowed.

More like right back to where we started. Since then, we’ve seen him default to Harper’s climate targets and approve pipeline and LNG projects which ensure it is impossible to meet even those low standards.

Trudeau campaigned on rebuilding Canada’s relationship with First Nations, but on respect for Indigenous title and rights, especially when it comes to energy projects, he’s all but forgotten them. His government pledged to support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, then earned rebukes from leaders like Grand Chief Stewart Phillip when Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr dismissed one of its key principles: free, prior and informed consent to any development on traditional territories.

Finally, the contorted thesis of the Trudeau government appears to be that it’s possible — even necessary — to grow the fossil fuel economy in order to facilitate the transition to a green economy.


…Though he makes frequent mention of his “B.C. roots,” Trudeau clearly does not understand this place one lick, especially its wild coastline. No one who does believes for a second that it is possible to recover anything from a major spill, especially one involving bitumen.


…Trudeau has proven adept at running from the left and governing from the right.

Yet there is a reckoning headed his way — perhaps bigger than even his predecessor faced. Because while no one expected wine and roses from Harper, Trudeau gave them high hopes.

The disappointment is that much greater when it’s rooted in a deception — just ask former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell about the HST and BC Rail, or look back to the Liberal sponsorship scandal of the early 2000s. Trudeau’s cutesy tweets, shirtless photo-ops and million-dollar smiles will prove no match for this kind of outrage.

The approval of Kinder Morgan has awakened B.C., and there’s no end to the Vancouverites and other supporters ready to stand on the line.

Think Idle No More meets Standing Rock meets Occupy meets the War in the Woods meets Burnaby Mountain — all unfolding in a major urban centre, under the watchful eye of tens of thousands of camera phones, drones and social, grassroots and mainstream media.


At this point I would usually add a para or two of personal thoughts. Not this time. I’m too damned angry with that lying thug of a prime minister and his cheap threats.

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Parks Canada celebrates 50 years of Whooping Crane Conservation

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Parks Canada celebrates 50 years of Whooping Crane Conservation

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Ask N NDN: College Application and Essay Writing From an Expert (A Teen!)

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

If you are like me, a soon-to-be-graduating high school senior, you might be getting that horrible knot in your stomach as to what the heck to do next….

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Canadian Space Agency strengthens long-term partnership with European Space Agency to support innovation and science

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) member states and cooperating states gathered in Lucerne, Switzerland, to make important investment decisions regarding Europe’s future space activities.

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Evergreen Extension Officially Open to the Public

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Evergreen extension, which will bring reliable rapid transit service between Coquitlam, Port Moody and Burnaby, was officially opened today by B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge on behalf of the…

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It’s Going to Be Bad on December 5, Says Native Seattle City Council Member

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Anonymous

Seattle City Council Member Debora Juarez, Blackfeet, hesitated as she spoke to the council on Monday, Novem…

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Government of Canada celebrates strong support for cutting-edge research

Posted  December 2, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Government of Canada values the role that scientists play in contributing to the discoveries and innovations that lead to a strong economy, sustainable environment and vibrant middle class. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure a…

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