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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, summarizing these posts on the dangers of setting up past advocacy as a barrier to a place in public life.

For further reading…- Again, Sean Fine’s report on the Cons’ general ideological screening for judges is here.  – Glenn Kauth reports on Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s lack of concern about Justice Russell Brown’s past comments. – Rachel Aiello reports on how political parties vet candidates through their social media histories, while John Baglow follows up on the NDP’s vetting policy. And Jamie Weinman argues that we should expect more than to play “gotcha” with candidates’ past (Read more…)

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye » Politics: CBA Resolution on Solitary Confinement

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Council passed a resolution on August 13, 2015, against the overuse of solitary confinement in Canada. Omar Ha-Redeye addressed Council to modify the wording of the resolution, which was ultimately passed.

The text of the resolution concludes:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Bar Association urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to adopt or amend legislation and policies to clearly restrict and regulate the use of solitary confinement, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation and other forms of separate and isolated confinement in Canadian correctional institutions and create effective enforcement mechanisms to ensure those restrictions are (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Cecil the lion’s killing shines spotlight on barbaric trophy hunting

The killing of famous Zimbabwe lion Cecil highlights an ongoing and worldwide practice that also takes place in Canada, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: The values of hope and happiness

David Suzuki on how our tendency to seek solace in material things as a reaction to threats such as terrorism and climate change causes more insecurity.

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The Canadian Progressive: “Kill Bill C-51″: Conservative Supporters Tell Stephen Harper

Game-changing supporters of the Conservative Party of Canada are warning Stephen Harper Bill C-51 could result in “a Liberal or NDP government”.

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The Canadian Progressive: NEB’s Energy East pipeline review must be suspended: Groups

Over 60 groups from across Canada recently asked the National Energy Board to suspend its biased review of TransCanada’s Energy East tar sands pipeline.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church

The United Church of Canada wants “clear reassurance” that Prime minister Stephen Harper does not intend to criminalize Canadians critical of Israel.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Signs of change are sweeping the nation

The NDP’s historic triumph in Alberta shows that ordinary people can overcome corporate power and effect democratic change, argues environmentalist David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical

Canadians have a moral obligation to revolt against Stephen Harper’s efforts to criminalize both legitimate criticism of Israel and support for Palestinians.

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The Canadian Progressive: Broken Covenant: Blistering report on 9 years of Harper agenda

New eye-opening report by the chairperson of the Council of Canadians chronicles Harper’s 1984-style assault on Canada’s democratic institutions and values.

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The Canadian Progressive: Digging science: Citizens amplify knowledge about the natural world

David Suzuki on how affordable technologies are facilitating the growth of citizen science, environmental activism and “meaningful scientific pursuits”.

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The Canadian Progressive: Wasteful taxpayer-funded propaganda must stop, Harper told

Independent watchdog Democracy Watch calls on the Auditor General to audit the Conservatives ads, and on Harper to stop the taxpayer-funded propaganda.

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The Canadian Progressive: Rights groups demand unconditional dismissal of Bill C-51

More than 100 rights organizations and prominent individuals have signed a letter demanding the immediate and unconditional dismissal of Harper’s police state Bill C-51.

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The Canadian Progressive: Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

David Suzuki explains how the Koch Brothers, the largest U.S. leaseholder in the Alberta tar sands, use their vast wealth to fund climate change denial.

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The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Beginning April 11, communities along TransCanada’s proposed Energy East route in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will hear why the pipeline is all risk and little reward for them.

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The Canadian Progressive: Bill C-51: 8 things activists and dissenters in Canada need to know

After thoroughly studying Harper’s draconian anti-terror Bill C-51, lawyers at the BC Civil Liberties Association suggest the 8 things activists and dissenters in Canada need to know.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to end the grisly trophy hunt

As the spring grizzly hunt approaches, environmentalist David Suzuki outlines the perils of grizzly bear trophy hunting in British Columbia and Canada.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Police State Anti-terrorism Bill C-51 “Dangerous”: 100+ Academics

More than 100 academics sign letter telling Canadian MPs that Harper’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, would allow CSIS to violate Canadians’ privacy rights.

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Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: 2015 Black History Month Recognized in Ontario Legislature

The Ontario Legislature recognized Black History Month on Feb. 24, 2015. A statement by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade is available here.

Hansard, Feb. 24, 2015 Black History Month

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act Legal Case Could Call Into Question The Validity Of Upcoming Election

The Council of Canadians and Canadian Federation of Students have filed a Charter Challenge to Harper’s Fair Elections Act in the Ontario Superior Court.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ralph Nader: What’s Happening to Canada? Open letter to Stephen Harper

Ralph Nader tells Stephen Harper, “You talk like George W. Bush,” warns that the Conservatives’ anti-terror Bill C-51 would harm Canadian democracy.

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The Canadian Progressive: CRA Guts Dying With Dignity’s Long-Standing Charitable Status

Leading death with dignity lobby group announced Tuesday that it’s losing its charitable status after a recent political-activity audit by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Environmental Group Uses Satire To Highlight Energy East Pipeline Risks

Environmental Defence’s “Great Canadian Migrations” satirical video says grave risks posed by TransCanada’s proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline include climate change and oil spills

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The Canadian Progressive: Retrial of Al Jazeera Journalists Must Pave Way to Their Unconditional Freedom

Egypt’s retrial of Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and two other jailed Al Jazeera journalists acknowledges major flaws in their original convictions, says Amnesty International.

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The Canadian Progressive: Groups call on BC and Science World to end LNG promotion

Advocacy groups and concerned citizens have signed an open letter demanding that the British Columbia government and Science World cancel their province-wide community seminars promoting the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.

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