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The Canadian Progressive: Navigating Canada’s complex terrain of student financial assistance

A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that “student aid systems in Canada are intricate, elaborate, and, in many cases, thoroughly unmanageable.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: TransCanada told to “cease and desist”

The Council of Canadians this week told TransCanada to “cease and desist” from the deplorable practice of purchasing the silence of Canadian towns likely to be affected by the Energy East tar sands pipeline.

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The Canadian Progressive: Website for Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Launched

New website launched on first anniversary of the death of Bella Laboucan-McLean, whose case remains unsolved and is listed as suspicious.

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The Canadian Progressive: Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List

If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, the NSA may have scouped up your computer IP address and spied on you, says ProPublica.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada must press Israel to end assault on Gaza

The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East calls on Canadian MPs to press Israel to end its ongoing “disproportionate assault on Gaza.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Secretive critical talks on the TPP happening in Ottawa

The ongoing secretive TPP negotiations could result in the largest global ‘trade’ agreement encompassing about 40 per cent of the world economy.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Temporary agency workers struggling with low pay and economic insecurity: CCPA report

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examined the rise of temporary agency work in British Columbia, proposes reforms to better protect workers.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Canada setting new global standard for TPP secrecy: Council of Canadians

Despite being less than a week away from hosting hundreds of negotiators and other officials from the other 11 TPP member countries, the Canadian government has kept a tight lid on any details about the Ottawa meeting.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: CBC “Abandons Canadians”, Says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

The CBC plan to shift its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, and reduce staff, abandons Canadians, says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Democracy Watch files integrity complaint against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

National watchdog organization Democracy Watch has filed a complaint with the Toronto Integrity Commissioner about inside lobbying by Rob Ford and Doug Ford on behalf of companies with ties to their family company.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s “Fair” Elections Act to face Charter challenge

The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students announce a Charter challenge against Harper’s Fair Elections Act, which received Royal Assent and became law last week.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper Will Regret Approving the Enbridge Pipeline: Forest Ethics

Vancouver-based environmental group Forest Ethics says Harper’s approval of the politically toxic Northern Gateway pipeline may cost him the 2015 election.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: CJPME Urges Canada to Stop Dithering and Let Syrian Refugees In

The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urges Canada to resettle at least 5,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2014.

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The Canadian Progressive: Five strategies to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline

by: Brent Patterson | First published by The Council of Canadians on June 16, 2014

A map of Enbridge’s proposed $6.5 billion Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. Map from Mining.com

The Harper government must announce its decision on the 525,000 barrels per day Northern Gateway tar sands export pipeline by midnight tomorrow.

On CTV’s Question Period yesterday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, said, “We fully expected the Harper government to make every effort to ram this project through. But…there’s enormous solidarity here in British Columbia between First Nations people, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s “racist” changes to health care for refugees has threatened lives

by: Adrienne Silnicki | First published by The Council of Canadians on June 12, 2014

Another June 16th, is almost upon and we’re once again offering our support and solidarity to incredible organizations like Canadian Doctors for Refugees who are organizing yet another day of rallies and protest against the racist and discriminatory cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (aka health care for refugees).

This June 16th, the Council of Canadians will once again join health care professionals, lawyers, students,labour brothers and sisters, and civil society to yell “shame!” at a government that feels no shame in (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: F-35 Fighter Jet Too Dangerous For Canadian Air Force, Says Report

by: Obert Madondo | June 9, 2014

A new report released Monday is urging the Harper Government to shelve its plans to purchase F-35 fighter jets to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet.

The report, entitled “One Dead Pilot: Single-Engine F-35s a Bad Choice,” was released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The report was written by University of British Columbia political science professor Michael Byers, who recently won the $50,000 Donner Prize for his book International Law and the Arctic.

Reuters recently reported that the Conservatives would soon be purchasing 65 F-35 fighters.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Online Surveillance Bill C‐13 Reveals “Canada’s Growing Privacy Deficit”

by: Obert Madondo | June 8, 2014

Canada’s privacy experts are gravely concerned about Bill C-13, the Conservatives’ Orwellian cybercrime bill, deceptively named “Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act“.

Last week, over 30 of them expressed their concern in a scathing letter addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The signatories also told Harper that, Daniel Therrien, the newly-appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada, lacks the “perspective and experience necessary to immediately tackle Canada’s many privacy problems.”

In a previous blog post, I quoted outgoing privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, who said Bill C-13 lacks “accountability and reporting mechanisms to shed light on new investigative powers.” I added:

Stoddardts statement (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Sex Workers Dismayed by Harper’s New Prostitution Law

“Frankly, this response is heartbreaking.” – Emily Symons

by: POWER | Press Release | June 4, 2014

(OTTAWA) – Today, members of POWER and other sex workers and allies across Canada expressed dismay and disappointment following the introduction of a Bill in the House of Commons that would criminalize the purchase of sex. The Minister of Justice tabled the Bill in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s historic decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, in which Canada’s highest court struck down key Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution on the grounds that they put sex workers (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal will hurt Canada’s auto industry: study

by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release | May 28, 2014

OTTAWA – The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will only exacerbate the Canadian auto industry’s recent decline, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The study, by Unifor economist and CCPA vice-president Jim Stanford, analyses CETA’s likely effects on Canadian automotive trade, investment, and employment and claims the trade deal will make Canada’s current trade imbalance with the EU incrementally worse. The study estimates that the existing $5.3 billion trade deficit with Europe will widen significantly as (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Poll: Albertans clearly support stronger rules for industrial greenhouse gas emissions

by: Pembina Institute | Press Release | May 23, 2014

EDMONTON — New poll results show that 76 per cent of Albertans support the Government of Alberta requiring stronger greenhouse gas performance regulations for industrial facilities.

Federal and provincial greenhouse gas regulations for the oil and gas sector have long been in the works, and Alberta’s existing emissions rules, the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER), are set to expire on September 1, 2014.

However, recent media reports suggest the Alberta government intends to put off announcing any changes to its existing industrial emissions regulations until the fall, attributing the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: SHAME: Harper Government Whitewashed Colombian Human Rights Abuses

by: Obert Madondo | May 20, 2014

To quote Amnesty International Canada’s Alex Neve: Canadian mining companies lead the mining world; but none aspire to lead the world in mining-related human rights abuses.

That’s serious human rights abuses committed by Canadian mining companies particularly in the developing world.

The Harper government had both the opportunity and obligation to highlight the serious mining-related human rights abuses happening in Colombia in its third annual Human Rights Impact Report for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The report is mandatory under the Canada-Colombia free trade deal, signed by the Conservatives and Colombian government (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: New CCR Report shows established refugees now face loss of status in Canada

by: Canadian Council for Refugees | Press Release | May 7, 2014

The Canadian Council for Refugees today released its report “Cessation: stripping refugees of their status in Canada”. The report provides case examples and shows that, following recent changes to the law, refugees now live in fear of loss of status and removal from Canada, in a process that is arbitrary, draconian and absurd.

“Unfortunately, our concerns about the change in the law regarding cessation have proven to be well-founded,” said Loly Rico, CCR President. “We are seeing a dramatic increase in cessation applications, including against long-term permanent (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: Pondering a palatable pipeline…

I guest-hosted TWiE podcast episode 137 a few days ago, an episode devoted to the Alberta oil sands / tar sands. If you ask me (and I realize none of you have ) it’s well worth a listen!

The week’s guest was US energy analyst Robert Rapier, who had visited Fort McMurray on a Canadian government junket for journalists. He came back with a five-part essay on his experience, and some valuable, contextualizing factoids.

Shockingly, he showed data suggesting that the Alberta tar sands are now only slightly more greenhouse gas-intensive than “average” petroleum. (In other words, the emissions (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Amend Bill C-24 to ensure fairer and more efficient legislation: CBA

by: Canadian Bar Association | Press Release | April 30, 2014

OTTAWA — The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says that changes are needed to Bill C-24, Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, and offers 20 recommendations that would improve key areas of the legislation.

The CBA welcomes the clarification of residency requirements and provision of citizenship retroactively to more “lost Canadians,” but raises concerns about other aspects of the Bill, including substantial increases to the government’s powers to revoke citizenship and requirements for applicants to demonstrate an intention to reside in Canada.

“The changes we are proposing would lead to a (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fracking: Council of Canadians’ ‘Frack Corp’ Fracks Parliament Hill

by: Council of Canadians | Press Release | May 1, 2014

‘Frack Corp’ fracked Parliament Hill this morning using a 14-foot fracking rig spilling fracking wastewater in the process. The Council of Canadians, the organization behind the action, said it was to highlight the grave risks associated with fracking such as well leaks and wastewater spills.

“We organized this action to drive home to Members of Parliament why Canadian and Indigenous communities are calling for a ban on fracking,” says Emma Lui, water campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “Affected communities have been sounding the alarm on fracking for years because (Read more…)