by: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release
Public inquiry recommended oversight in 2006 – no action since that time
The BC Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers today called on the government to end its long inaction on the need for an independent and effective complaints and monitoring mechanism for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Maher Arar judicial inquiry recommended that CBSA’s national security activities be subjected to independent review in 2006. The federal government has failed to act on this recommendation.
While CBSA has sweeping police (Read more…)
by: UNIFOR | Press Release
HALIFAX, Feb. 27, 2014 – Unifor members across the country were devastated to hear the news late yesterday afternoon that police had discovered the remains of Loretta Saunders near the Trans-Canada highway inNew Brunswick.
“This is a terrible loss, and our thoughts are with her family, friends, and community,” said Unifor National PresidentJerry Dias.
Saunders, an Inuk young woman originally from Labrador, was a criminology student working on a thesis about murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada, and Nova Scotia in particular. After learning of her disappearance, her supervisor released a statement about the depth and passion of her work, as (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
In this age of the Harper Conservatives and a rampaging fossil fuel industry, Canadian anti-fracking activism requires more than a sense of environmental and social justice. It requires a toolkit of knowledge about what’s happening and how to effectively respond at the local, national and global level.
The Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” is one such toolkit.
The toolkit empowers Canadians to push back against fracking, protect Canada’s water sources, combat climate change, and partner with First Nations in their ongoing struggle to protect their besieged rights. It was inspired by the Council of (Read more…)
by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release
CCPA Alternative Budget 2014
OTTAWA — The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) warns a so-called “do-nothing” federal budget is anything but, and is likely to worsen Canada’s slowing economy.
The CCPA’s 2014 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously address Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns. It delivers a plan that would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost the economy, lower unemployment to 5.4%—and still balance the budget one year later than the federal government (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Alternative Federal Budget would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty: Think Tank
By: Pembina Institute | Press Release
OTTAWA — The proposed Energy East pipeline would enable a significant increase in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report from the Pembina Institute.
Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline is the first public estimate of the west-to-east pipeline’s upstream climate impact. It shows that producing the crude needed to fill Energy East could generate up to 32 million tonnes of additional greenhouse gas emissions each year — an even greater impact than the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
TransCanada is expected to file its regulatory application for Energy East with the (Read more…)
The Canadian Tamil Congress hosted its seventh annual Pongal Dinner at the Hilton Toronto / Markham Suites Conference Centre.
Sponsors of the event included Himelfarb Proszanski LLP, Chapel Ridge, Money Gram, Sujan Shan, Dynevor Express, Abi Singam, Ideal Developments, Jaff Networks and Central City.
Congratulations to the Canadian Tamil Congress on its 7th Annual Gala Dinner. Happy Thai Pongal. pic.twitter.com/gWKv91icM4
— Karen Stintz (@karenstintz) January 18, 2014
Federal public sector unions are joining forces to legally challenge the Harper Conservatives’ latest assault on Canadian workers’ rights through Bill C-4.
The post Public sector unions legally challenge Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-4 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The South Asian Bar Association held its annual gala and awards at the Park Hyatt Toronto Yorkville.
The keynote speech was provided by Premier Kathleen Wynne.
The following recipients were honoured:
Sukanya Pillay – President’s Award Gita Anand – Practitioner of the Year Neil Puddicombe – In-House Counsel of the Year Gary Anandasangaree – Young Practitioner of the Year Devin Persaud – Law Student Recognition Award
Unifor raises grave concerns about the sweeping changes to the Canada Labour Code proposed by the omnibus Federal Budget Implementation Bill C-4.
The post Unifor opposes Bill C-4 attacks on workers’ health and safety appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
A group of lawyers has asked Canada to arrest former US Vice President Dick Cheney for torture and war crimes when he visits Toronto later this week.
The post Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
A just released poll shows that Nova Scotians overwhelmingly support a continued moratorium on fracking, unless an independent review finds there is no risk to drinking water, human health, the climate or communities.
The post Nova Scotians overwhelmingly support continued ban on fracking appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says some of the unlawful killings executed by US drone strikes in Pakistan “could even amount to war crimes”.
The post Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The BC Civil Liberties Association has filed a lawsuit against Canadian spy agency ASEC, claims its surveillance of Canadians is unconstitutional.
The post Civil Liberties Group Sues Spy Agency Over Illegal Spying On Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
With Parliament set to resume, coalition calls for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against government intrusion
The post More than 30 organizations uniting to safeguard Canadians’ privacy rights appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The reintroduction of postal banking in Canada would offer access to financial services not now available to many Canadians, says new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
The post New study makes the case for postal banking in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The Pembina Institute is suing the Government of Alberta over its decision to bar the energy policy think tank from participating in the regulatory review of a proposed in situ oilsands project.
The post Energy policy think tank sues Alberta over right to speak at tar sands hearings appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada urges the Harper government to reject Verizon’s bid to become Canada’s fourth largest telecoms carrier and, instead, establish a telecommunications Crown Corporation.
The post Reject Verizon, Establish Telecommunications Crown Corporation: Union appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
A Vancouver-based environmental group ForestEthics and activist Donna Sinclair are suing the Harper government over new rules that drastically limit Canadians’ participation in pipeline project hearings and decisions relating to the energy industry.
The post ForestEthics sues Harper government over limits on pipeline hearings appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The recent visit by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights shows that violence against indigenous women in Canada demands inquiry, says Human Rights Watch.
The post Canada: Violence Against Indigenous Women Demands Inquiry appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The Council of Canadians announces a national campaign to stop TransCanada’s proposed $12 billion Energy East pipeline, which would ship Alberta‘s dirty tar sands oil to Canada’s East Coast.
The post TransCanada’s Energy East oil pipeline will face fierce opposition: Council of Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The Great Lakes have been saved from nuke waste contamination after Swedish company Studsvik canceled its plan to ship radioactive waste across the Lakes, says Emma Lui, the Council of Canadians’ water campaigner.
The post Great Lakes saved from nuke waste contamination appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Poverty is making Canadians sick, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), “the national voice of Canadian physicians.”
The post Poverty the biggest barrier to good health for Canadians: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada opposes the Harper government efforts to woo US telecom giant Verizon Communications “to take over Canada’s telecommunications.”
The post Harper government should stop wooing Verizon Communications: Union appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has launched an anti-Harper ad, urges Canadians to resist the Conservatives’ plan to “undermine the CBC’s editorial independence and turn our national public broadcaster into a government propaganda machine – a state broadcaster!”
The post CBC: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launch anti-Harper ad [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
In this open letter, Voices-Voix, a coalition of more than 200 civil society organizations across Canada, tells Harper that his government’s “enemy lists” violate freedoms guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The post Canadian government enemy lists: Voices-Voix open letter to PM Harper appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.