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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court

Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care was “cruel and unusual” treatment that “shocks the conscience and outrages Canadian standards of decency.”

The post Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: In Harper’s Canada … A Budget Bill Isn’t Just A Budget

Pay close attention to Harper's "omnibus" bills. Those contain the bulk of his agenda. They're so big that he's hoping you don't even look. These bills are so multi-dimensional that calling them "budget implementation bills" is a bad joke. Bill C-31, the budget implementation bill for 2014, is no exception.

In single column, english . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: In Harper’s Canada … A Budget Bill Isn’t Just A Budget

calgaryliberal.com: How to End a Career in 24 Seconds: Dr. Flanagan

A Canadian Conservative has to do a lot to be punted by the Wildrose party and the Manning Centre. Thomas Flanagan did that on Wednesday by condoning child pornography. See the recorded video below of his response to a question on his views on child pornography. His argumentation basically noted that the individual act of . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: How to End a Career in 24 Seconds: Dr. Flanagan

The Canadian Progressive: Lawyers, doctors take Harper government to court over refugee health-care cuts

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013: Canadian refugee lawyers, advocacy groups, doctors and patients are banding together to file a lawsuit against the Harper government’s recent draconian cuts to health care for refugees. The group from the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care (CDRC), and three . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Lawyers, doctors take Harper government to court over refugee health-care cuts

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Jason Kenney spent $750,000 spying on Canada’s ethnic minorities

Over the past three years, Conservative minister Jason Kenney’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration blew almost $750,000 in Canadian taxpayers money “monitoring ethnic media”, according to The Canadian Press. The political daily media moni… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Jason Kenney spent $750,000 spying on Canada’s ethnic minorities

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: In Canada, more vulnerable refugees being denied access to health care

by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care One month after Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care released a number of examples of patients being denied access to necessary health services due to the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and its resulting confusion, the group is releasing another round of troubling cases. Canadian Doctors for . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: In Canada, more vulnerable refugees being denied access to health care

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canadians to Conservative MP Kelly Block: We Disagree With Racism

by Obert Madondo (@Obiemad) In Canada we hardly confront racism by political figures. As a consequence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s government and Conservative MPs are having a field day practicing racism and creating resentment towards minority groups dominated by persons of color. Earlier this year, Harper’s immigrant-bashing minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, introduced . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canadians to Conservative MP Kelly Block: We Disagree With Racism

BigCityLib Strikes Back: CIJA On Bill C-31: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable?

I wrote not too long ago about CIJA’s (The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs)  meager response to Bill C-31.   Now The Centre has issued a meatier statement on the legislation.  While its tenor of the backgrounder is, in general,  kissy-assy towards the Harper government,  in the end it concludes:

…there are certain areas where small but . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: CIJA On Bill C-31: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable?

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Immigration Bill C31: Auschwitz Survivor Wiesel Confronts Harper

“I feel morally compelled to remain on the side of other uprooted men and women everywhere. Today, as yesterday, a nation is judged by its attitude towards refugees.”

The sobering words of Jewish-American political activist, Nobel laureate, writer, professor, Elie Wiesel. The Holocaust survivor’s response to the Harper Conservative governments’ draconian changes to Canada’s refugee . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Immigration Bill C31: Auschwitz Survivor Wiesel Confronts Harper

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians’ Intelligence

Earlier, I gloated over the influential right-leaning British magazine’s criticism of Harper’s burgeoning elected dictatorship. I’ve a second sober take on the issue. See, I failed to read between the lines: The Economist actually ridiculed progressive Canadians’ collective intelligence.

First, the magazine tells its readers: “Polls show that voters still consider him a more impressive . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians’ Intelligence

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Refugee Health Cutbacks: Canadian Jewish Groups Respond (Or Not)

Since the negative consequences of Bill C-31 have become apparent over the last month or so–for example,  many refugee claimants will lose access to life-saving drugs such as insulin, and to preventive care–-several Jewish organizations have expressed concerns with the law.  They have been especially troubled by those sections of it relating to the prevention . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Refugee Health Cutbacks: Canadian Jewish Groups Respond (Or Not)

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Obert Report: Harper and Obama Argue About The War of 1812 (VIDEO)

Co-hosts Obert and Anita dramatize a recent secret conversation between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama. Harper and his Conservative majority government are militarizing Canadian society. They’re re-writing the country’s history to fit their fledgling right-wing worldview. Canada‘s Independence Day is around the corner and Harper has placed the War of . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Obert Report: Harper and Obama Argue About The War of 1812 (VIDEO)

Politics and its Discontents: What The Extreme Right Doesn’t Want Us To Think About

Although it hardly qualifies as a startling or original insight, something occurred to me this morning as I was reading my Sunday Star. Two front page items, one about the bullied bus monitor, Karen Klein, the other about five-year-old Lovely Avelus a Haitian girl rescued from the ruble of the earthquake two years . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What The Extreme Right Doesn’t Want Us To Think About

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada’s “Refugee Exclusion Act” Clears Commons

What a sad day for Canadian politics! All day today, millions of us were entranced by the epic beginning of the struggle against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s draconian Budget Bill C-38. In the meantime, the Conservatives used their majority advantage in the House of Commons to pass Immigration minister Jason Kenney‘s backward-looking legislation, Bill . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada’s “Refugee Exclusion Act” Clears Commons

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On The Tory Human Smuggling Bill

There has been some surprise expressed at the tweaks announced today to Jason Kenney’s human smuggling legislation.  Are the Harper Tories getting all soft and persuadable? 

The government line is that the amendments are:

…a response by the government to the concerns raised by several individuals, including the opposition parties.

However, there is at . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: On The Tory Human Smuggling Bill