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The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, hungry aboriginal kids, adults used as nutritional experiment subjects

In Canada, hungry aboriginal kids and adults were used as unwitting subjects of nutritional experiments by Canadian government bureaucrats during and after World War II, The Canadian Press reported Tuesday.

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The Canadian Progressive: Former Liberal Leader Bob Rae Joins Fair Vote Canada’s Advisory Board

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Bob Rae. (Photo: Fair Vote Canada)

Former Liberal leader Bob Rae has joined the National Advisory Board of Fair Vote Canada, a grassroots multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform in Canada.

Rae joins a cast of distinguished Canadians and progressives already serving on the board, including David Suzuki, Mel Hurtig, Maude Barlow, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Hugh Segal, Rafe Mair and Ed Broadbent.

This release from Fair Vote Canada:

Fair Vote Canada is pleased to announce the addition of former Liberal Leader Bob Rae, PC, OC, OOnt, QC, MP, to its National Advisory Board.

“Canadians need to (Read more…)

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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Guest post: The Reserve Paradox (Part II)

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Aboriginal people in Canada today suffer from much higher rates of poverty, illness, dysfunction and incarceration than non-Native Canadians. Many non-Native Canadians believe that this is due to the Indian Act and the reserve system which set Aboriginals apart from other Canadians. When these non-Natives see protest movements like the Idle No More movement and

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Guest post: The Reserve Paradox (Part I)

Once again, I’m happy to lend over this space to my colleague Jared Milne. This time, Jared talks about the troubles that the Aboriginal community has been in for years — or in his words, “how the reserves and the Indian Act, which are seen as ways by which Native Canadians are supposedly clinging to their backward ways of life and preferring to rely on government handouts rather than work for

The Canadian Progressive: B.C. Premier Christy Clark wins Westside-Kelowna, returns to legislature

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Premier Christy Clark. (Photo: via Facebook)

Christy Clark got what she desperately needed to remain premier of British Columbia: a seat in the provincial legislature.

Clark convincingly won Wednesday’s by-election in the riding of Westside-Kelowna over NDP challenger Carole Gordon.

Clark was rejected by voters in her riding of Vancouver-Point Grey during the May 14 provincial election. The voters chose New Democrat David Eby. Instead of stepping aside, Clark stayed on as premier but wasn’t allowed to partake in legislative business. So, fellow Liberal MLA Ben Stewart had to step down to allow her to win Westside-Kelowna, (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Ex-NHL star Georges Laraque seeks Bourassa riding for May’s Greens

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Georges Laraque (Photo By Dave Sandford/CHC)

Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is ready for his next great fight. If he wins, he’ll join Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa.

Laraque, once the NHL’s most feared hockey enforcer, announced Tuesday he’ll be the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Montreal riding of Bourassa.

“Today is an important day for me. It is the result of many years of community involvement. I would be so proud to be chosen by the people of Bourassa to be their representative,” said Laraque, who (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: #MacheteSomethingYEG: Edmonton’s twitchy-eyed, machete-wielding savages strike back

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

Earlier this week, National Post opinion writer Chris Selley said that if the southern Alberta floods had touched Edmonton, that city would become “a smoking hole in the ground at this point, infested with twitchy-eyed, machete-wielding savages“.

A gigantic sarcasm fail that turned out to be.

Edmontons took to Twitter and, using the hash tag #MacheteSomethingYEG, showed how proud they are of the Alberta capital. Even Mayor Stephen Mandel joined in on the fun.

Mister. AOC (@MisterAOC) updated his status with: Let’s enjoy these machetes while we can. Before the High River RCMP gets (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Sovereignty Summer: Idle No More Launches New Website

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Dec 2012 (Photo: Obert Madondo)

The Idle No More movement just launched a new, activism-oriented, social media-friendly website!

The launch coincides with the beginning of Sovereignty Summer (#SovSummer), an education and action-based campaign focused on Indigenous Rights and in defense of Mother Earth.

This press release from #IdleNoMore and Defenders of the Land:

This Friday Idle No More launches a new website and communications platform that will engage hundreds of thousands of people via the web, social media, email, and text. Timed to coincide with the beginning of (Read more…)

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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Can boomerangs swing back out, after coming towards you?

It’s a fair question, because there was another putsch in Australia today. Three years after Kevin Rudd was forced out as Prime Minister by the ruling Labour Party in favour of Julia Gillard, today Gillard herself was shoved aside when it became clear her party has no chance of winning the spring elections in September (remember the seasons are reversed there) with her as leader. The new

The Canadian Progressive: Extend EI coverage for all Southern Alberta flood victims: AFL

by: Alberta Federation of Labour | Press Release:

EDMONTON, June 25, 2013 – Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan has called on the federal government to extend EI coverage for all those affected by floods in Southern Alberta.

Only about 22% of unemployed Albertans are eligible for EI and the waiting period is 2 weeks.

McGowan wrote to Minister Diane Finley today and asked her to immediately undertake the following:

Waive all waiting periods for those who qualify for benefits. Extend EI benefits to small business owners affected by the flood. Many of the establishments under water in Inglewood/Mission, downtown Calgary, Bragg Creek, Medicine (Read more…)

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Raising the cap — still not a good reason to approve Northern Gateway

The Con government has announced that Canadian energy companies who cause an environmental disaster will be liable for a much larger amount. Currently, it’s just $30 million for the east and west coasts and $40 million for the Arctic. Now it will be $1 billion.

That’s fine, but when one considers Exxon Valdez has cost Exxon / Mobil $7 billion to date (and this disaster happened in 1989),

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Medical Students Condemn Conservatives’ Refugee Health Cuts

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), condemn the federal government’s cuts to essential health services for refugees.

This press release:

OTTAWA, June 17, 2013 – On June 17th, 2013, National Day of Action Against Refugee Health Cuts, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), together representing all Canadian medical students, express their firm stance against the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) cuts.

The CFMS has repeatedly expressed its staunch opposition to the changes to the IFHP since their inception last Spring, and continues to support (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Today, Canadians Fight For Refugee Health Care: 2nd National Day of Action

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

Today, June 17, 2013, is the 2nd Annual Day of Action for refugee health care!

Canadians, rights activists, doctors and other health care workers assemble in cities across the country to protest the federal government’s 2012 draconian cuts to essential health services for refugees.

On June 30, 2012, the federal government made drastic cuts to health care services for refugees.

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care explains the impact of the inhumane cuts:

For example, many refugees living in Canada will no longer qualify for coverage for necessary medication such as insulin. Some refugee claimants will also (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: First Nations slam Harper Gvt’s legal case for Canada-China FIPA deal

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

Earlier this month, the Federal Court heard oral arguments in the Hupacasath First Nation’s legal case against the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) trade deal. The Hupacasath, a small band in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, argued that the deal infringed on their inherent Aboriginal title and rights. And that they weren’t consulted as required by the Canadian Constitution.

In its rebuttal, the Harper Government used baseless arguments. For example, the Conservatives argued that Canadians had been invited to respond to FIPA since 2008. The truth is: the deal was negotiated in secret.

Here’s (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Pro-business Harper Conservatives coddling tax havens, tax cheats

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

An Alberta businessman is included in a massive online database of secret tax-haven names released to the public on Friday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. David Ghermezian, the president of the West Edmonton Mall, is linked to a British Virgin Islands-registered company called Regal Mega Malls Development Corp, the CBC News reports.

Ghermezian’s inclusion on this list got me thinking about the pro-business Harper Conservatives and their undisguised determination to coddle tax havens and tax cheats.

The database, first leaked by the CBC and ICIJ in April, indicates that at least 130,000 people globally are (Read more…)

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Do the Cons support free enterprise, or not?

As Canada gets ever closer to signing a free trade and labour agreement with the European Union, where free enterprise is alive and well despite a much more comprehensive social net than we have here, I’m piqued by something.

It seems incredible to me that the Conservative Party, the party that wants to reduce government regulations to the point where it’s free reign for pollution, product

The Canadian Progressive: Londoners arrested for protesting petrocrat Stephen Harper, tar sands

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

Activists outside the British Parliament protest Canada’s tar sands. (Photo: Facebook/Idle No More UK Solidarity Action)

Environmental activists protesting “petrocrat” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our dirty tar sands were arrested at the British Parliament earlier today, The Guardian (UK) and other media report.

The protesters, identifying themselves as Love Canada, Hate Tar Sands, were arrested after climbing the roof of the British Parliament building with T-shirts saying ‘oil out of politics’, ‘stop Harper’ and ‘stop the tar sands’. They also spilled molasses on the floor outside the building.

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The Canadian Progressive: Massive anti-tar sands protest to greet PM Stephen Harper in London

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

A massive anti-tar sands protest will greet Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he arrives in London on Thursday en route to the June 17-18 G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.

The UK Tar Sands Network and a coalition of environmentalists hope to show Harper “that there is huge opposition to tar sands in the UK”. And that Canada’s lobbying against the EU’s fuel quality directive is unacceptable.

The organizers also argue that Harper is unworthy of the honour of addressing the UK Parliament. Harper is scheduled to deliver the first speech by a Canadian PM to the British (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: A Defining Moment for the Conservative Government? [VIDEO]

The CBC’s At Issue panel discusses Brent Rathgeber’s decision to quit the Conservative caucus and what it means to a Harper Government besieged by multiple crises.

We recommend: Another blow for Harper as Conservative MP quits caucus Conservative MP’s Bill C-461 threatens CBC journalistic integrity, protection of sources SHAME: Harper snubs journalists after speech to Conservative caucus [VIDEO] Beleaguered Harper-appointed Sen. Mike Duffy Quits Conservative Caucus Halifax-based rapper, Kyle McKenna, calls out Stephen Harper (VIDEO)

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada blocking UN efforts to address sexual violence against women

By: Action Canada for Population and Development | Press Release

OTTAWA/GENEVA, June 7, 2013 – Governments and civil society are calling into question the leadership of the Canadian government on the theme of Violence Against Women at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).

In previous years, the Canadian government, which chairs the negotiations of the annual HRC resolution on violence against women, has played a leadership role in helping to create advances seeking to protect women from violence. Yet this year, a number of concerns have been raised regarding Canada’s approach to the new resolution (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Wright’s $90 000 Duffy gift came from a secret $1 million PMO fund

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ex-chief of staff Nigel Wright tried to kill the Senate expenses scandal. He cut that $90,000 cheque which paid off Sen. Mike Duffy‘s fraudulent claims. Until now, the Conservatives have insisted that Wright used his own healthy bank account.

The money possibly came from a secret $1 million fund in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

According to the CBC News, the Harper Conservatives established the clandestine fund when they came to power in 2006. Most importantly, Wright had “exclusive signing authority” over the fund when he was chief of staff.

From the CBC:

CBC News has learned that (Read more…)

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Rathgeber leaves Cons — others should follow

Brent Rathgeber resigned from the Conservative caucus last night, after his proposed private member’s bill was basically emaciated by his fellow backbenchers. His proposed bill, C-461, has one very simple purpose — requiring that all public servants as well as CBC employees who earn more than $188,000 must have their salaries, taxable benefits and expense accounts published on a “sunshine list

The Canadian Progressive: Another blow for Harper as Conservative MP quits caucus

Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber (Photo: Alberta Diary)

Conservative MPs on the House of Commons’s ethics committee amended Brent Rathgeber’s private member’s bill seeking salary disclosures. He’d proposed forcing disclosures for public servants earning more than about $180,000. The committee upped the threshold to $444,000.

Rathgeber, the Conservative MP for Edmonton-St. Albert, didn’t like the dictatorship-style move very much. So much so that he’d to quit the Conservative caucus in protest.

And then he tweeted his protest:

I just notifed the Board of Directors of the Edm-St. Albert CPC Association and the Speaker that I have resigned from the CPC Caucus.

My decision (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: When a satirical $90,000 Sen. Duffy bill enraged the Bank of Canada

By: Obert Madondo

Satirical Duffy $90,000 Bill

Veteran B.C. newspaper satirist Dan Murphy engaged in a little good old-fashioned Canadian political satire when he created a fake $90,000 bill starring scandal-plagued Sen. Mike Duffy. The Bank of Canada wants us to believe a serious crime has been committed here, according to Times Colonist.

The video below explains the satirical bill’s key ingredients: fake high-tech security features, bacon scent, a singing and burping Duffy and a winking hologram of Nigel Wright, PM Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff.

How does the Bank of Canada respond? It dispatched a threatening email to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Omar Khadr moved to Edmonton prison after months in solitary confinement

Former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr has been transferred to the maximum-security Edmonton Institution in Alberta after spending months in solitary confinement at Millhaven penitentiary in Ontario, where a fellow inmate once threatened his life.

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