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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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
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…)
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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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
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.
The activists criticized the UK government for (Read more…)
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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.
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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…)
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…)
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
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…)
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…)
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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The Toronto Star reports that the emails and telephone records in Rob Ford’s office, which may reveal information about the mayor’s crack cocaine scandal, are disappearing. They were ordered destroyed this week.
The post Rob Ford’s former staffers’ emails, telephone records ordered destroyed: sources appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Elections Canada’s “Preventing Deceptive Communications with Electors” report, a response to the robocalls election fraud of 2011, recommends legislation that provides basic privacy protections to voters while stopping political parties from engaging in deceptive communications.
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Federal funding for a hydro project in Newfoundland and Labrador is tied to the condition that the province removes minimum processing rules in the fisheries. The Council of Canadians accuses the Harper government of bullying provinces to accept EU trade deal.
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How refreshing it was to see a real Question Period in the House of Commons yesterday. No histrionics. No shouting. No talking points that totally ducked the issue asked about. No “impromptu” and grandstanding standing ovations. Instead, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau asked short, straight and specific questions about Senator Mike Duffy and the $90,000 payoff from Stephen Harper’s
Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper fled to South America to avoid the unraveling Senate expenses scandal. On Monday, he skipped Question Period in the House of Commons. He did show up in the House on Tuesday and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair roasted him. Prosecutor style. Short, precise questions.
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The Federal Court ruling states that “there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party’s] CIMS database.” An attack on Canadian democracy.
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The CBC is threatening to take the Harper Conservatives to court over their attempt to impose dictatorship-style control on the Crown corporation through budget Bill C-60.
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