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The Canadian Progressive: Official transcript of Stephen Harper’s remarks launching the 2015 federal election

Launching the 2015 federal election on Aug 2, Stephen Harper said he will ask “Canadians for their support to continue to deliver sound economic management”

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The Canadian Progressive: TPP talks fail: Part of Harper’s disastrous economic project ends, says Council of Canadians

The recent failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations spoils Harper’s agenda promoting the corporate takeover of the Canadian public good, says the Council of Canadians.

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The Canadian Progressive: WikiLeaks reveals CBC and Canada Post may be sold under TPP agreement

A confidential letter leaked by WikiLeaks on Wednesday reveals that the CBC and Canada Post could be sold under the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, currently being negotiated by Canada and 11 other countries in Maui, Hawaii.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Third Party Advertising 101 for the Canadian Federal Election

Third Party Advertising laws during a federal election can be a challenge to navigate

Given that we could be going into a federal election here in Canada as early as this weekend (sigh) and I have a lot of folks asking me about the rules and regulations around election advertising by third parties, I thought I would share the most important points for those interested in knowing more about the regulations.

To be clear, I am not a lawyer, just a guy who can’t help but stick his nose in elections. I actually hope this summary sparks a few more people to get (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Is Canada Set to Cave on Copyright Term Extension in the TPP?

If Canada caves on copyright term extension in the TPP, the country will be condemned to “20 years of no new works entering the public domain”. University of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist, explains.

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The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous “now privy to many of Stephen Harper’s most cherished secrets”

Anonymous has started releasing high-level documents retrieved from secure Harper government computers as retaliation for the RCMP’s recent murder of a protester in British Columbia.

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The Common Sense Canadian: LNG lobby fakes partnerships with prominent organizations

Key Resource Works members (clockwise from top left): Teck’s Doug Horswill, ex-Vancouver Sun editor Stewart Muir, former A-G Geoff Plant, and Lyn Anglin of Geoscience BC

Desperate people do desperate things.

Today I want to talk about Resource Works, the shills for Woodfibre LNG, proposed for Squamish at the head of Howe Sound – BC’s beautiful and southernmost fjord.

I’m part of a large group opposed to this plant. Let me, however, make this abundantly clear: Our opposition, contrary to what you may read and hear in the media, has nothing to do with NIMBYism. Our concern is (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Cowboys and Indians keep gaining powerful allies in Site C Dam battle

Battle lines are being drawn and sides taken in what is shaping up to be an epic fight over the the $9 Billion proposed Site C Dam.

On one side is the “Cowboy and Indian” alliance, which continues gathering strength against the project, said chiefs and landowners at a recent press conference in Vancouver. The Peace Valley leaders were in town for a federal court hearing on their legal challenge of the highly controversial Site C.

Heavy hitters line up against Site C

While the alliance has suffered some recent setbacks, it continues picking up big backers. Early in July, the Metro Vancouver board overwhelmingly voted to call (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: RCMP national website downed, Anonymous claims responsibility

After vow to avenge the RCMP’s deadly Dawson Creek shooting, Anonymous is claiming responsibility for downing the Canadian police force’s website Sunday.

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The Canadian Progressive: The great Canadian campaign to kill C-51 is alive, thriving

OpenMedia.ca, LeadNow.ca and AVAAZ.org lead renewed campaign to free Canada of Stephen Harper’s brand new dictatorships style legislation, Bill C-51

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Trudeau’s misstep on C-51 will help the NDP in federal election

Photo: John McCallum/Flickr

We’ve reached the summer doldrums and perhaps that’s a good time to sit back and look at the coming Federal election, if only in general terms.

Amazingly, the main issue is exemplified in the story of the “Paddle for the Peace” organization and the ever ham-handed right wing placing all their organizers on the Terrorist Watch List.

C-51 is an election issue

This issue (C – 51) has legs. Anytime a government proposes legislation that will adversely affect citizens’ rights, it better be done quickly – it’s not the kind of issue you want the public to (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: British Columbians reject premiers’ “Canadian Energy Strategy” – designed to push pipelines

Citizens on Burnaby Mountain the day Kinder Morgan’s injunction was read out (Mark Klotz/Flickr)

Republished from the ECOreport.

According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Premiers are about to sign an agreement that would fast track pipeline projects. The 34-page-report describes how to deal with the opposition Energy East, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL faced from environmental groups and First Nations. It suggests that red tape be cut down so decisions can be quicker. If the initial responses from community leaders are an indication, BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”.

Business as usual not (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: New NDP attack ad says Harper is world’s worst talent

New NDP attack ad draws attention to the fact that Stephen Harper is the “world’s worst talent scout”, highlights the Conservatives’ recent ethical lapses.

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The Common Sense Canadian: BC LNG Bill locks in public rip-off for a generation

Ex-Petronas CEO Shamsul Abbas shaking hands with BC Premier Christy Clark in 2014 (BC gov photo)

Republished with permission from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Policy Note.

By Marc Lee

Last week, the BC government released the text of its Project Development Agreement with Pacific Northwest LNG (led by Malaysian state enterprise, Petronas), considered the front-runner in getting BC an LNG export industry. The agreement goes to the BC legislature this week in order to convince Petronas to make a “final investment decision.” There are still other barriers to this project going forward, due to First Nations rights and the province’s environmental assessment process. (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Why British Columbians should get a say on $9 Billion Site C Dam

Part of the 80 km stretch of the Peace Valley that would be flooded by Site C Dam (Photo: Garth Lenz)

Reprinted from the ECOreport.

Such large segments of the province’s population have made their opposition to the proposed Site C Dam known, that this has become a defining moment of our “democracy.” Premier Christy Clark appears to be willfully ignoring the will of the people. If her government truly believes it is acting in the public’s interest, BC should hold a plebiscite on Site C – a project that would cost taxpayers at least $9 Billion dollars (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Welcome to an extreme, warming world

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki explains why extreme weather is being experienced more frequently around the world now than in the past.

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The Common Sense Canadian: New Clothes: The generational rip-off of BC LNG

A culturally modified tree tagged by LNG contractors (Graeme Pole)

By Graeme Pole

Thoreau said, among other things, “…beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.” Aboard the BC Ferry Northern Adventure, departing Prince Rupert and bound for Haida Gwaii, I trained my camera on the southern tip of Digby Island, recording images through a liquid sky. Three months earlier, while our family had picked a route through hemlock, cedar, and beach logs on that island, we had encountered a team of “archaeologists,” meticulously scribbling notebook entries as they decorated ancient spirit trees with fluorescent yellow flagging tape. (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: NDP to repair Canada’s damaged relations with aboriginal peoples

An NDP federal government will repair Canada’s relations with First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples, Mulcair told the Assembly of First Nations this week.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Heiltsuk, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth join forces to protect herring

Former Council of the Haida Nation President Guujaaw (left) and Heiltsuk resource management director Kelly Brown at last week’s peace treaty celebration in Bella Bella (Damien Gillis)

Three powerful coastal First Nations are banding together to protect Pacific herring – a marine resource integral to all of their cultures. The Nuu-chah-nulth of West Vancouver Island and the Haida today signed onto a declaration by the Heiltsuk Nation of BC’s central coast to defend herring against unsustainable commercial fisheries.

“Today, we have taken the first step in what will be a long and important journey,” said kil tlaats ’gaa Peter Lantin, President of (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Peaceful Paddle lands Site C opponents on terrorist watch list

2012 Paddle for the Peace (Damien Gillis)

The following letter was written by the Paddle for the Peace Planning Committee in response to an article in the Toronto Star which stated that events like the upcoming Paddle for the Peace (July 11th) were on terrorist watch lists.

Dear Editor,

According to the Toronto Star (March 30, 2015), the Federal government has included the Paddle for the Peace on a terrorist watch list. And here we thought we weren’t getting any attention. We are in good company, though. Also on the list is a physicians’ group (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Wildfires: Climate Change in action?

The sun at 10:30 am. July 5, on Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island (Roy L. Hales)

The following is republished from the ECOreport.

Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, a brownish haze clings to the Olympic Peninsula’s shore. There are reports of ash raining from the sky in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island and Nanaimo. The sun was a reddish-brown color in Qualicum Beach. There are severe wildfires along the West Coast, from Alaska to California. There may be more than drought behind the fires: Is this Climate Change?

Heating up

“Climate change is producing hotter, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians take fight against Harper’s Bill C-51 to UN rights committee

Canadian rights activists to challenge Bill C-51, Stephen Harper’s new anti-terror law, before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva this week.

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The Common Sense Canadian: To the Ends of the Earth: Filmmaker One-on-One

David Lavallee talks with fellow filmmaker and Common Sense Canadian publisher Damien Gillis about the former’s project, “To the Ends of the Earth”, which connects the dots between society’s hunger for energy and the new wave of extreme fossil fuel projects wreaking havoc around the world. The two discuss the challenges of making a film in remote locations and running a crowdfunder, which Lavallee is currently in the midst of doing to help him finish his film.

From battling the elements to being confronted by CSIS after filming with a drone at Kinder Morgan’s North Burnaby terminal, Lavallee – director of (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: For Canada, a commitment to the environment and jobs is possible

Naomi Klein and environmental activists will call for a “long term sustainable strategy that leads to renewable energy” during the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Toronto on July 5.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ditch the expensive and risky F-35 fighter jet, Mr. Harper

A new study accuses the Harper govern of mismanaging Canada’s defence procurement, recommends ditching planned purchase of expensive F-35 fighters jets.

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