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The Common Sense Canadian: “The Fight is on!” West Van, Lions Bay councils oppose Howe Sound LNG

Citizens line the Sea to Sky Highway to protest Woodfibre LNG (My Sea to Sky)

Two city councils in Howe Sound now officially oppose plans for liquefied natural gas terminals and tankers in their backyard. This week, West Vancouver joined Lions Bay in voting against LNG for the region – including a Malaysian billionaire’s proposal to convert an old pulp mill site near Squamish into an LNG facility.

The Woodfibre LNG project is currently in an environmental assessment, for which the most recent window of public comment closed on July 27. The project has stoked considerable local interest amongst Sea-to-Sky (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” (VIDEO)

“A slaughter of innocents,” Henry Siegman, an American Jewish leader and leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, says of Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Peace Valley farmland, ecosystems worth $8 Billion a year: study

The Peace River Valley is one of Canada’s most fertile regions (Damien Gillis)

Keeping the Peace Valley’s farmland and ecosystems intact would be worth $7.9 billion to $8.6 billion a year, says a new study from the David Suzuki Foundation.

The region, in northeast BC, is under threat from the proposed Site C Dam – which would flood or disturb over 30,000 acres of prime agricultural land – along with natural gas fracking operations, logging, mining and other forms of industrialization. The study is a follow-up to an earlier report which analyzed the area via satellite imagery, determining that some 67% (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s overcrowded jails full of legally innocent people: Report

A new study from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says Canada’s provincial and territorial jails are holding thousands of legally innocent people.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian party leaders’ “callous devaluation of Palestinian life” condemned

In open letter, 690 academics, community leaders decry the “callous devaluation of Palestinian life” by the Canadian government and federal party leaders, urge condemnation of the continuing violation of international law in Gaza.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Can environmentalism be liberated from partisan politics?

Ex-BC Green Leader Jane Sterk (left) and Premier Christy Clark on the 2013 campaign trail (Facebook)

In BC, conflating environmentalism and politics is a mainstay. Is it possible to restore environmentalism in BC, free of partisan politics and more in tune with the actual environment? Here is where environmentalists can learn a lot from the rich and much longer history of the labour movement.

Much like labour, the environmental movement has hitched itself to a political party. This approach did not – and has not – served labour well as a force for progressive change, but rather doing so allowed electoral (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nation slams coverup of mercury poisoning report

Grassy Narrows First Nation member protests suspected mercury poisoning in 2013 (Kevin Konnyu / Flickr)

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A northern Ontario First Nation says it has obtained an unreleased report that shows the federal and provincial governments failed to properly address widespread mercury poisoning among its members.

Water around the Grassy Narrows First Nation near Kenora, Ont., has been contaminated with mercury since a local paper mill dumped an estimated 10 tonnes of neurotoxins into the system between 1962 and 1970.

Grassy Narrows and the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations negotiated an out-of-court settlement with Ottawa, the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Germany to reject Conservatives’ Canada-EU free trade deal

A victory for Canadian democracy as Germany rejects the Harper Conservatives’ reviled multi-billion dollar Canada-EU free trade deal.

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The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights: Council of Canadians Delivers Water to Detroit

The Council of Canadians this week continued its support of the international human right to water by delivering convoy of water to Detroit city residents.

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The Canadian Progressive: Global legal group condemns Harper for attack on Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists condemns Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his recent dictatorship-style attack on Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Is ‘lying’ too strong a word for Clark Libs’ LNG fibs?

BC Premier Christy Clark addresses a conference on LNG (Damien Gillis)

I really need your help.

What the devil does one call premier Christy Clark, considering that she seems utterly incapable of telling the truth? Hers is an interesting case because her gross economy with the truth seems designed to get her away from whatever her current difficulty is, onto something different. Whether this amounts to “lying” in the accepted sense of that term, I don’t know.

“Disassembling”? “Fibbing”?

All BC’s eggs in LNG basket

Never mind the fact that she has no policy whatsoever with respect to pipelines and tankers (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Bell silent on its subscriber information disclosure practices

Why has Bell Canada remained silent on its subscriber information disclosure practices? asks University of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Canada’s green cities take lead on climate change

Vancouver is Canada’s climate leader (photo: Wendy / flickr)

Amid the dire warnings about global warming’s impacts, what’s often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it’s not surprising that tangible positive action on climate change is happening in Canada’s cities.

My hometown, Vancouver, is the real leader on Canadian urban climate initiatives. Oil and gas capital also pursuing energy efficiency

Plenty of examples can be found in the National Measures Report, released in (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Gaza Conflict: Canadian man wants Harper charged with inciting genocide

A Newfoundland man says PM Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird should be charged under Canada’s Criminal Code for inciting “genocide” in Gaza.

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The Canadian Progressive: Gaza Conflict: Letter From Norwegian Doctor Mads Gilbert

“Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?” asks Norwegian Dr. Mads Gilbert in this letter, which also describes the incomprehensible horror he’s currently witnessing in Gaza.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Prostitution Bill C-36 ‘Offends’ Charter: Legal Experts

Over 200 legal experts from across Canada recently wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to protest Bill C-36, the Conservatives new prostitution law.

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The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, protesters denounce Harper’s support of Israel

In Ottawa on Tuesday, July 22, hundreds of pro-Palestine protesters denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s uncompromising support of Israel and its ongoing war crimes in Gaza.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Inuit, Greenpeace team up to battle Arctic seismic testing

Greenpeace’s Les Stroud Les working with Inuit in Pond Inlet (Photo: Laura Bombier / Greenpeace)

By Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Greenpeace and the Inuit have joined forces to protest Arctic seismic testing, warning that plans to gauge oil and gas reserves with high-intensity sound waves in Baffin Bay and the Davis Strait pose grave dangers to marine life.

Inuit activists are staging a protest Wednesday in Nunavut’s Clyde River, a tiny Baffin Island hamlet just above the Arctic Circle, a week after Greenpeace took their cause to the United Nations.

Inuit takes aim at Aglukkaq

An Inuit (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing The Defense Of Palestinian Teen’s Alleged Killers

Controversial Israeli group Honenu is raising tax-exempt money in the U.S. to support Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinian tens.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Healthy Newfoundland bees may help solve mystery of global collapse

Honeybees are in free fall just about everywhere – except Newfoundland

By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press

PARADISE, N.L. – Newfoundland’s healthy honeybees are an increasing draw for researchers in the race to understand why colonies across much of the globe are struggling or dying off.

“There is definitely interest in what’s happening here,” said Dave Jennings, a director with the provincial Natural Resources department.

There are fewer and fewer places as we look around the world now that can claim to be free from the major bee pests. And we’re one of the few. Pesticides, parasites, climate change (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: House Bars NSA From Meddling With Encryption Standards

The U.S. House of Representatives last month inserted into a defense appropriations bill a measure barring the National Security Agency from meddling with encryption standards.

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The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau lauds Israel’s “commitment to peace”

In official statement that reiterates the Liberal Party’ of Canada’s position on the Middle East, leader Justin Trudeau lauds Israel’s “commitment to peace.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Israel’s war on Gaza and Hamas doomed to fail

Operation Protective Edge, Isael’s ongoing war on Gaza, will still fail to weaken Hamas’ military capability just as Operation Pillar of Defence did, argues Jacob Eriksson, a fellow at York University (UK).

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The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: TransCanada told to “cease and desist”

The Council of Canadians this week told TransCanada to “cease and desist” from the deplorable practice of purchasing the silence of Canadian towns likely to be affected by the Energy East tar sands pipeline.

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The Canadian Progressive: Search for blogging productivity-boosting apps and extentions

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