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The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal undermines public interest regulation, workers: study

The Canada-EU trade deal, CETA, “will elevate the rights of corporations above workers and the environment and undermine government regulatory flexibility,” new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds.

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Susan on the Soapbox: Excuse me, your ideology is showing

When conservative politicians run out of meaningful things to say about Alberta’s NDP government they whip out the “ideology” card and last week’s debate featuring candidates vying for the seat left vacant by Jim “all-or-nothing” Prentice was no exception.

The Wildrose candidate, Prasad Panda, accused the NDP of carrying out “risky ideological experiments”. The Tory . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Excuse me, your ideology is showing

Cowichan Conversations: Is Harper’s National Energy Board-A Rubber Stamp at Best?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Have Canadians had enough of the attack on our environment and the NEB’s that has repeatedly denied the right to fair and open processes when reviewing proposals such as pipelines? It really does feel that the tolerance level for the fast and loose approach embraced by PM Steve Harper . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Is Harper’s National Energy Board-A Rubber Stamp at Best?

Law is Cool: Students Writing LSAT With Accommodation Will Not Have Law School Applications “Flagged”

The non-profit organization Law School Admission Council (LSAC) based in the United States was penalized $7.7 million USD to compensate over 6000 students from the past 5 years for application to accommodate. Prior practice included Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores being “flagged” on law school applications if accommodation for extra time was applied during . . . → Read More: Law is Cool: Students Writing LSAT With Accommodation Will Not Have Law School Applications “Flagged”

Susan on the Soapbox: Redford backtracks on public participation–but only at the federal level

Premier Redford was asked to comment on the actions of environmental activists protesting a National Energy Board (NEB) review of the proposal to reverse Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline. The environmentalists say the NEB’s review process is too narrow and public participation is too limited.

Premier Redford said: “I think anyone who wants to have . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Redford backtracks on public participation–but only at the federal level

The Canadian Progressive: Excessive corporate rights in Canada-EU CETA trade deal unacceptable to Canadians and Europeans

Transatlantic Statement Opposing Excessive Corporate Rights (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) By Trade Justice Network | Feb. 5, 2013: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and OTTAWA, ONTARIO and MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations from Europe, Canada and Quebec representing more than 65 . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Excessive corporate rights in Canada-EU CETA trade deal unacceptable to Canadians and Europeans

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Public Interest Duty Should Stop Shouldice Sale

Can Ontario’s Minister of Health, Deb Mathews, stop the transfer of the Shouldice Clinic to the health care conglomerate, Centric? Absolutely, it is within her powers under the Private Hospitals Act: as a friend of mine said, “they wrote better laws 50 years ago.”

The Private Hospitals Act mandates that the Minister stop the transfer . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Public Interest Duty Should Stop Shouldice Sale

calgaryliberal.com: End of an Era: ex-Premier Peter Lougheed Dies

Peter Lougheed (1928-2012) died on September 13th. After decades of service to the public, heart problems and, coupled with pneumonia, he died at the Peter Lougheed hospital. His family has reported to the Calgary Sun that they’re being overwhelmed by well-wishers and those sorry for their loss. Don Braid of the Edmonton Journal writes a . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: End of an Era: ex-Premier Peter Lougheed Dies

calgaryliberal.com: Ms. Redford’s Fudget-Budget: Not Open, Not Transparent, and Definitely Not What She Promised

Ms. Redford’s expectation that the price of oil would stay high (we’re currently hitting a nine-month low for oil), her spending promises be fulfilled, and that a PC government would be a stable choice for Albertans, has fallen flat. She ran on the regular non-Conservative spending sprees — even where doctors and front line workers . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Ms. Redford’s Fudget-Budget: Not Open, Not Transparent, and Definitely Not What She Promised

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Meet The University Of Ottawa’s Ecojustice Clinic

From William Amos, director of the clinic: “A lot of ecojustice cases end up being David vs. Goliath battles; and that’s simply because the clients we serve in small communities and in cities across the country don’t have the funds to hire high-priced lawyers and lots of experts to provide evidence in their cases. The . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Meet The University Of Ottawa’s Ecojustice Clinic

350 or bust: Heartland Institute Funded By Fossil Fuel Interests To Work Against Public Interest

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s one that gives some background about so-called “think tanks” and their anti-science, climate change denial agenda. These guys cut their teeth on denying/suppressing/ridiculing the science demonstrating that cigarette smoking caused cancer (see Fake Science, Fakexperts, Funny Finances, Free of Tax) and they’re doing it all over . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Heartland Institute Funded By Fossil Fuel Interests To Work Against Public Interest