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The Canadian Progressive: In Open Letter, 19 Professors Denounce Harper’s Fair Elections Act

by: Various

We, the undersigned, international scholars and political scientists, are concerned that Canada’s international reputation as one of the world’s guardians of democracy and human rights is threatened by passage of the proposed Fair Elections Act.

We believe that this Act would prove [to] be deeply damaging for electoral integrity within Canada, as well as providing an example which, if emulated elsewhere, may potentially harm international standards of electoral rights around the world.

In particular, the governing party in Canada has proposed a set of wide-ranging changes, which if enacted, would, we believe, undermine the integrity of the Canadian (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Human rights justice blocked for Aboriginal women in Canada

by: Canadian Human Rights Commission | Press Release

OTTAWA, March 4, 2014 – Fear of retaliation is among the top reasons why Aboriginal women in Canada won’t come forward when they experience discrimination, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) says in its Annual Report, tabled in Parliament today.

The report presents key findings from a series of roundtable discussions the CHRC held with Aboriginal women from across Canada in 2013. During the discussions, the women were invited to share their experiences. Many of their stories cited the complexity of the human rights complaint process, language barriers, lack of awareness, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: The Alberta tar sands’ criminal assault on water, Athabasca River

by: Obert Madondo

A new study by Environment Canada confirms what First Nations and environmentalists have been telling us all along: the Alberta tar sands are increasingly becoming a threat to our water sources.

The Toronto Star reports: “New federal research has confirmed that water from vast oilsands tailings ponds is leaching into groundwater and seeping into the Athabasca River. Previous studies using models have estimated the leakage at 6.5 million litres a day from a single pond.

“But the Environment Canada study used new technology to actually fingerprint the mix of groundwater chemicals in the area. It (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would increase Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions

By: Pembina Institute | Press Release

OTTAWA — The proposed Energy East pipeline would enable a significant increase in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report from the Pembina Institute.

Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline is the first public estimate of the west-to-east pipeline’s upstream climate impact. It shows that producing the crude needed to fill Energy East could generate up to 32 million tonnes of additional greenhouse gas emissions each year — an even greater impact than the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

TransCanada is expected to file its regulatory application for Energy East with the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Commentary: Legal safeguards for tenants are meaningless without enforcement

by: Kendra Milne | First published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Housing is a right. [Photo by Obert Madondo/The Canadian Progressive

Safe and secure housing is a cornerstone of overall health and well-being. The housing affordability crisis in BC is common knowledge, but less well known is the fact that the lack of enforcement of tenancy laws threatens the safety and security of rental housing across the province.

Roughly one third of British Columbians live in rental housing. They depend on BC’s tenancy laws to ensure that their rental housing is safe and reasonably well maintained, that they (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Tar Sands Boom Poses Economic Risks to Canada: Report

A new report by the Pembina Institute and Équiterre warns that the rapid pace of Alberta tar sands development poses economic risks to Canada, other provinces.

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The Canadian Progressive: Dents, Sags, Structural Flaws Plague Keystone XL: Report

A new report by Public Citizen says the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is riddled with structural flaws that could spark dangerous leaks and spills.

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The Canadian Progressive: New book articulates Harper’s unrelenting war on Canadian science

“The War On Science: Muzzled Scientists and Willful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada”, a new book by Canadian author Chris Turner, presents “a passionate and meticulously researched argument” against the Conservatives unrelenting war on Canadian science.

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The Canadian Progressive: Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites

A new study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.

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The Canadian Progressive: To avert looming food crisis, stop eating meat, milk and eggs: Study

To avert the looming global food crisis, all we’ve to do is stop eating animal products, according to a new study by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.

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The Canadian Progressive: Poverty the biggest barrier to good health for Canadians: Report

Poverty is making Canadians sick, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), “the national voice of Canadian physicians.”

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The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, doctors cashing in despite cash-strapped health care system: Report

A new report by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy says today’s Canadian physician earns nearly four-and-half-times more than the average Canadian, even as the price of health care continues to rise.

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The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Government Failing to Enforce Environmental Legislation: Study

A new study has found that environmental violations in Alberta’s tar sands operations are frequent, enforcement is rare, and there is a chronic failure to disclose important environmental incident information to the public.

The post Alberta Government Failing to Enforce Environmental Legislation: Study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Industry Canada dished out $22.1B in “corporate welfare” since 1961

A new report by the Fraser Institute reveals that Industry Canada gave businesses $22.1 billion in taxpayer-funded subsidies, aka “corporate welfare”, since 1961

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadians oppose Harper’s dictatorship-style plan to gut the CBC

According to a new Nanos poll, 81% of Canadians oppose Stephen Harper’s dictatorship-style plan to seize control of the CBC and gut its editorial independence.

The post Canadians oppose Harper’s dictatorship-style plan to gut the CBC appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Raises American Gas Prices: Report

If built, TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline would force Americans to pay as much as 40 cents more per gallon for gasoline in some parts of the country, according to a new report by the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog.

The post Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Raises American Gas Prices: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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: Canada lacks coherent response to end violence against women: study

by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:

OTTAWA, July 11, 2013 – Progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

“The difficulty of collecting data about violence against women has been a barrier to progress in ending that violence,” says the study’s author Kate McInturff. “However, the data that does exist tells us three things very clearly: this problem is big, it comes at a (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: One in five Canadians think women encourage sexual assault when drunk

by: Canadian Women’s Foundation | Press Release:

National Omnibus reveals that Canadians still blame women for being sexually assaulted

TORONTO, July 9, 2013 – With summer in full swing, Canadians have packed away their sweaters and are enjoying drinks on the patio. However, according to a new survey* conducted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, many Canadians believe that women need to be careful about what they wear and how much alcohol they consume – 19 per cent of the respondents believe that women may provoke or encourage sexual assault when they are drunk. Of these, nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian children are born pre-polluted with toxic chemicals: Report

by: Environmental Defence | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 26, 2013 – A new report with first of its kind data which demonstrates Canadian children are born pre-polluted was released today.

The new report Pre-Polluted: A Report on Toxic Substances in the Umbilical Cord Blood of Canadian Newborns found that Canadian babies are being exposed to a slew of chemicals while in the womb because they are so pervasive in the environment and in the products we use. Some of the chemicals tested for are linked to serious health issues such as cancer and developmental and reproductive problems.

“This is evidence (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: After layoffs, racialized immigrant workers face precarious employment, poverty wages

by: CAW & Ryerson University | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 25, 2013 – Older immigrant workers who have been laid off are falling through the cracks of Canada’s employment system, with many of them ending up in temporary jobs with few benefits, finds a new study released today at Ryerson University’s Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ted Rogers School of Management.

“We were interested in finding out how this group of workers has managed since the plant closure five years ago and whether they have found stable work again,” says Winnie Ng, CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy and lead (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

By: Paul Brown, Climate News Network

This piece first appeared at Climate News Network.

The Mackenzie River Basin showing how it drains north to the Arctic Ocean. Image: Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy

LONDON – The Mackenzie River Basin, a vast globally important area in Canada, is at great risk from climate change and a catastrophic oil spill from the tailing ponds of tar sands mining, according to a panel of nine Canadian, American and British scientists.

The warning came just days after the Canadian Oil Producers Association says it expects oil production from tar sands in the region (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: 200,000 Canadians Experience Homelessness Each Year, Says New Report

By: York University | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 19, 2013 – The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (Homeless Hub) and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness released the first extensive Canadian report card on homelessness called State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013 today in Toronto.

Highlights of the report include:

200,000 different Canadians experience homelessness each year, with as many as 1.3 million experiencing homelessness in the last five years; 30,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night; 2,880 unsheltered (outside in cars, parks, on the street) 14,400 staying in Emergency Homelessness Shelters 7,350 staying in Violence Against Women Shelters 4,464 (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Half of First Nations children in Canada live in poverty, study finds

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:

OTTAWA – Indigenous children in Canada are over two and a half times more likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children, according to a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and Save the Children Canada.

The study disaggregates child poverty statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada based on data from the 2006 census, which is the most recent data available on Indigenous child poverty:

The first tier has a poverty rate of 12% and excludes Indigenous, racialized, and immigrant (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: International report condemns Harper government’s attacks on workers, trade unions

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

A new report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) condemns the Harper Conservatives for repeated violations of union and worker rights.

The annual report, titled Countries at Risk: 2013 Report on Violations of Trade Union Rights, was released in Geneva earlier this week. It suggests that labour conditions have deteriorated under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

Most importantly, the reports spotlights the Conservatives’s dictatorship-style repressive responses to legitimate labour actions, including back-to-work legislation.

Related: Canada’s Laws Fuel Migrant Worker Exploitation: Report

Here’s the report’s take on Canada:

Interference by public authorities in migrant workers’ (Read more…)

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