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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Jim Tankersley interviews Joshua Bivens about the relative effects of economic growth and income inequality – and particularly his evidence showing that more people are far better off with more modest growth fairly d… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Leonard Di Caprio- No More Excuses on Climate Change

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Bill Longstaff: Be happy! …today is International Happiness Day

Blogging about happiness may seem eccentric, but today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness, and happiness is good, so I thought it deserved a mention. The day was inspired by a speech Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave at a UN Gener… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Be happy! …today is International Happiness Day

Bill Longstaff: Be happy! …today is International Happiness Day

Blogging about happiness may seem eccentric, but today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness, and happiness is good, so I thought it deserved a mention. The day was inspired by a speech Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave at a UN Gener… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Be happy! …today is International Happiness Day

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, and Nerve of Peter MacKay

I was quite enjoying watching the pictures of Justin Trudeau in New York last night, championing the cause of gender equality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was lauded as an "agent of change" at the United Nations today for pushing gender… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, and Nerve of Peter MacKay

Bill Longstaff: Time to reverse Canada’s peacekeeping decline

At one time, back in the early 90’s, Canada contributed more troops to UN peacekeeping missions than anyone else. We were number one. Today, with only 26 military personnel involved, we rank 66th. Peacekeeping itself has continued to grow. The UN is… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Time to reverse Canada’s peacekeeping decline

Alberta Politics: Christmas in Wildrose Country: That noise on the roof may not be Santa Claus! It could be the UN, here to steal your turnips!

ILLUSTRATIONS: Will Santa have to come armed and armoured like this to be safe on Alberta rooftops in case the province’s loony right mistakes him for a UN trooper bent on world government and turnip confiscation? Below: Wildrose MLA Rick Strankman a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Christmas in Wildrose Country: That noise on the roof may not be Santa Claus! It could be the UN, here to steal your turnips!

Alberta Politics: Alberta’s climate-change strategy: Rachel Notley builds a coalition of big business, environmentalists and civil society

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley with leaders of the remarkable coalition on climate change her NDP government has built (Government of Alberta Photo). Below: Brian Jean, Alberta’s complaint-of-the-day Opposition leader; Gary Doer, three-term ND… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Alberta’s climate-change strategy: Rachel Notley builds a coalition of big business, environmentalists and civil society

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Huffington Post: Addressing the United Nations

Political corruption kills more people than war and famine combined. I addressed the United Nations on how the international community can and must act to bring kleptocrats to justice.

A. Picazo: No Scrutiny Please, They’re Saudi.

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on October 1, 2015. In 2014, on the shores of Lake Geneva and next to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a lavish ceremony was held to honour the recipient of the Moral Courage Award — an annual honour bestowed by UN Watch, a . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: No Scrutiny Please, They’re Saudi.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Addressing the United Nations – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Addressing the United Nations was one of the more intimidating experiences of my life. I spoke on behalf of GOPAC’s global alliance of parliamentarians, on our work to bring kleptocrats to justice.

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Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: Addressing the United Nations

Political corruption kills more people than war and famine combined. I addressed the United Nations on how the international community can and must act to bring kleptocrats to justice.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Burnt in a Cage – Why We Need the UN.

The BBC gives a little more background –

” Islamic State has become synonymous with viciousness – beheadings, crucifixions, stonings, massacres, burying victims alive and religious and ethnic cleansing.

While such savagery might seem senseless to the vast majority of civilised human beings, for IS it is a rational choice. It is a conscious decision . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Burnt in a Cage – Why We Need the UN.

The Canadian Progressive: Leehi Yona: Canadians’ best interests “certainly not represented” at COP20

Canada’s best interests weren’t represented at the recent COP20 climate conference in Peru, argues Leehi Yona, a Canadian youth delegate recently named one of Canada’s top environmentalist under 25.

The post Leehi Yona: Canadians’ best interests “certainly not represented” at COP20 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: Human Rights 365

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Thus reads Article I of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th, 1948. . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Human Rights 365

Paul S. Graham: Canada continues to occupy stage right

Canada’s position on the world stage continues to embarrass and disturb.

On Nov. 4, Canada, along with Ukraine and United States, voted against a draft resolution entitled “Combating glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

It’s a lengthy document, but worth the . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Canada continues to occupy stage right

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper’s 2014 United Nations General Assembly Address

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since Canada lost a UN Security Council bid in 2010.

The post Stephen Harper’s 2014 United Nations General Assembly Address appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Screaming Voices

It was one of the weirdest most surrealistic days in the long and dark history of Harperland.A day when all the voices in Stephen Harper's head seemed to be screaming at the same time.WAR !!!! PEACE !!!! EARLY ELECTION !!!!And in the House of Commons madness ruled.Read more »

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The Canadian Progressive: Romeo Dallaire’s last Senate speech criticized Harper’s foreign policy

Romeo Dallaire, the retired Canadian general who led a UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the African country’s 1993 genocide, used his last Senate speech to criticize Harper’s foreign policy.

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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.

The post Gaza Conflict: Canadian man wants Harper charged with inciting genocide appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Diary: Climate change divestment movement gains ground in church – but not in Canadian media or political circles

Ho-hum… Some typical Canadian reporters, hard at work … Actual Canadian newsrooms may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Is he more influential than we imagined in Alberta?

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When retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited Alberta’s Tarpatch capital of Fort McMurray last month and called the output from . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Climate change divestment movement gains ground in church – but not in Canadian media or political circles

Bill Longstaff: Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Fifty-eight years ago, one of Canada’s most honourable contributions to the international community was born. The first armed UN peacekeeping mission, an emergency force formed to deal with the Suez crisis, was created, largely due to the efforts of then Canadian Minister of External Affairs Lester B. Pearson. Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Alberta Diary: Alison Redford set to sue Alberta Government for wrongful dismissal

The $45,000 Question: How could they put Alison Redford on probation … and then not give her a chance to shape up?

Former premier Alison Redford intends to sue the government of Alberta for wrongful dismissal.

The former premier believes that because she was given a “work plan” by the leadership of the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alison Redford set to sue Alberta Government for wrongful dismissal

Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Canada or USA? USA or Canada? Texas Senator Ted Cruz, visible between the signs, ponders what he should do. Actual Tea Party favourites may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Cruz waves bye-bye to his fellow Canadians … maybe; Lord Black of Crossharbour.

It’s said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Cowichan Conversations: UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It could be done individually and co-operatively in a great many locations such as the Cowichan Valley.

Organic Gardening – Farming, should become an integral part of our children’s education with training and hands on learning experiences from primary onwards.

Skilled gardener/farmer teachers could be brought in to lead in . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World