The Conservatives claim to be true custodians of the economy. Yet as the figures below from Statistics Canada and International Monetary Fund clearly document, Canadian economy was being rapidly hollowed out in the last six years of the Conservative rule. The Total Balance of Payments deficits for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 are listed below: They represent a dramatic reversal of the massive the Balance of Payments surpluses of earlier years that the Conservatives inherited:
Scandal broke just as Finance Minister Mike de Jong landed for a six-day LNG trip to the country
By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun columnist August 4, 2015
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivers his opening speech at the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tuesday. A corruption scandal over $700 million US in Razak's personal bank account was hitting just as B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong landed in the country on an LNG-related trip.
Photograph by: Vincent Thian , AP
VICTORIA — The early start on the federal election campaign has ended B.C. Liberal hopes for getting an early start on a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on the northwest coast.
The Liberals recalled the legislature for a rare summer session last month to deliver final approval for the provincial side of an LNG agreement with a consortium led by Malaysian-government owned Petronas.
Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine, has been quietly removed from a national honour.
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Therese Casgrain was president of the League for Women's Rights in Quebec from 1929 to 1942.
By:Dean BeebyThe Canadian Press,Published on Sun Jul 27 2014
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/07/27/feminist_disappears_from_public_history_under_harper_government.htmlOTTAWA—The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past.
Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister’s banner.
The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award was started in 1982 by the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau.
WHITE EARTH RESERVATION, Minn. — Todd Thompson stood at the end of a handmade wooden pier, some of the planks cracked and bowed. He stared out onto the lake. Under the bright blue sky, a dozen or more fat cumulus clouds cast shadows on the water. Short green stalks of wild rice poked up from the depths, covering the surface like a thick carpet, swaying gently with each passing breeze.
ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.
First Nations Groups are taking action against the federal government’s move to open a herring-roe fishery near Bella Bella. The Heiltsuk First Nation wants the...
Here's UVic Radio CFUV "Gorilla Radio" covering today's concurrent solidarity demo in Victoria, during which 75 people demonstrated outside Jim Pattison's Save-On Foods (boycott please) http://www.gorilla-radio.com/index.php?id=792
Here is a report from Ingmar Lee. about the rally in Bella Bella and the occupation of the DFO office in Vancouver.
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An aerial view shows a tailings pond near Fort McMurray, Alta. Canada is trying to block an investigation of the tailings ponds by an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North
Canada is trying to stop NAFTA's environmental watchdog from taking a closer look at the environmental effects of the huge tailings ponds produced by Alberta's oilsands, and it appears Mexico and the U.S. will go along with efforts to stop a formal investigation.
Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly odd and troubling conduct of the United States. Polite people, normally reluctant to risk offending a guest, complain that America’s trigger-happiness, cutthroat free-marketeering, and “exceptionality” have gone on for too long to be considered just an adolescent phase. Which means that we Americans abroad are regularly asked to account for the behavior of our rebranded “homeland,” now conspicuously in decline and increasingly out of step with the rest of the world.
George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century. Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country’s anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt’s appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, “The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for... not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country.” To the Anthracite Coal Commission investigating the uproar, Baer insisted, “These men don’t suffer. Why hell, half of them don’t even speak English.”
We might call that adopting the imperial position. Titans of industry and finance back then often assumed that they had the right to supersede the law and tutor the rest of America on how best to order its affairs. They liked to play God. It’s a habit that’s returned with a vengeance in our own time.