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Proposed anti-communism monument would put justice under a shadow PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 27 March 2015 19:11

 By BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS

 

This open letter is signed by 17 former presidents of the Canadian Bar Asociation: Simon V. Potter, Bernard Amyot, Thomas G. Heintzman, L. Yves Fortier, D. Kevin Carroll, Brian A. Tabor, J. Guy Joubert, J.J. Camp, Trinda L. Ernst, Robert Brun, Rod Snow, Paul Fraser, Daphné Dumont, Russell Lusk, Wayne Chapman, Gordon F. Proudfoot and Susan T. McGrath.

 

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THE HARPER GOVERNMENT AND ISIL: THE NEED TO REDEFINE WHAT CONSTITUTES SECURITY, THREATS AND TERRORISM PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 27 March 2015 08:59

By Joan Russow Global Compliance Research project

 

There is an inexorable link among security, threats and terrorism

The Harper government with the current motion to continue the intervention into Iraq and extend the mission into Syria is conflating security, threats and terrorism. The government believes, with the increased attack against ISIL,  that security can be achieved through militarism, threats against Canada will end, and  terrorism will be reduced. This conflation has contributed to the Harper government misconstruing both Article 51 of the UN Charter and Bill C 51

 

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, said the US-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake and helped to create the Islamist State militant group. He also blamed regional powers for making the conflict worse. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 12:23
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Renowned Toronto lawyer brings unusual case to change the way Canada’s central bank operates. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:24

Rocco Galati in court to challenge how Bank of Canada does business

  • By:  Ottawa Bureau reporter, Published on Mon
    Mar 23 2015
     

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/03/23/rocco-galati-in-court-to-challenge-how-bank-of-canada-does-business.html

Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati is representing a small group that contends the Bank of Canada is mandated to provide debt-free support for public projects undertaken by federal, provincial and city governments.
 

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Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati is representing a small group that contends the Bank of Canada is mandated to provide debt-free support for public projects undertaken by federal, provincial and city governments.

 

OTTAWA—Renowned Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati is pursuing a court case intended to do nothing less than force the Bank of Canada to reorient its activities on behalf of Canadians.

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Proposed CSIS powers a 'constitutional mess,' former watchdog warns PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 13 March 2015 15:54

Proposed CSIS powers a 'constitutional mess,' former watchdog warns

New anti-terror bill comes under heavy criticism during opening round of testimony

By Kady O'Malley, CBC News Posted: Mar 12, 2015 8:27 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 12, 2015 7:43 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/proposed-csis-powers-a-constitutional-mess-former-watchdog-warns-1.2991660

The government's proposed anti-terror law will almost certainly face legal and constitutional challenges on multiple fronts, according to witnesses who appeared before the House public safety committee on Thursday morning.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 21:52
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Seniors play prominent role in Energy East pipeline protest PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:15

By Mychaylo Prystupa Feb 10th, 2015 “This whole movement towards protecting the environment, and against extractivisim, is being embraced by a much larger population now," said a senior with a Vancouver choir.

  
Energy East CEO speech disrupted by four grandmas - Vancouver Observer - CP
 
Retired university professor Bessa Whitmore (left) holds the top end of a pipeline-protest banner that was used to interrupt Energy East CEO's speech last week. CP photo, used with permission.

A protest stunt that made national headlines last week in Ottawa over the Energy East pipeline was put on by four self-described grandmothers.

The incident is provoking chats in cafes and knitting clubs about the increasing role that the elderly play in pipeline battles.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:44
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Harper & Evangelical Capitalism PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:55

By: Joyce Nelson

watershed Sentinel 

http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/harper-evangelical-capitalism


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We think of right-wing evangelical religion as an influence in American politics, but, unrecognized by the public and mostly unreported, it is a powerful influence on the Conservative caucus. That would explain the destruction of environmental policies and those omnibus bills.

When it comes to religion, most 21st century Canadians are a tolerant lot, with a “live and let live” mentality.  We tend to not particularly care about other Canadians’ religious beliefs, or lack of religious beliefs, and we expect a similar tolerance in return.

But when the supposed separation of Church and State starts to erode, we take notice. As Stephen Harper gears up for the next election, some of us wonder if the massive changes to Canada that have already been perpetrated by the Harper government are connected to his religious beliefs.

In her 2010 book, The Armageddon Factor, Marci McDonald warned about the “theo-cons” (Stephen Harper’s word), who view “science and environmentalism as hostile to the Bible.”

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Election law changes could boost Conservative MPs' campaign tools PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 08 February 2015 09:51

Party scrutineers will be free to use smartphones while supervising polls

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/election-law-changes-could-boost-conservative-mps-campaign-tools-1.2860344

By Kady O'Malley, CBC News Posted: Dec 09, 2014 2:39 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 09, 2014 2:58 PM ET

 

 

Election day scrutineers will soon be free to use mobile phones and tablets to update voter information directly from polling stations, thanks to the changes brought in by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre last spring.

Election day scrutineers will soon be free to use mobile phones and tablets to update voter information directly from polling stations, thanks to the changes

brought in by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre last spring. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)    

 

A little-noticed provision in the Conservative government's controversial bid to rewrite Canada's election laws could boost usage of a mobile campaign application developed by two backbench Conservative MPs.

Under the old law, candidate representatives or scrutineers were prohibited from using any communications device at a voting station during polling hours.

But under changes brought in by Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre last spring, scrutineers will be free to use smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices while monitoring turnout, provided they don't take photos, record audio or video, prevent an elector from casting a ballot or "violate the secrecy of the vote."

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The deficit the Harper government refuses to recognize PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 06 February 2015 18:04

By Duncan Cameron [2] Rabble

Duncan Cameron is the president of rabble.ca and writes a weekly column on politics and current 

http://rabble.ca/print/columnists/2015/02/deficit-harper-government-refuses-to-recognize|

February 3, 2015

 

Premiers gathered in Ottawa last week to talk about pressing needs for Canadian infrastructure investment. As the Council of the Federation meeting [8], chaired by PEI Premier Robert Ghiz, began to address the infrastructure deficit, Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver emailed a media statement: ".. some premiers appear oblivious to the consequences of the current global instability and the dramatic decline in the price of oil."

In effect Oliver was saying two things. He was acknowledging that the Canadian economy is weakening, and proclaiming this precluded Ottawa making additional money available to meet infrastructure deficits identified by the premiers.

It is no great secret that the Canadian economy is preforming poorly -- by just about any measure. The fall in the Canadian dollar from near par with the U.S. dollar to 80 U.S. cents is the most dramatic indication of economic weakness. A falling dollar reduces purchasing power for all Canadians. A weak loonie makes purchasing imported foodstuffs or consumer goods more expensive.

What Oliver does not want to recognize is that spending on public infrastructure is a good way of strengthening a weak Canadian economy. It did not matter that other leaders judged these projects essential to building healthy provincial economies. 

This coming week the mayors of 22 large Canadian cities will be meeting in Toronto. The message of the importance of infrastructure investment will be top of the agenda, just as it was for the premiers.

 

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Federal government members of standing Committee on health Pulling a fast one on pesticides… PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:17

by John Bennett Sierra Club of Canada

MEDIA RELEASE
February 5, 2015

Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada).

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Canada rejects UN resolution on native rights – PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:01
  • October 1, 2014    

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops may have to re-fight a battle with the federal government over the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Sept. 22 Canada became the only country to object to a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly asking countries to do more to achieve aboriginal rights.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:13
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