Martin Lukacs: Canadian government closely monitoring how legal rulings and aboriginal protest pose an increasing “risk” for multi-billion dollar oil, mining plans.
“The Harper government is committed to a policy of extinguishing indigenous peoples’ land rights, instead of a policy of recognition and co-existence,”
A Conservative MP is backtracking on one of his arguments in favour of the government’s proposed “Fair Elections Act” – saying he has not actually witnessed voter identification cards being scooped out of recycling bins and used fraudulently.
Ontario MP Brad Butt’s mea culpa came in the House of Commons Monday as the NDP continue efforts to slow the government’s passage of the bill, tabling a motion calling for the committee considering the proposed new law to travel the country to hear input on its proposed changes […]
The Fair Election Act’s proposed changes are wide-ranging, and would overhaul Canada’s election laws and reorganize parts of Elections Canada.
They would also eliminate the option to use a voter ID card as one form of valid identification on voting day. Mr. Butt, who sits on the committee currently reviewing the bill, had earlier said the voting cards were used to scam the system […]
On Monday, Mr. Butt stood up in the House of Commons to say that wasn’t true, adding he wanted to correct the record to say that he had not personally witnessed such fraud. He gave no details on what he had witnessed, or why he’d made the statement in the first place.
#PierrePoilievre, #Harper’s Minister of State (Democratic Reform) will be tabling a bill that will force Elections Canada to stop telling people to go to the polls on election day stating that it needs to focus on only disseminating “practical information”. Apparently going to vote is not practical information…
CETA: Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada & EU corporations that trumps local contractors & privatizes resources, healthcare, city services, Crown corps.
Addressing the Israeli Parliment, Harper declared that any criticism whatsoever of Israel and its actions is anti-semetic, also stating that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that shares Canadian values.
Harper is the only Canadian PM to ever speak at the Israeli Parliment.
Due to austerity by the the Harper Government, Health Canada has closed its main research library. Scientist are scrambling, squirrelling away books in their basements, borrowing student library cards to have access to books stating that literature has become inaccessible and unaffordable due to fees under the new outsourced load system to a private company.
More tar sands environmental doom.
Researchers find 7,300-sq-mile ring of mercury around tar sands in Canada
Scientists have found a more than 7,300-square-mile ring of land and water contaminated by mercury surrounding the tar sands in Alberta, where energy companies are producing oil and shipping it throughout Canada and the U.S.
Government scientists are preparing to publish a report that found levels of mercury are up to 16 times higher around the tar-sand operations — principally due to the excavation and transportation of bitumen in the sands by oil and gas companies, according to Postmedia-owned Canadian newspapers like The Vancouver Sun.
Environment Canada researcher Jane Kirk recently presented the findings at a toxicology conference in Nashville, Tenn.
The revelations add to growing concerns over the environmental impact of mining the tar sands. Many environmentalists charge that extracting oil from the sands will lead to an increase in carbon emissions, the destruction of the land, water contamination and health problems for Canadians. The debate over the tar sands crossed over into the United States when energy company TransCanada proposed building the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil to the southeastern U.S. for refining and distribution.
Kirk and her colleagues’ research shows that the development of the tar sands may be responsible for spreading mercury — which can cause nervous-system damage — far beyond the areas where drilling and transportation are taking place.
Harper and his Conservative Party have mailed out pamphlets about disabilities with unreadable braille. The braille is simply printed in ink, and therefore unreadable to blind people.
The party’s spoke person did not reply to a request for comments by new sources.
Friendly reminder to Canadian progressives who support Obama because “he’s better than the alternative” that, while that may be true, he’s no farther right than Stephen Harper. Hating Harper and supporting Obama makes no sense.
Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have decided to change the NRCC’s priorities, the Council is now to put emphasis on helping private sector commercial interests, as opposed to conducting non-biast research.
Yukon Conservative MP Ryan Leef says polar bears are doing better than ever… He cites “research” by a marketer, an astronomer, and an economist to back his claim. None are Canadian, and all are climate change deniers.
Even if Environment Canada’s website says polar bears are an endangered species, Conservative “Environment” Minister Peter Kent won’t correct Leef’s claim.
These are the people who are protecting your nature Canada…
In the new budget, Harper and the Conservatives have brought on some pretty troubling changes that affect the autonomy of CBC/Radio-Canada. The changes let the government directly interfere with the daily activities of the CBC/Radio-Canada.
One of the most important changes is the direct involvement of the government in collective bargaining with CBC/Radio-Canada employees, any and all agreements must now be approved by the Canadian government.
The CBC/Radio-Canada has been mostly autonomous from the government since its founding 80 years ago.