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The Governor General should respect the spirit the doctrine of legitimate expectation and refuse to allow Harper to change the period of the election PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:22

 

 

The Doctrine of legitimate Expectations has the following components

•       Not breaking and undertaking as one pleases

•       Compatibility with public duty

•       Public interest may be better served by honouring their undertaking than by breaking it

•       Fulfilling the expectation must assist in performing rather than inhibit the performance of its statutory duty

 

The purpose of having fixed election dates was to remove the unfairness inherent in the   provision, given to the Prime Minister, to select the election date which used to always  benefit the incumbent governing party. The ability to change the election campaign period would also benefit, the incumbent party.  And for that reason this change would compromise the fairness of an election. Citizens have a legitimate expectation that the principle of fairness of fixed election dates  would not be undermined by a change inthe fixed election Campaign period which would benefit the incumbent Party.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 August 2015 08:56
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Stephen Harper 'gaming the system' with early election call, says former Elections Canada head PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:15

Saturday August 01, 2015

Former Elections Canada head Jean-Pierre Kingsley said an earlier election call 'distorts' the electoral system.

Former Elections Canada head Jean-Pierre Kingsley said an earlier election call 'distorts' the electoral syste

"Canadians have said, $25 million is enough for you to run a campaign. Now we're going to be facing the possibility that it's going to be more than $50 million just to pump more ads our way."

Kingsley said it's no coincidence that only one party can afford to spend $50 million on a campaign.

"If (the Conservatives) are doubling it to fifty, it's because they can get to fifty," he said.

"Parties plan how much will be required to spend. The Conservatives are way ahead of the other two, so by doubling the amount, all of a sudden you've thrown a monkey wrench into all of that financial planning that's been going on."

"And that's what distorts the game for Canadians," Kingsley added. "That is what is happening to us. We're the electors here, and we're the ones who are going to be faced with the consequences of this thing."

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 August 2015 10:25
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Deficit projection leads NDP to call for emergency meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 July 2015 09:22

Nathan Cullen suggests calling Finance Minister Joe Oliver to appear before House finance committee

By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jul 24, 2015 12:20 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 12:44 PM ET

NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen is calling for a mid-summer finance committee meeting to discuss the economy, and say they want Joe Oliver to be there to answer questions.
NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen is calling for a mid-summer finance committee meeting to discuss the economy, and say they want Joe Oliver to be there to answer questions. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
 

The New Democrats are calling for a mid-summer finance committee meeting to discuss "the weakening Canadian economy," and they want Joe Oliver to be there to answer questions.

NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen is leading the charge, writing committee chair James Rajotte, a Conservative MP, to request the meeting and the appearance by the finance minister.

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Draft Content Analysis of the Dutch Decision applied to Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 11 July 2015 06:27

Draft Content Analysis of the Dutch Decision applied to Canada

 

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

1,AFFIRMED THE OBJECTIVE OF THE UNFCCC IPCC’

 

The Harper government has appeared to ignore the legally binding  objective in Article 2 of the UNFCCC

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to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

 

2 SUPPORTED THE NORM % BELOW 1990 BY 2020

The Harper government does not accept the norm. The Harper government is only willing to make a non-binding commitment  30% below 2005 by 2030

3 ACKNOWLEDGED GAP PERCEIVED BY UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

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Nestlé faces renewed criticism as B.C. drought continues PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 10 July 2015 11:43

Companies like Nestlé will pay $2.25 to bottle a million litres of water starting in 2016

By On the Coast, CBC News Posted: Jul 10, 2015 5:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 10, 2015 9:03 AM PT

 Starting in 2016, Nestle will have to pay $2.25 per million litres to extract water in B.C.

Starting in 2016, Nestle will have to pay $2.25 per million litres to extract water in B.C. (CBC)

Criticism against Nestlé is picking up momentum once again as drought plagues B.C., wildfires rage in parts of the south coast, and residents are facing water restrictions.

Nestlé Waters Canada bottles roughly 265 million litres of water from B.C. every year.

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A Content Analysis of the Dutch Court Decision: could this be a Precedent to be used in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 06 July 2015 14:06

Dutch case  should influence the commitments made by Canada to COP21 in Paris. Canada should commit to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020

 

 

 

By Joan Russow PHD

Global Compliance Research Project

Before COP21, The Trudeau government should make a commitment based on the principles of the Dutch cas; 25% below 1990 by 2020

 

After doing a content analysis of the successful Dutch Court Case, brought by environmentalists against the the Dutch government, I could see that there were many precedents in the decision that could be used, by advocates, in Canada. In the content analysis, I have isolated sections; such as norms, targets, international principles, obligations,   pace of reduction, urgency, definitive science, per capita relevance etc. 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2015 22:56
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Under Harper, the federal government poses the greatest threat to free expression in Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 19 June 2015 15:47

 

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To mark World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on May 3, CJFE President Arnold Amber examines the challenges posed to free expression here in Canada. This is an amended version of an article that will be published in CJFE's 2014-15 Review of Free Expression in Canada, on May 5, 2015.

By Arnold Amber

It was a wonderful start for a new federal government. The first piece of legislation Stephen Harper’s Conservatives placed before Parliament in 2006 was an omnibus bill that promised a new era of openness, transparency and accountability.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 12:01
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National Day of Action on June 15th, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 June 2015 14:41
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Join us for a National Day of Action on June 15th, 2015

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is organizing a fourth National Day of Action on June 15th to take the facts directly to the streets and tell Canadians the consequences of the federal government’s cuts to refugee health care.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2015 14:55
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C-51 and the Senate vote have violated the procedural Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 12 June 2015 14:15

By Joan Russow

Global compliance Research Project.

 

THE DOCTRINE OF LEGITIMATE EXPECTATION

 

The Doctrine of legitimate Expectations has the following components

•       Not breaking and undertaking as one pleases

•       Compatibility with public duty

•       Public interest may be better served by honouring their undertaking than by breaking it

•       Fulfilling the expectation must assist in performing rather than inhibit the performance of its statutory duties

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2015 14:25
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Harper shows little enthusiasm for 'reconciliation' report PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 04 June 2015 21:40

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper hugs Elder Evelyn Commanda-Dewache, a residential school survivor, during the closing ceremony of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, at Rideau Hall on Wednesday.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper is already distancing himself from a special commission that has called for fundamental changes to Canada’s relationship with its indigenous people.

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