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Baird's appointment to Barrick Gold raises questions PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2015 12:40

Media Release

March 30, 2015

Baird at meeting in Davos

Ottawa — On Saturday, Barrick Gold announced former Conservative Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s appointment to its advisory board, raising many questions.  

“John Baird served as both environment minister and foreign affairs minister in a government that gutted freshwater laws in Canada and promoted the interests of Canadian mining companies in the Global South through its policies on foreign aid. One has to ask: is this appointment a reward for these mining-friendly policies?” asks Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

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Quebec Students Strike Against Austerity and the Petro Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:34

Quebec Students Strike Against Austerity and the Petro Economy

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Students marching in Quebec earlier this week. (Facebook / ASSÉ)

While the U.S. media have remained relatively quiet about it, students in Quebec are in the middle of what may become the country’s biggest series of demonstrations since 2012’s Maple Spring — and potentially the largest strike in Canadian history. Organized primarily by the province-wide student union Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante,66 local student associations — spanning 10 campuses and 55,000 students — have declared an indefinite general strike. A total of 102,000 students will join in on April 2 for the #manif2avril national day of action. More student associations will be holding votes on whether to join in the coming weeks.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:44
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CSW 59 An Alternative shadow report from Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:32

by Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project – March 25 2015

The statue Ivstitia (Justice) guards the entrance of the Supreme Court of Canada as the Peace tower is seen in the background in Ottawa.

SINCE 2006, THE HARPER GOVERNMENT has caused the dismantling of Canada and has contributed to Canada’s being perceived as an international pariah.  

A. ESCALATING THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT

B. FOSTERING MILITARISM

C. ENTERING INTO SPURIOUS TRADE AGREEMENTS SUCH AS FIPPA WITH CHINA AND CETA WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION

D. DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT

E. CONTRIBUTING TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS NEGLIGENCE

F. VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS

including labour rights, women’s rights civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, right to housing, right to safe drinking water and sewage, right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system;

G. ENTRENCHING CORPORATISM

 

For update see http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10026:election-2015a-long-list-of-the-transgressions-of-the-harper-government&catid=75:cjustice-news&Itemid=218

 

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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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