Harper government spent millions on overseas tar sands advocacy

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:56pm
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 A Greenpeace Freedom of Information request reveals the Harper government has spent millions of taxpayers' dollars pushing the tar sands agenda internationally.

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How much money has the federal government spent on lobbying on behalf of the oil industry? About $4.5 million. 

A Greenpeace Canada freedom of information request has revealed that Natural Resources Canada holds a $4.5-million fund for international and domestic "outreach activities" for the tar sands.

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Stephen Harper is running out of tricks to win back Canadians

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:39pm

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Is Stephen Harper kaput? Is his goose finally cooked? It sure looks that way.

According to the latest polls, only 27 per cent to 31 per cent of Canadian voters intend to vote for his party. This is after the Maclean's-hosted leaders' debate, the tax rebate cheques to parents of young kids, and a zillion Conservative bucks spent attacking their rivals.

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Is there enough Orange Wave left in Wild Rose Country to propel more Alberta New Democrats to Ottawa?

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:24pm

Could there be enough momentum left in the Orange Wave that swamped the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party on May 5 to let a few more New Democrat members of Parliament from Wild Rose Country surf their way into the House of Commons?

Writing in the Globe and Mail on Friday and busily commentating elsewhere, political scientist Duane Bratt spoke for the smart money when he predicted a few more seats in the Edmonton area where the NDP enjoys strong support and a shutout in the rest of the province.

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Not Rex: Stephen Harper's election campaign in a bubble

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:03pm
Is this show currently playing? August 18, 2015 Stephen Harper is a coward! He launched the longest and election campaign in recent history and will face the Canadian public... never. YouTube

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Stephen Harper is a coward! He launched the longest and costliest federal election campaign in recent history and will face the Canadian public... never.

He's only campaigning to his base, and to those members who have signed gag orders. What?

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Assembly of First Nations Chief and other Indigenous leaders urge Indigenous Canadians to vote

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:56pm

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Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde, among other chiefs and Indigenous leaders, is urging all Indigenous Canadians to vote in the upcoming federal election, specifically to remove the Harper Conservatives from office.

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Call to action: Boycott and divest from G4S!

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:21pm
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Support BDS Vancouver - Coast Salish Territories in its campaign to boycott British security company G4S. Find out how you can get involved here.

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Editor's note: On Monday August 17 at 9:00 p.m. PST, Vancouver solidarity activists began fasting in solidarity with and to raise consciousness and awareness about Palestinian prisoners.

The 24 Hour Fast and Day of Action in Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners is organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network, Canada Palestine Association and the Alliance for People's Health.

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Conservatives say the darndest things

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:10pm

You'd have to be living under a rock to not know about former Canadian senator Mike Duffy's legal troubles.

And by legal troubles, I don't mean in 1990 when Duffy pleaded guilty to a charge of impaired driving.

We must remember -- as the nostalgic conservatives want us to -- that Mike Duffy the high school drop-out, fought tooth and nail in his rise for power.

Of course, I'm not trying to pass the Tory-buck regarding why Duffy has allegedly defrauded tax payers in excess of $200,000, as well as him facing charges for allegedly accepting $90,000 from Nigel Wright which he used to repay expenses he had claimed for his house in Kanata.

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Quality public child care: An economic no-brainer

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:59am
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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The economic arguments in favour of public, accessible child care are powerful. Here is a commentary summarizing the many benefits of a universal public child-care program.

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Harper's housing promises and the crisis of affordability

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:26am

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Over the past two weeks, Stephen Harper has made three new housing-related promises on the campaign trail. However, they won't help the crisis of affordability. The pattern is familiar: make things worse and prepare to blame others.

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Marking the 30th anniversary of flag drop on U.S. ship in Arctic waters

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 9:52am

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August 14 was the 30th anniversary of Council of Canadians activists dropping a flag on the deck of a United States Coast Guard ship in Arctic waters. The Council of Canadians had been launched on March 11, 1985 with a media conference and this action took place just five months later.

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Raising RRSP withdrawal limit no solution to unaffordable housing

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 9:39am

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Far be it from me to school Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the laws of supply and demand. He is, after all, the one who has extensively studied neoliberal economics.

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Nova Scotia's 'new approach' to labour: Gut collective agreements

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 9:20am

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One would like to believe newly installed Finance Minister Randy Delorey meant it.

Last week he told union leaders representing teachers, health-care workers, paramedics and assorted clusters of government employees he wanted to meet to discuss a "new approach" to collective bargaining. There are more than 300 collective agreements slated for re-negotiation this year.

Lord knows, a new approach is needed.

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Trudeau Liberals hunt for centre-right voters

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:10am
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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It has been a favourite election disaster scenario. Two centre-left parties fighting it out for the succession to Stephen Harper. While the Liberals and the NDP knock each other around, the centre-right Conservatives squeeze out another win.

That particular political story turns out to be overstated. Both the Liberals and the NDP are wooing the "middle class," building defensive positions against Conservative attacks, not trying to outdo each other in being "progressive."

The Liberal strategy under Justin Trudeau appears to be the same one pursued in the Ignatieff era: wait for the Conservatives to collapse, and then scoop up the centre-right vote.

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Shift toward Harper signals end of Canadian Jews as progressive force

rabble news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:47am

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Where are Conservatives most likely to be elected in Canada? Historically, rural and suburban White, Protestant ridings and the wealthiest parts of English-speaking cities have been where the Tories enjoyed the most success.

Certainly the Conservatives have never been the party of those marginalized for economic, social or religious reasons.

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GroundWire | August 17, 2015

rabble news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 8:34pm
GroundWire | August 17, 2015.

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The Québec left and the federal election

rabble news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:35pm

Everyone here knows that Harper’s neo-conservative government represents a serious threat. In the last election the Conservatives elected only five MPs (out of a total of 75) and there is nothing to suggest that this massive rejection by Québec voters is about to change. The latest polls show support for Harper at less than 12 per cent. Naturally, the Québec left -- both the people active in social movements and those involved in progressive politics (mostly Québec Solidaire) -- is in sync with popular opinion on this score. The question, however, is what options remain for the left beyond an ‘anything-but-Harper’ position.

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Justin Trudeau, from the heart outwards: His Conservative critics howl

rabble news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:11pm

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Controversy swirls over Amnesty International's statement on buying and selling of sex

rabble news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:14pm
Monday, August 17, 2015 Sex worker advocates are thrilled, but critics claim the resolution condones those who buy women for sex.

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On August 11, Amnesty International's International Council Meeting undertook a historic vote in Dublin that resulted in a resolution to support decriminalization of sex work

This decision is controversial because not all activists agree on the method to best ensure the safety of sex workers.

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PSAC vs. The Sun: Government workers are an issue this election

rabble news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:59pm
The stakes for government workers are high this election, says PSAC. The Sun disagrees. PSAC stands up for public servants, angers Sun editorialists
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