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A reader who says he has "long supported both the NDP and the Liberals" writes:
"I think the most important decision facing the NDP is whether they will focus all of their money and attention fighting Harper, or whether they will divide their focus by fighting Trudeau. If they go after Trudeau, they are simply assisting Harper... Early signals are not encouraging..."
One more of British Columbia's public-private partnerships (P3s) has headed down the road to ownership in a European tax haven. Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure completed deals last summer to acquire equity and loans for the Kelowna Vernon Hospital. It is also buying out equity and loans on Alberta's North East Stoney Trail highway P3 in Calgary.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women marks how much work still needs to be done
On Monday, a byelection is being held in the riding of Toronto Centre, and Linda McQuaig, one of Canada's principle champions of social justice and equality, is the NDP candidate for that seat in the House of Commons.
For years, the Liberal Party has taken Toronto Centre for granted -- it is Bob Rae's old riding and the Liberals want desperately to keep it to prove that Justin Trudeau is not just the vacuous pretty boy he actually appears to be. If he loses this riding, it would go a long way to exposing him and the party for what they are.On Monday, a byelection is being held in the riding of Toronto Centre, and Linda McQuaig, one of Canada's principle champions of social justice and equality, is the NDP candidate for that seat.
Those of us who don't regularly wear melons on our heads or particularly care about Canadian football are waiting impatiently for the results of today's federal byelections so that we can spin them in ways that reinforce our personal political preferences.
For example, if you're a conservative of any stripe, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives lose all four byelections, you will explain tonight that this proves Canadians really want more conservative policies, and, anyway, byelections always go against strong, stable, majority governments.
Our household, like most Canadian households, works hard to reduce, re-used and recycle. But a new report shows that globally, the most that all our households put together could account for, would be only one-third of carbon emissions.
A scant 90 extractive industry companies have generated two-thirds of all carbon emissions in our now overheated climate -- not just now, but since the dawn of industrialization (about 1750). And half those emissions have occurred since 1986.
If the politics of contempt is the hallmark of Stephen Harper's governing style -- for Parliament, for accountability, for critics, for science, for journalists -- nothing is more shameful than its contempt for Canada's veterans. It's not merely that vets have won the right to so much better. It's also the flat-out hypocrisy, the unbridgeable chasm between the Harper government's rapturous rhetoric and its actual policies.
The members of Alberta's Progressive Conservative Party -- whoever they may be at this particular moment in history -- endorsed Premier Alison Redford yesterday to the tune of 77 per cent.
What good will come of that, you wonder?
"Why that I cannot tell," said he;
"But 'twas a famous victory."
Surely it's not just me who thinks it's odd that these same PCs -- or possibly not the same PCs, as the case may be -- in 2009 endorsed then premier Ed Stelmach by a stunning vote of … wait for it … 77 per cent?
Fifteen months later, Stelmach was, as they say, Gonzo Alonzo. Redford, you may have little doubt, will still be in the saddle as the election she promised us will take place in 2016 draws near.
Rape has been used as a weapon in the conflict in Congo in unprecedented ways. Jill Trenhom says the war is driven by a quest for the resources needed for computers and mobile phones. She recently completed a doctoral thesis on war and rape in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for Uppsala university in Sweden. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.
Trigger alert, this story contains disturbing reports of assault.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization released a comprehensive study that found more than a third of all women worldwide -- 35.6 per cent -- will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The great majority of this violence is committed by intimate male partners in acts that can only be described as domestic or home-grown terrorism. It's the latest in an endless stream of similar reports on this form of domestic terror, but Canada and other governments refuse to both recognize the extent of the crisis and respond accordingly.As Canada marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, there are countless reminder of how much work remains to be done, as the war against women grinds mercilessly on.
The same ones housing activists have been calling for since the federal government axed the national housing program two decades ago.
To ensure that the 600,000 households currently living in social housing across the country continue to receive their social housing subsidies.
"We can't let those people lose that subsidy because they're going to face rent that they can't afford and be pushed out of their homes," said Yutaka Dirks, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario.
To increase the amount of money the federal government spends on building new social housing and homelessness programs.
And to develop a national housing strategy.
Back in the day, children, when I was a cub reporter on the unhyphenated Victoria Daily Times (a better paper than the Colonist, it must be remembered), columnists were generally expected to churn out an entertaining column almost every day.
Not a few managed the feat by recycling an old one whenever the opportunity arose -- something I reckoned then to be a sign of poor craftsmanship, if not evidence of bad character that was only permitted because the authors were usually drinking buddies of the editor in chief.
"Make the corporations pay!"
It is a slogan that sounds good, and with which I would fully agree, under conditions where "corporations," or, more accurately, those who control them, were actually paying. But this is not the case in the debate in Canada today where many on the left are falsely proclaiming corporate taxes as an alternative to increasing personal taxes, even on the wealthy, and seem to display little understanding that corporate tax rates have nothing at all to do with inequality socially and are not at all a tax on wealth or the wealthy.
Labour news from Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Turkey
Interview with Reen Yunis, Palestinian labour right activist, on the issues facing Palestinian workers.
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A presence -- that’s the word almost everyone uses to describe Jack Munro.
The former Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada (IWA) president, who passed away last week at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer, had a big presence -- both physically and figuratively.
He was known for his towering, 6'5" frame and his forceful and obscenity laden presentation style.
When Stephen Hunt, then a young member of the United Steelworkers (USW), first saw him almost 30 years ago at a B.C. federation of labour convention he was bowed by Munro’s force of will. "I was convinced at the time that this was the guy to follow," Hunt said. "We would have followed him through the walls if he had asked us too."
The Warsaw UNFCC international climate negotiations are feeling the heat of an increasingly united social movement demanding change.
Climate justice groups are being joined by eNGOs such as Friends of the Earth International and Greenpeace, ActionAid International, WWF, Oxfam and labour representatives under the International Trade Union Confederation in walking out of the official UN climate talks.
Joss Whedon was recently honoured at an event called Make Equality Reality for his work in promoting gender equality. The sci-fi writer and director extraordinaire has long been an advocate for the cause and he gave an excellent speech in 2006 that addressed his distaste towards being asked why he writes strong female characters -- namely, that nobody is asking other directors why they aren’t.
On Monday November 25, there will be federal by-elections in Toronto-Centre, the Montreal riding of Bourassa and the Manitoba ridings of Provencher and Brandon-Souris.
The Harper Conservatives have announced that they will cut $36 billion from health care in Canada after the current health accord expires. For Ontario, this will mean the loss of $14 billion.
Earlier this week we wrote to the Toronto-Centre by-election candidates (NDP, Liberal, Conservative and Greens) asking for their commitment to reverse Harper's cuts to health care by restoring the annual six per cent increases. Only the Liberals and NDP responded. Below is the question we asked each candidate and their full answers.
We continue our special series of commentaries marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mel Watkins' classic article, "A Staple Theory of Economic Growth," with the following contribution from Daniel Poon. Daniel is one of Canada's leading experts on the theory and practice of industrial policy, and the successful industrialization experience of East Asia. He is an economic affairs officer with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), previously worked as a researcher with the North-South Institute (NSI), and was a Fellow with the Walter & Duncan Gordon
Another day, another Canadian scandal, so it seems.Choices Ford scandal: lying about drugs, tackling city councillors, hypocritical policies, abusive behaviour Senate scandal: $90,000 cheques, lying about involvement, housing and travel spending, defrauding taxpayers PMO scandal: appointing non-residents to senate, austerity measures, terrible environmental policies, general awfulness Kenney scandal: anti-union remarks, revealing Cons anti-union agenda, failing to understand how twitter works, general awfulness They are all the worst! Let's get rid of them! Ugh. Whatever happens tomorrow. None of the above.