Jim Prentice, you're in the crosshairs now (metaphorically speaking).
And if you manage to win the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party next Saturday -- which everyone except this blogger thinks is exactly what's going to happen -- in the crosshairs is where you're going to stay.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation fired a shot at Prentice on Friday evening, releasing more than 3,000 pages of his expense records from back when the front-running Tory leadership candidate held the federal Conservative Government's Indian Affairs and Northern Development portfolio.
An organizer with the all-Filipina and all-volunteer run, Montreal-based organization PINAY, speaks about their work to empower Filipinas residing in Quebec, and in particular Filipina/os working as live-in caregivers. Not unlike some of her fellow PINAY organizers, this women had worked as a live-in caregiver for almost six years and is currently living in Montreal. In this interview we take a look at how Canada's Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), one of Canada's four temporary foreign worker programs, is in a period of great change, how the current status of the LCP pertains to people working as live-in caregivers in Quebec, and several campaigns that PINAY is working on.
Safety Board final report on Lac-Mégantic disaster is sharply critical of railway regulation, but federal gov't unmoved
Canada's Transportation Safety Board issued a 181-page report on August 19 detailing the breakdown in application and enforcement of federal rail safety regulations that caused the deaths of 47 people in the oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec on July 6, 2013. (Read the 12-page executive summary here.)
Labour news from the Asia Pacific. Interview about labour and class politics in New Zealand/Aotearoa with Joe Carolan, UNITE union organiser and candidate for the MANA party in the upcoming elections. Asia Pacific Currents is produced at 3CR radio by Australia Asia Worker Links.
The following letter was sent to the weekday, national newsmagazine program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Current on Aug. 29, 2014
Hello CBC/The Current,
I thought your story today on Ukraine was another exercise in providing a platform to propagandists instead of seriously exploring a complex story. None of your three guests breathed a word of the most important sets of information that listeners require to reach a balanced view of the war being waged in eastern Ukraine. These are:
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As part of the Peoples' Social Forum, participants from across the country held a vigil in Ottawa to commemorate those who have died in Gaza.
Palestinian human rights groups that normally hold vigils and demonstrations in their own cities were able to gather in Ottawa and have the opportunity to sign a 66-metre-long Palestinian Flag. Each meter of the flag represents one of the 66 years of struggle the Palestinians have faced since 1948.
Did the B.C. Liberal government just bluff on that $40 a day voucher plan or do they really want to have that battle over public education now?
It was telling that one of the earliest responses to the announcement came from a former top ranking B.C. Liberal. "Hmm. Did BC govt just take the first $40 per day step towards a voucher system for public education?" asked former Attorney General, Geoff Plant on Twitter.
Yes! Was the resounding answer from those who know what a voucher school system is.
Nothing, repeat, nothing, has been resolved in Ferguson -- or in the America for which Ferguson iconically stands. A grand jury, of three Blacks and nine whites, is presently deciding whether the cop who gunned down unarmed teenager Michael Brown should be charged with anything. Eyewitnesses there are aplenty, most of whom agree that the officer, Darren Wilson, pursued the kid and fired a fusillade of shots into Brown. His body was then left on the street for hours, like lynched Black bodies in previous times left hanging from trees and bridges.
The ongoing B.C. teachers' strike has left many wondering if students will be back in class on Tuesday, September 2. Though the B.C. government and B.C. teachers still seem on opposite sides, some parents are calling on both sides to end the action.
The teachers are asking for lower class sizes and improved class composition, as well as fair wages. The province says it cannot meet their demands.
What do you think should happen with the B.C. teachers' strike?
Choices Teachers should go back to work but for reduced hours -- it is the only way to balance the students' needs and the needs of the workers. What the teachers want is achievable -- the province should work to meet the needs of these very important professionals. If the province won't, teachers should continue their job action. The teachers' action should be suspended for two weeks so schools can reopen. Negotiations can happen with students in class. The teachers' demands are unrealistic and unaffordable. They should go back to work. None of the above