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Justin Trudeau 'disengaged' on nuclear weapons file

2 December 2016 - 7:22pm

At the United Nations in late October 123 countries voted in favour of a recommendation endorsing the launch of negotiations aimed at prohibiting nuclear weapons. Canada voted no. Douglas Roche, this country's former Ambassador for Disarmament at the UN, is clearly piqued. "The government turned its back on an important nuclear disarmament initiative," he says, "and sided with the nuclear weapons states that want to keep and modernize their nuclear arsenals for the rest of the 21st century."

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The new yokels of the Liberal party ridicule math and evidence in the House of Commons

2 December 2016 - 2:24pm

"Evidence-based policy" is a cant phrase that has been around for a while. I first heard it used -- repeatedly -- at Justin Trudeau's coronation in Montreal in 2012. It was clearly a term that was intended to set the Liberals off from the Conservatives, who governed in the teeth of evidence, facts, logic and science.

But once in power, this fresh new approach to governance was not to be. Climate change? Here are a couple more pipelines. And mind your manners, Injuns—we've got police and the military to sort you out if need be, and you've seen that movie before.

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Weeks later, the global cost of electing Trump is still huge

2 December 2016 - 10:25am

The clock has been ticking -- or whatever it is that clocks now do. The calendar has been counting. Meanwhile, I'm still trying to figure out how what happened November 8 happened.

Michael Moore foresaw it but who else. Not President Obama, he admits. Not me. Even the pollsters missed out on this one. And if you didn't think it could happen, what credibility do you have if you now pretend you can explain it? Exactly none. So read on with no expectation of the truth except by random error.

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How corporate media failed democracy in the U.S. presidential election

2 December 2016 - 6:47am
Friday, December 2, 2016

We hadn't seen Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia since last July, when he watched his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the Democratic Party's nomination. Sanders joined the Democracy Now! news hour this week at the historic Philadelphia Free Library for a wide-ranging discussion. "I am deeply concerned about the future of American democracy," Sanders told the enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd. Millions of Americans voted for Sanders in the primaries. He transformed the 2016 U.S. The U.S. media effectively iced out a major-party candidate who consistently held the largest rallies, even without a media megaphone, while it effectively made candidate Donald Trump.

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Failure of democracy has many root causes

2 December 2016 - 6:14am
Friday, December 2, 2016

The failure of democracy? An academic study published last summer, which is rather suddenly being hailed in places like the New York Times, claims "an entire global generation has lost faith in democracy." Citizens "have grown jaded." This applies to youth especially, who call elections "unimportant" and say "a democratic political system" is a "bad" way to run things.

But is it really so? Young Americans who enthused over Bernie Sanders in the primaries, skipped the election because it wasn't democratic enough. People in Greece, Spain or Italy, left old parties and built new ones for similar reasons.

Politics is rife with failures of all kinds. Take for instance the failure of identity politics in the U.S. or the failure of political rights under Fidel Castro.

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Liberals dismiss calls for a referendum, let Canadians down on electoral reform

2 December 2016 - 6:01am
The special committee of MPs tasked with studying electoral reform in Canada released its report today, on schedule. Min. Maryam Monsef's response was a disgrace. Liberals, Monsef make a mockery of MPs and Canadians who worked for electoral reform

World class chefs turn food waste into culinary masterpieces for those in need

1 December 2016 - 11:02pm

I love good food! I also love cooking. Most people don't know that many, many years ago, I graduated from the Culinary Management Program at George Brown College. At that time, the campus was located on Augusta Street in the heart of Toronto's amazing Kensington Market. I went on to complete my apprenticeship and earned my red seal designation.

I often joke the reason I had five kids is because I never learned to cook small -- I cook big! My kids know that when we go on holiday, I will do whatever they want all day long, but once dinner time rolls around we have to have reservations at a restaurant that serves wonderful cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere sans televisions. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be great.

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Wildrose defence of Christian home schooling group unravels on news of operators' big salaries

1 December 2016 - 10:23pm

The Wildrose Opposition's impassioned defence of a private Christian school association that oversaw about a third of the province's home-schooled children and the entity it hired to oversee the work is unravelling like an old sweater caught on a nail -- exposing the hapless 'Rosies to a wintry Alberta breeze.

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Confronting the neoliberal addiction to colonialism, consumption, and greed

1 December 2016 - 8:39pm

I know I am not alone shedding tears for the story of the 2016 American election. These aren't the tears of a campaign or game lost, or an ego wounded, nor are they tears of aloneness, because I know I am not the only one who is afraid.

These tears connect me to all of those who are afraid. We are connected because the politics of hatred and fear are less visible but alive in Canada too, because the fear of discrimination and violence is shared by women and so many minority groups in America, because those who voted for Trump are afraid too. There is fear all around us.

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KK Watson on improv in Kauai

1 December 2016 - 7:40pm

Today is December 1, 2016, and it heralds a new time of Lynn Thompson's Living on Purpose podcast schedule. Look for a new episode each Thursday going forward, with thanks to excecutive producer Victoria Fenner and team for the prompt. Today's podcast features a debut recording with Keoni Watson, known as KK Watson, in October 2016 on an outdoor deck with such a view on the Garden Island of Kauai.

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After 'Gallagher's Index,' what is your favourite piece of 'Liberal math'?

1 December 2016 - 3:04pm

If Justin Trudeau approving two pipelines on Tuesday was tragedy, Minister of Democratic Institution Maryam Monsef's performance in Parliament today was farce.

Choices Formulating a cabinet with 50% men, 50% women, and 100% corporate sellouts. Stopping climate change by approving two pipelines, one LNG terminal, the Site C dam and seismic Arctic blasting. Improving Canada's international reputation by gladhanding Donald Trump, committing to climate targets and then backsliding and breaking records selling arms to Saudi Arabia. Entrenching a "nation-to-nation" relationship with First Nations by rejecting UNDRIP, reversing promises on Aboriginal education, doing nothing about TRC or youth suicides and running roughshod over Indigenous sovereignty. Promise to end FPTP elections to improve engagement and reduce voter cynicism, form committee, reach consensus and then insult the intelligence of virtually every Canadian.

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Liberals, Monsef make a mockery of MPs and Canadians who worked for electoral reform

1 December 2016 - 2:08pm

Predictably, Justin Trudeau's clear and precise campaign promise -- that the 2015 federal election would be the last under first past the post -- has become a giant tire fire.

The special committee of MPs tasked with studying electoral reform in Canada released its report today, on schedule. It recommended that Canada prepares to move toward a proportional representation system, ultimately decided by a referendum.

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Queen's history of white supremacy much longer than one racist party

1 December 2016 - 11:28am

National controversy flared up after the revelation of pictures from a party held near Queen's University campus where students dressed in highly inappropriate, culturally stereotyped costumes -- including Buddhist monks drinking beer, Vietcong guerrilla fighters with rice hats and toy guns, and Mexicans in sombreros and prison outfits. This is racism.

But this story is not about that party. It is about the culture of white privilege that permeates on major campuses around Canada and how activists at Queen's University are working to make meaningful cultural change.

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The role of housing and wrap-around supports for newcomer families in Winnipeg

1 December 2016 - 7:04am

As housing advocates across the country recognize National Housing Day on November 22, we must continue to acknowledge the central role of housing in building inclusive communities and seek ways to ensure that all low-income families have access to affordable, safe and good quality housing. Vulnerable and marginalized populations such as newly arrived immigrant and refugee families all too often suffer the indignity of scouring the private rental market for suitable housing only to face discrimination, unaffordable rental rates, poorly cared for buildings and undesirable neighbourhoods.

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Trump's dangerous climate policy puts our whole world in peril

1 December 2016 - 6:48am
Thursday, December 1, 2016

At the precise moment that Donald Trump was giving his acceptance speech, I was in a room packed with a thousand people in Sydney, Australia, listening to Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang, a leading activist from the island state of Kiribati. All day I had been sending emails with the subject line "It's the end of the world." I suddenly felt embarrassed by the privilege of this hyperbole.

If Trump does what he says and rolls back the (insufficient) climate progress won under Obama, inspiring other nations to do the same, Chi-Fang's nation and culture will almost surely disappear beneath the waves. Literally, the end of their whole world.

If Trump does what he says and rolls back the (insufficient) climate progress won under Obama, it will mean the end of the world for island nations like Kiribati.

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Poor protection of waterways paved the path for Trudeau's pipeline approvals

1 December 2016 - 6:40am

Transport minister Marc Garneau was among the cabinet ministers standing behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he announced his government's approval of two major tar sands pipelines -- the 890,000-barrel Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and the 760,000-barrel per day Line 3 pipeline.

The National Energy Board began its review of the Trans Mountain project in April 2014 and recommended its approval in May 2016.

That means it took place after the Harper government gutted the former Navigable Waters Protection Act and other environmental protections in 2012. Harper's omnibus bills removed pipelines from provisions of the Act and meant that 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers are no longer protected by federal scrutiny.

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Trump's election should prompt Canada to rethink its complicity with U.S. mass surveillance

1 December 2016 - 6:12am
Thursday, December 1, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump. It's still a phrase that takes some getting used to. Trump's pronouncements on issues of online privacy, surveillance and net neutrality -- among many other topics -- should send a shiver down the spine of anyone who cares about preserving basic democratic freedoms in a digital age.

For Canadians these concerns strike particularly close to home. Already, federal government ministers are grappling with the implications of the impending Trump presidency and, for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, these implications are especially profound.

With Donald Trump's ascension to power imminent, Canada cannot afford to continue allowing government agencies to routinely hand over our private information to the U.S. government.

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Kinder Morgan approval stirs feelings of betrayal in Canadians who voted for Trudeau

1 December 2016 - 6:06am
Cynicism is part and parcel of the Liberal strategy to get elected at any cost -- but the disconnect between rhetoric and action is impossible to maintain for any length of time. Trudeau's Kinder Morgan approval final, cynical betrayal to Canadians who voted for real change

Experts tell Wynne to clean up mercury in Grassy Narrows -- no justification in further delay

1 December 2016 - 5:38am

Some of the world’s top scientists are refuting claims by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne that attempts to clean up mercury contamination upstream of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, north of Kenora, could make the situation worse.   

 “This fear is needless,” said Dr. David Schindler in a letter co-signed by scientist David Suzuki and sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne Tuesday, the Toronto Star reported.  “If the river system remains in its current state, we anticipate a continued degradation of the health and social fabric of the Grassy Narrows community.” 

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CIDA funds used to promote Canadian mining interests overseas

30 November 2016 - 5:59pm

Yves Engler says the Canadian International Development Agency has been using public money to assist Canadian mining companies in Africa and Latin America. Yves Engler is author of Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation. He speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh.

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