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With repeal of Bill C-4 in sight, public sector unions adjust for a new round of bargaining

Friday, May 27, 2016 Canada's public sector unions have called on the Trudeau government to implement interim measure to ensure progress at the bargaining table.

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The Liberals are raising expectations among Canada's public servants once again with its announcement this week that a repeal of unfair bargaining legislation enacted under Bill C-4 is in the works.

Treasury Board president Scott Brison announced on Wednesday that the repeal (relating to division 17 of the Tory government's Bill C-4) is due to be tabled in Parliament's fall session.

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Redress is overdue for targets of Canada's no-fly list

Friday, May 27, 2016

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It has now been five months since we started hearing and reading about Canadian kids affected by additional security screening measures when they try to board a plane, and unfortunately, the situation hasn't improved much since.

It has now been five months since we started hearing about Canadian kids affected by the Canadian version of the no-fly list and unfortunately, the situation hasn't improved much since.

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Lubicon Lake Nation demands action, justice for ongoing discrimination and exploitation

Friday, May 27, 2016 The ongoing land rights disputes and pattern of racial discrimination has pushed the Lubicon Lake Nation to resubmit a UN human rights complaint and meet with Alberta's Indigenous Relations Minister.

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On Wednesday May 18, Lubicon Lake Nation Chief Bernard Ominayak met with Alberta's Indigenous Relations Minister, Richard Feehan, following the Nation's recent human rights complaints. 

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Donald Trump challenges belief that religion matters in politics

Friday, May 27, 2016

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I was whizzing through the latest book by British psychoanalyst-author Adam Phillips -- he's prolific and I only manage to read every third book or so that he writes -- when I tripped on this line:

"If religion and its structures of moral authority were to be no longer objects of desire -- and towards the end of the 19th century, unlike today, this seemed like a distinct possibility ... "

Commentators say that secularism is over and religion has been restored to a prestigious place in our society. And yet, Rick Salutin gives us as counter-evidence, the rise of Donald Trump.

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How to save a language: B.C. university offers Haida field course

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Learning a language can be hard, but it's even harder when there's almost no one left to learn it from. That was the challenge for Simon Fraser University visiting professor Anvita Abbi. She decided to teach a course on Haida, which she had no experience with before -- and almost no one to learn it from.

"When I came here, I realized there are hardly any [Haida] speakers left, except maybe two or three," she said.

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We may finally be seeing the end of corporate globalization

Friday, May 27, 2016

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Since the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement in 1988, promoters of investment protection agreements have held sway. But 30 years after the first experiment, signs of resistence are growing.

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Emily Temple-Wood: 'If her name survived this long, that's a huge indicator of her importance.'

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Today’s guest is Emily Temple Wood, who recently graduated with degrees in molecular biology and Arabic and Islamic studies from Loyola University Chicago. This fall, Emily will begin medical school at MidWestern University. Aside from her academic achievements, Emily is a prolific writer and essayist on women scientists and is a Wikipedia Editor. She is the creator of WikiProject Women Scientists, an initiative that documents the lives, accomplishments and contributions of women in STEM fields.

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Kevin Vickers tackling an Irish protester in Dublin is pretty far from heroic

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Kevin Vickers became a Canadian hero for shooting and killing Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after his attack on Parliament Hill in 2014, which left army reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo dead. Vickers was rewarded with the plum ambassadorship of Ireland as a result.

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Social media reaction to Elbowgate shows contempt for Parliament

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Elbowgate is over, almost forgotten.

It is, to quote Monty Python, a dead parrot. Dead and buried.

So why keep writing about it?

Well, one reason is that it reveals much about many Canadians' attitude toward Parliament and our democratic system of government.

How so?

Let's step back a moment and consider the previous government, that of Stephen Harper.

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Who would you vote for in the U.S. presidential election?

Did you know there's a U.S. presidential race happening? I know, shocking!

Choices Bernie or bust! If he isn't the Democratic candidate, I'm not voting. Whoever the Democrats nominate: Clinton or Sanders. Whoever the Republicans nominate, even if it is Trump. Clinton. She seems like the most pragmatic choice. I'd sooner vote for Trump than Clinton! Sanders. He has the progressive vision we need. I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE U.S. ELECTION. None of the above. (or below) Jill Stein from the Green Party!

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Trudeau fails to deliver on election promise to support Indigenous post-secondary students

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In the 2016 federal budget, Trudeau failed to deliver on his explicit election commitment to invest $50 million per year in the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP), a federal initiative that provides support to Indigenous and Inuit students pursuing post-secondary education. Instead, the Liberals invested no new funding in the program.

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Ontario actually decides to do something about impending climate disaster

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Normally I wouldn't define good public policy by who it angers, but the fact that Ontario's climate change plan caused Rex Murphy's coal-powered brain to blow a gasket, driving him elbow-deep into his dog-eared thesaurus for as many synonyms for diabolical as he could find, made me think hey, maybe there's something to this.

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Anti-war protests take aim at CANSEC 2016 and global arms trade

Thursday, May 26, 2016 Actions in Ottawa and Montreal target CANSEC 2016 and Canada's involvement in the global arms trade, specifically the controversial deal with Saudi Arabia.

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Ottawa-based group Homes Not Bombs held two actions on May 24 and May 25 to protest the 2016 Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CANSEC) military trade show.

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