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Delay of assisted dying legislation could be better than it passing

2 June 2016 - 8:25am
Thursday, June 2, 2016 The deadline for the assisted dying legislation is coming up quick. But, if Bill C-14 isn't passed, is that really such a bad thing?

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One of the byproducts of the "Elbowgate" scandal beyond the media coverage was the delaying of essential votes on Bill C-14 -- the Liberal government's assisted dying legislation.

After hearing the Carter v. Canada case, the Supreme Court ruled that prohibiting Canadians from accessing assisted dying services was a denial of their charter rights. The Court gave the Canadian government until June 6 to legislate the practice.

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Our duty is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable

2 June 2016 - 4:53am

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On the War of the WRP, Saskatchewan's Great Wall and the mysterious appeal of AHS

1 June 2016 - 10:37pm

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To Wildrose Party supporters here in Alberta, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is the great and the good, the topic of hundreds of social media paeans, a guy who can simply do no wrong.

I guess this shouldn't be too surprising, seeing as their own party is tearing itself to pieces in a power struggle between Leader Brian Jean and The Young Pretender, Finance Critic (re-confirmation pending) Derek Fildebrandt.

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Talks break down as Chronicle Herald bosses tender offer worse than proposed four months ago

1 June 2016 - 5:29pm
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 The HTU, representing 57 editorial staff currently on strike, announced this afternoon a week of negotiations with management at the Halifax Chronicle Herald had ended unsuccessfully.

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Bosses at the Canada's largest independent newspaper are proposing more staff cuts and salary reductions than those that led to a newsroom strike four months ago, the Halifax Typographical Union says.

The union (HTU), which represents 57 editorial staff currently on strike, announced this afternoon a week of negotiations with management at the Halifax Chronicle Herald had ended unsuccessfully. 

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How long can B.C.'s politicians live in fantasy over Vancouver's housing crisis?

1 June 2016 - 4:38pm

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British Columbia's affordability crisis is hurtling toward catastrophe -- and our elected officials, with very few exceptions, are intoxicated by their own fantasies.

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Justice for Grassy Narrows

1 June 2016 - 11:59am
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Almost half a century ago, a pulp and paper company dumped tons of mercury into the English Wabigoon River system in Northwestern Ontario.

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Amnesty International releases policy on sex work, rejects Nordic model

1 June 2016 - 9:41am
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 We spoke with Amnesty International Canada about Amnesty's new policy on protecting the human rights of sex workers, which rejects the Nordic model.

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The journalism gap has created a crisis in Canadian media

1 June 2016 - 8:13am
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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We are reaching a crisis point in Canadian journalism. Historically print media have served a wide variety of roles. 

They have been the papers of record in hundreds of communities, small and large. Births, deaths, court cases, political maneuverings, votes and shenanigans have been captured, for decades on tabloid and broadsheet newsprint. 

We are reaching a crisis point in Canadian journalism. Newspapers today are a sorry shadow of what they once were and digital upstarts don't have the resources to fill the gaps.

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Mercury-contaminated waterways need to be cleaned up. Now.

1 June 2016 - 7:32am
Reseach shows the decades-long contamination in the waterways near Grassy Narrows First Nation can be cleaned up, but no commitment by the government has been made. Grassy Narrows First Nation demands Wynne clean up mercury in waterways

Canada's economic well-being is stagnant according to a new report

1 June 2016 - 6:58am

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On Tuesday, Statistics Canada told us that what we loosely refer to as the economy grew in the first quarter of this year at an annualized rate of 2.4 per cent.

That seemingly good figure is deceptive, because it is lower than what most economists had forecast, and all the growth was in the first month, January.

The figures are negative for February and March.

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Grassy Narrows First Nation demands Wynne clean up mercury in waterways

1 June 2016 - 6:35am
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 "Every day that goes by without justice for Grassy Narrows is another attack on the land," said Avi Lewis. A new report shows the mercury contamination can be cleaned up in the Wabigoon-English River.

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This week, a new study funded by the Ontario provincial government and the Grassy Narrows First Nation determined that the mercury poisoning of the Wabigoon-English River system can be cleaned up.

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Organizing to put the Leap Manifesto to work

1 June 2016 - 5:48am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Bianca Mugyenyi and Martin Lukacs about being part of the team of people who has been working hard to turn the inspiring words of the Leap Manifesto into grassroots political power on the ground.

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Can eighth Alberta Health Services CEO in eight years fix what seven couldn't?

31 May 2016 - 11:09pm

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Sooner or later, you'd think Alberta Health Services would luck out and get a CEO who knows how to run an organization that large and complex -- and maybe Verna Yiu is the one who can do it.

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Leader Brian Jean appears to have violated Wildrose constitution when he tried to suspend Derek Fildebrandt

31 May 2016 - 5:58pm

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Wildrose Opposition Brian Jean appears to have been operating in violation of the party's constitution when he tried to suspend renegade MLA Derek Fildebrandt late Friday night.

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Susanne Regina Meures on her new Film Raving Iran, Freedom and the Politics of Fear

31 May 2016 - 3:45pm
Susanne Regina Meures on her new Film Raving Iran, Freedom and the Politics of Fear

Susanne and I talk about her new film Raving Iran, freedom, the politics of fear, oppression and the power of friendship. 

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Directed by Susanne Regina Meures, a Swiss filmmaker, the documentary addresses the hardships of following your dreams for two local DJs Anoosh and Arash. They are extremely passionate about pursuing dance music and are “tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career." In order to follow their heart, they "organize one last manic techno rave under dangerous circumstances in the desert.”

The Iranian government has banned Western music, among other things, which has lead to cultural oppression in the country.

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Grassy Narrows fight for clean water is a struggle for environmental justice

31 May 2016 - 3:42pm

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Biologist Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962. The book -- about widespread agricultural pesticide use and how toxic chemicals like DDT were threatening insects, birds and other wildlife --garnered widespread acclaim and is heralded as a catalyst for the modern environmental movement.

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Nine fun ways to revolt against oppressive governments

31 May 2016 - 3:38pm

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Last week Rafe Mair suggested that mass civil disobedience was on the way in B.C. if the federal government had the gall to try and approve Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion and tankers project.

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Near-future climate catastrophes have no one but us to blame

31 May 2016 - 1:56pm

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Just like many other climate justice activists, I often -- and it's happening more and more -- shake my head in frustration when I consider just how perilous our climate crisis is. And yet there is not more concern or action to stop it.

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Let's talk about girls and sex

31 May 2016 - 1:23pm
June 2, 2016

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Girls (or young women) and sex. It's a huge, complex and controversial topic. Author Peggy Orenstein gets to the heart of the issue: what messages are girls receiving and what are they actually doing?

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