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Inflatable Elephant Reminds Environment Ministers New Pipelines are Going in the Wrong Direction for Our Climate

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Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians deployed a 10-foot inflatable elephant outside of Victoria Hall where federal, provincial and territorial Environment Ministers are meeting today to discuss a national climate plan. With a banner “New Pipelines? Old Ideas,” the group representing over 100,000 Canadians reminded Premiers that climate action means ending new fossil fuel infrastructure like oil pipelines and expansion in the Alberta tar sands.

Elected and Appointed Officials Highlight Discriminatory Intent and Impact of Photo ID Law

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The Advancement Project

In the fourth day of a federal trial challenging the photo ID requirement of North Carolina’s voter suppression law, H.B. 589, witnesses for the plaintiffs illuminated the irregular process state legislators used to pass an amendment to the law, H.B. 836. They also questioned the state’s top elections official on the state’s implementation of the law. Under H.B. 836, voters cast a provisional ballot if they sign a declaration – under penalty of perjury – asserting they have a “reasonable impediment” to obtaining a photo ID.

Thousands of signatures against Trans Mountain pipeline delivered to NEB hearings

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Friday, January 29, 2016 As the NEB hearings continue for Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline, activists deliver thousands of signatures opposing the project.

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Outside the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings in Burnaby yesterday, activists delivered petitions with 26,050 signatures calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.

While members of the general public are still not allowed into the hearings, a representative accepted the boxes of petitions on behalf of the NEB.

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Democracy Now! 2016-01-29 Friday

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Democracy Now! 2016-01-29 Friday
  • Headlines for January 29, 2016
  • Trump Absent, GOP Presidential Candidates Face Off on Syria, Planned Parenthood and Islamophobia
  • Former Salt Lake City Mayor Sues Bush Admin. Officials for Mass Surveillance During 2002 Olympics
  • "Audrie & Daisy": Mother of Audrie Pott, Teen Who Committed Suicide After Assault, Tells Her Story
  • Maryville Rape Survivor Daisy Coleman Meets Mom of Teen Who Killed Herself After Similar Ordeal

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What happens when public education is destroyed? You get Donald Trump.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

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How did U.S. politics reach this bizarre point, where so many are ready to vote for Donald Trump -- a situation encapsulated in a Daily News shot of Sarah Palin endorsing him, under the headline, "I'm With Stupid."

It's hard to be smart if you've been through a system that forced you to use all your time prepping and taking tests while leaving little space for learning to think and practising thought.

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The Thunderbolt: TB 160129 Censored, Segment 1

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This is a special edition Thunderbolt. This show is not fit for broadcast over the airwaves. This show posits the theory that rather than freaking out over racist and misogynistic slurs we should instead laugh at them and make fun of them — which I do at great length. This special show features every foul racial and misogynistic slur that is in existence. I recorded back in 2013 just after I started this show and this piece is so controversial that it was censored from KOWA!

Global Research News Hour: Bombing Black People: The Philadelphia Police's War on Move, Segment 1

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Philadelphia Police launched violent assaults against the revolutionary black Nationalist group MOVE back in 1978 and again in 1985. What were their true motives, and why have they not been held accountable for the associated human rights violations? The Global Research News Hour attempts to answer these questions with the assistance of two guests both present at the scene of the 1985 bombing. Linn Washington is Associate Professor of Journalism at Temple University and an award-winning journalist. He was reporting from the scene when the Philadelphia Police dropped military-grade explosives on the MOVE house in 1985. Professor Washington recounts his experience of the assault and why it happened, and outline the failures of the media in holding authorities to account. Ramona Africa is a MOVE member and the sole adult survivor of the 1985 attack. In this interview, she details her understanding of the threat MOVE posed to authorities, the injustice of police actions toward her family, and the need for urgent action to free Move members still detained after having served more than thirty years in prison for a crime she says they did not commit.

Radio News: This Week in Radio News: Tom Wheeler for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2016, Segment 1

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This week tune in Federal Communications Commissioner Tom Wheeler, and his press conference following the FCC's January 28 Open Meeting. Also, new transmission art from Daniel Thomas, and a new song from Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band. Some radio headlines this week: FAA says 300,000 drones were registered in U.S. in first month; Ukraine, Israel electrical recent targets for hackers.

Tories' Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

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The Conservative Opposition's threat to use its majority in the unelected Senate to thwart the Trudeau government's plan to repeal two anti-labour laws passed when Stephen Harper was still prime minister is a very telling indication of that party's true commitment to the principles of democracy.

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Declaración de Constitución Seccional GeA-Valle del Cauca

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Con el fin de aunar fuerzas decidimos vincularnos al Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista-GeA, un proceso ya existente con el cual nuestros propósitos son afines. El GeA-Valle del Cauca nace entonces el 17 de enero de 2015 como una seccional de dicha organización, siendo espacio coordinador de otros procesos a nivel regional que se vean arropadas con nuestra praxis militante, plataforma de lucha y principios político-organizativos.

Can Ontario's patient ombudsperson cure what ails health care?

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Friday, January 29, 2016

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There are many tangled threads and competing demands in the life of a patient activist. Within your body, your ethics, your politics. It's a murky cauldron at the best of times.  

The job of Ontario's first Patient Ombudsman will be to hear patient complaints and make recommendations to facilities and the ministry to improve care. Is that enough to help a strained system?

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