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B.C. still has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada | Dec 17 2014 | Trish Garner | The latest poverty statistics were released by Statistics Canada last Wednesday, and the data once again shows that British Columbia has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada.
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Harper supports divisive and aggressive attacks on unions | Dec 17 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | The Senate has passed Bill C-525. It will make it harder to hold a union certification vote. Bill C-377 is still before the Senate. It forces excessive and discriminatory reporting burdens on unions.
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Right to water recognized in historic judgement by Mumbai High Court | Dec 17 2014 | Madhuresh Kumar | The struggle for access to water by people living in India's slums got a major boost by a Mumbai High Court judgment which held that it is the responsibility of the government to provide water to all.
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Economics 101: Questioning conventional economics as we know it | Dec 17 2014 | David Pringle | Complex realities necessitate complex policies at a time when we are confronted with the confounding challenges like climate change and growing income inequality. Is conventional economics enough?
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Goliath Vs. Goliath | Dec 17 2014 | Eva Prkachin | Leaked emails reveal that Sony, the MPAA, and other large studios are concocting a plan to censor the Internet.
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Friends close; enemies closer? Rumours abound Wildrose is about to return to PC mothership | Dec 16 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | Say it ain't so, Danielle! This could bring to an end one of the most entertaining and interesting periods in Alberta political history.
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A B.C. Human Rights Commission and mental health | Dec 16 2014 | Marina Morrow | In B.C. there is currently no organization that consistently monitors legislation, policy and standards regarding the human rights of persons living with a mental illness.
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Lima ends with weak deal, countdown begins for Paris climate summit | Dec 16 2014 | Brent Patterson | A weak and disappointing five-page agreement was reached by the 194 countries present at the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 20 climate summit in Lima, Peru.
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Are Canadian politicians up to the challenge of a falling loonie economy? | Dec 16 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | Dropping oil prices and a falling dollar are supposed to be good for the manufacturing sector. Do Canada's politicians have the wisdom to craft sound policies to respond to the new economic realities?
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Looking back on the Blue Dot Tour and ahead to the New Year | Dec 16 2014 | David Suzuki | We're starting a conversation about Canada's future and the importance of caring for each other and all that keeps us alive and healthy: clean air, fresh water, nutritious food and diverse ecosystems.
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Prentice Government takes Alberta from boom to bust in one weekend, breaking all records | Dec 16 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | The sum of Friday's and yesterday's Siamese twin press releases seems for Alberta civil servants to be "the beatings will continue until morale improves!"
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Why does Anonymous need to be anonymous? | Dec 16 2014 | Stephen Kimber | Late last week, Anonymous Maritimes, an apparent branch plant of the leader-less worldwide network of Internet "hacktivists" issued its latest YouTube manifesto.
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Preventing discrimination before it occurs | Dec 16 2014 | Bill Black | A human rights commission is in a much better position than a tribunal to develop strategies and programs to help prevent discrimination.
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The Ontario auditor general's damning report on P3s | Dec 16 2014 | Toby Sanger | The report documents numerous problems with the province's P3 program and practices that should appall anyone concerned about responsible public policy and the appropriate use of public funds.
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What's missing in the Great Lakes Commission's Draft report on transport of crude oil? | Dec 16 2014 | Emma Lui | The Great Lakes Commission released its draft report on the transport of crude oil in the Great Lakes region, which provides an overview of the increase of crude oil transportation in the area.
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Harper government's oily handprint on EU climate measure delays | Dec 15 2014 | Andrea Harden-Donahue | This Wednesday the European Union Parliament will again vote on the proposed EU Fuel Quality Directive, a modest climate measure to reduce emissions from transport fuel by six per cent by 2020.
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B.C.'s workers need a Human Rights Commission | Dec 15 2014 | Devyn Cousineau | B.C.'s low-wage workers need a Human Rights Commission. The responsibility for fighting discrimination in the workplace cannot be theirs alone.
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Why are we supposed to believe Shia LaBeouf? | Dec 15 2014 | Meghan Murphy | As feminists, we are not obligated to believe male victims. We are obligated to understand how patriarchy works and the gendered nature of sexual assault.
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Child care is a human right: Solving the childcare crisis | Dec 15 2014 | Lynell Anderson, Melanie Anderson | There is no institutional voice to raise public awareness about the commitments that Canada and B.C. have made to women's and children's rights, and in particular families with young children.
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If I could shake Harper's hand, this is what I'd tell him. | Dec 15 2014 | Gerry Caplan | Stephen Harper thought he was pretty tough when he told Vladimir Putin to get out of Ukraine. But Gerry Caplan doesn't mince words about what he'd tell the Prime Minister given the chance.