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Harper can't be trusted. It's time to vote him out

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Stephen Harper will try to win the election, by any means necessary.

Policies aside, this is reason enough to vote against him.

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UN Committee supports charities in fight for freedom of expression

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Canada has received a rebuke from a United Nations treaty monitoring body for its lack of respect for human rights. The Human Rights Committee (HRC) released a lengthy list of issues it cited as concerning as part of its concluding observations on the country's review of civil and political rights.

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Health Canada's lack of rigorous safety review is the real outrage

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Weak tactics and misinformation cloud the seriousness of climate change in the eyes of Canadians

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In addition to the staging of the PanAm Games, Toronto has been the location of some unusually high profile activities in recent days that were supposed to increase the efforts to tackle climate change.

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Will wildfire refugees in Canada finally spur action on climate change?

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Free trade deals: Not sacred cows, mostly just bull

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Trade did not begin when the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1989, and neither will it stop if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not signed.

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Open letter in support of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation's court challenge of Enbridge Line 9 pipeline

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We stand in solidarity with Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in their legal challenge against Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline project.

Last April, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN) filed with the Federal Court of Appeal to challenge the National Energy Board (NEB) approval of Line 9, saying that the federal Crown provided no consultation with COTTFN on the project, as is their right. Line 9 crosses through Chippewas of the Thames' traditional and treaty territory, including the Thames River which provides a source of drinking water to the First Nation.

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How Bill C-59 will quietly reshape Canadian privacy law

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A budget implementation bill is an unlikely -- and many would say inappropriate -- place to make major changes to Canadian privacy law. Yet Bill C-59, the government's 158-page bill that is set to sweep through the House of Commons, does just that.

The omnibus budget bill touches on a wide range of issues, including copyright term extension and retroactive reforms to access to information laws. But there are also privacy amendments that have received little attention.

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G7 false commitments won't help us tackle 7 million air pollution deaths

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During the hour that it took the world's elite G7 politicians discussing climate change to wander through an enchanting meadow of flowers in Germany's Bavarian Alps earlier this week, at least 800 people died prematurely from the impact of air pollution, most of it caused by the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels.

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Recognizing the Armenian genocide: Beyond selective memory

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Long overdue, Turkish recognition of the Armenian genocide is necessary not only for Turkey to face and confront its past, but also to potentially help sow the seeds of trust, understanding and peace between peoples who until the early 20th century shared a long history of co-existence.

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