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B.C.'s Bountiful polygamy case: There are no sides, only layers

Polygamy is a very complicated. Or is it? For many people it is very simple and those simple responses fall in these three categories:

1. Polygamy is bad for women and an example of extreme patriarchy;

2. There is nothing wrong with polygamy that isn't wrong with all relationships; and/or

3. Polygamy is a perfectly valid choice.

So why is it a criminal offence in Canada and why is there a very unusual Constitutional Reference case underway in Vancouver?

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Timeline: Burnaby Mountain pipeline protests

Photo: flickr/Mark Klotz

Kinder Morgan's as-yet-unapproved Trans Mountain pipeline has hit the heart of Metro Vancouver residents, academics, and First Nations.

In the past week, over 60 protesters have been charged with civil disobedience pursuant to a court ordered injunction given by the B.C. Supreme Court. The protests on Burnaby Mountain did not come out of nowhere. Here is timeline of the NEB and legal decisions that have precipitated the current protests:

December 16, 2013:  Facilities application made for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline to the National Energy Board consisting of 1,150 km oil (193 km of existing pipeline and 987 km of new) pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby.

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Supreme Court decision acknowledges Aboriginal title over Tsilhqot'in First Nation land

Photo: flickr/Arnaud GD

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The Tsilhqot'in First Nation won a landmark victory today. A Supreme Court of Canada decision granted the B.C. First Nation Aboriginal title over a wide area of traditional territory.

The unanimous 8-0 decision, gives the Tsilhqot'in First Nation rights to more than 1,700 square kilometers of land. The group now has rights to the land, the right to use land and the right to profit from the land.

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| December 4, 2013

Salmon Confidential: a David Suzuki - Alexandra Morton evening at the Stanley Theatre

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Two of Canada’s most progressive scientific minds, Dr. David Suzuki & Alexandra Morton, are teaming up on April 18th to present & discuss the documentary Salmon Confidential.  Following the hour-long film, these scientists will engage the audience on the multitude of issues around the diseases the salmon farming industry may be spreading to our wild salmon, our food supply and what this issue is costing our economy.  Suzuki & Morton will also explore the opportunity B.C. has to bring back our wild salmon economy this election.  For more info visit SalmonConfidential.ca

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
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Establishment of seniors’ advocate a positive move, but government response to ombudsperson’s report fails to address need for enforceable standards of care and minimum staffing levels.
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In a landmark decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court the court declared the legislation that stripped teacher collective bargaining rights in 2002 unconstitutional and invalid.
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