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Indigenous rights and the duty to consult

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On January 8, 2013, Frog Lake First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation, through their respective Chiefs, launched judicial review cases in the Federal Court. They are challenging the passage of the now infamous federal government omnibus budget bills, Bill C‑38 (Jobs, Growth and Long‑term Prosperity Act, S.C. 2012, c. 19); and Bill C‑45 (Jobs and Growth Act, 2012, S.C. c.31).

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Before championing human rights abroad, Canada needs to look closer to home

John Baird speaks at the UN. Photo: United Nations

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On December 10th, the world celebrated Human Rights Day. Of course, I didn't expect this celebration to be a joyful or a rosy one. Canada, with the trembling voice of its Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, added its fading voice to the international scene.

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Video: Interview with Chief Theresa Spence on first day of her hunger strike

Maggie Padlewska of One Year One World speaks with Chief Theresa Spence on Dec. 11 from Victoria Island, on the first day of her hunger strike demanding justice and respect for her people, and for all First Nations.

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Video: Comox rally against Enbridge pipeline

Opponents of the Enbridge pipeline gathered at the NEB Joint Panel hearings at the Comox Rec Centre. The "No Pipeline No Tankers Rally" began at 1 p.m.

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Comox, B.C. speaks out against Northern Gateway Pipeline

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Speaker after speaker poured out their passionate pleas to an impassive panel at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings in Comox, B.C., on March 30 and 31. Some described in loving detail their oceanside worlds and the terrible weather on the north coast. Others discussed the economics (risk versus benefit) of the 1,170-kilometre pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., where the diluted bitumen would be loaded on tankers to travel the narrow passages of B.C.'s west coast Great Bear Rainforest. A few short-term construction jobs, no royalties, and the enormous financial and ecological risk of oil spills on land and sea, in order to provide oil to Asia do not add up for British Columbians of most walks of life.

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