On April 20th, communities in the Veracruz isthamus of Mexico were devastated by an explosion at a petrochemical complex that produced raw materials for the oil and gas industry. This was the latest in a series of disasters that have resulted in a loss of life involving Pemex and Mexichem.
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The good, even visionary, news in Ontario's recent budget was elimination of student debt to cover tuition, for all families under $50,000 of income and many above. It amounts to "free tuition." It doesn't matter if there's no new money provided to do it, or if it's "just moving money around," as the opposition says. It doesn't matter because a fateful dynamic was finally confronted.
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Earlier this year, inmates at the Regina Correctional Centre started and ended a second hunger strike over the quality of prison food. In December 2015, the first hunger strike was sparked in part when inmates were served raw eggs. Issues with equipment, quality and the status of a cooking job skills program were resolved.