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| October 27, 2014

Watch: Voter suppression comes to Canada

It's a throwback, but it's always a relevant question. Is voter suppression alive and well in Canada?

Steven Shrybman discusses.

Video courtesy of Alberta Federation of Labour.

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Let's set the record straight: Tar sands = 'dirty oil'

Photo: flickr/Peter Blanchard

Environmentalists on both side of the Atlantic are shocked at the news that the European Union is proposing to scrap a mandatory requirement to label tar sands crude as highly polluting.

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October 24, 2014 |
The Government of Saskatchewan announced an expansion of its misguided privatization agenda with promises of more public-private partnerships, private liquor stores and more.
October 23, 2014 |
PBO analysis confirms: legislative changes to EI are hurting workers and economies in many communities in Canada.

Canada's billionaires: Did you hear about the Irvings?

Irving vs. Irving: Canada's Feuding Billionaires and the Stories they won't tell

by Jacques Poitras
(Viking Canada,
2014;
$15.99)

In this review of Irving vs. Irving: Canada's Feuding Billionaires and the Stories they won't tell, Canada's third wealthiest family -- who have a monopoly on New Brunswick’s English-language print media and billions of dollars in offshore accounts -- is examined against the backdrop of their history and relationships and their newspaper operations. Read on!

To think about the media landscape in New Brunswick, and the economy and politics more generally, one must come to terms with the power of the Irving family.

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The Canada-Honduras trade agreement: A stain on Canada

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On October 1, 2014, Canada legally implemented a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras.

The Conservative government was joined in the House of Commons by the Liberal Party in supporting this measure. The NDP was the only official party in Parliament to oppose it.

In keeping with our long-standing approach, New Democrats oppose signing trade agreements with countries who commit widespread human rights abuses, practice anti-democratic behaviour and foster political violence. We believe that nations who do so should not be rewarded with preferential economic benefits. Rather, they should be required to demonstrate a commitment to meet international norms and make progress toward them as a pre-condition to receiving such advantages.

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Live-in caregivers fight against proposals to remove their right to permanent residency

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On October 9, 2014, live-in caregivers and their allies held simultaneous media briefings in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa to call for landed status upon arrival for live-in caregivers and to denounce the Conservative government's proposed changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP).

These proposed changes, introduced by Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and members of his staff during closed-door consultations in July, include lifting restrictions on live-in caregivers' ability to study and work part-time, removing the live-in requirement and making it harder for live-in caregivers to get Canadian permanent residency by funnelling their applications through the "Express Entry" program.  

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October 20, 2014 |
Bill C-279 is now before a Senate Committee which is considering amendments to the proposed legislation which would essentially undo the principles the bill aims to uphold.

Closing arguments in First Nations Child Welfare case start today

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Closing arguments on the most important Indigenous children's rights case will be heard from October 20-24, 2014 at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa, Ontario.

FOLLOW: Jocelyn Formsma is live-tweeting the proceedings @JossOssim

These closing arguments will be the end of a near eight-year battle for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) against what is now known as Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (formerly Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) regarding equitable funding levels of child welfare services on reserve.

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