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Kathleen Lahey
| November 23, 2014
November 21, 2014 |
A new report warns that controversial investor protection rules in the proposed CETA could expose Canada to a new wave of corporate lawsuits that restrict the powers of all levels of governments.

Students demand action on student debt and youth unemployment

Photo: Steven Lee

Students are taking to the Hill this week asking politicians to put youth issues in their platforms for the 2015 elections. 

They say that if spent properly, $2.84 billion would solve Canada's post-secondary funding problem.

Forty representatives from the Canadian Students' Federation (CFS) have scheduled meetings with more than 120 MPs and Senators to demand action on student issues including debt levels, funding for post-secondary institutions and youth unemployment. 

The CFS, which represents over 500,000 students at 75 institutions across Canada, has recently launched its federal election campaign, to draw attention to the pressing youth issues in this upcoming election. 


High-end condos for sale... in occupied Palestinian territories

Photo: flickr/Chadica

"Save the Date, November 9, 2014 The Ramat Givat Ze'ev Real Estate Fair is Coming to Toronto! A once in the lifetime opportunity to live in the Jerusalem Hills…" -- advertisement, Oct. 30 edition of the Canadian Jewish News.

This vision of a North American suburban bubble in the bucolic vicinity of east Jerusalem seems oblivious to the daily and sometimes deadly clashes between Jews and Arabs over land and the Temple Mount in Israel's disputed capital. 

Ramat Givat Ze'ev is another new Jewish settlement sitting on land that Canada and the rest of the world recognizes should be part of a negotiated Palestinian state within Israel's occupied territories.


Montreal Canadiens
| November 19, 2014
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| November 18, 2014

Food activists celebrate gains at Halifax conference

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One of the oldest of essential human needs, food energizes Canada's newest social movement, which entered the scene long after the labour, human rights and women's movements -- all of which predated the global rise of neoliberalism. 

If the 500 food advocates attending six plenaries and 50 workshops at the Halifax conference of Food Secure Canada are any indication, the poorly resourced movement is also among the youngest (me being about the only exception), most excited and accomplished of new social movements.

Major, albeit unsung, victories are being scored in school and health fields -- long the most debated, progressive and impactful bastions of Canadian public policy .


Stephen Harper
| November 17, 2014

Remembrance Day is about the past, not the present

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Remembrance Days grow clearer in retrospect. They remember past wars after all, not wars happening now or about to happen. Those are contentious; they involve arguments and disagreements about whether they should proceed. Past wars are simply past. The remembrance focuses on those who suffered or died in them and didn't deserve to, which is the vast majority in all wars.

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