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Conservative NIMBYism and class warfare: Why safe injection facilities need our support

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The Canadian Conservative Party's director of political operations, Jenni Byrne, does not believe those suffering with drug addiction deserve a second chance. On the contrary, she unapologetically supposes that heroin and cocaine users are better to shoot up on a mephitic street corner than within safe, clean and regulated injection sites.

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Don't let Harper water down G8 action plan on tax havens

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The upcoming G8 Summit is an unprecedented opportunity to go after tax cheats who use tax havens. But Canada threatens to be a spoiler. Again.

British Prime Minister Cameron wants G8 leaders to endorse a strong action plan to tackle tax havens when they meet in Northern Ireland next week.

But Stephen Harper could block agreement, unless we mobilize strong public pressure to get him to change his mind.

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| June 12, 2013

AFN on fifth anniversary of residential school apology: 'Actions must match words'

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The following statement was issued Tuesday by the Assembly of First Nations. 

On the fifth anniversary of Parliament's Apology for Indian Residential Schools, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo called attention to the outstanding requirement for all governments and all Canadians to commit to reconciliation.

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| June 7, 2013

Who will push back neoliberalism? Winning next election not enough for Liberals or NDP

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With the next federal election a little more than two years away, it is time we started asking the Liberals and New Democrats what kind of government they will deliver if either one can bounce the Conservatives from power.

It would be unwise to underestimate the Conservatives' devious political smarts, but it increasingly looks like we may have a dramatic change in Ottawa -- perhaps a Liberal government.

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| June 7, 2013

Open letter to the Prime Minister: Bill C-60 endangers Canadians' basic freedoms

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about provisions in the omnibus budget Bill C-60 that allow for direct government involvement with negotiations between employees and their employers at 49 Crown corporations, including CBC, Canada Post and Via Rail.

The changes Bill C-60 makes to the Financial Administration Act go against the spirit of the Canada Labour Code to support productive relationships between unions and management "in the best interests of Canada in ensuring a just share of the fruits of progress to all…" They stand to take away a fundamental freedom of Canadian democracy: the right to free collective bargaining.

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