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Jason Kenney
| July 21, 2014
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Harper's one-sided approach to Gaza is a betrayal of Canadian values

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Certain minimal standards are expected of a national leader in what is known as the "civilized world."

One of those standards would seem to be that, when massive numbers of defenceless civilians are being killed, a national leader should call for the killing to stop.

Questions about responsibility, blame, punishment, repercussions, etc., can always follow. But surely the first order of business -- the one with moral urgency -- is to halt the killing of innocent people.

So it's quite extraordinary, as well as appalling, that our prime minister has steadfastly declined to join other world leaders in calling for a halt to Israel's bombing of Gaza, which has killed more than 200 people and left more than 1,500 injured.

Eight crucial points: Understanding Israel's assault on Gaza

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Like us, you are probably saddened and upset by the recent surge in violence between Israel and Hamas. The violence directed at civilians on both sides is wrong, and should be condemned. However, as many of you have probably noticed, Israel's pro-occupation media machine is hard at work promoting a lopsided view of the conflict in mainstream media. Therefore, we've compiled a few points to provide better context and more balanced info as you discuss the situation with your friends, family and any media contacts. 

1. The casualty toll is the best indicator of the misery inflicted

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July 16, 2014 |
The Conservative government wants to strip away sick leave rights and is thinking of contracting out the management of the sick leave system. No way!
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| July 16, 2014
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Experts: Halt tar sands development until environmental impacts are properly assessed

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A moratorium on any new oil sands expansion is imperative given Canada's failure to properly assess the total environmental and climate impacts, Canadian and U.S. experts say in the prestigious science journal Nature.

Even with a moratorium it will be very difficult for Canada to meet its international promise to reduce CO2 emissions that are overheating the planet according to government documents as previously reported by DeSmog.

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