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The new Greek government pushes back against austerity

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On January 26, a political earthquake brought the left-wing Syriza party to power in Greece with a sweeping mandate to end the six-year nightmare of economic austerity imposed by the European establishment.

Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the so-called German-backed troika -- the European Central Bank, the European Commission and International Monetary Fund -- forced Greece into accepting $275 billion in bailout loans conditional on harsh restructuring measures.

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| August 19, 2014

Regulatory failure: Who's actually to blame for Lac-Mégantic disaster?

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Last week, ten months after disaster struck the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec government prosecutors laid criminal charges against three front-line employees of Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA).

Each suspect, paraded publicly in handcuffs in a classic U.S.-style "perp walk," was charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death. 

Residents reacted with disbelief at the travesty of the bankrupt MMA, which was also charged and only faces fines if convicted. Its senior executives, directors and owners have escaped prosecution while the three employees face life behind bars. 

For those hoping to achieve justice through the criminal courts, this is a cautionary tale. 

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| February 11, 2014
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| November 26, 2013

Lac-Mégantic: Where Does the Buck Stop?

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Canadians trust that their government will take reasonable measures to protect them, their workplaces, communities and their environment. Like the young people partying at the Musi-café in Lac-Mégantic, we are all in a way, oblivious to the risks that governments impose on us. When a catastrophic accident like Lac-Mégantic happens, people’s confidence in the system is shaken.

Was it the result of an improbable sequence of events? An "accident" that occurred in spite of a sound regulatory system and corporations committed to public safety?

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