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Canada's élite is at war with Canadians

Something is happening in this country that is unprecedented not only in ournation's history but is likely unmatched in any other country in thedeveloped world. I am referring to the fact that a large portion of Canada'seconomic and political élite is rushing headlong in the direction ofabandoning the nation altogether in favour of being assimilated by the U.S.and the rest of the country is rushing headlong away from the U.S.

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A military-governmental-industrial conspiracy?

Frank McKenna's appointment as Canadian ambassador tothe U.S. is a boon to the corporate world.During his decade as premier of New Brunswick,McKenna was heralded as a neo-liberal golden boy. Backthen, his magic bullet for the struggling Maritimeeconomy was call centres.

In the years since, McKennahas served on numerous corporate boards and he isstill heralded as a neo-liberal golden boy.

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Taking on Dow, Coke and the Royal Bank

Today, Friday, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) hosts its annual shareholders meeting in Halifax. Local activists, including the Raging Grannies, will be on hand to send the shareholders a message.

They are part of a broad international campaign to pressure the RBC board of directors to disassociate from one of its members and policy advisors, J. Pedro Reinhard.

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Election now: a catastrophic idea

Alas, the Liberals are right: An election under the present circumstances would put the country in peril. The mathematics alone are hair-raising enough if the polling numbers were, in fact, turned into seats: a Conservative government based entirely in English Canada, with the Bloc Québécois sweeping Quebec and starting a countdown to the next referendum on independence.

But what's even more unnerving, as far as I'm concerned, is the toxic psychology of the piece that's bubbling up. This always catches us by surprise.

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'Non' signals dissatisfaction with France's élites

There's a university in Paris that churns outEuropean bureaucrats. It describes itself as theHarvard of Europe. Studying there on exchange twoyears ago, I impressed a lot of people in cafés withthe name of my school.

But the southern village where I'd lived yearsearlier was a totally different world. When, duringthe winter holidays, I visited and told old friends Iwas attending Sciences-Po, they said, “What's that?

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Letter from wounded London

Thursday is a normal working day at openDemocracy's office in Clerkenwell, London, the day we send our weekly email digest of material published on the site.

But this Thursday, 7 July 2005, central London was hit by a series of coordinated bombings which claimed the lives of at least 33 people and injured hundreds more. The disruption to the city's transport network will be repaired, but the human losses and the scars will remain.

All of us at openDemocracy are safe. We warmly thank all those who today have sent us their concern and solidarity.

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Telling the worker's story better

Members of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) are winning the propaganda war caused by the CBC lockout and they are reinventing the way unions communicate with their members during labour disputes.

It's no surprise that 5,500 talented and educated journalists, technicians, producers and on-air hosts would do a good job of telling us their side of the story.

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B.C. teachers teach Gordon Campbell a lesson

In the head-to-head battle between this province's teachers and the B.C. Liberals, the government appears to have blinked first.

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Activist jailed at least four days for heckling PM

Yves Engler, a member of Haiti Action Montreal and a frequent contributor to rabble.ca, is being kept in jail overthe weekend after he disrupted a speech by the Prime Minister Thursdaymorning shouting “Paul Martin lies, Haitians die.”

Crown prosecutors refused to grant his release when Engler appeared in courtFriday, 30 hours after being detained.

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Alberta headed for U.S.-style health system

Alberta Premier Ralph Klein has wasted no time challenging the election promises of Stephen Harper's Conservative minority government.

This week, Alberta Health Minister Iris Evans presented the first phase of Alberta's health-care reform plans to the provincial cabinet.

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