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Service restored: New abortion clinic opens in Fredericton

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Clinical abortion services are returning to Fredericton. Clinic 554 announced its opening on Jan. 16, 2015, as a family practice providing integrated abortion care services as well as specialized care for the LGBTIQ community. Clinic 554 is located at the former Morgentaler Clinic.

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Bill 1 decision charts future for Nova Scotia's health-care unions

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After months of protests and legal proceedings, Arbitrator James Dorsey has rendered his decision on Nova Scotia's controversial Bill 1, the Health Authorities Act.

Dorsey was brought on to help determine how 49 bargaining units in the health-care sector would be restructured into four units during a major streamlining process. The decision rendered today, Jan. 19, strikes somewhat of a balance between the unions' proposed bargaining association model and the approach legislated by the provincial Liberal government.

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Protester fails in court challenge to Kinder Morgan legal attack

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A failed two-day court challenge to an anti-democratic, corporate legal attack is the latest chapter in the 2014 Battle of Burnaby Mountain over the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline expansion project.

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled January 14 that stifling Alan Dutton's right to protest was not the primary purpose of a multi-million-dollar civil suit and, therefore, his application for a summary dismissal of the case was denied. In an unexpected additional blow, he was ordered to pay the company's costs for the action.

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Conservatives back Gaza military siege, as BDS movement grows

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During the past week in Gaza, three Palestinian babies died in unusually cold winter temperatures. The deaths took place in Khan Yunis, an area in southern Gaza heavily damaged by Israeli airstrikes this past summer and still struggling to rebuild under the military siege.

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17,600 workers lose as Target Canada closes its operations

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Less than two years after opening, Target Canada has announced its plans to discontinue operations in Canada. 

The company made the announcement Thursday morning, as it filed an application for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

"We were unable to find a realistic scenario that would get Target Canada to profitability until at least 2021," said Target Corporation Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell.

Target Canada currently has 133 stores across the country and employs approximately 17,600 people.

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Worker deaths deserve criminal investigations, says OFL president Sid Ryan

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On Tuesday New Mex Canada Inc. was fined $250,000 and its two directors were given 25-day jail sentences after the Brampton furniture importer and retailer pleaded guilty to safety violations that led to the death of a warehouse worker.

The worker died on January 18, 2013, from a blunt force trauma to the head while working on a jerry-rigged forklift machine. An additional platform had been added to the machine, known as an order picker, without any guardrails. The worker, who likely fell to his death, was later found on the floor and pronounced dead.

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International report recommends action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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More needs to be done by the government to address the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in B.C. and the rest of Canada, according to a report released by a human rights group earlier this week.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have been studying the issue since 2012 when the organization held a hearing on "The Situation of Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada" at the request of the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and other feminist groups.

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Feds ban news website on public employees' computers

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Blacklock's Reporter is an online news website that covers the inner-workings of Parliament. The publication is a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and is the only reporter-owned website in Ottawa.

The site recently obtained documents revealing that the federal department responsible for overseeing IT duties has banned public servants from accessing the small, independently owned online publication.

Named after a former president of the Ottawa Press Gallery, Blacklock's has a subscription-based model and costs users around $157 a year.

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Five more global food trends for 2015

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This is going to be the busiest year ever for global food movements. Ten issues are ready for prime time.

I already reviewed five of these -- the rebellion of underpaid food producers, empathy for livestock animals, appreciation for the life-force and probiotics behind food, the central role of youth in food movements and a rising swell of food politics.

Today, I rush through the last five.

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Yes, Mr. Harper, #MMIW is a sociological phenomenon

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The Inter‑American Commission on Human Rights has provided a direct answer to Prime Minister Harper: Yes, the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls are a 'sociological phenomenon'.

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission issued a breakthrough report on Monday on its investigation into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women in British Columbia. This investigation was requested by the Native Women's Association of Canada and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action in March 2012. The Commission makes key findings and recommendations which apply in all parts of the country and to all levels of government.

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