Mark Taliano

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It's Time For Canada To Unmask Structural Deep State Crimes

Mark Taliano | December 26, 2014 | Canada Politics
The illegal coup in Ukraine that violently overthrew the democratically-elected government of Viktor Yanukovych, another structural deep event -- this one international -- is changing the face of the world. Details of U.S clandestine funding of regime change have been suppressed though not entirely ignored by corporate media. But some core facts about the coup itself have been entirely omitted by North American media.
Ritika Goel

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What You Need to Know About Canada's Refugee Health Program

Ritika Goel | December 25, 2014 | Canada Politics
The federal government has finally backtracked on some of their cuts to the refugee health program brought about in 2012. After significant public opposition and a legal challenge on the basis of violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in July 2014, a federal court deemed the cuts to the refugee health program "cruel and unusual" treatment.
Mark Milke

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These Provinces Can Expect More Unemployment, Less Investment and Lower Income

Mark Milke | December 25, 2014 | Canada Politics
By placing bans and moratoria on fracking, governments in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have essentially stopped pursuing socially and environmentally responsible onshore natural resource development, even though jobs and extra tax revenues are sorely needed in the region.
David Himbara

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Most of Sub-Saharan Africa's Aid Is "Lost in Transition"

David Himbara | December 24, 2014 | Canada Politics
Sub-Saharan Africa is locked in paradox. The United States is the largest SSA donor by volume, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and France. Which then begs the question -- where does this money go given the fact that SSA's population remains desperately poor? The short answer is that aid is largely "lost in transition."
Kenneth P. Green

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New Brunswick Ignores Neighbour's Energy Success

Kenneth P. Green | December 24, 2014 | Canada Politics
New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant seems poised to follow through on a campaign promise to institute a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. News reports suggest he'll implement that moratorium before Christmas. Quite a lump of coal for the people of his province in need of additional jobs and higher incomes.
Jenna Valleriani

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New Medical Marijuana Laws Remove the Rights of Patients

Jenna Valleriani | December 23, 2014 | Canada Politics
The transition from Health Canada's old medical cannabis regulations, to the new regulations removed the right of patients or caregivers to produce their own medicine. This was an important decision which, in the meantime, will prevent the violation of patients' constitutional rights to life, liberty and security. Recently, this injunction was appealed, but yesterday the unanimous decision to uphold the injunction was released, and soon after, lawyer Kirk Tousaw tweeted, "both systems can and should exist."
Chief Cornelius Wabasse

What Really Needs to Happen to Make the Ring of Fire a Reality

Chief Cornelius Wabasse | December 23, 2014 | Canada Politics
If Ring of Fire development is to be successful, the question should not be whether the development is happening fast enough. It should be whether the process is taking place based on a foundation of recognition and respect for Webequie First Nation and the other Indigenous nations who call this land home. No longer can our Treaty be ignored and violated. New agreements cannot be reached while existing ones are treated as if they don't exist.
Mark Milke

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The Real Reason Canadians Pay Higher Prices Than Americans For the Same Products

Mark Milke | December 23, 2014 | Canada Politics
The United States and Canada do not allow for full competition, but Americans benefit from a bigger market given their much larger population. Thus, a continental market in airline travel would serve passengers if an American airline could compete head-to-head with Canadian airlines on domestic routes. But the federal government won't allow it. The result? Higher airline fares in Canada.
Karen Selick

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One Man's Fight to Free Up Canada's Beer and Liquor Laws

Karen Selick | December 22, 2014 | Canada Business
Beer, wine and liquor consumers, mark your calendars: May 12, 2015 is when new purchasing options may start opening up for you.
Charles Lammam

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Ontario's Debt Situation Is About To Get a Whole Lot Worse

Charles Lammam | December 22, 2014 | Canada Politics
Consider that in 2013/14 interest on the provincial debt was $10.6 billion. According to the province's fall fiscal update, that was just over half of all provincial sales tax revenue paid by Ontarians last year ($20.5 billion). So Ontarians should know that when you pay your provincial sales tax at the till, half of it flutters away just to pay your provincial government's debt interest.
El Jones

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Until Dalhousie Understands Privilege, There Can Be No Restorative Justice

El Jones | December 22, 2014 | Canada Living
Being a dentist is not a right. If someone is not appropriate to be a professional, society is not obligated towards them in some way. I hope these men do recognize how they have damaged their classmates and their community. Until the university gets how this entire thing was about privilege -- men feeling entitled to women's bodies, men feeling insulated by their position, men counting on lack of consequence -- they cannot create the necessary changes to their structures nor recognize and mitigate harm. If they are still puzzled by why women are so angry how can they help guide healing?
Colin Kenny

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10 Signs Someone Is Becoming Radicalized to Violence

Colin Kenny | December 22, 2014 | Canada Politics
The two terrorist attacks in October and the participation of over 130 Canadian citizens in the Islamic State's military campaign make it clear a growing number of our compatriots are edging towards violent extremism. Experts involved in national security have arrived at a consensus that the following traits are an indication that someone is becoming radicalized.
Gareth Kirkby

Why Is CRA Reinterpreting Rules to Shut Down Charities It Doesn't Agree With?

Gareth Kirkby | December 22, 2014 | Canada Politics
Respected charities doing important work are being told they were never qualified to operate, that some bureaucrat made a historical mistake and now the organization must be shut down, their work discontinued, their assets scattered among those charities in their same sector that survive.
Ravina Bains

Democracy in First Nations Communities Requires an Informed Electorate

Ravina Bains | December 21, 2014 | Canada Politics
It is unclear why the Chiefs of these 44 communities are choosing to withhold this information from their electorate and Canadian taxpayers. It is particularly peculiar that two of these communities, Weenusk First Nation and Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, previously published their audited financial statements and have now reversed course. That brings up the question: why are these 44 Chiefs afraid of an informed electorate?
Amira Elghawaby

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Why Has Canada Still Not Signed the UN's Optional Protocol on Torture?

Amira Elghawaby | December 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Canada, along with other democratic nations, is against mob rule. So why is it so difficult for Canada to ratify a document that ensures the type of horrific actions perpetrated by these groups -- including torture -- are stamped out? What is preventing Canada from fulfilling its commitment to ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture?
Steve Morgan

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New Brunswick's Opportunity to Reduce Pharmaceutical Drug Prices

Steve Morgan | December 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
The Liberal government of New Brunswick appears to be stepping back from the brink of mandatory prescription drug insurance. And so they should. The drug plan chosen by the Conservatives was designed on a false premise: that the private sector can better manage things than government can. In many sectors, that might be true. But not in health care.
John McKay

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Harper's All-in Approach to Carbon Puts Our Economy in Danger

John McKay | December 19, 2014 | Canada Business
For someone with a Master's Degree in Economics, Mr. Harper seems to ignore one of the most important rules of investing: hedge your bets. Harper's all-in bet on the carbon economy means that when the price of oil goes for a tumble, so does our economy and with it, our petrodollar.
Kirsty Duncan

Harper's Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Is Inadequate

Kirsty Duncan | December 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Today, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) held a conference in Berlin to restructure and highlight vital humanitarian programs to address the needs of the refugee crisis created by the war in Syria. They discussed re-coordination of short-term emergency assistance and long-term structural help. Of note, they also called on the international community to donate $8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. In light of this new appeal, will Canada finally exercise leadership, commit to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees, and increase our humanitarian aid contributions to the region?
Lawrence Solomon

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Why Doctors Aren't Shocked That Mumps Have Hit the NHL

Lawrence Solomon | December 19, 2014 | Canada Living
Past generations of professional hockey players were never at risk of mumps outbreaks. Today's players are, and tomorrow's will be, along with adults generally. These outbreaks -- which the media portray as coming out of the blue -- don't surprise anyone in medical circles who has been paying attention.
Amitha Kalaichandran

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Protecting Our Children From the Violence on the News

Amitha Kalaichandran | December 19, 2014 | Canada Living
Given that homicide, suicide and trauma are leading causes of childhood death, it is crucial to address how adults can serve as facilitators for children as they become exposed to some of the most pressing issues of our time, where in 2014 alone millions of children have been affected.
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