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What First Nations people want

Published on January 14, 2013 by in Home

    BY PATRICK WEDASAH MADAHBEE OTTAWA CITIZEN     According to the widely reported audit report leaked to media this week, the books of the Attawapiskat First Nation are actually in better shape since Theresa Spence became chief a couple of years ago. There was no indication of suspicious activity. Under the terms of

 
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Chiefs mull issuing demand Harper scrap omnibus bills, Indian Act during planned Friday meeting

Published on January 10, 2013 by in Home

  APTN National News     OTTAWA–If Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a delegation of First Nations chiefs in Ottawa Friday, he could face demands to scrap the Indian Act and to repeal his government’s omnibus budget bills, which have already passed into law. The location of the planned meeting was still unknown Wednesday evening

 
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Diversity is resiliency

Published on January 7, 2013 by in Home

    BY DANIEL WILSON rabble.ca Those who want Indigenous people to lose this fight will tell you that we have to have only one leader for the others to talk with, one issue to talk about, and one solution.  They are wrong. What began as a teach-in morphed over just a few weeks into a

 
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Theresa Spence, Stephen Harper and the moment of truth

Published on January 7, 2013 by in Home

  Michael Harris iPolitics.ca   Keep the Indians off the front-page. That, in a phrase, is the Harper approach to aboriginal issues in Canada. With the exception of former prime minister Paul Martin, that has pretty much been the playbook for all federal governments — out of sight, out of mind. Mostly, he’s succeeded. As

 
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper offers modest concession to aboriginal protesters: Editorial

Published on January 5, 2013 by in Home

  Toronto Star editorial, Jan 4, 2013 Aboriginal frustration, fuelled by decades of neglect, prejudice and wilful deafness from the country’s leaders, has built to a danger point. None of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s usual tactics — wilful silence, blaming the victims, imposing top-down solutions — is going to work this time. Canada’s 1.7 million

 
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Ontario Ring Of Fire: Harper’s Need For Speed In Resource Development Meets First Nations Reality

Published on December 31, 2012 by in Home

  By Heather Scoffield The Canadian Press     FORT HOPE FIRST NATION, Ont. – The people at Cliffs Natural Resources have been around, and know the challenges of mining in difficult conditions. But this is a first: the multinational has had to extend deadlines on its environmental assessment process in northern Ontario’s Ring of

 
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Complaints about Tory calls began 3 days before polls opened

Elections Canada emails show officials went to Conservative Party about complaints By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2012 5:36 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 19, 2012 8:31 PM ET   Elections Canada officials scrambled to correct apparent misinformation going to voters in the three days leading up to the May 2, 2011, federal election,

 
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Plane towing anti-Harper banner grounded by RCMP

Published on September 4, 2012 by in Home

This message of “true patriot love” apparently didn’t pass RCMP scrutiny. The Don’t Hold Your Breath Club asks, “Will there be an investigation into this case of political suppression?” ‘Stephen Harper hates us,’ PSAC’s French sign read   CBC News     An airplane commissioned by one of Canada’s largest national labour unions to fly

 
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Harper government cancels 3,000 environmental reviews on pipelines and other projects

If you doubted that the Harper government was “waging war against the environment”, this article (link and article below), forwarded by CAPE member Angie LeGresley, should be proof that your doubts are misplaced. After a century or more of slowly and painfully assembling even modest protection for the ecosystem services on which our survival depends, the Stephen

 
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Marketing mindset shapes Stephen Harper’s anti-crime agenda

Published on August 27, 2012 by in Home

Laws are simply the rules of the game–rules that we make to order our society. An ecocide law, for example, would result in a profound change in how we address our responsibilities to each other and to the earth. It is important in a democracy that people understand what the rules are and accept why

 
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Harper Calls For Answers From Scientists He’s Muzzled

Published on August 21, 2012 by in Home

Duplicity is not an endearing trait in a leader. It is highly unlikely that the final decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline will be based on science given that Mr. Harper has cut scientific research and muzzled scientists. by Amy Boughner Care2     Stephen Harper declared that science would make the decision on the

 
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The Economist to Harper: Your bullying ways are giving the NDP a chance

Published on July 6, 2012 by in Home

National Post staff     CALGARY — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been ridiculed for being a bully in a scathingeditorial by the influential Economist news magazine. The Economist, a mostly right-leaning British weekly, criticized the Harper government for giving the opposition an opening by being inflexible and claimed the Prime Minister was “intolerant of criticism and dissent.” The

 
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Killing Environmental Science

Published on June 24, 2012 by in Home

Elizabeth May Green Party of Canada   There has been no announcement of the devastating decision to stop studying the natural world, but the evidence is piling up that such a decision has been taken. It is no secret that Stephen Harper is uninterested in science.  One of his first decisions was to unburden himself

 
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Applicants respond to Conservative Party motions to dismiss election legal challenges

Published on June 14, 2012 by in Home

Council of Canadians Press Release   Motions filed on behalf of nine applicants seeking to have federal election results overturned in seven ridings strongly reject the Conservative Party’s procedural motions. Preliminary matters will be considered in the Federal Court beginning on June 25. The applicants’ motions argue that the Conservative Party submissions “represent a classic

 
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AUDIO: Maude Barlow’s keynote speech at ‘Shout Out Against Mining Injustice’

Published on June 14, 2012 by in Home

Brent Patterson Council of Canadians   On June 1, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow delivered a keynote speech at the ‘Shout Out Against Mining Injustice’ conference in Vancouver. More than 400 people gathered at the Maritime Labour Centre for this opening night public forum. In her speech, Barlow highlighted, “The extractive mineral industry is

 
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