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Groups seek formal probe into Ottawa’s ‘muzzling’ of scientists

Published on February 20, 2013 by in Home

  MARK HUME VANCOUVER — THE GLOBE AND MAIL     The Information Commissioner of Canada is being asked to launch a formal investigation into the federal government’s policy of controlling media access to scientists. The government has been under fire from a number of groups over the past few years for refusing to give

 
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Washington is right: Canada must confront its climate neglect

Published on February 19, 2013 by in Home

  TZERPORAH BERMAN Globe and Mail   This article is signed by Tzeporah Berman, an environmental author and co-founder of ForestEthics; Sarah Winterton, acting Executive Director of Evironmental Defence; Steven Guilbeault, deputy director of Equiterre, and Ben West, oil-sands campaign director of ForestEthics Advocacy. U.S. President Barack Obama, through his ambassador to Canada, has every

 
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Oilsands tailings leaking into groundwater, Joe Oliver told in memo

Published on February 18, 2013 by in Home

  BY MIKE DE SOUZA, POSTMEDIA NEWS     OTTAWA — Tailings ponds from oilsands production are leaking and contaminating Alberta’s groundwater, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was told in an internal memo obtained by Postmedia News. The memo, released through access to information legislation, said that federal government scientists, including Quebec City-based research geoscientist Martine Savard, had

 
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Senator Patrick Brazeau crashes after years of boorish behaviour: Tim Harper

Published on February 8, 2013 by in Home

  It’s not 20-20 hindsight to say we all saw the Patrick Brazeau crash coming. The question is why Stephen Harper made him a Senator in the first place.   Tim  Harper Toronto Star Patrick Brazeau awoke one morning just before Christmas in 2008 to the news that he had won the lottery. Thursday, he

 
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New policy gives government power to muzzle DFO scientists

Published on February 8, 2013 by in Home

  By Michael Harris iPolitics   “Everything has a crack in it; that’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen, take a bow. Another crack has appeared in the Harper government’s surreptitious but merciless war to muzzle Canadian scientists — and just about everyone else. The light entering through this particular crack shines on a disturbing

 
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Environment commissioner’s farewell audit screams the obvious: Tim Harper

Published on February 5, 2013 by in Home

  Tim Harper Toronto Star   Scott Vaughan, in his final report as environmental commissioner, calls for an “environmental boom” to match our “resources boom.”     Kevin Page is taking on folk hero status in some quarters, Sheila Fraser flirted with sainthood and Michael Ferguson has already made his mark on the proposed F-35

 
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Canada’s environmental protections lagging B.C. resource development, audit finds

Published on February 5, 2013 by in Home

  BY PETER O’NEIL, VANCOUVER SUN   OTTAWA – There are “serious questions” about the Harper government’s effort to ensure environmental laws and public health protection are keeping pace with the booming natural gas “fracking” sector in B.C. and with the plan to massively expand oilsand crude exports via supertankers from the West Coast, Canada’s

 
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Harper gov’t presses on with aboriginal strategy

Published on January 30, 2013 by in Home

  Postmedia News   Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his government’s aboriginal policies for a second straight day in question period as opposition leaders grilled him on the issue. Public criticism has focused on the Conservatives’ two omnibus budget bills, which have already become law. But a few of pieces of legislation are still before

 
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How Ottawa keeps scientists on message

Published on January 13, 2013 by in Home

  BY MARGARET MUNRO POSTMEDIA NEWS   At first, a top Environment Canada official seemed game to discuss “unmuzzling” government scientists during an international science conference earlier this year. “I would be very interested in participating,” Karen Dodds, an assistant deputy minister, said by email to colleagues when she received an invitation to sit on

 
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‘Smoking Gun’ Research Reveals Tar Sands Cancer Legacy

Published on January 12, 2013 by in Home

  By Andy Rowell Oil Change International Chief Theresa Spence is entering what is hopefully her last week of a hunger strike. The Canadian indigenous leader, and public face for many of the Idle No More movement, has said she will finish her fast on Friday when she meets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Attawapiskat First Nation Chief

 
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Canada’s Indigenous-Rights Revolution: Idle No More

Published on January 9, 2013 by in Home

  by Hannah Siobhan Forman, bitchmagazine.org First Nations Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence has been on a hunger strike for an entire month. Apparently, this is what it takes in Canada these days to get attention from the country’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who continues to treat the chief’s desperate measure with chilly indifference. Chief Spence refuses

 
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First Nations audit of Federal Government reveals billions in mismanaged funds

Published on January 9, 2013 by in Home

  The Beaverton   OTTAWA – The Canadian Government has been mismanaging funds for over 140 years according to a damaging audit commissioned by the First Nations released this morning. The audit, conducted by a private auditing firm, says the Canadian Government had difficulty maintaining satisfactory records, and cited numerous examples of questionable spending practices

 
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Canadian PM to meet First Nations leaders after protests

Published on January 7, 2013 by in Home

  Idle No More movement began as campaign by four women against changes to Indian Act and environmental deregulation   Isabeau Doucet The Guardian     The Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, has agreed to a meeting with First Nations leaders following indigenous protests sparked by a hunger strike. Since 10 December there have been road

 
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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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Canada’s indigenous movement gains momentum

Published on January 2, 2013 by in Home

    Inside Story Americas www.aljazeera.com     Are the country’s First Nations groups being denied their rights and being targeted by the government?     “The movement’s really been in play for a long time … but the kind of spark was this legislative initiative by the Harper government which started with Bill C-45

 
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