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Louisiana Governor does an about-face on Common Core standards

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, in a complete about-face, announced on Wednesday his plans to remove Louisiana schools from the nation's Common Core English and math standards. The move would make Louisiana the fourth state to withdraw this year.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

Drugmakers ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding cancer risks

Japan's biggest pharmaceutical company has been hit with a $6 billion penalty for concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug while Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages.

Joint Review Panel urges approval of Northern Gateway pipeline

Calgary - Today, the long awaited Joint Review Panel released a lengthy report recommending approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline but with 209 conditions. Environmental groups vow to stop it for the sake of our climate, land and water.
In the Media by Grace C. Visconti

Op-Ed: Defend our climate, Defend our communities protest on November 16

On November 16, 2013, thousands of Canadians will gather including environmental organizations, community groups, and First Nations for the “Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities” national day of action to protest pipeline expansion.
In the Media by Grace C. Visconti - 8 comments

U.S. shutdown leads to health risks

As US health services, including the FDA, CDC and USDA limp along due to the federal government shutdown, a salmonella outbreak has occurred.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

Op-Ed: America's child President

In a time when America needs her president, Obama once again pits his federal government against the American people punishing them for government actions.
In the Media by Christopher Wager - 6 comments

Interview: Leadnow mobilizes widespread support for FIPA appeal Special

Vancouver - Leadnow mobilizes widespread support for the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA or FIPPA). If ratified, Canada would be bound to this agreement for 31 years, undermining democratic control of our natural resources.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 8 comments

Interview: MP Don Davies discusses the Canada-China pact FIPPA Special

Vancouver - MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) discusses implications of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA or FIPA), encourages transparency and consultation with Canadians and First Nations before it’s ratified.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 9 comments

B.C. rejects the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project

Calgary - The B.C. Liberal government rejected the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project shortly after they were elected to office. The project was fraught with conflict, and analysis of evidence for this pipeline approval was thorough and relentless.
In the Media by Grace C. Visconti - 9 comments

Op-Ed: The Constitution Act of 1982, Quebec and Thomas Mulcair

Ottawa - Canada's Constitution Act, along with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted with the signature of Queen Elizabeth II 31 years ago, It is the law of the land and is one of the great achievements of Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 12 comments

Could President Obama serve three terms?

As Representative Jose Serrano pushes for the proposed amendment H.J.Res 15 to repeal the Twenty Second amendment the chances of President Obama serving a third term becomes a possibility.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 9 comments

Alberta asks public for consultations on fracking and water use

Edmonton - In a surprising move, Environment Minister Diana McQueen announced that the Alberta government would engage the public in consultations (February 19 - March 21) province-wide on the controversial hydraulic fracking practice and water use in Alberta.
In the Media by Grace C. Visconti - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Canada's national energy strategy: Alberta oil to east coast

Edmonton - With the XL Keystone and Northern Gateway pipelines in limbo, Alberta's Premier Alison Redford is looking at markets in Central and Atlantic Canada. In an effort to market Alberta oil, Redford is developing a national energy strategy.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 6 comments

Op-Ed: Altered environmental laws pose risk to Canada, warns Ecojustice Special

Calgary - As the controversial Canada-China Investment Treaty may become a reality, Ecojustice, one of Canada’s foremost independent non-profit organizations, encourages passionate Canadians to support the environmental integrity of Canada.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 7 comments

Washington area schools and government offices closed on Tuesday

Washington - As Hurricane Sandy hovers over the Washington, D.C. Metro area, many additional closings for government offices and schools have been announced.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 2 comments

Alberta and B.C. fight over Northern Gateway pipeline intensifies

Calgary - The battle between Alberta and British Columbia over the Northern Gateway pipeline project intensifies and continues with no sign of it letting up as Premiers Alison Redford and Christy Clark have a ‘frosty’ meeting in Calgary, Alberta.
In the Media by Grace C. Visconti

Op-Ed: Economic benefits are debated as Enbridge hearings resume

Calgary - The Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings resumed on Tuesday, September 4th as Calgary-based Enbridge and the Alberta Government prepare to convince Canadians that the 6 billion dollar pipeline is important to Canada’s economy.
In the Media by Grace C. Visconti

Ottawa investing $826,000 to protect us from exploding sausages

Brampton - It seems exploding sausages are quite a problem in Canada, at least to the governing Conservatives, who announced an $826,000 investment in Cardinal Meat Specialists, a company developing burst-proof sausages.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 2 comments

Review: The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit Report Special

Calgary - The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit was held in Calgary, Alberta Canada on June 28th at the TELUS Spark new Science Centre. The focus was on the Water-Food-Energy NEXUS and the suggestion for all Canadians to participate in a national dialogue on water.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti

Civil servants' rising absenteeism costing Canadians $1 billion

Toronto - An internal report from the Treasury Board suggests that the number of sick days among federal public sector servants is increasing. It highlighted that civil servants stayed home 18 days each year and this costs the taxpayers more than $1 billion.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Remembering the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing

Oklahoma City - Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, an atrocity perpetrated by domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. The date of April 19, is a national day of remembrance for the 168 lives lost in that tragic attack.
In the Media by Shawn Kay - 4 comments

U.S. Government seeks a cure for Alzheimer's by 2025

Washington - The U.S. government has set a target and program for a way to effectively treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease by the year 2025.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Op-Ed: 'Federal family' is world's most successful gang

When the federal government, particularly FEMA, decided to nix the word "government" from its lexicon and replace it with "federal family" the conservative and libertarian blogosphere became amass with criticisms of Orwellian language manipulation.
In the Media by Michael Billy - 9 comments

SNL's Obama shares unhappiness with federal budget compromise

NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' opened with an address by President Obama on the unhappiness that was generated universally by the compromises needed to avert a federal government shutdown.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

US government shutdown averted, both parties claim victory

In 11th hour announcements by Democratic and Republican party leaders, the specter of a US federal government shutdown was averted and a record budget cut of nearly $40 billion was heralded.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 4 comments

Mass transit riders up 4% in U.S., infrastructure money debated

With Detroit's automotive manufacturing in a bottomless hole and 2008's peek at where U.S. gasoline prices can return in the future, a new infrastructure funding debate emerges in the face of a new report that shows mass-transit up 4 per cent nationally.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Canada: New Cabinet Will Cost Canadian Tories $3.9 Million More in Salaries

It is possible that the new Federal cabinet will cost the Canadian taxpayer an additional $3.9 million in salaries alone for the extra ministers and their staff.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 4 comments

Former Canadian Prime Ministers Call For Feds to Get Tough on Climate Change

A diverse group of influential Canadians, including former prime ministers, leaders in academia, science, business, civil society and environmental advocates unite to demand more be done to solve climate change in Canada.
In the Media by Bob Ewing

Poll Says Canadian Conservatives Close to Gaining a Majority

The Strategic Counsel survey has shown the Conservatives with support of 37 per cent of voters, just below the 40 per cent threshold that pollsters say gives a strong chance of winning a majority government.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 4 comments

Feds Create One New Law Every Week

It used to be easy. Don't kidnap, don't murder, don't rape, and you could avoid becoming a felon in the eyes of the national government.
In the Media by Michael Billy - 2 comments
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