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Op-Ed: Canadian federal election too polarized as Harper haters go rabid

I am not a Stephen Harper supporter, nor am I a supporter of the Conservative Party. Despite getting somewhat long in the tooth and having experienced many Canadian federal elections I have voted for the Conservatives exactly zero (0) times. Not once.

Op-Ed: Justin Trudeau engaged the crowd in Brampton ON pre-election 2015

Brampton - On October 4th, 2015, Justin Trudeau engaged a huge crowd at the Brampton, Ont. rally where he offered hope for Real Change and a better future for Canadians. Working together is vital where opportunities and growth will secure a prosperous Canada.

Analysis finds lakes, rivers lost key protections in Harper govt.

Ottawa - Recent statistical analysis of changes made to environmental laws and procedures by Canada's conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper show that protections for lakes and rivers have been "all but abandoned," The Canadian Press reports.

Harper government extends International Space Station commitment

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government re-upped their commitment to the International Space Station (ISS), signing on for an extra four years. Canada will now be a part of the project until at least 2024.

Op-Ed: Canadian Bar Association critical of Harper anti-terror bill

Ottawa - The Canadian Bar Association(CBA) harshly criticized the Conservative Harper government's new anti-terror bill C-51, claiming it has measures that would deprive Canadians of liberties while not increasing their safety.

No surprise as Harper government OKs 'Northern Gateway' pipeline

Ottawa - The Canadian Conservative government of Stephen Harper has approved the "Northern Gateway" pipeline project headed by Enbridge Inc. The line is designed to supply oil and other products to a growing Asian market.

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.

UBCIC Grand Chief endorses collective vision for Canada - Part 2 Special

Vancouver - UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip warns that a human rights conflict is imminent if the Indian Act is dissolved, dismantling Indigenous land rights and allowing unprecedented resource development by foreign investors causing environmental consequences.

Indigenous people and land rights: The thin red line - Part 1 Special

Vancouver - UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip gives a comprehensive summary into the background of Aboriginal land rights, the dissolution of the Indian Act, and the struggle to maintain their distinct culture, heritage, and sacred spiritual practices.

Op-Ed: CETA not about free trade but corporate control and profits

Ottawa - Harper is busy promoting CETA, the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement while on his travels in Europe. Critics claim that the agreement is less about free trade and more about extending the power of huge global corporations.

Op-Ed: Why was Mike Duffy appointed to the Canadian Senate?

Ottawa - Mike Duffy had long wanted to become a Senator before he was named to represent Prince Edward Island by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on December 22, 2008. Given that Duffy has now embarassed Harper's government why was he ever appointed?

Harper government backs bill to toughen parole for some killers

Ottawa - Canada's Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced his government will back a private member's bill that would require some murderers to spend up to 40 years behind bars before being able to apply for parole.

Experimental Lakes Area rescued by Ontario and Manitoba

Ottawa - After the Conservative federal government announced that it would no longer fund the Experimental Lakes Area, the globally famous freshwater research area will be kept open with financial help from the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.

Op-Ed: Why Thomas Mulcair is wrong on the Keystone XL pipeline

Ottawa - New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Thomas Mulcair has been vocal on the Keystone XL pipeline. Visiting US lawmakers last week, he made negative comments, which could affect the decision. He dismissed criticism, but fell short of a definitive stand.

Op-Ed: Nancy Pelosi questions value of Keystone XL pipeline to US

Washington - During a luncheon with House Republicans President Obama indicated that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline would be made soon. On Thursday House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that she questions the value of the pipeline to the US.

Interview with Canada's first astronaut Marc Garneau Special

Ottawa - Dr. Marc Garneau stepped into history as Canada's first astronaut. In 2013 he entered the race for leader of Canada's Liberal Party in an ultimate quest to serve as chief executive: The Prime Minister of Canada.

Harper Government reports $1.85 billion deficit in November 2012

Ottawa - The deficit run by the Canadian federal government for the period of April through November for the 2012-13 fiscal year is $12.4 billion which is $3.1 billion less than the same period last year.

Chief Adam: Water is at risk with Bill C-45 and FIPA (Part 2) Special

Fort Chipewyan - This Interview (Part 2) features a candid discussion with Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. He discusses how FIPA and Bill C-45 will affect rights to quality water, First Nations Treaty rights, and the lives of ordinary citizens.

Chief Adam: Environmental law changes must be challenged (Part 1) Special

Fort Chipewyan - This Interview (Part 1) features a candid discussion with Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. He discusses the Idle No More grassroots movement, FIPA, Bill C-45, and how people should unite to challenge the environmental law changes.

Ipsos-Reid poll favours Justin Trudeau for new Liberal leader

Ottawa - A new poll released 3/01/13 reveals that 69% of those surveyed are sure that Justin Trudeau will be selected as the new leader of Canada's Liberal Party. But what may be more telling is the other results from the poll portend the end of the Harper regime.

Op-Ed: Has Harper pulled the plug on the purchase of 65 F-35 fighters?

Ottawa - According to a December 6 article in the Ottawa Citizen, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has finally decided to pull the plug on a planned purchase of 65 F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Op-Ed: Nexen-CNOOC deal approved by Canadian government

Ottawa - The Canadian Conservative government of Stephen Harper approved the $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen by CNOOC a Chinese state-owned enterprise, but will not approve any further takeovers by state-owned enterprises.

Quebec Superior Court orders federal govt to release gun data

Montreal - Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard has ordered Canada's federal government to give its long gun registry data back to the Quebec taxpayers.

Op-Ed: Race Card — CBC's Evan Solomon insults minorities, Freeman case

Ottawa - CBC-TV's Evan Solomon explores the question: "Conrad Black can come back, what about Gary Freeman?" In the process, Mr. Solomon links the Gary Freeman case to the use of the so-called "race card".

Op-Ed: NAHO folding because of Harper Government's budget cuts

Quietly on Thursday the Harper Government cut funding to the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Canadian citizen tax dollars appear to be needed more for military expenditures than for one of the most important Aboriginal programs in the nation.

Harper government cuts funding to key feminists groups

Ottawa - Several women's groups have had their funding cut under the Status of Women Canada's Women's Program in the past few weeks.

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