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Corporate influence inflames political cynicism

David Suzuki In 1952, my Grade 10 civics teacher asked us what we hoped to become as adults. One of the most popular boys answered, "I hope to go into politics." We were delighted because we knew he wanted to make the world and Canada better, and we admired him for it. Things have changed in hal ...

Siemens Plans to Cut Nearly 7,000 Jobs in Traditional Power Generation

Siemens announced massive cuts last week that would eliminate 2 percent of the industrial giant's workforce. Nearly all of the layoffs will come from its Power and Gas division, reducing labor on its power plant turbine business.  “Renewables are putting other forms of power generation under i ...

Feds announce cash to combat gun crime

Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale announced Friday the Liberal government is investing up to $327.6 million over five years, and $100 million annually after, to combat gangs and gun violence. Goodale made the announcement in Surrey, B.C., which saw three shootings within 12 hours last summer. ...

National Aboriginal Veterans Day ceremonies echo Canadian foreign policy mythology

Yves Engler The power of foreign policy nationalism is immense. Even the primary targets of the Canadian state have been drawn into this country's mythology. Dispossessed of 99 per cent of their land, Indigenous people have been made wards of the state, had their movements restricted, and reli ...

Light needs to be shined on Quebec’s anti-corruption unit - Loonie Politics

  “Oscar, who is your favorite député?”, I asked my son this morning.  Without hesitation, my four year old answered: “Guy Ouellette!” How does a four year old have a favorite MNA – or actually, know any MNA at all, you ask? The name comes up on the radio a lot lately.  And it rhymes ...

How Many Puerto Ricans Have Power? No One Really Knows

Late last month, journalist Julio Ricardo Varela noticed a confusing discrepancy in how the Puerto Rican government was reporting electrical status on the online portal built to monitor the recovery post-Maria.  Many writers had been reporting the website's figure labeled “AEE” -- for Puert ...

Liberals settle libel lawsuit with snubbed nomination candidate, ex-MP

The Liberal Party of Canada says it has settled a libel lawsuit with a woman party officials banned from running in a contested Toronto byelection in 2014. After also being forbidden from seeking any Liberal nomination in any riding for the 2015 federal election, Christine Innes launched a defamati ...

Liberals settle libel lawsuit with snubbed nomination candidate, ex-MP

The Liberal Party of Canada says it has settled a libel lawsuit with a woman party officials banned from running in a contested Toronto byelection in 2014. After also being forbidden from seeking any Liberal nomination in any riding for the 2015 federal election, Christine Innes launched a defamati ...

Majority of mass shootings connected to domestic violence

Civil Liberties Watch Political Action US Politics The mass murder in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was a horrific crime. It was also horrifically predictable, and emblematic of the systemic problem we have with guns and violence in the United States. Devin Patrick Kelley was the white, 26-year-ol ...

MPs move to keep religious protections in Criminal Code

Disrupting a religious service is likely to remain a crime, since MPs on the House of Commons justice committee have agreed to change a controversial part of proposed legislation aimed at modernizing the Criminal Code. This spring, the Liberal government moved to rid the Criminal Code of sections t ...