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KeepEmStraight - Vimeo Interviews with Dr. Shiv Chopra

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Common Ground Magazine publisher Joseph Roberts / interviews with Dr. Shiv Chopra. Former Health Canada senior scientist B.V. Sc. & A.H., M.Sc., Ph.D. & now a Health Canada whistle blower, presents an overview of the negative impacts of the TPP trade deal & criticizes Illegal actions taking place in the hands of our government which negatively impact consumers and the health of the general public at large. Trade deals of which the TPP is just the latest Evil where money is placed before practically anything leading societies in the wrong direction resulting in loss of freedoms for the general public.

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Bank of Canada, Finance Minister, and Others

Face Lawsuit for Alleged IMF Conspiracy

Crown lost two attempts to have case tossed, has days left for final appeal.

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Audio (38 min) - Interview with Rocco Galati

The Case to “Reinstate” the Bank of Canada

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Bank of Canada Act in effect since the 1930’s but not adhered to by the Canadian government since 1973.

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Article June 15, 2015

Will Justin Trudeau Overturn His Father's $1.1 Trillion Dollar and Counting, Blunder?

In 1934 Parliament brought down the “Bank of Canada Act” to create a central federal bank, the Bank of Canada. Prior to this private banks ran Canada's banking system. From 1938 until 1974 the Bank of Canada operated as a publicly owned corporation. Under this Act, the Federal government was allowed to borrow for special projects or lend to the provinces, over 30% of their annual budget that must be paid within a year. Note: Canada is the only G8 country to have a central public bank.

Using the Bank of Canada model, our WWII debts were paid way ahead of other countries. From 1938 to 1974 the Bank of Canada funded highways, railroads, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and many hospitals and universities with no interest.

In 1974, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau led government decided to ignore the 'Bank of Canada Act' and start borrowing from the International Banking System, including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Canadian private Banks. This policy has been continued by Finance Ministers since that time resulting in interest charges of $28 to $50 Billion each year since 1974. Ironically, the Bank of Canada Act is still on the books but being ignored. It is suggested that it is being left there, in case the World Banking system collapses and the government will have something to fall back on.

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If the Bank of Canada Act were followed, then austerity plans would be a moot point and large projects would be possible to create jobs, boost our economy and get us out of debt.

A group of citizen's (COMER) represented by Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati filed a motion in 2011, against the Federal government to adhere to the 'Bank of Canada Act' and has won two appeals. In 2015 it was given a go ahead to proceed and is headed for a Supreme Court showdown.

Ironically the mainstream media and our 2015 election was and is silent on this issue except for a handful of articles. This is very telling in a so called democratic society. The Banking Cartel has long arms and we are talking about huge figures to the tune of 1.1 trillion dollars of interest we have unnecessarily paid since 1974 and counting.

So what will PM elect Justin Trudeau do about it? Stay tuned. Eyes wide shut. Justin does not even admit that it is happening at the moment.

Canadians deserve better than to be held ransom year after year by the Banking Cabal and government partners in crime. Justice for All!

Kensky, Editor, Digileak Canada

Audio interview with lawyer, Rocco Galati (38 min)

The Case to “Reinstate” the Bank of Canada

Canadian taxpayers are paying $28 to $50 Billion dollars of interest to the Banking Cartel each year that we don't have to pay. This has been going on since 1974. Let us backtrack a bit.

Canada: There is a better way for a sustainable economy without debt

One of the functions mandated to The Bank of Canada is making loans to the federal and provincial governments (and indirectly, to the municipal) at no or very low interest, interest which is returned to the people of Canada through the Treasury. Another function is to issue and regulate the national currency on behalf of government, fulfilling one of the government's constitutional responsibilities. The Bank carried out these tasks for 40 years, Canada's "golden years."

However, since it joined the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and, in 1974, its Group of Ten charged with the control of banking on a global scale, the Bank ceased lending to both federal and provincial governments. Instead it forced them to borrow from private banks at compound interest, which resulted in significantly increased deficits and debts.

When people are held hostage financially they can be easily controlled. Public programs can be eliminated, services cut, and the economy downgraded while billions are siphoned through the banks to the richest 1% of people.

Because our central bank is publicly owned we can, by law, hold Government responsible to fulfill its mandate and that of the institution for which it is responsible -- the Bank. How do we do that? Through Parliament. But when Parliament fails in this as it has for 40 years? We do it collectively through civil society with an organization that takes it on.

For over three decades the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform, an NGO known as COMER, has raised awareness of these issues across the land. COMER has now taken the bold step of going to court to challenge the government and the Bank of Canada to fulfill their mandates.

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Why is Canada opposing global efforts

to eliminate nuclear weapons?

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On August 19, shortly after the conclusion of the WSF, the UN disarmament working group adopted its final report. It says that only complete elimination of nuclear weapons can eliminate risks of "accidental, mistaken, unauthorized or intentional" use. Most state participants in the working group called for "urgent" negotiations on a UN treaty to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons.

Not Canada. Our government voted against the working group report.

In a scathing opinion piece published in the August 24 edition of the Hill Times, former senator and ambassador for disarmament Douglas Roche warns of the dangers of the 15,000-plus nuclear weapons on the planet, and their so-called "modernization" by states such as the U.S. (which is embarking on a new trillion-dollar, 30-year program).

Roche points out that Canada could at least have abstained from the vote, as did several other NATO nations. He characterized Canada's vote as "an insult to all Canadians who do see the humanitarian value of a nuclear weapons-free world." He says that Foreign Minister Stephane Dion seems disinclined to challenge NATO's "strategic concept" doctrine that nuclear weapons are the "supreme guarantee" of security.

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Welcome to the

Food Sovereignty Canada Vimeo Channel

News, Not Noise on Food & Health Issues

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The Canadian Council on Food Sovereignty and Health is a grass roots organization dedicated to educating the public on the toxins in our food. The goal is to make our food as healthy as possible by removing five things in our food;

1) Antibiotics 2)Hormones 3)Animal waste fed to animals

4)GMOs 5)Pesticides/Herbicides.

It is lead by Dr. Shiv Chopra who was a Health Regulator for over 35 years with Health Canada. His book, "Corrupt to the Core - Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower" (2009) is available on our web site. The new addition is an e-book on DVD (2016) which includes some bonus videos on food health and safety. To purchase one go to CCFSH.org

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Trudeau, More Dangerous to Environment than Harper?

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Sometimes it’s no fun being right. Case in point: Three-and-a-half years ago I wrote a piece titled “Why Justin Trudeau may be more dangerous than Harper.”

Flash forward to today, and barely a year into his reign Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is batting almost .1000 when it comes to approving controversial energy projects, from liquefied natural gas plants in Squamish and Prince Rupert to permits for the Site C dam — and now Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3.

In that 2013 editorial, my main concern about the new Liberal leader was that his energy and trade policies were nearly identical to those of former prime minister Stephen Harper — they just looked and sounded better coming from Canada’s prodigal son.

Moreover, I already had the sense Trudeau wasn’t guided by a clear set of values, making him vulnerable to persuasive political advisors and powerful lobbies. With Harper, I noted three years ago, at least we had “a sense that his zeal for expanding Canada’s fossil fuel industries through foreign ownership is something in which he believes on a deep, ideological level.” With Harper, you knew exactly what you were getting — he loathed environmentalists and didn’t care much for “radical” First Nations either.

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I suggested it three and a half years ago. Still waiting to be proven wrong.

Conservation groups launch suit challenging Trudeau cabinet's

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline approval

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Conservation groups have filed a new court challenge to the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

The request for judicial review filed with the Federal Court of Appeal late Monday in Calgary is at least the eighth legal test of the controversial project, which will almost triple the capacity of an existing, 1,150−kilometre pipeline from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.

The Liberal government gave the green light to the $6.8−billion pipeline expansion late last month, despite a thicket of existing legal challenges to the regulatory process.

Ecojustice lawyers, on behalf of the Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation, say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet broke the law when it relied on a National Energy Board assessment of Kinder Morgan’s controversial pipeline expansion.

The groups argue the board — and thus the Liberal government — did not properly take into account the Trans Mountain pipeline’s impact on endangered southern resident killer whales. The newly expanded pipeline will increase oil tanker traffic from the port in Burnaby to about 34 ships a month, up from the current five.

"We’ll be asking the court to overturn the government’s unlawful approval and send it back to cabinet with instructions that it has to meet all the legal requirements," Ecojustice lawyer Dyna Tuytel said in a release.

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According to a group of conservationists, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet illegally approved Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project on Nov. 29, 2016

High amount of Glyphosate found in 200 Canadian Foods tested

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This brief analysis is drawn from the results of the 200 out of 7,000 entries of data from results of foods tested by CFIA for presence of Glyphosate or AMPA, which is the first metabolite of glyphosate and equally nasty. I have so far managed to transcribe (retype into a spreadsheet) and partially analyzed the data into a separate table, and writing this summary on the partial sets of data.

66% of Canadian samples and the same 66% of US samples had some amount of glyphosate/AMPA. Out of that, 36% of Canadian Samples and 40% of US samples had measurable quantities of Glyphosate. Canadian Samples had trace amount showing up on Glyphosate Screening, but no concentration amount was measured.

Samples from the rest of the world are few, but fas as I can see, the food from the rest of the world is cleaner than the North American when it comes to Glyphosate contamination

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Heritage Minister Joly gives away 70 acres of Experimental Farm to Civic Campus of Ottawa Hospital... despite choice of Tunney’s in NCC Study and 8000 citizens input

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After a 6 month fact gathering report and 8000 citizens input to the NCC Federal Site Review for the new Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital, it was recommended to put the campus at Tunney’s Pasture on November 24th, 2016.

The only problem was Jack Kitts, the CEO of the Ottawa Hospital did not like it. By December 2nd, the Heritage Minister announced that the John Carling site on the Experimental Farm will be the preferred site. So much for the people of Canada’s input. The 1000 page report states that they will take 50 acres right away and plan to take 20 more acres in the near future.

The Experimental Farm is the crown jewel and a heritage site in terms of Canadian farming research. We have a chance to make this the crown jewel of a new wave of healthy farming. A proposal is being talked about to make the Ottawa Experimental Farm the first research facility for

organic, permaculture and greenhouse research in Canada.

This will provide the region with a learning facility for the hundreds of schools in Ottawa-Gatineau and launch us on a path of safe and healthy food practices. More info on safer food at www.foodsovereigntycanada.com

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SAVE THE FARM

Sat. January 21 at 11:00 AM

Observatory Parking Lot - Maple Drive & Carling

More info call Maggie (613) - 730-4620

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly ignores NCC 6 month site review

and 8000 submissions for New Civic Hospital Campus

Op-Ed, Ken Billings, Editor, Digileak

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On November 24th, the National Capital Commission (NCC) Federal Site Review for the New Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital announced their choice from the 6 month, 12 sites, 1000 page report with over 8000 inputs from the public. They chose the Tunney's Pasture site as having the best location of mass transit, roads, sewers, electrical, water, and only one building to remove, an old heating plant.

The response from Jack Kitts, CEO of the Ottawa Hospital rejected the NCC decision saying there were too many buildings to remove and it would be too costly and time consuming. First of all there is only one heating plant to remove and with a timeline of 2026, there is plenty of time to build on the Tunney's site. As well, the Tunney's site has adequate sewer, water and electrical systems already in place. The Sir John Carling site on the Farm also has a fault line running through the construction zone that would add engineering costs to construction of the hospital and still pose a risk.

According to the NCC site review, the Experimental Farm site would give an initial 50 acres to the hospital site along with an additional 20 acre option. That is 70 acres of Experimental Farm land gone to developers.

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Op Ed: Free Trade, Rural Canada and

How to keep Canada from being Trumped

Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union

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Over the decades since the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and later, NAFTA, was signed, Canadian agriculture has undergone a significant shift. There was once a multitude of diverse local and regional economic drivers, but now we have a “one size fits all” export-driven, low-priced commodity production model. Farm capital needs have sky-rocketed as illustrated by the massive $90 billion farm debt. Off-farm investors control more and more of Canada’s farmland. Production – per farm, per acre and per worker -- continues to go up. And that production became increasingly export and transport dependent as NAFTA-driven deregulation accelerated consolidation and transnational ownership of handling and processing facilities. Farmer numbers are ominously declining, yet governments, and most farm commodity groups and agri-business corporations remain euphoric over each signed trade agreement and growing exports.

What is missing in this picture is a few very sobering facts.

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Trudeau Called ‘Liar’ for Breaking Electoral Reform Promise

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was branded a liar by New Democrat democratic reform critic Nathan Cullen in Ottawa today for abandoning a campaign promise to reform the electoral system.

Trudeau released a new set of mandate letters for cabinet ministers this morning, one of which killed the Liberals’ promised plan to change the way Canadians vote.

During the 2015 campaign, Trudeau promised it would be the last election to take place under the first-past-the-post system in Canada, a system many say is unfair.

The government would explore replacement options, with the ranked ballot system and proportional representation as possibilities.

But Trudeau’s mandate letter to new Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould said there is no longer a need for electoral reform.

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B.C. government scientists admit wolf cull is inhumane,

then propose to expand it

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Two science advisors for the B.C. government have recommended that Premier Christy Clark’s administration expand its program to kill wolves, mountain lions, moose and deer in an experimental attempt to conserve and recover threatened southern mountain caribou.

Long-term survival of these caribou is severely jeopardized by the loss of sensitive old-growth forest, and remaining caribou habitat continues to be eroded and altered by logging, seismic lines, pipelines, roads and other industrial and recreational activities.

British Columbia taxpayers are already funding what many scientists and conservationists have condemned as an “inhumane” killing of wolves in several ill-advised experiments to recover imperiled mountain caribou populations. But this time, the claim that the slaughter is inhumane is coming straight from the mouths of government researchers.

Written last October by two members of the Provincial Mountain Caribou Recovery Science Team, "Next Steps for Southern Mountain Caribou recovery in planning unit 3A,” provides a rationale for shooting wolves from helicopters in a southeastern part of the province known as the Revelstoke–Shuswap region. It would bring the total approved area for aerial gunning from two to three regions.

In the same breath however, the authors of the report concede: “There are no humane methods to directly reduce wolf numbers, but aerial removal is the only method of killing enough wolves (and entire packs) to reduce wolf densities with no risk of by-catch.”​

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Deregulation and Food Security - Alternatives Journal

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How is environmental deregulation likely to affect Canada? Commerce Secretary- Wilbur Ross sees NAFTA renegotiation as a priority. What might they most want from Canada? My bet is greater access for low cost American agricultural products, especially dairy. They may also want a few auto jobs from Ontario for Michigan and Ohio and softwood lumber jobs for Georgia. What, if anything, might he offer in return? The Keystone XL pipeline has already been pushed forward by Trump as a payback to oil interests. Other offers for Canada are less likely than threats of import taxes.

Canada’s Ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, has said that he seeks ‘mutual ground’ -- changes to NAFTA in the interest of both countries. A reasonable hope perhaps - but only if one’s counterparts in the negotiation are mostly looking for humiliations to tweet about. The Trump administration’s deregulation and trade ideas suggest that Canadians really need to think hard about our future economy and how to have greater control of our own destiny.

The big questions are: do we want essential goods produced in countries that are not politically stable? And, to what extent, in particular, do are we willing to have our food come from nations thatdo not carefully regulate agricultural chemicals? In the future I, for one, will eat only certified organic food if that food comes from the United States.

Another large question: do we also not want to be capable as a nation of producing most of our own food anyway given the production insecurities associated with climate change?

The Canadian Forces boast largest PR machine in the country, complain about 'toxic' media treatment by Yves Engler

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The media is unfair to the military, according to the Chief of Defence Staff. During a speech to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade last week General Jonathan Vance slammed "very toxic narratives" in reporting on the Canadian Forces.

"If you're paying attention to the news today, there are some very toxic narratives about the armed forces," Vance said. "The narrative that seems to prevail right now is if you join the armed forces, you are going to be sexually assaulted, raped or you're going to suffer from PTSD at some point and may commit suicide."

Reporting the truth is toxic?

With the largest PR machine in the country, the CF aggressively always protects its image and promotes its worldview. As I detail in my latest book A Propaganda System: How Canada's Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation, the military runs a slew of journalistic, academic and cultural initiatives.

In 2010-11 the Canadian Forces admitted to spending $354 million on public relations and related military commemorations. Six hundred and sixty-one staff members worked on this effort. According to another 2011 report, the Department of National Defence's Public Affairs department had 286 staff.

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Trudeau and Trump: An alliance of aggression and war

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Last week, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, delivered a speech to a meeting in Vancouver in which he enthused over the future of the Canada-US relationship. “We are on the verge, I think, of great things together with the new administration,” he boasted.

Then on Monday, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan travelled to Washington. There he met with Secretary of Defence James “Mad Dog” Mattis, who led US forces in invading Afghanistan, then oversaw the US military’s scorched-earth assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004.

Canada’s corporate media and military-strategic think-tanks have seized on Trump’s pledges to strengthen the US military and his criticisms of NATO states for not “carrying their weight” to step up their longstanding campaign for Canada to rapidly move toward meeting the NATO target of spending 2 percent of GDP on Defence. This would require doubling Canada’s military spending to $40 billion per year.

On his return from Washington, Sajjan indicated that the Liberal government will be hiking Canada’s defence budget beyond the ten-year schedule of increases announced in the Conservatives’ 2015 budget. “We are committed to investing in our defence,” he told a press conference Tuesday.

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Secretary of Defence James “Mad Dog” Mattis and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan

Council approves LeBreton site for $168M central library

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After three years of studies, reports, public consultations and board meetings, Ottawa city council has approved a location for a new $168-million central library at the city-owned land at 557 Wellington St., on the eastern edge of LeBreton Flats.

Only Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney voted against the site Wednesday, arguing that moving the main downtown branch to LeBreton "will be the loss of a branch library in the densest part of the city... It will be a hole in the community."

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum abstained from the vote.

Council approved a plan for a 216,000-square-foot complex that the Ottawa Public Library would share with the federal Library and Archives Canada, with 133,000 square feet going to the city library branch.

The super-library would cost $168 million to build — a very rough estimate — with the city paying $99 million and the federal government contributing the rest. That preliminary price tag doesn't include the costs of parking.

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Council voted in favour of this city-owned property bounded by Albert Street, Commissioner Street and the Confederation light rail line for a new central public library. (Joanne Chianello/CBC)

What If... A Dream for the Central Experimental Farm (CEF) for 2020

Digileak OpEd by Ken Billings

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The Central Experimental Farm (CEF) in Ottawa is a jewel in terms of open space (474 hectares) in a modern metropolis. It was established back in 1886 to resolve farm production questions according to Agriculture Canada.

In 1920, there was nothing but organic farming on this historic site. Writing a letter to the Agriculture Minister in January 2016, I asked how much of the farm was organic and permaculture research and was told that 2-5% is organic, 0% is permaculture and 95% is chemical based.

Moving on to December 2nd, 2016, the Heritage Minister, Melanie Jolie announced that 70 acres of the CEF would be given to developers to build a new Civic Hospital Campus. This shocked me, since a week before, the NCC Federal Site Review, that took 6 months and studied 12 sites announced Tunney's Pasture as the preferred site of the new hospital campus. In just a week, three levels of government came together in a press conference to announce the CEF site choice instead.

On February 8th 2017, the CBC report announced that the Baseline bus rapid transit corridor gets the council OK. A strip of the Central Experimental Farm would be taken away on the South side of the farm. The O-Train expansion south also has plans to double track which may take some of the East side of the CEF. Click the link to read the rest...

Ken Billings is editor of DigileakCanada.weebly.com, a Media and Communications Director at Food Sovereignty Canada, a vegetable gardener, and a bicycle enthusiast.

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The CEF, 1055 acres in the middle of Ottawa,Canada

Note: New York, Central Park is 887 acres.

Women in poverty are falling into debtors' prison,

reports Elizabeth Fry Society

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Women are going to jail in Canada, especially Indigenous women, because they are unable to pay fines for small infractions. So says the Calgary Elizabeth Fry Society. And once a woman is put into the justice system, she often runs into complications that prevent her getting out.

The situation would be much worse if it weren't for the 24 non-profit Elizabeth Fry Societies, who offer hope, counselling and practical help to women caught up in the justice system. Most of their clients are women and youth who face charges or jail time for petty crimes, crimes of poverty and survival, such as stealing food, public urination, shoplifting, panhandling or soliciting.

"Poverty is the real criminal here," said Katelyn Lucas, executive director of the Calgary Elizabeth Fry Society. Although Canada repealed its vagrancy laws in 1974, some cities have passed nuisance bylaws that target behaviour done mainly by homeless people, or people with very few resources, such as shoplifting food.

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Elizabeth Fry Societies take a different tack: using an approach called restorative justice (RJ), they help clients build happier, healthier lives that keep them away from having to cheat or steal to survive.

RJ is rooted in Indigenous traditions, which treat transgressions with healing, not punishment.

Trudeau prepares to cede Canadian sovereignty to U.S. border officials

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Political deep integration continues apace. The Liberal government is in the process of passing an extraordinary piece of legislation, C-23, which effectively cedes Canadian sovereignty to U.S. border officials.

Under this Bill, expected to pass shortly, Canadians can be held for interrogation by U.S. border guards at airports, even if we decide we've had enough hostile questioning about our religion, political views, social media habits, or mode of dress, and decide to stay in Canada after all. If we try to get up and leave at that point, or decide we don't want to answer more questions, we will be breaking Canadian law, and liable for arrest, conviction and imprisonment. Meanwhile, Canadian border officials in American airports will now have the right to prevent Canadian permanent residents from boarding an aircraft.

At a stroke, what we assumed were basic civic rights are being whisked away by the Trudeau government. American authorities will be able to detain Canadian citizens on Canadian soil, and the Liberals are making it a crime for us to refuse to co-operate. And just as American green-card holders are being harassed and blocked at U.S. airports, so Canada is now following suit against its own permanent residents, who -- until now -- had the unfettered right to enter Canada.

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Canada’s Latest Pipeline Could Drive

Endangered Killer Whales to Extinction

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Conservationists are mobilizing against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The killer whales that ply coastal waters near BC and Washington State are iconic to the area. Yet the newly approved Kinder Morgan pipeline threatens to drive this already-endangered population to extinction, conservationists warned on Wednesday, as Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson praised Justin Trudeau’s government for its “courage and determination” in making the controversial project a reality.

The $6.8 billion Trans Mountain expansion, which will carry oil products from Alberta to the BC coast, was one of two pipeline projects that got officially green-lighted in Canada on Tuesday: the other, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement, will replace existing pipeline from Alberta to Manitoba. (A third proposed pipeline, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, which has been mired in controversy and legal disputes, was rejected.)

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Ontario’s big secret – the real cause of rising electricity rates

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Since 2002 Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) price of nuclear power has risen by 60%. And to add insult to injury OPG is now seeking a 180% price increase to pay for the continued operation of its high-cost Pickering Nuclear Station and the re-building of Darlington’s aging reactors.

Meanwhile, OPG continues to tell MPPs and other decision makers that nuclear power is our lowest cost option for keeping the lights on and that it is simply not possible to import low-cost power from Quebec. Both of these claims are false.

According to Hydro Quebec’s CEO, Eric Martel, Quebec has 3,000 megawatts of surplus power available for export. Furthermore, according to Mr. Martel, Hydro Quebec is more than willing to sign long-term fixed-price export contracts.

Hydro Quebec has power available to export for at least 99% of the hours in a year. It can further increase the power it has for export by improving energy efficiency in Quebec and continuing to develop its significant low-cost wind power potential.

Please send an email to Premier Wynne premier@ontario.ca or call her at 416 325 1941. Tell her you want to see Ontario secure some real cost savings by making a long-term deal with Quebec to permit the closing of the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018 when its licence expires.

You can also contact your MPP and tell them you want to see real savings. You can find your MPPs contact info here. If you don’t know your electoral district, click here.

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Trudeau's torture policies no different than Trump's

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The Trudeau government suffers from an acute case of cognitive dissonance, either failing to see (or cynically not caring about) the yawning gap between its lofty rhetoric and its actual policies. While a case can be made that this dissonance is apparent on many issues -- Indigenous rights, climate change, women's rights, poverty, racism, refugees and immigrants, electoral reform -- too many Canadians overlook the broken promises and embrace Trudeau simply because he is not Stephen Harper and, more recently, Donald Trump.

This allows folks like Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to get away with remarkable statements like his recent pronouncement that:

"Torture is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it's contrary to the Canadian Constitution, it's a violation of the Criminal Code, it's inconsistent with virtually every international treaty Canada has ever signed, including the Geneva Convention(s), and most importantly, Canadians find it abhorrent and will never condone it. Period."

Goodale's remarks followed Trump's ABC News interview in which the U.S. president said torture "absolutely" works and that his country's state security agencies need to "fight fire with fire."

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This urban farm rehabilitates people - Vancouver, Canada

by Anna Rohleder

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23 February, 2017

Take the word “farmily”, coined by one of the staff members. It encapsulates the rich social connections that can come about through meaningful employment in farm work. Sole Food is an urban agriculture project with a social service mandate. Its street farming operation trains and employs people from the Downtown Eastside (DTES), one of the most economically depressed and drug-afflicted neighbourhoods in Vancouver, Canada.

The DTES is also where Sole Food grows its fruits and vegetables inliminal spaces, abutting liquor stores, in the shadow of freeway overpasses and on the hard pavement of city parking lots. Started in 2009, Sole Food Street Farms now has five sites totalling 4.5 acres that together supply 30 restaurants, five farmers’ markets and one CSA.

From finding early donors to navigating municipal codes, from hiring the ‘hard to employ’ to finding space to grow in a city with the world’s third most expensive real estate, all the odds seemed against the project at the beginning. In his book Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier, co-founder and current director Michael Ableman details the vision and hard work that has transformed trash-strewn lots into orchards and fields and made farmers out of those who had once been lost to the streets.

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While mainstream U.S. media outlets face an increasingly antagonistic Trump administration that's selling its own version of reality with "alternative facts," Canadian journalists are confronting home-grown threats to press independence and integrity – not to mention challenges to free expression.

On February 25, a national day of action is being organized by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Dubbed Trudeau: We're Watching You, the cross-country #ProtectPressFreedom rallies will focus on the proposed expansion of police powers to allow warrantless access to online information.

Rally organizers are also demanding a repeal of the Anti-Terrorism Act (C-51) while calling on politicians to support the Journalistic Sources Protection Act (S-231), Conservative Senator Claude Carignan's private member's bill to bolster legal protections for whistle-blowers, journalists and their sources.

Deliberations on S-231 will be informed by a landmark legal battle currently being waged in the Ontario Court of Appeal against Vice Media national security reporter Ben Makuch. Since February 2015, he's been resisting a court order to turn over notes, records and background materials he collected for a series of stories on Farah Shirdon, a Calgarian who joined the ranks of overseas ISIS fighters.

A three-judge panel heard arguments at Osgoode Hall February 6 that the court order issued against Makuch posed a "detrimental, chilling effect on the practice of journalism in Canada." The RCMP fishing expedition, said the reporter's legal team, violates core free-press tenets embedded in common law and the Charter Of Rights And Freedoms.

VICE's Ben Makuch stands up for Canadian press freedom

"I'm prepared to take this as far as it needs to go," says the national security reporter – even though he's not optimistic about winning.

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It’s Time to Scrap NAFTA, Not ‘Tweak’ It

by Victor Suarez, Alejandro Villamar

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Donald Trump seems to think Mexicans made out like bandits from NAFTA. In reality, workers in all three NAFTA countries have suffered.

In a recent appearance with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump promised that “we’re going to tweak” the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, because of its “severe” impacts on U.S.-Mexico trade relations. But the real impacts of the agreement run much deeper than a trade deficit.

Some politicians and “experts” still don’t understand — or don’t want to understand — that a great deal of popular discontent in the United States, Mexico, and Canada alike is rooted in undemocratic policies that have produced inequality, unemployment, migration, food dependency, and pollution. NAFTA isn’t the only factor — but it’s one of the most powerful.

The reason is that NAFTA was never designed for the development of our peoples through trade, but instead to advance the narrow corporate interests of multi-national firms and the governments that serve them. In the case of Mexico, it was negotiated and signed by an authoritarian government that only served the interests of large Mexican and global corporations, and which turned its back on productive sectors linked to the domestic market.

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NAFTA opened the doors for a flood of subsidized agricultural products and large-scale consolidation, eviscerating small farmers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Bread for the World/flickr)

Google De-lists Natural News website

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In an apparent about-face from the long-touted motto of “Don’t be Evil”, Google has started editorializing their search results. Well maybe they started downgrading certain sites or pages much earlier, but the example of “Natural News” seems the most blatent so far. Another instance I’m aware of is that certain pages of the site Rune Soup dealing with Hilary Clinton were downgraded in Google search results, apparently because someone didn’t like the message that was being posted. The site author responded by shifting to a subscription-model newsletter “The All Red Line” for sharing his parapolitical views, so as not to get more pages of his site downgraded in Google search results. Here’s an excerpt of what blogger Jon Rappoport wrote about the Natural News blacklisting:

“As many of you know by now, Google deleted Natural News, owned by Mike Adams, from its listings.

When you type in “Natural News,” you don’t get “naturalnews.com,” you get “natural.news” instead — a different and tiny site also owned by Mike Adams.

Various people have speculated about Google’s reasons. All Google has to do is print an explanation. Where is it?

A few idiot science bloggers, who disagree with Mike’s views on health and medicine, think the Google deletion is hilarious. I guess they’re living in the Soviet Union of the 1950s. For them, the First Amendment, and the blood-soaked history behind its final enshrinement, is merely another joke.

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Subway Under Fire Over “Chicken”

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Marketplace division enlisted researchers at Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory to test chicken from various fast food restaurants, including Wendy’s, McDonald’s, A&W, and Tim Horton’s.

According to CBC:

An unadulterated piece of chicken from the store should come in at 100 per cent chicken DNA. Seasoning, marinating or processing meat would bring that number down, so fast food samples seasoned for taste wouldn’t be expected to hit that 100 per cent target.”

Every fast food restaurant except Subway tested close to 100% — at least 84% and above — according to researchers, who noted the percentage can decrease with added seasoning and spices.

Nevertheless:

Subway’s results were such an outlier that the team decided to test them again, biopsying five new oven roasted chicken pieces, and five new orders of chicken strips.”

Those results were averaged: the oven roasted chicken scored 53.6 per cent chicken DNA, and the chicken strips were found to have just 42.8 per cent chicken DNA. The majority of the remaining DNA? Soy.”

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Why Betsy DeVos Matters to Canadian Education

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DeVos, born into one fortune and married into another, poured millions into charter schools and into the campaigns of Republican politicians who would back charter schools despite their mixed success rates. Now she has her reward: a chance to undercut secular public education and impose vouchers and charter schools. In effect, she has a chance to privatize the system by fragmenting the public into individual anxious families, each family with a voucher to invest or squander as it sees fit.

Enemies of Canada’s public schools will take heart from DeVos’s appointment, demanding more tax support for private and religious schools and less for what the Fraser Institute is already calling “government” schools.

Canadian public school educators need to lead the charge against this subversion of democracy — not to protect their jobs, but to protect their country and one of its key institutions by Trump’s plutocrats and their local cheerleaders.

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Big Win for Colombian Community Against Canadian Mining Giant

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The Indigenous and Afro-Colombian community of Marmato won a major court victory in their 10-year fight against a massive Canadian gold mine.

On Tuesday Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of the residents of Marmato, a small Indigenous and Afro-Colombian community in the center of the country, in their 10-year fight against a massive open pit mine project by Canadian gold giant Gran Colombia Gold Corporation.

Judge Luis Ernesto Vargas Silva ruled that because 80 percent of the local population depends on subsistence mining activities, and because the project would require the displacement of the entire community, the initial 2007 granting of the concession to the Canadian mining company had to be reviewed.

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Stage 2 LRT Info Session - City of Ottawa (130 min)

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Streamed live on Mar 1, 2017

Ottawa City Hall, Ottawa, Canada

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Common wisdom on Russia is not wise

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Christopher Westdal has the distinction of being the only Canadian diplomat to have served both as Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine (1996-98) and Russia (2003-06). Below is a slightly edited version of his remarks as spoken to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Commons of Canada.

I encourage you to take a hard, skeptical look at the prevailing, ubiquitous Western narrative that Vladimir Putin is a demon, killer, thief, dictator, war criminal and fixer of US elections and that the Russia he’s led for 17 years is a malignant, aggressive marauder bent on domination in eastern Europe and far beyond.

Vladimir Putin is no choirboy; no great power leader ever is. The President of Russia is many other things: a patriot, a patriarch – Tsar Lite, say, formidably intelligent, informed and articulate, pragmatic above all, a proven leader tough enough to run the vast Federation, ruthless if need be in serving its interests – and genuinely popular. Putin is also, proudly, a spy – and deception is an essential tool of espionage. So, of course, those “little green men” were Russian – but, of course, Moscow won’t say so. As Putin explained at a Munich Security Conference, “We’re all adults here.”

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Canadian military preparing for new role in Syria,

extension of Ukraine mission by Roger Jordan

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Canada’s Liberal government is set to unveil the extension and possible expansion of two of its foreign military deployments. Announcements are expected in coming days on extending the Canadian Armed Forces’ mission in Ukraine, where 200 soldiers are training Ukrainian Army units to fight pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east, and on continuing Canada’s role in the Mideast war and possibly expanding it into Syria.

The latter move would be made in conjunction with an anticipated decision by US President Donald Trump to drastically increase the US military presence in Syria and Iraq.

According to the National Post ’s Matthew Fisher, a veteran correspondent with close connections to the upper echelons of the military and Defence Department, the Canadian military is discussing various options for a mission to Syria. Canada was previously involved directly in the Syria war with CF-18 fighter jets, but these were withdrawn last spring by Trudeau, at the same time as his government extended and expanded Canada’s military intervention in the Middle East.

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Trudeau's Anti-Russian Brinkmanship Could End Badly For Canada

by Yves Engler

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Why is the Trudeau government escalating its belligerence towards Russia?

Yesterday it was confirmed that 200 Canadian troops would remain in the Ukraine for at least two more years. This "training" mission in the Ukraine is on top of 200 troops in Poland, a naval frigate in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, and a half-dozen CF-18 fighter jets on their way to locations near Russia's border. Alongside Britain, Germany and the U.S., Canada will soon lead a NATO battlegroup supposed to defend Eastern Europe from Moscow. About 450 Canadian troops are headed to Latvia while the three other NATO countries lead missions in Poland, Lithuania and Estonia. From the Russian point of view it must certainly look like NATO is massing troops at its border.

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A Ukrainian guard of honour soldier holds a Canadian flag during a welcoming ceremony ahead of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau's meeting in Kiev on July 11, 2016.

(Photo: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Organizing for Justice Events Listings - Mar. 8-16th

Ottawa - Canada

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COMMUNITY ACTION / EVENT LISTINGS

Ongoing (started Mon) - Strike at Canadian Hearing Society

Support requested at picket 2197 RiversideDr, see more info below

Sign up by 8am Wed - SanctuaryCityOttawa social media 'Thunderclap'

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/53984-make-ottawa-a-sanctuary-city

- also other ways to support: https://ottawasanctuarycity.ca/take-action/

Wed March 8 - IWD #DayWithoutAWoman strike

https://www.womensmarch.com/march-8th-faq

http://canadians.org/blog/council-canadians-solidarity-daywithoutawoman-strike-march-8

Thurs March 9, 5-7pm - Protest agains National Gallery hosting James Peterson

https://www.facebook.com/events/162079194301846/

- also, see more info below

Sat March 11, 5-8pm - No Mining on Algonquin Territory! Support Barriere Lake Algonquins

at First United Church, 347 Richmond - also Montreal event Sun March 12, 2pm

http://www.barrierelakesolidarity.org/2017/03/upcoming-events-in-ottawa-and-montreal.html

Sun March 12, 11am - Solidarity Ottawa membership meeting, at 251 Bank St 2nd floor

http://solidarityottawa.ca/event/membership-meeting-march2017/

Thurs March 16, 6-8pm - Sanctuary City Ottawa mtg - at Knox Presbyterian

https://www.facebook.com/events/1930060447223704/

http://solidarityottawa.ca/event/sanctuary-city-meeting/

Ottawa prepares to hand over historic federal farmland to corporate developers

Unpublished Ottawa - Ken Billings

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Author's Note:

The decision by Heritage Minister Melanie Jolie, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Provincial MP Yasir Naqvi, and Mayor Jim Watson on December 2nd, 2016 to overturn the six month NCC Site Review Study only 1 week after the announcement of Tunney's Pasture as the best choice, was the height of arrogance and abuse of power. This prompted me to write the article and create the video.

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Chrystia Freeland’s granddad was indeed a Nazi collaborator

– so much for Russian disinformation

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The news conference on Monday [March 6] by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was interesting not for the announcement that Canada was extending its training mission to Ukraine but for the questions and answers about the minister’s grandfather.

There have been a number of articles circulating about Freeland’s Ukrainian grandfather Michael Chomiak and his ties to the Nazis. Some of those articles have appeared on pro-Russian websites. Freeland, who strongly supports Ukraine and is a major critic of Russia’s seizure of the Crimea, suggested to journalists that the articles about her grandfather were part of a Russian disinformation campaign. (The Russian government sees Freeland as virulently anti-Russian and has placed her on their travel ban).

What are the sources for the information that Freeland’s grandfather worked for the Nazis? For starters, The Ukraine Archival Records held by the Province of Alberta. It has a whole file on Chomiak, including his own details about his days editing the newspaper Krakivski Visti. Chomiak noted he edited the paper first in Crakow (Cracow), Poland and then in Vienna. The reason he edited the paper in Vienna was because he had to flee with his Nazis colleagues as the Russians advanced into Poland. (The Russians tended to execute collaborators well as SS members).

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Canada’s then-International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and her Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Kubiv, in Kyiv on July 11, 2016 (Efrem Lukatsky, AP)

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake struggle to resist mining exploration

REPORT - March 11th, 2017 Ottawa, Canada

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March 11th, 2017 (Ottawa) - The First United Church 347 Richmond Road in Ottawa was humming and singing in solidarity with the Algonguins of Barriere Lake. The meal and fundraiser was to inform the public regarding their 20+ year struggle to resist mining exploration and build a sustainable way of life.

A meal, entertainment by the Barriere Lake Youth drummers and info talks about the struggle with mining exploration took place at the packed house at First United supported by many local groups including Mining Watch Canada. It was reported that close to $6000 was raised to help defer mounting court costs.

Now, Copper One, a company financed and directed by the Forbes Manhattan Group, has staked claims on some of ABL's lands (the Riviere Dore mining prospect) for copper mining. The company is pressing for permission from the Quebec government to clear access roads and do exploratory drilling. The drilling is polluting and if enough copper and other minerals are found for a mine, there would be devastating disruption of the land and water in a large area.

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Norm Matchewan

Shell officially shelves plans to build Prince Rupert LNG project

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Royal Dutch Shell PLC has officially shelved its plans to build the Prince Rupert LNG project, which had been planned for Ridley Island in British Columbia.

But the Anglo-Dutch giant will continue in advancing the $40-billion LNG Canada plant, another liquefied natural gas-export venture.

Shell had placed the Prince Rupert LNG proposal on the back-burner since it inherited the project through its 2016 acquisition of BG Group PLC. Earlier this year, Shell had said it was in the process of reviewing the combined Shell and BG portfolio, including the project located at the southern end of Ridley Island at the Port of Prince Rupert.

“The Prince Rupert LNG project has been part of a global portfolio review of combined assets, which resulted in the decision to discontinue further development,” Shell said in a news release late Friday.

Shell said the proposed Prince Rupert LNG project was in the assessment phase, with no development on Ridley Island. Shell is withdrawing from the lease arrangements at the site.

Shell also announced this week that it would sell most of its

Alberta oil sands assets to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in a $8.5-billion (U.S.) deal. However, Shell said Friday that it is still leading the LNG Canada venture, a LNG export terminal planned for Kitimat, B.C.

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Vimy Ridging: an anti-war celebration

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April 9, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. There will be many official commemorations. We invite you to join one that does not glorify war but instead celebrates a desire for peace, with a cross-Canada chorus of theatrical readings.

Two plays by Canadian playwright David Fennario – Motherhouse and Bolsheviki – offer this opportunity. The plays are based on first-hand accounts of resistance during the war. On April 9, people will be reading from these two plays in theatres, bookstores, churches and homes nationwide to remember the terrible cost of war.

In Ottawa, a public reading will take place in the auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library Central Branch at Laurier and Metcalfe, on Sunday, April 9. Doors open at 2:00 pm, and reading starts at 2:30 pm. Admission to the Ottawa reading isopen, but donations to the War Resisters Support Campaign are gratefully accepted.

If you would like to be involved in any way in the Ottawa region, please contact the Vimy Ridge Anti-War Project, Ottawa chapter, at: vimyridgeprojectottawa@gmail.com.

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CSIS’s alternative facts universe by Matthew Behrens

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The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada’s spy agency, penned a marvellous multimedia love letter to itself with the release late last month of its first public report in two years.

But beyond its self-admiring gaze, fancy charts and awkward introductory video by spy chief Michel Coulombe (who announced his retirement this week), the agency’s report to Parliament is most notable for its alternative facts and timing. The report’s incendiary language invokes an “immediate threat” and “paths to radicalization,” and its release coincides with the agency’s lobbying for increased funding in 2017 as well as efforts to prevent abolition or amendments to the infamous Anti-terrorism Act (C-51).

Notably absent from the report is the spy agency’s take on the Quebec City mosque shootings or a nuanced analysis of the rise of white nationalist extremism in Canada. Instead, CSIS stresses the notion that Canadians are under “constant threat” from forces associated with Daesh, al Qaeda and their distant offshoots, even though the claim is not borne out by the supporting evidence offered.

Indeed, the report’s formidable-looking “terrorism timeline” graphic cheats on the numbers.

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Screen cap from CSIS video released with annual report recently. CSIS prefers to stick with the tired trope that all terrorism springs from internecine bloodletting in the Syrian and Iraqi deserts.

Spy agency’s first public report in two years on the threat posed by terrorism in Canada has a slippery ­relationship with reality.

They Drove Off the Climate Cliff - Radio EcoShock

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Climate scientist Paul Beckwith says we are already off the cliff, falling into dangerous climate change. We get new science and the big picture. Then hear best-selling author Caleb Warnock on the new drive to grow your own… food. He’s got a garden out there in the Utah winter, with no heat.

Hey there, here is another mind-rocking show for you. This week, I got hammered by some awful news from some great climate science, so I took my troubles to University of Ottawa climate scientist Paul Beckwith. We get a cutting edge education.

Then we’ll try and heal with real food you can grow yourself. Our guest Caleb Warnock is a best-selling author. He’ll tell us how humans fed themselves without fossil fuels for centuries. We hear how to grow food year-round including cold winters and summers made hotter by global warming.

Take the green way out, with Radio Ecoshock.

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The Frankenstein Factor: Inventors Who Regret Their Inventions

CBC Radio - Under the Influence (27 min)

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This week, we analyze inventors who later came to regret their inventions. Sometimes it's because the product ended up being harmful. Other times it's because of the way their product was used. And in most cases, the creators simply lost control of their creations. We'll look at why the inventor of the K-Cup doesn't own a Keurig machine, why the creator of Mother's Day later tried to have it rescinded and how the Wright Brothers lost control of the airplane. It's one of the most unwieldy aspects of marketing - you create a product, you inform the public, you put it into the marketplace, and it's out of your hands.

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First Nations Aren’t Waiting for Ottawa to

Start Conversation on Fixing Substandard Housing

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Assembly of First Nations launches talks on a new housing strategy.

Promised a new nation-to-nation relationship with the federal Liberal government almost two years ago, the Assembly of First Nations isn’t waiting for Ottawa to start the conversation about a new way of delivering housing both on and off-reserve.

The Assembly started talking to its members from across the country about the issue last November, at its first National Housing and Infrastructure Forum in Winnipeg. A special Chief’s Assembly followed soon after in Quebec, supporting the development of a First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy.

Now the AFN has moved on to a series of provincial meetings to seek First Nations’ input on how a new housing strategy should work. The first for B.C. drew representatives from 75 B.C. First Nations to a two-day forum in Victoria on Monday and Tuesday.

“I’ve given up on there being an epiphany in Ottawa,” Harold Calla, a member of the Squamish nation and CEO of the First Nations Financial Authority, told the first day of the forum.

“I’m glad to see the conversation starting to talk about not waiting for people to give us rights, but [how to] start taking them, start acting on them.”

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Canadian military preparing for new role in Syria,

extension of Ukraine mission

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Canada’s Liberal government is set to unveil the extension and possible expansion of two of its foreign military deployments. Announcements are expected in coming days on extending the Canadian Armed Forces’ mission in Ukraine, where 200 soldiers are training Ukrainian Army units to fight pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east, and on continuing Canada’s role in the Mideast war and possibly expanding it into Syria.

The latter move would be made in conjunction with an anticipated decision by US President Donald Trump to drastically increase the US military presence in Syria and Iraq.

According to the National Post ’s Matthew Fisher, a veteran correspondent with close connections to the upper echelons of the military and Defence Department, the Canadian military is discussing various options for a mission to Syria. Canada was previously involved directly in the Syria war with CF-18 fighter jets, but these were withdrawn last spring by Trudeau, at the same time as his government extended and expanded Canada’s military intervention in the Middle East.

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Permaculture takes organic gardening to the next level

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Permaculture (permanent + agriculture) was developed in the late 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. It’s a set of principles and techniques for food production at any scale that focuses on mimicking natural systems, instead of competing against them. It puts humans into the system as engaged participants, departing from the conventional agricultural approach of conquering nature. The principles can be applied to container gardens on apartment balconies, large scale agricultural operations, and anything in between.

Co-founder, Bill Mollison, says, ““The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.”

From Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, there are three core tenets:

Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.

Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.

Return of surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness. The third ethic is sometimes referred to as Fair Share to reflect that each of us should take no more than what we need before we reinvest the surplus.

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Baloney Meter:

Will free trade with the EU benefit everyone in Canada?

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"At its heart, CETA is a framework for trade that works for everyone." — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Sometimes, politicians can say just enough to let the words mean anything to anyone.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was extolling the virtues of free trade with the European Union, known best by its acronym CETA. In his speech, Trudeau talked about better incomes for workers, entrepreneurs who will have access to new customers, consumers paying less at the checkout counter, manufacturers who can expand their global reach, and more predictability and transparency for the "engineering, architecture, and information technology" sectors.

In short, he said, "CETA is a framework for trade that works for everyone."

So does it?

Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below)

This one earns a rating of "some baloney" because it rests on your definition of "everyone." Let's sort through it all.

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FOOD JUSTICE NOW Show_Ep01

Dr Stephanie Seneff Interview “Glyphosate Disease”

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On FOOD JUSTICE NOW, Dr. Shiv Chopra interviews MIT scientist Dr. Stephanie Senefff regarding "Glyphosate disease" . Dr. Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Since 2011, she has published over two dozen papers in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

Web Portal: foodsovereigntycanada.com

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Down to zero:

How this Ottawa entrepreneur plans to change the way you buy food

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Teacher-turned-grocer Valérie Leloup plans to open store and grow a movement.

The store is Nu Grocery and it marks a big life change for Leloup. The French-born 45-year-old was an executive with food giant Danone for several years in Germany and then in Montreal. But after arriving in Ottawa in 2003, she became a high school French teacher. She has never operated a store.

Leloup said the store will stock all sorts of food, from fresh produce, dry goods in bins, and cheese to prepared meals and milk. Only fish and meat will be missing. There will also be cosmetics and cleaning products. In all, the store will offer about 350 products and the idea is to produce zero waste.

BYOC (Bring your own container)

There will be no plastic bags, wrap or containers available in the store. But shoppers will be offered either compostable paper bags or reusable glass bottles and jars, for which they will have to pay a deposit, or they can bring their own containers with the weight deducted from the price of whatever they buy.

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Reusable glass and compostable paper will be the only types of containers on offer at Nu Grocery, the zero-waste, bulk food store Valérie Leloup plans to open this summer, the first of its kind in Ottawa. (Danny Globerman/CBC)

Chris Hedges Delivers the Ultimate Trump Takedown

Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 3, 2017 (69 min)

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Published on Mar 14, 2017

Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges addresses fascism and the rise of the Trump war machine in the keynote speech at the "After Trump and Pussy Hats" event in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 3, 2017.

Introductions by Cecilia Point of the Musqueam First Nation and Lee Lakeman of Vancouver Rape and Women's Relief Shelter.

Credits:

Video by Collectivista

http://www.collectivista.org

Democracy North

http://www.W2media.org

Produced by the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter

RapeReliefShelter.bc.ca

and the Asian Women's Coalition Against Prostitution

AWECEP.org

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Quebec food waste program to rescue 30.8 million pounds of food

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Sending leftover food from grocery stores to food banks may seem like a simple answer to food waste, but management and distribution have complicated the process in the past. Now in Canada, Food Banks of Quebec (FBC) has launched their province-wide Supermarket Recovery Program (SRP) to simplify distribution and management, enabling over 600 grocery stores to easily give back.

FBC first launched the SRP, which they say is the first of its kind in Canada, a few years ago. Last year that initial pilot, with 177 grocery stores participating, collected around 5.5 million pounds of food and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,000 metric tons. This year the FBC launched their province-wide program, with 611 supermarkets participating. According to Global News, the province-wide program will collect around 30.8 million pounds of food and result in 13,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emission reduction every year.

Related: This Danish grocery store selling expired goods is so popular that it’s opening a second branch

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It will take a decade for Canada to build

world class public transit in its cities, 2017 budget says

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The Trudeau Liberals are proposing to launch a new infrastructure bank, while spending over $50 billion on transit, housing and green infrastructure across Canada. But there's a big catch: a big chunk of that money is spread out over a decade, and isn't expected to be spent right away.

Getting some of that money out the door will also depend on what deals the federal government can strike with provinces, territories, community organizations and the private sector, according to the 2017 budget unveiled by the Trudeau government Wednesday.

Budget 2017 proposes to spend $11.2 billion as part of a new National Housing Strategy, to be announced later this year, as well as more than $20.1 billion on public transit and $21.9 billion on green infrastructure.

But each of those big buckets of cash will be spread out over 11 years, the government said.

“Within 10 years, Canadian cities will be home to world class public transit systems — so that people can get to work on time, and back home quickly at the end of a long day,” said the new budget tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

In addition, the money for transit will flow after the government strikes separate deals with each province and territory, while $9.2 billion of the green infrastructure money is expected to be provided to those governments, as is $3.2 billion of the housing money. The housing strategy also includes a new national housing fund that will involve "collaboration" between different levels of government, the private sector and others.

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The Liberal budget will ready young Canadians

for the insecure, low-paying 'jobs of tomorrow'

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he has a plan to create the "jobs of tomorrow."

But while Morneau describes a future of "self-driving cars" and "artificial intelligence" and "quantum computing" and "the sharing economy," there's one thing he forgot to mention – it's also a future of low-wages and perpetual job insecurity.

Both Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have indicated they believe temporary jobs are the way of the future.

Last fall, Morneau told young workers they need to get used to the "job churn" as they "move from job to job to job."

Except, while it's true that the nature of work and the economy is changing, the data shows a lot of Canadians are not actually jumping from "job to job to job" as Morneau and Trudeau suggest.

Canadian Labour Congress senior economist Angella MacEwen points out that the average length of time Canadian workers spend working at the same job has remained "remarkably stable since 1976."

So if that hasn't changed, what has? According to MacEwen, the problem has more to do with employers offering workers a series of flexible, short-term contracts at low-pay instead of stable and predictable long-term employment:

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Water is Life

Why water is so sacred to Native Americans

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The Lakota phrase “Mní wičhóni,” or “Water is life,” has become a new national protest anthem.

It was chanted by 5,000 marchers at the Native Nations March in Washington, D.C., on March 10, and during hundreds of protests across the United States in the last year. “Mní wičhóni” became the anthem of the almost year-long struggle to stop the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River in North Dakota.

This chant mirrors the civil rights anthems of the past, which emerged out of the African-American church. “Mní wičhóni” in the Lakota language also has spiritual meaning, which is rooted in a connection to nature. As a Native American scholar of environment and religion, I understand what makes the relationship between Native people and the natural world unique.

For Native Americans, water does not only sustain life — it is sacred.

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Canadian Armed Forces’ document calls for

“heavier weapons” to confront child soldiers in Africa By Laurent Lafrance

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A Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) directive, published at the beginning of the month, calls on the military to better prepare personnel—both psychologically and in terms of equipment—to confront child soldiers. The paper has been prepared as Canada’s Liberal government prepares to send hundreds of troops to Africa to participate in counter-insurgency operations.

The “joint doctrine note,” drafted in collaboration with Roméo Dallaire, a retired CAF Lieutenant-General and well-known proponent of “humanitarian” military interventions who served in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, is the first time the Canadian military has produced a document specifically outlining strategic guidelines concerning child soldiers.

The document begins by warning that "Encounters with child soldiers during operations can have significant psychological impacts for the personnel involved” and that Canadian soldiers “must be prepared for the possibility they will have to engage child soldiers with deadly force to defend themselves or others,” i.e. to kill them.

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CBC Radio “Laugh Out Loud”

Mixed modern marriages with Jess Solomon and Todd Graham

The Icebreaker Comedy Festival (27 min)

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Friday March 24, 2017

Mixed Modern Marriages…

Jess Solomon and Todd Graham share their very different marriage tales.

From the Icebreakers Comedy Festival.

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Got into the catch your breath laughter...these guys are good...Digileak

Justin Trudeau versus Stephen Harper: What's the difference?

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By 2015, for most Canadians, the Harper government had run out its time. Voters decided to replace it with the Trudeau Liberals. How is that working out?

The Liberals are cooking up changes to the Standing Orders of the House of Commons that look suspiciously like a power grab on the part of the government. Closing down debate though parliamentary closure was standard Harper procedure.

Have a pipeline you want built? The Canadian government will smooth your way, Trudeau Liberal or Harper Conservative.

As prime minister (1963-68), Lester Pearson suggested international development could provide Canada with a sense of purpose. His chosen vehicle, the Canadian International Development Agency, was dismantled by Harper; its budget had been previously been reduced significantly by Chrétien.

As Africa advances into a terrifying era of famine, where is the Trudeau government? It announces a small charitable donation, provides no domestic leadership, and takes no initiative internationally.

Relative indifference to looming starvation reflects poorly on Liberal internationalism, a policy outlook much disliked by Stephen Harper.

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Liberal Subsidies to LNG, Oil and Gas Firms

Will Cost Taxpayers Billions, Says Report

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Long-term deals reward big donors with huge electricity, royalty breaks, says Sierra Club.

The B.C. government is subsidizing the liquefied natural gas industry to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars and British Columbians are going to pay the price, according to a new report by Sierra Club B.C.

The report, Hydro Bill Madness: The BC Government Goes For Broke With Your Money, lays out the impact of tax breaks, subsidies and reduced electricity rates negotiated by industry.

“Power subsidies to even just two or three of the proposed LNG plants could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars per year,” says a press release accompanying the report.

Two LNG export terminals have been approved in B.C. — Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG project on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert and the Woodfibre LNG plant in Howe Sound near Squamish. Another 18 are proposed.

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British Columbians Saddled With $40 Million Clean-Up Bill

as Imperial Metals Escapes Criminal Charges

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British Columbian taxpayers will be on the hook for $40 million to clean up the worst mining spill in Canadian history and the company responsible has once again escaped criminal charges after a private prosecution was dismissed this week.

In August 2014 the 40-metre-high tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine near Williams Lake collapsed, sending 25-million cubic metres of contaminated sludge and mine waste sweeping into lakes and rivers — but no charges have been laid and no fines have been levied against Imperial Metals, the parent company of Mount Polley Mining Corp.

Since 2005, Mount Polley Mining Corp and Imperial Metals Corp have donated $195,010 to British Columbia’s ruling B.C. Liberal party.

“The key message to Canadians is this was the biggest mining spill in Canadian history and there have been zero sanctions and zero fines, and certainly that’s not because of lack of evidence of damage to the environment,” said Ugo Lapointe, Mining Watch Canada’s program coordinator.

Mining Watch had launched a private prosecution of Imperial Metals and the B.C. government, alleging violations of the Fisheries Act — but federal government lawyers blocked that prosecution on Monday, arguing for a stay of proceedings as there are ongoing investigations by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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Apologies for torture seem to be the hardest words

Matthew Behrens March 31, 2017

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Imagine that you live in a city where you must drive past the offices of individuals whose decisions and actions led to your torture. These individuals -- they might be called "violence workers" or "desk torturers" -- are celebrated as honourable people who acted in the "best of faith" even though they knowingly created false descriptions of you as an "imminent threat" to state security, landing you in an abominable dungeon.

These individuals, we are told, made "mistakes" when they knowingly passed along questions to your captors, despite cautions that sending such inquiries would inevitably result in further acts of violence committed upon your mind, body and spirit.

Despite clear evidence that they are complicit in your torture, none of them is ever held to account. Instead, they receive promotions, act as media consultants, and fearlessly await a thick pension at the end of their bloodstained careers. The immunity they enjoy in your case is the same immunity they are entitled to should they set someone else up for torture. After all, legislation on the books -- as well as their well-tailored self-image as do-gooders on the global stage -- grants them a free pass for whatever they do.

What sounds like a nightmare out of the Argentine junta or the Chilean dictatorship is in fact daily life for Abdullah Almalki, an Ottawa engineer who was wrongfully named a security risk, tortured for 22 months in a Syrian hellhole with the involvement of a variety of Canadian officials and government agencies, and forced to fight for an apology and accountability for well over a decade. (Also fighting for justice in related cases were Toronto's Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin, both tortured by proxy in Syria and, in Abou-Elmaati's case, Egypt too).

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