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Environment Canada officers failed to uphold the law in order to keep in line with Ottawas Priorities

MARK HUME

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 7:21PM EST


The federal department that enforces Canada’s environmental laws is in such disarray that some officers say they have been ignoring infractions in order to keep in line with Ottawa’s “priorities,” according to an internal government report which is included in this article.

The report by Gordon Owen, who is retiring at the end of January as head of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement branch, says a public service employee survey revealed serious problems that require immediate action.

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BC Supreme Court Rules Province Breached the Honour of the Crown by Failing to Consult Gitgaat and other Coastal First Nations

UPDATED

Gitga'at celebrating 'huge victory' after court rules province failed in duty to consult

CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2016 1:12 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 13, 2016 4:36 PM PT

Demonstrators protest on the streets following the federal government's approval of the Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver, British Columbia June 17, 2014.

Demonstrators protest on the streets following the federal government's approval of the Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver, British Columbia June 17, 2014. (Reuters)

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Christy Clark interfering in local band election to aid

MARK HUME

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2015 8:50PM EST


Premier Christy Clark has been accused of interfering in a local band election to help a candidate who supports a $10-million wind farm proposal involving her brother, Bruce Clark.

During her visit to Old Massett, a small native community on the north end of Haida Gwaii, Ms. Clark announced at a public meeting that the province was making a $150,000 grant to the Old Massett Village Council (OMVC).

The money is for a feasibility study of a proposed $4-million expansion to the 40-student elementary school on the reserve.

The announcement gave a boost to the campaign of Mr. Rea, who has been a long-time supporter of Mr. Clark’s proposed wind farm.

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Historic GMO News: NY Times Backs Labeling


       

Spurred on by the U.S. FDA’s recent approval of genetically engineered salmon, the New York Times editorial board has, for the first time, come out in favor of GMO labeling.

Do you think the tide is turning?

Here’s the article.

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25 Foods That Kill Cancer Stem Cells


       

A new scientific review in the journal Anticancer Research has identified 25 compounds that are found in foods and that have a tremendous capacity to kill cancer stem cells.

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B.C. Canada Day terror plot trial judge says RCMP may have acted illegally

Mounties may be guilty of knowingly facilitating a terrorist act, says judge

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 18, 2015 6:36 PM PT Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015 6:36 PM PT

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were found guilty in June 2015 of one count each of conspiring to commit murder and possessing explosives for the benefit or on behalf of a terrorist organization.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were found guilty in June 2015 of one count each of conspiring to commit murder and possessing explosives for the benefit or on behalf of a terrorist organization. (RCMP)

There is evidence the RCMP broke the law while conducting a high-profile terrorism sting and must hand over confidential legal documents, says a B.C. Supreme Court judge.

Justice Catherine Bruce has not yet ruled whether the RCMP entrapped John Nuttall and Amanda Korody into plotting to blow up the B.C. legislature in 2013, but she said in a ruling released Wednesday that the Mounties may be guilty of knowingly facilitating a terrorist act.

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Shell calls it quits in the Arctic...for now

Shell updates on Alaska exploration

28 Sep 2015

Shell today provides an update on the Burger J exploration well, located in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. The Burger J well is approximately 150 miles from Barrow, Alaska, in about 150 feet of water. Shell safely drilled the well to a total depth of 6800 feet this summer in a basin that demonstrates many of the key attributes of a major petroleum basin. For an area equivalent to half the size of the Gulf of Mexico, this basin remains substantially under-explored.

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Canada economy - The new rustbelt - The puzzling weakness

From the print edition: The Americas | http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21662567-puzzling-weakness-manufacturing-new-rustbelt
IF YOU visit south-western Ontario and the Niagara peninsula you will see scenes of industrial decay. Steel mills, vehicle-parts factories and food processors sit abandoned, their car parks studded with tufts of grass. The region has the look of a rustbelt, and that has Canadians worried.

Manufacturing took a beating in the late 2000s and early 2010s, when high oil prices drove up the value of the Canadian dollar, making factories less competitive. But Canada should now be recovering from that bout of Dutch disease. The “loonie”, as Canadians call their currency, has been dropping along with oil prices. On August 25th it fell to its lowest level in a decade against the American dollar. That, plus the strong economy in the United States, the market for three-quarters of Canada’s exports, should have...

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Stephen Harpers courts: How the judiciary has been remade

STEPHEN HARPER’S COURTSFor a decade, the Prime Minister has been on a quest to take back the judiciary from the Liberals. Sean Fine goes inside the opaque world of judicial appointments to reveal the making of a Conservative legacy
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/stephen-harpers-courts-how-the-judiciary-has-been-remade/article25661306/

The judge looked down at the full-bearded young man who sat relaxed and smiling before him. Omar Khadr, a former teenage terrorist, was in a Canadian courtroom for the first time.

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The shocking human toll of FIFAs corruption

In the end, it only took a $150 million scandal to make Americans care about soccer.

FIFA, the notoriously corrupt and yet seemingly invincible governing body of world soccer, has finally landed itself an indictment that some would say is worthy of its reputation. The charges against a handful of senior FIFA officials include money laundering, racketeering, bribery and fraud. In short, the federal lawsuit alleges what millions of soccer fans have suspected all along: that FIFA officials have been using the organization's massive influence to line their pocketbooks.


 

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Stephen Maher: It could get ugly at polling stations this fall thanks to Fair Elections Act

Pierre Poilievre.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang/FilesPierre Poilievre.

When Elections Canada mails out Voter Information Cards this fall, a new sentence in bold letters will appear at the bottom: Please note that this card is not a piece of ID.

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Antarctic ice shelf just a few years from complete disintegration: NASA

Reuters
15 MAY 2015 AT 06:41 ET      

The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study released on Thursday.

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Pope Francis Said Today Many Powerful People Don't Want Peace

(ANSA) - Vatican City, May 11 - Pope Francis said Monday that "many powerful people don't want peace because they live off war". 

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Canada's right-wing agenda is coming undone

This may be the beginning of the end for Canada's decade of conservative rule.

11 May 2015 12:30 GMT | PoliticsCanadaStephen Harper

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper [REUTERS]

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper [REUTERS]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Antonia Zerbisias

Antonia Zerbisias is an award-winning Canadian journalist. She has been a reporter and TV host for the Toronto Star, the CBC, as well as the Montreal correspondent for Variety trade paper.

@AntoniaZ

It's a good thing for Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper that he's been out of the country. 

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Microalgae used for green asphalt

Process for the production of bioasphalt from microalgae. Image: Les films du cercle rougeProcess for the production of bioasphalt from microalgae. Image: Les films du cercle rougeMicroalgae offer a highly promising alternative to petroleum products without competing for resources used in the food industry. They have now been used, for the first time, to make asphalt. Researchers have recently proved the viability of bioasphalt, demonstrating its close similarity to the "real" asphalt used to pave roads. Their findings have been published in Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

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Food Feud: More Cities Block Meal-Sharing for Homeless

 BY BILL BRIGGS

More American cities are blocking individuals and ministries from feeding homeless people in parks and public squares, and several Americans have been ticketed for offering such charity, according to a forthcoming report by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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Christy Clark Hands a $43 Million Gift to Liberal Donor Developer in Land Deal

BY MICHAEL SMYTH, THE PROVINCE APRIL 16, 2015
In the Lower Mainland’s red-hot real-estate market, it’s not uncommon for a seller to get the asking price on a property — and sometimes more.
That’s why the NDP Opposition wants to know why the Liberal government sold several parcels of Crown land in Coquitlam for 33 per cent under their appraised value.

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Germany On Verge Of Virtually Banning Fracking

(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas.

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ISIS mission: Canada conducts 1st airstrike in Syria Airstrike

Hit ISIL garrison, according to Defence Minister Jason Kenney on Twitter.

The Canadian military conducted its first airstrike on an ISIS target in Syria today, according to the Department of National Defence.

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