Archives for the month of: April, 2012

He’s been the face of environmentalism for decades, but the tide has shifted in Canada, he says. Now calls himself a ‘liability’

Territories rank low on climate

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David Suzuki forced to resign from board of foundation by “vicious” media attacks
BC environmentalist David Suzuki says he stepped down due to media and political attacks threatening the foundation bearing his name. But staff say it’s not a ‘divorce’—he’ll continue to work as a volunteer.

Rolling in massive profits again after taking billions in public bailout measures.

Ottawa (27 Aug. 2009) – Wouldn’t you know it? Canada’s chartered banks are piling up massive profits once again.

Less than a year after benefitting from Canada’s version of a taxpayer-financed public bailout for bad loans and mortgages, the CIBC reported third quarter profits this week of $434 million, up $71 million from a year ago.

This follows the Bank of Montreal, which a day earlier announced that it made $557 million for the same quarter, up $36 million from the same quarter in 2008. And similar obscene profit numbers will no doubt follow from the other federally-chartered banks later this week.

Cut Me A Slice – A People’s Response to the Economic Crisis

A People’s Response – Facts & Insights – The Role of the Banks

Star columnist faces the fearful truth about Stephen Harper

Cribb: Harper’s secret weapon? The ‘Truth Plane’
It appears Canadians were not solely responsible for giving Stephen Harper a majority government in the federal election.

Behind the scenes, Mark Bowden made us do it.

The British-born, Toronto-based body-language expert worked with Harper on his TV-debate optics in an effort to make him appear more statesmanlike and confident to our unconscious eye.

The results speak for themselves.
There’s a criminal roaming free, responsible for international war crimes and climate crimes. In order to fill corporate and military coffers he attacks indigenous people, refugees, Muslims, women, workers, public services, civil liberties, free speech and democracy. But from the Arab Spring to the Quebec student strike people around the world are rising up. We can stop Harper’s regime and the rest of the 1%, and build a better world for the 99%.


The Katimavik youth program, which provides thousands of hours of volunteer service in vulnerable communities and gives young Canadians work experience, is being cut because it was created by a Liberal government, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau says.

The elimination of the program, created in 1977 under the government of Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, was announced in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s March 29 budget. The program sends 1,100 young people to volunteer with local partner agencies in communities across the country.

The budget said the government would instead continue to “fund programs that benefit large numbers of young people at a reasonable cost rather than concentrating available funding on a very small number of participants at an excessive per-person cost.”

But Trudeau took aim at that argument Thursday, comparing Katimavik’s $14-million annual funding to the $207-million Canadian Cadets program under the Department of Defence, which he called a “wonderful” program that had not been cut. Katimavik’s cost of $2,000 per month per participant compares favourably with the cadets program’s monthly cost of $4,000 per participant, he said.

Trudeau said the government’s own review of the Katimavik program described it as valuable and a fit with the government’s priorities.

“So why is this government cutting the program? It has the unfortunate … and fatal flaw of having been created under a Liberal prime minister by someone who became a Liberal senator. That’s the problem with Katimavik,” Trudeau said.
Justin Trudeau stands up against Katimavik closure


The fate of Katimavik says something about the state of our country

‘Connect with Mark Kelley’ and CBC Radio’s ‘Dispatches’ are among the programs that will take hits. Is your favourite show going?


Strong words from Thomas Mulcair prove that the issue of gun control in Canada isn’t settled by a long shot. Liberals react

If you thought the decade long debate about the long-gun registry was over, you are sadly mistaken.

More Canadians are acknowledging they may be reaching the upper limits on borrowing, a new poll shows. Details

More Canadians acknowledge they may be reaching the upper limits on borrowing, even though they believe they are in the safe zone now, a new survey shows.

Rising IT salaries
The good news for IT workers: jobs are relatively plentiful and about to become more so. The bad news is that salaries are stuck in low gear.

Save on phone bills
Talk isn’t necessarily cheap when you’re on a cell phone, particularly if you’re addicted to your BlackBerry, iPhone or Android.

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The Parkland Institute claims oil sands revenues have fallen way below their targets. What Albertans have received since 1997

Alta. NDP to raise royalties
The NDP said it will hike royalties and force all new oilsands projects to upgrade recovered bitumen in Alberta.

Wildrose promises cash
Alberta’s Wildrose party is promising free oil money for all if it wins the election on April 23.

Party issues surplus challenge
Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith is challenging opponents who don’t like her “Dani-dollars” petro-giveback to explain how they’ll use any future budget surpluses.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is being introduced to Canadians as someone who will fight for ordinary families, much as his predecessor, Jack Layton, did.

The emphasis is on continuity, not change, in a new English television ad being launched by the federal NDP today.

It features a cameo by Layton’s widow, NDP MP Olivia Chow, who assures viewers that “Jack’s vision is in good hands.”

“He’ll fight for my family,” says a young mother, packing groceries into her car.

“He cares if I make ends meet,” adds a tool-toting tradesman.

“And find a good job,” chimes in a bicycle-riding young woman.

“He’ll take on (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper,” predicts a health care professional.

“And win,” concludes a middle-aged jogger.

Time will tell!

The English ad is more introductory in tone than last week’s French ad, which featured a more casual Mulcair, rolling up his shirt sleeves and vowing to continue the work that produced the orange wave that swept Quebec during last May’s election.


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Mulcair to Canadians: ‘Let’s get the job done’
NDP rolls out English ads to introduce their new leader as the keeper of Jack Layton’s legacy. Cameo from Olivia Chow

Is NDP leader a real threat?
Why Tom Mulcair is Stephen Harper’s first real Opposition threat in years

Here are 10 surprising facts about the man who wants to be Canada’s next prime minister.
10. He Used To Be A Liberal
Mulcair was Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks in Jean Charest’s Liberal government in Quebec. He served in the role from 2003-2006.
8. He’s French (Kind Of)
Mulcair married Catherine Pinhas in 1976. She was born in France to a Turkish family of Sephardic Jewish descent. Mulcair has French citizenship through his marriage, as do the couple’s two sons.
7. They Used To Be Friends
Mulcair left Charest’s Liberal government in Quebec after he was offered the position of Minister of Government Services in 2006, an apparent demotion from Minister of the Environment. Mulcair has said his ouster was related to his opposition to a government plan to transfer land in the Mont Orford provincial park to condo developers.
6. Ancestor Was Premier Of Quebec
Mulcair’s great-great-grandfather on his mother’s side was Honoré Mercier, the ninth premier of Quebec.
5. First!
Mulcair was the first New Democrat to win a riding in Quebec during a federal election. He held the riding of Outremont during the 2008 election after first winning the seat in a 2007 by-election. Phil Edmonston was the first New Democrat to win a seat in Quebec, but his win came in a 1990 by-election. Robert Toupin was the very first to bring a Quebec seat to the NDP, but he did it in 1986 by crossing the floor.
4. He’s Half Irish.
Mulcair’s father Harry Donnelly Mulcair was Irish-Canada and his mother Jeanne French-Canadian. His father spoke to him in English and his mother in French — explaining his fluency in both official languages.
3. He Votes In France
Muclair has voted in past French elections, but says that now that he is leader of the Official Opposition he will not take part in the upcoming French presidential vote.
2. Young Love At First Sight
Mulcair met his future wife at a wedding when they were both teenagers. Catherine was visiting from France. They married two years later when they were both 21.
1. Mr. Angry
Mulcair was given the moniker in a Maclean’s headline, but the new leader of the NDP has long been known for his short fuse. In 2005, he was fined $95,000 for defamatory comments he made about former PQ minister Yves Duhaime on TV. The comments included French vulgarity and an accusation that alleged influence peddling would land Duhaime in prison.