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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby deja vu on Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:11 pm

The public will get its first full look at the findings of Auditor General Michael Ferguson's forensic audit of the Senate's expense claims when his report is released today shortly after 2 p.m. ET.

The damaging report is the culmination of more than two years of controversy over senators' expenses, a scandal that has brought down a number of senators, spurred RCMP investigations and court proceedings and now promises to bring more scrutiny to even the most powerful figures in the upper chamber.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/auditor ... -1.3105002

More recommdations that will be ignored by this government. While Harper is trying to remove himself from the situation, he is out of luck. His 9 years of promise to overhaul or disband while overloading the Senate with patronage appointments, is coming back to haunt him. That and the fact he defended all of the Senators when this began until his denials became too much and he threw them under the bus. Now thanks to the Duffy trial, we are learning more about the Harper dictatorship and the dealings going on in his office.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:18 pm

Ontarians, there's a bill for the e-Health registry that never got finished. $26M.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/18/cgi-information-systems-awarded-269m-by-arbitrator-over-cancelled-ehealth-contract.html

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British Columbia's education ministry will increase the amount of aboriginal content in its grade school curriculae this fall.

Rustad’s comments are part of the B.C. government’s response to the 94 recommendations contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on the residential-school system.

After six years of hearings, the report concluded Canada’s residential-school system was a form of cultural genocide.

“In education, B.C. is about to take a major step forward that will respond to one of the primary calls to action,” says Rustad. “The integration of the history and ongoing legacy of the residential-school system will be further enhanced in the new curriculum, particularly when students’ study topics such as discrimination, inequality, oppression and the impacts of colonialism.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/17/bc-schools-add-kindergarten-to-grade-12-focus-on-aboriginal-experience-history.html
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:23 pm

When Canada has a beef with US meat labelling laws, the Canadians bring out the tariffs on US products. The tariffs are meant to get as many US politicians aware of the issue by impacting non-meat products as well as meat products.

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21654674-retaliating-against-unfair-trade-practices-calculation-cruelty-torture
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:29 pm

I missed watching the Canadian federal political leaders' debate last night! The Conservative, New Democrat, Liberal and Green Party leaders were on the air for a live debate broadcast on Rogers television networks-even on their mulitilingual stations. This election campaign is said to be the longest one since the 1872 campaign. I believe that the politicians want to maximize the summer festivals and fairs for photo opportunities and to meet the electorate in relaxed settings before the back to school routines swamp many households with transportation, after school activities and the adults' own social and volunteer activities.

BTW, the US Republicans debate was on last night too.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:24 pm

Elementary school teachers in the Ontario public school system could be facing one-day rotating strikes as contract talks end without an agreement.

http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2015/09/18/public-school-teachers-say-theyll-strike-in-october.html
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby deja vu on Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:48 pm

Now that the election is over and the skies are clear once more, the secrets of the last 9 years are starting to appear. The horrible treatment of scientists/public servants, toxic work places, attacking charities that don't like Harper, has ended and democracy has taken over once more.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/unmuzzl ... -1.3309303


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"I've had people tell me they cried when they read that post, and now I'm seeing comments from others who are talking about crying during the swearing-in ceremony, crying on the day after the election," she told CBC News in a written statement.

"These are regular people who are not particularly political, and they had been stuffing down their feelings of rage and helplessness for so long that when it was finally over and the Harper government was vanquished, all the emotions flooded out."



They are not the only ones, the majority of people across the country have been crying with happiness since it was announced that Harper got his butt kicked out and normalcy/common sense has returned under PM Trudeau.


Kristi Miller, a B.C.-based molecular geneticist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, was among the first scientists to speak out after the unmuzzling. In 2011, she was prevented from discussing her research into the 2009 Fraser River sockeye salmon collapse following its publication.

"When we were banned, it almost made government scientists second-class citizens in the scientific arena," she said. "It was quite embarrassing. I really felt like a second-class citizen." Navdeep Bains, the new minister of innovation, science and economic development, announced the policy change Friday, two days after Trudeau and his cabinet were sworn in.



"Our government values science and will treat scientists with respect. That is why government scientists and experts will be able to speak freely about their work to the media and the public," he said in a written statement.

"We are working to make government science fully available to the public and will ensure that scientific analyses are considered in decision making."



We have some of the best scientists in the world, stand alone or working with scientists from other countries, they always made us proud. Something Harper chose to ignore except if it benefitted him . Only then would he say something positive about science, any negative he tossed out or punished those that spoke of it.

I for one look forward to hearing what they have been up to and what we can look forward to. The country is in a much better place since Oct. 19th, and we must never return to the darkness that Harper and his conservatives forced on the country.

Revenue Canada (Rev Can) needs a house cleaning after the disgrace of Harper using them to attack any charity that spoke out against him. Hope is that while they clean house, the charities will have their charitable status renewed.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:17 pm

In Ontario, provincial workers that work in social services will be wearing red to mark the one year anniversary of a disputed new computer system that has created cheque difficulties for clients. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/ontario-works-staff-stage-protest-to-mark-1-year-of-flawed-computer-system-1.3311947

There were many provincial clients whose cheques were not the correct amounts, came late causing rent problems, or did not come at all after the mandatory switch to the new system was made by Premier Wynne and her minister.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby dreamon on Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:30 am

Ciel -

There were many provincial clients whose cheques were not the correct amounts, came late causing rent problems, or did not come at all after the mandatory switch to the new system was made by Premier Wynne and her minister.


I would bet that Wynnes check and her ministers were on time, and correct. You do not fix what is not broken, when will they learn that lesson?


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ordered a major overhaul of Canada's criminal justice system that will put a new focus on restorative justice and hatch a priority plan to regulate and legalize pot.

Trudeau delivered mandate letters to each of his cabinet ministers Friday, and among the long list of priorities is a sweeping review of the last decade of laws and sentencing reforms brought in by the Conservatives.

"You should conduct a review of the changes in our criminal justice system and sentencing reforms over the past decade with a mandate to assess the changes, ensure that we are increasing the safety of our communities, getting value for money, addressing gaps and ensuring that current provisions are aligned with the objectives of the criminal justice system," reads Trudeau's letter to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberal ... -1.3317891

Common sense is back and now we will learn what Harper has been hiding for 9 years. He shut down free speech in his cabinet, muzzled scientists, used the Revenue Canada Agency as his personal attack dog to go after charities that did not like him or his government and were not afraid to say so. So much is in the small print as we have learned it's Harpers favorite place to hide the details he does not want us to know about. I'm sure the Conservatives will attack all the good Trudeau is doing by undoing all that was wrong the last 9 years. They will try, but have no legs to stand on.

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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:53 pm

Well, the election is over and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have fans in all of the countries he's visited for international meetings.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/19/justin-trudeau-mobbed-by-shrieking-fans-in-manila.html

His finance minister is going to be talking money matters and Canadians will find out how many election promises may need money.
To pay for stimulus spending to boost the economy, the Liberals have pledged to run budget deficits of up to $10 billion annually for three years before balancing the books in 2019.

But with the economic picture still weak, the Liberals are starting out in a bigger financial hole than expected, Morneau is expected to say in the new government’s first public airing of Ottawa’s books on Friday.

In a recent report, parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Fréchette gave a preview of the situation faced by the Liberals. As a result of the continuing drain on federal tax resources from the sluggish economy, the current federal budget actually faces four straight deficits, beginning with a shortfall of $3 billion in 2016, Fréchette said. This is in contrast to the budget surpluses predicted by the Conservative government.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/19/new-finance-minister-to-open-ottawas-gloomy-books.html
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Postby ice cream on Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:03 pm

No political grinches last night, they would not dare or face the wrath of the country down on them. It was as it should be, a celebration of life and freedom, no more sounds of bombs dropping at all hours, no more children seeing death and destruction. Around midnight 163 Armenian Christains arrived in Toronto to the delight of their private sponsors, a proud country and a very happy Prime Minister.

It's just the first plane to land another is expected to land in Montreal, Quebec on Saturday, or at least that is the plane. As for the rest they are still hoping the 10,000 will arrive by the end of the year and the rest by March 2016. Just hearing children laughing and smiling is worth it.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/s ... -1.3360154

For newly arrived Syrian refugee Samer Barkel, hearing his kids laugh and play after their arrival in Canada made the 13-hour journey from Beirut, Lebanon worthwhile.

Barkel and his family were among the 163 Syrians who arrived in Toronto Thursday night in the first government aircraft carrying refugees. The Canadian government has pledged to bring in 25,000 refugees by the end of February.

"For my kids, it's enough to see them smiling and laughing," Barkel told CBC News on his first day in Canada as his five-year-old boy and six-year-old girl giggled and struck poses for the cameras.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/th ... story.html

All 10 of Canada’s provincial premiers support taking in the refugees and members of the opposition, including the Conservative party, attended the welcoming late Thursday. Trudeau was also joined by the ministers of immigration, health and defense, as well as Ontario’s premier and Toronto’s mayor.

In the U.S., several Republican governors have tried to stop the arrival of Syrian refugees in their states in the wake of the deadly attacks blamed on Islamic extremists in Paris and California.


Canada’s commitment reflects the change in government after October’s election. The former Conservative government had declined to resettle more Syrian refugees, despite the haunting image of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach. The boy had relatives in Canada, and the refugee crisis became a major campaign issue.


“They step off the plane as refugees, but they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada with social insurance numbers, with health cards and with an opportunity to become full Canadians,” Trudeau said. “This is something that we are able to do in this country because we define a Canadian not by a skin color or a language or a religion or a background, but by a shared set of values, aspirations, hopes and dreams that not just Canadians but people around the world share.”


Harper took a huge hit by his coldness when he spoke about this, his lack of humanity helped force him out and a new era begin. The Washington Post is not the only US or Canadian paper showing just how far apart the two countries are on this subject.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) -

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-de ... e27652245/

The New York Times -

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/world ... .html?_r=0

The Daily Mail/UK -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... rport.html
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