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    • TPP 'worst trade deal ever,' says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz


      Trans-Pacific Partnership should be revised to advance interests of citizens, not corporations, he says


          CBC News  <script>  if(!CBC) { var CBC = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP) { CBC.APP = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP.SC) { CBC.APP.SC = {}; }  CBC.APP.SC.authors = "CBC News";  </script>    Posted: Mar 31, 2016

    • Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement ever negotiated, and he recommends Canada insist on reworking it.


      "I think what Canada should do is use its influence to begin a renegotiation of TPP to make it an agreement that advances the interests of Canadian citizens and not just the large corporations," he said in an interview with CBC's The Exchange on Thursday.

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    • Trudeau's Chance to Acknowledge the Libyan Catastrophe


      Without recognizing this foreign policy failure, we will have learned nothing.


        By Murray Dobbin, Yesterday, 

    • The dystopian situation in Libya is so persistent that when we hear news of yet another slaughter, or the fragility of the new unity government, or ISIS taking over large swaths of the country, we just file it under "old news" and wait for the next story.


      We shouldn't. While accountability of politicians is also an old news story, this is one that's particularly disturbing in its history and its consequences for the Libyan people, who before the 2011 "humanitarian" intervention enjoyed the highest standard of living in Africa. That UN mission toppled the regime of Muammar Gadhafi, leaving a power vacuum that was filled by many competing armed factions and two separate groupings claiming to be the legitimate government.


      The Libyan story should provide foreign policy lessons for the West and for Canada, but without some kind of mea culpa and recognition of this catastrophic error, no one has to learn anything.

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    • Trudeau and Obama forging special relationship, White House says


      Officials laud Canadian prime minister's commitment to fighting climate change ahead of visit to Washington


          By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News  <script>  if (!_sf_async_config){ var _sf_async_config = {}; }  if (!!_sf_async_config.authors){  _sf_async_config.authors += ",Meagan Fitzpatrick";  }else{  _sf_async_config.authors = "Meagan Fitzpatrick";  }  if(!CBC) { var CBC = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP) { CBC.APP = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP.SC) { CBC.APP.SC = {}; }  CBC.APP.SC.authors = "Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News";  </script>    Posted: Mar 08, 2016

    • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is winning praise from the White House for his leadership on climate change ahead of this week's visit to Washington where that issue will be high on the agenda.

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    • Canada Revenue offered amnesty to wealthy KPMG clients in offshore tax 'sham'


      Federal authorities demanded secrecy in no-penalty, no-prosecution deal to high net worth Canadians


          By Harvey Cashore, Dave Seglins, Frederic Zalac, Kimberly Ivany, CBC News  <script>  if (!_sf_async_config){ var _sf_async_config = {}; }  if (!!_sf_async_config.authors){  _sf_async_config.authors += ",Harvey Cashore,Dave Seglins,Frederic Zalac,Kimberly Ivany";  }else{  _sf_async_config.authors = "Harvey Cashore,Dave Seglins,Frederic Zalac,Kimberly Ivany";  }  if(!CBC) { var CBC = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP) { CBC.APP = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP.SC) { CBC.APP.SC = {}; }  CBC.APP.SC.authors = "Harvey Cashore,Dave Seglins,Frederic Zalac,Kimberly Ivany, CBC News";  </script>    Posted: Mar 08, 2016

    • The Canada Revenue Agency offered amnesty to multi-millionaire clients caught using what's been called an offshore tax "sham" on the Isle of Man — a reprieve that was supposed to remain secret and out of the public eye until it was uncovered by a CBC News/Radio-Canada investigation. 

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    • Canada’s prisons are the ‘new residential schools’


      A months-long investigation reveals that at every step, Canada’s justice system is set against Indigenous people



    • Canada’s crime rate just hit a 45-year low. It’s been dropping for years—down by half since peaking in 1991. Bizarrely, the country recently cleared another benchmark, when the number of people incarcerated hit an all-time high. Dig a little further into the data, and an even more disquieting picture emerges.


      While admissions of white adults to Canadian prisons declined through the last decade, Indigenous incarceration rates were surging: Up 112 per cent for women. Already, 36 per cent of the women and 25 per cent of men sentenced to provincial and territorial custody in Canada are Indigenous—a group that makes up just four per cent of the national population. Add in federal prisons, and Indigenous inmates account for 22.8 per cent of the total incarcerated population.

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    • Homeless man's $110K in fines sign of 'systemic' issue with police, advocate says


      Montreal's homeless owed the city $15 million in outstanding fines, according to 2012 study


          CBC News  <script>  if(!CBC) { var CBC = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP) { CBC.APP = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP.SC) { CBC.APP.SC = {}; }  CBC.APP.SC.authors = "CBC News";  </script>    Posted: Mar 02, 2016

    • Advocates are highlighting what they say is an unjust police practice as the reason behind why one homeless Montrealer racked up $110,000 in tickets.


      "It was shocking," said Émilie Guimond-Bélanger, a social worker at the Droits Devant legal clinic.


      "We've never seen someone with so many tickets," she said.

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    • In Iraq, we haven't learned the lessons of the last war Add to ... 


       The Globe and Mail



    • Is history repeating itself in Syria and Iraq? Has Canada learned the lessons of Afghanistan and applied them to its new military mission? Or are we about to repeat the same cycle of caution, bravado, overconfidence, distraction, failure, delusion, doubling down, deception, redefinition, amnesia and retreat?

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      It’s hard to tell, for the tough lessons of our four consecutive Afghanistan missions are still not really acknowledged by Canada or its military. Other countries are more transparent about this: The U.S. Army has an entire Center for Army Lessons Learned, headquartered at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., that openly publishes harsh assessments of every battlefield misstep and epiphany.

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    • It's Time For Canada To Test A Basic Income

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    • Canada's liberals attack Palestine solidarity

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    • Canada's ties to Israel go much deeper than partisan politics

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    • ‘Don’t demonize Israel’: Canada passes anti-boycott motion     

    • Canada has passed a motion to condemn “any and all attempts” to promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel both at home and abroad.  

      The motion passed on Monday by a 229-51 vote, CIJ News reports. The bill was introduced by members of the Conservative Party and won support from Liberal Party members. The motion calls on the government to condemn attempts by Canadian organizations, groups, and individuals to promote the BDS movement, claiming it “promotes the demonization and delegitimization” of Israel.

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    • Feb 23, 2016


       Freedom of Speech? Canada Condemns BDS Movement Against Israel 

    • Canada’s new motion will condemn “any and all attempts” to promote the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement against Israel to end the occupation.

      Canada can now formally condemn efforts to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement against Israel after Parliament passed a Conservative-sponsored motion on Monday against BDS.

      The motion passed by a wide margin of 229 to 51, CIJ News reported, with the Conservative Party that proposed the move and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party voting in favor and the New Democratic Party voting against the measure.

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    • Pursuant to Order made Thursday, February 18, 2016, the House proceeded to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of Mr. Clement (Parry Sound—Muskoka), seconded by Ms. Rempel (Calgary Nose Hill), — That, given Canada and Israel share a long history of friendship as well as economic and diplomatic relations, the House reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel, and call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.
    • The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following division:

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    • Matthew Fisher: Why Libya must be the next front in the war against ISIL

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    • Canada’s larger training mission with the Peshmerga in northern Iraq will not get underway until the back half of May, but preliminary discussions are already underway about what must come next.


      And what must come next is Libya.


      Turning the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant back in Mesopotamia is the first part of a larger battle to rein in this gang of murderous religious zealots whose ambitions are much greater than simply dominating a stretch of desert between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. 

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    • Nine things Jason Kenney said during the BDS debate that should make you rage

          | February 19, 2016
    • Yesterday, the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP debated how much each party dislikes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. The Liberals and the Conservatives argued that Canada should condemn the campaign. The NDP argued that despite how odious the party finds the campaign, that free speech should be defended. Only the Bloc argued that the campaign is legitimate criticism of Israel.


      Canada does have a special relationship with Israel. Aside from the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have personal ties with Israel and Palestine, our countries were both built on expelling one population to make way for another. Many Western nations share this as a basis of their history and the ongoing colonization that exists in all of them should be challenged, condemned and resisted.

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    • Canada to Be ‘Somehow’ Involved in Resolving Crisis in Libya
    • 19.02.2016

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    • CRTC chairman slams TV executives as yacht-owning 'complainers'


      Jean-Pierre Blais says Canada's democracy is under threat as broadcasters cut back local TV news


          By John Paul Tasker, CBC News  <script>  if (!_sf_async_config){ var _sf_async_config = {}; }  if (!!_sf_async_config.authors){  _sf_async_config.authors += ",John Paul Tasker";  }else{  _sf_async_config.authors = "John Paul Tasker";  }  if(!CBC) { var CBC = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP) { CBC.APP = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP.SC) { CBC.APP.SC = {}; }  CBC.APP.SC.authors = "John Paul Tasker, CBC News";  </script>    Posted: Feb 17, 2016

    • Canada's broadcast regulator mounted a vocal defence of television journalism Wednesday, while slamming the executives who run the stations as wealthy yacht-owning complainers who are out of touch with changing audiences.


      CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said he is tired of broadcast executives coming before his committee to tell him the "cupboards are bare," and that they can no longer afford to fund local news without government subsidies.


      "Local television news is failing us. But it need not. The system sits at a position of strength," Blais said in a luncheon speech at the Canadian Club in Toronto. "In 2014, TV stations spent more than $470 million on local programming and news … the industry is rich in resources.


      "I listened as Canadians spoke with intelligence and passion [about local TV news], while corporate executives who own luxury yachts and private helicopters came looking for subsidies," Blais said.

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    • Saturday February 13, 2016


      Harjit Sajjan hints at a Canadian military mission in Libya

    • Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada could soon join a military coalition to take on ISIS in Libya, a country beset by a civil war and mounting Islamic terrorism.

        "I had a good meeting with my counterpart, the minister of defence from Italy, [on military intervention in Libya]," Sajjan said following a NATO defence ministers' meeting in Brussels.. 

      "Italy is willing to take the lead on this; once we have a good understanding of the political situation, that will allow us to figure out what we need to do," said in an interview with Chris Hall on CBC Radio's The House.

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    • Trudeau spurns NDP votes he once courted 

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    • In a show that ran last Sunday, “Neil from London” was among the ten “ordinary Canadians” the CBC picked to chat with Prime Minister Trudeau. Among his questions: do you agree the minimum wage should go up?


      If you watched the Liberals’ last campaign, you’d expect Trudeau to quickly say yes. Trudeau supported an NDP plan to boost the federal minimum wage to $15, but criticised it for not covering enough people.


      But this week, when Neil from London asked about it, Trudeau dodged. And then said he worried about negative effects from raising the minimum wage. His answer wasn’t clear. But the message sure was: there’ll be no minimum wage increase.

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    • ISIS airstrikes by Canada to end by Feb. 22, training forces to triple


      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says airstrikes 'do not on their own achieve long-term stability'


          By Susana Mas, CBC News  <script>  if (!_sf_async_config){ var _sf_async_config = {}; }  if (!!_sf_async_config.authors){  _sf_async_config.authors += ",Susana Mas";  }else{  _sf_async_config.authors = "Susana Mas";  }  if(!CBC) { var CBC = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP) { CBC.APP = {}; }  if(!CBC.APP.SC) { CBC.APP.SC = {}; }  CBC.APP.SC.authors = "Susana Mas, CBC News";  </script>    Posted: Feb 08, 2016

    • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will cease all coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by Feb. 22, while it beefs up its military efforts, including the number of special forces deployed on the ground to train Iraqi forces for the next two years.


      "It is important to understand that while airstrike operations can be very useful to achieve short-term military and territorial gains, they do not on their own achieve long-term stability for local communities," Trudeau said during an announcement in Ottawa on Monday.


      "Canadians learned this lesson first-hand during a very difficult decade in Afghanistan, where our forces became expert military trainers renowned around the world."

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