Showing posts from February 3, 2014

Fracking tied to birth defects: Colorado study

See the original study here.
[See also the next story, which suggests that the health risks of the tarsands have been underestimated owing to a flawed methodology. *RON*]
Damien Gillis, Posted February 3, 2014
A new study, published last week in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives, draws a correlation between birth defects and maternal exposures to natural gas.

Alberta Oilsands Environmental Health Risks Probably Underestimated: Study

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["...the basis for the human health risk assessment is flawed." *RON*]
By John Cotter, The Canadian Press,  Updated: 02/03/2014 3:59 pm EST

EDMONTON - A new study suggests the environmental health risks of oilsands operations in Alberta's Athabasca region have probably been underestimated.

Researchers say emissions of potentially hazardous air pollution that were used in environmental reviews done before approving some projects did not include evaporation from tailings ponds or other sources, such as dust from mining sites.

Handwringing rings false as Fantino uses Veteran dust-up to attack unions

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[The true cost of the balanced budget that is so important to Flaherty and Harper. *RON*]

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

What are we to make of delicate-flower Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino?

IMF: Canada's balanced-budget target for 2015 need not be written in stone

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[When the IMF tells your government that it's being too austere, that is saying something! *RON*]
By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted: 02/03/2014 11:16 am EST | Updated: 02/03/2014 1:59 pm EST

WASHINGTON - The federal government can loosen its efforts to balance the budget by 2015 in the event of an economic downturn, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

The Harper government has made a zero-deficit target a central goal of its mandate, with some of its biggest promises from the last election contingent on a return to balanced books.

A number is never just a number: Benefits of pension income splitting

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[Government by the rich, for the rich. *RON*]
By Trish Hennessy


The year Canada's federal government extended to senior families the opportunity to partake in extra tax breaks through pension income splitting. (Source: Finance Canada, 2007 Federal Budget, pg 222.)

1 out of 5

Number of Canada's senior families among the richest 10 per cent who receive more than $1,000 in tax breaks from pension income splitting. (Source)

1 out of 1,000

Number of Canada's senior families in the poorest half of the income spectrum who receive more than $1,000 in tax breaks from pension income splitting. (Source)

A central banker’s ‘license to lie’

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[Balancing the truth against expectations and perceptions, and striving to avoid massive tantrums by financial bankers. *RON*]
Anatole Kaletsky, JANUARY 30, 2014
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who retires this week as the world’s most powerful central banker, cannot be trusted.

Neither can Janet Yellen, who will succeed him this weekend at the Federal Reserve.

And neither can Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England; Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, or any of their counterparts at the central banks of Turkey, Argentina, Ukraine and so on.