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Bahrain: senior U.S. official persona non grata

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[There are signs that Obama is getting bolder as his term ends (he spoke up today about using executive action to push forward with immigration reform) - certainly the US has zero previous history of stirring the pot with Bahrain on its human rights records - the US has been far more concerned with having a safe home for their Navy's Fifth Fleet than with little things like religious persecution and torture. *RON*]
By Farishta Saeed, Reuters, in Al Arabiya News, 7 July 2014

Bahrain on Monday declared a senior U.S. official persona non grata and asked him to leave the kingdom immediately, state news agency BNA said, because he had “intervened flagrantly” in the country’s internal affairs. 
BNA said that the foreign ministry had declared U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski, persona non grata after he “held meetings with a particular party to the detriment of other interlocutors, thus disc…

First Nations Report: Heavy Metals From Oilsands Contaminating Food

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By Dean Bennett, CP / Huffington Post, 07/07/2014

EDMONTON - A new study by two Alberta First Nations and University of Manitoba scientists says there is a link between oilsands pollutants and higher levels of heavy metals in wildlife, and higher cancer rates in residents.

"There's something unique that is happening in Fort Chipewyan," Stephane McLachlan, the lead researcher from the university, told a news conference Monday.

"It's a situation that is alarming and demands attention."

The report — titled Environmental and Human Health Implications of Athabasca Oil Sands — is the result of three years of research.

It was funded by the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

The study says of 94 participants it found 23 cases of cancer.

"Cancer occurrence increased significantly with participant employment in the oilsands and with the increased consumption of traditional foods and loc…

'Alarming Slide' In Education Quality, Calls For Federal Action: Report

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[But, how else will we get an ignorant, unskilled, underpaid and apathetic work force? Until we have a government which realizes that education is an investment, not an expense, nothing will improve. *RON*]

CP, 07/06/2014

OTTAWA - A new report urges Ottawa to work with the provinces and industry to put a stop to what it calls an alarming slide in the quality of Canada's education and skills training.

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives-commissioned paper is being released ahead of this week's meeting of Canada's provincial education and labour ministers and industry representatives in Charlottetown.

The report says only the federal government can lead and create a national education and skills training strategy.

It urges Ottawa, the provinces and the territories to form a body that's responsible for learning and training, which would set targets for all learning phases.

The report recommends creating a separate body to keep …