Showing posts from July 23, 2014

Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

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[Fascinating piece, with a link at the end to the full report on how the US government requires neither concrete facts nor irrefutable evidence to have a person designated as a terrorist. *RON*]
By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, 23 Jul 2014

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be des…

Federal government criticized for leaving fracking chemicals off pollutant list

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[The answer that "The government doesn't know exactly which chemicals are being used for fracking and as a result doesn't know the risk that may be posed by those chemicals," is a lie. In the first place they have a very good idea of what the majority of chemicals in fracking fluid are; and they are well aware that many of them are known poisons and carcinogens. In the second place they don't know what 100% of these chemicals are because they will not challenge oil and gas companies who refuse to identify all the ingredients. Do you think that is because those remaining ingredients are good or harmful? *RON*]

By CP / Huffington Post, 07/23/2014

OTTAWA - Environmentalists and legal experts are criticizing the federal government's decision to leave toxic fracking chemicals off a list of pollutants going into Canada's air, land and water.

"The government doesn't know exactly which chemicals are being used for fra…

Poll suggests BC's LNG expansion at odds with public support for climate policies

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[BC citizens don't support the BC government direction on climate - but apparently our government believes that corporations needs should drive government policy. *RON*]
Carol Linnitt, Vancouver Observer, Jul 23rd, 2014
Last year B.C. joined Washington State, Oregon and California in an effort to limit the causes and effects of climate change. A new poll released on Tuesday shows British Columbians are eager to see the government keep its commitments under the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy.

The climate plan was designed to respond to “the clear and convincing scientific evidence of climate change, ocean acidification and other impacts from increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which threaten our people, our economy and our natural resources.”

The plan was signed in 2013, with little fanfare. Yet B.C. residents strongly support the initiative, and the government’s commitments to limit carbon pollution.

But with the B.C. g…

Crime Rate In Canada Down, Less Severe, According To Statistics Canada

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[Great news, right? Now Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper can stop fronting all those expensive, unnecessary and unconstitutional get-tough-on-crime laws - NOT. *RON*]

By CP / Huffington Post, 07/23/2014

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the number of crimes committed was lower last year, but so was the severity of those criminal acts.

The agency says the police-reported Crime Severity Index fell by nine per cent in 2013, the tenth consecutive annual decline.

The index, which measures the volume and severity of crime based on average prison sentences handed down for convictions, was 36 per cent lower in 2013 than a decade earlier.

StatsCan says the traditional crime rate also declined last year compared with 2012 by eight per cent.

The national crime rate has been on a downward slide since the early 1990s, reaching its lowest level last year since 1969.

Canadian police services reported just over 1.8 million Criminal Code offences were committed in 2013, d…

Conservative government censored memo on environmental group

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[The Harper government heavily censored a memo that showed the effectiveness of a non-partisan environmental group that had its funding axed. *RON*]

By: Mike De Souza Ottawa Bureau, Published on Wed Jul 23 2014

Former environment minister Peter Kent said he wouldn't comment on a heavily censored memo about a non-partisan environmental group.

OTTAWA—The Harper government heavily censored a memo showing the effectiveness of a non-partisan environmental group that had its funding axed,documents show.

The government initially released the censored memo, sent to former environment minister Peter Kent, following a request through access to information legislation. It later released some of the censored passages following a complaint that prompted an investigation by the office of the federal information commissioner.

The newly released passages show that Environment Canada gave the government a list of reasons to continue funding the Canadian Environm…

75,000 Jobs In Canada Could Be Created By Running Tiny Deficit: C.D. Howe Report

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[Sorry, my access to the computer will be quite limited this week! Given a direct choice between jobs (a.k.a. 'reckless spending' in Conservative-speak) and lowering the deficit, Finance Minister Joe Oliver chooses reducing the deficit -- too bad for the unemployed, who have to survive on the meager Employment Insurance benefits Oliver has left to them in order to reduce the deficit and debt. *RON*]

By Julian Beltrame, CP / Huffington Post, 07/23/2014

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Joe Oliver is rejecting a recommendation from a report issued by the C.D. Howe Institute that he focus more on creating jobs than eliminating a tiny deficit.

The report by McMaster University economics professor William Scarth argues that keeping the deficit at 0.5 per cent of GDP for the next three years could lower the unemployment rate by 0.4 per cent, or create the equivalent of 75,000 additional jobs.

The recent slowdown in economic growth and job creation has put…