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How to Stop Canadian Multinationals from Dodging Their Taxes

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[And if you thought low rates bought their loyalty, you're wrong. "The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has no idea how much this profit shifting costs. And Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay doesn't seem to be interested in finding out. But Canadian money in offshore tax havens hit at an all-time high of $185B in 2013." *RON*]

By Dennis Howlett,, 29 Jul 2014

Tax avoidance has become an accepted part of doing business for corporations the world over. But it isn't just Google, Starbucks and Amazon working the system. Canadian corporations like Cameco and Gildan use complex, opaque practices to shift profits into low or no-tax jurisdictions. In what can only be described as short-term thinking, they prefer to reward a small group of shareholders rather than invest in the country that provides the stability, resources and workforce that makes their success possible in the first place.

So how do you stop Canadian multinational co…

Homeless advocates rally at “serial evictor” landlord’s mansion to demand BC Housing ends its landlord subsidies

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[The BC government has stopped building new social housing while increasing welfare handouts to landlords. "People facing homelessness and displacement don’t see action on building the housing we need. The action we see is here – Lippman’s $4.5million mansion construction project is what government action on homelessness looks like." *RON*]

By Social Housing Coalition BC, The Mainlander, 7 August 2014

WEST VANCOUVER, UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORIES: On Wednesday August 6th, Downtown Eastside residents evicted from gentrified hotels, Oppenheimer homeless campers, and housing advocates held a news conference in front of the multi-million dollar mansion of Vancouver’s most notorious gentrifying landlord, Steven Lippman.

Social Housing Alliance organizer Natalie Knight opened the news conference saying: “This year the BC Liberal government made two announcements about housing: first, that they will no longer build social housing. And second,…

Letter to the editor: heads must roll over Mount Polley disaster

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[See also Rafe Mair's Mount Polley Mine proves Liberal “de-regulation” doesn’t work and Mine, Dam Inspections Dropped Since 2001*RON*]

Cheryl Baron, Vancouver Observer, Aug 8th, 2014

Heads need to roll for this. We have never had anything like this happen in our province.

It took our Premier nearly four days to come out of hiding and go to the disaster site. Yet she's had plenty of time this summer to interfere in the teacher negotiations and write letters about the conflict in the Middle East.

Compare that to the reaction of Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi when his city flooded last year. He immediately returned from Toronto and spent the next 43 hours working hard to assist; making his "home" the front seat of helicopters or in front of news cameras. He had to be forced to go home and take a nap.

The Environment Minister's office couldn't tell us when she would make a statement, or even if she would. The Minister of Mine…

Care For A Glass Of Tailings Pond Water, Premier Clark?

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["Almost drinkable." *RON*]
Laila Yuile, Huffington Post, 8 August 2014

In the days since the horrific failure of the tailings pond dam at the Mount Polley Mine, one thing is clear to me, and I suspect many would agree.

As a province we cannot in good faith, trust industry or our own government to ensure the safety of the public, or the environment.

The government states it warned the mine for years.

The company claimed complete surprise over the situation.

To say the Mount Polley tailings pond breach is a failure of duty and responsibility on many levels, is an understatement. Inspections and warnings without the ability to enforce are meaningless and while the B.C. Liberals fully wear this one from beginning to end, according to the Vancouver Observer, the issues of understaffing and deregulation go back as far as the late '90s.

But while many lay full blame at the government, the corporate responsibility for this must not be overlooked…

CETA will likely be signed, but it will also implode

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[I think this is correct, in that the opinion of Germany's Merkel will obviously be critical to whether this agreement gets a green light. If anything, Merkel favours protecting corporate rights, but she was not re-elected with a strong majority and the German public is highly suspicious of both corporate rights and the US in general. Somewhat astoundingly, in Canada the NDP has spoken in favour of this trade agreement. *RON*]
By Brent Patterson,, 8 August 2014

On Tuesday August 5, the Harper government announced -- via a brief news release, a teleconference call, and strangely an online video -- that negotiators had finalized the 1,500-page text of a Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

At this point, the text has reportedly been sent to Canadian provincial governments and the European Union member states for initial feedback to be submitted over the next few weeks. It is also being reported by var…