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Wealth Inequality in Canada

Singer Susan Aglukark Sent 1000 Pounds Of Food To Nunavut For Christmas

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[Meanwhile, the Honourable Minister Leona Aglukkaq sits in Parliament obliviously reading her newspaper while issues of the affordability of food for her own people is being questioned. Go to the page of the original article and check out some of the prices for food shown in a slideshow at the bottom of the article. *RON*]
By Jason MacNeil, Huffington Post, 18 December 2014

Inuk singer Susan Aglukark is on a mission to help feed Nunavut families struggling over the holidays.

Thanks to the "incredible support and donations from wonderful Canadians," Aglukark purchased about 300 kg of non-perishable foods for the Niqinik Nuatsivik Food Bank in Iqaluit and another 150 kg for the Deacons Cupboard in Rankin Inlet. She arrived in Iqaluit with the food delivery yesterday.

"This is the first of many projects I will be assisting in through the Arctic Rose Project," Aglukark wrote on her Facebook page.

CTV News reports the singer, who w…

Enbridge Line 4 spills 1,350 barrels of oil in Regina in two and a half minutes

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[The second spill this year on this line. Meanwhile, 4 years and $1 billion later, there is still submerged oil in the Kalamazoo River from an Enbridge pipeline. In the back of my mind I know there was something in the news in the last year about monitoring and inspection of pumping stations, but I can't seem to find it today. *RON*]
By Brent Patterson,, 19 December 2014

The Enbridge Line 4 pipeline, a 796,000 barrels per day pipeline from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, has spilled 1,350 barrels of oil at a pumping station in Regina.

Council of Canadians Regina chapter activist Jim Elliott says, "It only took 2 minutes and 26 seconds to spill 1,350 barrels of oil in the latest spill in Regina."

Enbridge's Line 1 to 4 pipelines converge at Lake Superior and from there join with Line 5 which goes around the northern shore of Lake Michigan (and under the Straits of Mackinac) and Line 6 which goes around the southern shore o…

West's sanctions on Russia bite, but backlash could hurt

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[This is always the risk with sanctions. It gives the Russian people a clear common enemy and the desire to stand ever more steadfast behind a strong leader to help them oppose the foe. Also, if the Russians finally rise up against Putin who will replace him? Some complete nut-case military leader from the Ukraine? *RON*]
Rob Mudge, Deutsch Welle, 18 December 2014

As Vladimir Putin tries to gloss over his country's economic problems, ordinary Russians are starting to feel the double whammy of falling oil prices and sanctions. But has the West bitten off more than it can chew?

Russia's economy is in tatters. The ruble is in free fall despite a massive intervention by the Russian central bank to prop up the currency. Russian officials have admitted that the combination of falling oil price and Western sanctions are taking a heavy toll - despite assurances to the contrary by President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle. The country's fi…

Greek Austerity Violates Human Rights Says International Body

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[This might provide an avenue for fighting against austerity policies in BC and Canada, for example, the rise in health insurance premiums by 40% over the last few years in BC. *RON*], 18 December 2014
Controversial austerity measures have violated the human rights of the Greek people, according to a report released Thursday by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

“Massive cuts in public sector’s employment and a failure to tackle the fundamental social needs arising from the crisis have fuelled a sharp rise in unemployment ... (it) also exacerbated pre-existing inequalities, with vulnerable categories paying the highest toll for a reduced access to work and worsening working conditions,” the FIDH said in a statement accompanying the report.

FIDH president Karim Lahidji said the Greek government has “sacrificed nearly everything” to satisfy lenders and improve the country’s floundering economy.

“While we accept that excep…

B.C. Government Gives Go-Ahead to Site C Dam, But Fight Far From Over

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[We need some good investigative reporting here. Follow the money to see which corporations are enriched by this project and what their connections are to the Liberal Party of BC. This is also an excellent way to bring unions on-side for the next election. Plus, Northern voters are, in general, quite conservative and probably favour this kind of thing, minus those who are directly negatively effected. See also: BC MAY BREAK A TREATY IF THEY BUILD THE SITE C DAM. *RON*]
Emma Gilchrist, DeSmog Blog, 16 December 2014

The moment I caught wind that the B.C.government’s decision on the Site C dam was coming down, my mind gravitated to Ken and Arlene Boon’s farm in the Peace River valley.

It was there that under the hot July sun, the Boons showed me around their 640-acre property that's hosted five generations of their family.

If the Site C dam is built, as the B.C. government announced Tuesday it will be, much of the Boon’s farm will be underwater…

Bin Laden Expert Accused of Shaping CIA Deception on 'Torture' Program

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[Via my friend Harry. The Peter Principle: "in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence." A CIA analyst who was the main inspiration for Jessica Chastain's character in Zero Dark Thirty, hyped the value of torture and failed to prevent 9/11, a NBC News investigation found. Since then, the woman has been promoted to head of the "Global Jihad" unit. *RON*]

By Matthew Cole, NBC News, 18 December 2014

A top al Qaeda expert who remains in a senior position at the CIA was a key architect of the agency's defense of its detention and "enhanced interrogation" program for suspected terrorists, developing oft-repeated talking points that misrepresented and overstated its effectiveness, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report released last week.

The report singles out the female expert as a key apologist for the program, stating that she repeatedly told her superiors and o…