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A Note About Our Coverage Of Donald Trump's 'Campaign'

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[Perfect. *RON*]

Ryan Grim,Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post, Danny Shea, Editorial Director, The Huffington Post, 17 July 2015

After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won't report on Trump's campaign as part of The Huffington Post's political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump's campaign is a sideshow. We won't take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.

Gary Adams, Green Party Candidate, Will Quit To Campaign For Liberal Candidate

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[Fantastic! I hope they have set an example that will be followed across the country! *RON*]
Althia Raj, Huffington Post, 17 July 2015

OTTAWA — The Green and Liberal candidates in the B.C. riding of Kelowna–Lake Country have formed an unorthodox alliance that could see a Grit MP sitting in two party caucuses.

Gary Adams was nominated Thursday evening to represent the Greens. A notice on the riding association’s Facebook site said “Adams will immediately step down to co-operate with Liberal candidate Stephen Fuhr in an effort to unseat Ron Cannan and the Conservatives.”

Fuhr told The Huffington Post Canada he has been negotiating with the local Green riding association for the past three months and the two had come up with a memorandum of understanding. Fuhr pledged — if elected — to keep in close touch with the Green riding association, as he would with his own Liberal association, and the Green party leadership in Ottawa.

“If that means meeting at t…

Jürgen Habermas’s verdict on the EU/Greece debt deal – full transcript

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[Habermass comes out against the Greek debt deal and Germanic dreams of empire. " minister Schaeuble threatened Greek exit from the euro, thus unashamedly revealing itself as Europe’s chief disciplinarian. The German government thereby made for the first time a manifest claim for German hegemony in Europe. ...this technocratic hollowing out of democracy is the result of a neoliberal pattern of market-deregulation policies. The balance between politics and the market has come out of sync, at the cost of the welfare state." *RON*]

Philip Oltermann, The Guardian, 16 July 2015
Guardian: What is your verdict on the deal reached on Monday?

Habermas: The Greek debt deal announced on Monday morning is damaging both in its result and the way in which it was reached. First, the outcome of the talks is ill-advised. Even if one were to consider the strangulating terms of the deal the right course of action, one cannot expect these reforms …

This is not the Canada I once knew

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[What a litany of dismal failures! "You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it," Stephen Harper said, and he meant it. *RON*]
By Alex Neve,, 16 July 2015

Those were the words of a British member of the UN Human Rights Committee who was taking part this week in the committee's first review of Canada's human rights record in 10 years.

Sir Nigel Rodley, a law professor and chair of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, was referring to the deteriorating space for human rights advocacy, protest and dissent in Canada. He noted it was almost unbelievable that the UN committee felt compelled to raise these sorts of concerns with Canada. Sir Nigel highlighted research by the Voices coalition, which pointed to astonishing levels of fear and intimidation felt by Canadian activists and civil society groups, and referred to the disquiet expressed by the UN's leading expert on the freedoms of assembly an…

Mounties in Dawson Creek, B.C. kill masked man after disruption at meeting on Site C dam project

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[We will hear more about this. Man is shot dead by RCMP while protesting Site C dam project. *RON*]

The Canadian Press, National Post, 17 July 2015

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A man has died after being shot by the RCMP during a confrontation with officers in Dawson Creek, B.C.

The RCMP says at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, they were called about a man damaging property and disrupting a BC Hydro public information session concerning the Site C hydroelectric dam.

Police say when they arrived, they encountered a masked man outside the venue believed to be connected to the complaint.

“Despite officer attempts to de-escalate the situation, a confrontation occurred and the individual was shot,” the RCMP said in a statement.

The unidentified man later died in hospital.

No police officers or other members of the public were injured during the incident.

The RCMP has secured the scene pending the arrival of a team from the Independent Investigations Office on Friday mornin…

Surrey and New Westminster to get say in Fraser Surrey Docks coal lawsuit

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[Increasingly, municipal governments are the last bastion for protecting local interests against provincial and federal governments that will sell everything from under us that is not nailed down. *RON*]

By Emily Jackson, Metro News, 14 July 2015
Two Metro Vancouver residents who are fighting a new coal facility on the banks of the Fraser River will be joined in court by the cities of Surrey and New Westminster.

Surrey and New Westminster were granted intervener status in a federal court case alleging that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, better known as Port Metro Vancouver, didn’t act properly last summer when it granted Fraser Surrey Docks permission to build a coal transfer facility.

Lawyers for Ecojustice, an environmental law charity, issued a statement applauding the cities’ participation in the legal challenge it describes as a “David versus Goliath struggle.”

The coal facility would handle 4 million metric tonnes of U.S. thermal coal a…

Bank of Canada rate cut unlikely to lower mortgage, loan rates much

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[The mainstream media hard at at work. The spin here is ridiculous. Granted that Bank of Canada hopes the rate reduction will prove to be an effective business stimulus without grossly increasing levels of consumer debt. But to imply that Canada's big banks are somehow nobly supporting this cause by pocketing the money is insane! See also: Bank of Canada’s gloomy outlook weakens Stephen Harper’s election trump card. *RON*]

By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News, 16 July 2015

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Nexen pipeline leak in Alberta spills 5 million litres

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[Another day, another pipeline spill. Nexen Energy spill south of Fort McMurray covers about 16,000 square metres. "As provincial premiers talk about ways to streamline the approval process for new tar sands pipelines, we have a stark reminder of how dangerous they can be." See also: Pipeline Spill In The Heart Of Canada’s Tar Sands Industry Leaks 1.3 Million Gallons Of Oily Emulsion. *RON*]

CBC News, 16 July 2015

One of the largest leaks in Alberta history has spilled about five million litres of emulsion from a Nexen Energy pipeline at the company's Long Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurray.

The leak was discovered Wednesday afternoon.

Nexen said in a statement its emergency response plan has been activated and personnel were onsite. The leak has been stabilized, the company said.

The spill covered an area of about 16,000 square metres, mostly within the pipeline corridor, the company said. Emulsion is a mixture of bitume…