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Ron's News Pageviews by Nation

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[Just an item of curiosity. Surprised that Canada comes fourth (and after Poland)! *RON*]


Fintrac pushes real estate industry to help regulator fight money laundering

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[If real estate agents are getting kick-backs from terrorists, do the Feds seriously think a workbook and webinar will curb this illegal activity? "...the Department of Finance has identified the real estate industry as highly vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist financing given its 'very significant' size and the fact that it often involves large sums of money changing hands." *RON*]

Canadian Press, CBC News, 13 April 2016
The federal agency tasked with curbing money laundering has been stepping up its efforts to educate real estate agents about their obligations to monitor and report suspicious transactions, documents show.

The anti-money laundering watchdog put together a work book and a webinar for real estate agents, and last summer gave a presentation to the Canadian Real Estate Association, according to emails obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request.

Despite the federal agency'…

Trudeau attacked from all sides over pipeline stance

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[Environment or oil - true colors? "..a column published by the National Post on Monday that reported the prime minister has ordered staff to draw up plans to push the pipelines through... Graham Saul, executive director of Ecology Ottawa said that if the allegations in the National Post column are accurate, it would 'fundamentally undermine' the 'sincerity of the Trudeau administration when it comes to climate change and environmental integrity.'" *RON*]
By Charles Mandel & Mike De Souza, National Observer, 12 April 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government was criticized from all sides on Tuesday in response to a published news report that alleged he had instructed key officials to prepare a strategy to approve major new pipeline projects.

While opposition Conservative MPs criticized Trudeau in the House of Commons for not doing more to cheerlead for the oil and gas industry, a leading climate change scien…

Scientists Are Watching in Horror as Ice Collapses

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[Not a click-bait title from some sensationist web site, but a serious article from National Geographic. *RON*]
By Douglas Fox, National Geographic, 12 April 2016

The soldiers at Matienzo Base in Antarctica made an odd discovery in January 1995—an antique dog sled, unlike any they had ever seen, bound together by leather straps, with a label reading “Made in England.”

Matienzo was an Argentine research base on a small island 30 miles off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. It was surrounded by a vast plain of white—a slab of glacial ice, 700 feet (215 meters) thick, that floated on the ocean. That floating slab, called Larsen A Ice Shelf, covered an area of water the size of San Francisco Bay. It had existed for a thousand years or more. But this hot summer it looked strange. The men had to go onto the ice shelf to collect snow for drinking water, and it made them uneasy.

The ice shelf was crisscrossed with narrow cracks—which the men nervously j…

Let's get real about the Leap Manifesto: it's not a job killer

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[The mainstream media are the 1%. We don't need welfare for oil and gas; we need investment in alternative energy, where the real jobs are. See also: "How Can We Afford The Leap?" by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researchers Bruce Campbell, Seth Klein, and Marc Lee. *RON*]

by Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight, 12 April 2016

Watching the news yesterday, it would be easy to conclude that the Leap Manifesto was conceived by a bunch of naive youngsters who know nothing about how economies work.

The document calls for a rapid transition to an economy powered by renewable energy, much greater respect for indigenous peoples, dramatic improvements to public transit, a progressive carbon tax, higher resource royalties, financial-transaction taxes, and higher income taxes on corporations and wealthy people.

B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan declared that it didn't reflect the values of British Columbians. Alberta NDP premier Rachel Not…

How Corporate Lobbyists Conquered American Democracy

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[The corporatocracy. Business didn't always have so much power in Washington. Statistics well worth remembering: "For every dollar spent on lobbying by labor unions and public-interest groups together, large corporations and their associations now spend $34. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 represent business." *RON*]
Something is out of balance in Washington. Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures—more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.18 billion) and Senate ($860 million). It’s a gap that has been widening since corporate lobbying began to regularly exceed the combined House-Senate budget in the early 2000s.

Today, the biggest companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be everywhere, all the time. For every dollar spent on lobbying by labor unions and public-interest groups together, large corporations and thei…

Supreme Court of Canada extends rights to Métis and non-status Indians

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[This took 17 years and will certainly have an impact on Mr. Trudeau's budget. 600,000 Métis and non-status Indians now 'Indians' under the law. *RON*]

Canadian Press, CBC News, 14 April 2016


The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled that Metis and non-status are Indians under the Constitution.

The landmark, 9-0 ruling will have an impact on the relationship between the federal government and 600,000 Métis and off-reserve Indians across the country.

The high court was asked to rule on whether the federal government has the same responsibility to them as to status Indians and Inuit.

The court said that since it is already long-established in Canadian law that the federal government has a fiduciary duty to the country's Aboriginal Peoples, there would be no practical utility in restating that in the ruling.