Showing posts from September 8, 2016

ITT to shut institutes, thousands of students to be affected

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[Privatized schools, pushed by the Republicans, continue to fail students and leave them heavily in debt while the schools themselves are mired in lawsuits for fraud, embezzlement and corruption. Meanwhile, as these Charter Schools lock their doors, the same Republican politicians can't wait to shut down public schools, leaving many Americans with no place to get an education. See After Hundreds of School Closures, Black Families Are Still Waiting for Justice. *RON*]

By Arunima Banerjee, , 6 September 2016

ITT Educational Services Inc said it would shut its flagship ITT Technical Institutes, following a U.S. Department of Education order, affecting thousands of students and employees.

ITT's move is the latest blow to the over $20 billion U.S. for-profit education industry, which has come under fire from the government in the past couple of years for its poor track record in helping students find employment.

Shutting the institutes will affec…

Jason Kenney quits his job on federal electoral reform committee -- so why are we paying him, again?

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[Kenney continues merrily on his path of paying for his provincial election campaign at the expense of federal tax payers. Where, oh where, is the Canadian Taxpayer Federation when you really need them? (Hint: He used to work there.) *RON*]
By David J Climenhaga,, 7 September 2016

Softly, softly, Jason Kenney has quit his job on the Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform, presumably to give himself more time to run for the leadership of Alberta's Progressive Conservative Party and merge it with the Wildrose Opposition, whether the members of either party like it or not.

So what are we paying him for, again?

Half of working Canadians living paycheque to paycheque, says survey

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[Remember: when politicians tell you the economy is growing, they never tell you that this money only goes into 1% of Canadians' pockets. *RON*]
The Canadian Press, CTV News, 7 September 2016

A new poll suggests that about half of working Canadians would be hard-pressed to meet their financial obligations if their paycheque was delayed for a week.

The survey released Wednesday by the Canadian Payroll Association found that 48 per cent of respondents said they rely on each payday to cover their bills, with 40 per cent admitting they spend an amount equal to all or more of their net pay each week.

A quarter of those polled also said they wouldn't be able to scrounge up $2,000 if an emergency situation happened within the next month.

The CPA said the survey highlights the growing number of Canadians who are living paycheque to paycheque, and unable to put away savings due to mounting debt and a weak economy.

Half of those polled said they are abl…

Halt Equalization Payments To Provinces That Refuse Pipelines, Industry Urges

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[Great example of the extent to which the oil and gas industry feel they can dictate terms to the federal government. I have the feeling that the only difference here from standard practice is how publicly they're doing it. *RON*]
By The Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 6 September 2016

CALGARY -- A group that represents oilfield service and supply companies asked Ottawa earlier this year to use equalization payments as leverage to get reluctant provinces onside with pipeline projects.

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada made the pitch last February as part of its federal budget submission, which was obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request.

Inside Menwith Hill: The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing

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[Investigative piece based on leaked top-secret documents about a large NSA operation on English soil, which assists in conducting targeted-killing missions, and "which may in some cases have violated international laws or constituted war crimes." *RON*]

Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept, 6 September 2016

THE NARROW ROADS are quiet and winding, surrounded by rolling green fields and few visible signs of life beyond the occasional herd of sheep. But on the horizon, massive white golf ball-like domes protrude from the earth, protected behind a perimeter fence that is topped with piercing razor wire. Here, in the heart of the tranquil English countryside, is the National Security Agency’s largest overseas spying base.

Once known only by the code name Field Station 8613, the secret base — now called Menwith Hill Station — is located about nine miles west of the small town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Originally used to monitor Soviet commun…

SNC-Lavalin reaches agreement with Commissioner of Canada Elections

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[The Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin is one of the biggest, most politically connected and politically corrupt companies in Canada, with tentacles grown into oil, gas, mining and construction. Note that the Gazette simply published their press release word-for-word, along with their blurb about what a wonderful company they are. *RON*]
Montreal Gazette, 8 September 2016 The agreement pertains to contributions made to federal political entities between 2004 and 2011The Commissioner emphasizes the level of cooperation offered by SNC-LavalinThe Commissioner recognizes SNC-Lavalin's commitment to ethics and compliance MONTREAL, Sept. 8, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) announced today that it has reached a compliance agreement with the Commissioner of Canada Elections (the "Commissioner") in relation with an investigation by the Commissioner regarding the reimbursement, to people associated with the company, of contributions made to …