Showing posts from September 12, 2016

B.C. Liberals need a class in social, tax policies

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[Election 2017. Pathetic, craven, and a condescending insult to the intelligence of BC voters. *RON*]

Michael J. Prince, Times Colonist, 10 September 2016

On the eve of the first week of school, Minister of Education Mike Bernier announced a new $250 B.C. Back to School Tax Credit.

In public-finance and parliamentary government terms, this announcement is unexpected and irregular — it was not contained in the 2016-17 budget, so will have to be included in the 2017-18 provincial budget and must then be approved by the legislature.

In pre-election terms, this distinct goodie is not so surprising. The new tax credit, which will apply to the 2016 tax year, is apparently to give parents and guardians some help with back-to-school costs, adding to their savings.

A closer look at this announcement suggests the B.C. government itself needs to go back to social-policy and tax-policy school. There are several basic lessons to be taught.

First, to ease into the …

By funding international journalism projects, Ottawa shapes perceptions of Canadian policies abroad

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[Canadians always believe we are far above being willing to stoop to this sort of thing, which is pure propaganda and identical to long-standing CIA infiltration programs involving the global media. *RON*]
By Yves Engler,, 11 September 2016

Last Saturday the Ottawa Citizen published a feature titled "The story of 'the Canadian vaccine' that beat back Ebola." According to the article, staff reporter Elizabeth Payne's "research was supported by a travel grant from the International Development Research Centre." The laudatory story concludes with Guinea's former health minister thanking Canada "for the great service you have rendered to Guinea" and a man who received the Ebola vaccine showing "reporters a map of Canada that he had carved out of wood and displayed in his living room. 'Because Canada saved my life.'"

A Crown Corporation that reports to Parliament through the fo…

Fighting TTIP, CETA and ISDS: Lessons from Canada

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[This is from last year, but I just read it, and it is the best compendium of information on foreign "free trade" (rampant corporatocracy) agreements I've seen, by Maude Barlow. If nothing else, watch the video. I had to upload it at low resolution to get it to fit into Blogger. *RON*]

Council of Canadians, 29 October 2015

This paper is offered as a warning to Europeans who care about the health of their people, the resilience of their communities, the fate of their public services, and the protection of their natural resources.

In 1989, Canada and the United States signed the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement (CUSTA). In 1994, the two countries and Mexico signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These two deals set the tone for the new generation of bilateral and regional trade deals, and created a model still vigorously pursued by most governments.

Arrest Warrant Issued For Journalist Amy Goodman After Covering Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

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[  *RON*]

Laurel Raymond, Think Progress, 11 September 2016

Pacific NorthWest LNG’s carbon pollution under B.C.’s new climate plan

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["Ten million new tonnes of annual carbon pollution are significant in both the B.C. and Canadian contexts. These emissions would make the Project one of Canada’s largest sources of carbon pollution." *RON*]

by Guest, Georgia Straight, 8 September 2016

The Pembina Institute sent the following letter concerning the Pacific NorthWest LNG project to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna:

September 7, 2016

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0A6

Re: Pacific NorthWest LNG’s carbon pollution under B.C.’s new climate plan

Dear Minister McKenna:

In light of the B.C. government’s recently released climate plan, we have revisited our analysis of the Pacific NorthWest (PNW) LNG project (“the Project”), with a focus on the carbon pollution from the terminal and its associated upstream development.

Most Foreign Workers Hired Without Proof No Canadian Could Be Found: Study

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[Promised reforms appear to be small and slow in coming. In part the outcome in this area depends on whether or not TPP and CETA are finally, and permanently, dead. This business of the IMP, or International Mobility Program, which requires no proof that a Canadian could not be found to do the job, is news to me. As noted, "The Canadian public wants assurance that foreign workers are supplementing, rather than supplanting domestic workers. And protections must be in place to ensure temporary foreign workers are treated fairly by employers." *RON*]
By Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post, 11 September 2016

As the federal Liberals prepare for what’s expected to be an expansion of Canada’s foreign worker programs, a new study says businesses have been increasingly hiring foreign nationals without proving no Canadians could be found to do the job.

The report also says the new free trade deals negotiated by Canada will further increase the number of…