Showing posts from October 28, 2016

Liberal government decides low-income children will receive $500 less than originally promised

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[He lied his way into office. Now it's only $6.50 more than Harper offered. This is how Trudeau lifts Canadian children out of poverty: "We are at a loss to explain why the federal Liberal government would make such significant progress in assisting lower-income families with children and then quietly unravel much of the improvement they were so proud to announce." *RON*]
Press Progress, 26 October 2016
Get ready for change – to one of the Liberals' big campaign promises.

The Liberal government has quietly announced it's tweaking the Canada Child Benefit, a change that will cause low-income families to see their CCB cheques lose close to $500 in value (per child) over the next four years.

The Geniuses Who Brought You the Iraq War Are at It Again

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[It's not as though Hillary will take much convincing in the first place. Start excavating your bomb shelters. Washington’s bipartisan foreign-policy elite are pushing for renewed influence in the next administration. *RON*]

By Robert L. Borosage, The Nation, 26 October 2016
The “Blob”—the epithet Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes used to scorn Washington’s inbred, vainglorious, bipartisan foreign-policy elite—is striking back. In a series of foreign policy reports designed to influence the incoming administration, Greg Jaffe of The Washington Post reveals, the Blob will publicly criticize Obama’s “reluctance” to exercise America’s military prowess and call for a more “muscular,” “interventionist,” assertive policy, from the South China Sea to the Russian border, but particularly in the Middle East. They are pumping for more war.

60 percent of global wildlife species wiped out

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[Oh. My. God. Unprecedented rate of decline of animals because of human activity causing a "global mass extinction", new report says. *RON*]

Source: Al Jazeera And Agencies, 27 October 2016
About 60 percent of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have been wiped out over the past four decades, largely because of human activity, researchers say.

The Living Planet Report 2016, released on Thursday, blamed deforestation, pollution, overfishing, and the illegal wildlife trade for "pushing species populations to the edge".

According to the report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in a collaboration with other international environmental advocacy groups, the five main drivers of wildlife decline are habitat loss, overconsumption, pollution, invasive species and disease.

"For the first time since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, we face a global mass extinction of wildlife," said Mike…

Oregon militants acquitted of conspiracy in wildlife refuge seizure

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[The racism is palpable. Cf. Dakota Access Pipeline: 141 Activists Arrested in Tense Clash With Police, and "A Shameful Moment for This Country": Report Back on Militarized Police Raid of DAPL Resistance Camp. Also: Clinton Breaks DAPL Silence With Statement That Says 'Literally Nothing'*RON*]

By Scott Bransford, Reuters, 28 October 2016

A federal court jury delivered a surprise verdict on Thursday acquitting anti-government militant leader Ammon Bundy and six followers of conspiracy charges stemming from their role in the armed takeover of a wildlife center in Oregon earlier this year.

The outcome marked a stinging defeat for federal prosecutors and law enforcement in a trial the defendants sought to turn into a pulpit for airing their opposition to U.S. government control over millions of acres of public lands in the West.

Bundy and others, including his brother and co-defendant Ryan Bundy, cast the 41-day occupation of the…

Justin Trudeau continuing proud Liberal tradition of betraying Indigenous peoples

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[Trudeau's breaking of his election promise to adopt UNDRIP is what allowed him to approve the LNG project over clear Aboriginal objections. *RON*]
Russell Diabo,, 28 October 2016
In the late 1980s, because of my Indigenous policy background, I was convinced by a close friend to get involved in efforts to create an Aboriginal Peoples' Commission within the Liberal Party of Canada. The Liberal Party already had a Women's and Youth Commission so the model to change the Liberal Party's constitution was already there.

I agreed to get involved because the Mulroney era was a disaster. In 1986, a secret federal Cabinet document was leaked called the "Buffalo Jump of the 1980s," which recommended -- like the 1969 White Paper on Indian Policy -- the termination of Indigenous rights through various policy measures including off-loading federal responsibilities for "status Indians" onto the provinces.

In June 1990…

Tentative deal puts CETA back on track as text reveals countries can opt out of dispute court

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[And back and forth! Very significantly, if this should go through (still a big "if"), it would allow any European state the choice of opting out of the investor-state mechanism for resolving disputes. I.e., the binding kangaroo court of corporatist lawyers who inevitably come down on the side of business. This would set a great precedent for future such negotiations. *RON*]

Steven Chase & Paul Wade, The Globe and Mail, 27 October 2016
A tentative deal has been reached to put the massive Canada-EU free trade deal back on track for approval by European leaders, but negotiations in Belgium have revealed that the most contentious part of the accord – a court where businesses can sue another country’s government – has an uncertain future.
Belgium was the lone holdout to signing the deal because its regions can veto international treaties. But, on Thursday, Belgian politicians reached an accommodation with the local governments that objec…