Showing posts from December 17, 2016

Poland crisis: police accused of using teargas to clear blockade

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[Things are bad when armed police have to teargas an escape path through the protesting mobs just to get the Polish senior politicians out of the parliament building. *RON*]

Reuters, The Guardian, 17 December 2016

Polish police clear parliament blockade to allow MPs out
The head of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jarosław Kaczyński, left parliament in the early hours of Saturday after police forcefully removed protesters blocking their exit from, television footage showed.

Kaczyński left in a car that drove away in a convoy with the car of prime minister Beata Szydło and several other vehicles, footage from broadcaster TVN24 showed.

Opposition party MP Jerzy Meysztowicz told the television network that police used teargas to disperse the protesters who tried to prevent the cars from leaving.

Nine die in Vancouver in 24 hours from fentanyl opioid overdose

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[Morgues at full capacity. Great job, Christy Clark, you finally made it to the world news! Maybe you can get Rachel Notley or Justin Trudeau to come here to explain why somebody should be doing something about this, just like you avoided all responsibility for the pipelines? *RON*]

BBC World News, 17 December 2016
Nine people have died in Vancouver in the past 24 hours from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl opioid, officials say.

Mayor Gregor Robertson said it was "desperate times" for the Canadian city, adding that more deaths were expected.

"It's hard to see any silver lining right now when we haven't hit rock bottom," Mr Robertson said.

Drug abuse in Canada claimed the lives of 2,000 people in 2015.

New CIHI National Health Expenditure Numbers Out

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[A lot of these stats are fairly meaningless. "Percent of budget" doesn't tell you much that's useful. I guess it might be investigated as a neoliberal index, since it shows health as a growing slice of a rapidly shrinking pie. And I wonder whether "percent of GDP" - traditionally touted as an index of ability to pay - says anything more than how the economy is being mismanaged under the same regime. The pie chart showing the allocation of resources simply shows that health care is constitutionally incapable of adopting reform. I think a similar chart from 1980 would look pretty much the same with, possibly, a smaller piece of the pie for public health. Prevention, promotion, early identification and intervention all lose out to the doctor lobby providing fee for service. *RON*]
Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, 15 December 2016
The Canadian Institute for Health Information has released the latest version of its annual …

Christy Clark's Claim B.C. Will Pay Twice As Much For Carbon Has Some Baloney

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[I would say this rates "A Lot of Baloney." She's comparing provinces with falling emissions to BC, where emissions are sky-rocketing. When her lips are moving, she's lying. *RON*]
Joan Bryden, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 16 December 2016
OTTAWA — "You can't have a national carbon tax where the westerners who produce the energy are paying double what the people in central Canada are paying to use the energy, in terms of an additional carbon tax.'' — British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, outside a first ministers meeting, Dec. 9, 2016.

For a brief moment last Friday, it looked like B.C. Premier Christy Clark might scuttle Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's hopes of emerging from a day-long first ministers meeting with a pan-Canadian framework agreement to combat climate change.

Suit filed to block voter-approved increase in Arizona's minimum wage

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[A classic illustration of corporatocracy. Democracy? Sovereignty? Nonsense: take 'em to court. *RON*]

Howard Fischer,, 16 December 2016

PHOENIX — Unable to defeat it at the ballot, business interests filed suit today to void the voter-approved hike in the state minimum wage.

The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court contends Proposition 206 violates a constitutional provision which requires all measures that increase state funding to also have a specific dedicated funding source. The initiative does not spell out where the state will come up with the additional dollars it will need to cover the higher costs incurred by those who have contracts with the state to provide various services like health care.

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