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Christy Clark’s World of ‘Alternative Facts’

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[BC ELECTION 2017!! Consider today’s throne speech promises in light of the premier’s past prevarications. *RON*]

Bill Tieleman, TheTyee.ca, 14 Feb 2017

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“Prevaricate: to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive, from Latin praevaricari — to walk crookedly.” — Collins English Dictionary

Pope weighs in on Dakota pipeline dispute: Native people have rights over their lands

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[While we're at it, Pope appears to back anti-Trump protests in letter condemning populism. *RON*]
Associated Press, Fox News, 15 February 2017
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.

Francis met with representatives of indigenous peoples attending a U.N. agricultural meeting and said the key issue facing them is how to reconcile the right to economic development with protecting their cultures and territories.

Parti Québécois plan for racism inspectors gets lukewarm reception

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[Quebec is the Louisiana of Canada. See also: Quebec's ugly ethnic nationalism, and Intolerance, xenophobia have permeated political rhetoric in Quebec. *RON*]
Montreal Gazette, 16 February 2017
Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée challenged the Liberal government on Wednesday to be as diligent in cracking down on discrimination in employment as it was on the illegal sale of cigarettes to minors.

However, the PQ’s plan to identify and sanction employers who discriminate against visible minorities — a plan that could include government inspectors and heavy fines slapped against firms found in the wrong — received a lukewarm reception from Premier Philippe Couillard. And the premier’s response came during a National Assembly question period that made it clear the air of political collegiality that followed the Jan. 29 Quebec City mosque attack is over.

Enbridge acquires significant stake in controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

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[But they just love BC Indians - that's different! Because they haven't got what they want here yet. *RON*]
Alyssa Julie, Global News, Talk 770, 15 February 2017

Calgary-based Enbridge has closed a $1.5 billion deal which will see it take a nearly 30 per cent interest in the Bakken pipeline system, which includes the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

The 1,885 kilometre DAPL pipeline has faced months of opposition from environmental activists and protesters from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.

Poverty Violates Human Rights. Canada Must Do More To Defeat It

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[BC ELECTION 2017!! BC has the second-highest poverty rate in Canada, and is the ONLY province with no poverty plan. *RON*]
Michele Biss, Huffington Post, 16 February 2017

Canada is at a critical turning point for the 4.9 million people in this country who are living in poverty.

For years, civil society organizations like Canada Without Poverty (CWP) have been calling for a national anti-poverty plan and now Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, has taken the first steps toward creating Canada's first poverty strategy.

B.C. fishing industry upset over pending announcement of marine protection area

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["The government is committed to meeting its target of protecting five per cent of Canada's marine ecosystem by the end of the year, and 10 per cent by 2020, he added. Only about 1.3 per cent of Canada's ocean territory was protected when the federal Liberals were elected in late 2015." *RON*]
Geordon Omand, Vancouver Observer, 16 February 2017

The federal government's decision to ban all fishing in some marine protected areas off Canada's west coast threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of Canadians and ignores years of discussions with the fishing industry, says the country's largest commercial fishermen's association.

Jim McIsaac, the Pacific vice-president of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters' Federation, said that an anticipated marine-conservation announcement by the Fisheries Department will hurt jobs and raise seafood prices.