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Trudeau's foreign policy vs. Harper's: There is little difference

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["...it is virtually impossible to distinguish Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy from Stephen Harper’s. Such seamless bipartisan co-operation deserves high praise, though one suspects the current government might be uncomfortable receiving it." *RON*]

John Ibbitson, Globe and Mail, 9 March 2017

What a splendid job Justin Trudeau is doing in carrying out Stephen Harper’s foreign policy. Both men should be so proud.

There’s been a lot of Liberal rhetoric about Canada being back on the world stage after a decade of Conservative darkness. Some of us aren’t sure fighting wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq, or being in the front lines of delivering aid to quake victims in Haiti and Ebola victims in Africa, or joining trade negotiations in both the Atlantic and the Pacific constituted an absence. Whatever. Justin Trudeau promised that his Liberal government would revive Canada’s reputation as a caring nation committed to doing its share, and he’…

Afraid of Jail? Buy an Upgrade

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[Trump just re-legalized private jails. How California's pay-to-stay jails create a two-tiered justice system. *RON*]
Alysia Santo, Victoria Kim & Anna Flagg, The Marshall Project, 9 March 2017

Additional research by Tenny Tatusian & Michael Phillis

Alan Wurtzel met Carole Markin on Match.com in 2010. On their first date, he took her to coffee. After their second date, he walked Markin to her door, followed her inside and, she said, forced her to perform oral sex.

Wurtzel later claimed the act was consensual, but in 2011 he pleaded no contest to sexual battery and was sentenced to a year in jail. His victim was disappointed in the short sentence, but she still believed a measure of justice would be served with her assailant locked behind bars at the Los Angeles County Jail.

'I will do anything I can to make my goal': TD teller says customers pay price for 'unrealistic' sales targets

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[Bank employees say their jobs depend on upselling customers for products that can put them into debt. See also: 'We do it because our jobs are at stake': TD bank employees admit to breaking the law for fear of being fired; and TD beats expectations, reports $2.53B net income. And, on the general sweetness of Canadian banksters: On the hook for $170K: RBC sues student forced out of med school by mental illness; 'Can't get blood from a stone': Banks go after senior caught in extortion scam
Erica Johnson, CBC News, 6 March 2017
Three TD Bank Group employees are speaking out about what they say is "incredible pressure" to squeeze profits from customers by signing them up for products and services they don't need.

The longtime employees say their jobs have become similar to that of the stereotypical used car salesman, as they're pushed to upsell customers to reach rising sales revenue targets.


Christy Clark announces panel to investigate political fundraising

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[Gosh, aren't the RCMP kind of looking into this already? John Horgan: "For the premier, with her pockets full of corporate money, with the RCMP investigating her fundraising tactics, with $300,000 in second salary from the Liberal Party safely in her bank account, now she's starting to think twice?" Premier announces change following criticism of the governing party's own fundraising practices. *RON*]
Karin Larsen, CBC News, 13 March 2017
The B.C. Liberal government has announced the formation of a special panel to look into the province's political fundraising rules, following heavy criticism of the governing party's own practices.

Premier Christy Clark announced Monday that the deputy attorney general has been asked to form an independent panel of non-partisan experts to consider ideas around campaign finance reform.

Canada's Justice System Is Crumbling As Cannabis Raids Continue

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[The Canadian war on drugs. Wastes resources (where did austerity go?); creates injustice. *RON*]
Dana Larsen, Huffington Post, 13 March 2017

Canada's justice system is in the midst of a major crisis. Many hundreds of important cases across Canada have been dropped due to a lack of court resources. These include some very serious crimes.

In Ontario, 6,500 cases in provincial court could soon be dropped due to delays, including 38 for homicide or attempted murder. In one terrible case last year, a man named Kenneth Williamson was convicted of raping a minor over 100 times, but because of lengthy delays in taking his case to trial, his conviction was overturned.

Late last year, two men had charges of first degree murder dropped because of long delays in getting to trial. In unrelated cases, alleged killers Lance Regan and Adam Picard both walked free from murder charges. Regan was accused of murdering a fellow inmate, while Picard was accused of …