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Indigenous Kids Torn From Homes In B.C. Due To Underfunding: Report

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Canadian Press, Huffingto Post, 30 March 2017

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's indigenous kids are being removed from their homes and placed in care because of underfunding from both provincial and federal governments, says the province's representative for children and youth.
Bernard Richard said current funding models mean agencies that support aboriginal families are unlikely to provide the same level of help compared with services at B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development, resulting in a two-tiered system.

The province's confusing funding arrangements with 23 agencies delegated to help indigenous families also result in inequitable services for children depending on where they live, he said Thursday after releasing a report on problems with service delivery.
"The fact that 62 per cent of the kids in care are indigenous in a province where they represent less than 10 per cent of the child population is unacceptabl…

The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s

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[The title explains itself; for this he is speeding up planetary destruction. *RON*]

Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, 31 March 2017

Flanked by cabinet members and coal miners, President Trump introduced and signed an executive order on March 28, that revokes Obama-era climate regulations and puts "an end to the war on coal,” he said. (The White House)

“My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth,” President Trump said earlier this week before a group of coal miners.

Trump was announcing the rollback of several Obama-era environmental regulations that would have affected industries such as coal mining. Trump has repeatedly claimed that over-regulation has led to a decline in coal-industry jobs.

“I made them this promise,” Trump said at the signing. “We will put our miners back to work.”

Experts in the industry have already pointed out, repeatedly, that the coal jobs are extremely un…

VIDEO: Desperate Syrian asylum seeker self-immolates in Greece

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[Warning: the video is horrific. *RON*]

Staff writer, Al Arabiya English, 31 March 2017

A Syrian asylum seeker in Greece poured fuel on his body and set himself on fire on Thursday in front of others at a refugee camp on the island of Chios.

The man in question was frustrated and desperate for asylum. Several Greek media outlets broadcasted the painful scenes of the Syrian refugee who attempted to take his own life.

The 29-year-old appears in the video, which has spread rapidly in the media, and explains to those gathered around him in the camp of more than 1,200 asylum seekers, why he intends to end his life. The young man stated that he suffered unfair injustice by the island authorities for repeatedly denying his requests for asylum and threatening to extradite him to Syria.

There were two policemen among the crowd who tried to talk him out of it and attempted to calm him down, but he lit a lighter which was in his hand and set himself on fire scr…

Protester dies in Paraguay clash violence after re-election vote

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[A major mess in Paraguay over constitutional reforms. President Horacio Cartes fires interior minister, police chief in wake of 25-year-old's death. I could not locate the CBC video clip, so substituted one from RT. *RON*]

Associated Press, CBC News, 1 April 2017
Fire burns around Paraguay congress building
Paraguay's president has fired the country's interior minister and top police official after the killing of young opposition party leader — a death that came amid violent clashes overnight sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment to allow presidential re-election.

President Horacio Cartes said Saturday that Interior Minister Tadeo Rojas and National Police Chief Crispulo Sotelo had been let go.
Rodrigo Quintana, 25, was killed at the headquarters of a liberal youth activist group, a different location than the congress building where most of the violence took place.

Demonstrators set fires around the legislative…

As Venezuela's high court backtracks on power grab, is it still a de facto dictatorship?

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[Initial ruling came just 1 day after the OAS called meeting to address state of country's endangered democracy. See also: Venezuela government 'terrified' of calling election, and 'Maduro is now the National Assembly': Venezuela court ruling assailed across Americas. The reaction against the reaction against Chavism. *RON*]

John Otis, CBC News, 1 April 2017

From jailing political opponents, to cracking down on the press, to annulling elections, Venezuela's socialist government has spent years chipping away at democratic checks and balances. But this week's Supreme Court ruling that temporarily shut down the country's legislature may have finally convinced much of the international community that Venezuela's democracy has collapsed.
'In plain language, it is a dictatorship.'- Jose Miguel Vivanco, Human Rights Watch

From Mexico to Argentina, governments that once avoided criticizing oil-rich Venezuela …

After public outcry, Bombardier executive chairman cuts back salary

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[I'd be smiling too. The most corrupt, most often sued, most politically connected corporate welfare queen in Canada. 36% salary increase for the executive chairman, after last year's nearly 50% increase, while cutting 14,500 jobs and receiving billions in government (i.e., your) money. The corporatocracy is alive and thriving under Trudeau: Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne Announce $200M Investment In Ford Canada. *RON*]

CBC News, 1 April 2017
Bombardier executive chairman Pierre Beaudoin says he's asked for a pay cut just one day after the company was slammed for giving big raises to him, and its top five executives.

Beaudoin brought the request to the company's board of directors on Friday.

"After listening to the recent public debate about the compensation of senior executives at Bombardier, I have asked the board of directors to reset my 2016 compensation, reducing it to the 2015 level," he said in a news release, ad…