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25% of Conservative MPs Made Guest Appearances on Rebel Media. Only Two Are Willing to Denounce Them.

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[Rebel Media is associated with the notorious Ezra Levant, and gave glowing, alt-Right coverage of the events in Charlottesville. Note the presence on this list of Dianne Watts, former Surrey mayor and thought to be a front-runner for the leadership of the BC Liberal party. *RON*]
Press Progress, 15 August 2017

One-quarter of all Conservative MPs have made guest appearances on Ezra Levant's Rebel Media.

But when pressed if they'd do it again, few are willing to speak up.

Conservatives are facing growing pressure to distance themselves from the controversial alt-right websitefollowing Rebel Media's coverage of a deadly alt-right rally attended by "white supremacists" and "Nazis" in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rebel Media's Faith Goldy traveled from Toronto to Virginia and broadcast statements expressing sympathy for white supremacists. Goldy later praised a manifesto written by neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer for i…

Despite Charlottesville violence, U.S. cities vow to remove Confederate statues

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[Baltimore, Lexington among cities planning to remove several Confederate monuments. Baltimore has now done so: Baltimore takes down Confederate statues in middle of night. See also: Protesters pull down Confederate monument, and Amid death threats, New Orleans dismantles Civil War statues at night. *RON*]
Thomson Reuters, CBC, 15 August 2017
Undeterred by violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., municipal leaders in cities across the U.S. said this week they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.

The mayors of Baltimore and Lexington, Ky., said on Monday they would push ahead with plans to remove statues, as a national debate flared anew over whether monuments to the Confederacy are symbols of hate or heritage.

A rally by white nationalists protesting plans to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the U.S. Civil War, sparked clashe…

Canada suggests it could quit NAFTA talks over dispute mechanism

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[My prediction: minor changes will be made, and Trump will call it the greatest victory for the United States since the American Revolution. Ditto for Trudeau, except it will be the greatest victory for Canada since Confederation. *RON*]

David Ljunggren & Andrea Hopkins, Reuters, 14 August 2017

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada laid down a tough line ahead of talks on modernizing NAFTA on Monday, suggesting it could walk away if the United States pushed to remove a key dispute-settlement mechanism in the trade deal.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, giving the most substantive outline yet of Canada's goals, said she was "very optimistic" the negotiations would be a success.

North American Free Trade Agreement members Canada, Mexico and the United States hold their first session in Washington on Wednesday.

Canada, heavily reliant on exports to the United States, opposes Washington's push to scrap the so-called Chapter 19 dispute settl…

We Would Need 1.7 Earths to Sustain Humanity's Current Rate of Resource Consumption

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[We're overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than natural sinks like forests can sequester. *RON*]
Dr. David SuzukiAlterNet, 11 August 2017

August 2 was Earth Overshoot Day. Unlike Earth Day, it’s not a time to celebrate. As the Earth Overshoot Day website explains, it marks the time when "we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year." That's the definition of "unsustainable" and it means we're using up the biological capital that should be our children's legacy. We would require 1.7 Earths to meet our current annual demands sustainably.

It doesn't have to be this way. "Our planet is finite, but human possibilities are not. Living within the means of one planet is technologically possible, financially beneficial, and our only chance for a prosperous future," says Mathis Wackernagel, CEO of the Global Footprint Ne…

NDP to raise B.C. minimum wage by 50 cents

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[I guess this is better than nothing. Lord knows, the usual cast of characters will forecast the end of the world as a result. However, it's hard to be impressed with the goal of getting to $15 four years from now when the living wage in Vancouver today is $20.62. *RON*]

Katya Slepian, Victoria News, 15 August 2017

B.C.’s minimum wage is going up next month as part of a plan to hit $15 per hour by 2021.

NDP Labour Minister Harry Bains made good on his party’s election promise on Tuesday, saying the rate will go up by 50 cents, to $11.35 an hour, in September. The liquor servers’ wage will go up by the same amount to $10.10 per hour.

The previous BC Liberal government had pledged to boost the minimum wage by 50 cents in February, but Bains panned what he called their slow and unpredictable effort.

“We will give it a legal effect so that it will be implemented Sept. 15,” said Bains.

The rate will go up by “incremental and predictable increases,” he…