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Were RCMP Involved In B.C. Legislature Bomb Plot?
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Monday, August 19 at 18:23 (1,501 reads)

 “I think it’s fair to say yes, this involved undercover, Mr Big-type covert operations.” — Tom Morino, lawyer for B.C. legislature bomb plot accused John Nuttall

Did you know the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have a target of six disruptions of “terrorist criminal activities” this fiscal year?

No doubt one of those disruptions happened when the RCMP arrested John Nuttall and Amanda Korody on charges of plotting to explode pressure-cooker bombs outside the B.C. legislature building during Canada Day celebrations.

But after their B.C. Supreme Court appearance last Wednesday before Justice Jeanne Watchuk, questions continue to mount.

One query: how much pressure is the RCMP under to meet their terrorist targets as the federal Conservative government looks to reduce police expenditures?

read full article http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/08/12/were-rcmp-involved-in-bc-legislature-bomb-plot

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Red Tories Unite-A Manifesto By Ron Dart
Contributed by JaredMilne on Tuesday, August 13 at 18:37 (3,222 reads)

 

What are the principles and content of historic Anglo-Canadian Toryism, and how can such a vision take us beyond the malaise of modernity? The philosophical and political roots of historic Toryism go deep and thick into the well watered soil of western culture, and space prevents a thorough discussion of these principles, but let me mention eleven points in brief.

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Progressive Heritage, As Reviewed By Ron Dart
Contributed by JaredMilne on Tuesday, July 30 at 18:19 (2,681 reads)

 

Progressive Heritage:

The Evolution of a Politically Radical Literary Tradition in Canada

James Doyle

2002

 

This book has tried to suggest the literary significance of many Canadian writers who were unjustly ignored or condemned because of their political beliefs. The poetry of Joe Wallace, the novels of Dyson Carter, the early work of Dorothy Livesay and Milton Acorn, all the extensive and complex tradition of anti-capitalist creative writing in Canada, are part of the structure of this country’s culture and should be read and written about with the same open-mindedness that is presumably applied to those writers who profess other political assumptions.                                            

James Doyle pp. 298-299

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Moving Oil Safely
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, July 30 at 18:19 (1,647 reads)

 Pipelines are the safest means of transport

North American railroads typically transport oil and other hazardous materials with care and caution. Yet the disastrous train wreck in Lac-Megantic on the U.S.-Canadian border points to the risks involved. A runaway train carrying crude oil exploded in a fireball, devastating the town.

In all commerce, public safety risks have to be weighed. This frightening crash points to a fact of life in the shipment of the continent's fast-growing supplies of oil and gas. Pipelines are the safest means of transit, safer than trucks and trains. Safer for people. Safer for the environment.

Yes, this is an argument for the Keystone XL pipeline.

read full article http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-07-13/opinion/ct-edit-trainwreck-20130713_1_keystone-xl-spills-pipeline

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U.S. Arctic Ambitions And The Militarization Of The High North
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, July 30 at 18:19 (1,681 reads)

 Canada recently took over the leadership of the Arctic Council and will be succeeded by the U.S. in 2015. With back-to-back chairmanships, it gives both countries an opportunity to increase cooperation on initiatives that could enhance the development of a shared North American vision for the Arctic. The U.S. has significant geopolitical and economic interests in the high north and have released a new national strategy which seeks to advance their Arctic ambitions. While the region has thus far been peaceful, stable and free of conflict, there is a danger of the militarization of the Arctic. It has the potential to become a front whereby the U.S. and other NATO members are pitted against Russia or even China. In an effort to prevent any misunderstandings, there are calls for the Arctic Council to move beyond environmental issues and become a forum to address defense and security matters. 

read full article http://beyourownleader.blogspot.ca/2013/07/us-arctic-ambitions-and-militarization.html

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The Red And Green Pony: A Canadian Masterpiece
Contributed by JaredMilne on Monday, July 22 at 17:24 (2,628 reads)

 

By Ron Dart

I’ve Tasted My Blood was published in 1969, and many thought the poetic missive would take home the GG Award in 1970. George Bowering and Gwendolyn MacEwen won the Awards, and there was an immediate reaction to this disappointment. Robin Mathews played a significant role in blowing the whistle on the decision, and many others joined the opposition, and Acorn was offered the first Peoples Poet Award in 1970 as a stinging rebuke to being bypassed for the GG Award.

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Kenneth Leslie And The Jackpine Sonnets
Contributed by JaredMilne on Monday, July 22 at 17:24 (1,674 reads)

 

Kenneth Leslie, poet, wrote it long and strong-lunged.

 For his duty, critics ripped out his tongue.

 “Poem of One of the Poems for Which Kenneth Leslie was Damned”

  Milton Acorn

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Hungry Canadian aboriginal children were used in government experiments during 1940s, researcher says

New historical research says hungry aboriginal children and adults were once used as unwitting subjects in nutritional experiments by the Canadian government.

Aboriginal children were deliberately starved in the 1940s and ’50s by government researchers in the name of science.

 

Milk rations were halved for years at residential schools across the country.

Essential vitamins were kept from people who needed them.

Dental services were withheld because gum health was a measuring tool for scientists and dental care would distort research.

For over a decade, aboriginal children and adults were unknowingly subjected to nutritional experiments by Canadian government bureaucrats.

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Privatization's the Name of the Game for Accident-Prone Train Company Behind Lac-Mégantic Oil Disaster

As the head of the company behind the runaway oil train that derailed and caused a fireball explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec faced furious residents on Wednesday, he continued to defend the shoddy safety record of his company hell-bent on privatization.

Edward Burkhardt, chairman of Maine, Montreal and Atlantic Railways (MM&A) and President and CEO of Rail World, Inc., its parent company, headed to the tragedy-stricken town where he hoped he was "not going to get shot," though he faced heckling by residents and dodged a handful of reporters.

One resident, Richard Lefebvre, carried a sign with a simple message likely felt throughout the town: “No more killer train.”

Burkhardt has been deflecting blame for the disaster, denying he had first blamed local firefighters and later saying it was the fault of an employee for not setting the brakes.

Burkhardt didn't mention MM&A's safety track record.

read full article http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/10-10

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 Canada Day July 1st is an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on issues of national sovereignty.

Territorial control over Canada has been part of Washington’s geopolitical and military agenda since the 1860s,  following the end of the American civil war.

In 1867, Canada became a nation, a federation, under the British North America Act,  largely in response to the threat of annexation by the United States as formulated in a bill adopted by the US Congress in 1866:

“A Bill for the admission of the States of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Canada East, and Canada West, and for the organization of the Territories of Selkirk, Saskatchewan, and Columbia. (Annexation Bill)”

 Future Fast Forward:  The plan to annex Canada to the USA is still on the books.

In April 2002, upon the creation of US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld put forth the concept of “Binational integration” of military command structures, alongside a major revamping in the areas of immigration, law enforcement and intelligence.

Rumsfeld also stated without consulting Ottawa, that the areas of territorial jurisdiction of USNORTHCOM on land and sea would extend into the Northwest territories and the Canadian Arctic.

read full article http://www.globalresearch.ca/reflecting-on-canadas-sovereignty-americas-plan-to-annex-and-invade-canada/5341097

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The Reserve Paradox, Part Two: Telling A New Story
Contributed by JaredMilne on Friday, July 05 at 19:35 (3,342 reads)

 

Aboriginal people in Canada today suffer from much higher rates of poverty, illness, dysfunction and incarceration than non-Native Canadians. Many non-Native Canadians believe that this is due to the Indian Act and the reserve system which set Aboriginals apart from other Canadians. When these non-Natives see protest movements like the Idle No More movement and the land occupation at Caledonia in Ontario, many of them believe that Aboriginal people are simply trying to cling to backward ways of life and squeeze more cash out of the Canadian taxpayer, whether by guilt trips or threatening violence. These critics believe that Aboriginal people would be better off getting jobs and becoming “self-reliant”, in their words. 

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The Reserve Paradox, Part One: The Same Old Story
Contributed by JaredMilne on Friday, July 05 at 19:35 (2,582 reads)

 

We have been fighting for so long that the original misunderstandings and differences that created this conflict have been forgotten. Various tactics have been tried by one side and countered by the other, emotions have taken over from reason; and the passions born of hatred have grown until neither fighter any longer knows, or cares, what the fight is about. The fight has become an end in itself.

In the long run such an attitude can be disastrous, not just for our people, but also for our country. To reverse this unfortunate trend of confrontation, we must examine some of the myths that have contributed to the situation currently faced by Indian people in this country. We must re-examine the basic philosophies inherent in any discussion with white society, or white individuals.

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Reflections On Canada Day: What Are Some Canadian Traits?
Contributed by JaredMilne on Friday, July 05 at 19:34 (2,007 reads)

 

’m writing this on the morning of Canada Day, thinking about all the fascinating things I’ve read about and seen, and all the interesting people I’ve met. One thing I’ve come across over and over again is the question of what being Canadian even means-if you ask a dozen different people, you’ll get a dozen different answers. Some critics have claimed that we as Canadians mostly get by on declaring that we’re not Americans, without ever truly defining what that means. 

That said, in all of my readings and studying the mysteries of our country, I’ve found several traits that I think could be seen as distinctly Canadian. Obviously not everyone will agree with what I’ve come up with, and I certainly wouldn’t claim that I’ve identified everything that marks us as a country…

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An Open Letter invites Chief Justice (Alberta) Wittmann to discuss the growing sense among observers that the higher courts of Canada are increasingly corrupt.  The letter refers to Chief Justice Wittmann's own record.

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Brent Rathgeber: Standing Up For Responsible Government
Contributed by JaredMilne on Monday, June 24 at 08:53 (2,727 reads)

 

Up until the 1840s, the British colonies that would become Canada were led by unelected, unaccountable governors. While there were elected legislatures, the members of these legislatures had no real power. It was only in 1848 that reformers like Robert Baldwin, Joseph Howe and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine established the idea of responsible government in Canada. This made them the fathers of Canadian democracy.

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