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The President Gets I.D’d

April 27, 2011

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I can’t much speak for the experience of other groups, but the reality in Canada is that if you are Aboriginal and male, you have probably been ID’d by the cops.  You were going about your business.  Maybe there was a Fellini movie in your head making you restless, and you felt like walking.  And […]

Stop Oil Tankers Off the B.C. Coast

April 25, 2011

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One year ago the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.  It will probably be decades before the Gulf and its environs recover from that accident. Here on the Raincoast, we are well aware that huge amounts of crude oil can enter the environment in other ways than deep-water drilling accidents.  The Exxon Valdez […]

Minimum Wage in Canada by Province & Territory

April 25, 2011

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British Columbia minimum wage remains lowest in Canada.

The Talented Mr. Carson, Conman, Jailbird, Oil Lobbyist & Stephen Harper’s Mr. Fixit.

April 22, 2011

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1978 – Bruce Carson writes a rubber cheque.  The court orders him to pay a company $1900 in restitution. 1979 – Bruce Carson defaults on mortgage payments and loses his house. 1980 – Bruce Carson defaults on a lease of a Lincoln Continental.  Court orders him to come up with $3000. 1981 – Bruce Carson […]

Simple Sam and the Honest Avoidance of Taxes

April 22, 2011

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No, no, Sam, you’ve got it all wrong about the carbon tax.  There’s really no need to be all scaredy cat about it.  A carbon tax wouldn’t be there to raise money. Don’t laugh. Yes, I know, I know governments will expect a cut as they always do.  How else are they going to pay […]

Immigration lawyers warn, Don’t vote Conservative!

April 21, 2011

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Stephen Harper is not friendly to immigrants, say a group of immigration lawyers and legal academics who have taken the unprecedented step of warning Canadian newcomers about Conservative government practices and policies.  Here’s the link to the main story. Don’t vote Conservative, immigration lawyers warn newcomers – The Star So far 46 lawyers and professors have […]

Are Conservatives Adopting Republican Dirty Tricks to Get Elected?

April 20, 2011

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The underlying situation is the same.  If the voters stay home in the USA, that benefits the Republicans.  If the voters stay home in Canada, that benefits the Conservatives.  Thus, any sort of tactic that keeps Canadian voters home, up to and including dirty tricks, will disproportionately favour Stephen Harper and his party in the […]

Legends of Myself 15

April 18, 2011

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Continued from Legends of Myself 14 15.  Prince Rupert, 1955-56:  Igloos and Overwound Trains It rains more than a hundred inches a year in Prince Rupert and in all the neighbourhood round.  According to the books, the sky in that northern coast clouds over about 255 days a year.  But such weather must have been as […]

Families, immigration policy and spousal-abuse, Stephen Harper style

April 17, 2011

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For an immigrant wife, the price of Canadian citizenship might be two years of abuse.

Hard Sell, Patriotism & Deception in the Gas-Fracking Industry

April 14, 2011

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If you own land, and the environmentally dubious process of “fracking” is legal in your jurisdiction, then someday somebody might come knocking on your door, asking you to sign a three to five year lease for oil and gas exploration on your property. Three to five years, you say to yourself, that’s not long. Of […]