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The Top Brass in the ADF want to destroy the memorial that is dedicated to the 40 brave men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our freedom.
Rogers customers in Ontario have the luxury of having AMC in High Definition which I believe is unfair to the rest of the country. I myself live in New Brunswick and I love AMC and it's quality programming with shows like The Walking Dead, but I find it quite disappointing that we can't get it in HD.
I can only imagine how many other Rogers customers feel for the rest of the country and I'm sure that they all agree with me on this one.
So Rogers, are you going to give us the programming that would help ensure that we stay with your company or let customers leave for another provider?
Let's all brand together to get AMC in HD for ALL provinces!
Toyota Prius owners around the world are mostly "nature-friendly" kind of people, and 90% of Prius owners have a Prius because of "save nature" perspective.
What they don't know, is that production of their Prius hurts environment much more than standard petrol/diesel powerd cars do in their whole lifetime. Also, production of Prius goes around the world (ex. Nickel mining, Canada, refining mined Nickel in Europe, further production in China, and sent to Japan where it is fitted into a car). Not mentioning the fact that parts are all being shipped across the globe, and cargo ships are not so nature friendly.
Studies have shown that in a long term, Prius makes more environmental damage than Land Rover Discovery in its whole lifespan.
The members of the Ontario Municipal Board are appointed by Ontario's Attorney General John Gerretsen. This organization can over rule elected politicians and in turn not follow the will of the people.
Members of the OMB should be elected to ensure they are accountable to the people.
Canada and the US have laws that prevent people from importing cars until they are a certain age.
Most of Canada has a requirement for the vehicle to be over 15 years old.
What is the point of this law?
The Caribana™ Carnival in Toronto was created in 1967 by the Caribana™ Cultural Committee (C.C.C), now known as the Caribana™ Arts Group (C.A.G.). It is the largest cultural festival in North America and was created to commemorate Canada’s centennial independence celebration, by a group of West Indian immigrants living in Ontario, Canada.
Throughout the years, the founders made tremendous sacrifices to keep the festival alive despite the many adversities they faced, including bankruptcy. Others even lost their homes as a result of repossession by financial institutions when they could not repay the loan borrowed to run the festival. Needless to say, the Caribana™ creators got little or no financial help from the City of Toronto or any government entity when they started, which continued for many years. Despite their many pitfalls and lack of funding, the founders still held on to their visions and dreams and continued to risk all they had to ensure the Caribbean culture was showcased during the summer months when the festival called Caribana™ was held.
Ironically, the festival has now been usurped by one of Canada’s largest financial institution called Scotiabank, and the City of Toronto, through one of the city’s management company call the Festival Management Committee (F.M.C). The takeover was arranged when the City of Toronto, in 2006, offered to assist the C.C.C. with expertise advise in areas they were lacking. This arrangement was accepted when the C.C.C experienced certain challenges, some of which resulted from inadequate funding, so they thought this gesture was genuine and in good faith. Eventually the C.C.C agreed to allow the FMC to manage the festival for a year and helped augment their operations. Afterwards, the festival was to be returned to the C.C.C. management control, but this did not happen.
The C.A.G has requested the return of the festival many times or asked the FMC to enter into a licensing agreement, but their requests have been ignored by a group some people in the community have labeled “the de facto group.” Subsequently, the C.A.G took the initiative to pursue legal action to reclaim the festival and in May 2011, the Ontario Superior Court ruled the name Caribana ™ is a trademark that could no longer be used by Scotiabank and the FMC. With that ruling, the “de facto group” was forced to change the name and renamed it Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
An article in the Toronto Star in May 2011, stated, “An Ipsos Reid study released April (2010) showed Caribana generated $483 million for the provincial economy in 2009, drawing about 1.2 million festival-goers, including 300,000 from outside the country.” Maybe, the biggest question that needs to be answered is, who requested this study? Was it because of these astounding figures, Scotiabank and the City of Toronto do not want to return the festival to its rightful owners? After managing the festival successfully for almost 40 years, why do the City of Toronto, Scotiabank and the FMC now believe C.A.G is incompetent to manage it?
There is no doubt the festival belongs to the C.A.G, who demonstrated resilience throughout the years in promoting the Caribbean culture, even during the most tumultuous times. Scotiabank, by virtue of their actions, seems to be exercising organizational colonialism, which must be condemned. This is an unprecedented action taken by a large city in an advance democratic country. Where is Scotiabank and the City of Toronto ethics and social responsibly?
If anyone was to take away any property of Scotiabank or the City of Toronto, they might be charged for illegal possession of the property and possibly called a thief. Why does Scotiabank believe after all the sacrifices made over the years by members of the Caribana™ Arts Group and the Caribbean Community, the City of Toronto now has the right to take their festival away and let them claim it as their own? Hmm…Bully? Furthermore, under any other circumstances would this not be considered stealing?
Chemicals do not belong in Canadian forest. For many years, The government of canada has allowed forestry companies as well as the Ministry Of Natural Resources to use approved herbicides to manage forests.
Many people feel that this practice has negative effects on wildlife and ecosystems. Soil fertility depends on living organisms that these chemicals will eliminate.
In recognition of the reality that the UK will almost certainly recast its relationship with the EU to avoid falling into an inevitable supranational federation;
And in respect of the fact that the UK values its freedom and political independence as much as Canada, Australia and New Zealand (CANZ) does—nations that share a common language, common values, common law, common institutions, a common political culture, a common military heritage, a common history and a common head of state, HM the Queen;
And in recognition of the fact that the individual nations of CANZUK require a vision for the 21st century that is cooperative and global in nature, one that is able to leverage its values and strengths in order to best compete with the emerging giants of the world who may not share those values;
And in acknowledgement of the fact that much could be gained for the prosperity, mobility, protection and freedom of our citizens if our nations, for example:
- Established a free trade zone
- Created a dedicated channel for arrival and departure at all ports of entry to allow subjects of Her Majesty’s realms to enter with appropriate decorum and not as “foreigners”
- Increased sharing of embassies and missions around the world to build on the agreements that have already and recently been made to better protect our citizens abroad
- Pooled procurement in defence spending and other large government procurement items to achieve economies of scale and reduce costs on taxpayers
- Caucused in the UN as a geopolitical group (as much as CANZ currently does) and rotated chairmanship of the UK’s permanent seat on the UN Security Council
Open carry will mean a safer more independent Canada.
Permits and courses will generate millions in revenue.
The use of GE (genetically engineered, or GMO genetically modified organism) crops has been a growing issue of contention in recent years. Health, agricultural and environmental advocates are pushing for more testing, mandatory labeling of GE products, and ultimately the banning of GE products completely.
The articles below reference Monsanto Canada's announcement in June, that it will expand its products further into Western Canada. Monsanto has indicated that genetically engineered foods will solve world hunger. One article reassures that crop yields are only lower than traditional methods, when farmers use the product incorrectly. However, other independent studies show crops produce lower yield when the farmer uses it right as well. It is also well documented that the issues of world hunger are not due to a lack of food, but in the political and distribution systems that manage food security.
Still, seeds are genetically engineered with pesticides, while farmers, beekeepers, consumers, wildlife, the environment, and our future, all stand to be devastated.
Up until now, governments, and industry (such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Syngenta), have argued that genetically modified foods and products are safe. However, independent studies and testing have proven they are not.
Labelling is required. We continue to eat GM foods daily without knowing it because most products in our grocery stores include genetically modified ingredients, and are not labelled, which deters freedom of choice.
A monopoly of the world's food system should not be allowed. Five companies account for 58 percent of the world’s commercial seed sales and ownership of seed is patented. These patents mean farmers cannot save seed for future plantings, so they lose autonomy and we all lose biodiversity forever. Once we lose diverse species of crops, we cannot undo this. Also, when small organic farmers' crops are contaminated by Monsanto's genetically engineered patented material (brought on the wind or by pollinating insects), the farmer is bullied in court for years by big business, and held liable for large sums of money small farmers don't have. It doesn't help that crop yields can decrease and the environment suffers when soil degrades irreparably. Globally, farmer suicide deaths have risen dramatically as a direct result of all these stressors.
We have seen the tragic effects in the decrease of the bee species, bees that our children and grandchildren rely on for future biodiversity on earth.
The evidence and support against GMOs (GE) are mounting.
It seems farmers, but perhaps few other people, may be aware how aggressive Monsanto is going after Canadian agricultural profits. We need to be aware so we can act accordingly before it is too late. I am hopeful that in addition to accepting my letter for publication, that your media outlet could do a corresponding piece on this new announcement. Thanks in advance for covering this very important local, Canadian and global story.
Public outcry DOES work. It is reported that Monsanto contracts the mercenary firm "Blackwater", to track activists around the world; Monsanto has seen the results when the people band together to voice concern. Due to overwhelming concern expressed by farmers, consumers, and public health officials, governments are beginning to require review of herbicide-resistant pesticides and genetic engineering of crops. Many countries in the world, and some US states, have banned GEGMO altogether, or until independent testing and peer review is sufficiently completed. Canada is lagging.
Canadians must continue to lobby Health Canada. Our government claims GMO products are safe, based on the thin and biased research of the big five companies who stand to profit. We need to demand independent GM product product testing be started in Canada. Canadians have the human right to choose what we put in our bodies, and for the due diligence of our government to do the testing in labs, and not use the general Canadian population as guinea pigs.
Canadians must continue to tell the big five, and the companies who allow their products to be ingredients in their products, that they must stop their Orwellian control over the world food system. We must demand they stop lobbying 'against' GMO labelling, and 'against' us, the 83% of the general populace who are lobbying 'for' labelling. We must demand they start labelling. It is our human right to not be monopolized by corporations, and to have choice.
Canadians should be encouraged to write their MP, MPP and PM. Politicians do handle letters and respond to media attention of issues. Also, Canadians can strengthen the collective public voice, by taking part in events like the July 24th "Monsanto Video Revolt", and October “March Against Monsanto". These events take place around the world, as coordinated days of action and protest. They rally calls for further scientific research on the health effects of GE foods, for the labelling of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods we eat daily, and ultimately for a complete ban on GE crops. These awareness events also educate people so they can make their own decisions; Canadians can use their dollars to vote non-GMO when they buy organic non-GMO instead.
We must continue to fight for our freedom; and can not allow these multinational chemical companies' to continue dominating the world's food supply, and literally forcing it down our throats!
Article Reference: http://www.monsanto.ca/newsviews/Pages/NR-2013-06-24.aspx
Article Reference: http://www.monsanto.ca/newsviews/Pages/NR-2013-04-08.aspx
About 300,000 people apply for immigration to Canada every year.
Under the Canadian Experience or Skilled Worker Class, Immigration Canada requires all applicants to take Language proficiency test, even those who have graduated with Bachelors, Masters or PhD degrees (even in English Literature) from recognized Canadian Universities.
The tests (IELTS, CELPIP, TEF) cost about $250 before tax & are often booked up well in advance, rendering the application process more expensive and needlessly cumbersome.
در پاسخ به محکوم کردن انتصابات حکومت توسط وزیر خارجه کانادا در بیانیه ۱۵ ژوئن ۲۰۱۳ و حمایت وی از مردم ایران، بدینوسیله از پشتیبانی عالیجناب جان برد تقدیر میگردد. وزیر خارجه کانادا در بیانیه خویش تصریح کرده بود که هر چند کانادا مدت مدیدی است که اعتقاد و اعتماد خویش را از رژیم توخالی و واپسگرای ایران از دست داده اما هیچگاه ایمان خویش نسبت به مردم ایران را از دست نداده است. با امضا و به اشتراک گذاشتن این نامه، قدردانی خود را از حامیان ملت ایران نشان دهیم:
John Baird, the Foreign Minister, who has openly advocated democratic revolution in Iran since closing Canada’s embassy there last year, said in a statement the election was “effectively meaningless” because only “regime-friendly candidates” were allowed in the race, and none “represents a real alternative for Iranian voters.”
“The person tagged to replace [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad will simply be another of [Supreme Leader] Ayatollah Khamenei’s puppets in the tragic and dangerous pantomime that is life for all Iranians,” he said.
Before the Europeans came to Canada, wolves lived in harmony with the environment. But, when the settlers arrived, wolves were poisoned, trapped, and hunted.
Wolves that weren't attacked, were left homeless when their forest home was developed. With the largest wolf population in the world, Canada has allot to up-hold. People come here for the wilderness, and, with the wolf as the primary symbol, no one will come, and, as well as having less income, the country could be responsible for a huge decline in the population of the wolf.
Canada should also be ashamed that with the Rocky Mountains being the best possible habitat in Canada for a wolf, there was not one spotted in that area over a 30 year time period.
To celebrate the first Canadian to command the International Space Station and to celebrate his successful efforts to get Canada and the world excited about space exploration again using social media, Chris Hadfield deserves a ticker tape parade.
There are two other reasons for doing this. First of all, ticker tape parades are awesome and why we don't have one every month is a mystery. Second, in light of the renewed enthusiasm for space exploration, Canadian citizens who care about space and the Canadian Space Agency should demand that the agency and the larger industry continue to receive funding and investment to maintain Canada's reputation as an aerospace leader.
The Canadian Space Agency's funding has been frozen for about a decade and recent federal budgets have even mandated cuts of about $30 million by 2014-15. The aerospace industry employs about 66,000 people in high-tech, well-paying jobs that are important not only to the country's technological advancement but also to the economy.
If we want to keep the jobs, the expertise, and all those nice warm feelings we get from space exploration, let's continue to invest in it — and the first step is a ticker tape parade for Commander Hadfield.
Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada are using donations and tax revenue to post negative, misleading attack ads. These ads are pervasive in all forms of the media including TV, internet and radio. They even take place outside of election periods.
Rather than promoting a positive agenda, they make fun in a derisive and false way their opponents. This should stop now as Canada and Canadians should and do hold themselves to a higher standard.
Canadian Navy destroyers, tankers, and destroyer escort ships built in the 1950's and 1960's contained toxic PCB's: "Any of a family of industrial compounds produced by chlorination of biphenyl, noted primarily as an environmental pollutant that accumulates in animal tissue with resultant pathogenic and teratogenic effects."
Polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB's are known to cause cancer, genetic, and neurological disorders in those exposed to them, even over a short period of time. The above mentioned warships were eventually sunk as artificial reefs after decommissioning, and divers later found high levels of PCB's emanating from them. While this poses a risk to marine, plant-life, and recreational divers, what about the 10's of thousands of Naval personnel who lived, worked, and sailed on these vessels during their 30 year life span?
Record of the discovery can be found in many news archives, this is one as an example:
Ships used as reefs contain PCBs - CBC
With the imminent passage of Bill 14 in Quebec, democracy is being legislated away along with our fundamental rights and freedoms. And there seems to be no way to stop it. UNLESS we do something that makes international headlines and draws the spotlight to us.
Imagine 10,000 Quebecers/Canadians applying for asylum to the United States - you can't buy optics like that.
Help us fight back!
The Bill of Rights of 1688 contained, as its leading term, the right to bear arms. Back when Canada was technically still under English rule they allowed the citizens the right to bear arms for protection, so why not now?
According to the Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms, under the Constitution Act of 1982, under Legal Rights, Section 7; Life, Liberty and Security of Person: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice." Under Section 12; Treatment or Punishment: "Everyone has the right not to be subject to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment."
When you read those 2 sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms, how can you argue that openly carrying a firearm is not safe? Would people commit crimes if they knew everyday citizens have the ability to stop them? I don't think so. We in Canada have what is called an "Authorization to Carry" license, however, the Provincial Chief Firearm Officers (CFO's) have agreed not to issue such licenses. The law in Canada says you can defend your life with equal force of your attacker, it also says the law acknowledges the possibility of an individual requiring a restricted handgun for protection from other individuals when police protection is insufficient.
It seems as if the government doesn't find human life valuable enough for Canadian citizens to obtain a legal permit to open carry. How can you defend your life with "equal force" if the person threatening your life has a gun & you don't? It seems like a double standard to allow Police, Attorneys, Judges, & Money couriers the right to bear arms for defensive purposes, but as private citizens, we don't have the right to do the same.
We need to legalize Marijuana at the federal level.
Several polls since 2003 have found that a majority of Canadians agreed with the statement, "The use of marijuana should be legalized", including one in 2009 done by Angus Reid, with 53% for legalization.
The latest being in 2012 by Forum Research Inc. which suggested "66% of Canadians are in favour of the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, with just 20% supporting leaving the laws as they are now."
While the slaughterhouses in the United States have recently been closed, horses are still being slaughtered– they are merely being shipped across the border to Canada and Mexico, where they meet horrific ends.
In Mexico, for example, horses are repeatedly stabbed by “puntilla” knives until they bleed to death. These are not horses who are bred for meat, but horses who could have been a little girl’s best friend until purchased by a killer buyer at an auction.
In 2012, Obama signed an Appropriations Bill that would once again pave the way for slaughterhouses to operate in the United States again. Not withstanding the enormous environmental, legal and other concerns that a slaughterhouse brings to a town, the suffering of the horses who are sent to these plants is astronomical. They are sometimes put into trailers and left for days without water, then half-crazed, they are violently prodded into the slaughterhouse, where they are supposed to be killed by a captive bolt. Unfortunately, the horses are so scared that these bolts sometimes go into the horses’ eyes and the horse is struck again and again until stunned. It is not uncommon for a horse not to be killed by the captive bolt, but only stunned, so that they are actually alive while being vivisected.
Considering how horses are treated to the kill pens and how they are killed, here is no possible way that slaughter can ever be considered humane euthanasia.
December 5, 2012,
The Harper Government passed bill C-45.
2.5 MILLION protected Canadian lakes and rivers, were instantly, reduced to just 82.
Only 62 rivers and 93 lakes are now protected by Federal law.
A law created over 130 years ago, by our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald.
Wolves are being indiscriminately killed in British Columbia, and under the pretext of "Wildlife Management"!
So-called "conservationists" are killing wolves, even machine-gunning entire packs from helicopters, based on the claim that they are reducing caribou herds; however, loss of habitat is a far more probable cause. Natural ecosystems are self regulating and wolves play a vital role in them.
There is also an increase in the slaughter of wolves to protect livestock on private and public land with insufficient attention to alternative measures such as improved farming practices and animal husbandry.
Wolves are killed for sport and their body parts used as trophies; this is an abhorrent activity and wasteful use of wildlife.
Wolves deserve wilderness habitat in which to live a natural pack life, unmolested.
Humans are the greatest threat to healthy wolf populations, and it's our responsibility to be a voice for these wild animals and the wilderness in which they live.
Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament Assembled:
We, the undersigned residents of Canada, draw attention of the House to the following:
THAT the government of Canada has recently made changes to the eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance (UI);
THAT these changes have been made behind closed doors without any input from the ordinary Canadian citizens who are affected by such policies and these changes will negatively affect the livelihood of numerous Canadians;
THAT the adopted changes will negatively impact Canadians nation wide, in particular they will impact those Canadians who live in rural areas in which the economy is dependent upon seasonal employment.
We feel that the adopted changes to the unemployment eligibility criteria will force people out of their specialized occupations into unskilled, low wage jobs. In addition, we agree that Canadian individuals will be forced to look for employment at great distances outside their area of residence causing them to incur unreasonable time commitments and travel costs.
Combined, we feel these changes may lead to increased poverty for unemployed individuals as well as the families which they support.
Pedophiles are not getting harsh enough sentences. They are given slaps on the wrist and are often free to re-offend soon after conviction. Here`s just 2 examples of many:
-David James Lebanc. He was one of the 2 men involved in the confinement and sexual assault of a 16 yr old boy for two weeks in Halifax. He was already facing pending charges from 2010 for sexual assault, touching a person under age 16, and making child pornography with a 2yr old and a 5yr old! Leblanc was released in 2010 so long as he didn`t go near children. He failed to comply in 2011, and served only 18 days in prison! This assault on the 16yr old boy was 100% preventable. Our judicial system failed that boy.
-Christopher Paul Neil. He served a mere 5 yrs. in a Thai prison for posting hundreds of pictures of him assaulting more than one child. He was arrested upon his return to Canada for being a threat to all children, yet was released a few days later so long as he promises not to go near children. Sound familiar?
As per recent news articles, Harper's C-10 crime bill gives harsher sentences to pot growers than to pedophiles. Something is wrong with that.
Why are these monsters allowed to get away with this? Our system needs some reform. As long as the penalties remain as slack as they are, this is going to keep happening.
On June 16th, 2012, The canadian government passed the omnibus budget bill, which allows U.S. law enforcement officers to come across the border and arrest canadians. This is not right. As a canadian, I feel that with this bill passed, civil rights will be breached and our very sovereignty in danger.
Furthermore, the Government of Canada did not take in the opinions of the people, who for the most part are infuriated with this bill. Although I do believe that criminals crossing borders to escape U.S. authority is a problem, those criminals are CANADIAN citizens and should be handled by CANADIAN authorities.
If we allow this to pass, Canada's future will be no better than if we lost the War of 1812.
Wednesday September 19th 2012 was the deadline for submitting applications to the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) which awards compensation for the abuse, harm, and continuing trauma suffered by Aboriginal Peoples at Residential Schools in Canada.
The IAP is a result of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (full settlement text available: http://www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca/IRS%20Settlement%20Agreement-%20ENGLISH.pdf) where the Canadian government, churches and individuals involved agreed to a resolution of the court claim.
Residential Schools were operated in Canada for much of the 19th and 20th centuries; the last school closing in Manitoba in 1996. It has been estimated that at least 150,000 students went to these schools.
Approximately 80,000 survivors did not submit claims by the deadline.
Applications for compensation for the abuse, harm, and trauma these surviving students will not be accepted after September 19th 2012 without permission from a court and these survivors rights to make a claim in the IAP will be FOREVER EXTINGUISHED.
In making an application, people are asked to give explicit details about the type, form, frequency and affects of the abuse they suffered while in Residential Schools. For many these are experiences that they have spent a lifetime repressing and it may take a lifetime for them to come to a place where they are able to speak about what happened and how it has affected them and their families. They were given 5 years.
As Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo also said
“It should be noted that over 30 per cent of First Nations in Canada live in remote and isolated communities, many with minimal to not access to internet or postal services. We are concerned that there are homeless, incarcerated or those living across the border who are similarly disadvantaged … [and that] far too many former students of residential schools have not achieved just resolution of their grievances through the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement application process.”
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The definition of "human being" is of fundamental importance to the governing of Canadian society and the functioning of the Canadian judicial system. The definition present in the Canadian Criminal Code (under section 223(1)) is potentially outdated, and should be revised in light of more recent medical evidence.
The purpose of Motion 312 is to update this definition, and then petition Parliament to make all necessary legal changes in light of revision, if there are any.
Canadian residents of any age may sign.
Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982):
Section (1) "...guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society."
If the unborn are persons, abortion reform is a "reasonable limit" to guarantee "rights and freedoms" of all human beings.
Section (7) "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice."
If the unborn are persons, they must be granted "the right to life", and abortion reform would be necessary to reach such "fundamental justice".
The Canadian Human Rights Act (1985):
Section (2) "...that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory principles...."
If the unborn are human beings, they must be granted "opportunity equal with others to make for themselves...lives". Abortion reform would not be part of "discriminatory principles" against women, but part of ensuring equality in opportunity to live.
If the unborn are persons, then Parliament has the moral duty to give the unborn the right to life. Parliament must, then, also grant pregnant women more federal support, by any just means, so that the child(ren) may be born, and that she does not suffer financially or otherwise.
The Ontario Liberal Government, with the support of the PC Party of Ontario, has passed the Anti-Strike Legislation. This legislation imposes new two-year contracts on thousands of teachers that freeze the pay of senior instructors and cut benefits. The legislation also gives the government the power to ban strikes and lockouts for least two years.
I am not a teacher and do not work in the education sector but I know that there are two things that Ontarians need to fight for - One is health care and the other is EDUCATION!
A key study published in the science journal Nature ("Transient dynamics of an altered large marine ecosystem", September 2011"), by Canadian scientists using the DFO's own data, totally refutes Ashfield, the DFO and the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council. The latter insist on slaughtering 70,000 - 140,000 grey seals (using machine guns and incinerators), as they blame the grey seals for slowing the cod recovery. This slaughter would cost $35 million dollars when the DFO is already facing cutbacks.
Why is the government taking such a foolish action? Possibly to distract the East coast fishers (who do vote) from the real agenda: deregulation of the East Coast fishing industry.
Such a policy would be very unpopular on the East Coast of Canada, as it would likely would likely lead to the destruction of the independent fishing industry. However, if the Harper government can distract the small fishers with 'support' in the form of a massive grey seal slaughter, they hope to escape a voter back-lash in the next federal election.
But the data shows that the cod (and other groundfish stocks) are recovering in the same areas the grey seals have higher populations, proving the grey seals are not holding back the cod recovery. The cod collapsed decades ago due to over fishing, and are only now starting to recover. Destroying the grey seals will only destabilize a tenuous Grand Banks ecosystem, actually threatening the cod recovery.
The proposed grey seal slaughter is only about politics, and has nothing to do with science.
Canada is the only democratic country in the world where employers can be forced - by law - to hire only members of a certain union. It's one of the last countries where workers can be forced - after being hired - to join a union in order to keep their job, and it's the only one where workers are made to pay union dues - even if they are not members of a union. Once that money is in their hands, union bosses can spend it on virtually an activity or cause they want - including political.
In contrast to this, employers in Europe - as well as Australia, New Zealand and the United States - can't be forced to hire only members of a union, nor (except for in a handful of hold-out American states) can workers be forced to join a union after they are hired just to keep their jobs. Union bosses can't collect dues from non-members, nor can they use the money they do get from members to support activities not directly related to collective bargaining without the express consent of each individual worker.