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Most claimants lose EI appeals; dismissal rate remains high →

Let’s just be clear that ‘efficiency’ is a code-word, changes to EI under Chrétien, Martin, and now under Harper have been about repositioning the role of government into creating a more ‘flexible’ labour market for corporations. By reducing EI benefits and rejecting more and more appeals, the government ensures that working-class individuals and families are forced to take the first paying job they can find. This gives bosses all the power over the desperate unemployed. When Ottawa says that they’re trying to get workers ‘back into the workplace sooner,’ it means for the benefit of employers, and at any cost to the worker’s happiness or health.

Neoliberalism is all about code-words, streamlining and efficiency mean austerity, yes, but it is not just the reduction of government for ideology’s sake. Though the welfare state has always prioritised protecting the interests of the employer over workers, the new era is about further reducing the power of the worker, both collective (by busting unions) and individual (eliminating EI) to resist the pressures of employers.

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#harper government  #neoliberalism  #canadian politics  #ei  #workers rights 
'We're Sick And Tired Of Someone Telling Us What To Do' →

EDMONTON - A dozen northern Alberta chiefs say they will boycott the province’s attempt to implement legislation to regulate consultation with industry over development on their lands.

"We’re sick and tired of someone telling us what to do and thinking for us," Rose Laboucan, chief of the Driftpile First Nation, said Thursday. "We can think for ourselves."

Laboucan is one of 12 chiefs who hand-delivered their message to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Frank Oberle as he waited for them to show up at a meeting to discuss the Alberta Consultation Levy Act.

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#canadian politics  #cdn poli  #indigenous rights  #canada 
Peter MacKay poses in pro-gun 'No Compromise' T-shirt →

Justice Minister Peter MacKay says he was showing support for an Afghan veteran when he posed for a photo at a Conservative Party fundraiser wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of the National Firearms Association, a pro-gun lobby group.

The photo shows MacKay standing with two people and wearing a black shirt with the image of a maple leaf attached to a military-style assault rifle. The NFA’s slogan — “No Compromise” — appears under the logo.

"A Canadian veteran wounded in Afghanistan approached me at an event in Edmonton, handed me one of his T-shirts and asked if I would pose for a photo," MacKay explained in an statement emailed from his office.

"Having spent a great deal of time with members of the Canadian Forces, I have never shied away from an opportunity to demonstrate my support for them and their families," MacKay said.

[…] The Conservatives campaigned for years against the federal long-gun registry so despised by pro-gun groups and finally killed the registry in 2012, but have still faced pressure from pro-gun groups to curb restrictions on guns.

The government said last month it was loosening restrictions on some firearms while introducing new safety measures for gun owners. The proposed changes were published in the official Canada Gazette Aug. 15.

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#Conservative Party of Canada  #Peter MacKay  #nfa 
White Supremacists Celebrate Tory Repeal Of Hate Speech Clause →

A Conservative private members’ bill that repeals part of Canada’s hate speech laws has passed the House of Commons with scant media attention, and even less commentary. But it’s being cheered by many Canadian conservatives as a victory for freedom of speech. And it’s being cheered most vocally by another group: White supremacists.

Bill C-304, introduced by Conservative backbencher Brian Storseth, repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which bans hate speech transmitted over the Internet or by telephone. It passed third reading in the House of Commons on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate.

This is a huge victory for freedom in Canada,” a poster calling him or herself “CanadaFirst” posted on the website of StormFront, a notorious white supremacist group. “However, we still have other unjust Zionist ‘hate’ laws that need to go.”

“Way to go, Harper. I know we can’t get everything we want, but I stand a little taller today as a Canuck,” wrote “OneMan.” 

EDIT: This is from 2012 and the current state of the bill is

http://www.brianstorseth.ca/bill-c-304

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#racism  #cdn poli  #canadian politics  #this is literally so just UGH 
Surrey family fears for life of Osman Fernando de León Reyes if deported to Guatemala →

Osman Fernando de León Reyes, a 29-year old Guatemalan man, is facing deportation from Surrey next week. His lawyer is seeking a judicial stay order from the Federal Court of Canada to urgently stop his deportation so that Mr. Reyes is not separated from his family and not deported back to imminent danger in Guatemala.

Mr. Reyes has two Canadian-born children, Diahanara aged eight and Dilan aged three. His wife, Heidy Stephany Pinto Zepeda, is a permanent resident and works in the cleaning industry. She is extremely distraught about the separation the family will face as a result of his pending deportation. “I love my husband,” says Heidy Stephany Pinto Zepeda. “I am so sad and disappointed that Canada is taking away my husband from my life and my kids’ lives. He is a good man and a lovely father, and I fear for his life if he is deported back to Guatemala.”

Mr. Reyes is currently living with mental health issues in relation to the traumas he has experienced. Mr. Reyes came to Canada in 2007 to seek asylum after he was kidnapped in Guatemala as the result of his mother’s work in the federal government’s National Audit Office. Miriam Reyes Barreira, Mr. Reye’s 54-year old mother, worked for more than fifteen years on corruption cases as one of the federal government’s head accountants and audit officers. After revealing corruption and diversion of funds by a number of municipal mayors, she survived three assassination attempts on her life. Ms. Barreira also escaped to Canada in 2013, where her case to remain in Canada is pending.

Mr. Reyes’s kidnapping is well-documented and verified. A medical report confirms he was severely beaten during the kidnapping with trauma to his left rib cage, a fractured clavicle on his right side and bruises all over his body and face. A police report also confirms that the family had to pay a substantial ransom for his release. Several years later, Mr. Reyes’s best friend was murdered. Consequently, the family moved within Guatemala for safety until they managed to flee to Canada at separate times.

According to Natalie Blair, a registered nurse who has worked with him, “with the threat of deportation looming, his health is being compromised and is at risk.”

The entire family is desperately seeking justice and urging the Canadian government to allow Mr. Reyes to remain in Canada permanently with his family where he can live without fear.

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#migrant rights  #canadian politics 
Un-muzzle the scientists?: MP Ted Hsu responds →
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#harper government  #science  #disagree with quite a bit of this but the macleans articlee by that fucking 'enbridge professor' was bullshit  #and it's good to get a response 
Unraveling the neoliberal, colonial links between Québec and Israel →
Political and economic relations between Québec and Israel have developed in major ways over the past decade. A process facilitated by the Parti libéral du Québec, with open complicity from the PQ, neoliberal colonial links articulated clearly in growing business collaborations and corporate military connections.
 
In 2008, the former Liberal finance minister Raymond Bachand lead an important political delegation to Israel, reported as having over forty people onboard, with both corporate and academic representatives from Québec, also including representatives from the FTQ’s Fonds de la solidarité. Bachand’s trip finalized a new formal economic and technology focused bilateral accord, existing in parallel to the Canada-Israel bilateral free trade agreement signed back in 1997, recently expanded under the Conservatives. […]
 
Beyond academic research, Montréal military corporations, or “defense technology” companies, best articulate the disturbing face of Québec’s significant corporate role in bolstering the very Israeli military machinery that has bombarded Gaza and killed over 2200 Palestinians over the past months. 
 
CAE corporation in Montréal, that specializes in flight simulators and “real-time operation systems” has secured multiple contracts involving the Israeli military, including a project with the military company Elbit Systems, to train Israeli military personnel to operate “next-generation combat aircraft.” Another CAE project focuses on operating systems for Israeli air force Black Hawk utility helicopters, corporate military work being done in the heart of Québec, CAE’s ominous buildings can clearly be seen from the Chomedey autoroute in Montréal.
 
Additionally the engines for the Bell “cobra” helicopter, nicknamed the “viper” on the Israeli Air Force website, are produced in the Montréal region by Pratt & Whitney Canada. Also the Israeli military uses helicopters produced in Mirabel, Quebec by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, a company also represented on a recent Conservative governmental delegation to Israel.
 
In the context of the Israeli bombardment and military attack on Gaza this summer, that most human rights organizations articulate as including numerous war crimes, its critically important that progressive forces in Québec examine and take action around our own complicity with Israeli war crimes.
 
Certainly as politicians have been inking deals between Québec and Israel, a grassroots movement in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom has been growing on the streets of Québec.
 
Support in Québec for the the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is significant and growing within social justice movements. In response to the 2005 Palestinian call to build a BDS movement, modeled after the international solidarity movement with South African resistance to apartheid, Québec student groups such as Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) and workers unions like the Montréal region of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) have voted to support the movement. In Montréal a couple years ago 500 artists signed an open letter supporting the global BDS movement. 
As support for the BDS movement in Québec grows let’s consider focusing more grassroots political energy toward the critical manifestations of Québec complicity with systems of Israeli apartheid. Clearly Québec complicity with Israeli apartheid is rooted in our own history of violent colonialism that is foundational to the contemporary political, social and economic framework of both Canada and Québec. 
 
Today Québec’s corporate complicity with Israeli military colonialism is clear, numerous corporations are openly and directly involved in empowering the Israeli military machinery. While the academic links with institutions like the Technion illustrate the important role that academic links play in both normalizing apartheid systems but also creating the technology that empowers the violent Israeli military machine. Current neoliberal inspired Liberal leader Philippe Couillard has made no indications of stepping away from these deep policy links with Israeli apartheid.
 
Québec’s political and corporate complicity with Israeli apartheid is clearly manifested in this economic and technological bilateral agreement, bound by the economic of neoliberalism and the violence of colonialism. An accord that brings together all the different targets for a possible inspiring grassroots local campaign to boost the growing global BDS movement and unravel our own deep complicity with Israeli apartheid at home.
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#palestine  #israel  #colonialism  #canadian imperialism  #canadian politics  #quebec politics  #phillipe couillard  #international relations 
Tawdry private sponsorships hang over premiers' conferences →
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#canadian politics 
Jamie Haller sues 3 Mounties and City of Williams Lake, B.C. after alleged assault →
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#police brutality  #rcmp  #police  #canadian politics  #racism 
Ferguson: Not so far away from Toronto →
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#toronto  #ontario politics  #canadian politics  #police  #police brutality  #rcmp  #opp  #svpm