Monday, April 21, 2014
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Canada leads in exporting climate nonsense

Is there any reason to celebrate this Earth Day?

‘Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of GHGs,’ says Thomas Stocker, co-chair of the IPCC’s Working Group.

Harper’s (Un)Fair Elections Act could spark voter surge

While many in those communities have found little reason to go to the polls given the slim likelihood of any change in their lives, no one likes to be told what they can and can’t do—especially when it comes to rights. For the people targeted by Harper for disenfranchisement, the 2015 election could be purely about democracy itself.

Integrity commissioner Dion should be replaced

If there is ever to be a possibility of a regime helping people, the Integrity Commissioner’s Office needs a compassionate person who’s interested in helping and aiding people.

It’s a tough new world out there, Canada needs to reinvent itself

Much more is needed because, nationwide, we still lag both in innovation and in making the shift from a North American fixation to a global focus.

Voting is a right, not a privilege

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre is ramming through Parliament a bill called the ‘Fair Elections Act’ that seems to be anything but fair and could disenfranchise 520,000 voters.

Veterans bang heads against Parliamentary, bureaucratic wall

The government is clearly not holding up its end of the bargain on veterans.

Opportunities for youth abroad: bolstering Canada’s global economic position

By following Brazil’s example and supporting Canadians to study abroad and to gain hands-on international experience in a research or in an industry setting related to their field of study, we can address two major priorities for Canada: better preparing our young people for careers in a global economy, and enhancing our linkages with key trade partners.

A rare breed: A tribute to Jim Flaherty

No one will be untouched by climate change

Scientists, world leaders, business people speak with one voice.

Training helps to prevent fire disaster on the seas

Young people need your support: don’t give up on us

The employment programs that the federal, provincial and territorial governments have put into place for youth are much needed and should continue, especially for those of us who live in low-income communities and who face a lot of barriers.

Government takes decisive measures to address grain backlog

The federal government is doing this while ensuring we maintain the strong rail-based supply chain system that shippers need to compete in domestic, continental and offshore markets.

Safeguarding a nation’s rail safety—and its trust

Deregulation: when policy failures lead to Lac-Mégantic tragedy

Passenger rail in Canada is in crisis

We need to overhaul the system for rail travel in Canada. We need to stop sabotaging VIA by the historical mistake of giving freight the ownership of tracks built through public investment.

Cheaper and cleaner, Canada needs higher ethanol blends

The federal and provincial governments should encourage pump turnover by using tax measures to aggressively depreciate the capital outlay required to update today’s fuel pumps for these modern blends.

The worst way to select candidates?

As much as we praise the ideal of local democracy, and resent the intrusion of party officials in what should be a local democratic process, there are times when the intervention of senior party officials is not only desirable, but also mandatory.

Time to worry about state of democracy

Slowly, laws are being passed to restrict freedoms, stifle opposition, and reduce transparency. Sometimes I wonder what the Parliamentarians have in mind.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.