British Columbia: Killing Wildlife to "Save" Wildlife

B.C. Government Killing Wild Horses and Wolves to Save Caribou
by Valhalla Wilderness Watch
The Vancouver Sun newspaper has learned that the BC Ministry of Environment has been paying aboriginal people to kill wild horses in the Chilcotin area of BC to use as bait to trap wolves. It's part of a program to increase the population of endangered mountain caribou. In addition, the Ministry of Forests has been paying aboriginal people to round up wild horses alive, to be sold at auctions where they are bought by slaughterhouses. The purpose is to clear the range for the ranchers' cattle.

Aboriginal people are divided on the issue.  Some say they've always rounded up wild horses and they need the money from selling them. But do the taxpayers of the province and the nation want to pay them to do that?
 
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Trumping the Market: God Responsible for Meltdown

Donald Trump Blames Crisis on Divine Intervention: As the Job Losses Mount, the Government’s Bailout Flounders/Fails
by Danny Schechter
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has taken a while for the stars to align and the truth to come dripping down. Now we know who caused the financial crisis: GOD DID IT. Just as Jerry Falwell saw a divine hand behind 9/11, our golden boy icon of Capitalism By My Rules, Mr. “You’re fired” Donald Trump, has now unearthed the secret,  blaming the recession on the ONE above.

The Donald came up with this conspiracy—along with the not totally unreasonable assertion that the banks engineered the disaster—in a lawsuit filing offering a reason for not paying on a big construction loan from a German Bank for a skyscraper he was building in Chicago. He cites an Act of God -- “unlikely events,” clause in his contract to justify not paying.
 
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Harper's Coup d'Etat

Harper's Coup: Power Grab in Ottawa
by Mike Whitney
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n Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suspended Canada's parliament to avoid a challenge from opposition parties that were planning to oust him from power. The 3-party coalition--the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois---decided to remove Harper because of his strong opposition to a stimulus package that was designed to minimize the effects of the financial crisis. They also opposed his "proposed elimination of subsidies for political parties, a three-year ban on the right of civil servants to strike, and limits on the ability of women to sue for pay equity."  Governor General Michaelle Jean helped Harper to hang on by using her constitutional authority to close the legislature for seven weeks. Now the country is in a furor.
 
 
 
 
Harper is a far right conservative ideologue who served as president of the National Citizens Coalition (NCC), a conservative think-tank and advocacy group. The organization opposes national healthcare but supports privitization and tax cuts. It has 40,000 members but the names are kept confidential. It's motto is "more freedom with less government."
 
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On the Trail to a Rove Trial: Siegelman Appeal Argued

Siegelman Appeal Argued this Week
by Scott Horton
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n 1798, the Federalists decided to silence an outspoken Democratic Congressman, Matthew Lyon, by prosecuting and imprisoning him. But the effort backfired. Lyon was reelected from prison, and in 1800 he cast from his prison cell the decisive vote ending the rule of the Federalists and starting the first administration of the Democratic Party, under Thomas Jefferson. The Federalist’s grip on power was shattered and they soon disappeared from the political scene altogether. The Lyon prosecution was viewed by American historians as the most outrageous political prosecution in the nation’s history… until the Bush Justice Department’s prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don E. Siegelman, that is.

On December 9, Siegelman argues his case to the Court of Appeals in Atlanta, before a panel consisting of three judges, each appointed by a Republican president and two with solid G.O.P. partisan credentials to boot. As the hearing date approaches, the Department of Justice has filed papers in which it advises the court that, bowing to public skepticism over its conduct and Congressional demands, it has reopened an inquiry into jury misconduct in connection with the case. Previously the Department brushed away its own internal documentation of the misconduct, essentially saying that it chose to believe its chief prosecutor, Louis Franklin, and not the records and testimonial evidence of his own staff which directly contradicted him. The Justice Department has thus maneuvered the appeals court into an extremely awkward position. How do they proceed to deal with an appeal focusing on allegations of jury misconduct when the Justice Department admits that it improperly withheld vital evidence of the misconduct, and is still, as the hearing date approaches, trying to form its own view as to whether misconduct which would mandate dismissal of the case occurred?
 
One possible outcome would be for the judges to remand the matter for a proper investigation, which to be credible could only occur under judicial supervision. But then they would face another dilemma: the district court judge who would receive the remand is himself at the heart of the accusations of misconduct.
 
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The Separatist Threat: It's Not Just the Economy Stupid

The Separatist Threat: It's not just the economy stupid
by Bill Henderson
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f there is one thing that all the participants and commentators of the constitutional crisis agree upon it is that the deteriorating economy requires attention from government. Where you are on the political spectrum and how the economic downturn is effecting you personally determines what you think government should be doing for Canadians. Various types of government stimulus are possible - What should our government do? What's the plan?

But the economy is just one of a multiplying series of crises that each need urgent action from governments. The economy is just our major preoccupation. Overwhelming preoccupation with the need for government action on the economy is clearly interfering with government action on climate change, peak oil, the global food crisis, ecosystem and biodiversity loss, and the deteriorating international rule of law (aggression, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, failed states, etc.).
 
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Bye Bye Canada: Piercing the Democratic Pretense

Bye Bye Canada! It Wasn't Nice Knowing Ya!
by MNN
The vermin have come out of the woodwork.  Now that Canada’s Parliament has been suspended, it should now be obvious to everyone, Canada is not a democracy.  It never was.  It is a colony that has a single person, the Queen, sitting on top as the head of state. 
 
It’s been run for the benefit of a few business interests.  It only pretends to protect the people.  Canada has no land base as Ongwehonwe never gave up anything.  Turtle Island and its resources belong to us.  
 
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Obama and the 2076 Election

Obama and the 2076 Election
by Mickey Z.
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efore we get to 2076, first things first: Hail Obama, our brilliant, articulate, eloquent, half-black savior and prince. Okay, so maybe St. Barack is a tad less progressive than we imagined but you have to admit he’s brilliant and eloquent and half-black. And c’mon, folks, he’s not even in office yet. Give the poor guy a chance. Once he’s in, we’ll hold his feet to the fire and make real progress. We’ll get permits to hold weekend protests (with none of those nasty anarchists invited) and we’ll give voice to the voiceless…in our designated free speech zones, of course. President Obama will hear us, I’m sure. He’ll prove there is a difference between the two parties. After all, you can’t tell me you didn’t shed a tear when you saw all those young people celebrating in the streets. The youth have spoken! The future has arrived! Bushism is dead!!! Let’s rejoice!!! Let’s sing along with Ani DiFranco’s amazing new song, “Yes We Can”!!!

In fact, I’m willing to go out on a limb right now and boldly predict that by the year 2011, the number of US combat troops in Iraq will have decreased by at least 10-15%. To those who want more, I ask: We can’t expect Obama to simply withdraw those brave, heroic, gallant, valiant, superhuman men and women in one shot, can we? No way, there’s no cut and run for America.
 
(And remember: we wouldn’t be in this mess if that damn egotistical Ralph Nader hadn’t ruined everything in 2000. He shouldn’t be allowed to run. Make it illegal, I say.)

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Canada Undermining Resolve at (COP 14) Climate Change Conference?

Is Canada undermining resolve at (COP 14) Climate Change Conference in Posnan, Poland.
by Joan Russow
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he Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is meeting now in Poland until December 12. The Conservative government of Canada represents less that 40% of the electorate. Yesterday, December 1, the three opposition parties representing over 60% of the electorate formed a Coalition government in waiting. On Monday, December 8, the new Coalition will table a non-confidence motion in the Conservative government, and ask the Governor General to call upon the Coalition to form the government. [Stephen Harper has shut down Canada's parliament, (Dec. 4th) to prevent the coalition taking over the government. - ed]
 
The newly formed Coalition representing more than 60% of the electorate should be negotiating for Canada at the Climate Change Conference in Poland. The Liberal, NDP and Bloc parties all have voted in the 2006 Parliament, to seriously address the issue of climate change, and to abide by the Framework Convention on climate change, and the Kyoto Protocol. The Conservative government ignored the majority vote at that time. The Conservative government with many of its members from the fossil fuel capital of Canada must not be allowed to undermine the climate change conference in Poland. The European Union has established 1990 as the baseline for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The leaders also agreed to have 20 percent of renewables in EU's energy mix and to increase energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020
 
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Obama's War Cabinet: You Better Believe It

Obama's War Cabinet
by Stephen Lendman
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ecember 1 brought more disappointment but no surprises. Obama's national security appointees (like all his earlier ones) aren't "change to believe in" or what people expected for their votes. They're recycled establishment figures. Their agenda is business as usual, and they'll continue the same failed Bush administration policies at home and abroad.
 
Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. Obama was chosen to lead it and is assembling a rogue team that's little different from the one it's replacing.
 
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Defending Canada's Imported Caregivers

Local advocacy groups condemn deportation of a Filipino live-in caregiver and baby; blame unfair and unjust government policies
by Grassroots Women
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Local advocacy groups are condemning the deportation of a Filipino live-in caregiver and her one-year old Canadian-born baby, saying they are victims of unfair and unjust government policies.

Lilibeth Agoncillo, a 34 year-old single mother from Mindoro province in the Philippines, worked for almost two years in Hong Kong as a domestic worker to help support her daughter. She came to Canada in April, 2005 under Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). Despite living and working in Vancouver for over three years she has been ordered to leave Canada immediately for not meeting the 24 months of live-in work within three years requirement.

“Like many other live-in caregivers, Agoncillo changed employers several times and because of many bureaucratic hurdles, delays in processing her work permit and a lack of information, she fell through the cracks of the unfair and often confusing immigration system,” says Glecy Duran, chairperson of SIKLAB-B.C., an organization of overseas Filipino workers.

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On Coalition Governments: Harper's Hypocrisy

Harpers Volte-Face
by Joe Hueglin
Whether is be dissolution or prorogation Stephen Harper will be making a 180 degree volte-face should he advise the Governor General otherwise than this he gave in 2004 :  "should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority."

In acting to attack Liberal and NDP collusion with the Bloc, which he did in the Sept. 9, 2004 letter to the Governor General, and which has had its most virulent manifestation to this point in these words of Bob Dechert, Member  - Mississauga-Erindale "That is as close to treason and sedition as I can imagine," there is consistency with precedent.
 
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Sea Shepherd Crew Heads South to Defend Whales

Sea Shepherd Crew Heading South to Defend the Whales
by  Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
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he Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin departed the Port of Brisbane today with an international volunteer crew of 48. The crew includes 33 men and 15 women. 14 of the crew are from Australia and 4 from New Zealand with the rest of the crew hailing from Japan, Canada, Great Britain, the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Hungary, and Bermuda. 8 of the crew are representing Animal Planet for the documenting of the 2nd season of the series Whale Wars. The other 40 crewmembers make up the crew for Operation Musashi. 23 of the crew are returning veterans and for the remaining 25, this is their first time on a Sea Shepherd campaign.

Included in the crew that departed from Brisbane is Daryl Hanna, a longtime dedicated environmental activist and actor whose films include Blade Runner, Kill Bill, Roxanne and Splash.
 
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