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Liberals seek to get Gerstein off committee
Sex offender in Asia to be in B.C. court
Saskatchewan tweaks essential services law
Senate Speaker drops neutral referee role, directly challenges
Tackle opioids, bereaved mom urges Ottawa
Peter Munk to officially retire at next AGM
Auditor scolds Saskatchewan over bookkeeping
Band remembers Nova Scotia native leader
Premier Redford cleared in ethics probe
Sage grouse protection plan released
Ignored sexual abuse
Penalty for missed power deadline unclear
Jailed PTSD sufferer says he got no support
Tories, NDP in energy-policy war of words
Tories mull position on colleague's bill
Baird affirms Cdn commitment to Ukraine
Govt wants permission to appeal 60s Scoop case
Nova Scotia premier stands by appointment
Grandma denies responsibility in boy's death
Report into child's death under wraps until new year
Judge rules prison partners can't bunk up
'Long overdue' anti-spam law to be enforced
Tories accuse minister of misleading public
Sun Media cutting 200 jobs across the company
National Bank to hike dividend, split stock
BC NDP calls for Senate abolition
RCMP bust major drug ring north of Montreal
Nova Scotia to clarify workplace fines
Bail hearing postponed for accused spy
BoC keeps interest rate unchanged at 1%
MacKay says reported fourth soldier suicide in a week
BoC keeps key interest rate unchanged at one per cent
Military grapples with attempted suicide
Bank of Canada could sway the Loonie
Group ranks cosmetic giants on 'toxic 10
Benign obesity a myth, researchers argue
Senate kills attempt to hear from Mike Duffy audit executive
Stephen Harper to meet Kathleen Wynne to talk Ring of Fire
Paul Walker died of 'traumatic and thermal injuries' from crash
Rail safety: Train operators breaking more rules in recent years
Ottawa and Quebec at odds over new Champlain Bridge
PMO emails: 3 questions about Ben Perrin's account
The dangerous anonymity that helps drive online suicides
Reform Act Proposal Triggers Tory
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Your Bank's Not as Safe as You Think
         And the
next crash is waiting to happen. First in an occasional series.
Timeshares, Hockey Tix, Mining Claims: A Peek into BC MLA
disclosures reveal a little, but still too vague to satisfy integrity
Please Advise! Help Harper Keep the Christmas Bash Under Control
         So many
hard-partying Tories, so many secrets to spill. But Burgess knows the
Market Rental' Is No Synonym for 'Affordable'
         Counter to
Vancouver council, we say there's no proof new units will drive prices
Big emissions don't make big wealth: former Harper gov't official
Race to the Arctic: Why PM wants to call dibs on North Pole
QP blog: Fantino sidesteps questions about soldiers' deaths
What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
What they're saying about the bill that would rebalance parliamentary
Liberals turn attention to Tory fundraiser Sen. Irving Gerstein over
Duffy spending affair
What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
Cities getting 'nervous' about details of Stephen Harper's infrastructure
Senate plans to probe CBC
Harper government's spy coordinators have some 'splaining to do
         Was the NEB's
fair and open environmental review process a pipe dream all along?
Lightsaber in the bathtub: The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia
         Way up high:
commanding views and prices to match in this downtown luxury building.
Jordan will need some roommates.
Thomas Billings missing: Help Vancouver Police find British tourist
         British traveller
disappeared in East Vancouver.
Council approves Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret to take over Public Dreams'
studio space
         Public Dreams
Society is officially closing up shop at the end of this year, and Dusty
Flowerpot Cabaret hopes to take over as successor.
Vancouver's historic Hollywood Theatre vs. cultural taxidermy
         Although our city
is one of the youngest urban centres on our continent, we have some
incredible pieces of multi-generational history. As the oldest family-run
theatre in North America, an evening at...
Scale and speed of industrial development in northwest B.C. undermines
environmental assessment
         It's like the
wild west, say northwest B.C. environmental groups overwhelmed by the
volume and scale of industrial projects and environmental assessments.
Buy Local Week shopping tips for the holiday season
         On the heels of
Black Friday and Cyber Monday, local business group LOCO BC joined with
the Province of BC and the City of Vancouver to launch the second annual
Kenney, MacKay, Chong, Prentice & Bernier next Tory leader ?
The Byliners & Co ...
Tories spend billions on outside services
: Chong braces for 'usual naysaying hysterics
Democratic reform includes debate, not bandwagons
Our leaders' powers need to be curbed
: The problems with Chong's reform act
: Harper's latest economic move echoes Pierre Trudeau
Edmund Burke, meet Paul Calandra
Poll Suggests Liberals Lead In Ontario, But NDP Has Slight Edge In
British Columbia
Harper orders new draft of Arctic seabed claim to include North Pole
It's time for the Green Party to pack it in
Stephen Harper defends housing claims of two senators, one Conservative
and one Liberal
Liberal senators ask Gerstein to step down as committee chair over Duffy
spending affair
Usual naysaying, hysterics greet MP Michael Chong's bid to reform
Don't shed tears for pot-smoking Mountie
Gas plant cancellations: Kathleen Wynne denies being part of so-called
Stephen Harper's latest economic move echoes Pierre Trudeau
Democratic reform includes debate, not bandwagons
Expense rules need independent enforcement
Public Voice(s)
How Canada goes to
Is Stephen Harper planning to step down? 5 hours ago
Train operators are breaking more rules, while rail industry addresses
safety concerns 6 hours ago
Only one of 99 Alberta health executives abides by minister's request to
refuse bonuses 3 hours ago
Conservatives to vote behind closed doors at caucus on Chong’s bill to
empower MPs
>>>>The Real News
Detroit Enters Bankruptcy As Pensions and Benefits Go on Chopping
How the Defeat of Trade Unionism Gave Rise to Low-Wage Jobs
Ontario Activists Protest Tar Sands Pipeline By Locking Themselves to
Global Day of Action Targets "Toxic" Free Trade Agreements
Three Strikes and You're Out: After 20 Years, Is the Law Working?: Former
DA Speaks Out, Regrets Enforcing Law
Political protests continue in Bangkok: A Case of Middle Class Uprising
Vs The Poor?
Anger In Kiev As Motion For Confidence Vote Fails
>>>>t r u t h o u
Chemical and Oil Companies Accused of Using Unsafe Rail Tank Cars 
Read the BuzzFlash Commentary
Hightower: Billionaires Reap a Cornucopia of Farm Subsidy Cash
Read the Article at BuzzFlash
Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets and Broke the
Story of the Year
Read the Article at Rolling Stone
on Another Planet Would Have a Lot to Teach Us
Read the Article at BuzzFlash
Detroit Bankruptcy Bankrupts Democracy
Read the Article at The Nation
Monbiot | The Lies Behind This Transatlantic Trade Deal
Read the Article at The Guardian
Report: Abrupt Climate Change Tipping Points Could Spell Surprising
Disasters for Future
Read the Article at Science World Report
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Pension Theft: Class War Goes to the Next Stage
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Syria's Criminal Rebels
Why the World Should Care About Honduras' Recent Election
US Government Has Secret Kill Switch for Communications
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What the Media Isn't Telling You About Detroit's Bankruptcy
John Fullerton: Carbon Crisis, Fossil Fuels and Finance
Take Roots Action:
Tell the State Department, Congress and the president: We've had
enough wars, and we want peace with Iran.
Be Afraid: The Manufactured "War On
Arch crook and US Senator Diane Feinstein tells us terror threats are
escalating. New groups, new tactics...
But when asked for details..."Can't say anything. National security,
don't you know."
Here's the truth about the "threats." Video
Humanity Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate
Impacts, Warns Report
Workers Demand Livable Wage in Hundred-City Strike
Nation's Libraries Warn of NSA's 'Ravenous Hunger' for Data
'Americanization' Leading the Way... in Attack on Workers
Bicycle Sales Outpace Cars as European 'Bike Revolution' Gains Speed
Free From Jail But Still Trapped in Russia, 'Arctic 30' Seek Exit Visas
Economic Pain Inflicted, Austerity-Pushers Now Targeting Human Rights
Vandana Shiva & Jane Goodall on Serving the Earth & How Women Can
Address Climate Crisis
Chris Hayes: What Really Made Detroit Go Bankrupt
Allison Kilkenny: Fast Food Strikes Hit 100 Cities Thursday
Antonio Tujan Jr.: Drawing the Lines in Bali: Global South Must Demand No
Less Than Development Justice
Richard Eskow: Third Way's Anti-Populist, Anti-Warren and Deceptive "Dead
David Cay Johnston: A Hard Lesson from Motown: They Will Steal Your
Diane Ravitch: What You Need to Know About the International Test Scores
Laura Flanders: In College Funds, Are Fossil Fuels the New Slavery?
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Flush the TPP: Cities across U.S. Join Global Day of Action to Protest
Dangerous Trade Agreements; Say "Don't Trade Lives For Profits"
Jubilee USA: EU Fines Financial Instituitions $2.3bn Over Manipulation of
LIBOR, One of Largest Banking Scandals of Our Time
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Moins de dossiers confiés à l'ONÉ, suggère MulcairPlus
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Phyllis Lambert quitte la présidence du CCAPlus
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Un militaire de Valcartier s'enlève la viePlus
Mines: vers une entente PQ-CAQPlus
Vivre avec une hernie de 13 kg sur le ventrePlus
Sun Media abolit 200 postes Plus
France: feu vert à la pénalisation des clients de prostituéesPlus
Mexique: le matériel radioactif volé retrouvéPlus
huit arrestations dans les LaurentidesPlus
Un leader du Hezbollah assassiné près de
From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Daily Digest December 3, 2013.
Hi Joe:
Let me try to ask this one more time. Heck, I'll even make it a two
1. If not Harper, then who?
2. If not the Conservatives, then whom?
Thanks, Joe.
Ron Thornton
Edmonton, Ab.
Will share my views, Ron, may well be lengthy, in a separate post and
most certainly open to disagreement.
From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Begin forwarded message:
Subject: Fw: A country
A country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy
should give some thought to choosing a profession.
Like many young men, the boy didn't really know what he  wanted
to do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it .
One day, while the boy was away to school, his father decided to try
an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table
four objects:
A Bible
A Silver Dollar
A bottle of Jack Daniels
And a Playboy magazine.
'I'll just hide behind the door, the preacher said to
himself,   'and when he comes home from school this afternoon,
I'll see which object he picks up.'
'If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me,  
and what a blessing that would be!
'If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a business man, and that
would be okay, too.
'But, if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunkard,
and Lord, what a shame that would be.
'And worst of all, if he picks up that magazine, he's going to be a
skirt-chasing bum.'
The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps as he
entered the house whistling and headed for his room.
The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the
room, he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he
walked over to inspect them.
Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked
up the Silver Dollar and dropped into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle
and took a big drink while he admired this month's centerfold.
'Lord have mercy,' the old preacher disgustedly whispered,
'He's going to be the next mayor of
From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: FW: 37 million dead bees on Ontario farm
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 18:14:26 +0000
Killer pesticides are wiping out the honeybees. As Europe takes a big
step to protect bees, Canada is dragging its feet.
Tell Health Canada to enact sensible restrictions on bee-killing
pesticides today.
Even while tens of millions of bees die, Health Canada isn't doing
On December 1, the European Union imposed a two year ban on
neonicotinoids, the pesticide manufactured by Bayer that scientists have
tied to the massive global bee die-off. It's a bold step and not a moment
too soon. With up to a third of all honeybees vanishing each winter,
beekeepers are saying that we are "on the brink" of losing our crops'
vital pollinators.
The Canadian government agency in charge, Health Canada, has been
dragging its feet for years. But we need a pollinator-friendly policy
now, to ensure a safe, sustainable environment for future
Tell Health Canada to protect the bees, and enact sensible restrictions
on bee-killing pesticides now.
It's not an exaggeration to say we owe our prosperity and even our
survival to millions of bees. Bees are responsible for pollinating
over 30% of world's food supply , and they help generate over hundreds
of billions to the global economy. And bees are dying worldwide. This
summer, a shocking 37 million bees were reported dead across a single
farm in Ontario.
Bee die offs aren't one off incidents -- in China, the situation has
gotten so bad that farmers are forced to hand-pollinate their
trees. have been right at the front of the global campaign to save
our bees. Over 360,000 of us have already demanded that Bayer drop the
lawsuit to stop the two-year neonicotinoid ban in Europe. We also
came together to fight Bayer at a huge independent garden store show in
Chicago, where the German chemical maker was out in force. Tens of
thousands from the Canadian SumOfUs community also took action to demand
that big stores Home Depot and Lowe's stop selling the bee killing
chemicals. Now, we need to ask Health Canada to take action to save
the bees.
You can bet the pesticide manufacturers are shovelling cash at lobbyists
in order to continue selling their poisonous products in Canada. But
we're not here to protect corporate profits, we're here to protect our
ecosystem to ensure our future. Join in today to protect Canada's
Demand that Health Canada take action on protecting our
Thanks for all that you do,
Angus, Paul and the rest of us.