Bill C 45

A Short History of Joe Oliver, Canada's New Finance Minister

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

Joe Oliver, Canada's new federal Minister of Finance, made quite a name for himself during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources. With Oliver moving to the helm of the country's finances, perhaps it's time to take a look back over his notable career. Is Oliver's selective use (and misuse) of the facts restricted to the oilsands?

5 Biggest Aboriginal Stories Of 2013

CBC | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Politics

Anti-fracking protests, the growth of a movement, a hunger strike, an unprecedented turnout at a reconciliation walk and a disgraced senator — all ...

Canada Pulls its Goalie on the Environment

Adam Scott | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Scott

Canada's ability to oversee large energy projects is crumbling. No matter which way you look at it, Canada's regulatory system just isn't up to the challenging task of protecting the health, environment and economy of Canadians from risky energy projects.

Speaking With the Founders of Idle No More

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The four founders of Idle No More didn't start out famous. Until flash-mob round dances, prayer circles, and blockades spread across Canada, few people knew Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean, and Nina Wilson. But today, Idle No More is emerging as a powerful movement for the rights of native peoples to protect the lands and waters.

CEPA Sets The Record Straight: Energy Letter Critic Misses the Point

Sandra Burns | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sandra Burns

Our industry has a long history of working and consulting constructively with Aboriginals groups. So, the bottom line is this -- we aren't advocating for reduced environmental protection, but rather drawing regulatory attention to areas where it best protects the interest of all Canadians.

A Love Letter to Harper From the Oil Industry

Yan Roberts | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Yan Roberts

The Harper government is blatantly adhering to the interests of one industry over the broader interests of all Canadians, and over the fundamental protection of our land and waters. What are we to make of how easy a time these industry lobbyists had at furthering their own interests?

Feist, Broken Social Scene, Blue Rodeo Show Support For Idle No More Movement

Huffington Post Music Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Music

A number of Canadian musicians have joined forces to show their support for Idle No More, the movement of First Nations people for "healthy, just, equ...

The Buck Shouldn't Stop at Theresa Spence

Ken Georgetti | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

All Canadians owe a debt of gratitude to Chief Theresa Spence's and Elder Raymond Robinson's hunger strikes. These individuals are calling attention to an intolerable situation among First Nations communities. They are also highlighting concerns common to many Canadians about dangers posed by unilateral government.

What Idle No More Should Really Be Protesting

Mark Milke | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Mark Milke

In the wake of the Idle No More protests that have blocked railway lines and have hinted at more mischief, multiple grievances have been advanced in place of clear-headed analyses. But none of the slogans, clichés and guilt-tripping get to the bottom of why some aboriginals, especially on reserves, are in a sorry state. Fundamental problems with how reserves are run — and the unsustainable nature of some of those rural collectives — is what protesters should ponder.

Consult This, Ottawa

CBC | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Politics

Two native bands are attempting to challenge parts of the federal government's omnibus budget bill in court. The bands are the Mikisew Cre...

9 Questions About Idle No More

CBC | Posted 03.07.2013 | Canada Impact

It dates back just two months but a grassroots movement called Idle No More has gained a serious following and significant media attention through ral...

The Top Three Democracy Bloopers of 2012

Aviva Rubin | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Aviva Rubin

Bloopers have always been fun. A good collective laugh is a healthy thing for a society. This would be a perfect year to start the "Democracy Blooper Awards." Here are my favourite anti-democratic moments of 2012. Even at its best democracy has proven to be an out-of-control PR performance where points are given for best spin, rather than outcome.

How Harper's Neglect Suffocates Native Potential

Hassan Arif | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

The Harper Conservatives' lack of consultation with First Nations represents a dangerous narrow-mindedness. The same goes for the government's neglect of environmental protection. It is time to idle no more. It is time to speak out, for First Nations, and for Canadians as a whole.

Harper: Act Now Before Chief Theresa Spence Dies

Charlie Angus | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Chief Theresa Spence hasn't eaten in over 11 days. The weather has taken a big turn for the worse and her tent home on Victoria Island is far from ideal. This was a serious business and she told me she wasn't backing down. I knew then I was watching the beginning of a revolution. Chief Spence has put her life on the line. This is not a game. This is not a stunt. Every day that Mr. Harper tries to wait out the crisis, the stakes rise higher. Mr. Harper has a very short window to show leadership. He needs to come the table and begin to address the issues that have driven so many First Nation communities into poverty and despair.

First Nations Launch National Protest As Movement Grows

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Impact

OTTAWA - Hundreds of First Nations protesters waved flags, chanted slogans and shook a collective fist at the federal government Friday as they gather...

Idle No More Movement Blocks Highway To Oilsands

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The leader of an aboriginal community near the Alberta oilsands says the federal government is clearing the way for development...

Idle No More Is Not Just an "Indian Thing"

Wab Kinew | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Wab Kinew

What is "Idle No More"? To me this conversation is more than just an "Indian Thing." It is one that Canadians of all backgrounds should pay attention to, if not participate in. The ideals that are underlying this action are ones to which we all aspire, even if we may disagree on how exactly to pursue them.

First Nations Members Take To Trans-Canada In Protest

CBC | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Alberta

Members of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Morley exercised a peaceful protest Sunday afternoon. About 200 people blocked one lane of t...

Idle No More Movement Revs Up

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Politics

First Nations activists are gearing up for a week of rallies as a growing grassroots movement known as Idle No More continues to draw communities acro...

What Chief Spence's Hunger Strike Says About Canada

Obert Madondo | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Obert Madondo

"I'm willing to die for my people because the pain is too much and it's time for the government to realize what (it's) doing to us." We should all be ashamed that these words were uttered in Canada, and that a First Nation leader has put her life on the line to be heard. A hunger strike in Canada is a sign of imperfect democracy.

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Chelsea Vowel | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Chelsea Vowel

Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat did not launch a hunger strike over a single piece of legislation. In short, this is what we have always been talking about. Whether the particular focus has been on housing, or education or the environment, or whatever else. What lies at the heart of all these issues is our relationship with Canada. And Canada? This relationship is abusive. We have been backed into a corner and we are literally fighting for our lives. We are literally dying, in so many preventable and unacceptable ways. I'm not being poetic or hyperbolic here and I don't just mean culturally. We are dying. I need you -- WE need you, to see the forest and not just the trees.

Pledging To Be Idle No More

The Huffington Post Canada | Lauren Strapagiel | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Impact

From the frozen north to downtown Toronto, aboriginal protesters and supporters declared today that they would be "idle no more." Spurred on by soc...

WATCH: Chiefs Get In Parliament Scuffle Over Budget Bill

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Efforts by opposition parties to amend the Conservative government's latest omnibus budget bill culminated with around six hours of voting Tu...

What's Buried in the Tories' Omnibus Bill

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

The Conservative government recently introduced C-45, an omnibus bill containing provisions to create a two-tier public sector workforce in this country. Buried in the bill is a provision to raise the age of retirement for all public employees hired after January 1, 2013

WATCH: Mercer Blasts Harper And Tories On Water

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics

Rick Mercer delivered a scathing critique of the Harper government's water policies on Tuesday night. On the "Rick Mercer Report," the CBC comedian...