When this Ikea Monkey story blew up on Sunday afternoon, my friend Bronwyn was ready to talk about the fact she was there. By Sunday evening she'd already done four local TV interviews and lined up a handful of interviews for the next morning. Her Twitter feed has been "non-stop since Sunday." She has gained hundreds of new followers.
On December 7, Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved the first two complete takeovers of Canadian-owned energy firms by foreign state-owned companies in our country's history. The Prime Minister used sleight of hand to trick Canadians into thinking these were "exceptional" cases, to be repeated only cautiously in the future. He appeared to close the door to ownership of the tar sands by companies controlled by foreign governments. But he didn't close it at all. He left it wide open and signaled to China, Malaysia and other countries that Canada's strategic energy resources were entirely for sale, not just to the highest bidder but to any bidder at all.
Today, the Canadian Parliament will hear testimony concerning the torture and tragic death in detention of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the largest corporate tax fraud in Russian history, identified the senior Russian perpetrators, and paid for it with his life. One might wonder: What is the Canadian connection to all this?
It was estimated that between 1962-1970 over 9,000 kg of mercury had been poured into the Wabigoon-English River system. More than four decades later the effects of mercury poisoning persist. Scientists examined 160 adults from Grassy Narrows and White Dog reserve. Over 33 per cent were diagnosed with the disease and a total of 58 per cent were still affected in some way by the mercury.