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Canada is trading away its environmental rights

The free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico was never designed to raise labour and environmental standards to the highest level. In fact, NAFTA and other trade agreements Canada has signed — including the recent Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with China — often take labour standards to the lowest denominator while increasing environmental risk.

Marvin Ross ~ Mental Health Commission Is Stuck in Groundhog Day

What am I missing here? The Mental Health Commission of Canada has just released the first of two reports on indicators showing how poorly we treat those with mental illness in Canada. I really have to ask why, as this is something we already know.

In May, 2006, the Canadian Senate released its study of mental health in Canada called Out of the Shadows At Last. What went into that report was based on more than 2,000 submissions, two online consultations and meeting people in every province in the country. They came up with a horrible picture of third world conditions in a first world nation.

Samuel Getachew ~ Only a fool would underestimate Justin Trudeau in this year’s federal election

As the federal NDP solidifies the notion that they are not government material by way of recent defections, lack of attractive candidates and distinct policies, the only viable options left for Canadians is a clear choice between Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Let it be understood that the next election is not a choice between fundamental policy differences but personalities and legacies.

Brigette DePape has just committed to be our National Youth Vote Organizer!

You know Brigette as the young parliamentary page who held up her iconic “Stop Harper!” sign in the Senate. But you may not know that since then she has emerged as a leading voice on the political landscape and a driving force within many youth movements – including with the Council of Canadians.

Today Brigette told me, “I want the morning headlines after the election to read: Young voters turn out in record numbers, elect progressive new government.”

Let’s make it happen!

‘Doomsday Clock’ Ticks Forward: Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons Push Humanity Closer Towards Global Catastrophe

Runaway climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons have pushed the world closer towards irreversible catastrophe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announcedThursday, as the group pushed the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes before midnight.

The two factors “pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which came to its assessment with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates, said in a statement.

SADLY ~ St. Albert RCMP Officer David Matthew Wynn Passes

Constable David Matthew Wynn died a short time ago in an Edmonton hospital, at the age of 42 years. Cst. Wynn never regained consciousness after being shot by a suspect in St. Albert on Saturday morning. His death comes as a great loss to the RCMP, and especially to his colleagues at St. Albert Detachment, where he worked since his graduation from Depot in 2009.

Republicans and Wall Street Say to Hell With Protecting the Public!

In the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent over $1.2 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions, according to Americans for Financial Reform. Their spending strategy appears to be working. Just this week, the House passed further legislation that would delay by two years some key provisions of Dodd-Frank. “[Banks] want to be able to do things their way, and that’s very dangerous.” MIT economist Simon Johnson tells Bill.

DEPRESSION an Allergic Reaction?

Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that facilitate intercellular communication. It also happens that people suffering from depression are loaded with cytokines.

Tony Walkden ~ With A Dying Breath

This is a wonderfully written, well-researched book by one of the most passionate people on this earth. You will be amazed to learn of all the preventative measures that can help slow, and one day stop, the extinction of so many gorgeous creatures. Mr. Walkden has put much love into his work and should be very proud of his efforts to raise awareness for these animals. Complete with pictures donated by over 70 photographers and artists, this book discusses why some of these species are endangered, why recovery is a challenge, and what we can be doing to help, before more of these animals are gone forever.

Where in the World is Tim Knight

A military coup beckons like distant thunder from the other side of South Africa’s border with Lesotho.

Soldiers shoot police … police shoot soldiers … the general commanding Lesotho’s army defies the King’s command to lay down his sword … rebel soldiers train in the mountains … Lesotho prime minister and allies flee across the border to South Africa … South African police go the other way to guard Lesotho VIPs … corrupt politicians blame each other …

Sylvia Vollenhoven, Editor of the new website The Journalist, writes me a letter of accreditation. I’m to go to Lesotho, find out what’s happening, be The Journalist’s first-ever war correspondent.

Once I covered South Africa’s fight against apartheid. And independence struggles in Zimbabwe and Zambia. And three years and two wars in the Congo. And America’s civil rights battle against racism.

Now it’s an attempted coup in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

How could your intrepid war correspondent resist?

Just like the old days.

David Suzuki ~ Digging out of Canada’s mining dilemma

Mining is important to human well-being, but the current economic system means it’s often aimed at maximizing profit with little regard for people or the environment. It’s one area where Canadians can make a difference. Canada is a global leader in mining, especially in Latin America. According to the Mining Association of Canada, “Almost 60% of the world’s public mining companies are listed on theTSX and TSX-Venture Exchanges, and 70% of the equity capital raised globally for mining companies is raised on these exchanges.”

Tell Ontario its pollinator health proposal is on the right track

Tell the government it’s on the right track!

Neonic pesticides are highly toxic to bees and also threaten other organisms like birds, butterflies and earthworms. Harmful effects include impaired memory, lower reproduction rates and increased susceptibility to disease.

Ontario is the first jurisdiction in North America to propose regulatory restrictions on these pesticides. That’s good news for the birds and bees — and for the rest of us whose food supply depends on pollinators.

Marc Garneau ~ 5th Anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti

“First, I would like to offer my condolences to the millions of friends and family members still mourning the tragic deaths of loved ones at the hands of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

“While world events too often showcase human violence and cruelty, let us focus today on the solidarity, compassion, and mutual assistance displayed in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Wes Raymond ~ Small Town Climate Talks

Peter Sinclair is the founder of the online series Climate Denial Crock of the Week. A lifelong activist, he decided some years ago to commit his energies to combating the anti-science nonsense that muddies the climate debate. These myths and misconceptions keep conversation framed in the “question” of whether or not climate change is real, and sideline real debate about what to do about climate change.

Kelley White ~ Transhumanism

So while folks are still squabbling in the sandbox over irrelevant issues like race and creed, the toys are coming.

The choices will still need to be made.

Industrial thinking coupled with feudal governance is a non linear digression within the spectrum of evolutionary progression. (No, I am not speaking of evolutionism in the literal purist perspective, but of the observable progression of systemology.)


Immerse yourself in the domain of tea from the traditional to the modern, at the 3rd annual Toronto Tea Festival on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 10:00am until 5:00pm at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Central Reference Library.

The 3rd annual Toronto Tea Festival has gathered world-renowned tea sommeliers, internationally published authors, historical fashion experts, musicians and vendors who are keen to steep the enquiring, novice and aficionado in tea lore and culture.

Gas Leak Almost Cancels Christmas

Wes Raymond – 28 families in Monroe County of Southeastern Ohio were evacuated from their homes on December 13, 2014 because of a natural gas leak at a fracking site that company work crews were unable to stop until December 23.


Sticking to your goals says many things about you. First of all it speaks volumes about your character. It says you are a stick-to-it determined type. Secondly it also suggests that you are reliable. People tend to respect the individuals who keep on track and don’t give up just because the going gets tough and things feel rough. As a matter of fact, the determined types are the ones who become the most successful.

Rosemary Fusca ~ Three Simple Tips for Relationship Building

Nothing beats some good old fashion face time with your partner. In a world of late work nights, endless errand running, and keeping up with other family and social activities – it’s easy to fall into a habit of missing each other, literally for days on end. Do whatever it takes to get some daily face time with your partner…and then make it about the two of you…make it fun!

Have fun by playing politics with the Senate

Prime Minister: We who scurry for attention have chosen to cast your every grudging utterance as another grudging investment in your year-long re-election campaign. Accordingly, this Aide memoir is tailored to excite your dark side — a missive to a predator.

Let’s start with a little flattery.

Carbon Fee and Dividend – Best for Lower and Middle Income

Rolly Montpellier is the Founder and Managing Editor of BoomerWarrior.Org. He’s a Climate Reality leader, a blogger and an Climate Activist. Rolly has been published in several online publications – Climate Change Guide, World Daily, Examiner, The Canadian, 350Ottawa, ClimateMama, MyEarth360, GreenDivas, The Elephant, Countercurrents, Georgian Bay News.

John Paily’s Truth About Climate Change

We are virtually digging our own grave out of greed and self interest. It is time we evolve, to understand the Principle and Design on which earth is functioning, to sustain the temperature and how we are stressing it and inviting huge destruction – The energy of earth is already peaking and falling violently.

8 Most Shared Posts 2014 – The Canadian

Our Top Shared Posts at The Canadian 2014

( In no particular order. Counters on Social Media we’re reset during theme and plugin changes )

Thanks So Much, to the good people who helped build The Canadian during our BETA 1 testing. Your World Class!

The Canadian is viewed in 196 countries … Most visitors came from Canada. The United States & U.K. were not far behind.

Thank You Council of Canadians

You stood up for democracy.

When the Harper government introduced new election rules that would make it more difficult – if not impossible – for some people to vote, you joined with thousands of Canadians across the country to challenge the “Unfair” Elections Act. Your support helped launch a court challenge to these new rules. You also kept the heat on the Conservatives to answer for the voter fraud that occurred in the last federal election. After winning a historic federal court ruling that pointed to the Conservative Party database as the likely source of widespread fraud in the 2011 election, you have kept up the call for accountability.

Rosesmary Fusca ~ Keeping The Spirit of Christmas Alive 

I’m so grateful to be able to give this year…and I’m thanking each and every person who made a generous contribution and helped us give back to 360 kids!
And as we wrap up the year 2014, what are you grateful for this holiday season? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments so please drop me a line.

Where ever you are in the world, and whatever you Celebrate – From my family and home to yours…

I’m Wishing You A Very Happy and Merry Christmas with Many Blessings in 2015!

Monica Chapman ~ P.S. I Love You – Coming 2015

Monica Chapmans new CD titled “P.S. I Love You” produced by Bill King and featuring William Sperandei, CD coming JANUARY 2015 and will be available on iTunes!

Monica’s CD Release will be at LULA LOUNGE, Fri. April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm, No cover, reservations guarantee seating

Col. Harry Shoup ~ NORAD’s First Santa Tracker

One of the highlights of Christmas Eve for our family was listening on the radio for NORAD tracking Santa. Talk about exciting, especially when we heard Rudulph was leading the sled.

Sadly, I still believed these reports, until my little brother “Spuds Malloy” informed me it was not true. Even sadder, considering I was 25 at the time ..

Don Jackson ~ Chicken Soup for the Soul

The time we see that warmth displayed so openly is at year’s end during the holiday season. If you need any further proof, just go to your local bookstore and look for the new Chicken Soup for the Soul collection, Christmas in Canada. It’s filled with the joy, magic and wonder of the holidays.

I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am to have had one of my original Christmas stories chosen by the editors to be one of the 101 stories in this wonderful collection.

Navneet Gupta ~ Help Expose Canadian Mining & Waste ‘Management’ Practices

Canada imports industrial waste which is then dumped on native lands, as federal laws do not apply to native lands. This has resulted in much higher incidences of disease (Cancer, other immune disorders, etc.) in native communities that are already marginalized (Hamilton, Brantford, Sarnia, Walpole Island) via their water supply. I worked in the waste management industry for some years. Information on landfills are 10-15 years out of date in Canada

Canada in Climate Talks – An Embarrassment for all Canadians

I used to be a proud Canadian. Before I became a Climate Activist, that is. But now as a Climate Activist, I feel nothing but shame and embarrassment for Canada at climate talks.

My current disillusionment is rooted in the rise to power of Stephen Harper and his brand of Conservatism almost 9 years ago. Harper’s detrimental influence on the Canadian psyche will be felt for decades after he is removed from power in the 2015 Federal election (my prediction).

The Sorry State of Writer’s Craft in Canada

I recall being at York University between 1999 and 2003 when my best friend was studying writing there – or more specifically she was studying English Literature until she could transfer into a different program that was specifically for aspiring writers seeking to hone their craft. I recall she had to make the attempt several times before she finally got into the writers craft program, which had very limited seats and many applicants. (Which makes me wonder, why the heck are they teaching English Literature if almost all the people in that program are actually trying to get into the writing program instead? Why don’t they just make the English Literature program smaller, and EXPAND the writing program? This makes more sense.)

Wounded Warriors Canada – The Park of Reflection

The Park of Reflection is intended to provide a gathering space to give thanks, show respect, and provide sanctuary for our ill and injured uniformed service personnel, their families, and Canadians alike. This will be the first of its kind in Canada, proudly situated in Whitby’s Cullen Gardens. The men and women of our uniformed service dawn their uniforms each day with unlimited liability placed on their health and safety – risking their lives for our safety and security both domestically and internationally. Members of our uniformed service personnel include those from the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, Police, Fire, EMS, Coast Guard and Border Security Service personnel.

Market Champions and the Canada Trap (part one)

Andrew Coyne is the best muse we have for better housekeeping inside the box. Stephen Harper is exhibit A, as its most promising failure. He didn’t invent the term “economic union.” But, unlike any prime minister before, he clearly detests the barriers in its way and has had a majority to work against them. Yet his biggest accomplishment in smoothing the bumps in our federation has been to harmonize Brian Mulroney’s sales tax.

Marvin Ross ~ Mental Health, Serious Cases Need Help First

In Canada and the U.S. those with the most serious mental illnesses get little care. It is well established that we do not have enough resources thanks to our emptying of psychiatric hospitals that began in the ’50s and ’60s and the failure to put the promised resources into community supports and services.

Rosemary Fusca ~ Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…

I spend alot of time studying the Law of Attraction and working with people (myself included) who are wanting to co-create and manifest a life and career of their dreams. One of the best ways that I know how to manifest is to make sure that I’m clear. And what do I mean by “clear”?

Mike Rilstone ~ Prairie Farmers Shot their Own Feet Off!

By eliminating the Canadian Wheat Board, Harper removed the Prairie Farmers unified power. When will they learn? Years before the May, 2011 Federal election, if a Prairie Farmer had listened to Harper’s platform, they would have known he was a corporate-loving plutocrat, (whose personal wealth while Prime Minister had shot from chicken scraps to $15 million), and he was planning to give prairie farming to the huge conglomerates.

Rosemary Fusca ~ Thank You Dad

So here we are celebrating another Father’s Day. More importantly than the cards, grilling on the barbecue and gifts – it’s a time to acknowledge the very important men in our lives – our dads! This post is for all of the great and special men in your life. Enjoy these funny, great quotes and sentimental sayings about remarkable men who go that extra mile for their children.

Lynn Gehl PhD – Nation Builder

Dr. Gehl is a determined Nation Builder. She has devoted her life to justice and equity for First Nations women. Dr. Gehl’s determination is apparent in her court action to correct a wrong against women and children falling into the clutches of Canada’s Indian Act. She leads a Charter Challenge against Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act, most particularly Unknown and Unstated Paternity in the Indian Act. This describes a terrible injustice triggered partly by British and Canadian colonialists’ inability to recognize their cultural differences with indigenous cultures and the tragic personal injustices that indifference engenders.

3 Simple Strategies For De-Stressing

Let’s face it, if you’re in a healthy, human body – you’re going to experience stress. We all do from time to time. The trick is figuring out how to handle it in a way so that you’re not burning out or losing control of your physical health and well-being.

Rosemary Fusca ~ Thanks, Mom!

It’s hard to believe that already 100 years have passed since former President Woodrow Wilson introduced Mother’s Day as an International celebration. Since then it’s become a day to buy flowers, chocolate and mushy hallmark cards. I became a mother at a very young age – I was only 18. Four children, and two grandchildren later – I realize now, for me, that Mother’s Day is so much more than just one day of saying Thank You over brunch.

Grey-Bruce Arts Collective brings the story of Beautiful Joe to the stage beginning May 14 at Meaford Hall

The Grey-Bruce Arts Collective, in association with the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society presents the world premiere of Beautiful Joe adapted from the Margaret Marshall Saunders novel. Having been in workshop last season at the SpringWorks Festival in Stratford, Ontario this heartwarming story of Meaford’s own canine hero takes the stage at Meaford Hall, May 14-17.

Duedexing – the real viable plan to save the ecosystems and the civilization

OIL-ing the devastation of ecosystems: It is said that a sizable fraction of population is complicit with the planet destroying forces through Offence-abetting, Inaction, Lethargy/latitude or apathy or in sum OIL-ing the devastation of ecosystems the OIL giants are engaged in. It is to be noted here that oil giants or Exxon is being used here in a representative capacity and represents the cluster or high denser sources of energy or fossil energy based power sources of which electricity is a sizable fraction.

Rosemary Fusca ~ Cleaning Up The Warehouse

In our careers and business lives we spend countless hours cleaning up and doing regular inventory. Cleaning up our desks, cubicles and offices, our boardrooms, filing cabinets not to mention the amount of time we spend checking inventory – The office supplies, stock rooms, warehouses

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