Government declares war on environmental groups, activists say
Environmental groups are battling several Canadian government initiatives they say are designed to hobble them. Cabinet ministers have attempted to discredit the groups calling them radical and accusing them of accepting foreign funding. Activists believe a government decision to audit charitable organizations is a thinly-disguised attack on the environmental movement. The executive director of Greenpeace Canada, Bruce Cox told RCI’s Lynn Desjardins that his own organization did not seek charitable status specifically so it could be completely independent and not have to follow government rules. Other groups with charitable status are now having to waste time and energy responding to audits.
This past Thursday (Jan 10) Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield talked about the experience of being on the International Space Station in a press conference with Canadian journalists.
Hadfield joined the mission in December, and since has been on Twitter and Facebook sharing photos and impressions of what it's like to look at earth from space.
In the press conference he talked about what it feels like to circle the earth every 90 minutes, about sharing time with his fellow astronauts and cosmonauts, and about the importance of sharing this experience with people back on earth.
Typically Canadians get telemarketing calls at supper time. Some hate it so much they put their phone numbers on a special no-call list. Problem is some offshore telemarketers are ignoring the list and driving people nuts with persistent sales calls. [...]