Friday, September 27, 2013

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Friday September 27 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Why do some workers support weakened labour rights?

Why, if Canadians are concerned by income inequality, are some ready to support policies that actually weaken labour rights? That's one of the questions York University labour and employment professor David Doorey asks in an article he wrote on his "Law of Work" blog.

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Eye on the Arctic: Is Barents plan a model for Canada-U.S. cooperation in the North?

Each week, Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from across the North

A four-day conference on Arctic ports wound up on Thursday in Narvik, Norway.

The international conference was organized by the Port of Narvik, Ocean Futures, a research institute that focuses on the world’s oceans and polar regions, and the Maritime Forum North, ...

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Canada must lead climate change fight: think tank

Canada has one of the world’s largest carbon footprints and should be driving the research on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the Pembina Institute, a think tank working to protect Canada’s environment. Policy analyst P.J. Partington says the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it “clearer than ever ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

A little bit of Canada on Mars

The Curiousity rover currently exploring Mars carries with it a tiny but vital piece of Canada,

It’s a small cube about 7 cm across called the APXS- Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer.

It was used for the first time this week as the rover extended its robotic arm and held the device over a small Martian rock. The APXS ...

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Canada not ready to sign UN Arms Trade Treaty

This week the Canadian government said it was not ready to sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty even though 112 countries have signed the agreement, including the United States this past Wednesday (September 25).

A spokesman for Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the government is still holding consultations on whether the treaty would affect lawful recreational ...

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Info watchdog rebukes Canadian government

Canada’s information commissioner has admonished government officials for dubious new tactics to thwart the freedom of information law. The law, established in 1983 allows citizens to apply to get information from government files. The commissioner is there to help citizens and organizations who feel their right under this law has not been respected.

"I am ...

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Winnipeg's trained massage therapists rubbed the wrong way.

Licensed massage therapists have long complained about the widespread use of the term “massage parlour” and have been calling for a name change.

They say they are therapists and have been trained in things like physiology and anatomy whereas many other so-called massage parlours and staff have no training and are merely thinly disguised locales for the sex trade. ...

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Foreign service back to work

Canada’s foreign service workers have ended their rotating strikes after reaching a tentative agreement with the government. Operations in offices around the world will return to normal.

The deal was made two weeks after a labour relations board ruled the government had been bargaining in bad faith. Details are not available but the diplomats had demanded pay equity with ...

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Canada's population now at 35 million, says Statistics Canada

On July 1, 2013, Canada's population was at 35,158,300, according to the government data agency Statistics Canada.

That was an increase of 1.2% over the estimate of 2012. And, except for the period between 1986 and 1990, the population growth rate has shown little variation in 30 years, ranging from 0.8% to 1.2%.

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