Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Tuesday October 22 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Why Kevin Page got the TaxFighter Award

The highest honour that the Canadian Taxpayers Federation can give is its TaxFighter Award. This year the award went to former Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) Kevin Page.

"Kevin Page won the respect of taxpayers, public servants and political leaders of all partisan persuasions," says the Federation's Director Gregory Thomas, by giving "a more accurate understanding of how the ...

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Shock at Canada’s handling of fleeing Sri Lankans

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) has obtained a memo it says indicates Canadian officials planned to make it as difficult as possible for Tamils fleeing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka to settle in Canada. Nearly 500 people arrived on Canada’s Pacific coast on the vessel, the Sun Sea, in August 2010. Previous to ...

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Microbeads: tiny plastic debris in the Great Lakes

A research effort this summer in the Great Lakes has revealed a surprising amount of tiny plastic particles in the water.

The 5 Gyres Institute is an environmental organization which has primarily been concerned with pollution, and especially plastics pollution, in the oceans.

Marcus Eriksen, is the Research Director at the 5 Gyres Institute in the ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

National college/university student sex survey

It seems that about a quarter of post secondary students in Canada  have never had sex.

Of the roughly three-quarters of students who do engage in sex during the past year, only about half used a condom, and although most (62%) said they had a very good or excellent knowledge about sexual health 74% scored only 5 out of 10 ...

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National campaign, court challenge to stop government spying on Canadians

"We are not a society of blind faith – we are a society of accountability, transparency and free and open debate,” said Caily DiPuma, Counsel for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) as the association announced it was suing Canada's eavesdropping agency the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) saying its broad and unchecked surveillance of Canadians is unconstitutional.

The action ...

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Prehistoric "glass sponge reefs" off Canada's west coast

It was long thought that these “glass-sponges” had died out in the Jurassic era, 40 million years ago.  Then by accident, they were discovered surviving in deep waters just off Canada’s British Columbia coast.

Survivors from millions of years ago, some ...

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Two progressive mayors re-elected/elected in western Canadian province of Alberta

The two biggest cities in the western Canadian province of Alberta now have mayors whose politics are seen as progressive.

Naheed Nenshi was re-elected mayor of the city of Calgary with 74 per cent of votes cast. In the city of Edmonton, Don Iveson was elected with 61.88 per cent of the vote.

Described by the Globe and ...

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War remembrance pins to be made by inmates

Some inmates of federal prisons in western Canada will soon be making the iconic poppy pins worn each November to honour those Canadians who have gone to war. Poppies bloomed in some of the world battlefields of Flanders, France in World War I where many Canadians and other Allied soldiers died.

The pins feature prominently in Remembrance Day ceremonies ...

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"Star Trek" hero wins award

Canadian actor William Shatner, who played Captain James Kirk on the "Star Trek" television series, has won the Stratford Festival’s prestigious Legacy Award. The Stratford Festival is Canada’s foremost classical theatre festival and is situated in the province of Ontario. At its beginning, the festival featured Shakespeare plays but increasingly it produces other classical and contemporary pieces. ...

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