Monday, December 9, 2013

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Monday December 9 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

More questions in Commons about Canada's war veteran suicides

Opposition parties continue to question the Canadian government about how it treats war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Four soldier suicides in the last two weeks has focussed attention on the issue.

In the House of Commons on Monday (December 9) Defence Minister Rob Nicholson tried to reassure the opposition the department was dealing with the ...

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Catastrophic loss of bats: COSEWIC appeals to government

A fungus believed to have originated in Europe, is wiping out bat populations in eastern Canada.

Reports say various colonies have seen losses of 90 percent and greater.

Biologist Graham Forbes, PhD, is among those calling for the government to list bats as endangered species

Professor Forbes is the Director, New Brunswick Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research ...

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Canadian firms sell arms to oppressive countries

Countries associated with human rights violations and violent internal conflict have been buying Canadian-made guns and ammunition in apparent contradiction of Canadian foreign guideline, according to an analysis by the Canadian Press. The wire service reports that Canadian arms exports to Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq grew by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012.

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Canada's Mandela delegation includes the PM, three former PMs

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper was joined by three former prime ministers as he arrived on a Government of Canada plane in South Africa Monday (December 9) for the Nelson Mandela memorial.

Former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell and Jean Chretien are part of the delegation, as well as two former Governor Generals Adrienne Clarkson and Michaelle Jean. ...

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Potentially damaging Jackpine oilsands mine expansion gets go-ahead

Despite her view that it's "likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects" Canada's Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has given the go-ahead to Shell Canada's Jackpine oilsands mine expansion plan in the western prairie province of Alberta.

In a statement Friday (December 6), Minister Aglukkaq concluded that the effects from the 100,000-barrel-per-day expansion are "justified in the circumstances."

The ...

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Canada to claim the North Pole?

For the past ten years, Arctic nations which signed the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, have been busy mapping the Arctic seabed.

This effort has been to gather evidence to support their claims to extend their borders and exclusive territorial claims to the resource riches potentially lying under the sea.

Under the convention terms, finalized ...

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Railway failed to report accidents: safety board

Canada’s largest freight carrier, CN Rail did not declare more than 1,800 derailments and accidents to the Transportation Safety Board, reports the public broadcaster CBC. The board is an independent agency created by Parliament to advance transportation safety. Both the CBC and the Globe newspaper have produced in depth reports on fail safety since ...

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Canadian military general says world is increasingly unstable

Increasingly volatile, unstable, and unpredictable, are words used to describe the future according to one of Canada’s top military leaders.

In an interview last week, Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, says that increasing instability in regions around the world is one thing, but added to that now are new levels of unpredictability and volatility.

He says for those tasked with ...

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Visitors informed of Parliament surveillance

Pressure from Canada’s privacy commissioner has prompted authorities to post signs about the extra camera surveillance on Parliament Hill, in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. The commissioner is appointed by the government as an advocate for the privacy rights of all Canadians and she reports directly to the House of Commons.

New video cameras have been posted near ...

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