Friday, February 7, 2014

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Friday February 7 2014 edition

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HIGHLIGHTS

Does new election reform reduce effectiveness of Canada's Chief Electoral Officer?

The complex issue of electoral reform in Canada has exploded into charges and counter charges since the Minister of Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre tabled the Canadian government's election reform bill on Tuesday (January 4) and put into question the neutrality of the Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand.

Two days later Mayrand, who's been tough in dealing with MPs, including ...

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Solar-furnace, built from scratch, generating great savings

It's kown as a 'pop-can solar furnace' and you can find the plans on You tube. But Randy Buchanan tweaked and tinkered and made significant improvements by enclosing it in a box, and using aluminum downspouts for the pop-cans.

With easy to obtain pieces and recycled elements like cast-off window panes Randy Buchanan built a system that even on ...

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New ICC chair to come from Canada’s eastern Arctic

Okalik Egeesiak is currently president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The group represents the 14,000 Inuit in the Qikiqtani (Baffin Region) of Canada’s ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

First Nations gaining control of education

First Nations in Canada are getting more control over their education system and more money to fund it. Currently, aboriginal parents wanting to provide their children with a good education, generally have to move to the larger urban centres, and away from their communities to do so.

Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with several Chiefs, including Sean Atleo, ...

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Wild horse cull in Alberta sparks protest

The government of the western Canadian province of Alberta says there are too many feral horses.

It wants to remove 200 of them from the environment saying they compete with other wildlife for food and space.


Red balloon indicates Sundre, Alberta ...

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Foreign Affairs minister talks 'direct diplomacy' vs 'elite diplomacy' in Silicon Valley

"We can engage in direct diplomacy, not just elite diplomacy," said Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird during a visit Friday (February 7) to the Silicon Valley headquarters of Google and Twitter.

“Diplomacy may never live up to the Silicon Valley mantra of ‘move fast and break things,’ for various reasons," the Minister is quoted in a press release. ...

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30th Yukon Quest

They're well past the half-way point now.  The 1600 kilometre trek from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse Yukon is the annual race between the United States and Canada northwest border, by sled and dog-team.  It's officially known as 'the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.

This 30th anniversary year 18 teams of mushers and their dogs began ...

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Most popular baby names in Canada

Early in the new year, agencies tabulate the names of newborns in each province, and the country.

This year, as an example in the western prairie province of Saskatchewan,  the provincial government website says the most popular name for baby boys in 2013 lwas Liam. The site notes this is the fourth consecutive year that Liam topped the boys ...

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Changes to Canadian Citizenship

Canada's Citizenhip Act is undergoing some major changes.  For the first time in 35 years, the rules will be tightened, the cost is going up, and the Immigration Minister will have increased power.

Chris Alexander, Canada's former Ambassador to Afghanistan, made the announcement in Ottawa today, that as Minister of Immigration he would be overseeing ...

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IN DEPTH

 



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