Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cybermagazine - Thursday

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Radio Canada International - Cybermagazine

Thursday May 22 2014 edition 

HIGHLIGHTS

Police checks need to be checked: Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Police checks, which began as a sensible move to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable people in Canada, are becoming a standard employment practice with terrible results depending on where you live.

Take the case of Chris, a young Ontario construction worker who studied and worked hard, in the hope of being hired onto a fire department ...

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Backdoor to U.S. allows Canada's military industry to avoid laws on exports to Iraq

Canada's military industry, which normally would be subject to Canada's laws on exports to such countries as Iraq, has a backdoor loophole to avoiding those laws through sales to the United States, according to the non-governmental organization Project Ploughshares.

The latest such sale came to the attention of the organization through a U.S. industry publication. It involves turboprop ...

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More questions about human rights and Canada's free trade agreement with Colombia

The Canadian government's most recent assessment of the impact of its free trade agreement with Colombia on human rights in the Latin American country once again fails to give the real consequences of the agreement, according to Amnesty International Canada, the Indigenous Assembly of First Nations, and the Official Opposition NDP party.

"We're very concerned by the report...because ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Blue whale carcasses shared between Newfoundland and Toronto

The Royal Ontario Museum will now only take one blue whale carcass back to Toronto, the other, will remain in Newfoundland, 700 kilometres from where it will be taken apart.

In a deal reached with Memorial University in St. John's, the ROM has agreed to continue with the process of dismembering and cleaning the dead ...

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Flight attendants worry reduced crews will endanger safety of passengers

Canada's flight attendants urged the federal government to rethink a proposal to introduce regulations that would reduce the number of flight attendants on a flight. In a presentation to the Transport Department Thursday (May 22) CUPE Airline Division President Michel Cournoyer and Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Officer Julie Pelletier outlined the attendants' concerns.

Current Canadian regulations require one flight ...

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Province plans to lockout teachers on Monday, dock pay, as teachers appeal to parents

“Effective May 26, 2014, and continuing until further notice, your members will be locked out as described in this letter,” says a letter from the Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) of the province of British Columbia to the union federation representing teachers.

Signed by Michael Marchbank, the public administrator of the association, the letter is in response to escalating job action ...

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WTO (mostly) upholds ban on seal products

In what appears to be a mitigated decision, the World Trade Organization appeal body has upheld the European Union decision to ban seal pelts, oil, and meat on moral grounds.

The ruling today by the WTO Appelate Body will further harm a sealing industry in Canada that has been diminishing for years. This is mostly due to ...

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Supreme Court rules on mandatory retirement

A lawyer and partner in a law firm in Canada’s west coast province of British Columbia, has lost his case and will have to retire.

It started when John Michael McCormick,  a lawyer and a partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, turned 65 in 2010

The firm, like many others, has a rule saying partners ...

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Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' debuts at Cannes to rave reviews

Xavier Dolan's latest film, 'Mommy', about a woman and her severely hyper-active son, had its big debut in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday.

It's getting rave reviews like this one from Peter Debruge, in the entertainment trade publication, Variety.  Debruge writes, 'It's uncanny how much Dolan’s style and overall solipsism have evolved ...

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IN DEPTH

 



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