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Your future and your childrens' future depends on your voting in the federal election on October 19th. Please take the time to learn the important issues which our country faces.  We are may loose our medicare due to lack of federal funding and be forced into very expensive alternative. The recent cancelling of environmental regulations could our affect your health, drinking water and food.

Harperman -- the video they don't want you to see

Watch the video, then sign the petition to the right to stand with Tony and share "Harperman" everywhere.

Policies should focus on basic needs

If governments were to put human development at the centre of their policies, how might things change? A good place to start is with Maslow’s Hierarchy. The American psychologist Abraham Maslow described his hierarchy of developmental needs in the mid-20th century.
Our most basic needs are physiological — air, water, food, shelter and clothing — followed by safety, belongingness and love, esteem, self-actualization and self-transcendence. Without meeting basic physiological needs, we cannot survive. So the first responsibility of governments is to ensure everyone’s basic needs are met.
Many of our basic needs are enshrined in the UN Declaration on Human Rights. Article 25 states: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing.” Note that the word is “everyone,” not some, most or nearly everyone.
The federal government in particular, as a signator of the UN declaration, is obligated to ensure that Canada meets these internationally recognized rights. In a country as rich as Canada, nobody should be lacking these most basic needs. We should all have clean air and water, and nobody should be hungry or without shelter or adequate clothing. Yet we all know this is not the case; our governments, especially our federal and provincial governments, are failing us.
A recent report from the food-security research project PROOF, based at the University of Toronto, noted that “in 2012, four million individuals in Canada, including 1.15 million children, experienced some level of food insecurity. This represents nearly 13 per cent of Canadian households.”
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The truth about Harper’s Child Care “Benefit”

This week the Harper Conservatives hit a new low. Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre raced around the country in an election-style campaign to promote Harper’s child care cheques, but there’s one thing he hasn’t told families: the new child “benefit” is taxable.

That’s right. Taxable. Which means that the Harper Conservatives are not only trying to buy our votes with our own money, they also plan to take BACK a hefty chunk in April - after the election.

Most benefits are taxable, but here’s the catch -- while bringing in the new child “benefit” the Conservatives also just quietly axed our $2,225 child tax credit. After all’s said and done, that means a typical working parent will receive just $13 a month to cover skyrocketing child care costs.[1]

Thirteen dollars. Not a single child care space, not affordable care and nowhere near an actual plan - just $13. That’s not even enough to buy a pack of diapers.

The scary thing is this could work - millions of cheques are arriving in people’s mailboxes right now, and most of the Canadians Harper is targeting simply don’t know that this is a cheap trick to try to buy their votes with their own money and leave them with little to show for it. They’ll see the hundreds of dollars in their bank account, not realising it’s going to get clawed back at tax time, leaving them barely better off overall.


Six Things Protesters Need to Know about Bill C-51

At over 60 pages, Bill C-51 -- the Anti-Terrorism Act -- is a heavy read. The bill proposes a myriad of radical changes to Canadian law and to Canada's national security apparatus, many of which seriously jeopardize the rights and freedoms of Canadians while promising little improvement to public safety.

Lawyers at the B.C. Civil Liberties Association have gone over the bill paragraph by paragraph, and we've outlined the parts of this document that concern us most. Please read more by clicking on title to read their concerns.

Defend our Freedom: Stop Secret Police Bill C-51

The government is about to ram through a "secret police" Bill C-51 that is:

1. Reckless: It turns CSIS into a ‘secret police’ force with little oversight or accountability.

2. Dangerous: It opens the door for violations of our Charter Rights including censorship of free expression online.

3. Ineffective: It will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective

Tell Stephen Harper to stop Bill C-51 NOW.

"The government continues its assault on democracy."

Stephen Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: More Evidence

The previously published first half of this omnibus of Stephen Harper's sins listed 31 instances of laws broken and ethics pummeled. Some happened during elections. Others were in relentless service of policing and polishing the Harper "brand."

Today we focus on how Harper has willfully misgoverned -- 28 ways the PM and his team have lied, flouted rules and stymied democracy to achieve political and ideological ends. Please read more by clicking on title.

Police state Canada? The Reason all of those prisons are being built

Back in 2006, the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, right-wing Conservative Stephen Harper warned that "You won't recognize Canada when I'm through with it." After nine grueling years, that's already true in many ways. But now, Harper is going even further in his re-make of the country. Under new and pending legislation, Canada is moving rapidly towards the creation of a police state, with major curtailments of civil liberties. In recent weeks, the Harper Conservatives have introduced and/or passed several pieces of legislation that run roughshod over Canadians' Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Constitutional rights, giving draconian powers to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Please read more by clicking on title.

Visit our Medicare page to see Who's killing Medicare

Federal funding to Medicare to reduced by $36 Billion over the next ten years. With this reduction in funding, Medicare might not exist until the 2019 election! Like it or not, Canadians will be voting for public health care in the next federal election in 2015. The only cost increasing in our Canadian Medicare is the cost of pharmaceutcal drugs. The American private system costs thousands of dollars in premuims per year.

National security

Don’t align Canada on the side of violence

If we model violence, we will stimulate more of it. If we want peace, prosperity and democracy, we need to model those, for ourselves and others.

We have plenty of law, just not enough money

One of the more pressing responsibilities for CSIS and the RCMP is conducting surveillance. This activity is labour-intensive, as it takes about 32 individuals to follow one suspect surreptitiously 24/7 for an extended period of time. The cost of experienced personnel, including salary, equipment and overhead, would run about $150,000 a year. So, for CSIS and the RCMP to collectively follow 100 high-risk targets, we’re talking about a $240-million increase to each agency’s budget.

That works out to about a 10 per cent increase to the RCMP budget and a 50 per cent increase for CSIS, hardly an unreasonable increase for CSIS, given that we are now at war with terrorists in the Middle East.

If the Harper government is truly serious about keeping us safe, it needs to stop forcing our national security officials to scrape by with limited resources.

For Canadians to be as secure as possible from threats, it is going cost money. But the expense is more than worth it.

Colin Kenny is former chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence. Please read more by clicking on title.

Harper Conservatives Lose Robocalls Fraud Court Challenge

The Federal Court has nuked the Conservatives effort to stop the courts from hearing a legal challenge to some of the results of the 2011 federal election. With the support of The Council of Canadians, individuals in seven of the more than 40 affected ridings legally challenged the results under the Canada Elections Act. In June, the Conservatives petitioned the court to dismiss the challenge. Please read more by clicking on title.

Canada: a Nation Hijacked by Corporate Ideology

Our collective institutions are similarly at their weakest points just as we need them to be at their strongest and most imaginative. Our democracy — including political parties — is increasingly unable to deliver what it once promised, let alone what we want. Universities are increasingly corporatized, jettisoning traditional ethics for corporate loot to pay their bills. Regulations developed over decades to protect us are either being eliminated or simply unenforced by governments whose job it once was to ensure our safety. Major media, which once, nominally at least, entertained the notion of political debate about society’s direction, have been hijacked by corporatist ideology and are thus rendered incapable of seeking the truth, let alone telling it. Please read more by clicking on title.

The Closing of the Canadian Mind

But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively. He has consistently limited the capacity of the public to understand what its government is doing, cloaking himself and his Conservative Party in an entitled secrecy, and the country in ignorance. Please read more by clicking on title.

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Visit our Medicare page to see Who's killing Medicare

Stephen Harper Watch - Keeping the Conservatives Accountable

This website aims to provide up to date information about Parliament Hill.

Our Democracy is being threatened with the Harper Government

Natural gas fracking is bad environmental policy

Seniors care

Living wage


Want to save the wild salmon? Take action

Fisheries libraries gutted

Living wages are good for local busness because low-income families spend almost all their money close to home and business report higher productivity and reduced turnover.

Read more about living wage on this website.

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Temporary foreign workers

Corporate welfare and oil subsidies

Occupation a sign of missing hope

Dr. David Suzuki - Message to The World_from Occupy Vancouver

Everyone must see this above video!

Leave the arrests for our cops


What's wong with Harper's onnibus crime bill

Alternative federal budget: This or that: Which would you choose?

Five reasons to stop the corporate tax cut

How to make a health crisis worse: Cut taxes

Corky Evens: Take Back Our B.C.

David Suzuki on our the environment and economy

Conservatives are attempting to gut Canada Post

Harper's housing stategy

Rise in foreign temp workers questioned by labour groups: labour economist says program allows firms to keep wages low

The Alberta Federation of Labour called for an inquiry Tuesday after it obtained a government list of more than 4,000 companies given approval to hire temporary foreign workers last year, many in the service industry.

"You look down this list and what you see is McDonald's, Tim Hortons, and Subway. This list goes on. It stretches the bounds of credibility that all of these employers have been using temporary foreign workers to hire skilled workers," said Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, on CBC News Network's Power & Politics. Please read more by clicking on title.


Bombardier and the corporate welfare trap

In the land of government plenty -- that vast landscape populated with the tax dollars of Canadians -- there is no shortage of politicians willing to hand out and defend subsidies to business and no dearth of corporations willing to take the cash. Please read more by clicking on title.

Budget makes no cuts to oil subsidies

In January 2013, the International Monetary Fund reported that Canada's implicit subsidies to oil, gas and coal companies amount to $787 per Canadian. That's more than $3,000 a year for a Canadian family of four.

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Chrysler Bellies Back Up to the Corporate Welfare Trough

Chrysler wants $700-million to "preserve" 4,600 jobs. Do the math and that's over $152,000 per Chrysler job. Since 2003, including the 2009 bailout cash, and to 2013, the federal and Ontario governments have offered up $17.2-billion to various automotive companies courtesy of taxpayers. Corporate welfare is failed industrial policy for many reasons, but the evidence shows the cash overwhelmingly ends up with existing industry players who can afford to lobby for subsidies. Please read more by clicking on title.

Our generosity to the auto industry has made ourselves hostage to it

Chrysler’s latest contribution to this oeuvre, a demand for nearly $500 million in public funds to keep its Windsor minivan plant open, is distinguished only by its brazenness. Of course, even with these periodic ransom payments, plants have still closed and jobs have still been lost: Since 1965, the National Post reports, nine assembly plants have closed, while employment in the broader industry has shrunk by more than 50,000 jobs in just the last decade alone. But there can be little doubt the industry is a good deal larger than it would have been in the absence of all this special treatment — including the 2009 bailout, to which the two levels of government contributed a combined $13.7 billion, only a fraction of which has been repaid, or ever will be.  Article by Andrew Coyne. Please read more by clicking on title.

Occupation a sign of missing hope

I am encouraged by the “occupy” movement spreading around our world. Finally we are talking about capitalism and thinking critically about the kinds of worlds we are currently co-creating due to the massive structural adjustments done to our modes of developments beginning in the 1970’s.

Most of these adjustments were done by stealth, prompted in part by the likes of the Fraser Institute, the CD Howe Institute, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Council of Corporate Executives. Please read more by clicking on title.

Dr. David Suzuki - Message to The World_from Occupy Vancouver

Everyone must see this video!

Dr. David Suzuki endorses the Occupy Movements of The World and slams the system of corruption where "Corporate Greed" is controlling the society of all peoples of the world. Destroying humanity and our entire planet in the process.

Leave the arrests for our cops

The news that the federal Conservative government’s omnibus budget bill included a clause that will allow American police officers to cross the international border and make arrests should be deeply disturbing to all Canadians. Please read more by clicking on title.


What's wrong with Harper's omnibus crime bill

Our criminal justice system is by no means perfect, but the omnibus crime bill will send us back to a 19th century punishment model. Here are some reasons why Canadians need to speak out against this legislation. Please read more by clicking on title.

A tough-on-crime bill that goes too far

The overall crime rate in Canada is at its lowest level since the early 1970s, and serious crime is similarly falling. This is good news, of course. And it may in large part be due to the fact that police staffing levels are at a 30-year high nationwide. Please read more by clicking on title.

Harper’s "tough-on-crime" bills costly, counterproductive

The new laws will actually provide less public safety, not more. Hundreds of non-violent offenders will now attend “con college,” learning many dubious skills. Inmates will come back to the street bitter and angry at the treatment they have received. And many more of them will be released without any supervision whatsoever. Please read more by clicking on title.


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Alternative Federal Budget: This or that: Which would you choose?

Budgets are about choices, they reflect a government's values and priorities. With a $250 billion federal budget, the Harper Government could choose to invest in programs like universal child care or pharmacare... or spend that money on corporate tax cuts, prisons, and fighter jets. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives(CCPA) has created a poster and a short video to help illustrate the choices between this and that. Which would you choose?

After watching the above video, try to develop your own budget using the CCPA's interactive budget tool based on their Alternative Federal Budget. You can choose the programs you think are important, but watch out though, budget choices have consequences.

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Five reasons to stop the corporate tax cut

CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan gives us five strong reasons to say no to more corporate tax cuts in this short video. Previous tax cuts did not create more jobs.

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How to make a health crisis worse: Cut taxes

Recently, two leading economists added their voices to those warning of a looming affordability crisis in Canada's public health care system. On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to make it worse.Please read more by clicking on title.

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Corky Evans Video "Take Back our BC"

Watch this moving speech by retired Kootenay MLA Corky Evans at The Common Sense Canadian's "Take Back Our BC" townhall tour event in Nelson, BC. Once again Corky was teamed up with the touring Rafe Mair. The inimitable Evans discusses globalization, the loss of our social democracy, and the need for citizens to become engaged in the political process to reclaim their environment and public resources. Note that it was at the Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities’ conference in 2008 called “BC for $ale” that the dynamic duo of Rafe and Corky made their first appearance.

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Alberta tarsands produce 2 % GDP

providing only 112,000 jobs.

David Suzuki on our the environment and economy

Renowned Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki speaks about the environment, the economy, climate change and our future. In this six part video, Suzuki makes strong case that the economy must include the environment. See his six part speech video by cliking on the links below:

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Conservatives are attempting to gut Canada Post

Budgetary Bill C-9 is the Conservatives' third attempt to remove Canada Post's exclusive rights to handle international mail. This will limit the Canada Post to make money for supplying public services. Please read more by clicking on title.


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Harper's housing stategy

Harper's housing stategy

Shuffle about messengers, not the message

Stephen Harper has done what all prime ministers do when their governments are in trouble: rearrange faces. Historically, cabinet shuffles are more style than substance, and here the prime minister honours a venerable tradition.

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