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Editorial: The oil industry isn’t defending itself very well

Posted by Oped 4 hours ago Montreal Gazette| editorial oil industry isnt defending well All
http://feeds.canada.com — It has been a bad week for the Canadian oil industry. On Monday, town councillors in South Portland, Me., passed a land-use ordinance that would effectively bar any oil extracted on this continent from passing through the major seaport in that city. South Portland is the entryway for the Portland Montreal Pipeline, which ships foreign oil to the Suncor refinery in the east of Montreal. Read More
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Iacobucci use of force report recommends Taser study

Posted by Oped 4 hours ago Toronto Star| iacobucci force report recommends taser study All
http://www.thestar.com — There are 17 recommendations surrounding conducted energy weapons in former justice Frank Iacobucci’s use of force report, “Police Encounters with People in Crisis.”One says the Toronto force should consider a pilot project allowing a “selection” of front-line officers to test the weapons, commonly known as Tasers, for a “limited” time period and t Read More
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Judge deeply affected by meeting shooting victims’ families — and cops who pulled the trigger

Posted by Oped 4 hours ago Toronto Star| judge deeply affected meeting shooting victims families cops pulled trigger All
http://www.thestar.com — When the call came last August, retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci knew the task that lay ahead was challenging, highly complex, and laden with controversy.He knew examining the issue of police use of force against people in crisis was going to be, at times, emotional — but underestimated just how much meeting all affected parties would, in turn, affect him.“You Read More
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Three responses to Gaza: despair, cynicism, (maybe) hope: Salutin

Posted by Oped 4 hours ago Toronto Star| three responses gaza despair cynicism maybe hope salutin All
http://www.thestar.com — Writing in these pages, Dr. Gabor Maté expressed the sense of despair around Gaza exquisitely. That’s exquisite as in painful. Speaking as a writer who’s written on this for 35 years, and still hopes to find lifelong Jewish friends among my readers, I’ve never found communication so hard. I don’t mean agreement, I mean the simple ability to engage among people of Read More
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Peacemaking through film and pastrami: Caplansky's signs on to sponsor Toronto Palestine Film Festival

Posted by Oped 4 hours ago Toronto Star| peacemaking film pastrami caplanskys signs sponsor toronto palestine film festival All
http://www.thestar.com — As public opinion on the war in Gaza becomes increasingly polarized, Zane Caplansky, the owner of Toronto’s consummate Jewish deli, is trying to carve out some space in the middle.The popular College St. eatery has signed on to sponsor an upcoming screening of the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. Caplansky, 46, hopes it is a powerful statement, conveyed with smoked meat and rye.“I w Read More
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Ban Ki-moon condemns shelling of UN-run school in Gaza

Posted by Oped 4 hours ago Toronto Star| ban kimoon condemns shelling unrun school gaza All
http://www.thestar.com — It was a scene of panic, bloodshed and death that sent shock waves through the international community.On Thursday at least 15 people who were seeking safety in a UN-run schoolhouse died in an attack Gazan authorities and eye witnesses described as Israeli shelling. Israel’s military said that Hamas rockets could have been responsible, and that “we do not target UN facilities.ȁ Read More
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MPPs in commuter towns spending thousands on Toronto accommodations

Posted by Oped 4 hours ago Toronto Star| mpps commuter towns spending thousands toronto accommodations All
http://www.thestar.com — MPPs living within relatively easy driving distance of Queen’s Park are spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars a year to live in Toronto.Annual members’ expenses for travel and Toronto accommodation (2013-14) that were released Thursday show MPPs from places as close as Barrie, Hamilton and Cambridge are spending as much as $22,000 each a year on housing allowance so they do Read More
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Editorial: A poverty of Tory debate

Posted by Oped 16 hours ago Calgary Herald| editorial poverty tory debate All
http://www.calgaryherald.com — It’s good to know that candidates running to be the next leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta have gotten a taste of what it’s like to be poor. Almost 500,000 Albertans live in poverty, and the three candidates spent two hours this week living a simulated one month in the life of a struggling family. Read More
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