The Canada Energy Regulator says it is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous communities Rueben George says he’s not at all surprised that, in an era of racial reckoning, Canada’s top pipeline regulator is signalling it wants to confront the problem of systemic racism and its sometimes fraught relationship with First Nations. He and others in Indigenous communities have long accused the Canada Energy Regulator and other energy sector review bodies of prioritizing the interests of the fossil fuel industry over those of First Nations. “Would they say those things if we didn’t make them accountable? Probably not,” said George, a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in B.C. and manager of Sacred Trust, an organization launched by Tsleil-Waututh to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
It may not yet be a Reagan/Mulroney-level friendship, but it’s clear that Canada’s prime minister and America’s new president are on very good terms with one another. For his part, I’m sure Justin Trudeau was most delighted with Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election. The previous president was rather volatile and unpredictable, and not all that interested in traditional U.S. alliances. Not that Trudeau was perfect in managing that relationship, but it would have been a challenge for any Canadian prime minister (and not that we had the moral high ground on every issue, mind you). But before Canadians get too caught up in the exhilaration of this burgeoning new friendship, it’s fair to ask what’s in it for us. In other words, the prospect of a new “bromance” is much less exciting if it doesn’t change the policy status quo.
Oklahomans came face-to-face with popsicle-like alligators — reptiles whose snouts were sticking straight out of the icy water — when the cold snap hit the American South this month. But why were these alligators “snorkeling” in such cold weather? Why weren’t they sunning on the banks or hiding in their burrows? And who knew Oklahoma even had alligators? The news of the snorkeling alligators sparked a debate on Facebook over whether alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) were a native or introduced species to the state. According to an 1866 description of an alligator written in an Oklahoman man’s diary, it appears that they are native, although other alligators have been introduced to wetlands in the state’s southeastern corner since then, said Jena Donnell, the Wildlife Diversity Communication Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. As for the alligator’s weird snorkeling behavior, it’s completely normal, Donnell told Live Science. “Whenever it ices over, this is a natural response [seen in alligators],” she said. “Since the water they were in froze over, they had to create a ‘snorkel’
A second former aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment, which came just days after his first accuser made her claims public. Charlotte Bennett, who is described by The New York Times as “an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration until she left in November,” alleges that Cuomo “asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.”
A huge iceberg broke off from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica almost 10 years after scientists discovered the first cracks. Aerial video released by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on Friday showed the chasm called the North Rift break off the Brunt Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea section of Antarctica.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said Friday she was concerned about the White House’s “legal rationale” for launching airstrikes in Syria a day earlier without congressional approval. “We in Congress have congressional oversight in engaging in war and we haven’t been briefed yet and we have not authorized war in Syria,” Omar told CNN. Omar had retweeted a resurfaced 2017 post from now-White House press secretary Jen Psaki that had questioned the Trump administration’s “legal authority” for conducting airstrikes against the “sovereign” country at the time.
Disguised as a way to hit back at “systemic racism in Canada,” the Trudeau Liberals are moving to repeal legislation regarding the implementation of mandatory minimum sentences. The Liberals have a hate-on for this Stephen Harper law. Justice Minister David Lametti claims, however, it won’t affect sentencing for organized crime, or drug and gun trafficking, or even cartels that, for instance, repeatedly use contraband tobacco to raise funds for human trafficking, drug deals, terrorism and other serious undertakings. Lametti seems too certain of being on the side of angels, stating the repeal is aimed at reducing the “disproportionate” number of Indigenous and black offenders having the key thrown away.
Toronto tenants unionize to demand rent relief in the face of looming pandemic evictions Social Sharing
But they shared stories nonetheless, says resident Carly Tisdall, of feeling pressured by their property management to continue paying rent — even as the pandemic and lockdown measures took a toll on their bank accounts. Chief among the tenant unions’ demands are a stay on evictions for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, an end to above-guideline increases to monthly rent, and a willingness from landlords to discuss rent relief — forgiving part or all of the unpaid rent that has tallied up while tenants were unable to work.
What are we doing?
March 15th we will be moving to the new commenting platform, WPDiscuz, and turning off Disqus.
Why are we doing this?
We have had a vibrant CANews community, (some call it a family), for roughly 6 years. Back in August of 2019 Disqus notified all the free channels that they would be turned off, we were not given the option of paying to keep them alive or anything, just “We are shutting you down!” We did not want to see our Community die, so we created this website to keep it alive, and decided to pay Disqus to use their commenting platform. In September of 2019, the CANews Forum was born. Since that time, we have been actively investigating other commenting platforms, but until now there were no real alternatives that could compete with Disqus. Now there is, as mentioned above.
We have created a test site – canf-test-site.com , where you can practice a bit, and experiment with the new platform. You have two options to sign in, if you do not want to deal with another login, you have the option of using your existing Disqus login, just click on the link and enter your Disqus username and password, our site will take care of the rest for you. It will create a new user account on the site, that is associated to your Disqus account. Going forward, all you need to do is click on the Connect with Disqus link on any news article or Off Topic post and you are ready to go. For new Community members who do not use Disqus, you can create your own new account via, the My Account menu item at the top of any post. The new commenting platform is very similar to this one, so give it a spin, if you have any problems we are here to help, or you can email us at email@example.com.
I will post some screenshots of the new platform below in the comments to give you an idea of some of the changes. Here is the link to where most of us are commenting on the test site. https://canf-test-site.com/2021/02/22/off-topic-mon-22-feb-2021/