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The missing ingredient in the Muskrat Falls Inquiry

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The one thing that government apparently doesn’t want discussed at the Commission of Inquiry is why our democratic institutions allowed such an uncritical handling of the project. On Friday, April 6th, hearings took place at the Beothuck Building on Crosbie Place to establish who would have standing to appear at the Muskrat Falls Inquiry. A coalition of three volunteer based civil society groups (The Council of Canadians, Democracy Alert and the Social Justice Cooperative) were among the twenty-two requests for standing. I ended up as the spokesperson. What does Muskrat Falls have to do with three groups that have no expertise in finance or engineering? What could we possibly hope to contribute? Look carefully at the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry and you’ll see that they largely confine participation to what the Commissioner, Judge Richard Leblanc, referred to at the hearing as “the business case” of Muskrat Falls. What’s…

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What public consultation on the TPP?

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We went to a federal government-organized ‘public consultation’ on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that the general public didn’t seem to know about. Here’s what went down.

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Why you need to know about the TPP

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Prominent thinkers are speaking out against it and pro-democracy groups are calling for proper public consultations. But is our government listening?

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Groups to premiers: Force Harper on new Health Accord

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Groups lobbying in St. John’s this week say provinces will lose $36 billion in federal health care funding over next decade if premiers don’t pressure the Harper Government to renegotiate a new Health Accord, and that the lack of Medicare support could push Canada to a two-tiered system.

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Bill C-51 “will infringe on our constitutional and civil rights”

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Dozens marched through the streets of St. John’s Saturday to protest Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative government’s impending anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51

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Fracking moratoria could cause “domino effect” in North America, including NL

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Three major decisions this week to ban fracking in New York, New Brunswick and Quebec indicate what some say could be the beginning of the end for fracking in Canada and the United States

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Opening the door to foreign corporate takeover of Canada’s economy

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In the second of this 5-part series: CETA will facilitate the “de-Canadianization” of our industries, a process that could be extremely difficult to reverse

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Sandy Pond sacrifice

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Would industry be as quick to use natural ponds as tailings impoundments if they had to pay full market value?

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Sleeping through trade agreements, waking up to corporate empire

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May 11 is World Fair Trade Day, a time to talk about trade injustice and Canada’s waning control over its own sovereignty.

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