Democracy

Canadian federal leadership failing its oceans, study finds

By Nereus Program, 16 October 2015

Canada has gone from being a world leader in ocean management to a country failing its oceans due to a lack of federal leadership in implementing ocean policy, the cutting of funding and resources to government ocean science, and the silencing of government scientists.

These findings are part of a new study in Marine Policy, co-authored by Nereus Program researchers, which states that “federal ocean policy and management have diverged substantially from marine science in the past decade”.

GRAPHIC: Ten years of attacks on dissent & debate in Canada

Since 2006, 110 organizations, individuals, laws, acts, public services & democratic institutions that have been vilified, defunded, smeared, gutted, spied on, slashed & criminalized by the Canadian government. Download our new graphic to see what the government's targets have been, and to share it far and wide.

Indigenous and environmental groups face repression from Canadian government: new reports

October 9, 2015—Today, we are launching two updated and expanded sectoral case studies examining how Indigenous communities and environmental groups have each faced spying, smearing and criminalization for their attempts to fight climate change and protect the land. 

Broadbent Institute: Right-leaning charities continue to claim 0% political activity to CRA

By Broadbent Institute, September 2015

Right-leaning charities continue to report zero "political" activity to the Canada Revenue Agency while engaging in work that appears to meet the agency's definition. The new survey of 2014 tax filings raises fresh questions about the agency’s political-activity auditing program.

Broadbent Institute: Right-leaning charities continue to claim 0% political activity to CRA

A new report from the Broadbent Institute is raising questions once again about the political activity audits conducted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and whether or not the agency has unfairly focused on charities with missions that don’t align with the interests of the federal government.

The report finds nine out of 10 prominent right-wing charities claimed zero per cent of their budgets were used for political activity in the most recent fiscal year. The final filing for the tenth organization has yet to be submitted or made public by the CRA.

The Harper Record 2008 - 2015

This book, which builds on the 2008 collection The Harper Record, continues a 25-year tradition at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of periodically examining the records of Canadian federal governments during their tenure. As with earlier CCPA reports on the activities of the Mulroney, Chrétien and Martin governments while in office, this book gives a detailed account of the laws, policies, regulations, and initiatives of the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper while in minority (from 2008 to 2011) and majority (from 2011 to 2015).

The 36 writers, researchers and analysts who have co-written this book probe into many aspects of the Harper government’s administration over the last two parliamentary sessions. From the economy to the environment, social programs to foreign policy, health care to tax cuts, the tar sands to free trade deals, and many other areas, these chapters dig through the facts and key moments for this government over the past seven years, highlighting in particular its policy response to the global financial crisis and Great Recession.

Voices-Voix documents and denounces federal government smearing of another target: Voices-Voix

October 1, 2015—In an ironic twist, today the Voices-Voix Coalition - which documents instances of the Canadian government attacking dissent and debate - is releasing a case study on itself.

"We never expected this when we started," says Robert Fox, a longtime social justice advocate and member of the Voices-Voix Strategy Group. "But Steven Blaney's accusations in parliament made it clear that we were no longer just documenting organizations that have been targeted, but had become a target ourselves."

In the National Interest? Criminalization of Land and Environment defenders in the Americas

By International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, September 2015

The ICLMG and MiningWatch Canada released a report today that squarely links Canadian mining interests throughout the Americas with intensifying repression and violence against mining-affected communities.

Here in Canada and throughout the Americas, many governments have embraced resource extraction as the key sector to fuel economic growth, neglecting other sectors – or even at their expense. This is creating unprecedented demand for land and other resources, such as water and energy. In Latin America, economic dependency on intensive primary resource extraction has become known as ‘extractivism’.

Factsheet: Comparing Treatment Of Business & Associations (General Assembly Report – Oct. 2015)

United Nations Special Rapporteur

The Special Rapporteur’s factsheet summarizing his “sectoral equity” report, which examines differential treatment of businesses and associations.

The report, which is scheduled to be presented in late October 2015, is a comparative study of enabling environments for associations and businesses, examining how and why States treat each sector differently. The Special Rapporteur asserts that businesses generally operate in better environments, largely because States, multilateral organizations and other key actors make great efforts to create such environments, whereas those actors often make comparatively little effort to improve the environment for associations.

Open letter supports fired Alberta park employee, warns of 'deep fear' in civil service

By Edmonton Journal, 23 September 2015

The firing of federal scientists who voice concerns about national parks has instilled a “deep fear” across departments in the civil service, more than 100 former Parks Canada employees warn in an open letter.

The unprecedented missive, released Wednesday and signed by 118 former Parks Canada managers and employees, adds fuel to the controversy about the muzzling of federal scientists by the Harper government.

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