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Are blue skies back for Canada’s scientists?

Sunbeam on maple leaf

By Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 07 January 2015

Six months ago, one of Canada’s leading neuroscientists, Robert Brownstone, announced his resignation as director of research in neurosurgery at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, citing the Canadian government’s “worrisome” cuts to science funding and its shift towards applied research.

Defending Rights for All: Amnesty International’s Human Rights Agenda for a new Canadian Government

Amnesty International Canada, 10 December 2015

The change in government following the October 2015 federal election must now become the catalyst for a new approach and strengthened commitment to improving Canada’s domestic and international human rights record, Amnesty International said with the release of its 2016 Human Rights Agenda for Canada: Defending Rights for All today, International Human Rights Day.

MPs: Take action to restore democracy

"If we are vocal in our concerns, it is because we are also hopeful for change. Many of you are embarking on your first term as Members of Parliament, and you have a chance to plot a new course. The Supreme Court has interpreted Canadian democracy as requiring “a continuous process of discussion,” as well as requiring processes in which dissenting voices are heard respectfully and their concerns addressed. We hope it helps guide you in making the important decisions you will be facing over the coming weeks and months."

Open letter from civil society and experts calling for public consultation on C-51

November 20, 2015

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C.
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

To the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

Re: The Urgent Need for Debate on Bill C-51’s Legacy

Recent events in France have left people around the world, including Canadians, understandably shaken. It is difficult to see our friends suffering, and to imagine their lives under attack. However, as we look toward how we can best help our stricken friends, we are also calling on you to lead our country in helping Canada stay true to its values.

After ten years of abuse, Canadian democracy needs an overhaul

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

By Voices-Voix, iPolitics.ca, 24 November 2015

For a generation of young and new Canadians, their only experience of government is that of the past ten years. Simply reversing the worst of the Harper record isn’t enough

Luis Solano speaks at McGill

By Anne-Cécile Favory, The McGill Daily, 16 Nov 2015

On November 12, the McGill Research Group Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America (MICLA) hosted an event with Guatemalan journalist Luis Solano. The talk centred around the criminalization of land defenders in Guatemala, the role of the Canadian mining industry in the destruction of the land, the violation of human rights, and the persecution of environmental activists.

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