July 28, 2014

After almost three weeks of bombing, the death toll in Gaza rose to more than 1,030 on Sunday. The Palestinian poet Jehan Bseiso writes, "There’s more blood than water today in Gaza."

Haaretz notes, "After two and a half weeks of bombardments from the air and ground, roughly two-thirds of the Gaza Strip’s inhabitants — 1.2 million people — are suffering from severe disruptions to the water and sewage systems, according to Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene, a coalition of around 40 humanitarian groups operating in the occupied territories. In addition to the damage of the central pipeline and the reservoirs — which affects cities and villages throughout Gaza — home pipes and water containers on roofs have been damaged by the bombardments."

July 26, 2014

There is some extraordinarily good news today!

Reuters reports, "Germany is to reject a multibillion-dollar free trade deal between the European Union and Canada which is widely seen as a template for a bigger agreement with the United States, a leading German paper reported on Saturday. Citing diplomats in Brussels, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that Berlin objects to clauses outlining the legal protection offered to firms investing in the 28-member bloc. Critics say they could allow investors to stop or reverse laws."

July 24, 2014

Angus Reid Global today released the results of an online poll it conducted in mid-May looking at support amongst Canadians for CETA, the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (and a handful of other trade-related issues).

On the surface, things look great for CETA, with the poll indicating that 68 percent of Canadians either strongly (25%) or moderately (43%) support the deal. By contrast, the poll found that only 1/10 Canadians oppose a trade deal with Europe.

But that top-level result doesn't tell the whole story.

July 24, 2014

K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) -- The panel reviewing hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia has completed seven community information sessions to date across the province. During this review, the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association and the Native Council of Nova Scotia have announced official opposition to fracking.  Dr. Wheeler has been clear that much is still unknown about the risks and benefits to Nova Scotians.  Given that:

July 23, 2014

This morning CBC News Middle East correspondent Derek Stoffel tweeted: "Residents of al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza say an Israeli strike took out a water pipe more than a week ago, meaning no running water."