The Globe and Mail reports today that, "Stephen Harper's Conservatives have decided their election strategy will rely in part on... attack(ing) the Liberal propensity for making deals with 'socialists and separatists' – as the party did last December..."
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Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson writes today that, "Over several elections, Canada's adventures in Afghanistan have had remarkably little influence over the outcome, thanks to the rather-not-talk-about-it Conservative/Liberal consensus."
Tom Sandborn writes in The Tyee.ca that, "A pair of legal cases coming soon to the B.C. Supreme Court may greatly change the way health care is delivered in the province and across Canada."
Please note that the Council of Canadians along with the Canadian Labour Congress and other organizations are helping to promote a speaking tour by Abousfian Abdelrazik between September 24 and October 16. He will be speaking in Montreal, Halifax, Fredericton, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Williamstown, Gatineau, Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Guelph, Windsor, Sudbury, Sault Ste-Marie, and Winnipeg.
Reuters reports that, “British scientists have used microbes to break down toxins in crude oil and say the technique could be used in refining as well as to clear up pollutants left in vast Canadian lakes when oil is extracted from tar sands. Research published on Monday by microbiologists from the University of Essex showed that acidic compounds that can normally take up to 10 years to break down can be degraded and even neutralised in just days using a mixture of bacteria.”
A letter to the editor in the Northumberland News by Jane Zednik of Campbellcroft, Ontario states that, "(A) proposed water diversion from Millbrook (via a 12 kilometre pipeline) will service not only Kawartha Downs (in the area known as Fraserville), but a casino expansion, an entertainment complex, hundreds of residential units, a golf course, hotel, recreation centre, community centre, big box stores, industrial enterprises - and on and on - a 'complete community', according to the Official Plan."
"Kawartha Downs Casino Complex currently trucks in its water supply because there is not enough on site to supply its needs."
The New York Times reports today that, "Afghans loyal to President Hamid Karzai set up hundreds of fictitious polling sites... The fake sites, as many as 800, existed only on paper, said a senior Western diplomat in Afghanistan... Local workers reported that hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of votes for Mr. Karzai in the election last month came from each of those places."
Sadly, the CBC reports this morning that, "Two more Canadian soldiers (Yannick Pepin and Jean-Francois Drouin) were killed in a roadside bomb explosion Sunday in southern Afghanistan, the military said."
"Since 2002, 129 Canadian soldiers now have been killed serving in the Afghanistan mission. One Canadian diplomat and two aid workers have also died in action."
Council of Canadians trade campaigner Stuart Trew highlights that the Telegraph-Journal reports today, "Whether the (North American Competitiveness Council) will be allowed to meet with the national leaders in 2010 remains unclear."
The National Post reports that, "The Innu of Uashat Mani-Utenam, near Sept-Iles (on Quebec's Lower North Shore), want a permanent injunction to stop the construction of the Romaine project, a $6.5-billion plan to build four dams along the Romaine River and produce 1,550-megawatts of power starting in 2020."