Spending on birth control has significantly decreased since the Affordable Care Act's mandate for insurance companies to cover contraception went into effect in August of 2012, according to a new report.
Democracy Gone Astray
Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.
All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.
[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]
Sunday, July 26, 2015
As the Greek debt drama plays itself out one 60-euro withdrawal at a time, some economic observers are saying the world is paying attention to the wrong crisis.
As British Columbians face increasing water use restrictions due to a heat wave, forest fires and drought, the province must answer why it is charging bottled water companies only $2.25 per million litres taken from B.C. sources.
Trying to calm a jittery economy, Oliver stuck to the Conservative government’s calculation that Canada would see overall positive economic growth this year. He said his main concern is “external factors” but said the federal budget would remain balanced in the face of falling oil prices and dismal trade numbers.
The Conservative government made 98 patronage appointments over two days last month, filling up federal boards, tribunals and panels in advance of the October election.
At least two failed Conservative candidates number among those receiving government jobs.
On June 18 and 19, cabinet approved the long list of appointees to bodies such as the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the National Capital Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The embattled engineering firm said Monday that Ottawa has addressed some issues by potentially reducing the penalties for companies that have been convicted of offences and are seeking government work.
Twenty-five years on, the legacy of the Oka Crisis for many of those who experienced the tension west of Montreal is a greater awareness of native issues.
As most of the world knew it would, the financial demands made by Europe have crushed the Greek economy, led to mass unemployment, a collapse of the banking system, made the external debt crisis far worse, with the debt problem escalating to an unpayable 175 percent of GDP. The economy now lies broken with tax receipts nose-diving, output and employment depressed, and businesses starved of capital.
But he should go further and ban all political spending by federal contractors that receive more than half their revenues from government.
Ever since the Supreme Court’s shameful Citizens United decision, big corporations have been funneling large amounts of cash into American politics, often secretly.
They warn that such access “will open doors through which criminals and malicious nation states can attack the very individuals law enforcement seeks to defend”.
One of the ads mocked Trudeau for having been a camp counselor, rafting instructor, drama teacher and boasting one of the worst attendance records in the House of Commons. “Now he thinks he can run Canada’s economy?” – it sneered over footage of Trudeau undressing and prancing around on a stage wearing a tank top.
“Andrew may you rest in peace. We all will miss you,” reads one note from a fellow tenant at Loku’s Gilbert Ave. apartment complex, near Eglinton Ave. W. and Caledonia Ave.
“Such a tragedy, you will be truly missed,” wrote another.
"If there isn't an adequate program in place to ensure that financial security is provided by mine operators ... mine sites may either not be reclaimed as intended or Albertans could be forced to pay the reclamation costs," says a report released Monday by Merwan Saher.
Those from countries that don't allow dual citizenship told government focus groups last year they had no issue with the law stripping of Canadian citizenship from dual citizens convicted of terrorism, treason or spying offences.
But other participants said while they agreed people convicted of such offences should be punished, they were alarmed by the potential longer-term implications of the measures.
The court agreed last February to take the case after federal lawyers argued for guidance on whether CSIS needed a warrant to seek allied help in spying on Canadians abroad.
They said the spy service was left in the dark as to when a judge's approval was required to monitor suspected Canadian extremists in other countries.
Carole James, the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill and the vice-chair of a legislature committee being asked to refer the matter to the Ombudsperson, said the NDP opposition is concerned that office's reach may be too limited to get to the bottom of what happened.
"This is a very serious issue," James said, adding the government appears to be rushing the committee's decision. "It has been mishandled from the start. I want to make sure we as a committee do our due diligence to get this back on track."
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation and the province have all confirmed there are no talks scheduled for the summer.
Michael Barrett, president of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, told the Star on Friday that talks have been stalled for about two months, with little indication the situation will change.