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Olivia Chow leads again in Toronto mayoral election poll

Olivia Chow led Rob Ford and John Tory in the latest poll on the mayoral election, maintaining an advantage she has held in most of the polls conducted in these early days of the 2014 campaign.

Chow had 34 per cent support, Ford 27 per cent, and Tory 24 per cent in the survey, taken Monday. She enjoyed a wider lead, of eight points, only on the day she launched her campaign in mid-March; she was in a statistical tie with Ford in the last public poll, conducted on March 27.

http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/toronto2014election/2014/04/15/olivia_chow_leads_again_in_toronto_mayoral_election_poll.html

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Protesters Against Austerity Fill the Streets of Montreal

A mass protest in Montreal against austerity measures ended with tear gas, rubber bullets, and six arrests Thursday as the mostly student-led demonstrations defied measures calling the protest “illegal.”

Tens of thousands of students and their supporters filled the streets for the first time since the “Maple Spring” protests of 2012 in opposition to rising tuition costs swept Quebec.

The protest on Thursday came in opposition to the 2014 provincial budget, which critics say inflicts painful austerity.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/04-2

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Christy Clark partnered in Enbridge lobbying firm before becoming BC premier

B.C. Premier Christy Clark was a partner in a lobbying firm that was contracted by Enbridge and lobbied the federal government on the company’s behalf, according to documents obtained by The Vancouver Observer. The documents originate from the years when Clark stepped away from politics.

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/premier-christy-clark-partnered-enbridge-lobbying-firm

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Why Did Canada Help Overthrow Haiti’s Elected Government?

Why did Canada help overthrow Haiti’s elected government? That’s a question I heard over and over when speaking about Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority, a book I co-authored with Anthony Fenton. Most people had difficulty understanding why their country — and the U.S. to some extent — would intervene in a country so poor, so seemingly marginal to world affairs. Why would they bother?

I would answer that Canada participated in the coup as a way to make good with Washington, especially after (officially) declining the Bush administration’s invitation (order) to join the “coalition of the willing” that invaded Iraq in 2003. Former Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham explained: “Foreign Affairs view was there is a limit to how much we can constantly say no to the political masters in Washington. All we had was Afghanistan to wave. On every other file we were offside. Eventually we came on side on Haiti, so we got another arrow in our quiver.”

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/02/why-did-canada-help-overthrow-haitis-elected-government/

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