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Politics 204 for November 23

Quote of the day

  • Winnipeg Harvest's executive director David Northcott

    Winnipeg Harvest's executive director David Northcott

    “We still say that our goal is to not be in the community. So that’s why we’re so happy and sad. We’re delighted that what we’ve done has been able to move food to hungry families for a long time, because families have been hungry for a long time. The only reason we’re still here is because families are saying, ‘We’re not ready for you to go yet.’ ” — Winnipeg Harvest’s David Northcott marking the 30th anniversary of Winnipeg Harvest over the weekend.

Environment issues

  • Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger  (File)

    Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger

    First ministers meet: The premiers will meet as a group with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the first time today in Ottawa. The main thrust of the meeting is climate change, but refugees, infrastructure and health care are also likely to be discussed. Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger told the Free Press he will unveil the province’s new emissions targets and strategy Dec. 3. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced her strategy Sunday, including a carbon tax. A national strategy and a federal price on carbon have not yet been decided.
  • Oral evidence: The NEB’s insistence it will hear oral evidence from aboriginals regarding Enbridge’s pipeline proposal at hearings in Manitoba only if they agree not to comment on the merits of the project, the science or technical issues is an invitation not to talk. This stance betrays everything Canadian industry, institutions and governments should know about their duty to consult First Nations on development in their traditional territories. Think again, NEB.


  • A Syrian refugee in a Jordanian camp. (CP)

    A Syrian refugee in a Jordanian camp.

    As well, the federal government’s refugee plan is starting to come out. Final details are to be unveiled tomorrow. So far it appears Ottawa will restrict refugees to women, children and men travelling with their families. Single men will not be admitted for now as it is believed they are the biggest risk to be IS operatives posing as refugees. Canada is working overtime, processing as many as 100 refugee applications a day in Lebanon. An estimated 900 refugees a day will arrive in Canada shortly, many bound for the biggest cities and to be housed in military bases and hospitals, until longer-term accommodation can be found.
  • At the Manitoba legislature, MLAs will continue to debate the speech from the throne. The government has also served notice it intends to introduce legislation expanding the East Side Road Authority’s mandate to allow it to construct freedom road, the all-weather road that would connect Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the outside world.

In case you missed it

  • Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman

    Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman

    We’re ready: Mayor Brian Bowman wants to roll out the welcome mat to Syrian refugees and he’s encouraging Winnipeggers to join him. Bowman said he believes the Syrian humanitarian crisis requires support and assistance from countries and communities around the world, including Winnipeg.
  • Money pit: A pilot program to build an environmentally friendly back lane has come in thousands of dollars over budget and four years late. The Green Alley project was supposed to follow the example of other communities that rehabilitate back lanes with innovative designs to manage stormwater, reduce heat, promote recycling and conserve energy.
  • Canada’s Selma?: In 1965 there were fears of race riots in Kenora. Hundreds of First Nations people were expected to march in protest against discrimination and poverty. Four hundred people from the First Nations of Whitefish Bay, Onigaming, Grassy Narrows, White Dog, Shoal Lake and Eagle Lake bused to downtown Kenora.

On the calendar

  • Former Manitoba MP Joy Smith

    Former Manitoba MP Joy Smith

    At city hall: It’s the first meeting of the newly created water and waste, riverbank management and environment committee.
  • In Ottawa: The Mike Duffy trial continues. A close friend of Mike Duffy is expected to continue his testimony today at the senator’s fraud trial. Over three years, Gerald Donohue took in roughly $65,000 of taxpayer money for a variety of contracts, directing the money through a firm owned by his wife and son.
  • In New York: Conservative Senator Yonah Martin and former Conservative MP Joy Smith will join the co-founding chairs of the International Parliamentary Coalition for Victims of Sexual Slavery today.

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