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See where PFAS pollution has been confirmed in the American West 30.5.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Western states lag behind in both monitoring and regulating the class of ‘forever chemicals.’
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Beware pro-choice memes normalizing Islamophobia 22.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada When a group of white, male, fundamentalist Christian Alabama legislators passed the most restrictive women's reproductive health law in the country last week, many seemingly progressive people immediately reacted in the logical fashion of a society in which Islamophobia is the default: they blamed Muslims. Indeed, you may have found yourself liking the memes that said "Sharia Law Arrives in Alabama" or "Meet the American Taliban." Maybe you were one of those who posted the inflammatory meme that posited a scenario in which an "Iranian court" ruled that an 11-year-old girl who'd been raped had to carry the baby to term, followed by the interruption that this is in fact a scenario being played out by Ohio Republicans. Part of the illogic of racism is that white people can never see themselves as capable of producing such outrageous injustices without first being perniciously infected with some kind of foreign ideological agent. While everything from flash floods to teen promiscuity was ...
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Report Report: Banking, blind spots, carbon capture and climate risk 1.5.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
A new BlackRock report on assessing climate-related risks is among the standouts in the latest research.
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With Trump's support, campaign to criminalize abortion ramps up 25.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
US Politics Before he became president, Donald Trump described himself as pro-choice. Now, he can't do enough to deny women control of their own bodies. Marching in lockstep with Vice President Mike Pence and some of the most anti-choice members of his right-wing coalition, Trump has gone global in his crusade, watering down a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at stopping rape and sexual violence in war. His acting UN ambassador threatened to veto any resolution containing language referring to "reproductive health." The goal of the demand, most observers agree, is to ensure that women who are raped in war should not receive any help terminating pregnancies. This episode is just the most recent in the accelerating and increasingly successful campaign to criminalize abortion, waged by a vocal, well-funded minority in this country. For close to half a century, the right to a safe, legal abortion has been guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision. For many years, ...
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The UCP health platform: mostly spin, some two-tier medicine, and scraps of red meat for the base 29.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Jason Kenney's health-care policy announcement yesterday was a typical conservative political speech -- a mish-mash of anodyne sentiment, misleading spin, market-fundamentalist nostrums, scraps of red meat for the base, cheap shots at the federal government, terrible ideas he'll implement if he gets the chance, and even a couple of good ones he'd probably ignore. However, it was almost entirely delivered in a reasonable, even soothing tone of voice. So you had to listen carefully and make frequent use of your political decoder ring to understand the bad stuff. But there was a bit of a bombshell at the end -- a barely disguised pitch for full-on, two-tier, cash-for-care medicine in the final two minutes. Kenney employs competent political advisers. So how did that slip past the spinmeisters? I don't know about you, but when Kenney started rambling on about the so-called Chaoulli decision it sounded to me as if his mouth got jammed in motor mode and no one on his staff had the presence ...
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A constitutional cop‑out: Federal government passes the buck on conversion therapy 28.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada The federal government missed an opportunity to introduce a significant protection for the LGBTQ community by failing to take steps to ban conversion therapy (the discredited practice of trying to convert individuals with non‑heterosexual sexual orientations to heterosexuality under the guise of therapy). Instead, in its response to a petition calling for a ban on conversion therapy the federal government passed the buck to the provinces and territories. The petition and the government's response On February 1, NDP MP Sheri Benson presented a petition to the House of Commons seeking a ban on conversion therapy, with a focus on protecting minors. The petition pointed out that organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Canadian Psychological Association have issued statements indicating that the practice is not supported by scientific research, lacks medical justification, and rather than providing assistance to affected individuals, can have significant adverse effects ...
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Countering U.S. attacks on Canadian health care 25.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Dennis Gruending A friend travelling in Europe pleaded recently on Facebook for information to help her respond to a fellow tourist, an "alpha male" from the U.S., who was criticizing the Canadian health-care system. He claimed, for example, that he had seen statistics showing that 20 per cent of Canadians go to the U.S. each year for elective surgery. We should brace for more such criticisms, as Senator Bernie Sanders and at least some Democrats promote what they call "Medicare-for-All" as a plank for the 2020 US elections. They view Canada's system as a possible model. As for my friend, I did some quick research and responded to her, as did a number of her other Facebook contacts. Ignorantly wrong The alpha male critic is simply and ignorantly wrong to say that 20 per cent of Canadians (seven million people) go to the U.S. annually for elective surgery. The Vancouver-based Fraser Institute is a right-wing organization known for its hostility to Medicare. It claims that 63,000 Canadians sought medical ...
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U.S. struggle for universal health care has reached a tipping point 14.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
US Politics Last week, as the media focused on U.S. President Donald Trump's North Korea summit in Vietnam and the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a largely overlooked news conference took place, announcing legislation that could save millions of lives. Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, the latest attempt to pass single-payer health care. Jayapal's bill has 106 co-sponsors, close to half of the Democrats in the House. Jayapal is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus in the House. Among the bill's co-sponsors was Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell. She replaced her late husband, John Dingell Jr., who was the longest-serving member of Congress in history, holding the seat since 1955. John Dingell, who died in February at the age of 92, was a stalwart backer of single-payer health care, introducing legislation yearly during his 60-year tenure. He was inspired by his father, John ...
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Long-delayed introduction of pharmacare should be top priority in this election 15.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn When the government of Saskatchewan pioneered public health care in Canada in 1962, it covered the two main components of such a system: the services of physicians and hospitals. When other provinces, and finally the federal government, later extended medicare to the national level, it was still confined to these two admittedly important but insufficient-on-their-own benefits. Tommy Douglas, the main proponent of public health care in Canada, always envisioned this two-pronged program as just the first step toward complete health care coverage. His ultimate goal was to have prescription drugs, dental, vision, and other important services added to the system, as they already were in most countries in Europe. If those countries could afford such comprehensive care, he reasoned, so could Canada. More than half a century later, however, his vision of providing Canadians with all-inclusive health care remains unfulfilled. The biggest gap, of course, is the lack of universal public drug insurance. One ...
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Organic Green New Deal? Comprehensive climate change policy must address the American food system 8.2.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The proposed bill must put just rural economic and environmental development back on the table.
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The inconvenient truths behind the 'Planetary Health' diet 6.2.2019 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The recently published EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems uses flawed research on health, sustainability and food systems.
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Farmers know climate change is real — can they fight it? 21.12.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
While dismal farm economics — and shrinking conservation funds — make it hard to find the funds, a growing number of farmers are ready to make critical changes.
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Hunting faces an ethical reckoning 18.12.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Gruesome social media videos show how far modern hunting has drifted from its roots.
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B.C. premier lauds health-care workers as discriminatory labour laws repealed 12.11.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
B.C. premier lauds health-care workers as discriminatory labour laws repealed
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Coal is not competitive with cheaper alternatives, and the industry's true costs are even higher 8.11.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Power plant emissions kill tens of thousands of Americans each year, scientists estimate.
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What B Corp certification means for Danone North America 5.10.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
A Q&A with the head of sustainability of the largest multinational company to achieve this designation.
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Measuring progress to SDGs with a chemicals management survey 19.9.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
We worry about our carbon footprints. What about our chemical footprints?
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Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under 'conscientious objection' 5.7.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Food & Health For the first time ever, an expert group has arrived at a majority consensus that the practice of so-called "conscientious objection" by health-care professionals should not be allowed. The experts agreed that the practice of refusing to provide legal and essential health care due to a doctor's personal or religious beliefs is a violation of medical ethics and of patients' right to health care. Abortion and other reproductive health care are the most commonly refused services. Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care is the title of the expert group's just-released report with recommendations. It is a product of the first global meeting on the topic of "conscientious objection," which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in August 2017 because the refusal to treat is a major barrier to abortion access in many Latin American countries . Organized by the International Women's Health Coalition and Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (Women and Health in Uruguay), the meeting brought together 45 ...
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Open letter to York University: Settle with CUPE 3903 now! 7.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar The recent strike at York University is being called the longest labour dispute at the institution, and the longest strike at an English-speaking university in Canada. It has been used by the provincial Liberals to attack the NDP, however the issues are about precarious work and need to be addressed . Instead of taking on these issues, the York University administration has been acting unilaterally and recently walked away from a CUPE 3903 offer which was essentially most of what they wanted.    Over 300 university full-time or retired professors, librarians and archivists at York University have signed the letter below demanding that the York University President and Board of Governers settle with CUPE 3903 now. They shared this letter with rabble.ca.   Open letter to the President of York University and the Board of Governors:  Settle with CUPE 3903 now! We, the undersigned full-time or retired professors, librarians and archivists at York University, are deeply concerned with the ...
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Medical cannabis benefits denied: How statutory insurance plans can avoid paying workers' compensation benefits 26.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada As we move toward the legalization of recreational cannabis, I thought it would be interesting to look at a recent case dealing with medical cannabis and the efforts of one person to get assistance from his province's workers' compensation board to contribute to the cost of the medical cannabis prescribed to him. The case of Skinner v. Nova Scotia (Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal) provides insight into how the use of medical cannabis is sometimes still perceived as an unconventional treatment despite having been legal in Canada for almost two decades, and also how administrative law gives statutory insurance schemes ways to avoid providing benefits to individuals seeking coverage for medically prescribed treatment. Background In August, 2010, Gordon Skinner was driving a vehicle owned by his employer, in the course of his job duties. He lost consciousness while driving, left the road and had a collision. He had not returned to work since the accident, and was suffering from ...
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