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    Chrétien Liberals had plan for fast rail: report

    Chrétien Liberals had plan for fast rail: report $2.6-billion project for fleet of intercity trains cancelled by Martin government, ex-VIA boss said BY MIKE DE SOUZA A newly released confidential report about speeding up Canada's passenger rail service made a series of recommendations that...
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    Texas School Standards: Age of the Universe Erased

    Not tired of attacking biological evolution, creationists are now going for cosmology. It can't be too long before they finally repudiate (among other things) quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear medicine, x-rays and finally what can be seen through a telescope. Anyway, here's another sad...
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    Ontario a "have-not" province

    In the history of equalization in this country, Ontario has never been a "have-not" province. It becomes one next year. Also, maybe Mr. Flaherty should now start suggesting that people invest in Ontario. Ontario to get slice of equalization pie KAREN HOWLETT AND KEVIN CARMICHAEL From...
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    Quebeckers' mental Bloc

    I thought this was an interesting essay about the state of the Canadian political landscape, and helpful in understanding why Harper lost support in Quebec - and why the Liberals may never win it back. GLOBE ESSAY Quebeckers' mental Bloc In the wake of the Bloc Québécois's sixth consecutive...
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    GM and Chrysler Pushing for Merger

    Big changes possible in the North American auto industry. This may have big implications for Ontario. GM, Chrysler pushing for rapid deal: report Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:07pm EDT DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. automakers Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp are pushing for a quick merger deal...
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    Toronto | King Portland Centre and Kingly Condos | 58m | 15s | Allied | Hariri Pontarini

    A notice of minor variance has been posted on a window of 620 King requesting the demolition of the existing structure and the construction of an eleven floor building consisting of one floor retail and ten floors of residences. The existing building is quite handsome. The notice stated...
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    Hospitals face hand-washing crackdown

    Years ago my mother almost died from a hospital-acquired infection. Back then most people thought it an extremely rare event. Now 220,000 people develop such infections each year - and a surprising portion is due to people not knowing basic hygiene, like hand washing...
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    Less accountable and less transparent

    Tories kill information registry May 02, 2008 04:18 PM DEAN BEEBY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA–The federal Conservatives have quietly killed a giant information registry that was used by lawyers, academics, journalists and ordinary citizens to hold government accountable. The...
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    RCMP at Conservative party headquarters

    Nothing like a search warrant to spice up your public image. ------------------------------------------------------------------- RCMP at Conservative party headquarters Meagan Fitzpatrick, Canwest News Service Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 OTTAWA - The RCMP were at Conservative party...
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    Urban Agriculture

    There is pretty much "urban" everything else, so why not more urban agriculture? Bring the fresh produce on. -------------------------------------------------------- Sprout business shooting up Shop starts farm downtown as more people snap up green goodness Apr 08, 2008 04:30 AM...
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    Tibetan Suppression by China

    Looks like the Chinese government is so concerned about Tibetan protests making it look bad right before the Olympic circus that it finds it necessary to carry out some larger-scale killing. Yeah, talk about an Olympic spirit. _________________________________________________ Photo...
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    Flaherty's 'attacks' on Ontario undermine economy

    Jim really knows how to go about getting votes. Fascinating to see the Conservatives working so hard to not win votes in Ontario. ----------------------------------------------- Flaherty's 'attacks' on Ontario undermine economy: McGuinty The Canadian Press March 2, 2008 at 3:59 PM EST...
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    Canada, U.S. quietly sign mutual military aid pact

    This deal has been "quietly" signed. ------------------------------------------------------- Canada, U.S. quietly sign mutual military aid pact Either nation could send troops across each other's borders during emergency David Pugliese , The Ottawa Citizen Published: Friday, February...
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    Scientists develop synthetic genome

    A very interesting topic and worth the read. The legal and ethical issues are to be the type that will enrage and terrify a considerable segment of the population (particularly the patenting issues). -------------------------------------------------------------------- Scientists develop...
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    U.S. Government sued for $3 quadrillion

    This'll put a pinch in the old government pocketbook if successful. ------------------------------------------------------------ Katrina victim sues U.S. for $3 quadrillion Federal government hit with 489,000 damage claims after hurricane updated 12:40 p.m. ET, Wed., Jan. 9, 2008...
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    Dion makes surprise Afghan visit: Is there a subtext?

    After reading the article I am not so sure that Dion is coming completely clean on his promise of withdrawing troops from combat missions (I've bolded some of the text). Overall, NATO appears to be unable to pull together to adequately support this mission on a number of levels. Now it seems...
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    Unhappy Ontario PCs push to oust Tory

    The knives are starting to some out... ------------------------------------------------ Unhappy Ontario PCs push to oust Tory The Canadian Press January 7, 2008 at 11:49 AM EST TORONTO — Disgruntled Conservatives who want to oust leader John Tory are being deliberately shut out of the...
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    Bill Gates says farewell to his industry

    Like him or not, he and his company have helped define an entire branch of technology. ------------------------------------------------------------- Bill Gates says farewell to his industry MATT HARTLEY Globe and Mail Update January 6, 2008 at 10:40 PM EST LAS VEGAS — Bill Gates marked the...
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    What's been happening with those submarines?

    Why, they are at the centre of a lawsuit! ------------------------------------------------ Submarine maintenance contract won't be re-tendered MURRAY BREWSTER Canadian Press January 3, 2008 at 4:33 PM EST OTTAWA — A British Columbia consortium has won a $1.5-billion maintenance...
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    Humorous but pointless "Spears" thread

    One has to wonder if it was a "how to become a parent book."Delayed for nine months, no doubt. ----------------------------------------- Lynne Spears' Parenting Book Put On Indefinite Hold Rep for book's publisher says, 'It's delayed, not canceled.' By Gil Kaufman On the heels of...

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