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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
People in the southeastern Manitoba town of Vita are waking up to a very different looking place and four familes no longer have a place to live.
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Zach Paikin: Liberals: Don't Rally Around a Sprinter, We're in a Marathon
Liberals made a pledge to focus on rebuilding the party from the ground up. It is essential, now that the Grit leadership race is getting underway, that Liberals honour this promise. Liberals should select their next leader keeping in mind the following difficult but unavoidable truth: The Liberal Party of Canada will not win the 2015 federal election. The worst thing the Grits could do right now is to rally en masse around any one candidate for leader early in the race and not give this candidate a chance to prove his or her worth. Better to have Grits unite around a common vision as a result of debate than to unite around a personality hoping for a Hail Mary.
Paul Hughes: Beef Recall and the Grim Reality of our Food System
Establishment 38 is not a lunar outpost operated by Weyland-Yutani. It is a slaughterhouse and meat processing plant in Brooks, Alberta, operated by XL Foods Inc. The CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) has suspended the operating license of Establishment 38 because of the detected presence of E. coli O157:H7. Another food recall, this one crossing almost all provincial borders, is today's sobering headline reality. While the scientists, researchers and investigators of the CFIA have E. coli O157:H7 under the microscope, Canadians have also placed Canada's food safety system on a slide and we're collectively scrutinizing how we got ourselves into such a pickle. Our massively complex global food system involves billions of supply chain transactions daily. The relationship with the consumer has evolved and citizens must diligently participate in the food equation in order to prevent food borne illnesses. But, do we have the skills to be active participants in a food system we interact with on multiple occasions daily?
David Suzuki: Put Climate Change in the Budget Now, Save Lives and Money Later
The failure of world leaders to act on the critical issue of global warming is often blamed on economic considerations. But let's take a look at the economic reality. A new scientific report concludes that climate change is already costing the world $1.2 trillion a year. It's also killing at least 400,000 people every year.
Samantha Kemp-Jackson: Stop Using Kids as Door-to-Door Fundraisers
Who hasn't bought some waxy, chocolate-covered almonds from a kid that was selling them door-to-door? As schools are increasingly looking for ways to raise funds due to funding cutbacks and otherwise, the topic of fundraising- by-child is not going away anytime soon. This model for getting money into the schools' coffers may be effective, but at what cost?
Pierre Tremblay: Elizabeth May: A One-Woman Opposition Party
After her first year in Parliament, Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, is already being hailed by English-speaking media as the real opposition leader. When we look at our institutions filled with Conservative backbenchers, who are as quiet as they are ignorant of high profile national issues we can only rejoice at the sight of Elizabeth May ploughing away with ease outside the traditional trappings of conflicts of interest where the Conservative majority has taken up residence.

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