Month: October 2020

Big Gap Surfaces in Davos

As self-appointed global leaders gather at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos and discuss ‘The Reshaping of the World’, a stone’s throw away non-governmental organisations named this year’s winners for their dreaded Public Eye Awards. The jury chose the American textile giant Gap, while 95,000 online voters honoured the Russian energy company Gazprom. “Sadly,…

By PENTICTONLAWYERS October 23, 2020 0

B.C. Liberal Candidate Lorraine Brett Defends Sharing J.K. Rowling’s Transphobic Screed

Another day, another B.C. Liberal candidate controversy as days continue to tick down to the Oct. 24 provincial election voting day.  Less than 24 hours after Laurie Throness resigned as the Liberal candidate for Chilliwack-Kent after comparing free contraception to eugenics, and a week after North Vancouver-Seymour candidate Jane Thornthwaite faced backlash for a sexist…

By PENTICTONLAWYERS October 22, 2020 0

Nova Scotia Lobster Pound Destroyed In Fire Amid Conflict Over Indigenous Fishery

A federal promise of more police resources to contain escalating violence in southwestern Nova Scotia fishing communities met with scant approval Saturday, with one First Nations leader calling for military support in the wake of a suspicious fire. Federal opposition leaders, meanwhile, said the blaze that gutted the lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico, N.S.,…

By PENTICTONLAWYERS October 22, 2020 0

Canada Surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 Cases

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Canada’s total case count past the 200,000 mark on Monday as tougher health restrictions took effect in some regions facing a surge in infections. The latest numbers from Saskatchewan lifted the national tally over the bleak milestone as the province reported 66 new cases of the novel…

By PENTICTONLAWYERS October 22, 2020 0

Feds Kept Most COVID-19 Contracts Secret Under National Security Exemption

OTTAWA — The federal government cited a national security exemption (NSE) to withhold details of a “vast majority” of its COVID-19 related contracts struck at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The exemption expedited the weeks-long procurement process — and keeps details of domestic and international contracts, including costs and supplier information, secret. A memo…

By PENTICTONLAWYERS October 22, 2020 0

Serious Blow Dealt to US Unions in the South

The United Auto Workers union was dealt a serious blow Friday when auto workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted against unionization in a closely watched fight that could have historical implications for the future of unions in the U.S. “The loss could further dent the prestige of the UAW, membership of which…

By PENTICTONLAWYERS October 22, 2020 0

Ukraine Crisis Spurs Fracking-Friendly Measure in Poland

As the crisis in Ukraine continues to put a spotlight on Russia’s stranglehold over European gas supplies, Poland has offered a frack-friendly proposal of making shale gas extraction tax-free in the country. “We adopted measures that should encourage shale gas exploration,” Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Tuesday. According to the new measures, fracking will…

By PENTICTONLAWYERS October 22, 2020 0