Wednesday, June 19, 2019

#NORWAY: New Health Minister Says Gov't Shouldn't Tell Citizens Not To Smoke, Drink Alcohol, Eat Red Meat

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Norway's new cabinet minister for Public Health, Sylvi Listhaug, is causing controversy for saying that there's nothing wrong with eating red meat, smoking and drinking alcohol. At least her office won't be lecturing citizens to avoid such things.

An admitted "occasional" smoker herself, Listhaug hails from the Norwegian Progress Party, which is focused on civil liberties, individualism, and limited government. Which makes her "hands off" approach unsurprising.

In an interview, Listhaug said: "I think many smokers feel repressed. They almost feel they have to hide away, and I think that’s stupid. Although smoking is not good and it is harmful, adults have to decide for themselves what they do. The only thing we as governments are to do is to provide information."

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

#CANADA: Ontario New Democrats Pass Resolution To Lower Voting Age To 14

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Delegates and party members of the Ontario New Democratic Party passed a resolution to lower the voting age to 14 at its convention this past weekend.

“Resolution 5-5: Youth Political Engagement” also tackled the engagement of young voters and the need to improve civics education in the province. Currently, Canadian citizens must be 18 years old or older to vote in an election.

National NDP Party Leader Jagmeet Singh was also present at the convention alongside Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, where he unveiled his party’s 2019 election platform.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Monday, June 17, 2019

#ALBANIA: Parliament Censures President For Cancelling June 30 Local Elections

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A parliamentary resolution approved by 100 votes to seven has censured Albania's Pres. Ilir Meta for cancelling nationwide local elections, scheduled for June 30.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

#HONGKONG: Gov't Caves On Mainland Extradition Bill Over Fears China Will Use It To Crush Dissent

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Hong Kong's government is backing down and suspending its highly unpopular extradition bill after a week of large-scale demonstrations and political violence in the streets. The government maintains the legislation's intention of plugging legal loopholes is still valid. Many, however, feared it would allow Communist China to demand the extradition of Hong Kong opponents of the regime to face unfair trails on the mainland.

Hong Kong is self-governing, but is growing ever closer to Communist China and will eventually merge with it in 2047, 50 years after the 1997 British hand-over control to China with a guarantee of "one nation, two systems" governing the island city-state.

At a press conference Saturday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, using the words "suspension" and "halting" interchangeably, admitted her government had not communicated the need for the bill well enough. "I feel deep sorrow and regret that deficiencies in our work – and various other factors – have stirred up substantial controversies," she said.

The reversal came in the face of two massive protests last week, one ending in violence and injuries to 80 people.

Organisers of the historic march on June 9, the Civil Human Rights Front, and the pro-democracy Confederation of Trade Unions have vowed to carry on with another march this Sunday.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

#CANADA: Trudeau Gov't To Impose Federal Carbon Tax; If Alberta Repeals Theirs

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The Federal government has announced that the federal carbon tax will go into effect on January 1st, in part as a reaction to Alberta's plan to end its provincial carbon tax. Since his election earlier this year, Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney has tabled legislation to do away with the province’s own self-imposed carbon tax which sat at $30/ton.

Since Kenney and his United Conservative Party of Alberta promised to end the carbon tax, the federal government, led by Liberal Justin Trudeau, has warned that it would level the federal-level tax on the provinces. Now the federal government has followed through with that threat, telling the provinces that the federal levy will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

Conservatives note that the tax is contingent on Trudeau's Liberals winning re-election this October, with the national Conservative Party vowing to oppose New carbon taxes.

Pictured: Environment & Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Friday, June 14, 2019

#SCOTLAND: Paliament Creates "Opt-Out" Organ Donor System

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Scotland's parliament has voted to approve an "opt-out" system for organ donation in Scotland.

At present, people must "opt in" by registering to donate their organs for transplants after they die.

Under the new system it will be assumed people were in favor of donation unless they have stated otherwise.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

#IRAN: Parliament Bans Acid Attacks, Calling Them "Terror"

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New legislation passed by the Iranian Parliament approved death sentence for perpetrators of "acid attacks aimed at bringing about terror and instability in the society."

Dozens of women in Iran have been attacked with acid in recent years by family members or presumably by hardline supporters of the compulsory hijab. Ministry of Health statistics puts acid attacks at 60 to 70 cases every year.

The legislation still needs to be approved by the hardliner-dominated Guardian Council.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

#CANADA: Trudeau Gov't Will Seek Ban On Single-Use Plastics, Including Straws

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The Trudeau government will reportedly seek to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021.

Plastic straws, cotton swabs, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery and balloon sticks are just some of the single-use plastics that will be banned in Canada.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

#BOTSWANA: Supreme Court Strikes Down Laws Against Homosexuality

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Botswana’s high court has overturned colonial-era laws that criminalized homosexuality, saying they were unconstitutional.

Judges in the southern African nation unanimously ruled on the decision during LGBTQ Pride month, moving away from more than two dozen sub-Saharan African countries with anti-same-sex laws.

[FULL STORY HERE]

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