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Despite Welcomed Investments for Indigenous Learners and Part-Time Students, Budget 2017 Lacks Innovative Vision for Higher Education | CFS

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 23, 2017 08:33 AM
“Targeting funding for experiential learning in programs where significant opportunities already exist fails to leverage valuable resources towards finding and creating these opportunities for students in other academic programs,” said Arte. “Innovation is an important and invaluable aspect of post-secondary education, but we must not allow it to become a buzzword that excuses the neglect of a higher education system that is inaccessible and unaffordable to millions of students.”

Long on talk, and short on action, Budget 2017 doesn’t deliver for working Canadians | Canadian Union of Public Employees

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 23, 2017 08:22 AM
“If you’re an infrastructure bankroller or a billionaire tax dodger, today is a good day. For working Canadians, not so much,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “Mr. Trudeau has talked a good game lately about things like inclusive growth, pay equity, a living wage, and addressing inequality. But unfortunately, for Canadians, Budget 2017 proves it’s just more talk. That’s not how you create jobs and solve rising inequality in a precarious economy.”

A Man Arrested in a Fatal Stabbing Came to New York Specifically to Kill Black Men, Police Say | TIME

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 22, 2017 03:50 PM
"James Harris Jackson, 28, and a former military veteran who served in Afghanistan, turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He told investigators that he harbored hatred for black men for more than a decade. ... Upon turning himself in, police arrested Jackson for carrying two knives — one of which was a 26-inch blade that is believed to have been used in the stabbing"

For Democrats, no clear leader | The Hill

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:42 AM
"Thirty-five percent of Democrats said their party has no leader. Sixteen percent picked Barack Obama or Warren as the leader, followed by Sanders at 14 percent and Clinton at 8 percent. Twenty-five percent of Democrats said they want someone not on the poll’s list of possibilities to be their presidential candidate in 2020. Twenty percent said Sanders should be the nominee, followed by Michelle Obama at 17 percent, Warren at 15 percent, Clinton at 10 percent, Cuomo and Booker each at 4 percent, Winfrey at 3 percent and Cuban at 2 percent. Overall, 40 percent of respondents had a favorable view of the Democratic Party, compared with 60 percent who viewed it negatively. Republicans were seen similarly, 41 percent favorable to 59 percent unfavorable."

Democratic National Committee leader faces steep climb to break GOP dominance | The Los Angeles Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:39 AM
"In an interview with The Times, Perez was candid about some of the party’s failures in 2016, most notably its abandonment of vast stretches of rural and small-town America. But Perez, 55, who was Labor secretary under President Obama, offered little detail on what changes the party would make to win over President Trump’s supporters in those areas."

Venezuela's troubles put US heating oil charity in limbo | Metro News

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:33 AM
"The Citgo heating oil program was launched after Hurricane Katrina damaged U.S. refining capacity in 2005, causing energy costs to spike as winter approached. ... Over the years, the program has provided $500 million in heating assistance to 2 million program participants in 25 states and the District of Columbia, supplementing federal energy assistance."

Russia summons Israeli ambassador to explain air raids in Syria | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 21, 2017 10:24 AM
"Syria’s use of anti-aircraft missiles against the Israeli jets, however, suggested an increased confidence in the Assad regime, which has seen a number of similar air raids by Israel. ... Outside of the recent rhetoric, however, what has been fast emerging in recent months is that Israel may have badly misjudged the potential outcome of the Syrian war. It had anticipated a conflict that would undermine the Assad regime, seriously wound Hezbollah and push back Iran’s attempts to expand its influence. But since Moscow’s intervention, Assad’s forces and Hezbollah have clawed back territory from rebel groups and Islamic State, creating conditions more conducive for Iran to supply weapons to the Lebanese militants."
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