Please Advise! What Wouldn’t Christy Clark Promise Now? | The Tyee

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/06/21/Please-Advise-Christy-Clark-Promises/

Right now the world is being treated to the spectacle of a hateful imbecile running the United States like a drunken truck driver speeding along the wrong side of a freeway. More insidiously, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is apparently able to summon a cloak of darkness like a malevolent wizard as he hides the progress of a Republican health care bill that is about health in the same way that headcheese is about cows.

By contrast, Premier Clark’s throne speech shenanigans will seem like a very small beer, a minor prank, akin to the sort of jeering and catcalling that typifies question period. 

The London Fire and the Privatization of Public Housing – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/06/16/london-fire-privatization-public-housing/

there was just one stairwell and it was cluttered. NPR quotes a tenant’s harrowing escape from a lower floor. “He described a perilous situation: ‘Only one fire escape to get down, and apparently that caught on fire,’ he said. ‘And the fire alarm that was going off, that wouldn’t have woken no one up. It was as silent as it could be.’”

Among the other failures was the management’s decision to ignore tenant warnings about fire safety. There’s some evidence from residents that efforts to communicate tenant concerns were met with threats of retaliation. O’Sullivan asserts, “When protests about KCTMO [the management/development company] appeared on the residents’ association blog, the borough had lawyers send letters demanding the post be taken down…People living in the block were either ignored or threatened by contractors when they raised their concerns.”

What’s not clear yet is why local government, which owns the property, failed to address tenants’ concerns. Could it be that public officials believed that they outsourced their duty to citizen safety?

Forgiving the unforgivable: 4 years a slave laborer under the Khmer Rouge | Street Roots

http://news.streetroots.org/2017/06/02/forgiving-unforgivable-4-years-slave-laborer-under-khmer-rouge

many believing the Khmer Rouge would be good for Cambodia. 

Unlike his long-held infatuation with the Royal Rosarians later in life, Kilong’s adoration for the Khmer Rouge soldiers would quickly fade. 

Soon after the war’s end celebration, he saw a group of the soldiers humiliate a man in the street near his home. After berating and threatening the half-naked man to the point of urinating on himself, they shot him in the head, killing him instantly right before Kilong’s eyes.

The Khmer Rouge regime and its Marxist leader, Pol Pot, are notorious for what followed. 

They transformed the entire country of Cambodia into a network of barbaric prison-like labor camps, forcing families apart and out of the cities to work on communal farms and build infrastructure.

Workers were not allowed possessions or contact with their families. They were expendable cogs in a machine, worked to death and frequently tortured or executed for trivial missteps.

Cambodians starved to death beneath trees full of ripe coconuts and oranges. In the newly communist and heavily militarized Cambodia, trees belonged to everyone, so their fruits were off-limits.

Refugees at Risk after BC Support Group Denied Federal Funds, Critics Say | The Tyee

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/06/08/Inland-Refugee-Society-Denied-Funds/

The society operates on about $180,000 per year, with much of it coming from the City of Vancouver and Vancity Credit Union.

But with hundreds of refugees arriving in Vancouver already this year, the money is running out.

In a normal year the society assists about 800 people. But just five months into 2017, it has already helped 700 refugees, Alaya said.

With more refugees arriving, Alaya said he’s out of places to house people.

Alaya said he has asked the federal government for help, but was told by the deputy minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marta Morgan, that none is coming.

“Basically what she said is, it’s sad people are coming through and don’t get support, but they cannot do anything,” Alaya said.

Government Silent on BC School, Teachers Caught in Qatar Crisis | The Tyee

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/06/06/BC-School-Teachers-Qatar-Crisis/

five Arab neighbours cut diplomatic ties and imposed sanctions, citing Qatar’s “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region.”

The actions by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen include a ban on air, sea and ground transportation that has made travel difficult and sharply reduced food supplies to Qatar.