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    This is interesting. We've overhauled the environment act, and created one review board to rule on them rather than all the agencies doing their own reviews. Projects will need to take the Paris Agreement into account, and First Nations will need to be consulted from the very beginning of the process where applicable. They expect a faster and more streamlined process under the new system, with more predictable outcomes.

    https://biv.com/article/2018/02/otta...onment-act-neb

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    Holy fuck these Trudeau memes are hilarious.

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    Following the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Oxfam (a British charity) rents accommodation (including a villa) for its staff in Haiti for them to have a base and help them distribute aid. The staff instead use the venues to hire prostitutes and host orgies.

    Story from The Times:

    Charity covered up scandal in earthquake zone - girls at 'Caligula orgy' may have been under-age

    Staff felt unable to raise alarm.

    One of Britain's biggest charities covered up the use of prostitutes by senior aid workers in earthquake-torn Haiti.

    A Times investigation has found that Oxfam, which receives 300 million a year in British government funds and public donations, allowed three men to resign and sacked four for gross misconduct after an inquiry into sexual exploitation, the downloading of pornography, bullying and intimidation.

    A confidential report by the charity said that there had been "a culture of impunity" among some staff in Haiti and concluded that children may have been among those sexually exploited by aid workers. The 2011 report stated: "It cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were under-aged."

    Oxfam was part of a massive international relief effort in Haiti after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince in 2010, which killed 220,000 people, injured 300,000 and left 1.5 million homeless.

    One of the men allowed to resign without disciplinary action was Oxfam's country director there, Roland van Hauwermeiren. The report said that Mr Van Hauwermeiren, 68, admitted using prostitutes at the villa rented for him by Oxfam with charitable funds.

    Despite the admission, the charity's chief executive at the time, Dame Barbara Stocking, offered the Belgian "a phased and dignified exit" because sacking him would have "potentially serious implications" for the charity's work and reputation. After the internal inquiry, two other men in management were able to resign while four were dismissed for gross misconduct, including over the use of prostitutes at the apartment block where Oxfam housed them.

    A number of sources with knowledge of the case said they had concerns that some of the prostitutes were under age. One said that men had invited groups of young prostitutes to their guesthouse and held sex "parties". The source claimed to have seen footage from a night there that was "like a fullon Caligula orgy", with girls wearing Oxfam T-shirts. The charity is understood to have no record of the footage being given to the investigation.

    Prostitution is illegal in Haiti and the age of consent is 18. Paying for sex is against Oxfam's staff code of conduct and in breach of United Nations statements on the behaviour of aid workers, which the charity supported. Oxfam said that it did not report any of the incidents to the Haitian authorities because "it was extremely unlikely that any action would be taken". None of those accused has been arrested or faced any criminal charges.

    The charity said that it disclosed the sexual misconduct to the Charity Commission but the regulator told The Times last night that it never received the final investigation report and Oxfam "did not detail the precise allegations, nor did it make any indication of potential sexual crimes involving minors". The commission said that it was asking Oxfam to review what happened and "provide us with assurance that it has learnt lessons from past incidents and is taking all necessary steps to ensure risks are minimised".

    An appendix to the investigation report raised a lengthy list of management concerns over the situation in Haiti and asked: "How far back and why did the culture of impunity in Haiti develop Were there signals that could have been picked up earlier?" The charity acknowledged that staff in Haiti had felt intimidated and unable to raise the alarm. Sources with knowledge of the investigation alleged that the report had been "watered down" and one claimed that Oxfam bosses "deemed it unnecessary to pursue some of the allegations if we could get enough to simply dismiss the individuals".

    Oxfam announced in September 2011 that a small number of staff had left after a misconduct investigation. It stressed that the issues did not concern fraud over its 70 million aid budget in Haiti but did not disclose sexual misconduct. The charity said yesterday: "Oxfam treats any allegation of misconduct extremely seriously. As soon as we became aware of a range of allegations including of sexual misconduct in Haiti in 2011 we launched an internal investigation. The investigation was announced publicly and staff members were suspended pending the outcome." It added that the allegations "that under-age girls may have been involved were not proven".

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    That's pretty disgusting, but not the least bit surprising. When I go to Cuba I get hounded by the prostitutes there so much so that I don't even bother going off the resort any more. And it's like that for a reason, because of a justifiable stereotype of Western men who go to island destinations for cheap sex (exact same for women too, except the 50 Shades of Grey less in your face version of prostitution).

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    Orioles fans may be worried that they have a bad team with no help on the way from the minors, but there's finally some good news for them:

    Baltimore marks 11 homicide free days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobthe4th View Post
    Orioles fans may be worried that they have a bad team with no help on the way from the minors, but there's finally some good news for them:

    Baltimore marks 11 homicide free days
    The most shocking part about this is that this has happened before, only four years ago. I was going into this article thinking that this was a new record for the city. Or one that hasn't happened in decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobthe4th View Post
    Orioles fans may be worried that they have a bad team with no help on the way from the minors, but there's finally some good news for them:

    Baltimore marks 11 homicide free days
    Update - the streak is over. Baltimore residents can now go back to being miserable.

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    lol CNN



    Sometimes I wonder if they are trying to fail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxcar View Post
    lol CNN



    Sometimes I wonder if they are trying to fail.
    Common sense suggests this kid is lying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franklin View Post
    My political bias suggests this kid is lying.
    Ftfy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxcar View Post
    Ftfy
    What political bias? Be specific. Provide evidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franklin View Post
    What political bias? Be specific. Provide evidence.
    I will need you to get a cat scan and send me a copy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franklin View Post
    What political bias? Be specific. Provide evidence.
    You're saying you don't have one. Provide evidence. And be specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krylian View Post
    You're saying you don't have one. Provide evidence. And be specific.
    I didn't say I don't have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxcar View Post
    I will need you to get a cat scan and send me a copy.
    Do you know how to read and interpret cat scans?

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