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May 14, 2014
Dr. Robert Buckingham, a tenured professor, Dean of the School for Public Health was fired and escorted off campus for publicly criticizing a restructuring plan at the University of Saskatchewan. Crawford Killian, The Tyee.

May 19, 2014
Cecily McMillan was sentenced to 3 months in prison. The Occupy activist was grabbed from behind by a plainclothes policeman, and responded by elbowing him in the face. She was severely beaten and handcuffed to a hospital bed, by police. Chris Hedges. Truthdig. 


May 20, 2014
New research shows more than 20 million people worldwide are working as modern-day slaves and generating billions of dollars worth of illegal profits annually. Jacqueline Nelson. Globe and Mail

May 21, 2014
Amnesty International reveals legal scholar and human rights activist, Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years in jail for organizing "Same-city Eat-drink gatherings". Amnesty International

May 22, 2014
Effective Monday, May 26, BC Government will dock 5 % of teachers pay for participating in stage 1 of job action. 10% if teachers launch their rotating strike next week. CBC News

May 22, 2014
Tim Hudak pledges to eliminate 100,000 service jobs if he forms the next government. Duncan Cameron, rabble.


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  1. On the other hand: my spinach is flourishing, beans are up, lettuce too! :)

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  2. Also what's happening in my post - many spelling errors! :(

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  3. Spelling fixed (I think) and Dr. Buckingham was re-installed at the University but not in his position as Dean.

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