Civics R.P.T. – Newspaper PortfolioFederal Government-Federal government should manage Alberta’s threatened caribou.The first article is from CBC news, it was posted November 28, 2017.The article is relevant to Federal Government because they are the only body of people that can do something about keeping caribou out of harm.In Alberta the caribou are slowly dying off and are in serious need of some sort of protection or law against killing caribou as we do not want them to go extinct and the people of Alberta are wanting the government to do something about it. Not only are they being hunted/killed it is also the oilsands and gas wells that are ruining the caribous habitat. “Despite the good efforts by some companies, there’s nothing right now that prevents a new oil and gas well or a new oilsands mine or a harvest cutblock from destroying critical habitat,” said Barry Robinson of Ecojustice.I personally think that the government should do something about this because we need to keep these species alive, and by ruining their habitats and ecosystems and such it could end up in going extinct.-‘Our collective shame’: Trudeau delivers historic apology to LGBT CanadiansThis article is also from CBC news, it was posted on November 28, 2017This article is relevant to Federal Government because it involves Justin Trudeau, our prime minister.In this article our prime minister Justin Trudeau apologizes to our LGBT+ community for years of mistreating them and discriminating them. “It is our collective shame that you were so mistreated. And it is our collective shame that this apology took so long – many who suffered are no longer alive to hear these words. And for that, we are truly sorry.” He said.I personally think that was the right thing to do and even though he shouldn’t have discriminated them, he is a good man and a good leader and he deserve forgiveness having that said we should leave this in our past and move on.-Ottawa announces $80 million for research on preventing, studying oil spillsThis article is from the Global News Website, it was posted December 18, 2017This article is relevant to Federal Government because it is the government arranging the research and paying for it.The federal government is spending $80 million on oil spill research, looking at how to prevent spills as well as their effect on the marine environment.”Our government is committed to protecting our marine and coastal areas so that they are safeguarded for future generations,” said Treasury Board President Scott Brison.He announced the funding Monday at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Halifax.Provincial Government-Ontario added more than 175,000 jobs in 2017 and only more to come.This article is from is from the Ontario News Website, It was posted January 5th, 2018.This article is relevant to Provincial Government because it is about the Ontario Government making jobs for our fellow citizens.Employment in Ontario increased by 176,300 from December 2016 to December 2017. The increase represents a good amount of growth in jobs in 2017, just over double the growth rate recorded in each of the previous two years.The Ontario unemployment has been below the national average for 33 consecutive months and below six per cent for the past five months.More than 800,000 net new jobs have been created in Ontario since the all time low. The majority of these jobs are full time, in the private sector, and in industries that pay above average wages. According to the 2017 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, by 2020 over 200,000 more net new jobs are expected to be created in the province.The government of Ontario has done an outstanding job by creating all these jobs and it is really great because the more jobs you create the more the poverty rate decreases.Ontario’s Minimum Wage is Now $14 an HourThis article is from is from the Ontario News Website, It was posted January 1st, 2018.This article is relevant to Provincial Government because it is about the Ontario Government raising the minimum wage for our hard working citizens.Starting Jan 1st, people across Ontario will see their wages rise to $14 an hour as the new general minimum wage takes place. This change will help workers and their families who are struggling to get ahead in a changing economy. As part of Ontario’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, the minimum wage will increase again to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019, to be followed by annual increases every year.I think it is great that the government is going to be raising the minimum wage to help out the people who cant get high paying jobs, it make seem like a small increase but in the long run it could really make a difference.-Ontario Working to Reduce Poverty in the NorthThis article is from is from the Ontario News Website, It was posted January 1st, 2018.This article is relevant to Provincial Government because it is about the Ontario Government striving to get rid of poverty and trying to help the lower income citizens of Canada.Ontario is investing in four community projects that are supporting new ways to help people break the cycle of poverty, increase access to safe and nutritious food, find good jobs and end homelessness in the North and the surrounding area.”Ontario is investing in programs that will measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. By harnessing the creativity of local partners, identifying innovative community-driven solutions, and building on evidence-based best practices, we can make strong inroads in tackling poverty.” says Peter MilczynI think this is great that the government is looking into and really trying to get rid of poverty in the North. In cities like Kenora, Timmins, North bay etc poverty happens to be a big thing even though we dont hear about it much so its nice to see the government doing something about that. Local/Municipal GovernmentNiagara River is not a sewer: Gates to governmentThis article is from the Niagara Falls Review website and it was posted on December 27th. 2017 by Ray Spiteri.This article is relevant to Local/Municipal Government because it’s the government’s job to keep our waterways clean, so this is their problem.A public water board under fire for a July 29 discharge that turned the water below Niagara Falls black and smelly violated quality standards for another discharge 17 days later, state officials said on Friday, the sewage continued to spew out for a few days slowly but was causing a horrendous smell.I personally think that this should not be happening with all the taxes us fellow citizens pay to the government we shouldn’t be having these problems but it does happen and if it does they should definitely fix it faster than how long it took to clear it up.-Hamilton among 14 cities in Ontario getting the first legal cannabis shopsThis article is from the CHCH website and it was posted on December 28th, 2017 by Jamie Elto.This article is relevant to local government because it is about the city of Hamilton which is a local city, and what the government plans to do in that city.The province has named the first 14 cities where it will set up government-run marijuana stores this coming July. Hamilton made the list, but Niagara did not and tourism officials are stunned.”I’m shocked, I think it’s a real bad business decision. This is Niagara Falls 14 million people a year come here and this is certainly going to be a drawing card.” Wayne Thomson, Niagara Falls tourism.I personally think making these medical marijuana stores are a good thing so they can help the people who are in need of medical marijuana have easier access to them.Canadian LawSenate passes Bill C-16 which defends transgender rightsThis article is from the Global News website and it was posted on June15th, 2017.This article is relevant to Canadian Law because they are passing a bill which is a proposed law.Canadian senators have passed a new law which specifically prohibits discrimination against transgender Canadians and gets them protection against hate crimes.Bill C-16 passed third reading in the Senate on Thursday, more than a year after being introduced. The Attorney General of Canada issued a statement in response on Thursday evening. “In Canada we celebrate inclusion and diversity, and all Canadians should feel safe to be themselves,” the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould said. I personally think this great because everyone is equal no matter what gender, sexuality or race, everyone’s the same and should be treated the same.-New Brunswick exploring power of attorney reform as group calls for changeThis article is from the Global News website and it was posted on July 26th, 2017.This article is relevant to Canadian Law because it is about making the attorneys not have as much power in court.The Office of the Attorney General of New Brunswick has confirmed to Global News that they are considering a change of the province’s power of attorney legislation. Although they didn’t talk about the type of reform they’re exploring, at least one organization is laying out a possible framework for them. The Power of Attorney Action Group recently called on the province to implement stand-alone legislation in New Brunswick — the only province in the country that doesn’t have it. I think that this is a bad idea because attorneys play a big part in a lot of situations so taking away some of the power he or she has may not be the best idea.Questions We need a government because without the government we would have no structure as a nation, we wouldn’t have a leader we would just have a big world without anybody to guide them or sort the problems out in the world. I also think that a big part of why we need government is because to protect the people’s natural rights. They are the ones who create our rights and protect them and make sure that they are enforced. The government also deals with criminals and such without a government our world as we know just wouldnt work out.There are many benefits to being an informed citizen and these are some of the most important and probably biggest reason as to why someone would choose to be an informed citizen. The most common benefit that many people like about being an informed citizen is the comfort of being informed of worldwide events 24/7. This is an appeal to many people because it gives them the idea that they have power, knowing that they know more than what some other people may know. The second common part of being an informed citizen is the fact that you have the inside scoop on everything. You may be one of the first people to know something important going on in the world and who can educate others about it. These benefits give people a sense of power which can help them to become more knowledgeable about their own self-interests.