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What are some of the movement’s key objections to the changes to those 3 acts?

Indian Act: First Nations communities can now lease designated reserve lands if a majority attending a meeting called for that purpose vote to do so, regardless of how many people show up. Previously, approval required the support of a majority of eligible voters.

Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, drums at the centre of the Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill Dec. 21. Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, drums at the centre of the Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill Dec. 21. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

The Aboriginal Affairs minister can call the meeting to consider surrendering band territory. The minister can choose to ignore a resolution from the band council that’s in opposition to a decision at the meeting.

Idle No More says these changes allow “for easier opening of treaty lands and territory.”

Navigation Protection Act: Under the act, major pipeline and power line project advocates aren’t required to prove their project won’t damage or destroy a navigable waterway it crosses, unless the waterway is on a list prepared by the transportation minister. Idle No More claims the amendments remove that protection for 99.9 per cent of lakes and rivers in Canada.

Environmental Assessment Act: The first omnibus budget bill had already overhauled the assessment process and the second one reduces further the number of projects that would require assessment under the old provisions. Idle No More objects to the faster approval process.

CONGRESS:


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  • The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #13, Caitlin Joan Halligan, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia District with the time until 10:30am equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.
  • At 10:30am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Halligan nomination.

10:44am The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #13, the nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit;

Not Invoked: 51-41

Cloture on Executive Calendar #13, the nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, was not invoked 51-41. Senator Reid changed his vote to no and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote.

The Leaders are working on an agreement to consider Executive Calendar #43, the nomination of John Brennan, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. If we are able to reach an agreement, we could have up to 2 roll call votes in relation to the nomination (cloture and confirmation) today. Another message will be sent if any agreement is reached.

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent to proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #13, the nomination of John Brennan, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; that the cloture motion at the desk be reported; there be 90 minutes for debate on the nomination, with Senator Feinstein controlling 30 minutes, Senator Chambliss controlling 30 minutes, and Senator Paul controlling 30 minutes; that upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. Finally, that if cloture is invoked, the Senate immediately proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Senator Paul objected.

There will be no further roll call votes tonight. Senators should plan to be here tomorrow.

Senator Paul asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined tomorrow, Thursday, March 7, the Senate proceed to vote on adoption of a Senate resolution relating to the use of drones and that upon disposition of the resolution, the Senate turn to the Brennan nomination or are allowed to proceed to a vote.

Senator Durbin objected.

The Senate remains in Executive Session on the Halligan nomination.

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