Whose contempt? Burnaby Mountain, Kinder Morgan and the law

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:43pm
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 It felt like a victory, and it was, but a week later the wages of victory are hard to grasp. A lawyer looks back on her work with the protesters of Burnaby Mountain.

Burnaby Mountain, probably best known as the home of Simon Fraser University, is the site of a proposed expansion of Trans Mountain, Kinder Morgan's Edmonton to Vancouver tar sands pipeline. The mountain is also unceded Indigenous territory, part of the traditional land of the Musqueum, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. But for the last few months, Burnaby Mountain played host to a concerted struggle for climate justice and Indigenous sovereignty, a battle over one pipeline that became a proxy fight over the Harper government's fixation with extractive industry as a whole.

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After Mount Polley disaster: Defending land and nationhood

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 2:42pm
Kanahus Manuel talks about the struggle by the Secwepemc Nation and its allies to defend the land and assert their nationhood after the massive Mount Polley tailings pond spill. Defending land and nationhood after the Mount Polley disaster
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Watch: Good people work for SPRINT Senior Care

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:37pm
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Help spread some holiday cheer with the SPRINT Senior Care workers!

And, help support SPRINT workers as they ask for a modest wage increase and introduction of the MSPP.

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Boom! North America's explosive oil-by-rail problem

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:02pm

'It was apocalyptic. People running and screaming...At one moment I thought we would all explode.'--Resident of Lac Mégantic, Quebec on July 6, 2013

On July 6, 2013, a train carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec killing 47 people and incinerating the downtown. Since then, three oil trains have exploded in the United States, several others have lit up in Canada. There have also been a string of derailments of oil trains in which, thankfully, none of the wagons exploded.

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The reassembly of First Nations

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:07am

With the choice of a new National Chief this week, the Assembly of First Nations may appear to take a step toward rebuilding itself, but any success it has will collide with other forces of realignment in which the Supreme Court of Canada is playing a pivotal role.

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Changing the course of the Canadian Federation of Students

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:36am

There are few organizations that polarize people more than the Canadian Federation of Students. Despite its origins going back to the 1920s, the organization's very existence is often the subject of heated debates from people on all ends of the political spectrum.

Over the decades, the organization has ebbed and flowed, drifted from the right to the left. It has grown, collapsed and has certainly evolved.

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Federal government missing in fracking wastewater debate

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:46am

Communities in Atlantic Canada are currently dealing with the fallout of fracking projects that occurred prior to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia's moratoriums. There are two New Brunswick communities, Saint John and Dieppe, that are exploring plans to treat fracking wastewater in their municipal wastewater treatment plants and to discharge the waste in local rivers connected to the Bay of Fundy. This summer, Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS) pitched a proposal that would see the town of Dieppe treat 30 million litres of "treated" fracking wastewater into its sewer system.

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Gitxsan block B.C. highway in LNG protest

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:20am

On November 25, the British Columbia government issued provincial environmental assessment certificates to two proposed pipelines -- TransCanada's Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline and Spectra Energy Corp.'s Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline -- and Petronas' Pacific Northwest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal.

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The case for releasing evidence from the Ottawa shooting

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:07am

There is little doubt re-watching video of Justin Bourque chillingly describe the targeted killing of husbands, sons, fathers  -- "It's sad," Bourque explains blandly. "They might have had a wife and kids, but every soldier has a wife and kids, right?... It's all about whose side you chose, and they chose the wrong one" -- will "re-traumatize" the families of the three RCMP officers Bourque murdered last June.

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What happens when oil prices go down instead of up

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:35am
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Luck plays a part in any political career. Napoleon famously asked of a general recommended to him for his military prowess: "so he is good -- but is he lucky?"

A barrel of oil that was selling in the US$110 range last summer, now sells for less than US$70. That was not the future Stephen Harper and his ruling Conservatives expected when the party leader touted Canada as an energy superpower, based on massive petroleum reserves -- the world's third largest after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela -- locked away in the bitumen sands of Alberta.

But there is good news for the Conservatives in the bad news.

Lower gasoline and heating oil prices will put money into the pockets of strapped Canadian workers, helping to drive up consumption and employment.

Because of low oil prices and weakened commodity prices generally, resource exploitation, the motor of economic growth for the Conservatives, is slowing down. Can the Harper government recover?

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The accountability ship has sailed, Bill 2 notwithstanding; Jim Prentice and Ralph Klein compared

rabble news - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 1:20am

Accountability legislation?

Oh, well … that changes everything!

All sarcasm aside, people, I think that ship has sailed, actually …

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When domestic violence comes to work

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:32pm
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"Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t?" is a new report based on the first Canadian survey of the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario partnered with the Canadian Labour Congress to conduct the survey.

Barb MacQuarrie is with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children. She speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.

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Climate negotiations at COP20 will go down to the wire

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:17pm

By the time you read this, I will be in Lima, Peru at the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  When I say we are "down to the wire," many  readers (being well aware of the threat of runaway climate change) may think it is already too late.  Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) continue to rise. Extreme and dangerous extreme weather events are on the rise. The Arctic ice is shrinking. The oceans are becoming more acidic. Impacts from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaching 400ppm (30 per cent higher than at any time in well over a million years) cannot be reversed.

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Ellen Gabriel speaks at the Peoples' Social Forum

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:55pm
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Ellen Gabriel was first introduced to the Canadian public in 1990, when she was chosen by the People of the longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during their resistance to the proposed expansion of a private nine-hole golf course near the town of Oka, Quebec. During the ensuing standoff between the Mohawk people and the Canadian army, Gabriel not only participated in negotiations to protect the sacred grove of pines, but also spoke out about the presence and leadership of women behind the barricades.

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The feminist killjoy holiday gift guide

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:19pm

Shopping for that special feminist someone in your life? Or maybe just looking to gift something to yourself because no one else is going to get you what you really want? Or maybe you’re just looking to support some awesome indie artists this holiday season. Whatever it is you’re here for, we’ve got you covered!

1. "This Princess Saves Herself" Necklace

Perfect for the man-hating video game aficionado in your life! Fuck waiting around for Mario, slay Bowser yourself like the bad-ass bitch you are.

 

Buy it on Etsy

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It was lonely at the B.C. Fed

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:04pm

John Reed was the only Western reporter covering the Russian Revolution. Now I know how he feels. Assigned by The Tyee, I was the only reporter covering last week's convention of the B.C. Federation of Labour. Okay, not quite the same. For all his anti-corporate fulminations, not once did Jim Sinclair proclaim: "Let us now begin to construct the social order". Nor did anyone storm anything, let alone the Winter Palace, unless it was the coffee bar. The masses actually voted to choose their new leader. How non-revolutionary. Kerensky would have been pleased. Still, there I was, the lone scribe at last week's B.C. Fed convention.

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The false economy of Canada's plundering of its forest resource

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:04pm

Climate change and environment writer Andrew Nikiforuk published an op-ed last month in the New York Times, on Nov. 17, which looked at a little-examined consequence of the Alberta tar sands--the destruction of forests in Alberta which the tar sands industry perpetrates as it tears up the earth to get at the 'black gold' below. Nikiforuk's op-ed was titled, "A forest threatened by Keystone XL," referring to that hotly contested pipeline proposal that would deliver ever-more tar sands bitumen to upgraders and refineries in the southern U.S.

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The world's first harm-reduction workers' union comes to Toronto

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:44pm
This new union, THRWU, takes an inclusive approach to organizing some of health care's most precarious workers. Toronto is now home to world's first harm-reduction workers' union
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Harper government finally wins gold medal for lying -- to veterans

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:40pm

It's hardly possible to remind ourselves too often of I. F. Stone's great truth: All governments lie. Izzie, a great American muckraker, spent much of the twentieth century proving just how right he was, and it's easy to imagine the fun he'd have in today's Ottawa.

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Will House Committee empower MPs, voters with Reform Act?

rabble news - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:25pm

Will the House Committee strengthen the Reform Act as most Canadians want, or will it weaken it into a "Hope for Reform Act?"

As the Procedure and House Affairs Committee reviews the Reform Act (Bill C-586) this week, Democracy Watch is calling for measures that restrict the powers of party leaders and free and empower MPs in key, reasonable ways, as a majority of Canadians want.

Very unfortunately, there are signs the Committee may instead bend over to please party leaders by weakening the bill so much that it’s name should be changed to the "Hope for Reform Act."

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