Missy Cummings has the right stuff.
Cummings spent 11 years (1988-1999) as a naval officer and military pilot in the United States Navy reaching the rank of Lieutenant. After the Combat Exclusion Law was repealed in 1993, Cummings became one of the Navy's first female combat fighter pilots flying F/A-18 Hornets. A consummate military professional, Cummings was equally at home being catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier or dropping bombs on a tank.
Minimum-wage workers are not just teenagers working at fast-food restaurants after school. According to the Manitoba Federation of Labour, 55 per cent of minimum wage earners in Manitoba are adults twenty years and older; 51 per cent of minimum-wage earners work for companies with 100 workers or more and 42 per cent work for companies with 500 or more employees. With approximately 38,600 Manitobans earning minimum wage ($10.45/hour) and fully 73,700 Manitobans making only 10 per cent more, we need to ask if the minimum wage provides sufficient income to raise a family.
Almost five years ago, Canada signed a new treaty banning cluster munitions to end the unacceptable harm caused by these weapons. Cluster munitions are large bombs that release dozens or hundreds of smaller submunitions over an area the size of a football field. They harm civilians both at the time of use when they are dispersed over a wide area and after the attack as a number of submunitions fail to explode becoming de facto landmines.
Over 110 countries, most of NATO, have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Canada has never used cluster munitions and our stockpiles are being destroyed, but we have not implemented the Convention.
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It's always an action plan with these guys. Now a new one on expanding global markets for Canadian exporters and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It's called the Global Markets Action Plan, it was released yesterday morning by John Baird and Ed Fast in Ottawa, and from one perspective it's a minor edit to the 2007 Global Commerce Strategy (which I can't find anymore).
Canada and every other rich country need to crash their CO2 emissions 10 per cent per year starting in 2014 to have any hopes of ensuring a not-super-dangerous climate for our grandchildren, said Kevin Anderson of Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester.
"We can still do 2C but not the way we're going," Anderson said on the sidelines of the UN climate talks, in Warsaw, Poland.
Anderson wasn't just referring to the lengthy-and-acronym-laden COP 19 process held inside Warsaw's 58,000-seat soccer stadium. It's too late for any normal approaches to emissions reductions. Preventing climate disaster requires a radical measures and our economic system is not up to the task he said.Cities are leading the way to a green low-carbon future. Currently a group of 441 cities representing 15 per cent of people on the planet are taking concrete action to reduce their emissions.
Harsha Walia is a migrant justice activist trained in law, who is involved with the Vancouver chapter of No One Is Illegal (NOII), and in Undoing Border Imperialism she offers a unique blend of handbook and textbook. Walia combines academic discourse on border imperialism -- drawing on feminist studies, Marxist analysis, critical race theory and post structuralism -- with strategies for anti-oppression movements, the latter based on her analysis of the chronology and shape of NOII.summary: Activist Harsha Walia writes on border imperialism drawing her critique from an anti-oppressive framework and stating that borders are an unfair global capitalist system causing global displacement. related items Item 1: Secret evidence plays growing role in Canada’s immigration courts Item 1 (Author, Where published) : Secret evidence has been used in a range of immigration procedures in Canada and demonstrates the federal government's increasing tendency to criminalize and securitize non-citizens. Item 2: No One Is Illegal Radio: 'Women's rights' in Canada in the age of border control, imperialism and colonialism Item 2 (Author, Where published) : This show examines the way that the Canadian state affects the lives and self-determination of migrant women, indigenous women and the women it affects to be helping in Afghanistan. Item 3: 'Wielding the Force' establishes the interconnection between science and social movement theory Item 3 (Author, Where published): Harsha Walia reviews rabble contributor Zainab Amadahy's new book on when science is framed within the context of Indigenous wisdoms, it can inform, transform and revolutionize movement building.
The Lac‑Mégantic derailment in Quebec last July involved the transportation of 72 tank cars of crude oil. This derailment caused the confirmed deaths of 42 people, with five more missing and presumed dead. Approximately half the downtown core was destroyed. It is one of the most significant train disasters in Canadian history.Given the reality that movement of dangerous goods is fraught with problems, it seems a reasonable question to ask why Canada has yet to take seriously the need to move to a low-carbon energy future.
Albertans got a first look at the Redford Government’s suspiciously timed public employee "restraint" legislation yesterday -- which effectively bans meaningful collective bargaining in the public sector and allows the province to impose agreements by fiat.
Many of them, of course, won't much care about Bill 45, the Public Sector Services Continuation Act, or Bill 46, the Public Services Salary Restraint Act, because they will be seen as not affecting them, and that will be true enough.
In mid-November, Wikileaks released the secret draft text for the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter of the TPP. Stuart Trew talks about what this leak tells us about the agreement as a whole. Stuart Trew is trade campaigner with the Council of Canadians. He speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy.
On Wednesday, afternoon labour unions, vulnerable worker groups and community partners marched from the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel to Dundas Square for a rally demanding an immediate increase to the Ontario minimum wage.
Listen to speakers from the rally including:
Sid Ryan (Ontario Federation of Labour President)
Lorraine Fern (Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage)
Lis Pementel (UNITE HERE Local 75) and Nazrul Islam (Richtree Worker)
Mike Story (Legal Aid Lawyer) and Immanuel Lanzaderas (Legal Aid Lawyer)oflmin.mp3
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They call it Bill C-6.
Sounds innocent enough, though the matter at hand is anything but innocent.
The bill, now before the House, deals with nasty little weapons called cluster bombs.
They are explosives that release small and quite vicious little "bomblets."
Those bomblets sound almost cute, until you realize they take peoples’ arms, legs and heads off.
Victims of cluster bombs -- or cluster munitions -- include a great many civilians, including thousands of children.
I keep getting asked about Movember -- if I’ll be "growing a mo' for the boys" and care enough about men’s health issues like testicular cancer to grow a moustache.
I choose not to participate in Movember. I find it problematic for a variety of reasons, which men need to start discussing.
I remember the first time I grew a moustache in November. I was 13 years old. I had barely hit puberty, but lo and behold, hairs had sprouted on my upper lip. As a boy of East-Indian and Ugandan descent, this growth of facial hair was perfectly normal in my culture.
Yet my moustache wasn’t looked upon too kindly by my predominantly white classmates -- I remember being laughed at for what some had deemed my "Paki stache."
Yesterday in Geneva, WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo announced that governments have failed to reach agreement on a "Bali package" in advance of the December 3-6 Ministerial meeting in that city.
WARSAW (IPS) - The UN climate talks in Warsaw ended in dramatic fashion Saturday evening in what looked like a schoolyard fight with a mob of dark-suited supporters packed around the weary combatants, Todd Stern of the United States and Sai Navoti of Fiji representing G77 nations.
It took two weeks and 36 straight hours of negotiations to get to this point.
At issue in this classic North versus South battle was the creation of a third pillar of a new climate treaty to be finalized in 2015. Countries of the South, with 80 per cent of the world's people, finally won, creating a loss-and-damage pillar to go with the mitigation (emissions reduction) and adaptation pillars.The UN climate talks in Warsaw ended in dramatic fashion Saturday evening in what looked like a schoolyard fight with a mob of dark-suited supporters packed around the weary combatants.
"Why are the rich getting a free ride?" is the question being asked in a new video highlighting the problem of growing income inequality in Canada. The short video asks some very important questions about why many people -- even those who are making a decent wage -- are still struggling to get by and create a decent life while others are profiting like never before.
On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Rev. Frances Deverell -- president of the Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice -- talks about the faith tradition from which she comes and the network of activists that she leads.trr_rpn_nov25-29_2013_canadian_unitarians_for_social_justice.mp3