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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Oh, well … that changes everything!
All sarcasm aside, people, I think that ship has sailed, actually …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."