Twelve Canadians is a multimedia series about women and men who’ve been devoting their lives to social, economic or environmental justice, and to the healthy development of Canadian communities and the world. Each episode examines a specific issue or situation, through the voices of people who’ve been active in that area. Lots more than just twelve. Thanks to the Social Justice Fund of the Canadian Autoworkers Union for their generous support. Thanks as well to CKUW, University of Winnipeg Radio.twelvecanadians_watershedsentinel.mp3
I am walking down the dirt road, my headscarf up over my nose to keep from breathing quite so much dust and smog, averting my eyes and trajectory from any men, and looking for the cement stanchions on the righthand side that mark, for me, where I turn left. So many of the courtyard and protection walls look similar, I am still nervous about making a mistake, even though I have taken this route for over a week. My left turn takes me down another dirt road, past the home of somebody important, to the middle of the next block. There, next to a yellow metal door in the huge security wall, the building's white facade is painted in bright colors with images of children juggling, standing on each others' shoulders, and smiling. This is the compound of the Children's Circus of Afghanistan.
Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu presumably knew perfectly well when he made his now-famous comment about Alberta's Bitumen Sands yesterday that it doesn't much matter who you are, you’re bound to be the subject of hysterical ritual trashing if you dare to speak out in this province against the Sands' development.
Nor does it really matter how mild or strong your criticism is, or how nuanced or direct you happen to make it, the level and type of the vituperation you are subjected to will be pretty much the same.
Summer is here and whether you feel it or not the planet is getting hotter. The movement for climate justice has surged along with the rise of global dependence on fossil fuels, the rising acidity of oceans and fracking. In Robin Tress’ article on creative and direct action, she says:
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On May 7, 1991, Ray Speaker, the minister of municipal affairs in the Progressive Conservative government of Alberta, rose in the provincial Legislature in response to a member's question about a story that had appeared the morning before in the Calgary Herald.
The question was asked by Ed Ewasiuk, the New Democrat MLA for Edmonton-Beverly, who was well known as an aggressive advocate for the rights of the poor and working people.
"Yesterday the minister and his colleagues announced that they've finally started initiatives to provide housing in the inner cities, which of course are very necessary, although, I submit, inadequate to meet the immediate needs of the homeless in Alberta," Ewasiuk said by way of introduction to his question to the minister.
Labour news from the Asia Pacific region. Interview about the strike of 40,000 workers at the Yue Yuen shoe factory in Dongguan, China, with Kevin Lin, PhD candidate at the University Technology of Sydney. Asia Pacific Currents is produced at 3CR radio by Australia Asia Worker Links.apc_2014_05_31_china_rabble.mp3
"The federal and provincial governments must be held accountable not only for their racist and discriminatory policies of the past, but also for the continuation of such policies today."
Finding love is hard. And it's even harder when you're looking for someone who shares your particular distaste for the Harper government, who understands how gentrification can hurt communities and why free transit should be an election issue.
Many have looked towards online dating to solve their romance woes -- it seems like everyone is using apps like Tinder and sites like OkCupid these days -- but it can be overwhelming and exhausting scrolling through pages and pages of duckfaced selfies attached to declarations like "I work hard and I play hard" and "I love to laugh lol."
It is hard to believe that in 2014, there are still businesses who provide services to the public that have no problem profiting from the lands, resources and traditional knowledges of Indigenous peoples, but who, at the same time, spread racism and hatred against us. Laurie River Lodge, an outdoor adventure business located in northern Manitoba and owned by Brent and Erin Fleck, is one such company.
Laurie River Lodge has a website which includes a link to a promotional brochure which explains what clients can expect when they purchase an adventure with their lodge.
Roughly three kilometres north of Beirut's Syrian embassy in Baabda, Syrians crammed in one of an endless stream of buses, exited and continued on foot. The masses opted to walk the remaining few kilometres rather than sit in a traffic jam generated by the tens of thousands flocking to vote.
Clogging the main street leading to the embassy, vehicles of all sorts -- many decked out with posters of President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian flags -- sat waiting to inch forward. Those on foot moved faster than the halted traffic, and the many long-haul truck drivers gave up, rigs pulled off to the side, resigned to wait until the crowds thinned out, a wait that lasted well into the night.
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Falling demand for electricity, sky-high cost projections, a catastrophic meltdown in Japan and a dedicated resistance to nuclear expansion have contributed to tough times for advocates of new and rebuilt nuclear reactors in Ontario.
The latest punch in the gut for nuclear proponents in the province comes from a May 14 Federal Court decision to nullify the approval of up to four new reactors at Darlington Station, about 60km east of Toronto.
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On Tuesday, the Parliamentary Budget Office released their long-awaited costing and distributional analysis of the tax measures implemented since the Harper government has been in power. In essence, they asked what is the cost of these tax cuts, who benefits, and to what degree.
The price tag of the tax cuts
The total cost of the tax cuts implemented by this government is $30.4 billion in 2014 ($17.1B on the income tax side and $13.3B from the GST/HST cuts). This is in addition to the cuts to the federal corporate income tax, which the PBO report did not look at but Jim Stanford has estimated to cost around $13 billion in annual revenue.
Woot! It's Friday!
Do you have case of the Feel Gross Fridays? Take a dose of vitamin Feel Good Friday! Okay, that was cheesy. But, it made you smirk didn't it?
This week, we've got lots of great news including MRA benefit concerts getting cancelled, comedians pulling one over on Sun News and OMG Reading Rainbow may be coming back!
Read on lovelies:
In 2012, it was discovered that a for-profit company had applied to the Canadian government for permission to start paying people for their blood.
This week, the Ontario Court of Appeal is hearing an appeal concerning the right to housing.
Does the right to housing belong in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms?Choices Yes. The government's failure to implement a national and provincial housing strategy violates human rights. No. The right to "life, liberty and security of person" does not include a right to housing. No. But, government inaction shouldn't lead to an increase in homelessness and inadequate housing. I don't know. But, it seems like the right to housing should be in the Charter. None of the above.
Please support our coverage of democratic movements and become a monthly supporter of rabble.ca.New CLC President Hassan Yussuff is asking whether unions can recapture issues of dignity, standing up, having a voice for both traditional workforces and the new "precariat."