Showing posts from April 11, 2016

A daughter takes up her slain mother’s activism

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[Heroines. The bravest, most dangerous, most significant work by environmentalists anywhere in the world today is being done in Latin America. These activists are an inspiration to everyone. See also: The Life and Legacy of Berta Cáceres. *RON*]

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post, 9 April 2016
The wispy young woman with raven-black hair and expressive brown eyes was introduced to the small crowd as Bertha Zúniga Cáceres, but hardly anyone in her tight circle calls her that. She is known by the Spanish diminutive “Bertita,” an homage to her internationally famous mother, environmental activist Berta Cáceres Flores.

On a windy afternoon in Washington this week, the 26-year-old Zúniga boldly continued the work that many think led to her mother’s recent slaying by gunmen in Honduras. Zúniga faced the gathering at the red-brick entrance of the Organization of American States, lifted a bullhorn and denounced her government for creating a climate that ma…

Federal government quietly lifts cap on temporary foreign workers in seasonal industries

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[Corporate welfare queens and 'progressive' politics in Canada. "Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss." The problem is businesses that depend on below-starvation wages to exist. Such businesses shouldn't be able to fill vacancies and would die a natural death if there was actually such a thing as the 'free market.' *RON*]
By Teuila Fuatai,, 8 April 2016
Tinkering with the number of temporary foreign workers admitted into Canada for seasonal labour fails to fix underlying problems around unsustainable business practises, workers' groups in Atlantic Canada warn.

Unifor, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour and the Fish and the Food and Allied Workers' Union in Newfoundland and Labrador raised concerns about the program after news emerged the federal government removed the hiring cap for temporary foreign workers in seasonal industries for the year.

The exemption, issued in February without…

New light on Saskatoon’s ‘starlight tours’

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[This refers to the prairie police practice of dropping intoxicated Aboriginals miles outside of town in the freezing dark; at least 3 people died this way. An attempt to erase reference to the deadly practice from the police force’s Wikipedia page stirs up dark memories, and new questions. It's no better in Ontario: Police Deny Racism And Demand Data (That They Won't Collect). *RON*]

Meagan Campbell, Macleans, 8 April 2016

On Jan. 28, 2000, two police officers drove Darrell Night five kilometres outside of Saskatoon and abandoned him in -22° C weather with just a T-shirt and jean jacket on his back. The incident was part of a series of “starlight tours,” a practice in which officers were said to have picked up drunk or rowdy people like Night, at night, and dropped them off in the dead of winter.

At least three Indigenous people in Saskatoon are suspected to have died this way, beginning with 17-year-old Neil Stonechild in 1990.


LNG and Site C: The B.C. NDP's labour problem

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[BC realpolitik. This is why the NDP are not Green, no matter what they say at election-time. Hmm - environmental principles or votes and money, which will it be for John Horgan? Despite their gibberish, the unions make their position clear: "We live on this planet too and we don’t want to see environmental degradation, Sigurdson said. But we are a resource-based economy. There’s got to be industrial development." The unions also forget ignore that, in a Green economy, while some labor markets would shrink, others would greatly expand. *RON*]

By Mike Smyth, The Province, 10 April 2016

They are the two biggest megaprojects in B.C. — one in the public sector and one in the private sector.

B.C. Hydro’s Site C dam, under construction on the Peace River near Fort St. John, will generate low-emission power for a century. Its current price tag is $8.8 billion, the largest public-sector infrastructure investment in B.C. history.

The Pacific No…

The Roads to Decoupling: 21 Countries Are Reducing Carbon Emissions While Growing GDP

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[Some excellent and encouraging information here. *RON*]
By Nate Aden, World Resources Institute, 5 April 2016

As countries embark on the transition to a new climate economy, there’s a debate about whether growth can drive, or even coexist with, climate stabilization. On the other side of the coin, it’s also a discussion of whether climate stabilization can drive growth. The debates on growth and resources are complex, fractious and centuries old, and while they won’t be resolved in the immediate future, recent developments show that global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stayed flat in 2014 and 2015 while GDP continued to grow. This emerging trend is supported by 21 countries that have managed to reduce GHG emissions while growing GDP.

NDP aftermath: An early look at potential candidates to replace Tom Mulcair

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[You'll have heard that Mulcair was given the boot but is staying on until a successor is chosen. This is a pretty reasonable selection of people who may run to replace him; not all of them have said they will yet. If you haven't done so yet, to see what got Rachel Notley's knickers in a knot, see A few facts about the Leap Manifesto. It was written by one of these potential candidates, Avi Lewis, and his wife, Naomi Klein. It's also worth reading this piece about the speech given by Avi Lewis's dad, Stephen Lewis. For what it's worth, I think Nathan Cullen would be pretty good; Brian Topp has a good chance if he runs. *RON*]
CBC News, 11 April 2016

After this weekend's national convention showed a party divided over Tom Mulcair's leadership, the federal New Democrats will be looking for a new leader and a new way forward.

A majority of NDP delegates — 52 per cent — voted in favour of holding a leadership contest, …