Canada

12/01/20
Author: 
Rolly Montpellier
Alberta Tar Sands

Please allow me to introduce Version 2.0 of the Justin Trudeau Climate Playbook. Version 1.0 came just after the COP21 climate talks that led to the Paris Agreement. Version 2.0 is just now surfacing and follows COP25 in Madrid which ended in dismal failure. Both versions are set against the same familiar background of the Alberta Tar Sands expansion.

Climate Playbook Version 1.0 — 2015

12/01/20
Author: 
Brent Patterson
Royal Canadian Mounted Police parade following the Last Post ceremony in front of the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing on April 6, 2017 in Ypres, Belgium. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Jan. 11, 2020

"International human rights law requires governments to respect, protect, and promote the right of Indigenous peoples to make their own decisions about their lives and futures according to their own customs and traditions."

The impartiality of state institutions and international human rights obligations towards Indigenous land defenders are crucial elements in making space for peace.

10/01/20
Author: 
Amy Smart
A supporter of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline work to set up a support station at kilometre 39 just outside of Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston B.C., on Jan. 8, 2020. Photo by The Canadian Press

A natural gas pipeline company has posted an injunction order giving opponents 72 hours to clear the way toward its work site in northern British Columbia, although the company says its focus remains finding a peaceful resolution that avoids enforcement.

The order stamped Tuesday by the B.C. Supreme Court registry addresses members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation and supporters who say the Coastal GasLink project has no authority without consent from the five hereditary clan chiefs.

10/01/20
Author: 
Kelvin Gwley
Protesters, including Stacy Gallagher (second from left) stand in the driveway of Trans Mountain's Burnaby Mountain tank farm on Dec. 2, 2019. Photograph By KELVIN GAWLEY

JANUARY 9, 2020

Two pipeline opponents charged with violating a court-ordered injunction. One arrested for refusing to sign paper.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ordered two Indigenous men to stay at least 500 metres away from Trans Mountain’s pipeline facilities in Burnaby.

10/01/20
Author: 
Kolin Sutherland-Wilson

Jan 6, 2020

 

Watch here.

In an era of Reconciliation and UNDRIP, why must the Unist'ot'en fight so hard for what is rightfully theirs?

 

The Unist'ot'en currently exist at the cutting edge of Canadian-Indigenous relations. This film discusses the past and present of the events unfolding in British Columbia's north, while guiding us to seek a greater future.

10/01/20
Author: 
Will Dubitsky
Photo of LNG tanker from Shutterstock

July 17th 2019

Liquified natural gas (LNG) is being promoted as a green transition option to replace dirtier fuels. But when renewables are coming in cheaper than new gas- and coal-fired plants for two-thirds of the world, why is this the case?

08/01/20
Author: 
Keith Baldrey
Demonstrators show support in downtown Vancouver for protesters arrested in 2018 at a Coastal GasLink project blockade. File photo: Rob Kruyt
 January 6, 2020
 
A pipeline protest is once again putting the BC NDP government in a political pickle.

The energy project in question is the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline that will connect to the LNG Canada terminal in Kitimat.

08/01/20
Author: 
First Nations Leaders
 Wet'suwet'en Stand
Things are happening fast as the Wet'suwet'en make a historic stand! We're doing our best to keep you up to date with all the latest developments and calls to action so you can stand with them. #WetsuwetenStrong
 
  1. Read Today's Powerful Press Statement From all 5 Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs
     
06/01/20
Author: 
Laura Kane
FILE: Pipe for the Trans Mountain pipeline are unloaded in Edson, Alta. on June 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Jan 6, 2020

SUMMARY
The committee says the projects proceeded without free, prior and informed consent of impacted Indigenous groups
The right to "free, prior and informed consent" to resource projects is part of the UNDRIP

 

VANCOUVER — A United Nations committee working to end racism is urging Canada to immediately stop the construction of three major resource projects until it obtains approval from affected First Nations.

06/01/20
Author: 
Saron Gebresellassi, Matt Fodor, Laura Kruse, Alison MacIntosh, Bailey Cameron & Chris Gusen
Toronto transit

December 26, 2019

Free public transit is a growing movement around the world. According to the book Free Public Transit: And Why We Don’t Pay To Ride Elevators, there are 200 cities around the world with some form of fare-free transit, and 97 that are completely fare-free.

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