Ethan Cox
weasel grabbing a duckling

MAY 7, 2020

The shitweasels are multiplying.

The rush to reopen the economy highlights a divide between those motivated by public health and those who would sacrifice minimum wage workers to protect profits

Last week John Ivison wrote a lazy screed for the National Post arguing that the CERB was too generous and would prompt minimum-wage workers to stay home rather than return to work in the middle of a pandemic.

Alex Nguyen
Myn Bee Farnazo is a Medical Technologist supporting testing of COVID-19 patients at the Provincial Hospital of South Cotabato, PhilippinesPhotos: UN Women/Louie Pacardo

MAY 9, 2020

Pandemic brings systemic issues around remittances and migrant labour exploitation into sharper focus

Since mid-March, the enhanced community quarantine imposed on the Philippines’s largest island in response to COVID-19 has caused life to grind to a halt, closing down public transportation and most businesses and throwing people out of work.

The effects of this dire situation have reached Canada, as many overseas Filipino workers and families face the urgent need to send remittances home despite their own precarious situations.

Russ Diabo
‘When Trudeau allowed police to violently shut down the protests, it was clear he was offering us only one option: surrender to government dictates and compromise our rights through his termination negotiating tables.’ Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.

5 May 2020

Amidst the pandemic, a flawed negotiation approach quietly aims at assimilation, not reconciliation.

When measures to combat COVID-19 went into full effect in Canada, it was on the heels of cross-country protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs blocking a gas pipeline.

Yves Engler
Planet of the Humans
[Editor: If not the last words on the film certainly worth reading.]
May 10, 2020

The backlash may be more revealing than the film itself, but both inform us where we are at in the fight against climate change and ecological collapse. The environmental establishment’s frenzied attacks against Planet of the Humans says a lot about their commitment to big-money and technological solutions.

Geoffrey Morgan

May 5, 2020  

Irving’s circuitous route is seen as a novel way to get around regulatory logjams in Canada that have stalled a number of pipelines

CALGARY – After failing to secure Western Canadian oil via the scrapped West-to-East Energy East pipeline back in 2017, Irving Oil Ltd.’s finally been able to get federal approval for a new route to connect the oilsands to its refinery on the East Coast.

Alex Ballingall

May 4, 2020

OTTAWA—The federal government’s export credit agency will lend up to $500 million to build the Coastal GasLink, a natural gas pipeline that sparked a national protest movement and reckoning over the Liberal administration’s commitment to Indigenous reconciliation.


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