Canada

27/12/19
Author: 
The Canadian Press

The federal government was told just before the fall election campaign that many Canadians didn't believe the country will meet targets for reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions.

Public-opinion research conducted on behalf of the Privy Council Office showed that most participants in the spring survey were "doubtful" Canada would reach its targets, with the rest "uncertain, or hopeful but not optimistic."

24/12/19
Author: 
Jaskiran Dhillon and Will Parrish
 First Nations drummers play during a rally in support of pipeline protesters in northern British Columbia earlier this year. Photograph: Canadian Press/Rex/Shutterstock

A Guardian report revealed an RCMP strategy document calling for ‘lethal overwatch’ in a January raid

Indigenous people across Canada, and members of the Canadian parliament, have expressed outrage following revelations by the Guardian that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police prepared for the possible use of lethal force against Indigenous land defenders in northern British Columbia earlier this year.

24/12/19
Author: 
Anne Watson
Activist, climber and musician Terry Christenson. Photo by Lane Dorsey

December 23rd 2019

The day Terry Christenson jumped the Trans Mountain work site security fence he wore a camera on his head. As the camera scanned the leaves on the ground, Christenson announced in a crisp voice, “This is Tango Charlie for the Coast Salish People.”

22/12/19
Author: 
Valerie Croft
Canada as the mining capital of the world
 December 18th, 2019
 
Take a walk in downtown Toronto and you may not fully realise what’s around you. In the bustle of the city, it takes effort to dodge streetcars, noisy traffic, bikes that rush past and other pedestrians surfacing from underground subway stations. You may not pause to look up. But you should. 
22/12/19
Author: 
Charlie Smith
Sleydo', a.k.a. Molly Wickham, is the spokesperson for the Gitimt'en Checkpoint. CARLA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY/WET'SUWET'EN ACCESS POINT
December 21st, 2019 
 
An Indigenous woman has issued a scathing statement about the RCMP in the wake of an astonishing news story about a police raid on traditional Wet'suwet'en territory last winter.

Sleydo', a.k.a. Molly Wickham, was among 14 people arrested at the Gidimt'en Checkpoint on January 7 when heavily armed Mounties arrived to enforce a B.C. Supreme Court injunction obtained by Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Ltd

20/12/19
Author: 
Geoff Dembicki
Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Naderev Yeb Saño has long pressed for action against climate change. He led a hunger strike as lead Filipino delegate to the 2013 UN climate summit. Photo: Creative Commons, courtesy tcktcktck.org.

18 Dec 2019

Greenpeace’s Yeb Saño explains what a Philippines human rights investigation means for the fossil fuel industry in Canada.

Four years ago, the Philippines Commission on Human Rights began posing an incendiary question.

20/12/19
Author: 
Carl Meyer
Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti takes questions from reporters in West Block on Parliament Hill on Dec. 12, 2019. Photo by Kamara Morozuk

Dec. 18, 2019

Canada has denied that scientific reviews of oil-spill research were suppressed during Trans Mountain oil pipeline consultations, and accused Tsleil-Waututh Nation of being “misleading” and throwing out “baseless accusations."

Attorney General of Canada David Lametti has argued in a memorandum of fact and law submitted to the Federal Court of Appeal and obtained by National Observer that the reviews in question were "internal notes," not actual scientific peer reviews.

20/12/19
Author: 
Sherry Pictou
Kumgayaz Dennis, a Dakelh woman from the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation carries wood to be burned in a sacred fire in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation protest against a BC natural gas pipeline. Photograph The Canadian Press - Darryl Dyck

December 19th 2019

The final report of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry released on June 3 outlines 231 recommendations for addressing the ongoing discrimination and violence targeted against Indigenous women in Canada. The detailed report diagnoses patriarchy and colonial-governance systems as root causes.

20/12/19
Author: 
Jaskiran Dhillon in Wet’suwet’en territory and Will Parrish
 Sabina Dennis stands her ground as police dismantle the barricade to enforce the injunction filed by Coastal Gaslink pipeline at the Gidimt’en checkpoint near Houston, British Columbia, on 7 January. Photograph: Amber Bracken

20 Dec 2019

Notes from strategy session for raid on Wet’suwet’en nation’s ancestral lands show commanders argued for ‘lethal overwatch’

Canadian police were prepared to shoot Indigenous land defenders blockading construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

17/12/19
Author: 
Carl Meyer
In this photo dated Dec. 5, 2019, a worker in Alberta takes measurements for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Trans Mountain Photo / Facebook

December 16th 2019

Canada “altered” scientific reviews of oil spill research and “suppressed” information until after consultations over the Trans Mountain pipeline were over, says a lawyer for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

Scott Smith argued Monday at the Federal Court of Appeal that Canada had failed again in its duty to consult in a meaningful way, in part by intentionally withholding information associated with the Tsleil-Waututh’s concerns about the pipeline expansion project.

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