Indigenous Peoples

12/10/19
Author: 
David Gray-Donald and Emily Eaton
The coal fired Keephills Power Station in Wabamun, Alberta. Photo by Amber Bracken.

Oct 10, 2019  12 min read

As enthusiasm for a Green New Deal for Canada grows, what type of planning will bring about a just transition to a low-carbon society?

Specifically, we turn to two questions.

First, how can plans for a just transition, from their very beginning, respect the principle of free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples?

17/09/19
Author: 
Kai Nagata - Dogwood BC

It’s another legal hurdle for the Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker expansion proposal.

Today, B.C.’s Court of Appeal ordered provincial ministers to reconsider the conditions hastily attached to the project by former Premier Christy Clark.

There’s no timeline on that process, but First Nations are encouraging the province to partner with them and “jointly review” Trans Mountain’s threats to rivers, beaches, drinking water, neighbourhoods and human health.

16/09/19
Author: 
Naomi Klein
What's in Trump's Straw

WATCH AS Naomi Klein explains why the overpriced scraps of pre-landfill known as Trump Straws can actually tell us a whole lot about why our planet’s on fire.

14/09/19
Author: 
Miranda Cady Hallett
A farmer carries firewood during the dry season in Nicaragua, one of the Central American countries affected by a recent drought. Neil Palmer for CIAT/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

September 6, 2019 

Clouds of dust rose behind the wheels of the pickup truck as we hurtled over the back road in Palo Verde, El Salvador. When we got to the stone-paved part of the road, the driver slowed as the truck heaved up and down with the uneven terrain. Riding in the back bed of the truck, Ruben (not his real name) and I talked while we held on tight, sitting on sacks of dried beans that he was taking to market.

12/09/19
Author: 
Will Offley
 
If nothing else, nine days in the North Fraser Pretrial Centre taught me quite a few valuable (and in some cases, unexpected) lessons about the realities of short term incarceration in Canada’s prison system.  These included the realization that while extremely unpleasant, a short-term internment is not necessarily an awful experience, depending on how you approach it, and that you may encounter significantly more kindness and humanity from fellow inmates than you might otherwise expect.
 
12/09/19
Author: 
Gene McGuckin
Climate Change Action Canada - Photo credit: Justin Tang/Canadian Press

September 12, 2019

While many Canadians are looking to the October 21st federal election for solutions to global climate disruption, the climate plans from the four major parties offer none.

Any genuine solution will require reining in an economic system that demands eternal growth in a finite ecosystem, mitigating or adapting to multiplying environmental and social disasters, and drastically reducing consumption. Deadline: yesterday!

11/09/19
Author: 
The Leap

Sep 9, 2019

In the United States, many advocates of a Green New Deal have included the call for prison abolition — a vision that would also expand democracy, as inmates are currently prevented from voting. In Canada, however, the connection between a Green New Deal and prison abolition has yet to be made explicit or widespread.

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