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Sarah Cox

Nov. 16, 2017 - Site C jobs are often cited as a main reason to proceed with the $9 billion dam on B.C.’s Peace River. But how many jobs would Site C actually create? Are there really 2,375 people currently employed on the project, as widely reported this month?

DeSmog Canada dove into Site C jobs numbers. We found dubious claims, political spin, and far too much secrecy.

Richard Smith

If we don’t change the conversation, if we don’t deal with the systemic problems of capitalism and come up with a viable alternative, our goose is cooked.

Joseph Mathunjwa
Just transition in South Africa

The global economy is facing numerous structural challenges. With the looming fourth economic revolution characterized by even more technological development and mechanization, the future of productive labour is bleak. Most unskilled and semi-skilled workers are likely to lose their jobs. Even some skilled workers are not spared from this emerging catastrophe, as numerous job categories – such as brick-layers – are increasingly becoming redundant.

Keith Fraser
The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS

A former manager with the Site C dam project has filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit alleging he was fired after he raised concerns about safety in the workplace.

Kent Peyton said that in January he was hired to get construction of the Peace River dam on schedule and on budget and that he was responsible for all high-level decision-making related to the excavation process as well as being in charge of the health and safety of all workers.

George Monbiot
 ‘Magnificent public amenities create more space for everyone at a fraction of the cost of private luxury.’ Photograph: Jack Sullivan/Alamy

The rupture of 2008 presents a chance to throw out our iniquitous system that busts the planet – here are some ideas

We are still living in the long 20th century. We are stuck with its redundant technologies: the internal combustion engine, thermal power plants, factory farms. We are stuck with its redundant politics: unfair electoral systems, their capture by funders and lobbyists, the failure to temper representation with real participation.

Sean Sweeney

Unions Threaten to Strike for a “Just Energy Transition,” SAFTU and NUMSA call for socially owned renewables sector and reform of power utility Eskom.


For Immediate Release - October 3, 2017

Numerous groups send strong message of support for Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

SMITHERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Today a broad range of groups including northerners, Indigenous organizations, local governments, labour unions and environmental groups, are sending a strong message of support for Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

George Monbiot

Hope lies with a great, neglected sector of the economy, through which we can create a system that is neither capitalist nor state communist.


By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 27th September 2017


Are you a statist, or a free marketeer? Do you believe that intervention should be minimised, or that state ownership and regulation should be expanded? This is our central political debate. But it is based on a mistaken premise.

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

The annual congress of the UK Trades Union Congress (TUC) has passed a historic composite resolution on climate change that supports the energy sector being returned to public ownership and democratic control.


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