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Canada’s first ministers are meeting today to discuss climate change. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his top cabinet ministers are sitting down in Vancouver with the premiers of all provinces and territories.

On the eve of his meetings with the premiers, Trudeau on Wednesday delivered a keynote address to the Globe 2016 summit in Vancouver on clean energy and sustainability.
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Valentina Ruiz Leotaud
Hassan Yussuff and David Suzuki. Photo by Valentina Ruiz Leotaud.

The Liberal government needs to make strategic investments if Canada is going to meet the climate change goals the country announced at the Paris Conference of Parties COP 21.

Asbjørn Wahl

The Climate Summit in Paris has once again reminded us of how vulnerable we are on planet earth. However, humanity is faced with a number of deep and challenging crises: economic, social, political, over food – and, of course, over climate change, which is threatening the very existence of millions of people. These crises have many of the same root causes, going to the core of our economic system.

Mark Gordienk, Steve Hunt, Brian Cochrane and Tom Sigurdson

[ Editors: Some union leaders in BC continue to advocate the wrong direction for working people. The latest example is the letter below that was published in the Vancouver Sun newspaper. Following this letter's misguided opposition to fossil fuel divestment by UBC is a previous response by the Vancouver Ecosocialists to such views. Note further: "UBC board of governors votes against divestment from fossil fuel industry"- CBC News, Feb 15, 2016 12:52 PM PT]



...Today, the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) signed a Solidarity Accord affirming its support for the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law signed by representatives of well over 100 First Nations banning tar sands transp

Jillian Bell
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre following their joint press conference about the proposed Energy East pipeline in Montreal on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made headlines Tuesday when he met with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, an outspoken opponent of the proposed Energy East pipeline.

David Moberg

In the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for labor union support for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton has a strong and growing lead in official endorsements, but Sanders may have the lead in member support—as well as in the passion of his supporters.

Jeremy Brecher
"A labor climate program," argues Brecher, "can draw together workers, unions, and allies around protecting jobs by protecting the climate." (Image: LNS)

As nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris approved the UN Climate Change Agreement, the AFL-CIO issued a statement that broke new ground on climate. While the AFL-CIO opposed the Kyoto climate agreement and never supported the failed Copenhagen agreement, it “applauded the Paris climate change agreement as “a landmark achievement in international cooperation” and called on America “to make the promises real.”


For the submissions by Burnaby Residents Against Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) and the UNIFOR union to the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings on TransMountain's proposal to expand their pipeline to carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to tanker docks in Burnaby, BC:


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