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10/06/16
Author: 
Doug McCorquodale

Doug McCorquodale is a thirty five year member, activist and official with unions in mining and construction. June 10, 2016 - The Leap Manifesto has caused quite a stir on the Left and the Right. Tens of thousands have signed on as supporters. The right wing press, the one per centers and rightist minions of the “free” market economy often viciously denigrate the Leap Manifesto.

08/05/16
Author: 
Richard Fidler

With each day the bad news spreads. A gigantic wildfire now covering some 4,000 km2 is spreading through northeastern Alberta and into Saskatchewan — devastating much of Fort McMurray, the city in the heartland of the tar sands. Some 90,000 residents have been displaced and thousands of homes, many local industries and businesses, destroyed.

05/05/16
Author: 
Roger Annis
Wildfire burns city of Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 3, 4, 2016 (Tim Fortin, Flikr Commons)

Unseasonably dry and hot weather in Fort McMurray, northern Alberta has inflicted disaster on the city.

22/04/16
Author: 
Roger Annis

April 22, 2016 -- A fracturing of Canada's social democratic party has opened as party members and much of its electoral base express their dissatisfaction with the conservative economic, social and environmental policies that predominate in the party's decision-making echelons.

Dissension came to a head at the New Democratic Party's national convention in Edmonton, Alberta April 8 to 10. Party leader Tom Mulcair was rebuked in a confidence vote on his continued leadership, failing to reach even fifty per cent support of the 2,800 delegates gathered.

21/01/16
Author: 
Roger Annis

A leading columnist in Canada's Globe and Mail daily newspaper known in the past to voice concern about the global warming emergency has penned two columns recently in support of Alberta tar sands pipelines, including praising the efforts of the premier of Alberta to sell the construction of these project to an increasingly sceptical and wary public in Canada

30/11/15
Author: 
Roger Annis

On November 10, newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in Ottawa with the leadership council of the Canadian Labour Congress, the federation of trade unions in English-speaking Canada. Amazingly, this was the first meeting of a Canadian prime minister with a national labour body since 1958. The event was very cordial, according to a report published in the Globe and Mail. The CLC group numbered some 120 delegates.

23/11/15
Author: 
Michael A. Lebowitz

There’s an old argument that common property inevitably leads to exhaustion of resources.

06/11/15

Climate Catastrophe Already Starting

            The logic is simple. Capitalism can’t survive without endless growth. Many of Earth’s species—including humans—can’t survive the onrushing catastrophe of climate change caused by unchecked growth. Choose.

            A rapidly rising international movement against climate change and for climate justice is growing ever more aware of this logic.

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09/10/15
Author: 
Roger Annis

October 6, 2015--In her zeal to promote Alberta tar sands pipelines, the New Democratic Party premier of Alberta elected five months ago recently ran into a political minefield in her neighbouring province of British Columbia. Speaking to an oil industry investment conference in New York on September 30, Premier Rachel Notley suggested that the final leg of the proposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline expansion to the Pacific coast should be routed away from the Vancouver harbour municipality of Burnaby to the nearby municipality of Delta.

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