The Canadian Press

Feb 24, 2021

Filings come days after Indigenous youth in Vancouver blocked entrances of companies

Work on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project being done by workers with the SA Energy Group in this undated photo. (Trans Mountain)

Published by Brent Patterson
Still from Braided Warriors video.

February 20, 2021

Braided Warriors were attacked by the police on Friday February 19 in the lobby of the Vancouver branch of AIG Canada, a transnational finance and insurance company that is insuring the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline in violation of Indigenous rights.

About half of the 1,150 kilometre-long pipeline is set to cross unceded Secwepemc territory without their free, prior and informed consent.

Matthew Behrens
Trudeau at anti-racism rally. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO

February 19, 2021

Can a government that has spent millions fighting nine consecutive orders to end racist discrimination against 165,000 Indigenous children and which regularly ignores United Nations calls to respect Indigenous nations' right to free, prior and informed consent be an ally in the fight to end white supremacist violence?

Can a nation state that continues to honour white supremacists with street names, statues, and school mascots be a reliable anti-racist partner?

Luke Ottenhof
20 Feb 2021
The Globe and Mail (Ottawa/Quebec Edition)
Luke Ottenhof - Freelance writer based in Kingston. His work has been published by The Guardian, Vulture, Toronto Star, CBC, Maclean’s and others.

It’s clear that workers can’t rely on established labour groups to push a more progressive approach on employment. Today’s young organizers should adopt the radical tactics that produced results for employees during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919
Solidarity Winnipeg
December 29, 2020
Adopted by Solidarity Winnipeg Members on December 23, 2020

Solidarity Winnipeg’s Basis of Unity says “We envision transforming society to achieve social and ecological justice on an anti-colonial basis. This can ultimately only be achieved by replacing capitalism with a more democratic society not driven by profit: ecosocialism.” This policy explains our common understanding of that goal.

Watershed Watch
Salmon - Wilson Hui/Flickr
February 11th, 2021

(A recap of DFO’s annual State of the Salmon assessment)

Many factors contribute to the decline of wild salmon in B.C. Habitat destruction, harvest, and bad aquaculture practices are all negative impacts, but the effect global warming has on salmon populations will be widespread, long-lasting and irreversible without urgent action. 

Sophia Harris

Feb 16, 2021

Long-haul trucker, Luis Franco of Calgary said he fears driving to the U.S. because he said some Americans don't follow COVID-19 precautions such as wearing a mask. (Submitted by Luis Franco)

David McDonald
Public banks around the world are working towards the public good during COVID-19. The Canada Infrastructure Bank, however, seems focused on privatizing critical public services instead of ensuring vital infrastructure across the country is built or maintained, like this project to repair the bridge spanning the Halifax harbour in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

February 16, 2021

Most Canadians could be forgiven for not knowing what a public bank is. We do have some — the Alberta Treasury Branch, the Business Development Bank, the Export Development Canada and the Canada Infrastructure Bank — but they are relatively low profile and have narrow mandates.

Carl Meyer
Suncor refinery in Commerce City, Colo., in 2005. The registry is being spearheaded by the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, an effort to focus more on what’s happening with the planet’s fossil fuel supply. Photo from Suncor

February 16th 2021

Energy experts are working to produce the world’s first public and complete database of fossil fuel reserves in the lead-up to this year’s UN climate summit.

The “Global Registry of Fossil Fuels” would fill a major gap in public knowledge, where only expensive or proprietary databases on fossil fuel reserves have existed before, or ones that are not detailed enough or are designed for industry use.

Sirvan Karimi
A man steps out of the trailer he lives in at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in Vancouver in December 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has been touted by those across the political spectrum as a prospective model of social security that would provide guaranteed cash to citizens.

But while UBI is desirable in principle, it’s not a magic solution to the intricate and perennial problems of poverty and income inequality. Furthermore, its implementation in Canada is not financially, administratively, politically or constitutionally feasible.



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