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02/11/20
Author: 
Peter McCartney
CNRL West Stoddart gas plant PETER MCCARTNEY/WILDERNESS COMMITTEE

October 30th, 2020

Wind howls in my ears. My fingers are numb. It’s midnight and I’m on top of Pink Mountain, near Mile 147 of the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia. As I look out into the night, dozens of gas plants light up the horizon. This is fracking country.

01/11/20
Author: 
Brent Patterson - PBI
Twitter photo by Kanahus Manuel.

October 31, 2020

Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination more than 50 years ago on October 14, 1970.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention.

In December 2019, the Committee called on Canada to “immediately cease construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project … until free, prior and informed consent is obtained from all the Secwepemc people.”

01/11/20
Author: 
Alex Hemingway
The wealth of Canada’s richest twenty billionaires has ballooned by more than $37 billion since the March 2020 lockdown came into effect. (Unsplash)

Oct. 30, 2020

Like their counterparts everywhere, Canada’s superrich cream off wealth from the working class while resisting paying taxes. In the age of COVID-19, this state of affairs is more obscene — and more unpopular — than ever. It’s time to tax Canada's rich.

Canada needs to get serious about taxing the rich to reverse the rise of extreme inequality, blunt the concentration of economic and political power, and create ongoing streams of revenue to fund badly-needed public services.

01/11/20
Author: 
Alastair Sharp
A Canadian judge has rejected a youth legal challenge to Ottawa's climate policies. Photo by Pixabay via Pexels

October 27th 2020

The young climate activists challenging Ottawa’s climate policies will not get to lay out their case in Federal Court, a justice said on Tuesday, striking a blow to efforts to litigate for tougher action sought in massive street protests.

Justice Michael Manson rejected the 15 youths’ legal challenge, agreeing with a government motion to strike, saying their claims that government climate policy had hurt them was too broad a question for the courts to consider.

01/11/20
Author: 
James Peters
Trans Mountain expansion - File Photo (Image Credit: CFJC Today)

Oct 29, 2020

KAMLOOPS — Trans Mountain (TMX) has had a major setback in its expansion project through Kamloops.

The pipeline twinning includes a segment beneath the Thompson River that must be installed after Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is completed.

In a statement emailed to CFJC Today, Trans Mountain says installation of the pipe in the segment beneath the river encountered “technical challenges” that require the entire HDD process to be restarted.

30/10/20
Author: 
Socialist Resistance
Act now  - poster at protest rally

[Editor: This article raises some important questions (in spite of a number of grammatical errors and typos!)]

 October 30, 2020  •  

Those of us who inhabit planet Earth in the 21st century face a huge problem. Our own species, homo sapiens (modern humans), are trashing the planet at an ever increasing and more destructive rate.

29/10/20
Author: 
Slavoj Zizek
Trump & Biden - FILE PHOTOS. ©  Getty Images / Spencer Platt;  Getty Images / Alex Wong
27 Oct, 2020 

One of the most thought-provoking articles I’ve read about the unfolding conflicts in the US and elsewhere – maybe everywhere. -   Gene McGuckin

 
The threat of violence erupting over the US election result next week is exposing the limits of liberal democracy, and both candidates’ rejection of left-wing ‘extremists’ is liberal opportunism at its worst.

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