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30/03/20
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First Nations Leaders
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health

Honourable John Horgan
Premier of Executive Council

Honourable Adrian Dix
Minster of Health
 

OPEN LETTER: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Must be Halted Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak [March 30, 2020]

29/03/20
Author: 
Richard D. Wolff
March/April 2020 issue

The catastrophe demonstrates the results when public health is subordinate to private profit and to a governmental apparatus that adulates the superiority of private over public administration. The catastrophe we are living through was caused by a capitalist system that could not anticipate, plan for, or cope with the coronavirus. To “get through” this catastrophe yet leave the system intact will guarantee the next catastrophe.

 
29/03/20
Author: 
Sarah Cox
The Site C work camp. Photo Illustration: Carol Linnitt. Photo: BC Hydro

Mar 26, 2020

With BC Hydro reporting 12 workers with flu-like symptoms, city councillors, First Nations chiefs and local community members are calling for an immediate suspension of work on the project

BC Hydro has continued to fly people to Fort St. John from across B.C. and Alberta to work on the Site C dam project, despite mounting concern in the local community about potential COVID-19 contagion as most Canadians are told to stay home and practise social distancing.

29/03/20
Author: 
Jake Johnson
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gives a thumbs up sign after speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate on March 25, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
$250 billion for direct payments to Americans, $250 billion for expanded unemployment benefits, $4 trillion to bail out corporations!

March 26, 2020

28/03/20
Author: 
Julia Conley
A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

March 25, 2020

"We are intimately interconnected with nature, whether we like it or not. If we don't take care of nature, we can't take care of ourselves."
 

28/03/20
Author: 
John Vidal
This aerial photograph, taken on September 30, 2019, in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, shows an area devastated by logging. Credit: Alexis Huguet Getty Images
March 18, 2020

COVID-19 may be just the beginning of mass pandemics

From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.

28/03/20
Author: 
Will Offley

In the last week the NDP government has taken a host of welcome steps to deal with the Covid-19 crisis in our province. There are a number of glaring exceptions to this, however, especially including Horgan's conntinuing refusal to actually require social distancing when that policy comes into conflict with the economy. Mining and construction are explicitly exempted from this, having been designated as essential services yesterday by the Solicotor-General.

28/03/20
Author: 
Eoin Higgins
Ireland’s Health Minister Simon Harris

The news that Ireland is nationalizing its healthcare system for the duration of the coronavirus crisis inspired observers including Rep. Ilhan Omar to call for the same approach in the U.S. as the world’s largest economy faces the disease.

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