Tom Philpott
California Flag - A growing body of research shows there’s a flip side to the megadroughts California farmers face: megafloods. Photo:Flickr/Martin Jambon

August 31st 2020

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration

Patrick Brethour

[Very interesting. I'm wondering when the other shoes might start dropping.  Those shoes could include evolving employment insurance into a "benefit" too small to actually live on, thus forcing people to take low-wage jobs. Or, it might transform, slowly or quickly, into what right-wingers want--a catch-all payment that replaces free health care, education, and other social services, which can then be privatised and charge fees. Gene McGuckin -]

Aug. 30, 2020

Jon Milton
'Dollarama is our Amazon': Warehouse workers organize against unsafe conditions, 'misery wages'

Rally aims to force retail giant to back down on plans to cut pandemic pay boost

South African Food Sovereignty Campaign, the Cooperative and Policy Alternative Centre & a Climate Justice Assembly

Climate Justice Charter

Lois Beckett
Teachers hold a ‘#Return2SchoolSafely’ protest in Phoenix, Arizona, on 15 July. Photograph: Ross D Franklin/AP

15 Aug 2020

Arizona public school district forced to abandon plans after more than 100 teachers and staff members called in sick

[Editor: What about in Canada?  The situation isn't so different!!]

An Arizona public school district was forced to cancel its plans to reopen on Monday after more than 100 teachers and other staff members called in sick.

Chris Campbell
A banner hung on the Kensington overpass that spans Highway 1 in Burnaby. Submitted photo

Aug. 27, 2020

People opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project blanketed Burnaby overpasses on Wednesday afternoon.

Tom Philpott
Selection of packaged meats - Caption: The soil that makes one of the globe’s most important farming regions so productive is vanishing before our eyes.’ Photograph: Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler/ Grid Engine/ CC0

August 28th 2020

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears in the National Observer as part of the Climate Desk collaboration

Carlos Santos
masked man leaving TTC subway
 Aug. 25, 2020
3 min. read

While the U.S. border remains closed, Joe Biden’s election slogan has found its way into Canada. “Build back better” is what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now promising as Canada rebuilds from the coronavirus pandemic.

For Toronto, building back better starts with changing the TTC for the better. Toronto needs a safe and reliable public transit system to fuel our economic recovery.

Martin Lukacs and Tim Groves
The Vancouver Police Department’s $500,000 SWAT Mobile Command Centre ‘wouldn’t be possible’ without support by donors to the Vancouver Police Foundation, says an explanatory video by the force.

Aug. 24, 2020

Corporations and rich individuals quietly funnel money to Canada’s police forces, subverting, say critics, democratic control.

Canadian police forces have received millions of dollars from oil companies, banks and financiers, through shadowy charitable foundations that have little public oversight and increasingly serve as a “cash cow” of private money.



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