Paola Rosa-Aquino
Protestors, joined by faith leaders and members of Extinction Rebellion Toronto, take over the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in Downtown Toronto as part of a demonstration declaring a climate crisis on June 10, 2019. Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn

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

Will Offley
If nothing else, nine days in the North Fraser Pretrial Centre taught me quite a few valuable (and in some cases, unexpected) lessons about the realities of short term incarceration in Canada’s prison system.  These included the realization that while extremely unpleasant, a short-term internment is not necessarily an awful experience, depending on how you approach it, and that you may encounter significantly more kindness and humanity from fellow inmates than you might otherwise expect.
Gene McGuckin
Climate Change Action Canada - Photo credit: Justin Tang/Canadian Press

September 12, 2019

While many Canadians are looking to the October 21st federal election for solutions to global climate disruption, the climate plans from the four major parties offer none.

Any genuine solution will require reining in an economic system that demands eternal growth in a finite ecosystem, mitigating or adapting to multiplying environmental and social disasters, and drastically reducing consumption. Deadline: yesterday!

The Leap

Sep 9, 2019

In the United States, many advocates of a Green New Deal have included the call for prison abolition — a vision that would also expand democracy, as inmates are currently prevented from voting. In Canada, however, the connection between a Green New Deal and prison abolition has yet to be made explicit or widespread.

Stephanie Wood
[Top photo: Youth Stop TMX, comprised of Rebecca Wolf Gage (top left), Nina Tran (top right), Olivier Adkin-Kaya (bottom left), and Lena Andres (bottom right) argue Trans Mountain infringes on their constitutional rights. Photos provided by Youth Against TMX]

September 9th 2019

[See tweets at link]

The corporation linked to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project demanded a group of teenagers cover their legal bills — before promptly changing its mind without explanation.

Youth Stop TMX, a group made up of Olivier Adkin-Kaya, 18; Lena Andres, 17; Nina Tran, 18; and Rebecca Wolf Gage, 13, had applied for judicial review of the pipeline project, arguing that it violates their inherent rights to life, liberty, security of person and equality.

The Energy Mix
Burnaby Tank Farm - Tanker Free BC/Facebook

Sept. 8, 2019

Trans Mountain Corporation won’t be able to respond fast enough if one of the bitumen storage tanks in its massive Burnaby Mountain tank farm boils over and spills, according to an audit completed in May by the National Energy Board, before it was replaced by the new Canada Energy Regulator.

Jonathan Franzen
Franzen Climate Change illustration

Serious article by Jonathan Franzen.

Derrick O'Keefe

Media should be paying attention to the wealth tax and the Green New Deal, both of which have majority public support.

orget the horse race. The fixation on party poll numbers produces only an echo chamber of false certainties and leads to media coverage that tends to disproportionately cover the perceived front runners. This is harmful to the kind of informed discussion and debate required to revitalize Canadian democracy.


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