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17/05/22
Author: 
Richard Zussman
Rising gas prices in BC May 2022 - Global

May 16, 2022

As the cost of gas soars once more in parts of the province like Metro Vancouver, the BC Greens are proposing a temporary relief measure.

17/05/22
Author: 
Alex Hemmingway
British Columbia could massively increase public investment in below-market rental housing. (Nathan Shurr / Unsplash)

May 15, 2022

Public investment in below-market rental housing could leverage private-sector development to secure housing for all. This idea is being floated to address British Columbia’s housing crisis — and should be taken up everywhere.

n the face of a mounting housing crisis, British Columbia should massively increase public investment in below-market rental housing. This up-front investment could literally pay for itself, with no increase to taxpayer-supported debt.

16/05/22
Author: 
Sonali Kolhatkar
As the Planet Warms, We Are Sacrificing Lives for Profits

May 16, 2022 

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently dropped a bombshell announcement that should have garnered news headlines in the major global and US media, but did not. New WMO research concludes that “[t]here is a 50:50 chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial level for at least one of the next five years.”

16/05/22
Author: 
Nina Lakhani in Colorado and Oliver Milman in New York
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May 11, 2022

140bn metric tons of planet-heating gases could be unleashed if fossil fuel extraction plans get green light, analysis shows

The fate of the vast quantities of oil and gas lodged under the shale, mud and sandstone of American drilling fields will in large part determine whether the world retains a liveable climate. And the US, the world’s largest extractor of oil, is poised to unleash these fossil fuels in spectacular volumes.

16/05/22
Author: 
William I. Robinson
Capitalism is pushing to expand on the backs of working masses who can tolerate no more hardship and deprivation. AYO WALKER / TRUTHOUT; ADAPTED; JASON ARMOND / LOS ANGELES TIMES, SALMAN ALI/HINDUSTAN TIMES AND DANIEL ROMERO / LONG VISUAL PRESS / UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP, VIA GETTY IMAGES

Unfortunately, this article doesn't make reference to right-wing "anti-vaxxer" and related protests, comparing them to, and distinguishing them from, the progressive protests covered here. But there is a lot of good info, and the last sentence of the article poses the key strategic task for all of us.

   -- Gene McGuckin

May 14 2022

15/05/22
Author: 
Karen Greenberg

May 11, 2022

But here’s the truth of our moment: the larger picture of American (in)justice has become far more damning than any case could be.

If you watched TV in the 1960s and 1970s as I did, you would undoubtedly have come away with the idea that this country’s courts, law enforcement agencies, and the laws they aimed to honor added up to a system in which justice was always served.

14/05/22
Author: 
George Monbiot
Illustration: Eleanor Shakespeare/The Guardian

May 13, 2022

Techno-utopianism is popular precisely because it doesn’t challenge the status quo, and lets polluters off the hook

In seeking to prevent environmental breakdown, what counts above all is not the new things we do, but the old things we stop doing. Renewable power, for instance, is useful in preventing climate chaos only to the extent that it displaces fossil fuels. Unfortunately, new technologies do not always lead automatically to the destruction of old ones.

14/05/22
Author: 
Nora Loreto
Photo credit: BDS.Photo/Unsplash.

May 13, 2022

The Ontario NDP has updated its housing platform for the upcoming provincial election.

The party released its full election platform on Apr. 25, which cited a 2020 housing policy document called “Homes You Can Afford.” As we reported last month, the ONDP’s election platform did not mention key policy pledges from that document.

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14/05/22
Author: 
UNITE HERE Local 40
Hilton Metrotown Workers Win Contract Ending B.C.’s Longest Hotel Lockout

May, 14, 2022

VICTORY!!

Hilton Metrotown Workers Win Contract Ending B.C.’s Longest Hotel Lockout

97 Terminated Staff Win Right to Return to Jobs

This past Wednesday, May 11, locked out Hilton Metrotown hotel workers voted to ratify a new contract by a 98% yes vote. The vote to approve this groundbreaking three-year collective bargaining agreement ends the picket line outside of the hotel and returns staff to their jobs. The 391-day lockout at Hilton Metrotown has been the longest hotel lockout in B.C.’s history.

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