Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

Chrysler Corporation announced last month that it plans to invest $3.5 billion to retool its assembly plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario and produce new lines of vehicles. But it set two big conditions—that the federal and Ontario governments provide $700 million in subsidies, and that the union of assembly line employees, Unifor, accept wage concessions, notably lower salaries for new hires. Unifor and the two levels of government agreed to the subsidy demand. We believe this a wrong choice for society, including for autoworkers.

Santa delivers lumps of coal

ILWU Canada President Mark Gordienko announced December 20  on the waterfront union's website and in the mainstream media the offer of a "$2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of masked intruders who violently occupied Port Metro Vancouver’s office on Mon

Ann Grant
2013 Child Poverty Report Card

Commentary by Ann Grant

What are our priorities in British Columbia and where do we put our resources?

This week is the big, annual fund drive by the food banks in BC to raise money for their operations.  CBC Radio One is devoting its local programming on Dec. 6 to its annual fund drive for them. Food banks began in the province 31 years ago and were supposed to be an “emergency” response to food needs at the time.  After all these years of a “temporary” measure, they are still going strong!

Gene McGuckin
Strategies for stopping climate change

"Capitalism's gotta go," was the consensus among four panelists and over 50 people attending a public forum on "Strategies to Stop Climate Change" in Vancouver, December 3. The Vancouver Ecosocialist Group hosted the event and supplied one of the panelist, retired union member and paperworker Gene McGuckin (see speech text and video). Other panelists were Carleen A.

Roger Annis
stop line 9 published an article earlier this week by Toronto writer and climate activist Jesse McLlaren that looks ahead to next week's convention of the Ontario Federation of Labour and an anticipated debate over the proposed ‘reversal’ of the Line 9 pipeline in the province. Enbridge Inc wants the line to carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to refineries in Montreal and possibly to the Atlantic coast and export markets. Presently, the line runs across southern Ontario, including through the city of Toronto.

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Rally in New Westminster opposes coal trains and expansion of coal exports - Port Metro Vancouver is moving forward with plans to expand coal exports at Neptune Terminals in North Vancouver and to approve a brand new coal port on the Fraser River at Surrey Docks. Already, the Neptune and Westshore (Roberts Bank) terminals make the port the biggest exporter of coal in North America. That coal produces more GHG pollution than all the tar sands oil proposed for the Northern Gateway pipeline.

By Roger Annis, special to Green Left Weekly

September 18, 2013--For the second time in three months, a CP Rail train carrying toxic and flammable hydrocarbons has derailed in the city of Calgary. On September 11, eight railway wagons carrying close to one million liters of a highly flammable gasoline product (diluent) used in the pipeline transport of tar sands bitumen derailed in the Inglewood neighbourhood.



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