The Canadian Progressive: International Human Rights Day: 50 civil society groups urge Harper to oppose torture

On International Human Rights Day, 50 civil society organizations urge Harper government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

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The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, TPP Negotiations Go Further Underground

The secrecy around the ongoing TPP negotiations in Ottawa is “wholly unprecedented,” argues Maira Sutton, a policy analyst with Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian government enemy lists: Voices-Voix open letter to PM Harper

Stephen Harper. (Photo: Remy Steinegger)

In this open letter, Voices-Voix, a coalition of more than 200 civil society organizations across Canada, tells Harper that his government’s “enemy lists” violate freedoms guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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The Canadian Progressive: Sandy Pond Alliance court case to decide fate of lakes across Canada

By: Council of Canadians (Press Release)| Feb. 26, 2013: St. John’s, NL – The Federal Fisheries Act was intended to protect fish and fish habitat in part by prohibiting the dumping of harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. The intent of the Act was diluted by regulations that give the mining industry an exemption that allows the conversion href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/27/sandy-pond-alliance-court-case-to-decide-fate-of-lakes-across-canada/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Fukushima’s victims show why Harper must update nuclear liability law

By Greenpeace Canada (Press Release) | Feb. 19, 2013: TORONTO – Hundreds of thousands of victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan are still denied fair compensation from a governmental regulatory system that allows the nuclear industry to evade its responsibilities and forces the public to pay for its disasters. Canada lives under the href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/20/fukushimas-victims-show-why-harper-must-update-nuclear-liability-law/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s tar sands are the fifth largest climate threat in the world

By Greenpeace International | Jan. 22, 2013: TORONTO – Canada’s tar sands ranked fifth of the 14 largest carbon intensive projects in the world, according to a new report from Greenpeace International. The “Point of No Return” notes government hypocrisy on major energy projects – like the tar sands – which increases climate change and places href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/16/canadas-tar-sands-are-the-fifth-largest-climate-threat-in-the-world/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Sierra Club Greets President Obama In Atlanta With Climate Message

By Sierra Club | Feb. 14, 2013: ATLANTA, GA – As President Obama visits Decatur today, members of the Georgia Beyond Coal Campaign will rally around the downtown Decatur MARTA station to call on the president to protect future generations by addressing climate disruption with bold executive action to hold fossil fuel polluters accountable and kick start href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/15/sierra-club-greets-president-obama-in-atlanta-with-climate-message/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Climate Action Now!: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17th

via Sierra Club: Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home — and the American people get it. What: The largest climate rally in U.S. history. When: February 17, 2013, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.) Where: The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Gather at the northeast corner of the Washington Monument (Closest Metro subway href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/12/forwardonclimate-rally-in-washington-d-c-on-feb-17th/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: 60 Groups urge Kerry to continue strong leadership on climate change

New Secretary of State positioned to advance American climate leadership, should deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline By 350.org | Feb. 6, 2013: WASHINGTON – Sixty leading environmental, conservation, development, faith-based, and social justice organizations are congratulating Secretary of State John Kerry for his commitment to fight climate change and urging him to “spur bold href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/07/60-groups-urge-kerry-to-continue-strong-leadership-on-climate-change/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: CUPE: “We cannot and will not let Stephen Harper silence our voice”

“We cannot and will not let Stephen Harper silence our voice and we will not accept any form of right to work legislation.” by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) | Feb. 6, 2013: At its first national bargaining conference the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) promised to fight against attacks on workers from any level of href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/06/cupe-we-cannot-and-will-not-let-stephen-harper-silence-our-voice/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Lake Winnipeg is “Threatened Lake of the Year 2013″

Canada’s third largest freshwater lake in serious trouble by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 4, 2013: A report by a Germany-based international environmental foundation is reminding Canadians of the consequences of neglecting the responsibility to protect the environment.  On World Wetland Day, Feb. 2, the Global Nature Fund (GNF) declared Lake Winnipeg the “Threatened Lake of href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/04/canadas-lake-winnipeg-is-threatened-lake-of-the-year-2013/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Sierra Club Canada statement on civil disobedience

by Sierra Club Canada | Feb 1, 2013: The follow statement originated from the January 31, 2013 meeting of the Board of Directors of Sierra Club Canada: “Sierra Club Canada is an independent body that sets its own priorities and policies. Sierra Club Canada recognizes that the climate is rapidly approaching a tipping point that demands immediate href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/02/02/sierra-club-canada-statement-on-civil-disobedience/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Honduras passes new Canada-supported anti-democratic mining law

Honduran Mining Law Passed and Ratified, but the Fight is Not Over by Mining Watch Canada | Jan. 24, 2013: OTTAWA – On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, the Honduran Congress quickly passed and ratified a new mining law that had been developed with support from the Canadian International Development Agency against the will of important sectors of href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/01/29/honduras-passes-new-canada-supported-anti-democratic-mining-law/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: OPSEU congratulates Wynne, calls for commitment to “the 99 per cent”

by Ontario Public Service Employees Union | Jan. 27, 2013: TORONTO – The president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union has congratulated Kathleen Wynne on her victory in the Ontario Liberal Party leadership race and is calling on her to make fairness the guiding principle of her government when she becomes the province’s first-ever female Premier. “Our href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/01/29/opseu-congratulates-wynne-calls-for-commitment-to-the-99-per-cent/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Sierra Club to engage in civil disobedience to stop Canadian tar sands

by Sierra Club | Jan 22, 2013: San Francisco, CA - The Sierra Club Board of Directors has approved the one-time use of civil disobedience for the first time in the organization’s 120-year history. Recognizing the imminent danger posed by climate disruption, including record heat waves, drought, wildfires and the devastation of superstorm Sandy, the Sierra Club href='http://www.canadianprogressiveworld.com/2013/01/23/sierra-club-to-engage-in-civil-disobedience-to-stop-canadian-tar-sands/' class='excerpt-more'>READ MORE

Canadian Progressive: Massive Peaceful Tar Sands Protest Before B.C. Provincial Legislature Planned For October 22

Over 80 influential leaders from the business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities across Canada today announced an upcoming mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22. The sit-in will oppose tar sands pipelines and tankers and the threats they would pose to the west coast. “There are moments in history when it’s clear that our elected leaders are failing us and it is necessary to take a stand,” said prominent author and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. “Today we are stating our intention to defend our coast and calling on others Continue reading

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: In Alberta, A Public Oil Pipeline Spill Tip Line Is Launched

“Hundreds of spills happen every year and still this government does nothing. We had three major spills last month alone. How many more have to happen before the government finally acts?”

Report An Oil Spil 300x37 In Alberta, A Public Oil Pipeline Spill Tip Line Is Launched 9 July, 2012 (Edmonton ) – The Alberta Surface Rights Group, Greenpeace Canada, The Council of Canadians and the Sierra Club today launched a pipeline spill tipline to encourage people who see pipeline spills to phone the number and report them. The groups came together after the premier’s continued inaction over the hundreds of oil spills which threaten Alberta every year.

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Nuked: Robocalls Scandal Investigation And Elections Canada

300px Canada 2011 Federal Election.svg  Nuked: Robocalls Scandal Investigation And Elections Canada

Make it two surprises in one. William Corbett, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, the man who has thus handled the ongoing investigation into the robocalls scandal, resigned today. He’s been replaced by Yves Côté, a “low-key” bureaucrat.

But that’s only a partial description of the individual now assuming the behemoth responsibility of investigating a politically-charged electoral scandal. Probably the biggest in Canadian history. During the May 2011 Federal election, scores of Canadian voters in more than 200 riding received misleading live calls and fraudulent pre-recorded calls that redirected them to the wrong polling stations.

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: We Are All Québécois: Solidarity From Chilean Students And Academics

Below is a statement of solidarity with the ongoing Quebec student protests from Chilean academics and student leaders. (English translation via Translating The Revolution.) We Are All Québécois! We the undersigned, Chilean academics and student leaders, denounce to national and … Continue reading

Alex's Blog: Going, Going, Gone: Dismantling the Progressive State

“An Auction”. William Pyne and William Combe (1808).

Now that some time has passed since the federal budget it might be useful to step back and assess what it says about where the government is taking us. Reaction has been pretty muted. The “centrist punditry” generally see this as an incremental budget, business as usual, “balanced” and “mature”. For our Globe editorialists, for example, this was not the transformative budget the government promised and a majority government supposedly made possible. According to them, the budget was OK; it earned a passing grade but had no vision, not much transformation. Canadians, Continue reading

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa to protest Crime Bill C-10 on Parliament Hill

Hundreds of activists are expected on Parliament Hill at noon on Tuesday, January 31, to protest the Harper Conservative government’s widely condemned omnibus crime Bill C-10. The protest is being organized by the Political Action …Read More

Occupy Ottawa: A Whistleblower’s Open Letter to the Citizens of Canada

Prime Minister’s Office Tries to Silence Pipeline Critics; Labels Environmental Group “Enemy of the Government of Canada” and “Enemy of the people of Canada.” My name is Andrew Frank. I grew up in a small …Read More

Yappa Ding Ding: Reflections on Activism

People keep saying that 2012 will be the year of protest in North America – the year when ordinary people rise up and demand better treatment from government elites. I’m all for that. I think it’s crazy that Canada doesn’t have stronger employment laws to protect employees, that we don’t provide a way for the majority without pensions to save for our retirement, that we don’t have lobbyists to fight for ordinary non-unionized working people, that our top tax bracket is so low that we are killing the principle of progressive taxation, that we’re in a state of perpetual war. Continue reading