This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Thomas Walkom points to Ontario’s experience with Kellogg’s as yet another example of the dangers of basing economic policy on blind faith that handouts to big business will benefit workers and the general public: Like Kellogg, the auto companies justify their apparent double-dealing by citing the need to boost profits.
Indeed, in market terms, their actions are perfectly rational.
Why not take whatever you can from governments when subsidies are on offer? And why not stiff those same governments if, later on, you can make more by operating elsewhere?
For governments, however, (Read more…)
Neil Young’s 4-city Canadian concert tour to raise money to support the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal defense against tar sands developments.
The post Neil Young’s 4-city concerts to benefit First Nation’s tar sands fight appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
This situation is BS.
A Manitoba MP is crying discrimination after two aboriginal women were not allowed to board a plane with her, even though they had tickets.
Niki Ashton, who represents the Churchill riding for the NDP, said Gail and Joyce Nepinak were scheduled to fly to Ottawa from Winnipeg with her on Sunday evening. niki-ashton
MP Niki Ashton said the Nepinaks were embarrassed when they were not allowed to board the plane. (CBC)
The Nepinaks had been invited by the House of Commons to speak at the special committee on missing and murdered indigenous women on Monday.
ACFN Chief Allan Adam outside an Alberta court in 2012, challenging Shell’s Jackpine development
Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine expansion plan has received the go-ahead from Ottawa, despite the environment minister’s view that it’s “likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”
In a statement late Friday, environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq concluded that the effects from the 100,000-barrel-per-day expansion are “justified in the circumstances.”
The nearby Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has said the project will violate several federal laws covering fisheries and species at risk, as well as treaty rights.
They said they had received so little information on (Read more…)
The Conservative government generously gave First Nations in Saskatchewan enough grant money to build one impressively sized solar array that could power a half dozen homes.
Ontario is going with $5,000M.
SaskPower gave 10 times this much to the UofR to research how to put CO2 underground so more oil can be pumped out of the Weyburn area.
Lockheed manufactures illegal weapons, and is part of the F-35 dud stealth bomber boondoggle.
Solar is not “concentrated” in SK as explained in the article, we just have more sun hitting the ground throughout the year than most of Canada. There’s (Read more…)
This is what solidarity looks like; make sure it’s authentic!
Lots of us care about deepening relationships with and social/economic/political justice for first peoples. It’s hard to come in, though, sometimes as a person from an oppressor or settler class. But there is a good checklist to make sure we’re actually contributing effectively.
It’s hard to know how to live humility, sincerity and really really good listening to make sure we are not a hindrance, but this Ally Bill of Responsibilities does a good job of helping us be mindful of humility, and maintaining a sincere focus on assisting those (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Andrew Jackson writes that Canada needs far more investment in infrastructure – rather than the austerity that’s constantly being prescribed by the Cons: The fiscal policy choice we face is often miscast as one between austerity to deal with public debt and short-term Keynesian-style stimulus. But the real choice, Mr. Summers argues, is whether or not to finance public investments that would have positive long-term impacts on both the economy and on public finances.
Take the case for repairing or replacing Canada’s crumbling basic municipal infrastructure, some 30 per cent of which is (Read more…)
The Prime Minister’s slow clap.
It could be racism.
It could be concern that over time too many first nations citizens may get too educated and start demanding more in terms of inter-national justice.
It could be just that he thinks keeping government spending down is good for his neoliberal agenda and that first nations will likely just roll over and take it when he sends his dismissive, condescending unilateral funding fiats.
But sometimes I wonder about Harper’s soul. How do you sleep at night knowing that a certain race/culture of people get 1/3 to 1/2 less education funding. (Read more…)
But I’m pretty sure that the Harper Government(tm) isn’t doing it right.
Carolyn Bennett has an excellent article on Huffington Post today on the subject in light of the most recent bunch of documents to be released from the RCMP’s investigation into the Senate mess: We now know the Conservatives’ refusal to fund First Nations students attending school on reserves at the same level as their provincial counterparts is coming straight from the top. An internal PMO memo released as part of the ITO suggested language to the Prime Minister to reprimand the Conservative Leader in the Senate for (Read more…)
A new study is drawing attention to the health problems being faced by a First Nations community living near one of Canada’s most industrialized areas.
Members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation living on a reserve near Sarnia, Ont., have long suspected harmful chemicals were behind an unusually low male birth rate and slew of other reported health issues.
Now, tests performed by a McGill University professor suggest mothers and children are being exposed to higher-than-average levels of harmful hormone-blocking pollutants.
While the study doesn’t prove that the pollutants are to blame for earlier research that found baby girls outnumbered (Read more…)
A lot of hope is dangerous. – President Snow
This may be a little hokey, but I think Catching Fire is an important film to see right now.
And it’s awesome!
I read the books ages ago, but even though I know how they each end, it didn’t stop me from being on the edge of my seat. And I was surprised by how inspirational I found the film to be.
Grist relates how the books chronicle what happens after climate change destroys the world and makes for scarce resources for the survivors to fight over. We have a really (Read more…)
This and that for your weekend reading.
- In case anybody hasn’t yet seen Andrew Coyne’s takedown of anti-intellectual populism, it’s well worth a read: (T)here Mr. Ford sits, immovably: disgraced, largely powerless, but still the mayor. Is that his fault? The city’s? Or is it the fault of those who put him there in the first place, and sustained him through the long train wreck that followed: the staff who failed to report his misdeeds; the commentators who excused them; the partisans who ignored them. Disasters on the Ford scale, we are taught, do not just happen, and while (Read more…)
First Nations and supporters protest fracking in Vancouver last month (Damien Gillis)
Canada’s largest private sector union, Unifor, has joined the growing chorus of concern over controversial shale gas development. The labour organization representing over 300,000 members in a wide range of economic sectors, including energy, is calling for a national fracking moratorium.
Unifor issued a statement from its 25-member National Executive Board Thursday raising concerns about the impacts of shale gas development on the environment and on First Nations’ rights.
“Unconventional gas fracking has the potential to have catastrophic effects on our environment and economy. The safety risks are also (Read more…)
A new report by Public Citizen says the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is riddled with structural flaws that could spark dangerous leaks and spills.
The post Dents, Sags, Structural Flaws Plague Keystone XL: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Brendan Haley discusses how the role of government should include both a concerted effort to innovate, and a proper share of the benefits when that innovation proves successful: To reinforce her argument, Mazzucato provides detailed histories of some of our most important innovations. She finds that throughout modern history, government has been integrally involved in directing the economy, undertaking basic research, and nurturing new technologies into the market when the private sector found it too risky to touch them. Only after governments have subsumed much of the risk do private entrepreneurs do their (Read more…)
Chiefs of the Tsimshian First Nation speak out against Enrbidge at a 2012 Prince Rupert rally
You would have thought that they would have had the decency to wait until the Joint Review Panel had made its report before the two western-most premiers made a deal on the pipelines. Of course there was no need to because the federal government that prizes “process” so much has already made it clear it wasn’t going to pay any to attention the panel unless it supports pipelines.
I wonder what my MP, Conservative John Weston thinks of this considering how he’s been so (Read more…)
Chomsky in Montreal/ Tar Sands/ Syncrude upgrader plant north of Fort McMurray
Noam Chomsky was in Montreal last week on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Canadian Dimension magazine. While in the city he delivered a speech.
In an interview covered by the Guardian, Chomsky took direct aim at the energy policies of the Harper government. He warned that the exploitation of the tar sands and the drive to develop shale gas resources will speed up the degradation of the environment.
A timely warning. The Harper government has undermined environmental protections, muzzled federal scientists and is looking to (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Fractured Land is a local BC production that looks into the ramifications of the oil and gas corporations impacts on our environment and those who suffer the consequences.
Dear beloved friends and funders,
It’s been a crazy, amazing, exciting year for the Fractured Land team. We’ve traveled the continent, continuing to film Caleb’s story, convene public talks, and document the actions of First Nations, industry and government leaders shaping the future of this land we all depend on.
We know you are anxious to see the film complete, and receive your rewards; and we apologize for (Read more…)
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- James Bloodworth discusses the most important challenge facing Ed Miliband and Labour in the UK – which largely matches the task for progressives around the globe: People have never put all that much stock in politicians of course, and the expenses scandal did a great deal to erode trust further. But to some extent voter apathy (not the ‘frauds and liars’ sort, but the more common sort of fatalism) might also be blamed on the limits within which today’s managerial politicians operate: voters are only too aware that there is only so (Read more…)
Dorothy Field-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
The senators in question have done exactly what Harper appointed them to do – trumpet the Conservative brand at tax payers expense. Harper and the PMO seem to have OKed, their shenanigans.
Only now he mounts his moral podium to denounce and eject them. Fun and games if it didn’t mean a hi-jacked Parliament ignoring the real issues:
-the use and misuse of our oil and LNG reserves, -the disaster they pose to our land and water, -the reality of climate change, broken relations with First Nations, child poverty, -the stifling of public debate, and the (Read more…)
2012 was a strong year for TD, despite ongoing economic challenges and market volatility. Our total adjusted earnings were more than $7 billion dollars — up more than $600 million, or about 10 per cent, from 2011.
-Colleen Johnston, Group Head and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group
Through a generous contribution of $350,000, TD Bank Group is helping Aboriginal students at the University of Regina realize their educational potential.
$350,000 / $7,000,000,000 = 0.005%
Thank-you to TD Bank, generously sharing the wealth of their outstanding profits from oil and gas.
The TD Bank Group gift will be divided (Read more…)
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Andrew Nikiforuk writes that air quality in Alberta’s Upgrader Alley may be among the worst in North America, including dangerous concentrations of cancer-causing chemicals. And Danny Harvey points out that the planet as a whole stands to be damaged by excessive tar sands development which is utterly incompatible with meaningful action to combat climate change.
- Andrew Jackson discusses how preferential tax treatment of stock options both exacerbates inequality and warps incentives for big business: One objectionable aspect of paying already well-remunerated executives in the form of stock options on top of (Read more…)
A new video from Parks Canada follows the carving and raising of a 42-foot totem pole on Haida Gwaii this past summer. The first pole raising there in 130 years, it commemorates the 20-year anniversary of the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Park.
The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole was raised on August 15, 2013, at Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay) on Lyell Island before a crowd of 400.
“Monumental poles are more than just art. They hold histories, they mark events and they tell stories,” explains artist Jaalen Edenshaw, whose design was chosen by a selection committee made up of a hereditary chief, (Read more…)
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Frances Russell rightly asks whose freedom is supposed to be protected by free trade agreements such as CETA: Once Canada signs CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) with Europe, federal, provincial and municipal governments will suddenly find their hands and feet tied. Suddenly, they will experience real push-back from foreign multinationals should they try to use their historic right to maintain civic, provincial and national autonomy in governmental decision making.
Simultaneously, Canada’s sub-national governments will suddenly discover they have lost the ability to protect the environment, create well-paying, long-term jobs and (Read more…)