Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Larry Elliott writes that at least some business leaders are paying lip service to the idea that inequality needs to be reined in. But Alec Hogg points out that at least some of the privileged few are using their obscene wealth to remove themselves from the rest of humanity, rather than lifting a finger to help anybody else.
- Meanwhile, Joseph Stiglitz observes that sheer stubborn stupidity on the part of austerians is doing untold damage to the global economy. But Jon Henley notes that in advance of Syriza’s election victory, a new (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your week.
- Crawford Kilian writes that growing inequality has been largely the product of deliberate engineering rather than any natural process, while Paul Krugman focuses on the preferential treatment of capital income in particular. And Simon Barrow discusses the sources and beneficiaries of the increasing wealth gap: (T)he anti-change interests arrayed against any attempt to substantially reform global finance, block the privileging of huge corporate interests (TTIP being a prime example), ensure labour rights, address income and wealth gaps, stop tax evasion and tax dodging by the wealthiest on an industrial scale, legally enshrine transparency (Read more…)
Cop constructively abducts Native woman in Canada <~ media calls it "Pursuing a Relationship" FU pic.twitter.com/tdHy8daYKg
— lastrealindians.com (@lastrealindians) January 9, 2015
RCMP officers don’t possess good sense given to every other human being, apparently.
We live in tumultuous times:
Ferguson and other non-indictments of white police who murdered people of colour ISIL and other extremism Stephen Harper’s continued assault on democracy and embrace of soft fascism [has he had CRA audit YOUR favourite progressive group yet?] Accusations against Jian Ghomeshi Accusations against Bill Cosby The epidemic of campus rape, and necessary reflection about why it has taken this long to take this seriously Victoria’s Times-Colonist newspaper’s racist editorial cartoons, and necessary reflection about why it has taken this long to take this seriously Pipelines, fracking, dirty energy, tankers The destructive Site-C dam (Read more…)
Peace River Valley
No to pipelines, yes to Site C?
Here’s a piece I wrote for Ricochet after getting riled up by *some* of the arguments against Site C. The full piece is here.
To shift off fossil fuels we’ll need more large scale, public energy infrastructure
As the movement against pipelines rapidly grows, more and more often you can hear the question, “We know what you’re against. What are you for?” The debate over the future of power generation in British Columbia offers some lessons for how to answer this question and not fall victim to a privatized (Read more…)
In Canada, the idea of citizens’ right to live in a healthy environment is getting traction at both the grassroots and highest political levels, says environmentalist David Suzuki.
The post David Suzuki: The Movement For Environmental Rights Is Building appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
First Nations Financial Transparency Act: Watch Pam Palmater put the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in its place. “We don’t even have enough money to have websites, how the heck are we supposed to post it online?”
“What’s non-essential on a First Nation?” Palmater asks Evan who is quoting the Conservative government. “We have suicides every day, contaminated water, we have a major housing crisis, food and security in the North that Minister A. (#LyingLeona) could[n’t] care less about. What’s non-essential in a First Nation? People are going to die, if there is not enough funding for (Read more…)
The Peel Watershed’s Wind River (Jill Pangman)
Two Yukon First Nations have won yet another landmark indigenous legal victory – this time against the local territorial government, over the vast Peel Watershed.
Thomas Berger explains Peel case to media in January 2014
The case was brought by famed Canadian legal figure Thomas Berger on behalf of Na-Cho Nyak Dun and Tr’ondëk Hwëchin nations – both of whom share traditional territory in the largely pristine northern Yukon watershed. The plaintiffs also included several conservation groups and individuals.
The battle stems from a land use planning process for the Peel that spanned (Read more…)
In an open letter, 12 BC First Nations tell the Harper government the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project is “fatally flawed and superficial.”
The post First Nations: NEB review of Kinder Morgan pipeline “fatally flawed” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The lack of access to clean drinking water for hundreds of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada, is a national shame, says environmentalist David Suzuki.
The post David Suzuki: Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Mark Gongloff takes a look at social mobility research from multiple countries, and finds that there’s every reason for concern that inheritance is far outweighing individual attributes in determining social status. And Left Futures notes that the problem may only get worse as our corporate overlords become more and more sophisticated at cannibalizing our commonwealth for profit.
- Speaking of which, Jake MacDonald offers an insightful (if maddening) review of how farmers are suffering from the demolition of the single-desk Canadian Wheat Board.
- Andrew Jackson comments on the Cons’ glaring failure (Read more…)
Conservative Minister Leona A. is a disgrace. That means she’s a fine representative of the Conservative Party of Canada.
You may remember other Lying Leona blunders from such stories as Canada phasing out coal, and the Canadian government isn’t muzzling scientists.
Petronas’ proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project – the source of partnership talks with the Nisga’a Nation
Read this Nov. 10 Tyee story by Wawmeesh G. Hamilton on the grassroots cracks forming in a proposed deal between a Nisga’a Nation elected leaders, TransCanada Pipelines and Pacific Northwest LNG – the $11 Billion project planned for Prince Rupert, backed by Malaysia’s Petronas. Nisga’a members are concerned about environmental and cultural impacts from a proposed pipeline that would cut through the Nass Valley territory’s iconic lava beds and potentially affect burial sites, among other issues.
At a downtown Vancouver hotel on Thursday, three men in business suits were (Read more…)
11. Government handing over the most vulnerable to religious groups has worked out well in Canadian history: look at the residential schools
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 10, 2014
1. Canada is now a country that will offer sex workers the "option" of being sent to religious reeducation camps: https://t.co/sxaDIW1bC5
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 10, 2014
I’ll give old clothes to Salvation Army, and shop in their thrift shops, but I wouldn’t attend a re-education camp of theirs.
@HeerJeet Also, how will people of First Nations descent caught up in this react to being offered 'ride out of (Read more…)
Suzanne Methot reviewed Farley Mowat’s Walking on the Land, which was published in 2000. From that review:
“Farley Mowat detailed government treatment of the Ihalmiut, First Nations people in Canada’s northern lands. His accounts, which described famine and epidemics of disease, were vigorously denied by churches, industry, and government and earned Mowat the nickname “Hardly Knowit.” The denials continued for decades, culminating in the 1990s with Saturday Night’s infamous cover graphic of Mowat with a Pinocchio nose.
“Walking on the Land is another account of the Ihalmiut saga, and Mowat’s response to the denials. The author has rehashed (Read more…)
The Queen’s act against this homeless woman is unkind, and Canada’s laws shouldn’t be unkind for the sake of protecting unused land from First Nations people building a temporary home. Further, we don’t need to urbanize more people, and this law is clearly aimed at clearing Canada’s wilderness of humans, and putting them into overcrowded cities without the means to buy food, shelter, and drink.
Canada should stop at Clearing the Plains, and not push the same outdated, genocidal agenda into this century.
A new student coalition promises to block Transcanada’s Energy East and Enbridge’s line 9B tar sands pipeline projects “at Quebec border.”
The post New student coalition vows to block tar sands pipelines at Quebec border appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
I’m not going to argue that using an Intersectionality lens in the municipal election in 2 weeks will make your voting choices perfectly easy.
But I will say that your white male entitlements have likely contributed to worse choices in the past. Including not voting.
When you read this entire article you will see the lie of neutrality and non-partisanship.
Don’t perpetuate your perhaps inadvertent oppression.
As we approach the municipal election on November 15th, potential voters may feel unsure about which party or candidate represents the best interests of their community. One way to begin sifting through the different (Read more…)
Hundreds listening to @BobRae48 at #uofr #bigcrowd #HonourTheTreaties #IdleNoMore pic.twitter.com/QAzkPW01Lz
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 31, 2014
The Calder case about the Niska people. Argued no treaty so they had Aboriginal title to the BC land. Crown: settlement extinguished title.
Millions lived in North America hundreds of years ago, but settlers viewed it as empty. By 1867, only 150000 indigenous people remained alive in Canada.
Our country must face and address tough issues at all levels of government. Largest Aboriginal population is in Toronto says Bob Rae. Dynamic in the country is changing. Assimilation and powerlessness have failed.
In what appears to be “Shame on You, Canada” Day, the Guardian has a damning piece on how the Harper regime is intent on severing Canada’s First Nations from their rightful claims to ancestral lands.
First Nations have been emboldened by this summer’s Supreme Court of Canada William decision, which recognized the aboriginal title of the Tsilhqot’in nation to 1750 square kilometres of their land in central British Columbia – not outright ownership, but the right to use and manage the land and to reap its economic benefits.The ruling affects all “unceded” territory in Canada – those lands (Read more…)
This weekend, I am thankful for folks in Seattle who know how to transform the imperialist Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
May we all learn this for next year!
“We are all citizens in a democracy, we are all here to work with each other, and by making this Indigenous People’s Day, we are adding something, we are not taking something away. We can both recognize our strengths.”
“We are not reveling in the pain of our past, but rejoicing in the celebration of a triumph—the voice of the indigenous people who are saying ‘we are still (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Charlie Smith discusses – and then follows up on – Donald Gutstein’s work in tracing the connections between the Harper Cons and the shadowy, U.S.-based network of right-wing propaganda mills: In Harperism: How Stephen Harper and His Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada (James Lorimer & Company Ltd.), Gutstein makes the case that neoliberalism is far more sinister than simply having a desire for smaller government. A central tenet of his new book is that Harper is undermining democracy by marshalling the power of government to create and enforce (Read more…)