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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest’s grizzlies

Environmentalist David Suzuki argues that the recent agreement between government, industry, First Nations and environmental groups to protect the Great Bear Rainforest should have included efforts to end the “barbaric” and “disgusting” grizzly bear tr… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest’s grizzlies

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- PressProgress weighs in on the OECD’s findings that Canada’s income inequality is significantly worse than previously assumed. Didier Jacobs argues that our current economic system is anything but meritocratic…. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- The Guardian’s editorial board comments on the role public entrepreneurship should play in fostering economic development and avoiding bust cycles:The state’s only legitimate economic role is often seen as patc… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s decision (PDF) finding that the failure to provide equal child services for First Nations is a human rights breach which requires federal action at law – rather than merely a moral failure which has too oft… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- John Clarke discusses the challenges facing social movements trying to resist austerity and push for action on poverty in the face of mushy-middle governments who lack any commitment to those principle… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Climate Change Threatens Coastal British Columbia First Nations Fishing Traditions

A new study says climate change threatens fishing traditions that have sustained First Nations along Canada’s Pacific coast for thousands of years. The study found that climate change could reduce fish species such herring and salmon, “which are among … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Climate Change Threatens Coastal British Columbia First Nations Fishing Traditions

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Errol Mendes points out that any commitment to securing human rights in our foreign policy is currently limited by the lack of any systematic attempt to see how those rights are being treated. And Rick Mercer… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

In-Sights: Why the rush to spend billions?

BC Hydro’s own sales records demonstrate Site C is not needed. Domestic consumption of electricity has been flat for more than a decade and technological efficiencies indicate we will need less power, not more in the near future. This proven by looking… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Why the rush to spend billions?

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Justin Fox explores why it took the economic field in general (with some noteworthy exceptions) decades to start dealing with burgeoning inequality. And Bryce Covert discusses the latest study showing that in l… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

In-Sights: Proceeding without caution

Even slightly aware BC citizens know that Premier Clark and her accomplices are incompetent. Liberal managers include not a single person capable of completing a basic course in strategic decision making. The result is a litany of failed designs, misse… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Proceeding without caution

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the kindness and compassion underlying our welcoming of Syrian refugees deserves a far larger place in a wide range of public policy decisions.For further reading…- Zack Beauchamp summarizes the exclusionary rhetoric that’s propelled Don… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Patrick Flavin studies (PDF) the direct benefits that flow from giving people secure access to health care. And Daphne Bramham writes that the damage done by child poverty can be directly observed in educational… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Tar Sands Destroying Mother Earth [VIDEO]

This amazing Al Jazeera short documentary describes how the Alberta tar sands operations are destroying Mother Earth and the lives of First Nation communities in the heart of the tar sands. The post Alberta Tar Sands Destroying Mother Earth [VIDEO] a… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Tar Sands Destroying Mother Earth [VIDEO]

The Canadian Progressive: Activists Temporarily Shut Down Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

Three protesters forced Enbridge to temporarily shut down its Line 9 pipeline last week after they locked themselves to equipment a valve at Ste-Justine-de-Newton on the Québec-Ontario border. The post Activists Temporarily Shut Down Enbridge’s … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Activists Temporarily Shut Down Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.- Roshini Nair reviews Jim Stanford’s re-released Economics for Everyone, with a particular focus on the need not to give up on the prospect of change for the better: Although economics might be the dismal science, t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Priorities

The Libs’ top 10% tax giveaway will cost a total of a previously unbudgeted $1.2 billion per year. And that apparently hasn’t caused anybody to think twice about whether it’s a good idea. For the sake of comparison, the Libs’ total commitment to the en… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Priorities

In-Sights: Alert Bay filmmaker wins San Francisco festival award

I’m headed to Alert Bay for Thursday’s showing of Barb Cranmer’s “Our Voices, Our Stories.” Ms. Cranmer, a partner in the Culture Shock gallery, just returned from the San Francisco Indian Film Festival where her program was awarded Best Documentary Short.

Our Voices, Our Stories – Trailer from Craven Studios on Vimeo.

The Canadian Progressive: 100 groups urge Trudeau to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process

More than 100 groups from across Canada and the U.S. have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process.

The post 100 groups urge Trudeau to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

In-Sights: Pacific Northwest LNG

Letter to PM Trudeau re Lelu Island

The Common Sense Canadian: Large group of First Nations, scientists, green groups calls on Trudeau to reject Petronas LNG project

Gitxsan leaders of Camp Madii Lii stand behind the Lax Kw’aalams Nation at Lelu Island (submitted)

A letter written by Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan (Donnie Wesley), calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Petronas’ controversial LNG proposal near Prince Rupert, has gained a long list of unlikely, high-profile supporters.

The signatories include over 70 leaders of First Nations, environmental organizations, businesses, unions, university groups and faith groups, plus several scientists and academics such as David Suzuki and Wade Davis. Amongst the notable First Nations leaders are Garry Reece, Chief Councillor of the Lax Kw’alaams Band Council, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Chief (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Liz Farmer discusses the growing body of evidence showing that high-end tax cuts do nothing to build the economy for anybody but the few privileged beneficiaries. And Stephen Kimber writes about the billions of dollars Canada loses to tax evasion every year, while calling out the “taxpayer” lobby groups who are happy to leave the public on the hook for that loss. 

- Heather Stewart weighs on how increased automation stands to exacerbate inequality both between capital and labour, and within the workforce itself. And Matthew Wright comments on the effect (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Those Statues Again

There are dueling petitions out to continue (which curiously disappeared) and stop statues of all 22 prime ministers being planted on the grounds of Wilfrid Laurier University, my old school that I loved all to bits. I wrote about this statue project on its inception two years ago. The statues were originally to be set up at Victoria Park, but a survey of our citizens showed 79% rejected the idea. This debate has made news at The Star, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail, where one professor noted,

“Parliament wants to encourage the participation of (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Chevron says it won’t reroute LNG pipeline around Unist’ot’en blockade

Unist’ot’en blockade on Morice River in 20124 (Photo: Two Island Films)

Read this Oct. 27 story from Mark Nielsen in the Prince George Citizen, on Chevron’s refusal to reroute its planned Pacific Trail Pipeline – designed to supply natural gas from northeast BC to its proposed LNG terminal in Kitimat – to avoid conflict with the Unist’ot’en Resistance Camp on the Morice River.

The Pacific Trail natural gas pipeline will not be rerouted around an area a First Nations group has been blockading, say backers of the project.

Instead, they hope to rely on “dialogue and discussion” to resolve the impasse, (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: BC Government Preventing Access To Information

I really hope this isn’t going on in other parts of the country too. BC’s Liberal government is far too corrupt.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: BC Government Preventing Access To Information

I really hope this isn’t going on in other parts of the country too. BC’s Liberal government is far too corrupt.