“History will reflect on this moment and it will be clear to our children and grandchildren if you made the right choice,” laureates remind President Obama as the world awaits his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline
by: Obert Madondo | April 17, 2014
To show leadership on climate change and leave a lasting legacy, US President Barack Obama must reject TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. That’s the message from Jimmy Carter.
The former US president joined South African anti-apartheid icon Bishop Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have signed a strongly-worded open letter urging Obama to (Read more…)
Over the last week we have seen someone who had tried pull in progressives into a very un-progressive party be raked over the coals. For issues of arrogance and otherwise, Alison Redford has been the target of much acrimony, anger, and angst. This angst has been by both her party and the progressive voter in Alberta. […]
Canada’s opposition NDP open to coalition, Liberals less keen Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:49pm EST – Reuters In a a comment re : http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/02/tom-mulcair-and-coalition-dream-that.html
Although in principle I agree that whatever progressives elected to Parliament should band together in the sense of controlling the votes, I fail to see why, or how, a coalition of ConLites and the NDP can be a good thing..at least as a formal coalition.. There is nothing very progressive about the Liberal agenda, aside from the usual vaporous nothings of Junior Trudeau re decriminalizing pot and some vague stuff that only (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
In this age of the Harper Conservatives and a rampaging fossil fuel industry, Canadian anti-fracking activism requires more than a sense of environmental and social justice. It requires a toolkit of knowledge about what’s happening and how to effectively respond at the local, national and global level.
The Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” is one such toolkit.
The toolkit empowers Canadians to push back against fracking, protect Canada’s water sources, combat climate change, and partner with First Nations in their ongoing struggle to protect their besieged rights. It was inspired by the Council of (Read more…)
I deleted my Facebook account awhile ago because I could no longer feel right with myself visiting a site which so clearly violates my principles. Complaints about misogynist groups advocating rape and other abuses towards women, groups degrading those with physical or mental handicaps were regularly met with ‘this does not violate Facebook standards’ yet apparently perfectly lovely shots of breastfeeding mothers do. Tattoos on breast cancer survivors seem to also.
However, I have found myself wondering if standing up for my principles does anything but soothe my conscience. I see many many progressives on Facebook and I (Read more…)
With Parliament set to resume, coalition calls for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against government intrusion
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“The War On Science: Muzzled Scientists and Willful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada”, a new book by Canadian author Chris Turner, presents “a passionate and meticulously researched argument” against the Conservatives unrelenting war on Canadian science.
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The University of Michigan has disinvited Pulitzer-prize winning African-American author Alice Walker as punishment for her progressive views on Israel.
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Ottawa South tops Etobicoke-Lakeshore, London West, Scarborough-Guildwood and Windsor-Tecumseh in Ontario by-elections advance voting, according to figures released Monday by Elections Ontario. The polls are on Thursday, August 1.
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Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic.
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In the aftermath of another fossil-fuel-related disaster, TV host and political commentator, Rachel Maddow, says House Republicans are sacrificing the environment and resisting President Obama’s clean energy alternatives.
The post Republicans sacrifice environment to spite Obama, says Rachel Maddow [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Janine Farrell, a seniors care researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, explains why the recently announced $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in BC is not fair.
The post BC’s wheelchair fee for seniors in long-term care facilities not fair: Researcher appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has launched an anti-Harper ad, urges Canadians to resist the Conservatives’ plan to “undermine the CBC’s editorial independence and turn our national public broadcaster into a government propaganda machine – a state broadcaster!”
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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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Enbridge “will delay required crude oil pipeline safety fix for three more years”, according to a document received by the Council of Canadians via an access to information request.
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by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:
Bob Rae. (Photo: Fair Vote Canada)
Former Liberal leader Bob Rae has joined the National Advisory Board of Fair Vote Canada, a grassroots multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform in Canada.
Rae joins a cast of distinguished Canadians and progressives already serving on the board, including David Suzuki, Mel Hurtig, Maude Barlow, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Hugh Segal, Rafe Mair and Ed Broadbent.
This release from Fair Vote Canada:
Fair Vote Canada is pleased to announce the addition of former Liberal Leader Bob Rae, PC, OC, OOnt, QC, MP, to its National Advisory Board.
“Canadians need to (Read more…)
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by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:
OTTAWA, July 11, 2013 – Progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
“The difficulty of collecting data about violence against women has been a barrier to progress in ending that violence,” says the study’s author Kate McInturff. “However, the data that does exist tells us three things very clearly: this problem is big, it comes at a (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:
Georges Laraque (Photo By Dave Sandford/CHC)
Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is ready for his next great fight. If he wins, he’ll join Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa.
Laraque, once the NHL’s most feared hockey enforcer, announced Tuesday he’ll be the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Montreal riding of Bourassa.
“Today is an important day for me. It is the result of many years of community involvement. I would be so proud to be chosen by the people of Bourassa to be their representative,” said Laraque, who (Read more…)
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by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, arguably Canada’s leading progressive voice on public policy issues, has a new website.
This note from the communications team at CCPA:
Aside from a spiffy new look, we hope you’ll find the site easier to navigate, and more fully integrated with our blogs and social media channels. Rest assured that the website still has the same comprehensive research, publications and timely analysis that you have come to expect from the CCPA.
We also hope that you will check out the new CCPA site on your smartphone (Read more…)
President Barack Obama (Photo: Pete Souza)
In his much-anticipated speech on climate change and the environment this week, US President Barack didn’t exactly kill TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline as environmentalists had hoped. He simply stated that Keystone should only be approved if it doesn’t lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
Still, Environmental Defence, one of Canada’s leading environmental action organizations, believes Obama showed leadership on climate change. The kind that may actually result in the US rejection of Keystone XL. That’s because pipeline is “a gateway to tar sands expansion and the scientific community agrees (Read more…)
By: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release:
BCCLA delivers over 1400 forms filled out by individuals refusing permission to be filmed to CBSA, Shaw TV and show producers
BCCLA Staff, Josh Paterson and Stefanie Ratjen, delivering the forms to the Canadian Border Services Agency (Photo: BCCLA)
VANCOUVER, June 24, 2013 – In less than a month, over fourteen hundred people have signed forms refusing permission to be filmed at border crossings by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or its private film crew partners for the reality TV show “Border Security”.
This morning, the BC Civil (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad
With WikiLeaks’ aid, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden left Hong Kong over the weekend and landed in Moscow en route to asylum in a third country. His departure came after Hong Kong authorities rejected U.S. government demands for his extradition.
Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the U.S. government for leaking top-secret NSA telephone and web surveillance information, is likely headed for Cuba. Or Venezuela. Or Ecuador.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange explains why his organization assisted Snowden:
Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime (Read more…)
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By: Fórum Mundial de Meio Ambiente | Press Release:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Photo: Daniel Schwen)
SAO PAULO, June 22, 2013 – Privatization is currently the most troubling issue we face in relation to water. That is the opinion of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an activist and attorney specializing in environmental law who took part in the World Environmental Forum organized by LIDE – Grupo de Lideres Empresariais [Group of Business Leaders], in Foz do Iguacu.
“Water ought to be a right for all human beings,” asserts Kennedy. He believes that free market capitalism is the best solution, but (Read more…)
By: Maytree Foundation | Press Release:
TORONTO, June 19, 2013 – At an awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, DiverseCity onBoard recognized Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, the City of Markham, and William Osler Health System for embracing diversity in board governance and making it a priority to recruit board members from diverse backgrounds.
A corporate award, presented by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognized BMO Financial Group.
“Good practice in board governance includes finding the right people to lead,” explained Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree and co-chair of DiverseCity. “In a region as diverse as ours, (Read more…)
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