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PM paints new pipelines green

21 hours 20 min ago

VANCOUVER - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's pledge to use pipelines to go greener raised a resounding 'WTF?" from environmentalists today. 

About 150 gathered outside the Globe Leadership Summit to decry the PM's hedging on environmental promises, especially his comment that new pipeline revenue will be used to finance a transition to sustainable energy sources. For his part, Trudeau continued to make vague statements on carbon, those new pipelines and that "greener future."

The protest was organized  by the Grassroots Climate Convergence in response to "Prime Minister Trudeau urging people to 'take an active part in' ensuring the success of the Paris Climate Agreement and  "a bold climate strategy that creates just jobs, respects the rights of indigenous people, and tackles the climate crisis head on."

The organizers symbolically delivered a petition signed by 14,740 Canadians and a scroll with handwritten letters with demands from local communities.

“We are here to demand climate justice from Justin Trudeau and Catherine McKenna, to implement a swift and just transition to a low-carbon economy, and to respect the rights of indigenous people.” said community organizer Mary Lovell. “If this government is going to meet commitments like a 1.5 C climate limit, they have to take swift concrete action in and keep known fossil fuel reserves in the ground.”

 

Justin Trudeau's Sick & Twisted Comedy Tour

22 hours 16 sec ago
PM Treats Climate and First Nations Reconciliation Like Jokes, Nation Isn't Laughing Comedy, it turns out, is Justin Trudeau's true passion. He hid it well though. Many of us were convinced he was serious about reconciliation and climate, but now, in an open affront to justice and the future of humanity, Canada's Prime Minister is tossing aside those promises*. It's like we've been punk'd by a veritable Ashton Kutcher protégé.   The pictures of Trudeau on set were perfect. Him standing there, addressing the international crowd in Paris, speaking in line with sound climate science. And his embraces with First Nations leaders at reconciliation announcements were also shining moments, especially for a nation with hundreds of years of "cultural" genocide. Tears were in eyes everywhere. He was compelling, convincing.   Maybe some joke writers sensed what he was doing: creating plausibility and generating genuine hope before crashing his audience back down to reality with the punch-line.    Trudeau, joker extraordinaire, is now showing us the full ugly underbelly of his twisted, devilish ruse. Instead of shutting down the tar sands, which could be considered a real first step for reconciliation and climate action, he is cheerleading the Energy East pipeline, aka Keystone XL on steroids.   The young whipper-snapper is saying we need fossil fuel extraction to pay our way to a green economy. Or, to paraphrase the logic, "cooking the planet will generate the resources needed to save it after it's too late", as John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) lays it out. Who knew Trudeau had suck a sick sense of humour?!   For the PM and his friends, the funniest part must be that they're planning to prove they're better at getting pipelines built than Stephen Harper, who didn't give a hoot about climate and didn't get any built. Hilarious, eh?   But lots of people don't see the humour.   At a meeting this week with indigenous leaders to discuss climate, Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam (representing a community in the eye of the tar sands shit-storm) stormed out, saying “I think Canada’s in a crisis and it ain’t going to get any better now. Canada failed terribly, the provinces failed terribly in regards to addressing this [climate] issue,” according to APTN

And from Sheila North Wilson, Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak: "We shouldn’t have to beg for time with the prime minister. We should have time to speak with him on a nation to nation basis that he keeps talking about and we have yet to see that.”

Instead of focusing on nation-to-nation relationships, Trudeau is spending time strategizing with the premiers how to get pipelines built, those same ones that get approved through a process many many many First Nations say is broken.

Trudeau's nation-to-nation promise? 404 Error, File Not Found. He fooled us and now he's dropped the punch-line: other things are way more serious for him, and the nation-to-nation relationship only matters when Canada likes what it's hearing. That's a cruel joke, dude.   An indigenous expression fits here, one used to describe his father and many other white people (probably including my family): "Speaks with forked tongue." It means the person says something nice and fuzzy sounding, but really means something quite different and devious. Maybe Trudeau finds this amusing.

Or maybe, like most of us, he simply doesn't know about the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty at Niagara in 1764 as foundational pieces of the Dominion of Canada, or about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. There's something funny - in an endearing way - about ignorance, no? Except it's pretty obvious he knows what he's doing. After all, his father and Jean Chretien tried it almost 50 years ago to disastrous effect.   But hey, "Comedy is tragedy plus time", right? Maybe generations from now people will look back at how Justin Trudeau tricked us and really ruined a great chance to turn this country around, and they'll laugh a hearty nervous laugh.   He got us good. Real Change? It was an elaborate prank! He's a Harper in buckskin's clothing, holding the crowd captive to his sick and twisted comedy.   -   *To be completely honest, I think Trudeau as a person, deep down, really wants to see reconciliation and climate action, and is conflicted at the level of the soul. But in his position as PM he is being pushed forcefully by certain interests whose core business is in direct opposition to these aims, and he doesn't have the backbone to stand up to them. Until he does, it's fair game to call him out on broken promises and try to have a little laugh doing it. And also to build the biggest social movement this country has ever seen to make these essential changes happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GroundWire Feb 29 | Homelessness in Canada special episode

Wed, 2016-03-02 23:45
Community radio news from coast to coast to coast This episode is GroundWire's contribution to the 14th annual Homelessness Marathon, originally aired across the country on February 23rd/24th.  (Note that we added the feature from CKDU after the marathon aired).

This episode of GroundWire was produced on traditional Mi'kmaq territory in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hosted by Mat Wilush.

Headlines   OCAP releases a new report "Out in the Cold: The Crisis in Toronto's Shelter System" | GroundWire   Canada's first LGBT youth shelter opens in Toronto | GroundWire     Yonge Street Mission in Toronto moves to Chinatown but receives an unwelcomed response | Sawyer Bogdan, CJRU   Features   Research on the daughters of homeless fathers | Sarah Rowe, CJSW   Metro Non-Profit Housing Association in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia | Emily Rendell-Watson, CKDU   Community Radio Report   Giving Homeless people a voice in the choice: excerpts from the 18th annual homelessness marathon in the US | GroundWire

  Music this week was by Ryan Arcand, and The Painters   We thank all our contributors this week, Emily Joveski, Aaron Levy, and Gretchen King

 

Appel à la solidarité avec le peuple et la résistance kurdes contre la politique de terreur de l'État turc (lundi 29 février 2016)

Wed, 2016-03-02 01:03

«Manifestation contre la politique de terreur de l'État turc
Appel à la solidarité avec le peuple et la résistance kurdes.

Contre les massacres de l'Etat Turc contre les Kurdes!
Mobilisons-nous pour dénoncer la politique turque de terreur et de guerre!
L'État turc est lancé depuis plusieurs semaines dans une campagne de terreur massive sur le territoire kurde. Sa police tue et arrête sans discrimination, ses soldats assiègent les villes kurdes et Ses bombes pleuvent sur le Rojava au mépris du Droit international. Sous le faux prétexte d'une guerre au terrorisme, la Turquie s'est engagé dans une éniéme tentative pour écraser toute forme de résistance sur son territoire. La lutte pour l'autodétermination du peuple kurde est la lutte de tous et toutes. Le Canada doit cesser son appui à la Turquie islma-conservatrice et appuyer la résistance kurde qui seule lutte contre l'EI.

Organisé par L'initiative Jeunes patriotes kurdes de Montréal.
Appuyé par le Comité Solidarité-Rojava Montréal.

Solidarité internationale !
La résistance kurde sera le tombeau du fascisme !»

https://www.facebook.com/rojavasolidaritymontreal/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1626127757671286/?fref=ts

Spanish Justice strikes down aspirations of the canadian mining company Edgewater Exploration Ltd. in its project of Corcoesto

Tue, 2016-03-01 13:18

The Constitutional Court rejects an apeal by the spanish Government amendments made by Xunta de Galicia in the Law of Mining 3/2008, which causes the company to lose the mineral rights concessions "Emilita 1221", "Ciudad de Landro 1454" and "Ciudad de Masma 1455" which were part of his main operating plan in the Bergantinos region (Corunna).

The legislation has ratified the court confirms that mineral rights can be denied by "insufficient proof of financial or technical capacity of the applicant" as happened to the canadian mining company Edgewater, whom the galician regional Government officially announced the cancellation of the project March 11, 2014 acting within the powers of the law 12/2014.

Now the Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of the Xunta de Galicia, noting that Article 28.3 of the Statute of Autonomy of Galicia regional government allows the execution of the law of the State in mining.

AN EXCELLENT RESULT FOR COMMUNITIES

Although the ruling is a setback for Edgewater, the company has announced that it will appeal to international arbitration to defend their interests, and that there are still pending a court decision in the High Court of Galicia for the cancellation of the mining project.

However, in practice, the Constitutional Court ruling ends aspirations of the company to develop its mining plan in the region of Bergantinos.

A TIME OF CELEBRATION

Of course, as could not be otherwise, Save Cabana Platform ("Plataforma Salvemos Cabana") welcomes this court ruling, which is a success of the galician society as a whole in the defense of the environment and public health, and want to show their appreciation to all those people, organizations and institutions that have supported the fight against the mining project since 2012. Because canceling the initiative in Corcoesto is a triumph of civil society, collective dignity, but above all a triumph of reason and common sense against the irrationality of markets and transnational economy.

 

 

Postal Workers Launch Vision To Be Leaders in Low-Carbon Transition

Mon, 2016-02-29 00:02
Electric vehicle fleet, charging stations, renewables and energy retro-fit financing, postal banking and more proposed by union and allies An ambitious proposal for Canada Post is being launched today, coinciding with a renewed push for the Leap Manifesto.     Lauded by David Suzuki, Naomi Klein, Clayton Thomas-Muller and others, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and allies are hoping to transform the imperilled public postal service, which has nearly twice as many locations as Tim Horton's, into a powerful force creating a low carbon society.     The vision is outlined in a 20-page document obtained by the Media Coop, Delivering Community Power: How Canada Post can be the hub of our Next Economy. [The document is now available at http://www.deliveringcommunitypower.ca/]   A 100% electric vehicle fleet for Canada Post is proposed, along with vehicle charging stations at post offices. Postal banking would be made available, particularly benefiting Indigenous and rural communities under-served by traditional banks. Loans would be offered for renewable energy installations like solar and wind, and for home energy retro-fits, with Canada Post connecting people with specialists to make it happen. Fresh produce would be delivered directly from farms to households, and existing Canada Post door-to-door service would check in on seniors, helping deliver medications.   "What’s powerful about Delivering Community Power," says Naomi Klein, "is how it takes on economic, environmental and social issues at the same time. Our post offices can become centres of community care and economic development, while bringing emissions down - this is the kind of leap we need in Canada."   One of the proposals, postal banking, may be unfamiliar. But countries around the world, like England, New Zealand and Brazil operate banking services through post offices. These "assist rural, remote and low income communities," the document reads, "while providing new revenues for the postal service." Canada Post operated such services until 1968.   The advantage of Canada Post being public is emphasized in the future vision: "unlike the big banks, our postal banks are owned by the people who use them", the document reads.    Job-creation is also highlighted. "Renewable manufacturing production. Retrofitting. Farming", lists Donald Lafleur of the Canadian Labour Congress, "Assistance for Elders. When I look at this proposal I see the potential for thousands of good jobs, in every community across the country. Let's make it happen."   To get the inside scoop I caught up with Dru Oja Jay, Director of Friends of Public Services, a partner organization with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and others.     How did this proposal come together?   Postal workers have been advocating for a green postal service and a postal bank for years. On a parallel track, Naomi Klein has been pushing the unions to take a leadership role in greening the economy with a justice-based framework. Friends of Public Services was having conversations with people working on campaigns in CUPW and conversations with people working on the Leap Manifesto, and at a certain point it made sense to bring it all together. The Leap folks loved the idea of launching a bold proposal about Canada Post for Leap Day, so here we are!   Why are you excited about it, and what comes next?   The climate justice movement and Indigenous resurgence activism like Idle No More are doing a great job of raising consciousness about a lot of different issues, but when you connect those efforts with a union that represents tens of thousands of people who are doing the work to maintain a whole sector of the economy, that work has the possibility of attaining a whole new dimension of transformative power. I truly believe that if we can align the goals of Indigenous sovereignty, green jobs, and a just economy based on 100% renewables, there's potential to form a coalition that can transform what Canada looks like.   There is a perception some hold that unions are resistant to change and slow to act. What do you say to that in general, and in relation to this proposal in particular?     I don't think it's controversial to say that CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) has set the tone for public sector workers and how they organize over the last number of decades. What's exciting about that union in particular is that they have a leadership that knows they need to make bold moves, and really change the way people are thinking about things. That kind of necessity, combined with a very active organizational culture, makes them well-positioned to bring about the kinds of seismic shifts in approach and dedication to transformative organizing that I think a lot of people are waiting for.

 

Victoria Eviction Notice Increases Resolve in Tent City

Fri, 2016-02-26 02:31

VICTORIA -  Poor Rich Coleman. Campers at Victoria's tent city on the grounds of the courthouse chose to ignore the provincial minister of housing's threats of eviction today and have a block party instead.

The campers were joined by about 45 solidarity supporters who crossed the Salish Sea from  the mainland to join in the celebration and call for meaningful and permanent  action on homelessness.

Some campers recently moved to limited shelter and transitional housing units in Victoria, but the tent city appears to still be growing with more than 100 tents crowding the site.  Local reports say some campers are considering moving to another more secure location on public land.

The party included lots of  food, music, speeches and drones hovering overhead.

Algonquin land claim and the ongoing issues

Fri, 2016-02-19 15:58

February 19, 2016

We are writing this letter regarding the systematic problems surrounding the Algonquin Land Claim that is being administered by Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nations (APFN).

These are the two major flaws when the government accepted to enter into negotiations with APFN.  One, the rights and title was not clearly established and the second is the determining factor who would be the beneficiaries at the beginning of the land claim.  Both of these grave issues have set a president for ongoing dissension.

In 1983 APFN petitioned the Governor General claiming rights and title to the Ottawa valley and its tributaries.  INAC agreed to negotiate for the Ontario side only as it was potentially overlapping with the Algonquins of Quebec.  It is reasonable to say why other First Nations in Ontario and Quebec are claiming rights and title.  Then, in 1992, Golden Lake First Nation (renamed Pikwakanagan), submitted their study of land use and occupation.  The study did not prove ownership and thus, the non-status families had to be included due to their part of ownership.   Not many Indigenous people signed on and numbers were very low. Ten communities were created and at this present time, there are around 7,700 enrolled members.

Chief Lance Haymond made some good points in the APTN’s article of February 11th, to add comments, in our in depth research on family and root/ancestors names; we found non aboriginal people attached to our root name on the voters list.  As stated in AOO’s literature, it takes 125 Aboriginal people to make it a legal entity.  Kijicho Manitou Madaouskarini /Bancroft community is in question as according to our count the aboriginal members don’t reach to 125.  We have read and been informed how the verification process is very “stringent” when processing applications to be eligible for enrollment.

The criteria in the AIP, has changed dramatically from 1994.  This criteria was based on Algonquin and Nipissing blood lines as both have rights and title. As it stands now, Nipissing are not mentioned but what is interesting, along with our Algonquin root names, our Nipissing root names, Kegico (Kijicho) Manitou and Dufond are used in the voters list.  In the latest AIP, the meaning of words can be misconstrued but what stands out is the words declares him or herself Algonquin and can demonstrate a culture connection.  Does this mean if one self declares they do not have to provide proof of lineage?  To understand the terms, culture and community connection needs clarification.   In the article, a statement on who will be accepted in the land claim is confusing.  It says “the proposed modern day treaty takes on a more progressive view of Indigenous identity not tied to blood but whether culture and community ties were maintained over the last 200 years”.  Is it based on blood ties with a progressive view and/or based on culture connections, blood quantum or section 35 of the Indian Act?  First Nations and the non-status are not fighting amongst ourselves) as suggested.  In fact, we are collaborating to have our voices heard.  These questions could have been avoided with comprehensive consultation.

The perception is given to the media is the majority of Algonquin people are consulted and agree with the land claim, and this is not the case.  Further, giving away our sacred lands such as Chaudière Falls is unacceptable and this has been expressed by First Nations in Ontario/Quebec, aboriginal communities and individuals.  The definition of "consultation" is very vague.   Pertinent information does not flow to the Algonquins at large nor does it flow to the Canadians who live in the settlement area.  To reference the same article, “you don’t ignore non-status people.”  Our struggle and great effort to have proper consultation and have the issues addressed has been ignored.  Ignored by an institution that purports to represent all Aboriginal people whether enrolled in the land claim or not.

So this leads to the AIP that is about to be voted on.  How can status or non-status make a decision without comprehensive consultation?   By being referred to read Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) Tanakiwin website, does not give any more insight into what is being negotiated.   

Our rights and title are being taken. We are being extinguished.  Is this, what is referred to as an “historical land claim?”

This Algonquin land claim needs restructuring from the top to the bottom.  We are asking the government to re-negotiate with the rightful owners the settlement land.

 

Jo-Anne Green

Files attached to this post:  aptn_article_feb._11.pdf

Hi we're Treyf Podcast

Wed, 2016-02-17 22:15
And this is our 13th episode!

 

Hi!

We’re the co-hosts of a Montreal-based podcast called Treyf (hat tip to CKUT 90.3FM). Every two weeks, we reflect on the political discussions that are happening (and not happening) in Jewish communities in North America. We will be posting the shows here as they’re released.

For a little context, we started the show out of a sense that existing Jewish media doesn’t adequately reflect the anti-colonial politics and leftist political orientation that informs our relationships to Jewishness. 

On the most recent episode (13 :Mizrahi-Washing and Dave Zirin Returns!") we called Ilan Benattar from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice’s Mizrahi caucus to talk about a Tablet Magazine article and the concept of Mizrahi-washing. After some technical issues the first time around, Dave Zirin joined us for the interview, discussing Zionism and Palestine solidarity activism in the NBA. And finally, our recommendation went to the recent New York Times parody issue distributed by JVP/Jews Say No. We spoke to Beth Miller about the project.

You can click here to listen to previous episodes or subscribe on any podcast app. Or if you hate audio but love social media, follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr. If you have any commnets or suggestions, you can reach us at treyfpodcast@gmail.com

Warm Militant Greetings,

Sam and David

Liberté pour Abdullah Öcalan !

Tue, 2016-02-16 12:28

Liberté pour Abdullah Öcalan ! Lundi 15 février 2016, à l'occasion du révoltant 17e anniversaire de son arrestation, véritable acte de guerre contre la libération du peuple kurde et de leurs allié.e.s, un groupe de gens se sont regroupé à soi-disant «Ottawa» devant l'ambassade de Turquie pour demander sa libération.

There is the communique of that action

Açıklamalar
STATEMENT 15 FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARY

9 Şubat 2016

End the Turkish Government and ISIS’s War Against the Kurds
A century ago, the Sykes-Picot agreement of 16 May 1916 was signed between UK and France with the assent of Russia, setting the boundaries of the nations in the Middle East. Contrary to the will of the Kurdish people, Kurdistan as a nation was erased from the map and the Kurdish people were divided into four between Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Since then, the fundamental rights of the Kurds have been infringed upon and their existence has often been denied.
The PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and its leader Mr. Abdullah Öcalan became the focal point for resisting Kurds from 1978. Today, the PKK is the liberation movement for the Kurds built under the inspiring leadership of Öcalan. It is the Kurds who follow Öcalan who are best at defending people’s lives, democracy and humanitarian values against the attacks of ISIS. They have demonstrated this by their success in fighting the fascism of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The Kurdish people’s leader has been incarcerated and tortured for 18 years
On 15 February 1999, Öcalan was abducted by Turkey in collusion with Western states. At this moment, the Turkish state is intensifying conditions of solitary confinement against the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan. Nine months ago, Erdogan terminated the peace process negotiations with Öcalan, enforced complete isolation of Öcalan, and launched a new war against the Kurdish people.

Statements by Turkish President Erdogan such as: “He (Öcalan) will not be freed while I’m around”, “Either the Presidency, or chaos” and “A Presidency like that of Hitler’s” all signal a new strategy against Öcalan and the Kurdish people. He is now conducting massacres in full view of the international community against the innocent Kurdish civilians, activists fighting for democracy and the Kurdish Freedom Movement.

Turkey is continuing its repression of the Kurdish people through the new ‘annihilation plan’
From the 24th of July, 2015, the Turkish state has launched a dirty war against civilians in Kurdish cities and neighbourhoods. In the last 6 months, state security forces have killed 460 civilians in the country, most of them in Kurdistan. 84 of these were children and 79 were women. 300,000 civilians have been forcefully displaced. Kurdish towns such as Cizre, Sur and Silopi have been destroyed by Tanks, heavy artilleries and helicopters. Curfews have been enforces as the Turkish army embeds in cities and towns. Approximately 1.5 million people have been affected by this violence. The Turkish state is committing horrific atrocities comparable to those committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Shamefully, the Turkish government (AKP) has named this strategy “the annihilation plan”. This plan was actually launched on the 5th of April 2015 when the total isolation of Öcalan began. This war, which defies all international laws and norms, is a massacre aimed at destroying the struggle of the Kurdish people. The “annihilation plan” is targeting all those struggling for democracy and critical of Erdogan.

A CALL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL LAW

• The Kurdish people’s struggle for freedom and democracy represents humanity as opposed to the barbarism of the AKP/ISIS.
• The freedom of the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan is the first step for peace and a solution to the Kurdish question.
• We call upon all international community to uphold international law and humanitarian values by demanding the release of Abdullah Öcalan, the lifting of siege of Kurdish cities, the cessation of military operations to protect the life and security of civilians.

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