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Thomas Sankara Commemoration

LeftStreamed — Recorded in Toronto, 14 October 2017

Thomas Sankara Commemoration

30th Commemoration of the Assassination of Thomas Sankara: Which way forward for Africa & the Caribbean?

Thomas Sankara, Pan-African revolutionary and former President of Burkina Faso (1983-1987) had a vision for the sustained and dignified progress of his country, the "land of the incorruptible." During his short period of rule in Burkina Faso, the country saw an unprecedented participation of the population towards a collective goal of self-sustained development.

The former Burkina Faso head-of-state gave new hope to millions of voiceless Africans (both in Africa and in the Diaspora); weary of watching a ceaseless parade of self-enriching robber barons, who pillage the coffers of their respective states. Thomas Sankara is widely recognized and celebrated in Africa and the world over as a...

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ACTIVlist Update - November 17, 2017

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Council of Canadians joins Manitoba allies in rejecting P3s for social services
The Council of Canadians stands with our labour and community allies in Manitoba opposed to Social Impact Bonds (SIBs).

5,000 barrel Keystone 1 spill & concerns about groundwater contamination deepen opposition to Keystone XL pipeline
The TransCanada Keystone 1 pipeline has spilled 5,000 barrels (795,000 litres or 210,000 gallons) of oil in South Dakota.

Chapters this Week!
This week's snapshot of...

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Toxic salmon farming

   

We have two weeks to prevent millions of litres of toxic pesticides from being dumped into fish farms in Clayoquot Sound.

Tell BC Environment Minister Heyman to reject salmon-farming giant Cermaq’s pesticide permit application now.

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In just two weeks BC will decide the fate of the waters of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Industrial salmon farming giant Cermaq, has put in an application to use 2.3 million litres of a highly toxic pesticide off the coast of Vancouver Island to treat farmed salmon for sea lice.

Farmed salmon are plagued by sea lice because of unhealthy and overcrowded conditions. Corporations like Cermaq are...

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Sport Chek using real fox furs?

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VIDEO: The Forgotten Electricity that Undercuts the Argument for Site C

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Whither Catalonia?

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1513 .... November 16, 2017
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Whither Catalonia?

Josep María Antentas interviewed by Dan La Botz

Dan La Botz, a co-editor of New Politics, interviewed Josep María Antentas, teacher of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and anticapitalist activist. First published on New Politics website.

Dan La Botz (DL): The Catalan independence movement and its suppression by the Spanish state have garnered the attention of the world. What has been your attitude toward the question of Catalonia?

Josep María Antentas (JMA): My traditional position is the defense of the right to self-determination, with the idea that when a group rises to exercise this right its position must be made specific. In the current -- and since the independence movement began in 2012, the defense of a "Yes"...

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I think Trudeau will keep this promise.

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Friends,

As you read this e-mail, the largest open-pit tar sands mine ever proposed is under review: the Teck Frontier project. If built, Teck Frontier would supply tar sands oil directly to export pipelines like Kinder Morgan.

The scariest part is that this review is moving forward without proper consideration for climate change or Indigenous rights. Prime Minister Trudeau promised us that he would change Canada’s environmental assessment process to include these two crucial factors. Let’s hold him to his word. Sign our petition calling on Trudeau and his ministers to give the Teck Frontier mine a real review that includes climate change and Indigenous rights.

The Teck Frontier mine would be a disaster for the climate. It goes against Canada’s national climate plan and Alberta’s tar sands...

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ACTIVlist Update - November 14, 2017

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Canada says dispute settlement mechanisms in new Trans-Pacific Partnership apply to environment & labour rights
How should we understand the status of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership-11 agreement?

Highlights from COP23
The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature presented a Rights of Nature report as an alternative framework for justice and climate rights.

What did Trudeau & Champagne agree to in the 'Comprehensive and Progressive...

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CoDev Invite - Holiday Open House

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5,972 of us have signed up to support these workers in their fight for justice - will you join us?

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A Just Transition From Climate Change and Unemployment

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1512 .... November 14, 2017
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A Just Transition From Climate Change and Unemployment

Joseph Mathunjwa

The global economy is facing numerous structural challenges. With the looming fourth economic revolution characterized by even more technological development and mechanization, the future of productive labour is bleak. Most unskilled and semi-skilled workers are likely to lose their jobs. Even some skilled workers are not spared from this emerging catastrophe, as numerous job categories – such as brick-layers – are increasingly becoming redundant.

This points to the urgent need for planning, for conscious investment in job-rich, growth opportunities that enable economies to build productive capacity in labour intensive sectors. One way of achieving this is to strengthen wage led growth, which, in turn, stimulates aggregate demand through enlarged household incomes. Without a dramatic...

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Urgent: Stop the Monsanto mega-merger

Action Network Email r1 Higher prices and lack of competition aren’t good for farmers, or eaters. But a merger between Monsanto and Bayer is poised to allow these multinational pesticide and biotech corporations even more control over our food and farming system. ...

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Reinventing the World Social Forum?

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1511 .... November 13, 2017
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Reinventing the World Social Forum?

Boaventura de Sousa Santos

The World Social Forum (WSF) met for the first time in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001. This was an event of extraordinary importance. It signaled an alternative form of globalization to the globalization being promoted by global capitalism, at a time when capitalism was increasingly assuming it is most exclusive and antisocial version: neoliberalism. This was not its first signal, but it was unquestionably its most consistent one. It put on the international agenda the struggles of the movements and social organizations fighting all over the world against the many faces of social exclusion: economic, racial, ethno-cultural, sexist, religious, etc. The WSF was, at the same time, both a symptom and a potentiality of the hope...

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Canada just signed the TPP

BREAKING: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is officially back.

That’s right. The largest global “trade” deal in history, the TPP would kill good jobs, drive up the cost of medicine, and open us up to way more toxic corporate tribunals under its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter.

The TPP all but died when Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal in January. But some of the most pro-TPP countries - Australia and Japan - as well as an army of corporate lobbyists were determined to bring it back — and they just succeeded.[1] 

Prime Minister Trudeau and the remaining 11 countries signed an agreement to move forward with the TPP without the US. They’re claiming that this agreement is progressive because it has tougher labour and environmental protections — they’ve even changed its name to the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for the TPP. [2-3]

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Impasses: Beyond Social Democracy

LeftStreamed — Recorded in Toronto, 6 October 2017

Impasses: Beyond Social Democracy

This conference is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University.

Session 2 was moderated and introduced by Colin Leys (Queen's Unversity). Presentations by:

  • Frances Fox Piven - CUNY Graduate Centre
  • Hilary Wainwright - Red Pepper magazine
  • Frank Deppe - University of Marburg

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ACTIVlist Update - November 10, 2017

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Statement against hate-based messaging
The Council of Canadians fully supports the work of our climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue and deplores the misogynistic and violent threats she has recently received on Facebook.


Chapters this Week!
Please see this week's snapshot of recent and upcoming chapter actions across the country.


Liberals break election promise of consultation and transparency on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Justin Trudeau has broken his election promise of consultation...

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