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Peacemakers and Academics Facing Prison in Turkey

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1790 ... March 24, 2019
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Peacemakers and Academics Facing Prison in Turkey

Socialist Project Steering Committee

As cultural workers, unionists and academics working in Toronto and Canada, we strongly condemn the continuing harassment and sentencing of academics and students charged by the Turkish state with "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" (Article No. 7/2 of Turkey’s Anti-Terror Law No. 3713). Over two thousand academics in Turkey signed the Academics for Peace statement, "We will not be a party to this crime," which criticized military actions in the Kurdish regions of the country.

So far, 141 academics have received prison sentences ranging 15 to 36 months (for sentences of less than 2 years the verdict is suspended for a period of five years during which the defendant is to refrain from...

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Bees: more damning news

The world’s bees are being catapulted towards extinction - and a NEW report firmly points the finger at multi-billion dollar pesticide giants.

SumOfUs is running bee-saving campaigns across the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. But with this new evidence, we need to step it up a gear.

Can you chip in now to power up SumOfUs’ global campaign to save the bees?

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A landmark new study warns us that 40% of the world's insect species are declining and a third are endangered -- having a catastrophic effect on our planet’s ecosystems.

The scientists don’t mince their words. This dramatic decline...

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Why we're united against racism

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Friends,

I was beyond inspired to see people from coast to coast in Canada take to the streets this Thursday for the day to #UniteAgainstRacism organized by our friends at Migrant Rights Network. From Vancouver, to Toronto, to Halifax, their message was clear: equal status, fair work, decent wages, access to public services, and a just, displacement-free society for all migrants.

This week, we sent two emails calling our friends in the climate movement to stand in solidarity and mobilize for the #UniteAgainstRacism events across the country. We got a lot of responses back, some loving and supportive ones, others less so. To those, who are with us in this fight, thank you. We want to be clear. It is our collective responsibility to defeat hate and advocate for a climate movement that promotes solidarity, dignity, and safety for all.

That’s exactly...

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R&F.ca Weekly Update

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ACTIVlist Update - March 22, 2019 - World Water Day

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Your love for water on World Water Day
Do you have 2 minutes to show your love for water? Today is World Water Day – a day for all of us to celebrate this life-giving resource, take action to protect it, and support communities suffering without access to clean, safe drinking water, including right here in our own backyard.


Chapters This Week
Council chapters are made up of volunteers who work with...

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From Liberal Ideology to Massive Cuts

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1789 ... March 22, 2019
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From Liberal ‘Ideology’ to Massive Cuts: Ford’s Education Policy for Ontario

Dudley Paul

Education Minister Lisa Thompson, walked up to the podium at the Ontario Science Centre on Friday to tell Ontarians about her plan for education. But first, she took a shot at the Liberal Party. Liberal "ideology" she claimed, got it wrong on education from the "social experiment" of the 2015 sexual education curriculum to Discovery Math. It was "not a moment too soon" she said, that the government of Doug Ford stepped in to set Ontario schools on a new "sustainable path."

Sustainable for whom?

Let’s face it, Ontario schools sinking under twenty years of Liberal and Tory cuts and underfunding are in for something much worse.

Here’s an...

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Finally: A CBSA Watchdog

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Accountability is long overdue

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ACTIVlist Update - March 21, 2019

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Ontario: You can save the world's purest groundwater – again!
Lying under the ground in Tiny Township, ON is an aquifer that contains the purest groundwater ever tested. Now the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is accepting comments on a proposal by Dufferin Aggregates to expand its gravel pit (the Teedon Pit), located in the heart of the recharge area for this precious aquifer.


Palmater: First Nations’ water problems a...

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Happy Spring Equinox! Here are some events to ring in the new season...

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We stand in solidarity with Muslim communities: in the news this week


body. rabble.ca logo Before delving into the news this week, we at rabble express our heartbreak and horror after yesterday’s terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We stand in solidarity and mourning with Muslim communities around the world. Early reports pointed out that the New Zealand attacker took “inspiration” from the Quebec mosque attack two years ago. Canada must recognize its role in fostering and escalating this kind of racism and violence, and rabble remains staunch in its condemnation of white supremacy, racism, Islamophobia, and hate in all its forms.

The attack took place on the same day as the Christchurch student climate strike, which saw youth walk out of schools to demand swift, bold action on climate change from elected officials and government. But as a result of the massacre, the Christchurch climate strike was evacuated and ended early, proof that the climate movement must embrace and centre anti-racism or we will fail to deliver justice and equity. Today, hundreds of students will strike across the world. In Canada, students are also preparing for another strike on May 3. You can read more on how to support the strike preparations in our Activist Toolkit. And for a look at what centring Indigenous rights and anti-racism in climate policy looks like in Canada, read David Suzuki on why the government must heed the Unist’ot’en message.

In other environment and movement news, David Climenhaga interviews Elizabeth May about fossil fuels, pipelines, and standing strong on climate policy, Judy Rebick looks at the development of the women’s march movement into a broader politics of change, and Penney Kome reflects on making the energy transition in a decade.

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Rethinking Approaches to Climate Change

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1788 ... March 21, 2019
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Rethinking Approaches to Climate Change

Richard Fidler

Climate change is the most visible, most threatening expression of a larger, planetary ecological crisis, the result of an economic system (capitalism) with an inherent growth and profit dynamic which ensures that the exploitation of natural resources (both renewable and non-renewable) exceeds the carrying capacity of nature. You have read the almost-daily scientific reports, each more alarming than the ones before, on the scope of the crisis. I won’t belabour the point.

Our approach must be informed by, and congruent with, the challenge that crisis poses to the way society must be organized if we are to halt and reverse the ecological catastrophe toward which we are now hurtling.

At Paris in 2015, Prime Minister Justin...

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Tomorrow, lets unite against racism

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Dear Friends,

Today, I woke up to images pouring in from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe where untold scores of death and suffering are occurring at the hands of Cyclone Idai, which the UN is calling the worst natural disaster in recorded history to occur in the Global South. Like many of us, I am still reeling from the news of 50 innocent people killed in last Friday’s terrorist attack at a Mosque in New Zealand.

It’s easy in moments like this to just blank out, to go inward, and close your heart to what seems unsolvable. That is why now more than ever we need to come together with heavy hearts and steely resolves. My brothers and sisters at Migrant Rights Network are mobilizing communities from coast to coast to #UniteAgainstRacism....

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RBC's dirty secret

These major banks are the biggest funders of the fossil fuel industry

A damning report released today found that TD, RBC and Scotiabank are amongst the top 10 banks in the world funding climate change through the bankrolling of fossil fuels.

Tell Scotiabank, TD and RBC to stop funding any fossil fuel expansion projects and phase out existing funding on a timeline that works with limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees.

Sign the petition

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A major report released today has found that three of Canada’s largest banks, Scotiabank, TD, and RBC, are amongst the top...

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Urgent World Water Day Gathering with the Tsilhqotin this Friday

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Ukraine: An Election for the Oligarchs

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1787 ... March 20, 2019
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Ukraine: An Election for the Oligarchs

Interview with Volodymyr Ishchenko

Five years after the "EuroMaidan" protests in Kiev and elsewhere toppled the government of now-exiled former president Viktor Yanukovych, the people of Ukraine are set to elect a new leader. Over 34 million Ukrainian citizens will be eligible to cast their vote on 31 March, although several million will be prevented from participating due to the ongoing conflict situation in the country’s eastern Donbass region. Should none of the candidates receive an absolute majority, a second round of voting will be held on 21 April.

Ukraine consistently ranks among the poorest countries in Europe -- last year it overtook Moldova to occupy the top spot in the list. The largest post-Soviet state after Russia...

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Broadband for all by 2030?

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BREAKING: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s newly unveiled budget includes a clear goal of bringing at least 50/10 Mbps speed...

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It's Not Over

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Congratulations! Yesterday, after a decade of advocacy, the provincial government has finally launched its first ever poverty reduction plan for...

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2 Official SEA Events Coming Up

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ACTIVlist Update - March 19, 2019

ACTIVlist
This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Judge orders temporary injunction to bar Mi’kmaq water protectors
Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court upheld an injunction from Alton Gas barring Mi’kmaq water protectors from protecting their land and water.


Nelson Chapter to co-host World Water Day event
The Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians is co-hosting an event on March 22 – World Water Day – to help raise community awareness about the importance of water.


160,000+ students...

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