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A brave group of beekeepers is suing the Trump administration on behalf of bees -- and they need your help today.

Trump just put the dangerous pesticide sulfoxaflor back on the market even though it’s linked to the deaths of tens of thousands of bee colonies.

We thought this was game over for bees -- and it still could be, if we don’t act quickly. The beekeepers at the Pollinator Stewardship Council are taking the Trump administration to federal court to save the bees -- this is where you come in, A.

The beekeepers are putting their business on the line to take on Trump and save the bees, so they urgently need your help to fund their legal fight against Trump and his cronies.

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Canadian Unions and the Student-Led Global Climate Strike

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1895 ... September 23, 2019
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Canadian Unions and the Student-Led Global Climate Strike

A week of student-led global strike actions to address the climate change crisis, under the banner FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike, was kicked off this past Friday with actions across the world. This Friday September 27 students, First Nations, workers and allies will be mobilizing across Canada in the tens of thousands.

Canadian Labour Congress Stands in Solidarity with Student-led Global Climate Strike

Students around the world are taking bold action to protect the planet, holding climate strikes every Friday, pushing for urgent and ambitious climate action to limit global warming. The strikes were started in August of 2018 by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. These #FridaysForFuture student strikes now take place in communities all over the world, including across Canada.

Students are asking Canada’s unions to stand with them for a Global Climate Strike, starting on Friday, September 20, and culminating with a global day of action on Friday, September 27, to coincide with the UN Secretary General’s climate summit, convening Monday, September 23.

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Take the Plant, Save the Planet

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1894 ... September 22, 2019
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Take the Plant, Save the Planet:
The Case For Nationalization and Conversion of the Oshawa GM Plant

Russ Christianson

It is a tragic irony that General Motors (GM) chose its hundredth anniversary in Oshawa to announce the December 2019 closure of its Oshawa assembly plant. This means the loss of over 15,000 jobs in Ontario: 2,200 GM assembly jobs, 300 salaried positions, 500 temporary contract positions, 1,000 inside and 1,000 outside supplier jobs, and a related 10,400 multiplier jobs. The closure of Oshawa’s assembly plant is estimated to decrease Ontario’s GDP by $4-billion per year until 2030, also reducing federal and provincial revenues by about $1-billion a year.

Over the months following the November 26, 2018 plant closure announcement, GM and Unifor (formerly the Canadian Auto Workers’ union) negotiated the Oshawa Transformation Agreement (May 2019) that promises:

* 300 stamping and parts assembly jobs and a $170-million investment.
* Donating the 87-acre Mclaughlin Bay Reserve to the City of Oshawa.
* A 55-acre test track for autonomous vehicles.

It has yet to...

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See you in court Trump

Beekeepers are suing the Trump administration in a last-ditch effort to save our bees. They’re putting everything on the line -- and they need your help.

If beekeepers lose this court battle, it'll be game over for bees.

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Bad news for the bees: The Trump administration just put...

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Nestlé's war on water

Water thief Nestlé is gearing up to plunder a community’s crystal blue springs -- all without paying a dime.

If Nestlé gets its way, it will pump a million gallons a day from Florida’s Ginnie Springs and bottle it in throwaway plastic. Tell local water officials to protect their community’s water from corporate greed.

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Nestlé is about to suck a fragile spring in Florida dry -- all to churn out millions of plastic bottles of water.

Ginnie Springs is more than a fairytale-beautiful swimming hole. Its waters are the lifeblood of the Santa Fe River ecosystem, a haven for rare turtle species and a vital source of drinking water.

Now Nestlé wants to plunder Ginnie Springs’ publicly owned water and sell it back to taxpayers for a giant profit, creating mountains of single-use plastic in the process.

And even though Florida has spent huge sums to restore Ginnie Springs and the river it feeds, Nestlé gets to drain all that...

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Oats for Breakfast highlights

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A Socialist Project podcast ... No. 28 ... September 20, 2019
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Oats for Breakfast highlights

This episode features highlights from content that we’ve published over the course of the last year -- including excerpts from our interview with Adolph Reed, our first attempt at engaging in cultural critique, and our discussion about the Zizek-Peterson debate.

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Where do federal parties stand on all things environment?

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Global Climate Strikes

Starting Friday, people around the world will walk out on their jobs, schools, and homes to join a week of action during the global climate strike.

You can join the Global Climate Strike movement at an action near you and demand climate justice for all generations.

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Unprecedented wildfires raging across the Arctic. Ice sheets melting. Sweltering heat waves. Dried up lakes. This isn’t the future: this was summer 2019.

And corporations are to blame. Just 100 companies -- all part of the fossil fuel industry -- are responsible for 71% of carbon emissions. In Canada, banks like TD, RBC and Scotiabank are amongst the top 10 global banks propping up these massive emitters.

We need to act now. Inspired by Greta Thunberg and her school strike in Sweden, millions of adults are walking out worldwide from their jobs and university classes this week to unite and demand that we end the age of fossil fuels.

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We're losing this election

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Candidates for Parliament are debating the future of the Internet—and some of the proposals we're hearing are downright scary.

None of the parties have pledged to fully protect the data they collect from us.1 The Conservatives refuse to promise to do anything about our sky-high Internet and phone bills.2 The Green Party wants to require you to share your real identity on all social media, including Reddit and other forums.3...

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RankandFile.ca needs a new website!

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[E-News] Are you ready for Canada's federal election?

Download the CFSC E-News in PDF (scroll down for links).

Key questions for the 2019 federal election

As candidates hit the campaign trail in advance of Canada's election in October, we've put together a resource to help you raise issues that matter. It briefly covers key topics relevant to Indigenous peoples' human rights, criminal justice, and peace, offering sample questions for each. For instance:

WALMART'S Rainforest Rollback

The Brazilian beef industry is burning down the Amazon to clear land for industrial cattle ranches. And that beef is being bought up in huge quantities by retail giant Walmart.

Tell Walmart to defend our planet's lungs and boycott Brazilian beef until the Amazon rainforest is protected from sanctioned destruction

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The Amazon is disappearing — and corporations like Walmart are complicit.

We have all heard that the Brazilian beef industry, emboldened by President Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right regime, is burning down the Amazon to clear land for industrial cattle ranches. But that beef is being bought up in huge quantities by retail giant Walmart.

Life-sustaining rainforests shouldn't be rolled back so Walmart can make more money.

But as such a major buyer of Brazilian beef, Walmart has the power to pressure the Brazilian government to take the threat to the Amazon seriously. And that could stop the fires in the Amazon.

Tell Walmart to defend our planet's lungs...

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TD is funding the climate crisis

TD Bank is one of the biggest funders of the climate crisis in the world. And it’s trying desperately to downplay the damage it is doing.

With your help we’ll put TD’s climate crimes on full display at next week’s global strikes. Will you chip in CA$92 today to force TD to defund fossil fuels?

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For the first time ever, Alaska’s sea ice has completely melted. Wildfires, floods, and droughts are becoming more common than ever.

And TD Bank is cashing in on it.

TD is one of the biggest funders of the climate crisis in the world -- it pours billions into funding fossil fuel projects every year.

TD is downplaying this shameful truth and keeping it away from the public eye. And that’s exactly where you come in, A.

We’re planning a massive media stunt in just two weeks, during the global climate strike week, to put TD’s role in the climate crisis front and centre -- setting off alarm bells at...

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Take It Over: The Struggle for Green Production in Oshawa

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1893 ... September 16, 2019
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Take It Over: The Struggle for Green Production in Oshawa

Linda McQuaig

In November 2018, Detroit-based General Motors dealt a staggering blow to 2,700 Canadian workers when it announced plans leading to the closure of a key automotive assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario. In its heyday decades earlier, GM Oshawa had been the largest auto complex in North America and had employed twenty-three thousand workers. But those numbers had been steadily reduced over the years, and now it was to be shut down -- along with several GM plants in the United States -- as part of the ongoing move by the automaker to relocate ever more of its production to low-wage Mexico.

Unifor, the union representing Canadian auto workers, protested vehemently and focused on trying to negotiate a less draconian deal with GM in order to save at least some of the jobs. Meanwhile, the Trudeau government in Ottawa and the Ford government in Toronto signalled their willingness to accept the closure of the plant without a fight.

One veteran of the...

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The Neoliberal University

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1892 ... September 15, 2019
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The Neoliberal University:
Opposition grows to performance-based funding model for post-secondary education in Ontario

Ontario Universities and Colleges Coalition

Announced in the Ontario Budget, the Ford government’s reckless new market-based approach to funding postsecondary education will fundamentally compromise the integrity of Ontario’s higher education system. This alarming shift in education funding will create greater inequity, hurt students, and threaten the quality of education in our province.

The proposed market-based performance funding model will tie 60 per cent (over $3-billion dollars) of postsecondary funding to each institution’s "performance" against a set of arbitrary and flawed metrics. This dramatic shift follows years of stagnant public funding for postsecondary education in Ontario, and is only the latest in a series of attacks on the foundations of postsecondary education in the province, including cuts of over $400-million to college and university budgets, cuts of almost $700-million to student financial assistance, and cuts to the democratically determined student fees that allow students’ unions to advocate on behalf of, and provide vital support to their members.

Universities and colleges...

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Ban facial recognition technology now

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Amazon's Ring, the video doorbell company, just admitted that it is partnering with 400 U.S. police departments, which can then use facial recognition technology on the footage they get.1

It's not just the United States. The wall-to-wall facial recognition surveillance state could engulf Canada as well and sooner than you might think.

Facial recognition is invasive, biased, and unreliable, but it's already creeping into...

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