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Ignoring is Denying: The Ontario 2020 Budget and the Climate Emergency

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Ignoring is Denying: The Ontario 2020 Budget and the Climate Emergency

David Robertson

On November 4th the US officially withdrew from the Paris Accord. On November 5th the Ontario government tabled a budget that ignored the climate crisis and our Paris Agreement targets. The United State’s denial of the climate crisis will likely change with a Biden administration. Ontario’s denial will continue for the rest of the Ford Government’s term.

Ontario currently faces two serious and related health crisis. One is the COVID-19 pandemic and the other is the climate emergency. Both are deadly. For COVID-19, the hope is that in time there will be a vaccine. But there is no vaccine for climate catastrophe. The climate...

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No new pipelines needed?

Now, more than ever we need to demand climate policy that listens to science. r1

Paov,

We got some groundbreaking news today. The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) released a new report showing that the Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipelines are incompatible with action on climate change.1

That’s right. An arm of the federal government has explicitly pointed out the blatant contradiction in Trudeau's proclamations that action on the climate crisis can happen alongside tar sands expansion.2

This news makes a strong case for the government to deliver on ambitious climate policy that listens to science and leads the transition off fossil fuels. That’s exactly what we’ve been calling for by demanding measures to strengthen Bill C-12, the net-zero climate accountability bill tabled in Parliament last week. Will you add your voice as well?

The CER’s report confirms that real climate action means leading the transition off fossil fuels now. The first step is killing pipeline projects that would fuel tar sands expansion far beyond what our climate can afford. The only way to do that properly is by getting to work on climate policy that’s in line with climate science and sets the foundation for a just transition.

That’s why we’re sending letters...

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Live! This Sunday: "Eating Like Our Planet Depends on It"

Live! This Sunday: "Eating Like Our Planet Depends on It" r1 ...

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Carnival's climate problem

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r33

Hi friend,

Did you know that bowhead whales have an average lifespan of 200 years? Did you know that polar bears are actually black and that their fur is transparent? And did you know that their Arctic homes are at risk from the type of ultra-dirty fossil fuel Carnival Corporation burns to power its cruises?

You see, cruise giant Carnival has a dirty secret.

Under its all-you-can-eat buffets and “wholesome” entertainment are cruises powered by one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on the planet. It's called heavy fuel oil, a cheap bottom-of-the-barrel product that is so toxic it’s considered “hazardous” on land.

Urge bigwigs at Carnvial to stop powering their ships with heavy fuel oil in the Arctic, Subarctic, and Alaska.

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Heavy fuel oil not only accelerates sea ice melt, even a small spill of this very dense fuel is extremely destructive in an Arctic environment. Bad weather conditions and the remoteness of the Arctic can make it very...

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Freedom Instead of Selfishness: The Climate Movement After the Pandemic

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Freedom Instead of Selfishness:
The Climate Movement After the Pandemic

Ulrich Brand

What applies to the pandemic also applies to the climate: the crisis is already happening. Hence, immediate and consistent action is needed.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the world is facing a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. While the dramatic consequences of the first wave have barely been processed in many countries, the number of cases is rising again significantly in many places. This threatens to put a much bigger crisis on the global political agenda for good: unchecked global warming. While the corona crisis and the fight against it are quite obviously an urgent problem of the present, the climate crisis is still perceived...

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Left Coast Events - November 26th to December 2nd

People's Assembly #2 to Protect the Planet Stop TMX


Thursday, 26 November 2020 from 19:00 PST-20:30 PST


The tactical retreat of Aug-September is history; Trans Mountain is planning to begin tree clearing in Coast Salish territory on Dec. 10. Join land &...

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Last chance: Dua Lipa

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The Ontario Budget: Hard Times Ahead

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The Ontario Budget: Hard Times Ahead

To ease future cuts, the government established a budgeting system this year which would see much of the COVID-related funding budgeted under special funds distinct from the normal ministries. So much of the increased funding for the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care (LTC) is not reflected in their line items but instead through special funds that are then later allocated to a ministry.

So first the good news: The health and LTC special COVID funds are “budgeted” to continue for a couple of years. An additional $4-billion in 2021–22 and $2-billion in 2022–23 is currently planned to help the health sector address COVID-19.

The bad news, however, is that even with that continuation of special COVID funds, overall healthcare and LTC funding is budgeted to go...

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Charmin

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r33

Hey friend,

The Canadian boreal forest is under threat. At this moment, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is cutting down centuries old trees from the boreal forest to make butt wipes. But it doesn’t have to be this way – if only P&G incorporated recycled fiber into its flagship Charmin brand toilet paper, millions of trees would be saved.

Charmin is the largest at-home toilet paper brand in the US and its parent company, P&G, refuses to change the product’s recipe to be more forest-friendly. With the massive climate crises and pandemics we are facing, we must come together to protect our forests against the force of a giant corporation that upholds forest destruction and greenwashing.

Will you please send an email to Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor asking him to stop cutting down critical forests?

SEND YOUR MESSAGE

Charmin may advertise its TP as “ultra soft” and “ultra strong” but in reality, Charmin is ultra wrong. The 100% virgin fiber that...

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Booklaunch: The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A Voice from Gold Mountain

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Booklaunch: The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A Voice from Gold Mountain

Launch of The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A Voice From Gold Mountain (Talon Books, 2020), with editor and author David McIlwraith, as well as Judy Fong Bates and other guests.

The Diary of Dukesang Wong is the only first-person account from a Chinese worker on the famously treacherous parts of transcontinental railways that spanned the North American continent in the nineteenth century.

Dukesang Wong’s written account of life working on the Canadian Pacific Railway, a Gold Mountain life, tells of the punishing work, the comradery, the sickness and starvation, the encounters with Indigenous Peoples, and the dark and shameful history of racism and exploitation that prevailed up and down the North American continent.

The Diary of Dukesang Wong restores a lost central voice...

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They saw this coming...

This weekend SumOfUs is taking our call to Mark Zuckerberg's doorstep -- literally! Add your name to keep up the pressure and share this widely!




Tech giants like Facebook and YouTube have created toxic algorithms that push people to extreme content -- it's one of the ways groups spreading election lies are able to grow.

Now the platforms are taking measures to stop election disinformation, but will only make permanent changes if there's enough pressure on them to do so. Add your name and share this everywhere!

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Joe Biden has won the US Presidency -- but not on social media.

Tech giants like Facebook and YouTube have created toxic algorithms that push people to extreme content, littered with hate speech and lies. It’s one of the ways groups spreading election disinformation are able to grow by the tens of thousands in a matter...

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The Present is the Beginning

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The Present is the Beginning

A labour organizer’s letter to the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) from prison.

Leo Tang

On September 1, 2020, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) organizer Leo Tang was found guilty of “possession of an offensive weapon” in an October 2019 protest against the government’s emergency law and mask ban. Leo was arrested when police found a telescopic stick in his bag and was bailed out at the time. He is currently serving a four-month sentence.

When I first came across the news about the September 6th arrest of a bus driver, I was excited to see that more people were talking about the newly-formed Bus Industry Union. Though this wasn’t enough...

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Council This Week

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Women defenders webinar, Nov. 29

Women defenders webinar, Nov. 29 r1 Register now for the PBI-Canada webinar on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, November 29 … Read more... Crown corporation CDEV ignores questions about Secwepemc land defenders at annual meeting on November 17 … Read more... Four land defenders have been killed every week since COP21,...

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Welcome to Stand.earth

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r33

Hi there,

I wanted to send you a quick note to welcome you to the small but mighty Stand.earth community.

I’m proud to report that together, we’re winning big, concrete victories that result in sweeping, industry-wide changes and environmental protection on a massive scale.

And our victories depend on people like you.

Whether you’re urging lawmakers to protect ancient forests, calling on cruise giant Carnival to stop polluting the Arctic, or taking principled direct action to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, you are critical in the fight for a cleaner, healthier, and more equitable planet.

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I'll let you in on a secret about what makes the Stand.earth community powerful:

Because we work across both the United States and Canada, we’re uniquely situated to fight...

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Meet the Woman Providing Health Care to Migrants at the US-Mexican Border

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Rebirth of Auto? Unifor and the Detroit Three

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Rebirth of Auto? Unifor and the Detroit Three

Sam Gindin

“HOME RUN!” was how an elated Jerry Dias, President of Unifor, summarized the mid-September outcome of the negotiations with Ford Motor Company, covering 6300 workers in Oakville and Windsor. Ford set the pattern in the closely watched and often trend-influencing negotiations at the ‘Detroit Three’ (formerly the ‘Big Three’ but the market penetration of Japan-based companies had gradually eroded that title). Home runs were soon also enthusiastically declared at Chrysler, covering 8,800 workers in Windsor, Brampton and Etobicoke and at GM, covering 1,700 workers in Oshawa, St Catharines and Woodstock.

In a subtle turn of union bargaining history, this heady declaration had remarkably little to say about...

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Losing land. Gaining ground.

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Tell federal leaders to be brave on climate

Canada's first net zero emissions act was just tabled. It's not great. r1

Friends,

Earlier this morning, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson tabled new proposed climate legislation for Canada. The “Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act” is meant to finally put Canada on track to meet the climate crisis.

But, like so many of this government’s climate promises, there is a massive gap between their words and the actions they’re ready to take. The earliest milestone set in this bill is for 2030 which leaves us without a plan to cut emissions over the critical next decade. It leaves too much room for the fossil fuel industry to get away with expanding. And, it doesn’t include any clear promises for how Canada’s climate accountability lines up with respect for Indigenous rights and the need to create millions of decent, green jobs.

We can change that by demanding ambition and calling on our leaders in Ottawa to bring this bill in line with the pillars of a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.

Click here to send a message to Jonathan Wilkinson and environment critics from all the federal parties calling on them to work together and amend this bill so it does what we...

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Share this powerful film today

r1 Paov, show world leaders what global solidarity looks like.

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Tweet This Powerful Video From Global Citizens Around the World to Leaders Now!

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