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Outrage Is Not a Strong Enough Word

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Outrage Is Not a Strong Enough Word

Vijay Prashad

Someday the world will be free of the coronavirus. Then, we will glance backward at these years of misery inflicted by virions with spike proteins that have struck down millions of people and held social life in its grip. Much will be debated about the origins of the virus and the rapidity of its spread around the world, a transmission that shows how closely interconnected we have become due to modern transportation technology. There is no going backward from the processes that will continue to shrink the globe, bringing us closer and closer together, bringing other viruses and diseases greater...

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We're just a few signatures shy of meeting our goal

Will you sign the petition calling on Trudeau to deliver a Just Transition Act? r1

Paov,

I'll keep this short. I just wanted to give you a quick update on our new campaign for a Just Transition Act.

It's really taken off in the last few weeks and we're hoping to collect just a few more signatures before we ramp up pressure on PM Trudeau.

You can take the first step right now by signing our petition and demanding that Trudeau pass the Just Transition Act he promised during the 2019 election.

Thousands of people have already signed this petition, and, together, we're making an impact. Since we launched this campaign, MPs from the Green Party, NDP, and Bloc Quebecois started talking about the Just Transition Act in Parliament.

President Biden's quick and decisive action on climate should send a clear message to Prime Minister Trudeau. The fossil fuel era is over. It's time to invest in bold climate action that works for people and the planet.

Sign the petition now to demand a Just Transition Act.

Onwards,

Cam


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Game over for the bees.

A, I want to make sure you didn’t miss this. A small but courageous group of beekeepers is heading to court -- to protect France’s crucial ban on bee-killing pesticides.

The French government just passed a law allowing industrial farmers to drench their crops in Bayer & Syngenta’s deadly neonics. Our bees won’t stand a chance -- so these beekeepers have asked for your help to cover mounting legal costs.

Can you rush a donation to help these beekeepers win their case and protect the bee-saving ban?

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Beekeepers are heading to court to save France’s historic ban on bee-killing pesticides.

Legal costs are spiralling -- so they’ve asked for your help.

Can you chip in CA$89 to save the bees?

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Winter 2021 edition of our newsletter Quaker Concern

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Bringing It Home

by Nancy Russell

In the summer of 2020, the catastrophic death of George Floyd created a sudden swell of public attention regarding calls to defund the police, the over-representation of Black and Indigenous people in the criminal justice system, and systemic racism in Canada. CFSC discerned the need to respond, and began planning for a new project—The Only Way Forward...

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After Trump, What Prospects for Biden in the Global Imperial Disorder?

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After Trump, What Prospects for Biden in the Global Imperial Disorder?

Claudio Katz presciently analyzes shifts in the imperialist order, the mainstay of global capitalism, and weighs what the increasing social and political polarization within the United States portends for the Joe Biden administration in the effort to restore its sagging world dominance.

Katz is professor of economics at the University of Buenos Aires, as well as a researcher with CONICET (National Council for Science and Technology, Argentina) and a member of Economists of the Left. My translation from the text on his web page.

— Richard Fidler

The United States’ Failed Imperial Recovery

The United States seeks to regain its sagging world dominance by capturing wealth, quelling rebellions, and deterring competitors. It supports this operation with gigantic military power and...

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E-News: Pfizer demands tax cuts / Offshore drilling licenses / Looking back on 2020 and more...

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Ban fracking in Colombia: UN Special Rapporteur

Ban fracking in Colombia: UN Special Rapporteur r1 United Nations Special Rapporteur David Boyd calls on Colombia to pass law to prohibit fracking … Read more... New report by UN Special Rapporteur Mary Lawlor: Final warning: death threats and killings of human rights defenders … Read more... ...

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Game over for the bees.

Beekeepers are heading to court to save France’s historic ban on bee-killing pesticides.

Legal costs are spiralling -- so they’ve asked for your help.

Can you chip in CA$89 to save the bees?

If you’ve saved your payment information with SumOfUs, your donation will go through immediately:

Donate CA$90 nowDonate another amount

A,

France just made it legal for sugar beet farmers to douse their fields with Bayer’s and Syngenta’s bee-killing pesticides.

This law squashes one of your biggest ever victories: the historic total ban on neonics in France.

But you can still save the bees from Bayer’s and Syngenta’s pesticides -- if you act now.

A courageous group of beekeepers is heading to court to challenge this bee-killing new law. They don’t have long to build up their strong case -- the law goes into effect within weeks.

A, can you rush them a donation for their legal fees? Every bit extra we raise will help us fight Bayer’s and Syngenta’s...

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The Socialist Legacy of Leo Panitch

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The Socialist Legacy of Leo Panitch

On December 19, 2020, socialist intellectual and friend of the show Leo Panitch passed away from COVID-19. Today, we honor his legacy by speaking with his longtime friend and colleague Sam Gindin, a Canadian scholar and activist who co-authored The Socialist Challenge Today and other volumes with Panitch.

Sam and host Esty Dinur reflect on the past forty-eight hours (Jan 6-7) in American politics – how we got here, what it means for the future – and how we can build on Leo Panitch’s work.

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South Africa: Vaccine Apartheid or Equality?

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South Africa: Vaccine Apartheid or Equality?

Rehad Desai

We are in the middle of a global shortage of supplies of COVID-19 vaccines. We are reliving the saga that happened early in the pandemic around access to personal protective equipment (PPE), where each country fought for its own patch. Getting the vaccine doses we require for South African healthcare workers is the most we can hope for in the coming weeks. Obtaining anything more within the next six months will be almost impossible for the majority of countries in the global South that did not, or were unable to, make pre-orders or payment commitments. South Africa might just possibly be...

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Council This Week

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A, share your story !

Hi A,

Members like you are what inspire us to fight big corporations around the world everyday -- which is why we would love to know what inspires YOU to be part of the SumOfUs community.

Can you take 1-2 minutes to record a short video about what motivates you to be part of this movement and/or what are you most hopeful for in 2021? You'll find all the instructions to record the video at the link below.

SHARE YOUR STORY




Hi A,

As we kick off 2021, we want your voice to shape our work for this upcoming year. Can you take two minutes to complete a quick survey about SumOfUs? We would love to hear your thoughts on what issues we should prioritize.

Click here to take the quick survey to tell us what campaigns we should run in 2021

If you're feeling even more inspired, we...

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The North Face, Lululemon, Columbia

r1 Urge these companies to stop making clothes with coal‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌

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Hi friend,

There’s no denying it: Coal is one of the biggest sources of climate pollution. This fossil fuel causes 800,000 premature deaths globally per year, and millions more long and short term illnesses. Yet, the very clothes we put on our backs are still made with coal.

At Stand.earth we’re making sure clothing brands prioritize kicking coal out of our clothing. And where better to start than with outdoor companies, The North Face, Lululemon and Columbia – who are already claiming to be industry leaders in sustainability. (I mean, climate catastrophe is kind of a threat to outdoor activities, no?)

But we’re running out of time, so we’re asking them to take their climate action up a notch: Commit to go 100% coal free by 2030 (especially in your supply chains).

Brands need to hear from customers that making dirty clothes from deadly coal is a bad idea. Will you add your name to urge The North Face, Columbia, and Lululemon to commit to a coal free by 2030 pledge?

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TOMORROW - What's Behind the Uprising of India's Farmers

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Ontarios Long-Term Care Sector is in a Grave Humanitarian Crisis

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Ontario’s Long-Term Care Sector is in a Grave Humanitarian Crisis

Doctors for Justice in LTC

We are a group of physicians, researchers, and advocates who have come together to express our grave concern for the safety and well-being of Ontarians who reside and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. We call upon the Ontario government to immediately end the violations of peoples’ human rights and control the spread of COVID-19 in LTC. Action is needed today.

To date, the Ontario government’s approach to protect LTC residents has been reactionary at best. The lack of transparency and coordinated provincial oversight has resulted in piecemeal interventions that are too late, or sometimes,...

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If I had $2 billion dollars

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Trudeau should be embarassed

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Paov,

Yesterday, US President Biden greenlit a sweeping push for bold climate action with a series of executive orders. Biden’s orders included freezing new oil and gas leases on public lands, doubling offshore wind-produced energy by 2030, and cutting fossil fuel subsidies.1

Most importantly, Biden is using the climate emergency mobilization as a way to spur job creation. He’s called for a Civilian Climate Corps Initiative that he says would "put a new generation of Americans to work conserving and restoring public lands and waters."2

This kind of action should embarrass Canadian politicians, including Trudeau, who spent their first day back in Parliament on Monday speaking up in support of pipelines at an emergency debate on Keystone XL.3 It’s about time Canada became a real climate leader and created millions of new, green jobs in the process.

Sign the petition now to call on Trudeau to deliver the Just Transition Act he promised in 2019.

These big moves from President Biden are all thanks to years of organizing by the climate movement and Indigenous land defenders. In particular, Biden is responding to the powerful youth-led movement for a Green New Deal that has...

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This is what you told us

r1 The results from our 2021 community survey are in ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌

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Hey friend,

We just finished going through the results of Stand.earth’s 2021 community survey. Over 8,000 of you (in 67 countries!) took the time to help shape Stand’s priorities for this year and ensure our campaigns will make the most impact possible.

Without further ado, here's what we heard from you – and what we plan to do about it.

  1. You want to stand up to the fossil fuel industry

Top environmental priorities

Over 60% of Stand members said that stopping major fossil fuel projects around North America should be a number one priority in 2021.

This is exactly the kind of challenge Stand was created to take on. Over the past decade, we’ve joined forces with frontline communities to stop dozens of fossil fuel projects, including Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, the Teck tar sands mine, and just last week – the Keystone XL pipeline.

This year we’re going to keep up the fight to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline...

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Teacher-Volunteers: Unpaid Labour a Symptom of Precarious Work

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Teacher-Volunteers: Unpaid Labour a Symptom of Precarious Work

Michael Mindzak

As we continue to contend with the various challenges surrounding COVID-19, one interesting result has been the pronounced decline in volunteerism. With increasingly stringent health measures such as social distancing and contact tracing, volunteerism at this time has decreased. This includes schools as well, where distance education and limited interactions have meant that volunteers can or else should keep away. Nevertheless, it might be interesting to consider how such volunteerism trends might impact education here in Ontario.

Over the past decade, schools in Ontario have witnessed a significant shift in volunteerism. Schools in places such as Ontario have long embraced...

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New Year Calls for a New COVID-19 Strategy

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New Year Calls for a New COVID-19 Strategy

David Camfield and Claudyne Chevrier

As 2021 begins, many people in Manitoba are hopeful that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. The number of infections reported is falling. Effective vaccines have been approved and will eventually become widely available. Unfortunately, the pandemic is far from over and the worst could still lie ahead.

Manitoba, like most jurisdictions in Canada except the Atlantic provinces and Northern territories, is using a public-health strategy for responding to COVID-19 that hasn’t given us the protection and positive outcomes that we could have expected. This strategy – one of mitigation, to use the epidemiological...

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