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We're launching something big today

Join us in calling for a Green-NDP Climate Emergency Alliance. r1

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Amidst all the uncertainty we’re facing in 2021, one thing is crystal clear: Justin Trudeau is failing to tackle the climate crisis. His climate targets are well below what scientists say we need, he has failed to seriously cut emissions over six years in office, he has broken promises to deliver on a Just Transition Act, and so much more.

We can’t afford to wait for Justin Trudeau to start governing like we’re in a climate emergency.

Nor can we wait several years for the NDP or the Green Party to build enough power to form a government.

But if the NDP and the Green Party worked together, they could elect as many climate champions as possible, then use their combined power to pass bold legislation in the House of Commons.

That’s why today, with a snap election on the horizon, we’re calling for a Climate Emergency Alliance between the NDP and the Green Party.

A Climate Emergency Alliance could be a game-changer.

A Climate Emergency Alliance would shine a light on the scale of the climate crisis – and Justin Trudeau’s failure to meet it. An unprecedented, historic alliance would...

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Grassroots Resolutions and Party Democracy: The 2021 NDP Convention

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Grassroots Resolutions and Party Democracy: The 2021 NDP Convention

Bruce Kecskes

In so far as participating in bourgeois democracy remains a component of socialist strategy in Canada, voters on the Left are largely limited electorally to the New Democratic Party (NDP). As with many western socialist and social democratic parties, however, the federal NDP has been following a steady course of neoliberalization over the past decades. The party’s commitment to the workers’ movement and its own foundational labour-centred principles have been jettisoned in favour of a far more moderate political project.

The central drift of the NDP has yielded a party that broadly prefers means-testing to universalism, prioritizes the votes...

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Taking Big Steps

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Since we last wrote to you, we’ve taken some big steps to hold the police accountable for their harmful actions.

We filed the argument for our lawsuit against the RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, for their unacceptable three-and-a-half-year delay to responding to our complaint.

We spoke at the Provincial Police Act Review, gave several essential recommendations to hold the police to account.

These accountability mechanisms are broken, and often don’t provide the justice people deserve. We cannot stand idly by in the face of injustice.

Will you make a donation of $30 and join us in demanding real change in the policing system?

Join us in demanding change

People are harassed in the streets by police. Land defenders and environmentalists haven’t gotten accountability for illegal spying and data collection by police. Policing...

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Death blow for the Amazon?

Bolsonaro is using pandemic chaos as cover to strike a death blow to the Amazon, turning protected Indigenous land over to mining companies.

We have only a few weeks before his devious plan comes to a vote — can you chip in to cover polling, actions, and other urgent work needed to protect the Amazon?

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Bolsonaro is about to strike a death blow to the Amazon.

Brazil’s President has always wanted to open the forest for mining — and now he’s using pandemic chaos as cover to finally turn over thousands of acres of sacred Indigenous land and protected rainforest to predatory mining companies.

A vote is weeks away.

Fortunately Bolsonaro’s plan is deeply unpopular with Brazilians. If we can use smart tactics like polling and actions to quickly ramp...

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COVID-19 and Public Sector Workers

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COVID-19 and Public Sector Workers:
Tax Justice, the Just Transition and the Care Economy

Adrian Murray and Susan Spronk interview Daniel Bertossa – Public Services International

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021 we caught up with Daniel Bertossa, Assistant General Secretary at Public Services International (PSI), a global union federation that represents public sector workers in about 170 countries and about 650 unions. Daniel leads the Public Services International economic policy work in trade, tax, debt, and the future of quality public services.

This interview is part of a series with the Blended Finance Project, a group of unions, non-governmental organizations, and academics who are concerned about the Canadian government’s embrace of...

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Decolonizing Israel: Jeff Halpers Political Strategy

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Decolonizing Israel: Jeff Halper’s Political Strategy

Judith Deutsch

What is to be done about Israel to stop what is being done to Palestinians? As just reported in the Guardian, “Domestic politics in Israel has lurched far to the right, and the fate of millions of Palestinians under Israeli military control has all but disappeared from election campaigns.” As reported by Ha’aretz: “Kahanist Racism, Homophobia Enter Knesset After Far-right Party’s Strong Showing.” While hope for change draws on the partially successful end of apartheid in South Africa due to international pressure, Israel draws on international support through its weapons/surveillance/security trade, and through its politically effective conflation of antisemitism with antizionism....

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Take the Plant, Save the Planet

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Take the Plant, Save the Planet:
Workers and Communities in the Struggle for Economic Conversion

A discussion of the politics of plant conversion for an ecologically sustainable future with:

  • Francesca Hannan, an active member of We Are Oshawa, Green Jobs Oshawa, and the Durham Food Policy Council. She has been involved in climate justice activism with Toronto-based groups, and her professional background is in environmental policy and law.
  • Stephen Buhler, an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton and a full-time journeyman machinist currently working in the oil and gas sector.
  • Simon Black, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Labour Studies at Brock University and an organizer with Labour Against the Arms Trade.

The current pandemic crisis has dramatically exposed the need for a massive shift of new resources into the caring sector and...

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A Miscarriage of Justice: Support Hassan Diab!

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A Miscarriage of Justice: Support Hassan Diab!

Justice for Hassan Diab

You may already know of Hassan Diab – the wrongfully persecuted Ottawa sociology professor whose life hangs in the balance. The entire spectrum of the Canadian press has covered his unfolding story since its inception in 2007. Dr. Diab is the Canadian citizen who, at the behest of France, was sought for extradition on trumped up charges.

Dr. Diab is subject to allegations of involvement in the bombing of a Paris synagogue in 1980, he was pursued and harassed by the RCMP in 2008. Arrested on November 13th of that year, denied bail, and jailed in the disreputable Ottawa...

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Council This Week

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Environmental defenders need security guarantees

Environmental defenders need security guarantees r1 PBI-Colombia accompanied CREDHOS calls for security guarantees for environmental and water defenders in the Magdalena Medio region … Read more... 350.org América Latina signs letter in support of threatened anti-fracking activists in Puerto Wilches, Colombia … Read more... ...

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We are not backing down - RCMP Lawsuit Update

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Nearly seven years.

That is how long the BCCLA had to wait for a response to its complaint on RCMP spying due to the RCMP Commissioner’s extreme delay.

In November 2020, we sued the RCMP Commissioner for her extreme delay which prevented the release of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) report on our complaint. Today, we filed our written argument.

We’re telling the court that the RCMP Commissioner’s unreasonable delay in responding to the CRCC report breached her obligations under the RCMP Act and violated the BCCLA’s Charter right to freedom of expression. Delays have plagued the complaints system for over a decade, and it is time to hold the RCMP to account.

The CRCC report concerns a complaint the BCCLA filed in 2014 against the RCMP for illegally spying on Indigenous and climate justice advocates opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Due to the RCMP Commissioner’s extreme delay, the CRCC was not able to release its report until...

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Climate Mobilization in View of the COP26

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Climate Mobilization in View of the COP26

International Committee of the Fourth International

1. Disasters, of which extreme weather events linked to climate change are the main cause, have doubled in 20 years, killing more than 1.2 million people worldwide since 2000. Record summer temperatures in the Northern and the Southern Hemisphere (including the Arctic and Antarctica), deadly fires, exceptionally mild, snow-free winters in many areas, monsoon disturbance, more frequent and more extreme weather events: the climate catastrophe is underway. It is progressing faster than the projections, mainly due to the underestimation of the positive feedbacks from global warming. Megafires in Australia have illustrated the major danger of a...

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Macron wants to blow up the Arctic

France wants to destroy the Arctic!

French President Macron is about to do the unthinkable and guarantee Total's new Arctic gas megaproject -- to the tune of €700 million.

Total's plans directly threaten the survival of Indigenous people and will drive runaway climate change.

Tell Macron to pull the plug on Total's Arctic drilling ambitions!

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French oil giant Total wants to pump the equivalent of 535,000 barrels of oil per day from under the Arctic's fragile ice.

Total’s planned Arctic gas megaproject is set to become one of the most polluting projects in the world -- and financial backing of the French government could make it a reality.

France’s President Macron likes to show off his green credentials, even calling Total’s project "incoherent" and "reckless".

But away from the TV cameras, he’s about to quietly grant a €700 million loan guarantee to Total.

This dirty double-dealing must stop, and we need to move fast before Macron’s final decision. Macron is obsessed with his...

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BREAKING: Research confirms Trudeau's pipeline will lose us $12 billion

Yet another reason to Defund TMX once and for all. Sign the petition. r1

Friends,

Earlier today, researchers at Simon Fraser University released a report that confirms something the climate movement has been saying all along: TMX makes no sense. The team from SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management ran a cost/benefit analysis of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and found that the project will lead to almost $12 billion in losses for Canada.1

If you haven’t already signed our Defund TMX petition, add your name today.

On top of being a climate disaster, the economics of TMX have always been shaky. Now it’s clear that Trudeau made a terrible mistake when he used our tax dollars to buy the pipeline from Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan in 2018. Since then, construction costs have doubled and global action to reduce emissions has finally started to ramp up. Those factors mean TMX is a clear financial loser and, as the study’s authors advise, the federal government would be better off cancelling the project now and redirecting funds into renewable energy projects.

The next federal budget is just a few weeks away. Tell your MP you don’t want another dollar of public money...

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E-News: Carbon pricing call to action / Public transit agreement expires today / Celebrating water and more...

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Myanmar's bloody crackdown

Myanmar's military is murdering peaceful protesters -- and they're doing it with billions in support from gas and oil companies like Total and Chevron.

Local activists are calling on the companies to urgently suspend payments to the military until democracy is restored -- let's show that people all around the world are backing them up.

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Myanmar's military has staged a coup and is murdering hundreds of peaceful protesters, including children -- and they're doing it with billions in support from oil and gas companies like Total and Chevron.

Oil and gas is the government's top funder. So while the US, UK, and others place sanctions on the military, these ruthless Generals will be unfazed as long as they have the support of energy giants.

Activists in Myanmar are urgently calling on the companies to end their support to the military -- let's show that people all around the world are backing them up:

Total and Chevron:...

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Transit Justice Struggles in Toronto: Statement on the TTC Fare Review

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Transit Justice Struggles in Toronto:
Statement on the TTC Fare Review

Free Transit Toronto

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is developing a 5-year fare policy review and plan, along with a 10-year “collection” outlook, both to be included in a policy framework by the end of 2021. A relevant TTC document claims that:

“The 5-Year Fare Policy will explore all fare options ranging from zero-fare to full-cost recovery. The work will identify and establish the relative priorities of policy goals, such as equity, affordability, revenue, and ridership. It will also identify constraints and opportunities in the current fare structure that influence fare policy decision making. All TTC fare policies, some...

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Deadly silver mine

Xinka land defenders are risking their lives to fight Pan American Silver’s massive silver mine in Guatemala.

You can help support brave Indigenous Xinka land defenders who are putting their lives on the line to stop this destructive mine.

Sign the petition

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Hired guns, death threats and sowing community division. These are just a few of the violent tactics that Indigenous Xinka resistors have faced as they try to stop Pan American Silver’s Escobal silver mine.

Pan American Silver thinks no one in Canada cares what it does in Guatemala, but you can show Pan American Silver that isn’t true.

If Pan American Silver’s bosses know that the world is watching they’ll think twice about continuing to interfere in Xinka communities, fuelling conflict and violence.

Tell Pan American Silver to respect the Xinka people’s rights to self-determination without the threat of violence.

Violence, legal persecution and intimidation has already been used to impose this mine against the community’s...

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End of the Road for the AKP?

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End of the Road for the AKP?

Daniel Johnson

In Istanbul, 2021 began with hundreds of students initiating a series of protests on the campus of Boǧaziçi University. They were demonstrating against President Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan’s January 1 appointment of a new rector via presidential decree. Melih Bulu, a business management Ph.D. and longtime Justice and Development Party (AKP) activist, was the first rector selected from outside the university since a military coup in 1980. Students chanted “Melih Bulu is not our rector” and “We don’t want a state-appointed rector.” (The song “Master of Puppets” could also be heard after Bulu gave an interview in which he claimed to...

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