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We raised the stakes

500 people participated in the Just Transition Act town hall. Now, let's amp up pressure. r1

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Yesterday, 500 people tuned in to our virtual town hall to join together in asking: what happened to the Just Transition Act the Liberals promised last election?

We invited Trudeau’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, to address that question at yesterday’s town hall, but he declined to attend. We asked him if he could join us at a future date, or simply provide a written update on the Just Transition Act, but we still haven’t heard back. Our offer still stands.

That's why today, we're amping up the pressure by pushing our MPs to take a position on the Just Transition Act.

Help us build momentum in support of a Just Transition Act within Parliament. Email your MP now.

Even though Wilkinson declined our invitation, Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May and NDP Environment and Climate Change Critic Laurel Collins were there to provide some insights on where this legislation might have gone. They both talked about how they have repeatedly raised the just transition question in the House of Commons. Collins explained that, when she pressed Wilkinson’s office for an update,...

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Halt the sale of crown land, investigating Ducks Unl

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This has been a trying year for so many of us. With Spring Equinox just around the corner, the arrival of a new season inspires renewed energy. Here are some pressing issues that need our support!

Sign the Petition #LandBack
“They stole our lands and now they are selling off all that remains of the Crown lands so that there is no land left for our people." -FSIN vice-chief Heather Bear
This petition includes signatures from many prominent organizations, including Idle No More, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, National Farmers Union, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, and Black Lives Matter YXE, calling for the halt of crown land sales in SK. As Treaty...

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We must stand with the Asian community

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Dear friend,

At Stand.earth, we unequivocally denounce all anti-Asian hate crimes and manifestations of white supremacy in all its forms.

This week’s tragic shooting in Atlanta, Georgia targeted three different businesses staffed primarily by Asian women, where a white male shooter entered and killed eight people, six being Asian women. Anti-Asian racism has been present for a long time in the U.S. and Canada, but hate crimes have recently skyrocketed alongside inflammatory rhetoric about Asian communities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

An important discussion to have right now is that this tragedy could have been prevented. This egregious and racist hate crime (and it’s important to recognize this as a racist act, not just some random act of violence) serves as a reminder of how important it is for every one of us to speak up, show up in solidarity with our Asian colleagues, friends, neighbors, and family, and do our part to combat anti-Asian racism. Every. Single. Day.

In that spirit, we’d like to share the following resources for those looking to take action, learn more, and rise...

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The Struggle for Water Justice is a Struggle for Gender and Racial Justice

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The Struggle for Water Justice is a Struggle for Gender and Racial Justice

Susan Spronk

The essay is published in honour of World Water Day, which has been held every year on March 22 since 1993. The goal of this day is to celebrate water and raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. Check out the Alternative World Water Forum (AWWF) – in French, the Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME) for a calendar of events.

COVID-19 has exposed deep, structural inequalities in the world today along the lines of class, gender and race – between well-resourced and precarious workers, women and men, racialized...

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17 is too many hours

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Ending the Policing Crisis – heres what weve been working on

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From illegal spying to police violence, policing institutions across the country continue to target and oppress Black, Indigenous, racialized, and low-income communities.

For the past few months, the BCCLA team has worked tirelessly to hold police and criminalizing systems accountable for their harmful actions and end the ongoing crisis of policing. Here is what we have been working on since the beginning of 2021.

Solidarity with Migrant Sex Workers

BCCLA is a signatory to Declaration of Support for Migrant Sex Workers from our friends at Butterfly.

If you are horrified and grieving the killing of eight Asian massage parlour workers in Atlanta, you can show support by signing this important Declaration.

Police Act Review and Public Submission

Tomorrow morning, I will be appearing to represent the BCCLA at the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act in British Columbia where we will continue to push for a radical transformation of the scale and scope of policing power. The Committee...

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Will you join us today?

Today, join us for a grassroots town hall on the promised Just Transition Act. r1

Paov,

Earlier this week, over 1,000 fossil fuel workers in Calgary lost their jobs.1 It’s clear that the era of fossil fuels is rapidly coming to an end. We need our federal leaders to take note and act with the urgency needed to build a green economy that takes care of people and the planet.

In short, we need the Just Transition Act that Prime Minister Trudeau promised in 2019 but failed to deliver. Where is it?

That’s the big question I plan to bring to our federal leaders tonight during our grassroots town hall on Canada's promised Just Transition Act. Will you be there? Sign up to reserve your seat for our Just Transition Act town hall taking place tonight at 3 pm PT / 4pm MT / 5 pm CT / 6 pm ET / 7 pm AT.

This event will be our opportunity to hold our federal leaders accountable.

Green Party Parliamentary Leader Elizabeth May and NDP Environment Critic Laurel Collins will both be there to hear from the hundreds of people who have already signed up to attend.

Over 12,000 people across Canada have signed the petition...

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Is Inflation a Threat?

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Is Inflation a Threat?

Andrew Jackson

Many conservative economists and policy-makers, not least the C. D. Howe Institute and its corporate allies, are sounding the alarm about potential inflation in the opinion pages of the Globe and Mail and the National Post.

The basic line of argument is that recovery from the pandemic caused downturn could well be much faster than anticipated, partly because many households are sitting on a lot of savings which they will spend as the economy returns to normal, and partly because the recession has reduced the capacity of the economy in some key sectors as small firms have gone out of business. The other key...

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Stop RBC funding climate chaos

RBC is pouring billions into fossil fuel projects driving climate chaos

We have a shareholder proposal that would make sure RBC stops funding the fossil fuel industry.

Will you email your pension fund manager today to support this important proposal?

Send an email

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RBC is financing the climate crisis. It is the 5th largest funder of fossil fuel projects in the world, it dumps billions every year into fossil fuel projects, including destructive pipelines and tarsands mines

But did you know that your retirement savings could help make RBC change its ways and be part of the solution to stopping climate change?

That’s because if you have a pension, including CPP or CDPQ, superannuation, or mutual fund it’s probably invested in RBC and that means you have the power to force RBC to stop financing climate catastrophe.

We submitted a powerful shareholder proposal calling on RBC to limit its role in causing climate chaos by reducing how much it lends to fossil fuel companies.

This...

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SEA Actions March 2021

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Paov, can you send a reminder to Environment Minister Wilkinson?

We’re holding a town hall to get some answers about the promised Just Transition Act. r1

Paov,

Soon after the last federal election, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson promised that passing the Just Transition Act would be one of the first actions his government would take.1 That was over a year ago and since then, we haven’t heard a word about the Just Transition Act from Wilkinson or any other member of Trudeau’s cabinet.

We have some questions and we’re sure you do as well. That’s why, this Thursday, March 18th, at 6pm Eastern, we’re hosting a grassroots town hall to hold Wilkinson and our federal leaders in Ottawa accountable. The only problem is, Minister Wilkinson still hasn’t responded to our invitation.

Help us make sure that our invitation for this Thursday's Just Transition Act town hall is at the top of Wilkinson's inbox. Email the Minister with one click using our online tool and tell him to join the Just Transition Act town hall.

It’s confusing. If the Just Transition Act was ever truly a top priority for Minister Wilkinson, why isn’t he prioritizing this event? He should...

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Bees, dead and paralysed

An explosive new bees study shows why

The Canadian government is deciding *right now* whether to ban one of Bayer-Monsanto’s bee-killing neonics.

Bayer is running a sophisticated public relations war -- we need your help to get the truth to politicians.

Can you chip in for a full page ad in Canada’s key newspaper to save the bees?

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BREAKING: a new study just proved that another of Bayer-Monsanto’s neonic pesticides is a brutal bee-killer.

The timing is critical -- Canada’s government is deciding *right now* whether to ban this very chemical, imidacloprid.

The evidence is clear. A ban should be a foregone conclusion. But Bayer is hard at work trying to discredit the...

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Closing the Enforcement Gap: The Pandemic and Precarious Employment

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Closing the Enforcement Gap: The Pandemic and Precarious Employment

Leah Vosko interviewed by Bruce Kecskes and Amadeus Narbutt

As of March 15th, Ontario will have spent a full year in some form of lockdown. More than 22,000 Ontarians have died from COVID-19, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost, and the insufficiency of both the economic and public health responses have caused the burden of insecurity and illness to fall disproportionately on the backs of the most vulnerable people living in the province. Through this crisis, labour, precarity, and the future of work have been a salient topic – from the concept of ‘essential work’ to the Canada Emergency...

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Bee populations PLUMMETING

An explosive new bees study shows why

The Canadian government is deciding *right now* whether to ban one of Bayer-Monsanto’s bee-killing neonics.

Bayer is running a sophisticated public relations war -- we need your help to get the truth to politicians.

Can you chip in for a full page ad in Canada’s key newspaper to save the bees?

Photo of honey bee on a flower

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

Donate CA$89 nowDonate another amount

A,

BREAKING: a new study just proved that another of Bayer-Monsanto’s neonic pesticides is a brutal bee-killer.

The timing is critical -- Canada’s government is deciding *right now* whether to ban this very chemical, imidacloprid.

The evidence is clear. A ban should be a foregone conclusion. But Bayer is hard at work trying to discredit the...

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Beyond Digital Capitalism: Socialist Register 21 Launch and Tribute to Leo Panitch

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Beyond Digital Capitalism: Socialist Register 21 Launch and Tribute to Leo Panitch

The North American launch of Socialist Register 21: Beyond Digital Capitalism, with presentations by Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, Bryan Palmer, Joan Sangster, Stephen Maher, Pat Armstrong, Hugh Armstrong, Tanner Mirrlees, and Derek Hrynyshyn, and short tributes to the life and work of Leo Panitch (1945-2020).

As digital technology became integral to the capitalist market dystopia of the first decades of the 21st century, it not only refashioned our ways of communicating but of working and consuming, indeed ways of living. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed not only the lack of investment, planning and preparation that underlay the scandalous slowness of the responses by states around the world, but also grotesque class and racial inequalities as it coursed its way...

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Do Not Consume

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PBI virtual tour in Canada

PBI virtual tour in Canada r1 PBI accompanied defenders speak about the impacts of Canadian mining in Mexico … Read more... PBI-Mexico accompanied ASMAC and Educa Oaxaca meet with Global Affairs Canada officials … Read more... Canada appears to back...

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Why mandatory minimums are unjust.

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Policing doesn’t simply begin and end at the hands of police officers.

It includes many overlapping laws and structures that criminalize Indigenous, Black, racialized, and low-income people.

One such criminalizing structure is the use of mandatory minimum sentences. For almost twenty years, the BCCLA has advocated for mandatory minimums to be abolished. Mandatory minimum penalties limit judicial discretion and bring us closer to becoming a prison society that emphasizes incarceration over rehabilitation.

Last month, the federal government put forward Bill C-22, proposing several amendments to Canada’s criminal law and drug laws. The bill proposes removing mandatory minimums for all drug offences under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act and for some offences under the Canada’s Criminal Code.

Mandatory minimums have a disproportionate impact on Indigenous and Black people; even the federal government admits this. This reality is made clear by the staggering number of Indigenous people, particularly Indigenous women, incarcerated in Canada’s prison system. Mandatory minimums in Canada’s drug laws...

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