Canada joins Peru’s president in mining push
While the administration of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte prioritizes the growth of the mining sector, with the full-throated support of the Canadian embassy, organizations like Red Muqui are clear: in a time of increasing environmental pressure, those who stand to gain the most from mining are not those who will pay the biggest price.
It’s time for Canadian environmental groups to talk about war as an act of climate denial
Acknowledging that a number of environmental organizations have quietly joined a growing coalition of civil society groups calling for ceasefire in Gaza, why is this community not speaking out more about war crimes that have the world’s attention, or educating others on the interconnectedness of war with climate change, climate justice, and planetary health?
After years of public pressure, Panama finally closes Canadian copper mine
On November 28, Panama’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the 20-year contract granted to Canadian mining company First Quantum is unconstitutional. The decision came after weeks of nationwide protests forced the government to announce a referendum on First Quantum’s contract for December 17. Now, however, the court seems to have decided the fate of the mine.
Can Wab Kinew mark a new dawn for Manitoba under self-imposed constraints?
Those seeking an economic and industrial policy agenda that will reduce inequality, empower workers, and support a just transition in Manitoba can look to capital spending, legislative reform, and opportunities in the Crown corporation sector as areas where progress is possible, even if the narrow fiscal policy battle may have been temporarily lost.
Tax cuts are forever
Wab Kinew signalled early on that his government, if elected, would not raise taxes and balance the provincial budget. This has led some to quip that Manitoba now has a Progressive Conservative Party and a conservative progressive party, as the NDP has become progressive on identity and social issues, and conservative on economic and fiscal policy.
Public inquiry into foreign interference in elections should target Big Oil
Canada’s apex oil and gas lobby group may rue the day it made foreign-funded political meddling a public issue. For good reason, China’s election interference has sparked outrage in Canada. But China’s ability to sway a broad spectrum of Canadian voters is far weaker than the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producer’s foreign-funded political interference.
Doug Ford’s failed grab for the Greenbelt
As a right-wing conservative, Doug Ford has some things in common with Margaret Thatcher, but with a very significant difference: while Thatcher could describe herself as “not for turning,” Ford is less steadfast in the face of major challenges. His crass capitulation over plans to hand a portion of the Greenbelt to his developer friends is evidence of this.
Ecuador just showed the world what it means to take climate change seriously
Ecuador just showed the world what it means to take climate change, biodiversity loss, and Indigenous sovereignty seriously, all with one national referendum. Canada is a rich country and one of the nations most responsible for climate change. It is long past time we catch up to reality and end our mad rush to burn the planet to the ground.
The changing climate of class struggle
To an ever greater degree and in ways we can’t yet fully appreciate, the unfolding climate disaster is transforming the class struggle and posing massive challenges in the process. In our unions and communities, we need to take stock of these developments, set new goals and develop strategies that reflect the harsh reality that we are now in a struggle for survival.
The Charlebois Shuffle
Like Jordan Peterson in his prime, Sylvain Charlebois will walk back his most outrageous suggestions by claiming he was just asking questions, accusing anyone who inferred otherwise of misinterpreting him. Making bold claims and then backing away from them by feigning neutrality as a dispassionate observer is what I call the “Charlebois Shuffle.”
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