Toronto People’s Assembly: A New Approach to Climate Justice Organizing

By Brett Rhyno and Julien LalondeClimate and CapitalismApril 5, 2011Building a movement with “radical horizontality” Brett Rhyno and Julien Lalonde are independent climate justice community organizers who are helping to organize the 3rd People’s Assembly on Climate Justice in Toronto, April 23rd, 2011.People’s Assemblies are a new organizational paradigm in the Climate Justice movement, based ... [click title to continue]

Green Party blues (and how to help save the country)

Murray Dobbin's BlogApril 5, 2011 Elizabeth May has lost her court challenge of the decision to exclude her from the party leaders’ TV debates. That’s too bad. I would like to see May in the debates – she is the most natural of all the leaders, actually answering questions like a normal human being would rather than the scripted, anal and cautious replies of all the other “leaders.”But it ... [click title to continue]

Leading climate change and energy experts respond to the 2011 Federal Budget

David Suzuki Foundation March 22, 2011Leading climate change and energy experts from diverse organizations in Canada have responded to the 2011 federal budget as follows:"This budget fails to eliminate over a billion dollars in handouts to big oil. At the present rate ($15 million this year and $30 million next year) the $1.4 billion in subsidies will end in 2109! It seems like year after year, ... [click title to continue]

Protect the Great Lakes as a Commons, says Council of Canadians

Council of CanadiansMarch 22, 2001World Water DayAs the federal government prepares to introduce its budget, the Council of Canadians is calling for the allocation of significant resources to protecting the Great Lakes as a Commons, a Public Trust and a Protected Bioregion. The Council of Canadians outlines how and why to do this in a new report today entitled Our Great Lakes Commons: A People’s ... [click title to continue]

‘The Nature of Things’ milestone: the origin of the series dates back 50 years

By Cassandra SzklarskiThe Canadian Press03/21/2011 TORONTO - The impending arrival of a milestone birthday has put David Suzuki in a reflective mood.And for "The Nature of Things" host, who made his name as a geneticist before heading into broadcasting, there's no point in sugar-coating it."I'm in the death zone," Suzuki said late last year when discussing his 75th birthday, which arrives Thursday."I'm ... [click title to continue]

AbitibiBowater NAFTA settlement has privatized Canadian water, trade committee hears

Council of CanadiansMarch 8, 2011Ottawa – The record-setting $130-million NAFTA settlement with AbitibiBowater has effectively privatized Canada's water by allowing foreign investors to assert a proprietary claim to water permits and even water in its natural state, says trade lawyer and Council of Canadians board member Steven Shrybman, in a presentation to Parliament today."It would be difficult ... [click title to continue]

Unions Can Address Jobs Crisis with Bold Action to Protect the Climate

By Sean SweeneyLabor NotesJanuary 28, 2011Also read Climate Protection Strategy: Beyond Business-­as-­UsualBy the Labor Network for SustainabilityUnions can use the promise of a Green New Deal to turn climate negotiations into a rallying point. Some U.S. unions could start by breaking ties with polluting employers and joining the movement for a global climate deal with binding targets to reduce carbon ... [click title to continue]

Species-at-risk defenders walk away from NAFTA review process

Citizen’s complaint process a ‘sham,’ groups sayEcoJusticeJan 17, 2011 VANCOUVER — An international coalition of environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, has withdrawn in protest a complaint against Canada, a first in the history of NAFTA’s environmental watchdog. The complaint, made to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) in 2006, alleged that the Canadian government ... [click title to continue]