From NAFTA to CETA: Canada-EU Deep Economic Integration

By Dana GabrielBe Your Own LeaderCanada and the European Union (EU) have already held five rounds of negotiations towards a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which will go beyond NAFTA. With the sixth round of talks scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium from January 17-21, Canadian and EU officials remain optimistic that a deal could be finalized by the end of 2011. Thus far, ... [click title to continue]

People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice to take place across Canada

Council of Canadians Ottawa - Over a dozen communities across Canada are holding People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice during the UN climate negotiations starting today in Cancun, Mexico. “People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice emerged during the failing Copenhagen negotiations as a vehicle for people to come together and talk about real and false solutions to the climate crisis,” says Andrea ... [click title to continue]

Saskatoon ecosocialists organize

Ecosocialists in Saskatoon have organized and set up a website. Visit for more information. The Saskatoon Parklands Eco-left Collective, SPEC. We are a non-partisan political collective seeking to bring together the wisdom of the left and the wisdom of the earth, seeking to envision and build an ecological socialist future, and organizing primarily in the Saskatoon and ... [click title to continue]

Canada’s Largest Environmental Lawsuit a Victory

Ontario court rules Vale must pay $36 M to Port Colborne residentsBy Tracy GlynnThe Dominion -—Almost 10 years after Wilfred Pearson, a retired truck driver from Port Colborne, Ontario, signed his name as the lead plaintiff to the largest environmental class action lawsuit filed in Canadian history, the verdict is in—and it is in his favour. Port Colborne ... [click title to continue]

People’s Assembly Keeps Climate Justice Debate Public

By Megan Cotton-Kinch Toronto Media Co-opWhile the power elites gather in their walled-off security cordons, the Peoples Assembly for Climate Justice offers another model of decision-making. Subtitled “Moving Forward for Cochabamba” the meeting seeks to build on the successful summit in Bolivia, a people’s alternative to the failure to reach any kind of meaningful climate agreement at Copenhagen.Facilitated ... [click title to continue]

Canadian Reflections on the Cochabamba Climate Summit

By Kimia Ghomeshi and Ben PowlessThe Dominion - TORONTO—Last month, representatives from around the globe gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia for the first World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Called by Bolivian President Evo Morales in the wake of last winter’s Copenhagen United Nations Summit, he called “the peoples of the world, ... [click title to continue]

Canada-EU free trade would worsen climate crisis

Canada-EU free trade would worsen climate crisis, discourage environmental protection, says Indigenous Environmental Network and Council of CanadiansThe free trade agreement that Canada and the European Union are negotiating, which Prime Minister Harper is discussing today with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, will worsen the climate crisis by locking in an unsustainable economic model ... [click title to continue]

Sovereigntists, Environmental Groups Oppose Trailbreaker

Pipeline reversal would bring 200,000 barrels daily of tar sands crude through QuebecBy Dru Oja JayThe Dominion Opposition is mounting to a planned pipeline reversal that would bring 200,000 barrels per day of tar sands bitumen through the island of Montreal and Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Environmental groups, Quebec sovereigntists and small-town mayors have been mobilizing opposition to the proposal ... [click title to continue]

May Day in Regina: Activists and socialists discuss rebuilding the left

As a follow up to the successful January 30th meeting in Regina, the Committee for Rebuilding the Left is sponsoring an educational and discussion meeting in celebration of May Day.Speakers are Greg Albo from the Socialist Project, Eriel Deranger, a tar sands and aboriginal activist, and Peter Garden, the administrator for the Actupinsask Independent Media website and owner of the Turning the Tide ... [click title to continue]