Trudeau government woefully miscalculates support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

6 December 2016 - 8:32am
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Justin Trudeau should not expect to see a lot of $99 Liberal Party of Canada toques or $199 scarves being worn in metro Vancouver this winter.

Last week, the Trudeau government approved doubling the Kinder Morgan pipeline from Alberta. The Trans Mountain expansion proposes a 700 per cent increase in ocean tanker traffic through the port of Vancouver and an expanded diluted bitumen (dilbit) storage facility (tank farm) in the city of Burnaby, both in Tsleil-Waututh territory at Burrard Inlet.

The Trudeau cabinet has judged that Canada-wide backing for increased exports from the Alberta bitumen sands overshadows B.C. opposition to shipping dilbit via pipeline to Metro Vancouver.

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Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of disgraceful anti-carbon rally

6 December 2016 - 2:28am

With some of the most debased elements of Canada's so-called conservative movement openly on display at last weekend's "anti-carbon tax" demonstration in Edmonton, I suppose it's mildly reassuring several conservative leaders were trying hard yesterday to put a little daylight between themselves and the event's organizers.

A few, like federal Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong, who wasn't at the rally, condemned outright the people who chanted “lock her up" at the mention of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's name by another federal Tory leadership candidate at the demonstration.

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While mourning École Polytechnique we must rememeber Canada's largest, ongoing femincide

5 December 2016 - 7:30pm

December 6, 2016 marks the 27 year anniversary of the mass femincide at École Polytechnique. Vigils will be held across Canada to commemorate the murder of 14 female engineering students.

On that day in 1989, a lone gunman entered a classroom of 60 engineering students and ordered the men to leave. The murderer was heard to scream, "I hate feminists," before opening fire with the intent of killing as many women as he could.

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Erin Wunker's first book a powerful account of feminism in 2016

5 December 2016 - 3:17pm
December 6, 2016

Today is December 6, the 27th anniversary of the Polytechnique Massacre.

In Notes from a Feminist Killjoy, her new book of essays on moving through the world in a gendered body, Erin Wunker expands on Nicole Brossard's idea that the Massacre was not committed by a "lone wolf." The Massacre -- and its remembrance -- is not just about "M.L. alone, with his anger and his gun," Wunker writes. "This is about the history of misogyny." December 6 is about the particularities of that day -- the murder of 14 women whose names we recite every year -- but it also fits into a much wider, and deeply ingrained, spectrum of violence.

"Notes from a Feminist Killjoy" is an answer to what is needed now -- a self-consciously contingent rejoinder to the question of "who needs feminism?"

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Using the Holocaust to justify Israeli oppression insults memory of its victims

5 December 2016 - 12:44pm

Is "remembering the Nazi Holocaust and where anti-Semitism can lead" a good thing? Unfortunately, thanks to people who constantly cite this horrible genocide in order to justify the illegal, immoral and anti-human behaviour of the Israeli state, one must answer, "it depends."

Drawing attention to the Nazi Holocaust and anti-Semitism in Canada today often reinforces, rather than undermines, oppression and discrimination. This perverse reality was on display at two recent events in Toronto.

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Interview: Journalist finds shocking degradation and human rights abuses in Canada's mining industry

5 December 2016 - 8:51am
Interview with John Dougherty, an investigative filmmaker whose documentary Flin Flon Flim Flam delves into the growing opposition to mines due to human rights abuses. Investigative journalist finds growing opposition to Hudbay mining projects

Edmonton protesters chant 'Lock her up' about Rachel Motley at an anti-carbon tax rally

5 December 2016 - 2:19am

Perhaps it was a mistake for Alberta's rattled right-wing parties, discombobulated after the pipeline-approval success of the province’s NDP government last week, to leave it to Rebel Media to help them recover their lost momentum.

Rebel Media is the political vehicle of Ezra Levant, the former Sun Media broadcaster who now operates his own far-right video blog website and has a reputation as one of Canada's most prominent online nuisances.

He is a formidable publicist and organizer who punches well above his intellectual weight in right-wing circles, but he is seen by many Canadians as an online bully with extremist views, unsavoury tactics and a high level of tolerance for people with opinions most of us would consider … well, intolerant.

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Burnaby plan will lead to loss of thousands of low-income rental units

4 December 2016 - 11:13pm

New zoning in Burnaby will result in the demolition of entire blocks of low-income units to make way for condos. Housing activists says thousands of renters are facing displacement and homelessness. Ivan Drury is with Stop Demovictions Burnaby. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.

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Ryan McMahon on 'Colonization Road' and other stories

4 December 2016 - 9:15pm

We spoke with Anishinaabe comedian and media maker Ryan McMahon when he was in Vancouver to give the keynote speech for Media Democracy Days. One of of his recent projects is the documentary Colonization Road with filmmaker Michelle St. John. McMahon speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.

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'Entwined' a call to action for the rights of the disabled

4 December 2016 - 4:16pm
Thursday, December 8, 2016 Judith Scott, whose art now hangs in the Museum of Modern Art, was institutionalized for 35 years. A new book tells her story.

A magnificent talent was almost destroyed by social prejudice masked as "care." Artist Judith Scott, whose art now hangs in the Museum of Modern Art, was locked away in an institution for 35 years.

Her twin sister, Joyce Scott, tells the true story of her journey to help free her sister in her new book, Entwined. Judith was born in 1943 with an intellectual disability. Her story is a profound lesson in moral courage. It shows the power of one compassionate individual to act. It demonstrates how each of us can work to shift society in a positive, caring direction.

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