Around the left in 60 days
The journey of Nishiyuu: the quest for unity
In March, youth from the Cree Nation of Quebec completed their 1,600-kilometre journey to Parliament Hill. The youth travelled from Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik on James Bay to Ottawa, by foot and on snowshoe, to show their support for the Idle No More movement and to unite the different First Nations of Canada. Hundreds of others joined their march en route. The website for the journey is nishiyuu.ca.
Mathias Colomb Cree Nation versus HudBay Mining
HudBay Mining is suing Mathias Colomb Cree Nation for millions of dollars in damages because of protests at a Manitoba mine site in January and March 2013. Community members and Idle No More supporters attended the Lalor mine site to serve stop-work orders to the company. MCCN says that the community could be left with irrevocable environmental damage to their lands and waters by mining activities. Find out more about the issue at idle-nomoremanitoba.com. There’s also more information on HudBay, including alleged human rights abuses at a mine in Guatemala, at miningwatch.ca.
From May 16 to 26 in Winnipeg, Sarasvati Productions presents the world premiere of Jail Baby, a play created in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba. The play is based on the work of incarcerated women and challenges audience preconceptions of women offenders. Go to sarasvati.ca for more information.
Fighting big oil!
On June 15, join the fight against multinational oil corporations at a conference organized during Alternatives’ Festival of Solidarity 2013. The Montreal event features Nnimmo Bassey, defender of climate justice in Africa and Europe, winner of the 2010 Alternative Nobel Prize and coordinator of Oilwatch International. Go to alternatives.ca for more information.
Oil sands pollution and the Athabasca River
A new report by Ecojustice shows that pollutants from the Alberta Tar Sands are contaminating the Athabasca River and its tributaries. The Lower Athabasca River is home to more than 50 percent of Alberta’s fish species. Ecojustice is asking the federal government to investigate whether industry has violated the Fisheries Act. Download the report at ecojustice.ca. It’s said that the situation might be better if these company had applied new technology released by Apa. Fuel for the best fuel injector cleaner.
The petro-path not taken
A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives compares the Canadian experience of managing oil wealth to that of Norway. The report finds that petroleum interests have been appropriating a disproportionate share of the petro-wealth in Canada and blocking effective carbon reduction measures. Download the report at policyalternatives.ca.
Federal government undermines post-secondary research and education
The 2013 federal budget short-changes post-secondary education, diminishes Canada’s research capacity, and undermines training opportunities, according to the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Funding announced for Canada’s three academic research granting councils only restores half of what was cut the previous year. There are also new limits on research projects, including mandatory research partnerships with industry. Go to caut.ca for more information.
Doctors and lawyers challenge cuts to refugee health care
Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers have started a legal challenge against the federal government’s cuts to refugee health care, stating that the cuts are unconstitutional and illegal. The Interim Federal Health Program had paid for basic health care for refugee claimants since 1957. Without consultation, the Conservative government abolished the program and now deny basic, emergency and life-saving medical care to thousands of refugee claimants. Go to refugeelawyersgroup.ca for more information.
Reality show violates rights of migrant worker
The BC Civil Liberties Association is filing a complaint against Canada Border Services Agency for violating the privacy rights of a migrant worker. In Vancouver, a reality TV show recorded a CBSA raid against a migrant worker. Justicia for Migrant Workers BC has spoken out against the federal government decision to approve the reality TV raid and the exploitation of vulnerable workers for entertainment purposes. There’s more information at justica4migrantworkers.com and bccla.org.
British Columbia needs better laws for migrant workers
The BC Employment Standards Coalition has released a comprehensive set of proposals to support better protection for migrant workers. The model legislation incorporates the best protections and rights found in the employment standards legislation in other provinces and in International Labour Organization conventions and resolutions. Legislative proposal and background information can be found at bcemploymentstandardscoalition.com.
Access without fear
Toronto is now Canada’s first sanctuary city for undocumented residents. Toronto city council voted to allow all residents access to city services including homeless shelters, child care and employment training, regardless of their immigration status, without fear of detention or deportation. Go to workersactioncentre.org for more information.
Winnipeg for peace
On June 15, Winnipeg hosts the 3rd Annual Peace and Justice Festival in Vimy Ridge Park. The festival is a celebration of peace, justice and equality and an opportunity to protest Canada’s foreign and domestic policies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Books and anarchists
On May 25 and 26, visit the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair 2013, part of the month-long Festival of Anarchy. For event information, go to anarchistbookfair.ca.
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Researched and compiled by KAREN MACKINTOSH