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What happened to the Green party on Vancouver Island? 28.10.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
What happened to the Green party on Vancouver Island?
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Three ridings to watch on election night 21.10.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Alex Cosh This year's federal election began with a bleak outlook for the NDP. At its lowest points, the party was lagging in polls , struggling to raise campaign funds and facing questions about whether it would win enough seats to hold onto official party status in the House of Commons. However, a recent surge in support for leader Jagmeet Singh has improved the NDP's chances of winning seats in some key Liberal-held ridings. Whether or not victories in those ridings will be enough to produce a net increase in the NDP's overall seat count remains to be seen. Vote splitting with the Green party might put some NDP-held seats at risk on Vancouver Island, for example. Still, given the real possibility of today's election giving no party a majority, turning (or keeping) even a modest number of seats orange could put the NDP in a solid position to discuss a power-sharing deal or confidence and supply agreement with other parties. Here is a brief (and by no means exhaustive) selection of ridings to keep an ...
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Svend Robinson discusses 'rogue' conservative candidate, progressive unity and LGBTQ rights 8.10.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Alex Cosh It was an eventful week in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby North-Seymour.  The Conservative party dropped its candidate for the riding , Heather Leung, on Friday, October 4, after after a video resurfaced of her making homophobic and transphobic comments . The video, first posted by local news outlet Burnaby Now in 2011, showed Leung protesting the Burnaby School Board's support for a policy designed to protect LGBTQ youth from bullying. In the clip, Leung claims "homosexuals recruit" children, and describes the LGBTQ community as "perverted."  However, Leung's extreme views were already extreme views were already widely known before the video emerged. During her short-lived campaign as the Conservative nominee for this year's federal election, the ex-Tory also expressed extreme views on abortion, telling the anti-choice group Campaign Life Coalition she opposed women's reproductive rights even in cases of rape and incest . She also supports "conversion therapy," an abusive and ...
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The Green 'surge' on Vancouver Island: a progressive alternative, or centrist flop? 17.9.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Alex Cosh The Green Party is making electoral advances across Canada, but one electoral region stands out as a place where Elizabeth May's party has a particularly good chance of winning some seats: Vancouver Island. Nationally, average polling indicates the Greens are at 10.6 per cent and competing for third place with the NDP, who are slightly ahead at 12.5 per cent. On Vancouver Island, however, which has 7 federal ridings up for grabs, 338Canada puts the Greens in first place with 30.6 per cent of the popular vote, meaning the party has a reasonable shot of picking up at least two new seats (on top of the seat held by May since 2011, and the seat picked up by Paul Manly in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection earlier this year.)  Despite the various issues with polling data, the numbers do indicate a broad trend that favours the Greens. However, with increased popularity also comes increased scrutiny, and in recent weeks, the Greens have managed to get themselves into trouble more typically associated ...
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The latest from our hologram portal 19.8.2019 Current Issue
We speculate updates to stories and the readers who speak out in 2068.
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Green Party support grows as alarms sound on climate crisis 21.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada What do Ireland, the British Parliament, and Ottawa and Vancouver city councils have in common? All voted in 2019 to declare a climate emergency. Following the Green Party win in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection, both the NDP and the Liberals proposed climate-change emergency resolutions for debate in the House of Commons. On May 16, the day the motions were being debated, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May presented " Mission Possible ," a 20-point green action plan. The first point calls climate the greatest security threat the world has ever seen. For the Greens, climate is no longer just an environmental issue -- it requires putting Canada on a war-like footing, directed by a multi-party inner cabinet, on the model Winston Churchill employed during the Second World War to combat fascism. Since its inception in 1983 the Green Party of Canada has not attracted enough voter support to been seen as a big threat by other political parties. But recently announced voting intentions for the ...
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Albertans, in their 'bitumen bubble,' may have missed the significance of West Coast Green goings on 9.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga We Albertans have been living in a bit of a bubble -- a bitumen bubble. As a consequence, we may not all have noticed what’s been happening on Canada's West Coast. So the potential significance of the victory in a federal by-election Monday by Paul Manly of the Green Party of Canada in British Columbia's Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding may not yet be fully appreciated here in Wild Rose Country. But then, what normal Albertan pays attention to political happenings on Vancouver Island when we're obsessed with our pipedreams of a pipeline? We might want to start paying attention, though, because for a variety of reasons the election of Canada's second Green Party MP may well be a harbinger of things to come. Those things aren't necessarily going to be good news from the perspective of a province that's just elected a government committed to undoing all significant limits on petroleum production, carbon outputs and environmental regulation generally. I know, I know, the United Conservative Party ...
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Scientists have declared a biodiversity crisis — here's what that means for business 8.5.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
A ground-breaking UN report yesterday revealed scale of threat facing the natural world.
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European Parliament elections an opportunity to vote for democracy 16.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
World Europeans go to the polls May 23-26 to elect a new European Parliament. Held every five years since 1979, the ninth direct election of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) promises to be interesting. Now that the Brexit deadline has been extended until October 31, the U.K. will be electing a full slate of MEPs. Euroskeptic-in-chief Nigel Farage, formerly head of the United Kingdom Independence Party, has announced his new Brexit Party will contest the election "to scare the hell out of U.K. MPs" contemplating a second referendum or dithering over a negotiated Brexit agreement with the EU. Will "U.K. Remain" voters have a clear alternative to the party of Nigel Farage? However logical such an option may appear, nothing has yet emerged to suggest it will happen. In February 2016, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Croatian philosopher Srećko Horvat launched first in Berlin, then in Rome, a Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25). DiEM 25 wants to see a sovereign European ...
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Elizabeth May talks fossil fuels, pipelines and selling out the climate in Alberta 13.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga What would have Elizabeth May have done in Rachel Notley's shoes?  The leader of the Green Party of Canada says she would have summoned up the memory of Peter Lougheed, founder of Alberta's 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty, but not the way the province's first NDP premier has. "I think that Albertans are reasonable," May said during a short, 15-minute interview before she gave a talk with students and faculty at The King's University in Edmonton Friday. "If you present the facts, and say, 'Look, we had this plan from Peter Lougheed, let's revisit it," she argued, Albertans and other Canadians could find common ground.  Notley took a different road, with which the member of Parliament for Saanich and the Islands disagrees profoundly, describing Alberta's approach "an abdication of responsibility." To the right of Ralph Klein on oil? "If I had been her adviser, and I certainly tried to communicate this to her, given the political landscape, I would have sought out reclaiming the ...
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What would Elizabeth May do in Rachel Notley's shoes? 13.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
What would Elizabeth May do in Rachel Notley's shoes?
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What Washington, D.C.’s progressive climate law means for commercial real estate 6.3.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The nation’s capital just passed aggressive, practical legislation to green its buildings. Your city could be next.
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Jason Kenney promises massive corporate tax cuts to create jobs 5.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Oh for crying out loud! The tax cut fairy has returned to Alberta! She's brought snake oil! United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney, lately rebranded The Policy Guy™, has promised a massive cut in business taxes to create jobs. In Calgary yesterday, Kenney vowed to slash the lowest business taxes in the country by a third, from 12 per cent to eight per cent. He claimed this will create 50,000 jobs. Needless to say, his obedient UCP troops were in a rapturous state, as are the usual suspects in mainstream media. A total of 50 per cent of Alberta's academic economists who regularly hold forth on social media on such topics also supported the would-be premier's policy pronouncement as a good idea. The other one disagreed. Well, I'm no economist, but I read some, and it can be pretty confidently predicted that no jobs will be created by such a policy, although there will certainly be some very happy corporate shareholders who are able to buy new and more elaborate condos in Palm ...
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A call to critically support the Green New Deal 27.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brad Hornick There was a saying in the Green Party: "Two Greens, three opinions." Ecosocialists, perhaps, tend to be slightly more in agreement with a few basic principles, or " Points of Unity ." There are a number of ecosocialist responses to the Green New Deal, converging for the most part around the recognition that though it is not the Green New Deal most of us would prefer, it is the opportunity to move the paralysis of the climate change movement very far in the right -- left -- direction that our times so desperately need. This is a series of essays in six voices, from longtime activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change . Each was challenged to make their point in 500 words or less. This was intended as a constructive contribution to the wonderful storm of discussion that the Green New Deal has opened up. For many decades, scientists have warned that the window for the kind of widespread economic, political, and policy reforms required to ...
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Hey, Ford! Wellington county's water is not a commodity, it's a human right 19.9.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Doreen Nicoll Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) has a number of campaigns underway, including their most widely recognized campaign Say No To Nestlé! encouraging the provincial government to phase out bottled water extraction over the next 10 years. Wellington Water Watchers acknowledge that water is a basic human right. Their campaign, Water for Life, Not Profit, focused on Nestlé's Aberfoyle plant which has pumped more than 1.1 billion liters of water since its permit expired 24 months ago. This is only one of two permits Nestlé has in the area. Erin's permit expired almost a year ago but Nestlé continues bottling water from that well too. Together, these two permits allow Nestlé to draw up to 4.7 million litres of water daily from Wellington county's aquifer -- the same aquifer residents depend on for all of their water needs. Nestlé purchased a third well in Elora after outbidding the local community of Centre Wellington. A moratorium currently prevents Nestlé from pumping water from this well. And, ...
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Hot Pink Paper turns gender lens on Vancouver municipal politics 14.9.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tania Ehret As municipal parties and independents gear up for the 2018 Vancouver municipal election on October 20, local women's organization Women Transforming Cities launched their Hot Pink Paper on September 11. The Hot Pink Paper, first introduced during the 2014 Vancouver election campaign, seeks to encourage municipal candidates to commit to women-friendly policies, and ensuring all platform issues to reflect a women-friendly and intersectional lens. The Hot Pink Paper was prepared by Women Transforming Cities, together with self-identified women and girls, and community allies. Candidates have an option to opt in by filling out the commitment form . Members of the public can view the Hot Pink Paper online and better acquaint themselves with how issues of housing, health care, child care, the environment -- and many more -- impact self-identified women specifically, with special attention to Indigenous and immigrant women, and all women facing marginalization. Despite the grey drizzle that morning, ...
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A court has ruled in favour of Trans Mountain Pipeline, but power of social license is yet to be tested 28.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga The Federal Court of Appeal's decision Friday not to hear an appeal by the government of British Columbia and several B.C. municipalities opposed to a ruling of the National Energy Board that allows Kinder Morgan Canada to ignore local permits and bylaws undoubtedly illustrates the strength of Alberta's legal arguments. Whether or not that turns out to be the slam-dunk political victory many people in Alberta are now declaring it to be is far less clear. "It wasn't that we won the decision, it was the court wouldn't even hear it," Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley rejoiced Monday. "So it was a pretty definitive victory for the pipeline and for the people of Alberta and Canada." This is fair enough as far as it goes. But whether Albertans like it or not -- and we can safely assume that by and large they don't -- Notley nevertheless got it right back in the day when she argued that winning social license from our fellow Canadian citizens was a necessary part of Alberta's efforts to ...
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Wellington Water Watchers make water an election issue 1.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Doreen Nicoll Mike Nagy is a natural wonder. His formative years were spent in southern rural Hamilton where he lived a uniquely angelic childhood. Walking home from school each day included stopping to drink natural spring water bubbling  from rocks at the "Jolly Cut," a little oasis in the woods. As Nagy recalls, "Kids hung out there every afternoon. We had freedom because there was no bus and while we walked home from school we had time to explore and have fun." This idyllic childhood abruptly ended in Grade 8 when Nagy's family moved to inner city Hamilton. Experiencing the loss of paradise gave birth to the actionist conservationist in Nagy who, despite working in private high-tech fields, has logged in excess of 20,000 volunteer hours crusading for a better local, national and international environment. Nagy has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Geography and Political Science from McMaster as well as a master's in Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in Eco-Certification Labeling and ...
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Top disappointments of Budget 2018, by the numbers 28.2.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson The Council of Canadians had a first look at Budget 2018 tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on February 27 and has these initial observations. 1. $0 for pharmacare "There's a pledge for a new national pharmacare program -- but the budget says nothing about what that might cost. Eric Hoskins, who resigned as Ontario's health minister Monday, was officially named today as the chair of a new council that will hold nationwide consultations on how to proceed with a national program." - CBC After years of study and clear evidence that pharmacare would both save lives and billions of dollars, we are disappointed that the government decided to pursue consultations rather than taking immediate action to implement pharmacare. The advisory council's report isn't expected until the spring of 2019, just prior to the October 2019 federal election. 2. $0 for Trans-Pacific Partnership compensation "[Ontario Finance Minister Charles] Sousa said he was disappointed there weren't more transition ...
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Building Momentum: How Grassroots Organizers Redefined and Rebuilt UK's Labour Party With Jeremy Corbyn 31.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The results of UK's general election last spring took many by surprise, but not so much the activists on the ground who created Momentum, the organization behind the massive mobilization in support of Jeremy Corbyn's bid for Labour Party leadership. Organizer Rachel Wood talks about how Momentum revived and redefined Labour. The People's Assembly Against Austerity, Friends of the Earth, Green Party and other organizations gathered in Parliament Square to protest Chancellor George Osborne's "emergency" budget in London, July 8, 2015. Jeremy Corbyn MP, running for leadership of the UK's Labour Party, made a wildly popular speech opposing the austerity agenda. (Photo: Jasn / Flickr ) We're now several months into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators, not only about how to ...
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