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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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Europe’s Once-Mighty Climate Warriors Are Staging a Comeback After Other Leaders Have Failed 23.6.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Traditionally, the European Union—the federation of 28 nations with 512 million inhabitants—has prided itself on being the global front runner in progressive policies on the environment and climate change. It has championed binding CO2 reduction targets in international negotiations, led the […]
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Germany’s Greens party tops polls, bolstered by fears of climate change 12.6.2019 L.A. Times - World News

Lars Billert has been voting for Germany’s Greens Party for 20 years as it slowly shed its image as a marginal party of environmental rabble-rousers. Now the Greens are suddenly ascendant — and Billert isn’t quite sure what to think.

“The Greens are riding high on the wave of climate change fears,...

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For a 1.5 C World, Cities Must Go Carbon Neutral. They Can’t Do It Alone. 10.6.2019 THE CITY FIX
Around the world, grassroots movements like Extinction Rebellion and Fridays for Future are sounding the alarm about the climate crisis, and government representatives are responding to the call: national parliaments and cities have declared climate emergencies, the Green New Deal is gathering support in ...
For a 1.5 C World, Cities Must Go Carbon Neutral. They Can’t Do It Alone. 7.6.2019 WRI Stories
For a 1.5 C World, Cities Must Go Carbon Neutral. They Can’t Do It Alone. Comments|Add Comment|PrintHeidelberg, Germany, site of the International Conference on Climate Action. Photo by Naval S/Flickr Around the world, grassroots movements like Extinction Rebellion and Fridays for Future are sounding the alarm about the climate crisis, and government representatives are responding to the call: national parliaments and cities have declared climate emergencies, the Green New Deal is gathering... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
In European vote, far-right surge fails to materialize, but mainstream parties lose support 28.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Supporters of the European Union garnered a majority in continent-wide parliamentary elections, fighting off a populist challenge, according to tallies released Monday. But the results also showed a polarized electorate that points to continuing discord over hot-button issues such as immigration...

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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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EU Politicians Break Into Air Base Holding U.S. Nukes 20.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Several people were arrested following Wednesday's action.
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Germany's Green Party Emerges as the Center-Left Opposition 26.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Its impressive showings in state elections suggest reports of the far right’s rise were exaggerated.
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Minnesota voter guide: Where the U.S. Senate candidates stand on the issues 13.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar is running for re-election against state Rep. Jim Newberger, the Republican-endorsed candidate, Green Party candidate Paula Overby and Dennis Schuller of the Legal Marijuana Now Party. Here's where they stand on the issues.
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Which U.S. Senate candidate do you agree with most? 13.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is running for re-election against Republican Jim Newberger and two third-party candidates. If you're still not sure who you're voting for, try out this quiz to see which candidate most aligns with your thinking.
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