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Shareable scooters may seem sustainable, but are they really? 16.7.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Zipping around town on tiny two-wheelers seems like the green thing to do — but there’s more to sustainability than saving energy.
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On 'unalienable' human rights 15.7.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Mercedes Allen On July 8, the U.S. State Department  announced the launch  of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, which is intended to rethink and reshape how human rights laws are applied around the world. This commission was deemed necessary to ensure that "human rights discourse not be corrupted or hijacked or used for dubious or malignant purposes," though in that  founding statement , the department failed to explain how this was supposedly happening, or who was said to be hijacking said discourse. Reporting  about this development  immediately  raised  concerns  that the commission's mandate could negatively impact and specifically target  LGBTQ human rights protections , and there could be dire ramifications for  reproductive rights , sex-based rights, and the rights of migrants as well. Although the wording of the announcement is vague to a degree, religious conservatives  clearly expect  the project "to address concerns about religious freedom and abortion," at the least. In  announcing  the ...
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Building a movement: How Emerging Leaders are shaping a circular economy 15.7.2019 GreenBiz.com
Meaningful transition strategies are beginning to take shape in energy, waste and food systems. But younger generations will shoulder most of the work to turn them into reality, as well as the consequences of inaction.
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Passing of Bill 21 is an affront to Canadian pluralism and Quebec values 10.7.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Passing of Bill 21 is an affront to Canadian pluralism and Quebec values
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Ready for the new age of employee activism? 8.7.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
New research suggests that less than one-third of the Fortune 1000 workforce is satisfied with the actions their employer is taking to mitigate the company's impact on the environment.
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Survey on Canadian attitudes towards immigration riddled with flaws 6.7.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Survey on Canadian attitudes towards immigration riddled with flaws
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Reimagining commerce through products with purpose 5.7.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
What if every act of design and production made the world a better place?
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Cooperation vocation: How the Organic Valley embraces sustainability and community 4.7.2019 GreenBiz.com
From wind farms to organic farms, the cooperative is pushing forward against the challenges that farmers face.
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One way to decolonize this Canada Day 27.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Doreen Nicoll In 2017, I wrote that I would not be celebrating  Canada's 150th birthday . Instead, I encouraged settlers to read, watch, or listen to an Indigenous viewpoint each week for the rest of the year in order to work towards meaningful reconciliation with the true founding Nations of this land. Then, in 2018, I checked in to see how settlers were doing and to offer a list of books, documentaries, movies and music that could help them on their  truth and reconciliation  journey. Well, July 1 is here again and I'm still unable to celebrate Canada's birthday so long as celebrations ignore the reality that the creation of this nation meant the demise of the Indigenous nations that were living and thriving here for generations before first contact and colonization. And because Canada and Canadians continue to journey down a path that fails to acknowledge our history of genocide, systemic racism, broken treaties, and dearth of meaningful remedial action that's needed before true reconciliation can ...
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Treat yourself to independent media this season 26.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Libby Davies Dear rabble friends and readers, Summer is finally here which I hope means you'll get time to hang out at your favourite summer places and get in some summer reading! I always make sure rabble.ca is part of my summer reading -- gotta stay in touch and know what's happening around us! I have a special connection to rabble -- I know most of the amazing folks who work for rabble (as do many of us) and I am always in awe of what this small but mighty team produces day after day and year after year. I know personally that they do it because they are dedicated to keeping us informed and aware of political, community, labour, international, and social movement developments. It's more than a job in the traditional sense -- it's a deep commitment to keeping rabble moving forwards -- to keeping us informed and connected with each other. rabble is so unique in what it does -- it reaches across this vast land and connects people, communities and activism. There's so much on offer -- interesting ...
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Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs proposes mobility nirvana 26.6.2019 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Imagine, a city where the residents and commuters wouldn't need to own cars.
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Extinction Rebellion stages 'bitumen spill' outside prime minister's office 25.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
In response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's approval of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline on June 18, Extinction Rebellion Ottawa organized a "bitumen spill" the following afternoon outside his office in downtown Ottawa. Extinction Rebellion billed the action as "taking the Trans Mountain fight to the prime minister's doorstep." There are many reasons to oppose the 890,000-barrels-per-day tar sands pipeline. It violates Indigenous sovereignty and lacks the free, prior and informed consent of numerous First Nations. There are 133 First Nations on or near the route of the 1,150-kilometre pipeline. Almost 520 kilometres of that route would cross the Secwepemc Nation without their consent. Furthermore, only 43 First Nations have signed "mutual benefit agreements" (which should not be confused with their free, prior and informed consent for the pipeline). The pipeline would emit massive amounts of carbon pollution. It would produce an estimated 26 million tonnes of upstream and 60 million tonnes of ...
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A circular city remains a destination of the future, but many are traveling there 25.6.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
It's still early days for circular cities.
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Massive protests shake up politics in Hong Kong 23.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
World Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China with its own set of laws and regulations separate from most of mainland China. Hong Kong is in a transition period following the withdrawal of the U.K. as its colonial power in 1997. Since then, the city state has seen spikes in political activities and protests when major changes to its laws have been proposed. In the last few months, the Hong Kong government, headed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, proposed to introduce a new law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China. APC talked to Carol Ng, the Women's Officer of the Confederation of Hong Kong Trade Unions, earlier in the week as to the reasons why this proposed law saw demonstrations of up to two million people flood the streets of Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by  Australia Asia Worker Links , in the studio of  3CR Radio  in Melbourne, Australia. Image: Demonstration against ...
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Tune in to the Green New Deal's stop in Vancouver tonight at 7PM PT 22.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rabble staff Our friends at The Leap have been touring across the country to hear from prominent climate activists, students, organizers, workers, and people like you on how to build power and popular supports for an inclustive, climate-safe economy and society, a Green New Deal. The tour's stop will be in Vancouver tonight! They will be presenting a livestream of the event and you can watch “A Green New Deal for All” live right here . You don’t need to be in Vancouver to hear from speakers and performers which include Kanahus Manuel, David Suzuki, Harsha Walia, and Avi Lewis, with MC Anjali Appadurai. For more information on rabble's Amplify! event coverage services please visit our page , or email ...
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Federal unions speak out against P3; new pilot for care workers offers respite; and Manitoba nurses protest health-care changes 20.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Zaid Noorsumar PSAC decries $2.6 billion public-private partnership for heating and cooling federal buildings Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has been enthusiastic about a contract with a private consortium to upgrade heating and cooling infrastructure in federal buildings. But PSAC and other public sector unions say that such partnerships do not provide value for taxpayer funds, the Hill Times reports . Trudeau government announces new pilots for care workers New pilot programs for domestic care workers will grant open work permits to them and their immediate family members, the Toronto Star reports . Care workers have long demanded open work permits that would allow them to escape abuse by exploitative employers. New security rules making it tougher to find seasonal farm workers The CBC reports that businesses accustomed to using temporary foreign farm workers are finding it tough due to new government rules requiring biometric data. The articles quotes an employer saying that Canadian residents ...
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Instead of squabbling over scarce jobs and incomes, we should jointly strive for a fair economic system 20.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn There's an African proverb that is becoming uncomfortably apt to apply to many workers and citizens: "As the waterhole becomes smaller, the animals get meaner." In other words, as basic needs dwindle, so does the willingness to share what's left. The merits of community and co-operation are superseded by a selfish survival-of-the-fittest mentality. A big difference, however, exists between what happens at a shrinking waterhole in Africa and what happens in Canada when good-paying jobs are reduced, incomes fall or stagnate, and government services are cut back. The African waterhole gets smaller because of a drought. It's a natural and unavoidable phenomenon. In Canadian society, however, the necessities of life for the most vulnerable among us are being deliberately restricted. Our welfare "waterhole" is being siphoned away, its contents inequitably transferred from the pockets of the poor into the bulging bank accounts and stock portfolios of the rich and powerful. There is no shortage of money ...
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How the Target Center's 'nutritional curator' wins with clean food 20.6.2019 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
You won't find a single microwave or any trans fats in the stadium food at this Minneapolis arena, thanks to David Fhima.
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Five actions to take on National Indigenous Peoples Day 18.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar On June 21, 2019 Canada commemorates National Indigenous Peoples Day. Earlier in June, the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls report came out, calling Canada's treatment of Indigenous peoples "genocide." So now, what do we do? On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Activist Toolkit is highlighting organizing that's being done to stop the continued discrimination. Stand with these organizers. 1. Stop exposure to toxic waste. On June 6, the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics issued a report based on his eight-stop visit of Canada staying that: ...he was "quite disappointed" with a lack of clear answers from Ontario and Ottawa regarding why a remedy has not been found for the community of Grassy Narrows half a century after the discharge of 10 tonnes of mercury upstream from the First Nation, located about 100 kilometres northeast of Kenora, Ont. -- Olivia Stefanovich, CBC  Read his complete findings here . FreeGrassy.net lists ways in which you can continue to support the complete clean-up of ...
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Behind Vancouver's massive and mysterious Women Deliver conference 18.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Penney Kome Hardly anyone local was prepared when a New York-based organization named Women Deliver swept into Vancouver in early June to discuss gender equality with 8,000 political leaders, advocates, academics and journalists from 165 countries -- and another 100,000 people globally participating online -- and then swept out again. Wait! Who was that masked stranger? What made the conference (and the organization) really daring though, was the subject: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). If a Women Deliver conference was held in an anti-abortion jurisdiction -- say, the state of Alabama -- the whole state might implode in frustration.      The name "Women Deliver" hints at the organization's original goal: to lead the way towards achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, Improve Maternal Health. "In 2007 the maternal mortality rate was atrociously high," says the Women Deliver website. "World leaders needed to step up, rally around the issue and commit to action. ...
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