Trudeau government fails to take bold action at COP24 to avoid climate breakdown..

December 18, 2018

The Trudeau government has failed to both recognize the climate emergency in front of us and to take action to limit global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Climate justice activists will undoubtedly work to make climate breakdown a ballot box question for the October 21, 2019 federal election and press whichever party that forms the next government (if polls and projections are right it will be the Liberals again) to take action at COP25 in Chile the following month.

However, given the Trudeau government is abdicating its responsibility on this front and other political parties needing to step up in their commitments to address the climate emergency, Extinction Rebellion actions — such as the week-long international rebellion scheduled to start on April 15, 2019 — will be needed to see real change.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2018/12/trudeau-government-fails-take-bold-action-cop24-avoid-climate

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Canada on track for record arms sales to Saudi Arabia..

December 18, 2018

Statistics Canada latest trade data releases show that Canada is heading toward a record year in rifle and ammunition exports to Saudi Arabia, despite the kingdom’s continued war in Yemen.

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/12/canada-track-record-arms-sale-saudi-arabia

School boards ‘blindsided’ as Ford government slashes program funding..

December 16, 2018

The Ford government has cut millions in funding for programs that provide after-school jobs for needy teens, classroom tutors for kids, “student success” supports for racialized youth as well as a project focusing on Indigenous issues, the Star has learned.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2018/12/15/school-boards-blindsided-as-ford-government-slashes-program-funding.html

Doug Ford has his boot on Toronto’s neck, so why is John Tory so complacent?..

December 16, 2018

Are you encouraged and heartened by the new Toronto city council — cut to half its size, but not its cost; led by an executive committee that’s loaded with the mayor’s suburban bootlickers; weak in gender representation; and saddled with the same intractable problems of 20 years ago?

Only the mindlessly optimistic among you can find comfort in the posed picture of the 26-member council as Mayor John Tory “leads” the new members to the municipal gallows.

Like it was in 1998, the Premier of Ontario has his boots on Toronto’s neck — only this time the mayor is almost an accomplice, malleable to the point of being complicit.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/12/14/doug-ford-has-his-boot-on-torontos-neck-john-tory-is-his-virtual-accomplice.html

Yellow Vests Canada lacks left-wing populism of gilets jaunes in France..

December 14, 2018

Yellow vest protests are now being organized in Canada. The “Yellow Vests Canada” Facebook page was set up on December 5 and already has 43,506 members.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2018/12/yellow-vests-canada-lacks-left-wing-populism-gilets-jaunes

Trudeau wins praise for rolling back Harper-era attacks on right to vote.

December 13, 2018

It is not often that groups like the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students have cause to give enthusiastic and unqualified praise to the Trudeau government. But they did so this week, when Bill C-76, the Liberals’ Elections Modernization Act, passed in the Senate.

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/12/trudeau-wins-praise-rolling-back-harper-era-attacks-right-vote

China makes Canada pay for playing US lackey..

December 13, 2018

All this time Canada actually dutifully followed the US lead and even copied some of its trendiest policies. Be it following Russophobic hysteria or making billions worth of deals with some Middle Eastern autocrats, Canada was here to march in lockstep with its powerful neighbor. Its response to the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Washington’s key Middle Eastern ally – the Saudis – was also conspicuously reserved, particularly for a nation that portrays itself as a fervent champion of human rights.

Now China got a taste of Ottawa’s imitation game, as Canada seemingly decided to get involved into the unfolding economic ‘Cold War’ between Washington and Beijing. Last week Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou – the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei – provoking a furious reaction from Beijing.

https://www.rt.com/news/446412-china-canada-pay-us-lackey/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

Study highlights ‘uncomfortable truth’ about racism in the job market..

December 12, 2018

Racialized workers in Ontario are significantly more likely to be concentrated in low-wage jobs and face persistent unemployment and earnings gaps compared to white employees — pointing to the “uncomfortable truth” about racism in the job market, according to a new study.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/12/11/study-highlights-uncomfortable-truth-about-racism-in-the-job-market.html

A PC coverup under the nose of Doug Ford’s kangaroo court

December 12, 2018

Doug Ford created a legislative committee last September to ferret out the truth about “quite possibly the worst political coverup in Ontario’s history.”

The multi-billion-dollar question: What’s the real budget deficit?

https://www.thestar.com/politics/political-opinion/2018/12/10/a-pc-coverup-under-the-nose-of-doug-fords-kangaroo-court.html

Doug Ford Hires His Unqualified Buddy As Top Cop..

December 9, 2018