Archive for August, 2018

As Trudeau Goes All In for Climate-Killing Pipeline, Canadians Issue Final Calls to Ditch Trans Mountain Purchase..

August 31, 2018

Climate action groups are denouncing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s determination to forge ahead with expanding the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, the purchase of which by the Canadian government was finalized on Friday just a day after current owner, the energy giant Kinder Morgan, hit a major legal obstacle for its construction.

Trump’s harsh ‘off the record’ remarks about Canada leaked..

August 31, 2018

In the leaked remarks, the US President said he wasn’t making any compromises at all during the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations with Canada, and that the deal will be signed “totally on our terms.”

Trump said it “off the record” because he believed that making his stance public is “going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.”

“Here’s the problem. If I say no – the answer’s no… I can’t kill these people,” he said of the Canadian government.

The President also allegedly said that he’s intimidating Canada with tariffs and other means at his disposal during the negotiations: “off the record, Canada’s working their ass off. And every time we have a problem with a point, I just put up a picture of a Chevrolet Impala,” which is produced by American carmaker General Motors at a plant in Canada.

‘Great Victory for Indigenous Communities Everywhere’: Canadian Court Rescinds Trans Mountain Approval

August 30, 2018

“This is the consequence of the unholy alliance between the federal government and corporations taking shortcuts through consultation,” declared Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. “My faith in the judicial system is somewhat restored today.”

Toronto needs bold ideas and Jennifer Keesmaat has given us one..

August 30, 2018

During her campaign launch last week, mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat established the premise of her campaign: “It’s time for bold ideas and real leadership,” she said in the speech. “So let’s talk about some bold ideas.”


Ford’s ‘populism’ means waging war on Ontario’s most marginalized..

August 30, 2018

As I chug my eighth beer, savouring the thought that I have paid only a buck for each one, I realize I’ve reached the high point of Ontario’s new populist nirvana.

It won’t get any better than this, since this is the extent of Doug Ford’s populism.

Ontario’s Right-Wing Government Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit for Canceling Basic Income Program..

August 29, 2018

“When we can’t get justice from our elected officials, the courts stand ready to hear claims. That’s why our courageous representative plaintiffs are bringing forward this class action lawsuit.”

There is a Burning Need to Rekindle Anti-militarist Political Movements in Canada..

August 29, 2018

Are soldiers more valuable to society than teachers? Are they more essential than the people who drive buses or clean up our waste? Are their jobs that much more dangerous than firefighters, or psychiatric nurses or loggers? Is what they do more honourable than parenting, caring for elders, providing essential social services or reporting the news?

Liberals’ new poverty reduction strategy is more PR than strategy..

August 28, 2018

The problem with the anti-poverty statement is that it includes no new poverty reduction measures: not one dollar in additional spending, no commitment to a social safety net for those currently living on the streets, no repairs to the broken employment insurance program which is unavailable to two-thirds of workers, and no mention of the near poor — the millions of people struggling to survive with barely enough.

The anti-poverty strategy is not a strategy to reduce poverty: it is a public relations vehicle that takes the CCB and bundles it with an assorted selection of spending promises — mainly for the distant future — to improve housing, add child care, increase incomes for seniors, and better life for Indigenous people.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford denies issuing directive to stop staff using the term ‘climate change’..

August 26, 2018

Leaked emails asking civil servants to stop using the term “climate change” on social media have landed Doug Ford in hot water as Ontario reels from a spike in forest fires.

The benefits to raising Ontario’s minimum wage are tangible..

August 26, 2018

Kevin Pierson has three Tim Hortons stores in west-end Toronto. Like many businesspeople in the food service and hospitality industry – one of the country’s biggest concentrations of low-income workers – Pierson worried that the 21 per cent hike in Ontario’s minimum wage to take effect Jan. 1 of this year would cut deeply into his profits, forcing him to lay off employees and reduce hours for those who remained.

But it hasn’t turned out that way.