Archive for May, 2020

Nearly 200 Groups in Canada Vow to Fight for Covid-19 Recovery That Puts Human and Ecological Health First..

May 29, 2020

“The choices we make now about how to recover from this pandemic will shape not only our health and economic future, but also the future of human life on this planet.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/25/nearly-200-groups-canada-vow-fight-covid-19-recovery-puts-human-and-ecological?cd-origin=rss

No—Argue Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Monia Mazigh, and 100+ Others—Canada Does Not Deserve UN Security Council Seat…

May 20, 2020

“Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage,” warns open letter from activists, artists, and academics.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/19/no-argue-noam-chomsky-roger-waters-monia-mazigh-and-100-others-canada-does-not?cd-origin=rss

Canada’s two-year window to make a choice between climate justice and militarism..

May 20, 2020

It is possible that the world could see a decrease in spending on weapons due to the drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt and a popular push for public funds to be spent on health care and the environment rather than increasingly on armaments.

https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2020/05/canadas-two-year-window-make-choice-between-climate-justice

Why are so many people getting sick and dying in Montreal from Covid-19?

May 14, 2020

The city is at the center of the crisis in Canada and Quebec is now the seventh deadliest place in the world for daily deaths..

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/13/coronavirus-montreal-canada-hit-hard

As pandemic restrictions ease, Canada should replace its capitalist system with a Scandinavian-style alternative..

May 13, 2020

In such a ruthless capitalist system:

  • Extracting and selling global-warming fossil fuels is profitable.
  • Pillaging non-renewable resources is profitable.
  • Deforestation is profitable.
  • War, and the manufacture of tanks, warships and military hardware is profitable.
  • Offshore tax havens are profitable.
  • Poverty and inequality are profitable, at least for the millionaires and billionaires.
  • Ill-health is profitable for the big pharmaceutical companies.
  • Hooking kids on junk food is profitable.
  • Low wages and unsafe workplaces are profitable.
  • Purchasing politicians is very profitable.

https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2020/05/pandemic-restrictions-ease-canada-should-replace-its

Ignoring plea from UN, Justin Trudeau refuses to lift sanctions on poor nations during pandemic..

May 8, 2020

Yet Canada, ignoring the plea from the UN’s highest official, continues in the midst of the pandemic to impose sanctions on 20 nations, including Lebanon, Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Nicaragua and Yemen.

While Canada’s sanctions are typically aimed at punishing the regimes running these countries, the impact of the sanctions falls primarily on ordinary citizens, according to Atif Kubursi, professor emeritus of economics at McMaster University.

Kubursi, who also served as a UN under-secretary-general and has extensive UN experience in the Middle East and Asia, says the impact of Canada’s sanctions on the people in these countries is devastating.

https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/05/ignoring-plea-un-justin-trudeau-refuses-lift-sanctions-poor-nations-during

Justin Trudeau should lift Canada’s economic sanctions now..

May 7, 2020

Unknown to most Canadians, Trudeau’s government maintains economic sanctions regimes against twenty countries of the world, including nine African countries. In fact, under the Harper government in Ottawa in June 2013, Canada coordinated economic sanctions for the U.S.-led coalition of countries participating in the regime change operation against Syria. Similarly, under the Trudeau government, Canada helped lead the Lima Group in organizing multilateral sanctions against Venezuela.

https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2020/05/justin-trudeau-should-lift-canadas-economic-sanctions-now

Canada succeeded on coronavirus where America failed. Why?

May 7, 2020

Canada beat the US on coronavirus because its political system works.

https://www.vox.com/2020/5/4/21242750/coronavirus-covid-19-united-states-canada-trump-trudeau

Will there be a silver lining to this pandemic?..

May 2, 2020

The planet is getting a deserved rest. Air is clearing. Water is cleaning. Habitats may restore. This could be the start of something new. There are many curves besides COVID-19 that we must flatten and reduce. Global energy demand is projected to drop six per cent in 2020 — dwarfing the impact of the 2008 recession. This puts us in a great position to start the needed emission reduction, worldwide, throughout this decade.

https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2020/05/will-there-be-silver-lining-pandemic