Who profits from austerity?

On Saturday, London rocked to the sounds of 250,000 marchers protesting austerity in the U.K. Organized by The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, the day’s events (marches were also held in Liverpool and Glasgow) announce the beginning of a campaign against the cutbacks to services by the Conservative government headed by David Cameron. Recently returned to power…

On Brink of ‘Sixth Great Extinction,’ Humanity Must Conserve or Die

It’s official: the planet is entering a “sixth great extinction” that even the most conservative estimates show is killing off species at rates far higher than the previous five mass die-offs—and humanity is both at fault…and at risk. A joint study by scientists from several North American universities published last week in Science found that the rate of extinction…

Union, NSCAD students and staff upset about layoffs

“The people that they chose to layoff are really the backbone of our institution” On Wednesday, 17 members of NSCAD’s custodial and administrative staff were told that their positions with the university had been eliminated. The scale of the layoffs is unprecedented, says NSGEU President Joan Jessome, comprising roughly half of the union branch, many…

ROBOT RISING!

who needs workers with robots rising everywhere and almost free labour from our own unemployed banging down the doors, and those offshore more desperate for bread than even our own who needs workers? author: brian richard joseph About this poem: “ROBOT RISING” is the third of three reflecting on the plight of unemployed persons. […

Farmers Find their Voice Through Radio in the Badlands of India

Eighty-year-old Chenabai Kushwaha sits on a charpoy under a neem tree in the village of Chitawar, located in the Tikamgarh district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, staring intently at a dictaphone. “Please sing a song for us,” urges the woman holding the voice recorder. Kushwaha obliges with a melancholy tune about an…

Halifax Water workers locked out for one month

It’s been almost a month now since Halifax Water workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), were locked out by management That’s a long time to walk the picket lines. But the large and boisterous crowd that rallied at Halifax City Hall this evening seemed as determined as ever. ‘Our morale is…

What happened in residential schools was genocide. But what really matters is justice.

What happened in residential schools was not “cultural genocide”. It wasn’t “language genocide”. And it wasn’t “almost genocide”. What happened in residential schools was genocide. Canadian officials targeted Indians for assimilation and elimination purely for economic and political reasons. Scalping bounties on certain Indigenous nations are indicative of such a lethal mentality. Canada wasn’t killing…

Canadian Government Lambasted for Stifling Science and Dissent

‘Together, we feel neither secure nor valued,’ says coalition of more than 200 civil society groups From muzzling watchdog groups to persecuting whistleblowers, from devaluing Indigenous voices to undermining labor unions, from defunding environmental charities to criminalizing peaceful protests, the Canadian government made civil society organizations “Public Enemy #1.” So charges a new report released…

Another 4.4 Magnitude Industry Reported Quake in Alberta

Chevron Canada has confirmed that “a magnitude 4.4 seismic event was recorded by seismic monitoring arrays operated by Chevron Canada and Natural Resources Canada” in the Duvernay shale near Fox Creek, Alberta on Saturday. It’s the second record-breaking industry-reported tremor to hit the region in a year. In January, industry triggered a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in the…

NASA: The Earth is Running Out of Water

More than half of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are losing water due to population and climate stresses Bottom line: the Earth is running out of water. Two new NASA studies led by researchers from the University of California Irvine and published Tuesday show that the depletion of global groundwater resources, due to the dueling…

Liberal Party Plan a Tough Sell for C-51 Haters

Justin Trudeau will have to do more than pledge to fix what he calls a broken Ottawa to win back would-be supporters, say opponents of the recently-passed Anti-Terrorism Act. Steve Anderson, executive director of the Internet privacy group OpenMedia, said the Liberal Party of Canada’s support of Bill C-51 can’t be counter-balanced by promises of…

Who’s unionized? Demographic shift shows changes in the job market

The makeup of Canada’s unionized workforce has changed, according to Statistics Canada. For most of the 20th Century, the blue-collar male worker was the face of the labour movement. Machinists, miners, auto-workers, steelworkers, construction workers; your average union member was a man working in a manufacturing or trade industry. But in the last 25 years, that’s…

As Harper Stalls on Climate, Canada Moves Without Him

One of the first things Stephen Harper did after winning a majority in 2011 was to build a system of levees around the Prime Minister’s Office. They weren’t physical levees, of course, like the type designed to keep water from flooding New Orleans. Rather, they were ideological ones, erected on the belief that climate action…