Outrage In Canada After Militarized RCMP Arrest 14 Wet’Suwet’en Land Defenders on Sovereign Indigenous Land

After militarized RCMP officers arrested 14 land defenders on the sovereign territory of the Wet’Suwet’en people, solidarity protests erupted across Canada.

For The Real News, I attended one of those protests, which took place on January 8, 2019 in front of the riding office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal.

This is my report on the Montreal protest and the public’s reaction to the arrests:

https://therealnews.com/stories/outrage-in-canada-after-militarized-rcmp-arrest-14-wetsuweten-land-defenders-on-sovereign-indigenous-land?fbclid=IwAR0Kx4UDOQxoaxF0WstoNyJDSrOcTF6lr-syxT0oBa4O7z5fjWI1NxnhrtY.

Can Canada’s Tar Sands Industry Be Profitable Without Government Handouts?

During the recently concluded United Nations 24th Climate Change Conference (COP24), the environmental organizations Stand.earth and Environmental Defense issued a report criticizing the Canadian government’s climate change policies and the role that the fossil fuels industry has played in ensuring that Canada’s government take weak action to address the climate crisis.

Among other things, the report concluded that, due in no small part to the relentless lobbying of the fossil fuels industry, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target is grossly inadequate to avoid a climate catastrophe.

For The Real News, I spoke to Stand.earth Executive Director Todd Paglia about the report. As Todd explains, Canada’s federal and provincial governments are spending billions of taxpayer dollars to prop of the dying tar sands industry at a time when we should be rapidly phasing out the tar sands in order to preserve the livability of our planet.

My discussion with Todd can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/can-canadas-tar-sands-industry-be-profitable-without-government-subsidies.

 

Trudeau Government Rejects Postal Union’s Green Vision While Catering To Big Oil

For The Real News, I speak to Dave Bleakney, Second National Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Dave explains that Justin Trudeau’s government has shown little to no interest in greening Canada’s postal service, despite the concerted efforts of CUPW.

My discussion with Dave can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/canadas-government-rejects-postal-unions-green-vision-while-catering-to-big-oil

Justin Trudeau’s Government Deprives Canadian Postal Workers of the Right to Strike

For The Real News, I speak to Mike Palecek, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, about Justin Trudeau’s attempt to deprive postal workers of the right to strike.

Mike says that the Liberal Government’s back-to-work legislation is unconstitutional and that Justin Trudeau’s disregard for pay equity undermines his claim to be a feminist.

My discussion with Mike can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/trudeau-government-deprives-postal-workers-of-the-right-to-strike?fbclid=IwAR1l84XAyDMpCDNux67GxON55anzqVZT3Z0K6rvu_8mo_rzCJSPMlZiLxTs

Massive Class Action Launched Against Trudeau Government For Failure To Act On The Climate Crisis

In Quebec, a massive class action has been launched against Justin Trudeau’s Government for its failure to act on the climate crisis.

The action has been brought on behalf of 3.5 million Quebecois who are 35 years old or younger.

The lead plaintiff alleges that Trudeau’s inaction on climate change breaches fundamental rights to life, security and equality.

For The Real News Network, I discuss the case with Catherine Gauthier, the Executive Director of ENvironnement JEUnesse, the lead plaintiff in the proposed class action. Our discussion can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/massive-class-action-launched-against-canadas-trudeau-government-for-failure-to-address-climate-crisis

Alberta Energy Regulator, With The Full Complicity Of Big Oil, Perpetrates a Massive Fraud on Canadian Taxpayers

For the Real News, I speak to Regan Boychuk of Reclaim Alberta about a recent, stunning revelation that Alberta’s Energy Regulator (AER) has grossly misrepresented to the public the true costs to clean up old oil wells and toxic tar sands tailings ponds in the province.

The AER has previously claimed those costs to be $58 billion, but in fact they are likely to be well in excess of $260 billion.

Meanwhile, the AER has collected a paltry $1.6 billion in security from oil companies, meaning that there is a large and growing risk that Canadian taxpayers will ultimately shoulder most of the burden to clean up the oil industry’s massive, toxic mess.

My discussion with Regan can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/oil-industry-cleanup-costs-vastly-exceed-alberta-governments-estimates?fbclid=IwAR1IlSMexCLYg1so7qRVdu0E-E_lDtNB1_3S3Cx6MJFjbiCpo4ViyLmUvvQ.

A Call to Escalate Resistance to Canada’s Pro-Israel Policies

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Palestinian-Canadian human rights activist Hammam Farah interrupts a speech by Israel’s Economy Minister, Eli Cohen, at a Bay Street luncheon held in May 2018.

There is a moment in Henry Kissinger’s memoirs — do not buy the book — when Nixon and Kissinger are looking out at tens of thousands of anti-war protesters who have surrounded the White House. Nixon had placed empty city buses in front of the White House to keep the protesters back. He worried out loud that the crowd would break through the barricades and get him and Kissinger. And that is exactly where we want people in power to be. This is why, although he was not a liberal, Nixon was our last liberal president. He was scared of movements. And if we cannot make the elites scared of us we will fail.

Christopher Hedges, November 2016

Recently, human rights advocate Peter Larson published on his website, Canada Talks Israel Palestine, a blog post addressing accusations from Prime Minister Trudeau and other Canadian party leaders that I had directed a ‘vile anti-Semitic smear’ at two Members of Canada’s Parliament.

The MPs in question are Liberals Michael Levitt and Anthony Housefather. They are both members of the Executive Committee of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group. Levitt is the Chair of that Group. Levitt and Housefather also happen to be Jewish.

My alleged ‘anti-Semitic smear’ was a tweet in which I wrote:

Apparently, Liberal MPs Anthony Housefather and Michael Levitt are more devoted to apartheid Israel than to their own prime minister and colleagues in the Liberal caucus.

After Trudeau and other party leaders falsely accused me of anti-Semitism, Peter reviewed over 100 blog posts on my website going back to January 2017. He then wrote[1] that:

[Lascaris] is a very vocal advocate of BDS, the movement to boycott Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians, and very critical of both Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh for not endorsing it. But I could find no whiff of any animus against Jews…

While his tweet may have been insensitive, any intimation that Lascaris himself is anti-Semitic appears to be ill informed and perhaps even politically motivated. It would appear that a number of political leaders who have been sharply criticized by Lascaris in the past are not willing to come to his defense in the face of Trudeau’s attack.

I have already explained the context of my tweet and the reasons for which I categorically reject the Prime Minister’s accusation of anti-Semitism. My purpose in writing this post is not to add to that explanation, but rather, to respond to other criticisms Peter articulated in his post.

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