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.

What Can Humanity Learn From The Great Law Of Peace (Part 2)

This is the second part of my discussion about the Great Law of Peace with Stuart Myiow, Wolf Clan Representative of the Mohawk Traditional Council.

In this part, Stuart explain that Western ‘democracies’ wrongly prioritize individual rights over the rights of the collective, and that, if humanity is to avoid a climate catastrophe, it will be essential that we learn from the Great Law of Peace and that we begin to prioritize the collective interests over individual interests.

My discussion with Stuart can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/what-can-humanity-learn-from-the-great-law-of-peace-2-2.

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

Roger Waters: Neoliberalism is Fuelling the Flames of Fascism

I spoke recently to legendary musician and human rights activist Roger Waters about his recent tour of South America.

In the first part of our discussion, Roger discussed his visit to Brazil where Roger paid tribute to murdered human rights activist Marielle Franco, met with journalist Glenn Greenwald and warned against the rise of the fascist Jair Bolsonaro.

In the second part, Roger discussed the appalling treatment of Julian Assange by the Ecuadorian government of Lenin Moreno. Roger also talked about the obstacles he had to overcome in order to visit the site of massive oil contamination in the Ecuadorian jungle. That contamination was caused by the corporate predecessor of Chevron and resulted in an historic, $9 billion judgment being rendered against Chevron by the courts of Ecuador. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs in that case have been fighting for years, including in Canada, to collect on that judgment.

The two parts of our talk can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/roger-waters-neoliberalism-is-fueling-the-flames-of-fascism-pt-1-2

https://therealnews.com/stories/roger-waters-neoliberalism-is-fueling-the-flames-of-fascism-pt-2-2

 

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