Jagmeet Singh’s call for fossil fuels ban leapfrogs the Leap Manifesto

“The NDP is coming late to the issue of dealing comprehensively with climate change. Can it compete effectively with Elizabeth May’s Greens on this front? We shall see.” – Thomas Walkom

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on May 7 in Ottawa. “The NDP is coming late to the issue of dealing comprehensively with climate change. Can it compete effectively with Elizabeth May’s Greens on this front?” asks Thomas Walkom.
Jagmeet Singh’s New Democrats have discovered climate change. 

The party had been reluctant to take too uncompromising a stand on global warming for fear of alienating potential voters. That reluctance has gone.

Now the NDP is calling for an end to the entire fossil-fuel industry in Canada.

“The future of our country cannot involve fracking,” Singh said Monday in Ottawa, referring to a controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas. “It cannot involve the burning of any fossil fuel.”

He said Canada must adhere to carbon reduction targets that are much stricter than those proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government if it to seriously fight climate change.

And he declared that he now opposes ambitious plans by British Columbia’s NDP government to build a massive liquefied natural gas project in the province’s north.

[In the past] the Leap Manifesto’s call to ban any new fossil-fuel energy projects, from pipelines to fracking, was seen as too radical. No more. Now, with his call for a Canada free of fossil fuels, Singh has outleapt the Leapers. MORE


The War on Women Enters a New, Even More Dangerous Phase

“On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Our Bodies, Ourselves, the struggle for women’s bodily autonomy, for political representation and economic power, for freedom and equality is still being waged. But it’s no longer a struggle. Now it’s a war. “

The abortion issue is being used to strip women of their rights. It’s time to fight back

WomenAbortionMarch.jpgIt’s hard to imagine that even Margaret Atwood’s fertile imagination could have conceived the current situation in the US.Photo by Mickey Welsh, Associated Press.

Georgia’s “heartbeat law” bans abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women even realize they are pregnant. In truth, heartbeat laws effectively ban safe and legal abortion.

Image result for twitter logo extra small“6 weeks pregnant” = 2 weeks late on your period.

Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside of the things they want from it. It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period + not be pregnant. So this is a backdoor ban. https://t.co/xWd9GAj51b  — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 8, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez was not alone in noting that many of the politicians pushing this kind of legislation didn’t have the faintest clue about how women’s bodies actually work.

It’s tempting to watch from the safety of Canada and think “There goes America, being insane again.” But reproductive rights may not be quite as safe here as one might hope.

Liberal MLAs Rich Coleman and Laurie Throness addressed the crowd at a pro-life rally outside the B.C. legislature last week. “The fact that somebody wants to do things with the right to life at the end of life, or the right to life at the beginning of life, is totally, totally wrong for me,” Coleman said. Throness said “life is sacred from conception until natural death.”

They aren’t alone in voicing support for the anti-choice forces.

“It starts with limits on access to information and education, and then spirals into some fictional faith-based version of how the world supposedly works.”

In Ontario, Progressive Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff pledged that he wanted abortion to become “unthinkable in our lifetime.” Ontario Premier Doug Ford, asked if he agreed with Oosterhoff, ducked the question. MORE


Image result for twitter logo extra smallThis is a photo of speakers  and Conservative politicians
at an anti-abortion rally.

Notice something? It’s almost all men.

The anti-abortion movement is nothing more than an attempt by old Conservative men to control women’s bodies pic.twitter.com/G7tCn14o3t  

— North99 (@wearenorth99) May 15, 2019

Image result for twitter logo extra smallExperts say B.C. Liberal MLAs’ right to life speech was deeply disturbing. “It’s completely inappropriate for an elected representative to publicly oppose the Charter rights of women.” https://t.co/pWDs1qPtuZ

— Katrina Chen (@KatrinaCBurnaby) May 14, 2019


Doug Ford Quietly Planning Half a Billion Dollars in Cuts For Low-Income Workers and People With Disabilities

Doug Ford’s targeting of low-income workers and people with disabilities for steep cuts is “dangerous” and “cruel.” The province seems commitment to inadequate social assistance rates, that leave Ontarians in deep poverty with no hope of dignity or health. Your vote counts.


Ford government’s expenditure estimates foreshadow cuts for low-income workers and people with disabilities

Post-budget spending plans suggest Doug Ford’s government is quietly planning to cut half a billion from the province’s two main income support programs.

The budget tabled by the Ford government last month already announced plans to carve a billion dollars out of the budget of the ministry that provides funds to income support programs.

Although the budget makes no mention of cutting programs linked to “poverty” or “disabilities,” the Ford government’s more-recent itemized expenditure estimates for 2019-2020 show both Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program are slated for deep cuts.

Ontario Works is an income support program that provides low-income workers with financial and employment assistance. The Ontario Disability Support Program, meanwhile, offers financial and employment assistance for those with recognized disabilities.

According to the Ford government’s estimates, funding for financial assistance under Ontario Works would be $296.3 million lower in 2019-2020 than in the previous year, while employment assistance funding under the same program would drop $10 million.

People with disabilities would see ODSP financial assistance cut by $222.1 million.

Together, the total estimated loss amounts to more than half a billion dollars.


Banking on Climate Change – Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2019

And as a timely reminder of why a CRIMINAL law of ecocide is so crucial – click on the above image to see a report just out that shows banks have actually been increasing their support of aggressive fossil fuel expansion since the Paris agreement.  No amount of climate negotiating is able to deal with this.  Only when ecocidal activity becomes criminal will the money have to go elsewhere.
Mission Life Force

World’s top banks have poured $1.9 trillion into fossil fuel financing since the Paris Agreement was adopted, with financing on the rise each year

The tenth edition of the Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card. Photo: BankTrack et al

A report released today by BankTrack, Rainforest Action Network, Indigenous Environmental Network, Oil Change International, Sierra Club and Honor the Earth, and endorsed by 163 organisations around the world, reveals that 33 global banks have provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris climate accord at the end of 2015. The amount of financing has risen in each of the past two years. [1]

Of this $1.9 trillion total, $600 billion went to 100 companies that are most aggressively expanding fossil fuels. Alarmingly, these findings reveal that the business practices of the world’s major banks continue to be aligned with climate disaster and stand in sharp contrast to the recent IPCC special report on global warming. That report, Global Warming of 1.5 °C, clearly outlined the critical need for a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels and estimates that the world’s clean energy investment needs are $2.4 trillion per year up to 2035.

Banking on Climate Change 2019 is the tenth annual fossil fuel report card and the first ever analysis of funding from the world’s major private banks for the fossil fuel sector as a whole.

Banking on Climate Change 2019 reveals that the four biggest global bankers of fossil fuels are all U.S. banks – JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi and Bank of America. Barclays of England, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) of Japan and RBC of Canada are also massive funders in this sector.  Notably, JPMorgan Chase is by far the worst banker of fossil fuels and fossil fuel expansion – and therefore the world’s worst banker of climate change. Since the Paris Agreement, JPMorgan Chase has provided $196 billion in finance for fossil fuels, 10% of all fossil fuel finance from the 33 major global banks. MORE


Over 50 Organizations Urge World Bank to Boost Recycling, Circular Economy & Non-Mining Solutions for a Truly Climate Smart Agenda
Big beautiful news from the UK, where the United Reformed Church–already divested from coal and tarsands–has voted to sell off all its fossil fuel holdings! Thanks to @OperationNoah and all else who worked so hard!https://t.co/hjs5PRqobM
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) May 15, 2019