The NDP Could Nominate Canada’s AOC In Parkdale-High Park

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A looming conflict on Canada’s left wing- between the old guard who wishes to hug the centre and the younger, more radical edge enamoured with the populist left politics of Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez- will play itself out in a nomination meeting in downtown Toronto this weekend.

The stakes are far higher than just who will carry the NDP banner into October’s federal election. After years of being quieted by heavy-handed central executives and old-guard union bosses, the outsiders might finally have found a way in.

The riding has a well-earned reputation as a political battleground. Impeccable activist credentials and a personal army of hardcore volunteers are a must to get elected. In a country where it’s hard to remember your MP or city councillor’s name, PHP pols Gerard Kennedy, Cheri DiNovo, Peggy Nash and Gord Perks all enjoy their respective cults of personality. Local wars between Liberals and NDPers are the stuff of legend, such as the storied rivalry between Kennedy and Nash.

It is this kind of political crucible that can forge a young, fearless left-wing leader, and despite leaning right myself I say, “About time.”

A resurgent left is good for democracy, and good for the country. Conservatives need to be challenged in a meaningful and substantive way if they are to stay fresh and sharp. Look at Doug Ford’s government, barely a year old and staggering from self-inflicted wounds. But they have no real reason to step up their game unless the NDP gets their act together. MORE

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The NDP Could Nominate Canada’s AOC In Parkdale-High Park

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Indigenous people level a crushing blow to U.S. funded anti-oil sands campaign

This post greenwash from the Edmonton Journal is a good example of Alberta media ignoring the implications of extending the tar sands ecocide.

Iron Coalition, co-led by Chief Tony Alexis (pictured) of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, is urging all First Nations and Métis communities in Alberta to sign an exclusivity agreement to join its bid to secure ownership of the pipeline. LEAH HENNEL/POSTMEDIA

There’s been big moments in the history of Canada oil and gas before. The Leduc oil strike of 1947 and the development of the Fort McMurray oilsands come to mind.

But we could be witnessing one more seismic shift.

Dozens of Indigenous groups are turning forcefully against the anti-pipeline agenda of Greenpeace and other U.S.-funded green and social justice groups.

Indigenous leaders are organizing support for oil and gas development on reserves and in communities. Indigenous men and women work in big numbers in the oil-and-gas sector and are now also running, owning and partnering in oil-and-gas companies. Indigenous leaders are speaking out in the media and at federal hearings in favour of pipelines.

And now they’re aiming what could be a killer blow to the anti-oilsands campaign, a move that would see substantial First Nations ownership of new pipelines to the B.C. coast, starting with the Trans Mountain expansion, which got federal approval this week.

At least two major groups, the Iron Coalition and Project Reconciliation, seek to bring together hundreds of First Nation communities across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan to purchase TMX, which the Trudeau Liberals bought for $4.5 billion one year ago.

The two groups are greatly encouraged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s openness to First Nations ownership. “When it comes to potential Indigenous buy-in, we’re not putting a limit on it,” Trudeau said on Tuesday, saying it could be anywhere from 25 to 100 per cent.

“It’s a game-changer for Indigenous people to acquire ownership of an asset that’s going to make money for communities,” said Iron Coalition co-chair Tony Alexis, Chief of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation.

The Iron Coalition is mandated by the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs in Alberta to put together this deal. It would put all profits back into First Nations and Metis communities.

When the Trans Mountain was first built in the 1950s, it went through Indigenous land but the hunters, trappers and fishermen who lived there got zero benefit, Alexis said. That must change. “We’re now in that place where we’re making our own path. We’re going to create revenues for ourselves. We’re going subsidize our programs and services.”

Some coastal B.C. First Nations oppose the pipeline, but Alexis said his hope is B.C. chiefs will form a similar group, which will then join with his group to negotiate with the federal government. MORE

Indigenous drummers lead pipeline protesters on 22-km march in Victoria

Marchers include Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and local politicians

Demonstrators march down Government Street during a protest against the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Victoria on Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Dirk Meissner/The Canadian Press)

The government approval of the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion won’t stop efforts in British Columbia to halt the project, protesters gathered outside Victoria’s city hall said Saturday.

About 300 demonstrators were adamant in their commitment to fight the pipeline twinning project, approved this week by the federal Liberal government, as they prepared to embark on a 22-kilometre march to a beach south of Victoria.

Indigenous drummers led the anti-pipeline protest along the route that passed through Victoria to Island View Beach, located near Victoria International Airport. The demonstrators, some carrying placards saying, “Don’t be Crude,” and “What part of NO do you not understand,” walked down the middle of downtown streets escorted by police vehicles with their lights flashing.

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Eric Doherty said he was prepared to walk more than 20 kilometres to join what he believes will be a public groundswell against the pipeline expansion.

“Governments approve all sorts of things and then they face the people on the street and they get cancelled,” he said. “That’s how societies turn around is people hit the streets.” MORE

New tentative contract for Canada’s scientists would enshrine right to speak to media

‘It was one of the most important things we’ve ever done,’ says union head about agreeing to integrity clause

Justin Trudeau looks through a microscope in the lab with chief scientist Mike Wong as the prime minister visited the Canada C3 expedition vessel in Charlottetown in 2017. A tentative pact between Ottawa and the union representing federal scientists would preserve the scientific integrity clause if ratified. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

A tentative agreement reached between the Trudeau government and Canada’s scientists would lock in their right to speak to the media about science and their work for another four years.

The “scientific integrity” clause was first written into a 2017 collective agreement and enshrined the right to speak about science and their research without being designated a departmental spokesperson.

The Liberals, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, agreed to renew the clause at the June 7 conclusion of bargaining for a contract that would replace the one that expired last fall for most of the three groups included — researchers, scientists and engineers.

The right to speak would survive even if the Liberals are defeated in the October federal election, if the tentative contract is ratified.

The contract affects about 15,000 scientists, researchers and engineers across the country, about 1,000 of them in Atlantic Canada.

“It was one of the most important things we’ve ever done,” Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) union, said about renewing the scientific integrity clause.

Debi Daviau, national president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada union, says preserving the right for federal scientists to speak to the media on science is important. (Robyn Miller/

Daviau said the union is well aware the Liberals could be replaced by the Conservatives, who were accused of muzzling scientists when they were last in power.

“It was the one that was most important to get into our collective agreement because now they’re going to pry it from my cold dead fingers to get it back,” she said.

“All the evidence points to a Conservative government that denies climate change, that doesn’t believe in scientific facts and evidence, particularly if they’re inconvenient and for sure, we’re deeply worried.”

The Harper government imposed speaking restrictions on scientists, including a requirement to get their talking points approved by Ottawa. MORE

‘Eye-Popping’: Analysis Shows Top 1% Gained $21 Trillion in Wealth Since 1989 While Bottom Half Lost $900 Billion

Neoliberal economic philosophy leads inevitably to an income pyramid with the ‘winners’ at the top. Wealth and power concentration undermines democracy.

“The top one percent owns nearly $30 trillion of assets while the bottom half owns less than nothing.”

CEO and founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos participates in a discussion during a Milestone Celebration dinner September 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Adding to the mountain of statistical evidence showing the severity of U.S. inequality, an analysis published Friday found that the top one percent of Americans gained $21 trillion in wealth since 1989 while the bottom 50 percent lost $900 billion.

“We have the worst inequality in this country since the 1920s.”
—Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)

Matt Bruenig, founder of the left-wing think tank People’s Policy Project, broke down the Federal Reserve’s newly released “Distributive Financial Accounts” data series and found that, overall, “the top one percent owns nearly $30 trillion of assets while the bottom half owns less than nothing, meaning they have more debts than they have assets.”

The growth of wealth inequality over the past 30 years, Bruenig found, is “eye-popping.”

“Between 1989 and 2018, the top one percent increased its total net worth by $21 trillion,” Bruenig wrote. “The bottom 50 percent actually saw its net worth decrease by $900 billion over the same period.” SOURCE

“Enormous crisis,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted in response to Bruenig’s analysis.

“We have the worst inequality in this country since the 1920s,” wrote Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “Three wealthiest people in America have as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent.”