Cross-Canada action for progressive social change.
From May 9 to 11 in London, Ontario, All Our Sisters hosts a multidisciplinary conference to address the issues affecting homeless women and women at risk. This is the first national forum specifically addressing security of housing, homelessness and safe communities for Canadian women. The forum will also help create a national network around building safe communities that are inclusive of all women in Canada. To register for the conference or for information on speakers and events, go to www.alloursisters.ca.
End the war in Afghanistan
The federal NDP has joined antiwar activists in calling on the Harper government to take Canadian troops out of Afghanistan by ending the failed military mission. To sign the NDP's petition on ending the military mission to Afghanistan, go to www.youth.ndp.ca/afghanistan. For more information about ongoing antiwar organizing in Canada and Quebec, go to www.acp-cpa.ca.
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
This year, Israeli Apartheid Week is extended into two weeks of lectures, films and actions, from March 7 to 20. For more information on events and organizing on your campus and in your community, go to www.apartheidweek.org.
Carbon intensity of tar sands crude
A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation shows that Alberta tar sands oil is one of the world's most carbon intensive because of its poor quality and the amount of natural gas needed to enrich it. The report. Carbon Intensity of Crude Oil in Europe, uses a lifecycle assessment of more than 3,000 oilfields that supply oil to Europe. According to the report, as extraction of unconventional crude oil such as that from the tars sands is more energy intensive, it results in higher greenhouse gas emissions than other oil sources. In Canada, a federal panel of scientists has reported that the tar sands lack an environmental monitoring system that is independent of the oil industry. To read Carbon Intensity of Crude Oil in Europe, go to the www.icct.org. There's also more information on the tar sands science panel at www.greenpeace.ca.
First Nations block Enbridge
In December 61 First Nations announced that they would not allow Enbridge pipelines or similar tar sands projects to cross their lands, territories or watersheds, or the ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon. The outcome of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines would transport tar sands crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia and natural gas in the opposite direction.
Poets against pipelines
Resistance to Enbridge has also been shown through poetry. Enpipe Line is a 1,173 kilometre line of poetry, written collaboratively to create cultural resistance to Enbridge's proposal and similar projects. To read or contribute to Enpipe Line, go to http://christineleclerc.com. For more information on anti-Enbridge organizing, go to www.pipeupagainstenbridge.ca.
PEI activists get provincial support against GE fish
PEI environmental groups met with the premier and environment minister and secured a pledge that the provincial government will seek information from Environment Canada on genetically engineered (GE) fish. Environment Canada is currently refusing to disclose any information about a possible risk assessment to allow the production of GE salmon eggs on PEI. To find out how to take action, including opposing any environmental assessment of GE fish, go to www.cban.ca.
Protect citizens from SLAPPs
An Ontario government's expert advisory panel has delivered strong recommendations around the need to protect citizens from strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs). Citizen groups are now asking Ontario to deliver a new anti-SLAPP Act as soon as possible. SLAPPs can silence public discussion on issues of public significance by creating an unfounded fear of legal consequences or adverse costs. For more information, go to www.ecojustice.ca.
Stop asbestos exports
In a recent report in the Lancet, Quebec and Canada are condemned for exporting asbestos to developing countries, including India, Indonesia and the Philippines, despite its proven link to lung disease and cancer The Quebec government is considering financing the reopening of the Jeffery Mine, north of Sherbrooke. To read Canada accused of hypocrisy over asbestos exports, go to www.thelancet.org. For more information on anti-asbestos organizing in Canada, go to www.mining-watch.ca and www.bacanada.org.
CETA and public water sales
A new report by the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Council of Canadians describes the potential impact of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on public water systems and water management in Canada. The report includes recommendations on how to protect public water from proposed policy restrictions in CETA that encourage privatization. To download Public Water for Sale: How Canada Will Privatize our Public Water Systems, go to www.canadians.org.
Keep Toronto transit public
The Public Transit Coalition includes thousands of Torontonians who agree that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) must be kept public and be properly funded by all levels of government, and that the Transit City Light Rail plan be completed by 2020. To date, the coalition has successfully campaigned against public-private transit partnerships and continues to lobby the provincial government to restore the billions of dollars for Transit City. For more information on organizing, go to www.keepttcpublic.ca.
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