Quinte Biosphere Defenders flourish in a Tory heartland

by Anthea Weese and John Lewis, of Quinte Biosphere Defenders

Deep in Ontario’s rural Tory heartland, a vigorous group of ecological and climate campaigners has sprung up in the last three years, rallying support for constructive initiatives on environmental and social issues.

Those involved with the Quinte Biosphere Defenders (QBD) are distributed across the immediate watershed of the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, Belleville, Quinte West (Trenton), and Prince Edward County (Picton). The area has a small population of progressive thinkers with a limited history of group activity, mostly focused on specific issues such as nuclear disarmament and banning cosmetic pesticides. In contrast to most other local groups, we are a local, nonpartisan, unaffiliated group.

Quinted stop line group

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Trudeau’s new pipeline process: worse than National Energy Board?

Against a project that has aroused vigorous protests by resisdents, the Kinder Morgan pipeline company proposes to triple the capacity of a pipeline now pumping 300,000 barrels a day of toxic tar sands oil from Edmonton to Vancouver. – SW

by Will Horter 

First Nations leaders left in the dark. The public, once again, denied the chance to speak. Add to that a clear conflict of interest at the heart of the panel chosen to review Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal and you have a recipe for yet more lawsuits and squandered public trust.

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Saskatchewan Husky Oil spill: Lesson for Toronto

Reprinted from SaskOil.org – The 250,000 litres of heavy oil and diluent that Husky Oil spilled into the North Saskatchewan River on July 21, 2016 is rightly receiving significant public attention. After all, it is threatening the drinking water of tens of thousands of people living downstream and shutting down the intake of water treatment plants in affected communities, forcing residents to buy bottled drinking water and fill their bathtubs as short-term reservoirs.

Saskatchewan oil spill impact 2016

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Why the ‘We’re all responsible’ line is a climate change cop-out

by  James Wilt

ARTICLE FROM DESMOG: To no one’s surprise, there’s been an awfully wide range of responses to what caused the catastrophic Fort McMurray wildires. Some blame climate change. Others peg it on the El Niño and forest management techniques. Still more suggest that now’s simply not the time to be having such a conversation.

But the one thing that appears to unite all sides is “our” alleged complicity in it as North American consumers.

Human_Fingerprints - 10 indicators - 2016

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Trudeau Climate Plan Challenged at Toronto ‘Town Halls’

by John Riddell

The first two public consultations on climate action organized by Canada’s national government in Toronto, gave strong support to the demands of the People’s Climate Plan (PCP), an alternative to federal climate-related proposals. The PCP’s proposals are listed below.

June 17 Toronto climate consultation

Hundreds of people packed the room at a climate consultation in Toronto on June 17, 2016 [Source: 350.org/Flickr]

The two concepts most frequently voiced at the gatherings, held June 17 and June 24, were support for Indigenous rights and opposition to further expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. Participants listened attentively to the government’s presentations but offered no congratulations for its initial proposals. Continue reading

Canada turns cold shoulder to climate refugees

‘Those least responsible for climate change are likely to suffer the most’- Gabriel Allahuda 

The following talk was delivered at the June 4, 2016, People’s Climate Plan Teach-In in Toronto, an event supported by East End Against Line 9.

by Gabriel Allahuda

My name is Gabriel. I have been a migrant farm worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program from St. Lucia for the past four years. I’ve been involved in the greenhouse production of tomatoes and organic sweet peppers.

Migrants in Canada - Gorgia Straight

Migrant workers in Canada – Georgia Straight.com

I am here in Canada not by choice, but by fate. In 2009, I decided to become self employed in St. Lucia. My income base and business was diversified, and I felt confident that my income would not be affected by any factor and could withstand any external shock. But in 2010 a hurricane destroyed my business and I lost my livelihood. Continue reading

Climate change: Every month sets new world record

by Damian Carrington

Fri. 17 June 2016 – May was the 13th month in a row to break temperature records according to figures published this week that are the latest in 2016’s string of incredible climate records which scientists have described as a bombshell and an emergency.

Flooding in Straiton Scotland, Dec. 2016

Flooding in Straiton, Scotland, Dec. 2016 – Daily Mail.co.uk

Seven climate records set so far in 2016 

The series of smashed global records, particularly the extraordinary heat in February and March, has provoked a stunned reaction from climate scientists, who are warning that climate change has reached unprecedented levels and is no longer only a threat for the future. Continue reading

Climate Justice Transitions

At a time of growing debate on tar sands pipelines, carbon taxes, and renewable energy, Jesse McLaren draws our attention to the broader context: an expanding alliance of social forces across Canada in a movement for global climate justice. Jesse’s article concludes with a ringing appeal for funds for the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, who are challenging Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline project before the Supreme Court. – SW,

effects of climate change

The impact of climate change on land resources -Africaeconews.com

by Jesse McLaren

The devastating fires in Fort McMurray show the urgent need to transition to an economy that supports people and the planet, and this is part of a transition in climate justice politics. Continue reading

Toronto Teach-In Poses Climate Justice Alternative

by John Riddell.

The People’s Climate Plan Teach-in, held in Toronto June 4, took great strides forward in presenting a forceful alternative to the inadequate and deceptive National Climate Strategy proposals of Canada’s federal government.

In the opening sessioPeople's Climate Plan Logon, five leading climate activists presented a coherent, unified climate justice strategy, proposing effective action to save the world from climate disaster interlocked with practical measures to assist working people and the poor who are the first victims of global warming.   Continue reading

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But how will this be done? The five articles of the UN Declaration excerpted below highlight issues that have figured in Indigenous claims to land rights including with regard to pipeline projects such as Line 9. The complete text of the Declaration is reprinted following these excerpts.

Excerpts: Article 3

Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

UN declaration on Indigenous Rights insignia

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