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November 20, 2019

Written by Robin Tress and Dylan Penner, Climate and Social Justice Campaigners, Council of Canadians

Last month, Canada had its first climate election. As a result of tireless climate justice organizing from coast to coast to coast, action on the climate emergency was a top vote-determining issue. With a new minority Parliament set to convene in the near future, we can learn from and build on the impact of this organizing to win the just transition we need.

17.9 million people took to the polls and 63% of Canadians voted for parties with significant climate planks in their platform. Though, it’s worth noting one of those parties bought more pipelines than others.

November 18, 2019

Today, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) released the results of their investigation into BP Canada’s unauthorized spill of 136,000 litres of synthetic drilling mud in June of 2018. 

When BP's drilling rig entered Nova Scotia's waters we threw the company an 'unwelcoming party' at their offices in Halifax. Photo: Mo Phung.

 

November 15, 2019

“The water and the people are intertwined in every way.” - Deepa Joshi, feminist and political ecologist currently coordinating two projects on the themes of environmental justice and climate change in the Eastern Himalayas.

Deepa Joshi @ Ki Ta Ski Naw, 09Nov2019.

 

November 14, 2019

Trees and mountains reflected in lake

 

Maude Barlow’s new book Whose Water Is it Anyway? Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands is making a big splash. The book was reviewed in the Globe and Mail by Michael Valpy, who stressed that even though we are in a global environmental crisis, Barlow's book is about hope.

Read below for an excerpt from Valpy’s review:

 

November 13, 2019

"prairie grass" by **** j a z z z i *** is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

It wasn’t a surprise that the prairies went predominantly blue in this federal election. Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have remained fairly steady in their voting patterns for decades. What has been significant is the sensationalization of western alienation as something new and newsworthy – this expression of frustration has been happening in some form or another for longer than the prairies have been voting conservative. 

This new, more extreme wave of western alienation has been the subject of endless articles, op-eds, and social media posts that paint it as the dominant conversation happening across the region. 

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