You may have seen the news that Doug Ford’s Minister of Environment and Conservation, Jeff Yurek, sent Ontario Conservation Authorities (CAs) a letter last week. In that letter, Minister Yurek directed Conservation Authorities to “wind down” programs not connected to their “core mandate”, generally categorized as work related to:
In France, which recently ratified CETA by a thin margin, voting for the agreement has been a political liability. Offices of 20 MNAs who voted for the agreement have been vandalized, manure has been dropped at their headquarters, and supporters have been booed and attacked on Twitter. Meanwhile, in Canada, it is business as usual where Prime Minister Trudeau attacks those who dare to critique the agreement. Why the difference?
The RCMP is sitting on the findings of an internal investigation into its own actions and surveillance of residents who were attempting to protect their water and homes from the toxic impacts of shale gas fracking. It’s imperative that the RCMP release this report now – and I need your help to make it happen.
This blog is part two of a series looking at corporate interference in democracy and quashing of public protest. Read the first one here.
We’re seeing a number of questionable actions coming from different arms of government under the guise of ‘public security’ and ‘public interest’, like Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s “war room” and the RCMP handing information with Enbridge about land and water protectors blocking pipelines in BC.
CSIS is unlawfully monitoring water protectors and climate justice activists, according to BCCLA. This kind of police surveillance is not new, but it is deplorable.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is using public funds to launch a new project within his fossil fuel lobby “War Room” to diminish effective social action for rapid and just transition away from fossil fuels.
These activities are examples of the diverse ways that corporate interests have manipulated democratic institutions.
Movements must be on guard for this kind of manipulation and defend our democratic right to diverse forms of protest.
People living in communities around the flood zone and downstream from Muskrat Falls have been informed that water levels will begin to rise to fill the reservoir starting this coming Tuesday, August 07th.