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The Canada Infrastructure Bank: Theft by Deception

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1334 .... November 29, 2016
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The Canada Infrastructure Bank: Theft by Deception

Heather Whiteside

Both the Liberal government and its Advisory Council on Economic Growth are head-over-heels for the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), announcing with fresh-faced enthusiasm that it will be an innovative route for augmenting infrastructure finance, a flywheel of institutional capital participation, and an economic stimulus boon for the middle class. Beyond the euphoria is deception; there are no sunny ways to be found here, only shadowy figures and cloudy rationale. Let's decipher the fraudulent hype.

Innovative? Canada's current system of dysfunctional public infrastructure development would certainly benefit from a source of dedicated, pooled national savings. Yet the CIB's main ‘innovation’ lies in granting equity ownership rights to private capital through investment vehicles like public-private partnerships (P3s),...

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All Hands on Deck! Huge No DAPL Protest and other SEA Activist News

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Trudeau and Kinder Morgan

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So much to celebrate!

After a decade of living under Harper, and years of fighting for climate action in Canada, we are finally seeing some results. Just last week, the government committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 through a plan that includes, among other things,

  • A phase out of pollution from coal power plants by 2030,
  • A national price on carbon, and
  • Greater regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector1-4

While we know there’s still lots of work ahead of us, it’s important to relish in these small victories and give credit where it’s due. These victories are thanks to the thousands of you who have mobilized for climate action since last year’s election.

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Climate Change and the Struggle Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

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Climate Change and the Struggle Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Thousands have been pouring onto Vancouver streets, as well as protesting across Canada, against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been attempting to square the impossible – expanding oil sands production and building pipelines while addressing climate change. The Liberal governments of BC and Canada have ignored theses issues, as well as wider questions about First Nations consultations and sovereignty claims, already in the cases of the Pacific Northwest LNG, Woodfibre LNG and the Site C Dam in BC.

The recent Liberal announcements of ocean protection funds and carbon taxes are partly political dodges as they continue on with Harper's plans to make Canada an energy super-power based on fossil fuels. Kinder Morgan is in line for approval,...

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Nestlé outbids Ontarian town for its water

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Trudeau's pipeline call

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Ahmed was arrested for writing a novel

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R&F.ca Weekly Update

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Earth to America: Trump

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PepsiCo workers in Pakistan are fighting for a union - and they need your support

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In community, we are stronger

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Thousands united to Stop Kinder Morgan

Photos: 2,000+ people in 50+ communities across Canada join day of #KMVigils. r1

Friends,

Monday night was an evening of beauty, strength, and resilience. Over 2,000 people in more than 50 communities stood united against the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline for the national day of #KMvigils. From coast to coast to coast, people stood in unity to tell Prime Minister Trudeau that he needs to honour his promises on climate action and Indigenous rights by rejecting Kinder Morgan.

Today we need to lean into our power and keep the pressure on. Can you send an email to PM Trudeau and his cabinet to tell them to reject Kinder Morgan?

Here are some of my favourite photos from this immensely powerful day.

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Ancient forest in British Columbia

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CYDaily from COP22 -- Report from day 11


The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition

McKenna Meeting

In the wake of the CYD’s powerful action from Wednesday evening at the Canadians at COP reception, and amongst pressure from CAN-RAC, Minister McKenna finally agreed to meet with us. In the early hours of Thursday morning, with a strict 15 minute deadline, our mission was simple: tell a narrative of resistance and compassion by amplifying the voices of Indigenous and marginalized voices on our team. Christa, Brendan and Maya each addressed the minister for roughly five minutes while she sat and listened. Too often are we forced to hear the disingenuous and time-consuming rhetoric of politicians, so we were keen that McKenna listen instead of respond. Our intent was to express that Canadian youth are bearing witness to injustice. Our intent was to showcase our knowledge and understanding of the intersectional linkages that make up a justice-based approach to climate action. Our intent was to tell the minister, in no uncertain terms, that we know the approval of pipelines will have direct human impacts in the Global South. We know that First Nations communities are already dying due to proximity to toxicity (environmental racism), and that we understand that the decisions the Trudeau government makes are directly responsible for this.

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Turning It Around: Long-Term Organizing in the U.S.

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1333 .... November 23, 2016
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Turning It Around: Long-Term Organizing in the U.S.

Just about everybody is using the slogan "Don't mourn, organize" -- good solidarity with the martyr for the working class, Joe Hill. But it seems particularly apposite after the recent Trump election in the USA. International Viewpont interviewed Joanna Misnik, leading activist in Solidarity, about the election, the reaction and prospects for long-term organizing.

International Viewpont (IV): What are your first thoughts on the election outcome?

Joanna Misnik (JM): The U.S. just elected a new "leader of the free world." Both he and his opponent Hillary Clinton ran their entire campaigns with persistently high rates on disapproval from the public. Fully 12 million people who voted for Trump stated they had an unfavorable attitude toward him. But the...

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