There should be relief, I suppose, with the defeat of Donald Trump and the Republican flunkies he has running the executive branch. A bitter lesson of twentieth century history, after all, is the popularity of fascism at the ballot box, and the deadly consequences when state power is at its disposal.
On Oct. 29, my report “Reassessment of Need for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project” was published by the Parkland Institute and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The Canadian Energy Centre (aka Premier Jason Kenney’s “War Room”) took exception to my report and wrote a hit piece designed to discredit it, “A Matter of Fact: CCPA report against Trans Mountain misleading, incorrect.”
On Saturday, October 31, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister woke up at his $2 million Wellington Crescent residence to a couple of his least favourite things: Halloween and public accountability.
Earlier that morning, activists had installed a display of 65 tombstones on the boulevard opposite the premier’s home to recognize all those who have died from COVID-19 under his watch. This action was organized after an announcement on October 30 by the province’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, that Winnipeg will enter the highest level—code red, or critical—of the pandemic response system and implement new restrictions the following week.
Ford’s apparent decision to abandon the COVID fight is stunning and disturbing. But with a majority government, it’s unlikely to be reversed – unless a wave of public sentiment passes a firm judgement.
“Why hasn’t Canada signed the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty?” is the title of an upcoming webinar featuring Liberal MP Hedy Fry, Green Party MP Elizabeth May, NDP deputy foreign affairs critic Heather McPherson, Bloc Québécois MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe, and Setsuko Thurlow, who accepted the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
This is an important and timely question in light of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) recently reaching the threshold required to enter into law. On October 24 Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the TPNW, meaning it will enter into force for those states in 90 days. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the development “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.”
Amidst the pandemic, post-secondary students across Canada are enduring a fall 2020 semester like no other. Institutions are grappling with online learning as a way to continue to operate at this time and almost all in-person elements of attending a college or university are on hold. The results are imperfect works-in-progress, but educators are endeavouring to support their students as best they can.
In 1930, the US military finalized War Plan Red, which laid out what would happen were America to find itself at war with the United Kingdom. Canada was still under British dominion at the time, and the plan, updated as recently as 1935, mapped out an invasion of its northern neighbour. The plan recommended that America steam into major cities like Halifax, Montreal, and Toronto in order to ensure the quick collapse of Canada—code name Crimson. “Crimson cannot successfully defend her territory against the United States,” the 1935 war plan concluded.
One caribou herd in Jasper National Park is gone. The two remaining are on the brink. Regrettably, the story is not particularly new; almost every caribou herd in Canada has been assessed as being at risk of extinction, and too little is being done to save them.
Last year in British Columbia, two caribou herds -- the South Selkirk and South Purcell -- died out. Caribou along Lake Superior's north shore are clinging to survival, dislocated from their relatives further north by extensive habitat fragmentation that requires aggressive restoration.
In August 1974, Richard Nixon resigned the U.S. presidency. President Gerald Ford stepped to the podium and said, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.”
That’s all people wanted Tuesday night — an end to the nightmare. Just some sweet, blessed relief. Sorry folks. By popular demand of over 66,800,000 Americans, the nightmare continues.
Four years ago, when Donald Trump first ran for president, he urged Black people to support him, asking us, “What have you got to lose?”
Four years later, we know exactly what we had to lose. Our lives, as we died in disproportionate numbers from the pandemic he has let flourish among us. Our wealth, as we have suffered disproportionately from the worst economic drop America has seen in 90 years. Our safety, as this president has stood behind those police who kill us in the streets and by the armies of white supremacy who march by night and scheme in the light of day.