DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Photo Essay on Canada’s Filthy Tar Sands – This Is Why Keystone XL Must Be Stopped

Tar Sands by Robert van Waarden.png Robert van Waarden, an excellent photographer and friend of DeSmogBlog, has compiled this great visual essay on Canada’s filthy tar sands to show people just a few of the reasons why the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline must be rejected by the Obama administration.  Robert’s photos are accompanied by quotes ...

7000 Generations Walk Against Nuclear Waste

Pinehouse to Regina 7000 Generations Walk Against Nuclear Waste please think about where you can join us. Talk to your friends and family to see if they’re interested to support this walk by walking/driving/providing food /water/transportation etc. Together in Community, -Debby Morin Committee for Future Generations committeeforfuturegenerations@ gmail.com Max Morin 306-865-9299 Let’s Be Active Participants ...

350 or bust: Shape Up Or Ship Out: A Northern Perspective On Global Warming

Xavier Kataquapit is originally from Attawapiskat, Ontario on the James Bay coast. In his popular newspaper column, Under the Northern Sky, he writes about his experiences as a First Nation Cree person. In April he wrote this column, Shape Up Or Ship Out, about how global warming is already affecting the north. Here is an ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – In case anybody held out hope that the Harper Cons might follow up on their residential school apology with some concrete action to change First Nations relations for the better, here’s the predictable result: a gratuitous ultimatum on land claims which seeks to force First Nations to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Henry Farrell points out why supposedly progressive ideas which don’t do anything to counter corporate power are doomed to failure: Neo-liberals tend to favor a combination of market mechanisms and technocratic solutions to solve social problems. But these kinds of solutions tend to discount politics – and ...

Art Threat: The beauty and agony of home – A conversation with God’s Lake Narrows artist Kevin Lee Burton

God’s Lake Narrows is a new interactive narrative waiting to be explored on the National Film Board of Canada’s increasingly interactive website. Exploring themes of longing and belonging, Winnipeg artist and former resident of the God’s Lake Narrows (GLN) reserve Kevin Lee Burton deploys photographs, text, and a layered soundscape to introduce us to his ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – I’ll join the seemingly long list of commentators who wouldn’t ever have expected to cite David Brooks, but can’t avoid it based on his latest column: Eldar Shafir of Princeton and Sendhil Mullainathan of Harvard have recently, with federal help, been exploring a third theory, that scarcity produces ...

350 or bust: Business As Usual Is Over: Value Change Required For Survival

Today’s blog posting was initially posted on 350orbust on June 30, 2010: Chief Oren Lyons said, when speaking about Climate Change at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in 2007: We’re talking about change. People have to change. Directions have to change. Values have to change. There is no ...

350 or bust: Alberta Tar Sands Destruction: Haven’t We Killed Enough Indigenous People On This Continent?

“With everything in my heart I said I don’t want the death of the Lubicon and Chippewayan Cree on my hands. Haven’t we killed enough people on this continent already?” This was the question posed to a Republican Congress Person during a meeting in Washington, D.C. this week during the 2nd annual Citizens Climate Lobby ...

Far and Wide: Pound The Table

I’m not sure why we never really seem to have a national conversation about First Nations, whether it’s because of collective shame, indifference or elements of racism, but the relative silence equates to passive acceptance. Last week Sheila Fraser again raised the issue of appalling conditions on reserves, which was followed by the usual shaking ...

Harper Valley: The Vancouver Canucks, Smudging, Obnoxious Scalper and Cops…

My friend did a smudge around Roger’s Arena for the 7th game of the Canucks vs. the Blackhawks.  The Nucks won.  Then she did it again for the 5th game against the Predators, but an obnoxious, loud-mouth big baby scalper whined to her that the smudge smelled like shit.  She explained it was a First ...

Politics, Re-Spun: A Snapshot of the Vulnerable Underclass of Foreign Workers in Canada

There are lots of ways to look at Canada’s checkered history with immigration. Europeans welcome, French to a lesser degree after they lost a war or something, Chinese railroad workers, the Komagata Maru, internment of Japanese-Canadians, residential schools and a variety of abuses of the First Nations who “we” tend to treat as lesser people, ...

A lesson for those who think it’s possible to work with the Conservatives on anything

Winnipeg Free Press: First Nations’ water plight needs action: chiefs I’ve long maintained the Conservative government has no interest in working with First Nations. The stories coming out of Manitoba, from the Island Lakes reservations, provides another strong example of the Canadian government’s neglect for First Nations as an actual policy in itself.It’s simply deplorable ...

I am a Secwepemc nationalist (wip)

I propose the creation of a national Secwepemc state, and the abolishment of the bands and the reserve system.We Secwepmc shall form one national government to take direction from all the peoples of our nation. Within our nation, communities should be free to form local governments to attend to the day to day needs of ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Whose Chief is it anyways

I often find myself at odds with folks like PacificGatePost who recently posted online at an APTN forum. Pacific argues that all chiefs and councils are corrupt, and thinks Canada and Canadians are responsible for fixing governance issues in First Nations communities. I’d argue that relatively few communities have governance problems and that when they ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Whose Chief is it anyways

I often find myself at odds with folks like PacificGatePost who recently posted online at an APTN forum. Pacific argues that all chiefs and councils are corrupt, and thinks Canada and Canadians are responsible for fixing governance issues in First Nations communities. I’d argue that relatively few communities have governance problems and that when they ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Whose Chief is it anyways

I often find myself at odds with folks like PacificGatePost who recently posted online at an APTN forum. Pacific argues that all chiefs and councils are corrupt, and thinks Canada and Canadians are responsible for fixing governance issues in First Nations communities. I’d argue that relatively few communities have governance problems and that when they ...

Pample the Moose: In Memoriam: Olive Dickason (1920-2011)

This blog isn’t going to become a chronicle of the passing of people who have played roles in my career as a historian, (political blogging will likely resume when the writ is dropped, if not sooner) but it nevertheless came as a bit of a shock for me to learn that path-breaking Métis historian Olive ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Chiefs, Salaries. Moving beyond double standards.

The Toronto Star recently ran an expose on chiefs salaries. The article focused on 9 chiefs who earned more than federal cabinet ministers and 30 chiefs who earned more than provincial premiers. (The article also admits that on average chiefs earned a reasonable $60,000 a year, 5 chiefs do their work pro-bono and 77 chiefs ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Chiefs, Salaries. Moving beyond double standards.

The Toronto Star recently ran an expose on chiefs salaries. The article focused on 9 chiefs who earned more than federal cabinet ministers and 30 chiefs who earned more than provincial premiers. (The article also admits that on average chiefs earned a reasonable $60,000 a year, 5 chiefs do their work pro-bono and 77 chiefs ...

Crazy Bitches R Us: Chiefs, Salaries. Moving beyond double standards.

The Toronto Star recently ran an expose on chiefs salaries. The article focused on 9 chiefs who earned more than federal cabinet ministers and 30 chiefs who earned more than provincial premiers. (The article also admits that on average chiefs earned a reasonable $60,000 a year, 5 chiefs do their work pro-bono and 77 chiefs ...

More Nuke News

Not a lot of people liking President O’s greenwashing of nukes.  This most excellent article in the Guardian dispels the myth that nukes are green. The argument that nuclear is “carbon-free” conveniently omits the entire process of mining uranium, which produces greenhouse gases, along with other pollutants. In Virginia, where a study has just been ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Video Tells All!

Thanks to Cam Holmstrom for staying on top of the Attawapiskat school story.This video says all that needs to be said.The last lines by a young male student, “We want a new school now, not next year or years from now. We want a new school now.”What are we able to do to assist this ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Video Tells All!

Thanks to Cam Holmstrom for staying on top of the Attawapiskat school story.This video says all that needs to be said.The last lines by a young male student, “We want a new school now, not next year or years from now. We want a new school now.”What are we able to do to assist this ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Video Tells All!

Thanks to Cam Holmstrom for staying on top of the Attawapiskat school story.This video says all that needs to be said.The last lines by a young male student, “We want a new school now, not next year or years from now. We want a new school now.”What are we able to do to assist this ...