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Emma Pullman is a Vancouver-based writer, researcher and freelanced journalist. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Toronto Star, Canada.com, and Vancouver Observer.
Sam Harrison can't even vote yet, but he's already a force to be reckoned with.
The 17 year old is the Director of Kids for Climate Action, a group working to get high school students more involved in environmental issues. The group has ten organizers in high schools across the Lower Mainland and is working on issues from coal exports from Vancouver's harbour to a campaign to make climate action the key issue on candidates' platforms.
It was a lively final day inside and outside the Conservative Party convention in Calgary.
Calgary MP Michelle Rempel ran a tight ship to move both the Constitution and Policy plenaries along.
There was hardly a dull moment as motions from Saturday's Constitution and Policy meetings were brought forward for vote. One was a motion from Mark Warawa (MP Langley) officially condemning discrimination against girls occurring through gender selective pregnancy termination. Dozens of protesters lined the streets leading into the convention in favour of the motion. The motion carried.
Just over a week before the Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings began, EthicalOil.org and its allies launched a pre-emptive PR offensive on environmental and First Nations groups who oppose the pipeline. Their new website, OurDecision.ca, and ad campaign are an attempt to invalidate opposition to the pipeline by pointing to the small amount of American funding going to some environmental groups, and claiming that pipeline opponents are actually the “puppets” of “foreign interests.”
As the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Joint Review Panel begins hearing over 4,000 comments submitted by community members, First Nations, governments and environmental groups, the tar sands front group EthicalOil.org has launched its latest PR offensive in support of the pipeline. OurDecision.ca, the new astroturf ad campaign, is another dirty PR attempt to undermine the real and growing grassroots opposition to Big Oil’s plans to ram through this destructive pipeline.
A week after thousands of Canadians joined in solidarity actions with the Occupy movement, Occupy camps have taken firm root in cities across the country. To us, they are an affirmation that our futures do not have to be economically insecure, politically dysfunctional, or environmentally chaotic. They're an affirmation that we don't have to accept the growing inequality in Canadian society.