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David J. Climenhaga

Advice for Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau: Hammer Harper on the economy

| April 15, 2013

Kyoyo Protocol = Wake-up Call


Today, Canadians shouldn’t feel shame; they should be angry, betrayed and saddened at the diminishment of Canada, at home and around the world, by this government. By their action during the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa.

Every Canadian. Any political affiliation. Any region. Any religion, Any race. Any ability.

Remember this is not the Canadian government, but the ‘Harper government,’ I am just as happy to be distant from this pack of bullies in suits.

I can’t be distant though. These people represent our country, you and me. They speak for us. They should pay some attention to the values that we share. Equality might be a good start. Or environmental responsibility.

Seeing red: Budget panned by labour and environmental groups

Craig McInnis, writing in the Vancouver Sun about the deficit budget introduced yesterday, assailed the Prime Minister, "Stephen Harper's extraordinary reversal of a lifetime of bashing big-spending governments, deficits, debt and Keynesian economics is a stunning betrayal."

Despite this hysteria in some right-wing circles, labour, social and environmental advocacy groups all felt that Stephen Harper's budget, released Tuesday, fell short of the response required in this time of crisis.

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It's time for a green New Deal

In this time of global economic crisis, Canadians from all walks of life are worried about their jobs, their homes and their futures. In a time of protracted climate crisis, we are worried about the future of our planet. In its upcoming budget, the Canadian Government has the opportunity to launch a hopeful response to these crises by making a "Green New Deal" for Canada.

As Finance Minister Jim Flaherty prepares to deliver his budget on January 27, all eyes seem fixed on the global economic crisis. An international consensus has emerged that free markets alone cannot resolve it, and that financial stimulus packages are a necessity, even if they result in budget deficits.

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Journey to the Tar Sands Book Launch/Film Screening

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Location

George Ignatieff Theatre
15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 53.7516" N, 79° 23' 49.686" W
To The Tar Sands is a documentary about the stories of 19 young environmentalists who travelled to Alberta by bike to understand how the tar sands have impacted communities in both positive and negative ways. The Toronto screening is part of a nation-wide tour with the goal of sharing the stories of the cyclists and, more importantly, the stories of those they met along the way. The Toronto screening will also feature the launch of the book Journey To The Tar Sands by cyclist Tim Murphy. An interactive discussion will be had after the documentary with some of the trip cyclists.

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