By 1:18 p.m. on this date most workers had just finished lunch on the first working day of the year, but Canada's highest paid 100 CEOs had already pocketed the equivalent of the average wage in Canada, $45,448. BTW: The CCPA's 2013 CEO pay clock is still ticking. (Source)
In only five days, organizers have seen the Defend Our Climate National Day of Action grow exponentially from 50 events to over 120, with rallies happening now in all major cities and every corner of Canada and a vibrant, functional coalition of over 40 organizations big and small putting everything they’ve got into making this a success. The momentum is growing every hour.
I’ve worked on environmental, climate and justice campaigns for nearly 20 years now and I’ve never seen anything like what we’re witnessing now in Canada. What’s going on here that’s fuelling this kind of movement growth?
Not just B.C. hippies anymore
There is a significant and to my mind problematic limitation that is increasingly being placed on Indigenous efforts to defend our rights and our lands. This constraint involves the type of tactics that are being represented as morally legitimate in our efforts to defend our land and rights as Indigenous peoples on the one hand, and those which are viewed at as morally illegitimate because of their disruptive and extra-legal character on the other.
The Grassy Narrows blockade has been one of the longest and most empowering acts of First Nations resistance against government interference and corporate resource extraction.
Despite suffering from "Attawapiskat syndrome" -- the further away from Ottawa or the Ontario Legislature, the less likely politicians are going to care -- the members of the Grassy Narrows community have made themselves heard loud and clear over more than ten years of blockades and demonstrations.