Today's Best-of-the-Net video features Canadian music star Dan Mangan, joining the growing chorus of voices opposed to the tar sands pipeline and tanker plans of Enbridge and Kinder Morgan. This video was produced by Tanker Free BC.
The proposed tar sands pipelines have emerged as major issues in the B.C. election. For more coverage of the B.C. campaign, visit our special elections page here.
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An interview with Phyllis Bennis broadcast on The Real News Network. The humanitarian disaster in Syria is mostly ignored as external powers vie for position to control outcome of civil war.
Workers at the New Era Windows Cooperative are celebrating the grand opening of their new unionized, worker-owned and operated business. Almost a year to the day after their window factory closed, a group of former workers have launched their own window business without bosses. They successfully raised money to buy the factory collectively and run it democratically. In 2008, some of the workers were involved in a famous six-day sit-in after Republic Windows and Doors gave workers just three days' notice before closing the factory. The sit-in drew national attention and union workers reached a settlement where they each received $6,000 each. About 65 workers occupied the factory after their jobs came under threat again in 2012.
This short educational video was produced last year by Inter Pares Canada.
It's time to put the mothers back in Mother's Day and celebrate the way her-story intended: with a little peace and justice. Take Back the Day by supporting women around the world working for better futures -- for themselves, their communities, and their societies.
Today's global May Day actions include a march of thousands of workers in Bangladesh demanding workplace safety following last week's factory collapse that left more than 400 dead and 150 missing. The collapse is now being described as the deadliest accident in the history of the garment industry, and marked Bangladesh's third industrial accident in five months ... We're joined by the leading labor rights activist, Charlie Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. "The companies are hiding behind these phony codes of conduct that are meaningless. What the workers want are legal rights," Kernaghan says.
Filmmaker Mario Jean captures a 'party de rue' last night in Montreal, kicking off May Day festivites in style.
An appeal to Morgan Freeman and Jian Ghomeshi not to participate in an event aimed at legitimizing Israeli occupation and apartheid. This video is by filmmaker John Greyson, whose films include Proteus, The Law of Enclosures, the AIDS musical Zero Patience, and Lilies, which won four Genies including Best Film.
Full video of the speech by Allan Gregg to the convention of the Alberta Federation of Labour. Gregg, a former 'At Issue' political panelist on CBC's The National, criticized the "assault on reason" by the current federal government: "I came here to talk to you about a troubling trend, an assault on reason that doesn't look like much different than the one described by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984..."
Video posted by the Alberta Federation of Labour.
This week's Bangladeshi factory disaster comes five months after a massive fire killed at least 112 garment workers at Bangladesh's Tazreen factory, which made clothing sold by Wal-Mart, among other companies. Earlier this month, Wal-Mart refused to compensate victims and their families, even though it was apparently the factory's largest buyer. We're joined by Sumi Abedin, a worker who survived the Tazreen fire by jumping from the factory's third story, breaking both her arm and foot in the process. She is currently touring the United States to call on retailers like Wal-Mart, The GAP and Disney to take the lead on improving working conditions in Bangladesh.
A Best-of-the-Net video from The Real News Network: New study refutes Reinhart and Rogoff analysis that underpins austerity policy around the world; shows no relation between debt and lack of growth.