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Investigative journalist finds growing opposition to Hudbay mining projects

When award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Dougherty discovered that a copper mine was planned right in the middle of a sensitive biodiverse ecosystem in southeast Arizona, he wanted to know who owned the project and what their track record was like.

His research led him to Flin Flon Manitoba and a Toronto-based company called Hudbay Minerals. What Dougherty discovered was a shocking record of environmental degradation and human rights abuses. The following is an edited excerpt from rabble.ca’s recent conversation with him.

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Van Jones: Canada needs to stand tall against Trump's 'whitelash' election win

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"Well, my life has changed! I come to Canada all the time!"

These were Van Jones's first words as he entered a bustling media scrum. The former Obama White House adviser and CNN political pundit has seen his notoriety skyrocket since the U.S. presidential election.

Jones arrived at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the Broadbent Institute's 2016 Progress Gala. His heartfelt and insightful election night commentary consoled millions of viewers shell-shocked by Trump's victory. Most notably, Jones labelled Trump's victory a "whitelash, in part," bringing the ongoing racial tensions in the United States into focus with sobering clarity.

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Interview: Justin Brake shares the story behind his reporting at Muskrat Falls and how he risked arrest

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When activists cut the lock on the gate to Muskrat Falls, a controversial hydroelectric project in Labrador, Justin Brake followed the story and closely documented their occupation of the workers' camp.

His coverage provided in-depth perspective and a visibility that was likely critical to the achievement of Aboriginal leaders' subsequent audience with Premier Dwight Ball -- and to wider public conversations about Labrador and the legitimacy of Muskrat Falls.

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Chippewas of the Thames take Line 9 to court

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Myeengun Henry is from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and is an elected band council member with the health portfolio. He is manager of Aboriginal Services at Conestoga College, where he teaches a Native Studies course. He also teaches about traditional medicine at McMaster University. Henry is among a group of people who are presenting a constitutional challenge to the Supreme Court of Canada on the basis that Enbridge's Line 9, which runs through their traditional territory, does not meet the criteria for proper consultation with affected First Nations.

I understand that the Supreme Court case is to be heard on Nov. 30.

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David Suzuki: We've got to 'knock fossil fuels out of our economy'

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On Tuesday October 18, I sat down with renowned scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki to discuss some of the challenges plaguing environmentalism in Canada today. Suzuki was in Toronto as part of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (Oct. 18 to 23, 2016) where he was named the 2016 PiF Canadian Eco-Hero. We met after his round table discussion with 10 of this country's leading young environmentalists. 

Phillip Dwight Morgan: How do we reconcile Canada's subscription to the myth of abundance with the fact that we're involved in so many extractive and environmental degrading practices?

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Women's Boats to Gaza: Interview with activist Wendy Goldsmith

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Wendy Goldsmith is an activist and social worker from London, Ont. She is on one of the Women's Boats to Gaza. Goldsmith's boat didn't make it out of Sicily, but they remained in contact with the Zaytouna-Oliva up until they were boarded and kidnapped in international waters by the Israeli Occupation Forces. 

rabble.ca's Meg Borthwick spoke to Goldsmith about her journey with the Women's Boat to Gaza.

How did you become involved with the Women's Boat to Gaza?

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'We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice': Interview with director Alanis Obomsawin

Photo: Vancouver International Film Festival

In 2007, the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. They argued that services provided to First Nations children on reserves were inferior to those offered to other Canadian children.

In her documentary We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice -- featured at the Vancouver International Film Festival -- Alanis Obomsawin documents the court challenge and gives voice to the childcare workers involved.

rabble.ca spoke with Obomsawin to learn more about her documentary and the hopes she has for Canada.

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'This is Canada's Shame': Maude Barlow and Sarah Harmer discuss Canada's impending water crisis

Image: Flickr/Peoples' Social Forum (Ben Powless)

Despite nearly a decade of environmental deregulation under the Harper government and recurring boil-water advisories across the country, many Canadians continue to believe that Canada is immune to issues of water scarcity. On September 23, I met with Maude Barlow and Sarah Harmer before their public talk at Toronto's Trinity-St. Paul's United Church to briefly discuss Canada's water crisis and debunk the "myth of abundance."

Phillip Dwight Morgan: For many people, the language of "crisis" doesn't land. They access water on a daily basis and don't really see the severity of it. Can you paint a picture of what this "water crisis" looks like on the ground? 

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Eva Manly: The people of Palestine are not forgotten

Photo: flickr/Rumbo a Gaza

On September 14, the Women's Boat to Gaza set sail from Barcelona on the way to Gaza to draw attention to the Palestinian struggle. Two boats, the Zaytouna and Amal, will carry the all-female crews to Ajaccio, and then to Gaza, drawing international attention to the resistance of the women of Gaza in particular.

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Amy Goodman: Corporate media needs to be 'fourth estate' not 'for-the-state'

Poster image: White Pine Pictures

On September 10, 2016, Phillip Dwight Morgan sat down with Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh of Democracy Now! (DN!) at White Pine Studio in Toronto to discuss the current media landscape and the state of independent media.

Goodman and Sheikh were in Toronto for the world premier of All Governments Lie, a new documentary highlighting the legacy of renowned journalist I.F. Stone and role of free press in protecting democracy.

 

How did you get involved with this project and why is this an opportune time for people to be reminded of the legacy of I.F. Stone?

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