Once a year, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) throws the world's largest mining convention in downtown Toronto. This year, the convention featured a track on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that was open to the public. The final session of this track was a CEO panel featuring Jamie Sokalsky, the CEO of Barrick Gold.
Supporters of COPE Local 343, Fuelers of Porter Airlines, blockaded fuel shipments and passenger traffic to the Toronto Island Airport for 90 minutes. The blockade ended peacefully and fuel shipments resumed pending further actions. Porter workers continue to strike for a first contract with a living wage and reasonable safety conditions. Porter aircraft continue to be fueled and towed by "Scab" workers.
On February 28, 2013 a massive police presence greeted an Ontario Federation of Labour rally on behalf of COPE Local 343. These workers were forced to strike by Porter airlines in order to get a first collective agreement with basic health and safety conditions and a living wage. Police protected replacement workers who drove recklessly through a picket line. Police then forced back demonstrators to make way for a Porter bus to get through while Sid Ryan was about to make a speech. Later a riot squad on horseback were called in, ostensibly to clear the road for an ambulance that the rally leadership had offered to let through 20 minutes earlier.
Sunday February 10, 2013. Union, local community and vegan supporters of striking COPE workers for Porter Airlines gather to support the picket lines. Porter FBO workers were forced to strike for basid Health and Safety rights and a living wage. "Stand Up Fight Back" is no longer just a slogan.
Marineland: SHUT IT DOWN!
Hundreds of activists protested on October 7 at Marineland's last day of the season beginning with a rally featuring Ric O'Barry, former Flipper trainer turned dolphin rescuer and star of the Academy-Award winning The Cove and ex-Marineland trainer Phil Demers. Protesters then stormed Marineland and stopped the dolphin "show" -- a modern day re-enactment of the stroming of the Bastille prison in Paris in 1789.
Ric O'Barry said the protests were a "demonstration of compassion" and that he wished elected officials "would show as much compassion as the people who put them in office." O'Barry would like to see the prohibition of the use of marine mammals in so-called amusement parks.
From October 14 to 17, the Quebec City Convention Centre will be the site of four full days of debate and decision that will chart a course for the CEP union in the coming months and years. Watch live on rabbletv!
Tune in live tonight at 7PM PST for the livestream of the final event of the cross-Canada tour on the Quebec student movement with Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Ethan Cox, Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte, and special guest moderator Judy Rebick. For event details click here.
An interview with Bridget Tolley and Kristen Gilchrist of Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS). They discuss the problem, the work they do, and the annual vigils on Oct 4 and Feb 14. Interview by Greg Macdougall for rabbletv.