People living on low income struggle to figure out how to pay for single TTC fares as well as monthly passes. This is because the earnings from low-wage (including minimum wage) jobs and money from income support programs (Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program) and seniors’ pensions continues to be below the amount people need to meet their basic needs. Fares have increased steadily (tokens cost 31 per cent over the inflation rate; Metropass 26 per cent and cash fare 14 per cent). Benefits and wages have not.
On September 3, Democracy Now! reported the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Indigenous activists with dogs and pepper spray as they protested against the $3.8-billion pipeline's construction. If completed, the pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada.
From the Real News Network: It's being called the largest gathering of Native Americans in a century. This week, eight were arrested in North Dakota, along with 30 in Iowa, trying to halt the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. This is part of a growing indigenous-led movement to stop the pipeline, which will span four states and carry half a million barrels of crude oil. Supporters say it will bring jobs and clean energy, but critics say it endangers drinking water and sites sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux, and potentially millions of others, in a filed lawsuit in federal court.
Dear Kathleen Wynne, You're right, it's your job. It's your job to stop the cops, stop the violence, stop the discrimination.
A group of youths in Attawapiskat, working with national Charity DAREarts and Juno-nominated singer Glenn Marais, are telling the story of the crisis in their community directly through song.
Watch this video and share to help spread the message and help them be heard.
The Leap Manifesto continues to gain support as an alternative to the reckless fossil fuel agenda of premiers like British Columbia's Christy Clark and Saskatchewan's Brad Wall.
As a result, they've taken to attacking the Leap in increasingly strident tones. We say: Bring it on.
Video created by Jesse Freeston
On June 17, Algonquin Elders invite you to a massive walk to protect the Asinabka sacred site at Chaudière Falls, Ottawa, also known as Akikodjiwan.
For over 200 years Anishnabe / Algonquin Elders of Ontario and Quebec have asked the Crown and later the Government of Canada that their Sacred Site be returned to their care.
In 2012 the ConservativegGovernment abandoned the promise of the return of the Sacred Site and encouraged private ownership and massive development.
In 2014 a letter of intent between the City of Ottawa, private industry and the NCC announced the building of condominiums and multiple businesses on the Sacred Islands.
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Stephen Lewis delivered a rousing speech at the 2016 NDP convention. Watch it in full here.