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What's New: The Wealth Gap

| December 22, 2014

In a new nationwide survey among 3,000 Canadians conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Canada for the Broadbent Institute, Canadians were asked about their perceptions of inequality and the distribution of wealth in Canada. The findings demonstrate that Canadians vastly underestimate how skewed the distribution of wealth actually is and think there should be a much more equitable distribution.

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December 21, 2014

The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement came with the promise of prosperity and jobs for all and the extension of human rights. These are, it needs hardly saying, promises unkept. Recorded in Toronto, 12 December 2014.

What's New: The Crisis of European Social Democracy and the Radical Left

by Walter Baier | December 20, 2014

Both statistics and political science research show that European Social Democracy is currently undergoing the most serious crisis since its foundation. Since the end of WW II until now, the average vote for Social Democratic parties in parliamentary elections has decreased from 33 to 26 per cent (from the 1950s to 2011), which means by more than one fifth.

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What's New: Ottawa Hospital patients at risk

| December 19, 2014

Patient care and safety at the Ottawa Hospital is being put at risk by further cuts, but a knee-jerk response from the hospital's administrators is making a bad situation worse, charge staff representatives at the hospital.

What's New: Stop public-private partnerships "immediately"

| December 18, 2014

Following is a statement by Bob Kinnear, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, which represents over 10,000 workers at the Toronto Transit Commission and York Region Transit. The statement comes in the wake of this week's report by the Ontario Auditor General that infrastructure public-private partnerships have cost Ontario taxpayers nearly 8-billion dollars more than if the projects.

What's New: Is the European far right really acting as Russia's trojan horse in the European Union?

by Cas Mudde | December 18, 2014

The news that the French National Front (FN) has received a 9m euro loan through a Kremlin-connected Russian bank -- it pays to be well connected -- sent the international media into a frenzy of speculation. The recent stories come on top of months of coverage about the alleged pro-Russia bias of European far-right parties.

Bullet #1062: Bolivia to Host 2015 Meeting of Social Movements to Fight Climate Change

by Richard Fidler; Evo Morales | December 17, 2014

Meeting in Havana December 14, the 13th summit of ALBA leaders endorsed a Bolivian proposal to host an international assembly of social movements in 2015 to discuss and adopt a united strategy for fighting climate change. The decision by the ALBA-TCP coincided with release of the final agreement adopted by the United Nations COP20 climate talks at Lima, Peru.

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The New Republic and the Beltway media's race problem December 9, 2014

Forget austerity - what we need is a stronger state and more taxation December 9, 2014

Black poverty is state violence, too December 9, 2014

The new climate movement December 9, 2014

Ernesto Laclau, theorist of hegemony December 8, 2014

Global Shale Gas and the Anti-Fracking Movement December 8, 2014

At Lima Climate Talks, 2-Degree Warming Limit Is a Thing of the Past December 8, 2014

Federal programs and research facilities that have been shut down December 8, 2014

The WSIB's Austerity Agenda: Deporting Injured Migrant Workers December 8, 2014

What it meant to lose Fred Hampton December 8, 2014

The Montreal massacre: Canada's feminists remember December 8, 2014

Mystery document alleges Numsa is bent on regime change December 8, 2014

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate
Discussion of Naomi Klein's new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate.

The Lima Conference should have been a milestone that marked out how governments will take urgent action to tackle climate change and to support vulnerable people across the world to adapt to its locked in impacts. But it was a failure and ran up against a political-economic system that puts the pursuit of profit above the needs of people and the limits of nature.

This is the importance of Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, where she argues that the main culprit of runaway climate change is the system itself: capitalism. She explains that a system that requires endless growth is incompatible with sustainability and meaningful climate action. Klein insists and shows that market solutions will not do the trick, and that even "Big Green" environmental groups are part of the problem because they falsely suggest we can solve the crisis without fundamental changes in society.

Join us as our speakers review and assess the book and offer additional thoughts on steps forward.


* Sam Gindin spent most of his working life in the trade union movement as research director of the Canadian Autoworkers. He is the co-author, with Leo Panitch of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire.

* Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, where she teaches and advises students in the areas of ecological economics and critical interdisciplinary research design. Her research focuses on feminist ecological economics, climate justice, and participatory community- and watershed-based environmental education for political action.

* Umair Muhammad is the author of Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualsm. He is a PhD student in Political Science at York University. His research focuses on the political economy of the environment.

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