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Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance


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Canada is one of the world's centres of the mining and extractive sector. Toronto is the centre of the trade in mining stocks and in financing mining operations. Canadian mining capital operates in more than 100 countries and is among the top five world producers of potash, uranium, nickel, gold, platinum, aluminum, diamonds and steel-making coal. The Canadian state supports the accumulation of the mining industry at home and abroad. Indeed, it is impossible to separate out the history of Canadian colonialism and the building capitalism in Canada from the mining sector, from the original mining of fish and furs by Europeans to the modern mining of the tar sands, forests, precious metals, and many other sectors. The extractive sector remains at the centre of the Canadian state's colonial – and often coercive, and extra-legal – relationship with the First Nations, and the ecological destructiveness of the Canadian developmental model.

Relations with workers and unions in the mining sector remain turbulent and chaotic – extract the resources and labour-power, and the devil of the consequences for the workers, communities, and environment. Both the Harper and Trudeau governments have pursued strategies to help mining companies expand their exploration and extraction activities around the world. The Canadian provinces share the same agenda, whatever the political complexion of the government in power. In pursuing international trade and investment treaties, Canadian governments have had the protection of the extractive sector at the core of their bargaining. Signing investor protection deals with foreign countries and pushing consulates and embassies to promote Canadian mining projects are two of the main modalities by which Canadian imperialism operates. Canadian royalty regimes are, perhaps, the most generous in the world among large countries for mining capital.

Confronting Canadian capitalism necessarily means a confrontation with the Canadian mining sector. Solidarity with First Nations people requires support for struggles with the mining corporations. Ecologically-responsible production can only occur with democratic and social control of the mining sector.

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Oppose the Energy East Pipeline


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TransCanada’s Energy East project is the largest tar sands pipeline proposed yet. Stretching from Alberta to New Brunswick, Energy East could carry over 1 million barrels per day of tar sands crude to the Atlantic coast. Despite TransCanada’s promises that Energy East is for domestic gain, they are making plans to export the vast majority and leave us to bear the real costs of climate change, spills and clean-up.

Fighting Energy East is crucial in stopping renegade tar sands expansion that is violating Indigenous rights, threatening frontline communities along the pipeline route and driving dangerous climate change.

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Palestinian Solidarity Struggles


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The state of Israel was just served notice by Black Lives Matter (BLM) in a big way. The human rights movement pummeled Israel for its decades long oppression of the Palestinian people in its new platform. In a show of solidarity between black Americans, who have bravely struggled against centuries of discrimination in the U.S., Black Lives Matter has reached out to their Palestinian brothers and sisters by embracing the Palestinian call for justice and freedom.

BLM chided Israel for their systemic and institutionalized racism against the Palestinians, pointing out the confiscation of their lands, the bulldozing of their homes, and the continuous ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population in favor of Jewish immigrants.

BLM endorsed the Palestinian call for the boycott, divestment, and sanctioning of Israel until it conforms to international law. The movement, known as BDS, calls on Israel to do the following:

Black Lives Matter Has No F***S Left For Israel: You Are A Racist State


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320. 21 August 2016 Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance
Canada is one of the world's centres of the mining and extractive sector. Toronto is the centre of the trade in mining stocks and in financing mining operations. Canadian mining capital operates in more than 100 countries and is among the top five world producers of potash, uranium, nickel, gold, platinum, aluminum, diamonds and steel-making coal.
319. 14 August 2016 Oppose the Energy East Pipeline
TransCanada’s Energy East project is the largest tar sands pipeline proposed yet. Stretching from Alberta to New Brunswick, Energy East could carry over 1 million barrels per day of tar sands crude to the Atlantic coast. Despite TransCanada’s promises that Energy East is for domestic gain, they are making plans to export the vast majority and leave us to bear the real costs of climate change, spills and clean-up.
318. 7 August 2016 Palestinian Solidarity Struggles
The state of Israel was just served notice by Black Lives Matter (BLM) in a big way. The human rights movement pummeled Israel for its decades long oppression of the Palestinian people in its new platform. In a show of solidarity between black Americans, who have bravely struggled against centuries of discrimination in the U.S., Black Lives Matter has reached out to their Palestinian brothers and sisters by embracing the Palestinian call for justice and freedom.
317. 31 July 2016 The Struggle over Site C Dam and the Peace River
The energy from Site C is not needed: After 28 days of hearings and review of 28,000 pages of documentation, the Joint Review Panel concluded that BC Hydro has failed to prove that we need Site C. Further, they emphasized that because there are significant adverse effects, justification for the project must rest on an unambiguous need for the power.
316. 24 July 2016 Before '68: The Left, Activism and Social Movements in the Long 1960s
Ernest Tate and Phil Hearse present Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 1960s. Ernest Tate's memoir is an important contribution to the history of the left in Britain and Canada during a unique period. Recorded in Norwich, 13 February 2016.
315. 17 July 2016 Whose Right to the City?
Earlier this year, the journal Alternate Routes organized a conference on the theme 'Sub/Urbanizing Austerity: Impacts and Alternatives.' The following presentation is from panel four of the conference: 'Whose Right to the City?' Moderated by Carlo Fanelli. Presentations by Jeff Noonan, Josephine Watson, and Paul Bocking. Recorded in Toronto, 18 March 2016.
314. 10 July 2016 Low Waged Work, Social Reproduction and the Promises/Perils of Participatory Budgeting
Earlier this year, the journal Alternate Routes organized a conference on the theme 'Sub/Urbanizing Austerity: Impacts and Alternatives.' The following presentation is from panel three of the conference: 'Low Waged Work, Social Reproduction and the Promises/Perils of Participatory Budgeting.' Moderated by John Shields. Presentations by: Meg Luxton and Patricia McDermott; Bryan Evans; Laura Pin. Recorded in Toronto 18 March 2016.
313. 3 July 2016 Canada Since 1960: A People's History
Canadian Dimension magazine (CD) is this country's oldest Left publication. In this new book, Canada Since 1960: A People's History, 25 authors evaluate how CD discussed diverse subjects over a span of 50 years: 50 Years of Class Struggle; 50 Years of Art and Culture; 50 Years of Making Socialism; 50 Years of Rebelling Youth; 50 years of Anti-Racism, Human Rights and Immigration advocacy! Recorded in Toronto, 7 June 2016.
312. 26 June 2016 Class Struggles, TO
A panel of activists and historians (Joan Sangster, Bryan Palmer and Gaetan Heroux) on the struggles of women and the poor in the city's history. Recorded in Toronto 9 June 2016.
311. 19 June 2016 Public Exposures
The art-activism of Condé and Beveridge symposium brought together participants from diverse communities and working sectors -- practicing artists, community activists, union members, educators and students. Recorded in Toronto, 28 May 2016.
310. 12 June 2016 The BJP and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy in India
Since the election of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in May 2014, there has been an unprecedented onslaught on workers' rights along with a well-planned assault on democratic institutions, academic-cultural centres, intellectuals, left, progressive and secular groups, religious minorities, women and marginalized sections across India. Given the rise of fascist challenge it is even more urgent to rethink the approach and methods in the working class movement. Recorded in Toronto, 26 May 2016.
309. 29 May 2016 Crackdown on BDS: Criminalization of Dissent?
On February 18, 2016 Canadian parliament passed a motion condemning “any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS [Boycott Divestment Sanctions against Israeli apartheid] movement, both here at home and abroad.” Recorded in Toronto, 26 April 2016.
308. 8 May 2016 Confronting Injustice
A new generation of activists working for economic and environmental justice, and against war and poverty, confronts critical questions. Why is the world so unjust and crisis-prone? What kind of world should we fight for? How can we win? In this panoramic yet accessible book, Umair Muhammad engages with these and other urgent debates. Recorded in Toronto, 22 April 2016.
307. 24 April 2016 The Cuban Five Freed: Toronto Welcomes Gerardo Hernández
Gerardo Hernández is one of the three of the Cuban Five who had been behind bars since 1998, until U.S. President Obama freed them on December 17, 2014. Recorded in Toronto, 3 April 2016.
306. 17 April 2016 After the Sands Laxer, Gordon
Gordon Laxer outlines a bold strategy to get with the global move to a low carbon society, run on conservation and renewable energy sources including wind, solar and low-impact hydro to ensure that all Canadians, including those on lower incomes, have access to a sufficient amount of energy as a human right. Recorded in Toronto, 7 April 2016.
305. 10 April 2016 The BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique
The book's co-editors Patrick Bond from South Africa and Ana Garcia from Brazil are joined by the two Toronto authors of chapters in the book in discussing how to understand where the BRICS fit on the most crucial global issues ranging from world finance to climate change. Recorded in Toronto, 31 March 2016.
304. 3 April 2016 Methodology for a New Politics Karitzis, Andreas
The 2016 Phyllis Clarke memorial lecture is presented by Andreas Karitzis: Methodology for a New Politics: Changing the 'Operating System' of the Left after the Greek experience of 2015. Recorded in Toronto, 24 March 2016.
303. 27 March 2016 Beyond Memory / Más allá de la Memoria
For its 2016 Baptista Lecture, CERLAC is delighted to host a panel discussion on the use of archives of the violent past in struggles to make a better future in Central America. Moderated by Carlota McAllister. Presentations by Carlos Henríquez Consalvi, Gustavo Meoño, and Diana Carolina Sierra. Recorded in Toronto, 10 March 2016.
302. 20 March 2016 Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Movement Intersections Across Palestinian, Indigenous, and Black Struggles... Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine and the intersections being made globally between various struggles with Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice. Recorded in Toronto, 8 March 2016.
301. 6 March 2016 150 Years of Canadian Colonization Manuel, Arthur
Arthur Manuel is a Secwepemc-Ktunaca activist. He discusses colonization in Canada and how this systemically impoverished Indigenous Peoples for generations. If Canada is going to renew its relationship with Indigenous Peoples it must recognize the colonial relationship it has with Indigenous Peoples. Canada must recognize that this colonial relationship gives Indigenous Peoples the right to self-determination.
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