Citizen Action Monitor

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 4

Degrowth, a steady-state solution is not new; it’s been around for at least 150 years. So, if we’re so smart, why hasn’t it penetrated the public policy domain? No 1553 … Continue reading

December 31, 2015

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 3

Rejecting degrowth, continuing on a path of business as usual, is asking for deep trouble. No 1552 Posted by fw, December 30, 2015 “So, I would argue that if we … Continue reading

December 30, 2015

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 2

We are now in a state of overshoot, outpacing earth’s regenerative capacity, hurtling toward societal collapse No 1551 Posted by fw, December 29, 2015 “We are now, however, in a … Continue reading

December 29, 2015

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 1

Earth, we have a problem: Human consumption is overwhelming the replacement and reproductive capacities of nature No 1550 Posted by fw, December 28, 2015 “So, we have a situation in … Continue reading

December 28, 2015

Renewable energy – Hope or hype?

“Renewable alternatives are simply not in the cards,” says Canadian ecological economist, Bill Rees No 1549 Posted by fw, December 27, 2015 “So, renewable alternatives are simply not in the … Continue reading

December 27, 2015

Montreal Gazette spins BDS event at Concordia University as hate campaign against Jewish students

Biased reporting also ignored efforts of Israeli-Canadian donor to Concordia “to erase Palestinians from historical memory”. No 1548 Posted by fw, December 21, 2015 “At the end of November, the … Continue reading

December 21, 2015

The not so well-kept secret is out – America is a plutonomy where only the rich matter

“It is essential that corporate elites keep the façade of democratic control alive,” writes activist Michael Perino. No 1547 Posted by fw, December 20, 2015 “Several years ago, two leaked … Continue reading

December 20, 2015

PM Trudeau says Saudi arms deal stands; Minister Dion tip-toes around human rights concerns with Saudi peer

Did lucrative deal mute stronger expressions of moral and ethical condemnation of Saudi HR abuses? No 1546 Posted by fw, December 19, 2015 ***** “Look, everyone of us knows from … Continue reading

December 19, 2015

TPP is slated to become the most harmful trade agreement ever for access to medicines, says MSF president

MSF urges Canada and other TPP negotiating countries to reject this trade treaty No 1545 Posted by fw, December 18, 2015 “MSF expresses its dismay that TPP countries have agreed … Continue reading

December 18, 2015

Environmental groups call on public to support “People’s Injunction” against pipelines across Canada

Also call on PM Trudeau to honour his pledge to “keep climate promises here at home”. No 1544 Posted by fw, December 18, 2015 “In the wake of the Paris climate … Continue reading

December 18, 2015

Israeli sniper intentionally shoots and wounds Palestinian-Canadian last Friday

Sign petition of protest to Foreign Minister Dion and Canada’s Ambassador to Israel. No 1543 Posted by fw, December 17, 2015 “If a Jewish-Canadian citizen were shot by a foreign … Continue reading

December 17, 2015

Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz heaps scorn on TPP and TTIP

“This is an attempt to increase the power of corporations to control economies and societies.” No 1542 Posted by fw, December 16, 2015 “What they want is stripping away regulations. … Continue reading

December 16, 2015

Legal expert Michael Geist shares his concerns about the TPP agreement

Right now “we just don’t know enough to know whether or not this [TPP] makes any sense” No 1541 Posted by fw, December 15, 2015 “In the world of cultural … Continue reading

December 15, 2015

Fact-checking the COP21 climate deal

Is it really as ambitious as many people are claiming? No 1540 Posted by fw, December 14, 2015 “Before the talks began, social movements, environmental groups, and trade unions around … Continue reading

December 14, 2015

VIDEO — Panel of experts in Ottawa discuss complexities of technology and the TPP

For ordinary folks, the 75-minute highly technical discussion can be challenging, but worth the effort. No 1539 Posted by fw, December 13, 2015 This post is organized in three sections … Continue reading

December 14, 2015

COP21’s final report sends mixed messages — Whether it’s a turning point depends on us

No mistaking message of thousands of Paris protesters — People power will determine how fast world faces up to climate crisis. No 1538 Posted by fw, December 13, 2015 “While … Continue reading

December 13, 2015

Looking for TPP information on Government of Canada’s website? Here’s where to find it – For now

Canada’s government website is under reconstruction, so navigation can be frustrating. No 1537 Posted by fw, December 12, 2015 First, an important December 14 update to this post: When reading … Continue reading

December 12, 2015

America doesn’t have a fracking problem, it has a democracy problem, and citizens are fighting back

Fighting back in courts and in trenches with hundreds engaged in sustained acts of civil disobedience. No 1536 Posted by fw, December 11, 2015 “The people think we have a … Continue reading

December 11, 2015

The difference between signing and ratifying TPP is like the difference between dating and marriage

Ratification would require Canada to amend a wide variety of laws to ensure that it is compliant with TPP requirements. No 1535 Posted by fw, December 9, 2015 “It should … Continue reading

December 9, 2015