Citizen Action Monitor

Caring of the elderly: Canada needs a radically different approach to long-term care

Burlington, Ontario councillor Paul Sharman sees the US P.A.C.E. program as a way to keep seniors out of care facilities and in their own homes. — No 2811 by fw, … Continue reading

January 11, 2022

New report outlines how Canada’s top CEOs raked in “boundless bonuses” in 2020

The report recommends five policy solutions to tackle extreme wealth inequality. — No 2810 by fw, January 10, 2021 — “Every year we [Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives] examine trends … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · 1 Comment

“The dream of a smooth energy transition is little more than a comforting shared illusion” – Pt. 2 of 2

Moreover, says Dr. William Rees, even if it were possible, it would not solve climate change and would exacerbate the real existential threat facing society, namely overshoot. — No 2809 … Continue reading

December 19, 2021

“The dream of a smooth energy transition is little more than a comforting shared illusion” – Pt. 1 of 2

Moreover, says Dr. William Rees, even if it were possible, it would not solve climate change and would exacerbate the real existential threat facing society, namely overshoot. — No 2808 … Continue reading

December 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Biden’s ill-conceived virtual “Summit for Democracy” reflects misunderstanding of “democracy”

The U.S. should start with the reconstruction of its own democracy before preaching to others. — No 2806 by fw, December 12, 2021 — My synopsis of key ideas Professor … Continue reading

December 12, 2021

Don’t blame capitalism. Capitalism itself isn’t “bad”; it’s the effects that are bad. — Nate Hagens

Capitalism has allowed us to throw a two-century party – We trashed the place, drank the booze, burned the furniture — It’s time to wake up, act like adults, and … Continue reading

December 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Although the exposure of corporate wrongdoing has soared in the US, calls for action are muted. How come?

Ralph Nader finds answers in his comparison of government responses to writings in the 1960s with reactions to today’s tomes. –— No 2803 by fw, December5, 2021 — Summary of … Continue reading

December 5, 2021

Humans are doomed to go extinct — and soon, says paleontologist, evolutionary biologist

“Habitat degradation, low genetic variation and declining fertility are setting Homo sapiens up for collapse.” — No 2802 by fw, December 3, 2021 — “As a paleontologist, I take the … Continue reading

December 3, 2021

Blaming fossil fuel companies and taxpayer subsidies is easy but misguided, says Nate Hagens

“We are vastly underpaying for fossil hydrocarbons, given what they do for us, and given what their widespread use is doing to the biosphere.” — No 2801 by fw, November … Continue reading

November 30, 2021

“The Girl in the Café”: I treasure this 2005 film, a mix of romance and political drama – Watch it below

The girl, Gina, an activist in her own blunt way, struck me as a prototypical Greta Thunberg, who burst on the scene 13 years later, with her irreverent “blah, blah, … Continue reading

November 26, 2021

Stan Cox’s new book charts “A Path to a Livable Future”

Does humanity have the time and savvy to make the transition, asks Don Fitz, the book’s reviewer? — No 2799 by fw, November 21, 2021 — My Synopsis of Don … Continue reading

November 21, 2021

Canada is in the midst of a deadly COVID-19 upsurge, or on the brink of one

“Learn to live with the virus,” advises right-wing government leaders across Canada, implying the worst of the pandemic is over. — No 2798 by fw, November 16, 2021 — “Canada … Continue reading

November 16, 2021

George Monbiot champions wealth taxes on ultra-rich as best way to prevent environmental collapse

Why do we tolerate the massive environmental impacts of the very rich? Most of our dysfunctions are caused by pandering to the rich. — No 2797 by fw, November 14, … Continue reading

November 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Satirical video slices and dices deceit of governments’ “Net-Zero by 2050” COP-26 pledges

Fact is, say scientists, that “Net-Zero by 2050” really means we’re “net-fucked by 2050.” — No 2796 by fw, November 10, 2021 — CAUTION: Readers may find the word “fucked” … Continue reading

November 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

G20 leaders conspired to dodge economic commitments at COP-26, asserts Sonali Kolhatkar

Sumptuous feast for G20 elites at Rome summit sends “let-them-eat-cake” contempt for the masses. — No 2795 by fw, November 8, 2021 — “Heads of state from the world’s wealthiest … Continue reading

November 8, 2021

“Today’s leaders refuse to enable the conversation we need to have,” says Andrew Nikiforuk

The reason is simple: bright green lies allow them to avoid talking about a restructuring of the technological society and ending economic growth. — No 2794 by fw, November 6, … Continue reading

November 6, 2021

Why so little conversation among friends and neighbors about all the existential threats we face?

Could we be witnessing the “bystander effect” on a global scale? – Facing a threat, inaction is triggered when people wait to see how others will react. — No 2793 … Continue reading

November 4, 2021

“We cannot expect COP-26 to address the human eco-predicament,” declares William Rees

Rees outlines two fundamental barriers that will prevent deep and rapid change proposals emerging from COP-26. No 2792 by fw, October 29, 2021 — “Do not expect significant progress from … Continue reading

October 29, 2021

In defending Israel, Trudeau is criticized for equating far left groups with far right

By equating the two groups, Trudeau is, in effect, defending Israel’s violent, colonial apartheid practices against Palestinians. — No 2791 by fw, October 28, 2021 — “The far right and … Continue reading

October 28, 2021