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- Interview with Erika Koenig-Workman organiser of Richmond Coal Awareness, Town Hall Meeting in Steveston on Thursday December 12th from 7-930pm, third floor, Steveston Community Centre. Event details For more information – communitiesincoal.com To comment on the project and join call for more transparency: realporthearings.org
- Joey Hartman on NELSON MANDELA and the role the labour movement played in anti-apartheid struggles and solidarity actions. Taught us that boycotts and economic sanctions can really work when they are called for by those who will suffer the consequences.
- Also: Latest anti-union government legislation – FEDERAL – Bill C-4 is the most recent anti-union legislation to be rolled out under an omnibus bill. One significant feature is the unilateral authority for the government to declare which positions are essential services, replacing the current negotiations process. It also changes the ability for a worker to refuse unsafe work in federally regulated injuries and workplaces.
- ALBERTA – Bills 45 and 46 were rammed through last week with no consultation with the unions. Provincial employees are already prohibited from striking in Alberta, and Bill 45 expands the definition of strike to include “any slowdown or any activity that has the effect of restricting or disrupting production or services.” It also makes it illegal to canvass workers “to determine whether they wish to strike” or the freedom to express a view which calls for strike action. – Calgary Herald
- Tim Hortons workers cheated out of overtime. – CBC
- Events: David Rovics Concert: 7:30 pm on Saturday December 14 at Heartwood Café, 317 E. Broadway – call 604-874-1256 for info and tickets. $15 but no-one turned away.
- Sean Condon, Executive Director of the Street Paper – Megaphone discusses the fascinating year end review edition of the paper.
- News Headlines:
The South African Cultural Association is holding a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Sunday, December 15, at the Performance Works on Granville Island, from 1 to 3 pm. Seats are limited and will be on first come basis.
The U.S. trade news journal Washington Trade Daily is reporting that Canada has dropped its opposition to some of the most outrageous intellectual property rights demands of the United States in ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Singapore this week. Responding to these revelations, the Council of Canadians wants the Harper government to publish the complete text of the TPP agreement so everyone can see what the changes, especially to patent laws, will mean for Canadians.
APTN reports that Chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations winter gathering want to change the name of June 21 from Aboriginal Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. A resolution, moved by two Saskatchewan chiefs, will be tabled this week calling on the AFN to take up the issue with the Harper government.
More than 500 renowned authors – including five Nobel laureates – from across the globe have signed a petition demanding an end to ‘mass surveillance’. It follows the revelations over the last few months of the US and other countries spying. Their open appeal is called ‘A Stand for Democracy in the Digital Age’. Among the signatories are Nobel laureates Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee, Elfriede Jelinek, Günter Grass and Tomas Tranströmer. Others who signed the letter include Bjork, Umberto Eco, Yann Martel, Ian McEwan and many others. Everyone is invited to sign the open appeal at change.org/surveillance
The Harper government has dismantled one of the world’s top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making. – Tyee
The Toronto Star reports that Canada’s six biggest banks set aside $10.8 billion for incentive compensation this year.
The imprisoned members of Pussy Riot may be pardoned and released early if Parliament accepts an amnesty bill submitted by Vladimir Putin, according to a Kremlin-affiliated Russian news daily. The amnesty may also apply to the 30 crew members of the recently detained Greenpeace ship, according to the report. – NPR
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana. After nearly 12 hours of debate, senators gave the government-sponsored bill their historic final approval. The law allowing registered Uruguayans over 18 to buy up to 40g (1,4oz) of the drug a month is not expected to come into force before April – BBC
The body of Nelson Mandela is due to be taken in procession to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where it will lie in state for three days. – Daily Star
As India’s Supreme Court bans gay sex, thousands of LGBTI people have taken to the streets to protest the ruling. In one Supreme Court ruling, millions of people’s sex lives – 17.5% of the world’s gay population – have become illegal. – Gay Star News
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