Cross-Canada Action for Progressive Social Change

By MacKintosh, Karen | Canadian Dimension, March-April 2011 | Go to article overview

Cross-Canada Action for Progressive Social Change


MacKintosh, Karen, Canadian Dimension


All Our Sisters national forum

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From May 9 to 11 in London, Ontario, All Our Sisters hosts a multidisciplinary conference to address the issues affecting homeless women and women at risk. This is the first national forum specifically addressing security of housing, homelessness and safe communities for Canadian women. The forum will also help create a national network around building safe communities that are inclusive of all women in Canada. To register for the conference or for information on speakers and events, go to www.alloursisters.ca.

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End the war in Afghanistan

The federal NDP has joined antiwar activists in calling on the Harper government to take Canadian troops out of Afghanistan by ending the failed military mission. To sign the NDP's petition on ending the military mission to Afghanistan, go to www.youth.ndp.ca/afghanistan. For more information about ongoing antiwar organizing in Canada and Quebec, go to www.acp-cpa.ca.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

This year, Israeli Apartheid Week is extended into two weeks of lectures, films and actions, from March 7 to 20. For more information on events and organizing on your campus and in your community, go to www.apartheidweek.org.

Carbon intensity of tar sands crude

A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation shows that Alberta tar sands oil is one of the world's most carbon intensive because of its poor quality and the amount of natural gas needed to enrich it. The report. Carbon Intensity of Crude Oil in Europe, uses a lifecycle assessment of more than 3,000 oilfields that supply oil to Europe. According to the report, as extraction of unconventional crude oil such as that from the tars sands is more energy intensive, it results in higher greenhouse gas emissions than other oil sources. In Canada, a federal panel of scientists has reported that the tar sands lack an environmental monitoring system that is independent of the oil industry. To read Carbon Intensity of Crude Oil in Europe, go to the www.icct.org. There's also more information on the tar sands science panel at www.greenpeace.ca.

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First Nations block Enbridge

In December 61 First Nations announced that they would not allow Enbridge pipelines or similar tar sands projects to cross their lands, territories or watersheds, or the ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon. The outcome of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines would transport tar sands crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia and natural gas in the opposite direction.

Poets against pipelines

Resistance to Enbridge has also been shown through poetry. Enpipe Line is a 1,173 kilometre line of poetry, written collaboratively to create cultural resistance to Enbridge's proposal and similar projects. To read or contribute to Enpipe Line, go to http://christineleclerc. …

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