A Sense of Time

Time past, time present, time future. Our society is obsessively present-minded. There is slight interest in the past, in the causes of  present crises. There can be no lessons of history because history is not on the agenda. As for the future, we’ll deal with that when we get there. If things go wrong, there … Read more

The Issue of Aboriginal Rights

On Thursday last the draft text of the Article 2 of the Climate Change Agreement referred to “The respect, protection, promotion and fulfilment of human rights for all including indigenous peoples.” By Friday the text of the Article had been revised, dropping any reference to “indigenous peoples”. Friday’s Article included many more words that could be … Read more

A Concert Tour about Treaty Rights

Mark Blinch Canadian Press Photo 2014

On his recent concert tour, Neil Young invited three Federal Cabinet Ministers to appear on stage with him in Toronto to discuss the tar sands. To no one’s surprise, none of the Ministers took up the invitation.

In Calgary the fossil fuel industry association proposed he sit down with them and discuss the tar sands.  He accepted on condition that the industry accept a Canadian environmentalist, David Suzuki, as moderator.  The fossil fuel industry proposed another individual not acceptable to Young. So that “discussion” did not take place.

Young’s concert tour objective was to raise money to help cover the legal expenses of a court challenge by the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) to regulatory approval of the expansion of the Jackpine tar sands mine, a Shell Canada site upstream from the First Nation.

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