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Thursday, November 28

SFU Downtown (Harbour Centre) 7:00 pm, Room 2050

'The next organizing meeting of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group will take place on Nov. 12. If you would like to join: come to our meeting, phone 604-773-8393 or email.
Stop Line 9 should be labour's demand 22/11/13 Herman Rosenfeld, The Bullet

The political fight to win unions to joining the climate change movement in Canada 22/11/13 Roger Annis, VESG

Green groups stage walk-out at UN climate talks 21/11/13 John Vidal, The Guardian

Just 90 companies are responsible for two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions 21/11/13 Suzanne Goldenberg, Grist

Canada's climate change stance 'de-motivating': Critics say that's why the world is angry at Canada 20/11/13, CP

Wave of Indigenous Resistance Sweeps Colombia 19/11/13 Jen Wilton, Latino Rebels

Pouring Fuel on the Climate Change Fire 18/11/13 Nicole Colson, The Bullet

Talisman frackwater pit leaked for months kept from public 18/11/13 Damien Gillis and Will Koop, Common Sense Canadian

UNIFOR calls for national moratorium on fracking 14/11/13, UNIFOR

Typhoon Haiyan: The Global Poor Bear the Deadly Brunt of Climate Change 12/11/13 Aura Bogado, The Nation

Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 08:00
Gwynne Dyer speaking on 'Climate Wars'
Friday, November 22, 2013 - 19:00
Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Left Film Night - Off World
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 19:00
Surrey and White Rock Joint Open House on Rail Safety
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 19:00
Communities and Coal Event: North Vancouver
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sidney Event “Hands off the ALR”:
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 
Artwork for sale! All proceeds go to Unist’ot’en Camp Action Camp
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Public Forum: Panel on Strategies to Stop Climate Change
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Left in British Columbia: A History of Struggle
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Vancouver Ecosocialist Group (VESG)
November 21, 2013

stop line 9The political fight to win unions to joining the climate change movement in Canada

Commentary by Roger Annis, published an article earlier this week by Toronto writer and climate activist Jesse McLlaren that looks ahead to next week's convention of the Ontario Federation of Labour and an anticipated debate over the proposed ‘reversal’ of the Line 9 pipeline in the province. Enbridge Inc wants the line to carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to refineries in Montreal and possibly to the Atlantic coast and export markets...more

Typhoon HaiyanBehind the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster

It’s been nearly two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan devastated a portion of the Philippines on November 8. A collection of islands in the south of the country that is populated by about four million people took a direct hit. The death toll now stands at more than 5,000. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes and their belongings. More disaster looms if emergency shelter, medical aid and food and water provision does not arrive quickly and in greater quantity...more

Say No to CoalPort Authority's assessment fails to protect the public interest

In the last VESG online newsletter, we reported on hundreds protesting against the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) closed door decision-making on the proposed coal port that would make Vancouver the largest exporter in North America of the dirtiest of fossil fuels. Organizers of the protests argue that the VFPA has failed to protect the public interest as it refuses to address the full impacts or conduct adequate public hearings on proposed coal export expansion...more

November pipeline rally in Vancouver

An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people rallied in Vancouver on November 16 in opposition to the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. It was a strong expression of the ‘wall of opposition’ that the BC and federal governments are facing as they try to push through acceptance of the project, including gaining formal approval of the National Energy Board. ...more

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‘Sacrosanct’ Agricultural Land Commission eyed for breakup

Mark Hume, Globe & Mail, British Columbia's sacrosanct Agricultural Land Commission will be effectively dismantled and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission will assume new responsibilities for land use decisions if a proposal prepared for cabinet is adopted, according to confidential government documents...more

Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans:

Richard Smith, Truthout "The only alternative - impossible as this may seem right now - is to overthrow this global economic system and all of the governments of the 1% that prop it up and replace them with a global economic democracy, a radical bottom-up political democracy, an ecosocialist civilization."...more

Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate Crisis

Video: Democracy Now, "A pair of climate scientists are calling for what some may view as a shocking solution to the global warming crisis: a rethinking of the economic order in the United States and other industrialized nations. Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows-Larkin of the influential Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in England say many of the solutions proposed by world leaders to prevent "runaway global warming" will not be enough to address the scale of the crisis"...more

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Learning to live in the anthropocene

Peter Rugh,, That’s why I was a little distressed in reading Roy Scranton’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times, “Learning how to die in the Anthropocene.” The words of the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky came to mind. I believe a translation goes something like: “In this life / it’s not hard to die. But to make life / is trickier by far.”...more

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