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Letter: Fracking on trial and the rights of nature

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The historic Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change will take place this May 14 to 18, cohosted by Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and live-streaming online. For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, this session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will have an international focus and will include arguments about the rights of Nature in addition to the rights of people. Among those participating are individuals and groups from Newfoundland and Labrador. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is a highly respected international forum that grew from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal to investigate whether breaches of human rights norms occurred during the Vietnam War. Since then it has conducted a series of high-profile hearings to determine whether human rights standards were abridged in Bhopal, Chernobyl, and other sites worldwide. The Tribunal’s most recent session was on Myanmar’s (Burma’s) crimes against the Rohingya…

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What’s a budget for, anyway?

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Finance Minister Tom Osborne used the words “methodical, fair and responsible” to describe the recent budget, but representatives of civil society and community organizations said that Budget 2018 failed to provide a vision for a sustainable future for Newfoundland and Labrador. Debbie Forward, head of the Nurses’ Union, referred to it as “a flat budget.” She said while there’s not a lot to be upset about, there’s not much to be excited about either. Mary Shortall, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour said she was looking for a jobs strategy from the budget, but couldn’t find one. “There’s nothing in this that indicates there’s any plan ahead for that. I didn’t see a vision in this budget for what’s going to happen for our population going forward,” she said. The March 27 budget “doesn’t inspire confidence with respect to what we have been able to observe today,”…

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The price of everything in the province hinges on this case

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Oceanex vs. Marine Atlantic is about more than just shipping rights. It’s about whether this province will survive.

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Oil, gas, and cognitive dissonance

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We remember the last oil boom, right? Couple years ago? And the bust that followed? Wealthy people got considerably wealthier while the rest of us strained to see the benefits promised us. What weren’t hard to see were the deep cuts to the public sector after all those revenues (on which the government decided to be fully dependent) suddenly vanished. And the public continues to pay the price. It’s 2018. We’ve known for many years that the future of human beings depends on cutting dependence on fossil fuels. Scientists the world over have insisted this is the case. In a 2012 report, the World Bank stated that “we’re on track for a 4 degree Celsius warmer world by century’s end marked by extreme heat waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and life-threatening sea level rise.” The Tyndall Centre for Climate Research says this rise in 4…

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Here’s why democracy is better

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We need more democracy, not less

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From Newfoundland to the edge of the galaxy: Encountering Ursula K. Le Guin

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Le Guin’s worlds reshaped our own

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Court order issued for arrest of land protectors, journalist

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Court order includes Independent editor Justin Brake.

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Are RCMP highway checkpoints infringing on the rights of Labradorians?

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No clear statement of legal justification has been offered for the checkpoints

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Innu Nation wants flooding suspended as Muskrat Falls protest grows

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More Innu join Muskrat Falls occupation, but leadership withholds endorsement.

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Ball dodges questions on Muskrat Falls

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Premier Dwight Ball lands in St. John’s, dodges questions about people on hunger strike in Labrador, contradiction between Labradorians’ rights and business obligations.

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Municipal leaders want in on Muskrat meeting

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Labrador mayors say Muskrat Falls meeting between premier and Indigenous leaders should include municipal representation.

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Muskrat Occupation: Government urged to fasttrack meetings

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Demands have not changed; RCMP confirms reinforcements arriving; hunger strikes add urgency to meeting with government.

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Thank you, Land Protectors of Labrador

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We have all learned something important from the courage of Labradorians

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“We hold Muskrat Falls”

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Land protectors storm site, win temporary halt to flooding.

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The Muskrat Falls rebellion and Labrador independence

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Boondoggle hydro project could see Labrador go its own way from Newfoundland.

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Newfoundland in the Black imaginary

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Black history in Newfoundland has been ignored for too long, says visiting poet and scholar.

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Oil talk must include more discussion of privilege

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A recent panel discussion at Petrocultures 2016 needed to admit the harsh truth: The shift to a ‘green economy’ will be uncomfortable.

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Planning by a thousand cuts

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After too many years of arbitrary budget cuts, it’s time to put some serious thought into our wildlife agency.

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Muskrat Falls: Yes, there is a way out

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We can and must cancel Muskrat Falls. It’s really our only hope.

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If you love this province

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Newfoundland and Labrador needs its young people now more than ever.

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