May 25

SOA Air Pollution: Statistics Prove Olive Oil Is Dirtier Than Alberta Bitumen!

It's the end of the world as we know it! (not)

It’s the end of the world as we know it! (not)

Back in February 2012, the Federal and Alberta government’s Environment ministries announced a “world class” joint initiative to monitor the environmental impact of the Alberta Oilsands. The program was allocated $50 million per year to monitor the water, air, and animal habitats- funding was provided with money obtained from the Oilsands industry.

In August and September 2013, scientists from the federal Environment Ministry filled a plane filled with “sophisticated scientific instruments” and collected air quality data on 20 separate four-hour flights. The CBC reported that they “followed plumes of pollution from the oilsands as they headed downwind,” collecting data as air particulate turned into Secondary Organic Aerosols (SOAs)- pollutants created by a chemical reaction when floating particles interact with sunlight.

Almost three years later, the ministry finally published their results this week in the scientific journal Nature. Canadian journalists, unable to resist the temptation of a good Oilsands scare story, jumped on the report quicker than Elizabeth May on a bottle of extra strength Nyquil. The Globe and Mail warned that Oilsands dust is a “leading source” of air pollution, the CBC called it “huge”. But what the media didn’t tell their readers is that, from the perspective of SOA emissions, there’s a much dirtier oil on the market- and it’s proudly displayed on supermarket shelves across the country!

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May 02

May Day 2016: 2 Cops Assaulted, Black Lives Matter Call Arresting Cops Racists (Feat. Yusra Khogali)

May Day Toronto: Clueless is as clueless does

May Day Toronto: Fashionable millennials with unfashionable ideology…

Every May 1st militant extremists from OCAP and No One Is Illegal organize a May Day march through downtown Toronto. The marches feature most of the same people we see at most labour movement led protests, each year a guest of honour gets to sit on the back of a rented truck, take charge of the mic, and agitate the crowd. This year’s honoree was the now infamous Yusra Khogali of Black Lives Matter Toronto.

It was a rainy Sunday, not a great day for a parade. Between the inclement weather and dwindling support since the days of Occupy Toronto, the crowd was smaller this year- last year there were about 1500, 3,000 the year before, yesterday only about 500 participants. Curiously, it seems that none of the major unions backed the protest this year- could it be they’re starting to get afraid of the public knowing they support this crowd?

May Day is often an occasion for violence and there was no shortage of that in Montreal, where masked thugs got into a street fight with the police and smashed-up windows. Vancouver was rather tame this year, no reports of arrests or calls for violence like we’ve seen  in the past. Toronto’s march was tame at first, but all hell broke loose after a bystander senselessly assaulted two cops. And, of course, Khogali accused the arresting officers of being racists.

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Apr 23

#BLMTO Unmasked Pt II: Ex-Con Offers Decision Making Class For Black Panther Themed Daycare


Note: Click here to read Part I

This summer Toronto parents will have the unique opportunity to send their kids to Black Lives Matter Toronto’s Freedom School, a three-week summer daycare for children aged 4-10. The school intends to provide students with “political education,” teaching kids about “Black Canadian and diasporic history”, and engaging them in “political resistance to anti-Black racism and state violence through a trans-feminist lens.”

Organizers claim that they designed the program “to support children and families living and growing in a reality of witnessing police violence.” The school is free of charge, kids will get free snacks and lunch, and there will be free transportation to and from their homes. Field trips will include visits to the Black Farmers Market, Nashama Water Park, and the Six Nations reserve near Brantford.

It’s sounds like attractive proposition on the surface, particularly for low-income parents worrying how they’ll cover childcare costs during the summer break. That said people who are considering sending their kids should beware, offers that sound too good to be true usually are. To be fair, families whose goal is to raise anti-social “fuck the police” anarcho-kids will be thrilled with the program and staff- those who want well-adjusted offspring without criminal records might want to look for other opportunities.

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Apr 21

#OccupyINAC Announces Shutdown, Exploits Attawapiskat Kids For Local Gain (Feat Leap Manifesto)

Sign from Irish terrorist group at #OccupyINAC Toronto

Sign from Irish terrorist group at #OccupyINAC Toronto

Big news came out of Occupy INAC last night. After eight days of occupying the Toronto office, seven days occupying Winnipeg and three days in Vancouver, protest organizers announced last night that they intend to stand down and walk away. That said, they haven’t vacated INAC’s offices yet. Further demonstrating their shameless quest to get their faces on TV, they’re delaying their exit until 4pm- allowing time for news of the event to spread out to the media.

A Facebook event page set up by the Toronto occupation claims that they decided to end the protest because “Youth of Attawapiskat” told them that they’re satisfied after recent meetings with members of parliament. The Toronto group previously stated that they wouldn’t leave the office until Justin Trudeau travelled to Attawapiskat and the government complies with a list of Attawapiskat youth’s “demand list” (which wasn’t really a list of demands). The page gives thanks to a motley crew of militants including Black Lives Matter, No One Is Illegal, Idle No More, and the Mohawk Warrior Society .

The Vancouver occupation, hot on the heels of their last misleading and self-promoting press release, took the opportunity to publish another alert on Wednesday evening. Sadly, it doesn’t appear they learned anything from their last blunder. Instead, not only did they double-down on exploiting Attawapiskat’s youth, but they didn’t even get the facts right. It’s an interesting story that brings back memories of the federal government funding an indigenous youth magazine linked to No One Is Illegal that taught kids how to sabotage infrastructure and make their own Molotov Cocktails.

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Apr 18

#LeapManifesto Violence Advocate Occupies Vancouver INAC Office, Appropriates Attawapiskat Voices


At 9am this morning a group of protesters walked into and occupied the Vancouver office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The group’s media release, tweeted out by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, claimed they were “indigenous families and allies.” It explained that they were conducting their protest “to extend support for the demands made by the children of Attawapiskat”.

Early reports in the mainstream media leave readers the impression that the occupation is a grassroots activity. Spokesperson Chrisse Oleman was quoted saying that they’re asking for “basic things” including “houses that don’t make them sick”, “water that they can drink out of the tap”, “food that they can afford to eat”, a recreation centre and a library.

CKNW radio’s story is a classic example of why one can’t rely on mainstream media for reports on first nations protests. Like most reports on the subject they basically just regurgitated the media release and the protester’s claims- without an ounce of critical analysis. Had they spent just a few minutes researching they’d have realized that Attawapaskat youth never a wrote a demand list, and that the protest is anything but grassroots. It’s the usual suspects, self-promoting an idea that might have a negative effect on first nations people.

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