Good journalism is key to a healthy democracy. In Canada, it’s becoming apparent that the conversation around the environment is being tightly controlled… Such a system means that the voices of corporations, fossil-fuel interests, and climate change contributors are heard over those of our communities.
The ALR has faced a number of challenges over the years, but it may currently be facing its greatest challenge yet. It’s time to speak up for our agricultural land and farmers! Decision makers will be deciding the future of the ALR soon, so they need to hear from you.
We don’t need to look far to see expressions of negative stereotypes, dismissals or dehumanization of Indigenous people, as well as general misinformation. These reactions are often knee-jerk, and are grounded in prejudice. How do we challenge these beliefs and move forward together? We need to have honest, open discussions with each other, and this begins by clearing up some of the common misconceptions.
At several points throughout the day, the crowd of thousands took up the chant “the people, united, will never be defeated.” For the first time in a long while, I really felt the power of this statement. Each of us was a pebble, and while one pebble thrown into a pond creates a small ripple, many thrown into a pond can cause a huge splash.
When the federal government first introduced Bill C-38 in March, otherwise known as the omnibus budget bill, people raised a few eyebrows. As more information came out on what Bill C-38 really meant, particularly for Canada’s environmental regulations, furious debate was sparked, and criticism ensued.