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Success in Quebec Speaks to Power of Mass Movements

Source: Common Dreams

Usually it takes social movements years, even decades, to significantly affect public policy. The movement unleashed by Qu├ębec students last spring has had a much quicker impact.

Beyond politicizing a generation, it has spurred a more socially and ecologically progressive political climate. It is within this context that Pauline Marois’ government has adopted more progressive reforms in its first days in office than any other provincial government in recent Canadian history. read more


Indigenous People of Peru Reject Talisman Oil Company

At a recent strike in Lima
Canadian resource companies are under fire in Peru. On October 21, Cesar Zuniga, the president of the Achuar indigenous group FENAP, told a local radio: "We, as indigenous people, reject the Canadian company Talisman. We do not want them working in our territory. We want the Peruvian state to respect us, and the armed forces to stop helping the company." The indigenous communities believe oil development causes ecological harm and leads to social conflict.