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Disobedience-The Rise Of Global Fossil Fuel Resistance

Richard 'Hub' Hughes


It has become crystal clear that our governments will only move as far and fast as they have to.

The pressure from the corporate fossil fuel world, their bankers,  their obedient politicians, the corporate media have brought us to where we are now and that is not good enough.



The new film Disobedience is about the global movement to break free from fossil fuels.


 Click here to stream or download the movie for free, or find a community screening near you.

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By Duncan Meisel

The film is a powerful journey, featuring Break Free organizers in Canada, Germany, Turkey and the Philippines as they prepare to mobilize for major actions this May. It shows that the global movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground is growing in size and courage.

Disobedience features author and activist Naomi Klein, co-founder Bill McKibben, as well as board member Lidy Nacpil and dozens of inspiring voices from front-line fights around the world.

It’s about 40 minutes long, and I think it makes for inspiring watching ahead of the Break Free wave of action starting a few days from now.

If you’re inspired by what you see — and I think you will be — then I hope you will both share the film, and join thousands of people around the world to “break free from fossil fuels” in the coming weeks.

In Canada, hundreds will take action against the Kinder Morgan pipeline, right as the National Energy Board announces its decision on the project. To learn more about the action in Vancouver on May 14th, click here.

Onwards, to a future beyond fossil fuels,



Site C Dam Project Means Devastation and Death In The Peace River Valley


It’s well worth it to pause for a moment, read this devastating report, think on it, and if if grabs you as it did me, demand to see your MLA & MP, and raise hell.

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Three houses destroyed or damaged in huge Cowichan Bay fire


Massive fire in the Khneipsen road area. This report was published in the Times Colonist.

By Katherine Dedyna / Times Colonist

A raging fire destroyed or damaged three houses on Khenipsen Road across from the

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NDP’s John Horgan Stuck Between A Rock and a Hard Place- Premier Notley Sells Out the BC NDP!

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We are at a crossroads. The old way got us here.

Time to discuss, consider, debate and find new ways to manage our energy needs in a way that does not contribute to climate change.

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The Recent CVRD-SIA Court Decision Is Misunderstood. The CVRD Won! ***Update***

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In today’s CVRD news release:

Much of my analysis on the decision is confirmed.

The CVRD has now decided to double down on their wins thus far and demand even more clarity on

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Honey Bees Down 50 Percent In The Cowichan Valley


I just came across this CTV story about the shortage of bees. This is not good news and we should all be doing something to help.

For those of us who garden it is

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Leonardo Di Caprio- No More Excuses on Climate Change (Video)


BC Court of Appeal Decision – Victory for Shawnigan Lake


Richard Hughes

Lehanna Green’s post was taken down as requested.

There may or may not have been some inaccuracies, but the general drift was valid, as far as I can determine.

As far as

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There Is A Refugee Tsunami Flowing Onto The Greek Shores

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Peter Nix writes from Moria, a Greek refugee camp for about 3,000 people on the island of Lesbos where along with his wife and son they are volunteering to help the desperate refugees.

Climate Change

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Province Steps Into Kinder Morgan Pipeline Proposal

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BC Environment Minister Mary Polak

Now is the time to have affected First Nations (FN) and anyone else interested demand from Mary Polak that she terminate the equivalency agreement under the 30 day

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Manitoba PC’s Thump the NDP – Whither Today’s NDP!


By Éric Grenier, for CBC News

The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives under Brian Pallister won a majority government in a historic fashion Tuesday night, putting up some of the biggest numbers by any party in

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The ‘Leap’ is Not a Protest, It is a Plan Democratically Supported At The NDP Convention


I see that Bill Tieleman has lept to action in today’s column in ‘The Tyee.’

He deceptively attempts to reframe the play away from a common sense approach to facing the challenges of ‘Climate Change’

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CVRD Director’s Decide To Take Another Kick At Driving Economic Development

Peter Rusland

Originally published in the Duncan Free Press.

Peter Rusland

The CVRD board’s recent decision to hire a new economic-development manager should now be followed by surgical precision and thought.

Especially since five of 15

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Court Grants Permission For More Dumping Contaminated Soil Pending Appeal August 15th

The Athabasca river runs through the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, November 3, 2011. Fort McMurray is the hub of Canada's tar sands industry. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY)



BC Court of Appeal In Chambers Grants a Limited Stay to Permit South Island Resource Management to Complete Contracts for the Landfilling of Contaminated Soil in Shawnigan Lake

Duncan, BC

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Dear Leap Manifesto Critics: There Will Be No Jobs On A Dead Planet


The freak out response by many corporate media pundits and confused politicians opposed to the ‘Leap Manifesto’ is revealing and instructive.

Their outrageous over reaction to a well thought out direction for survival in a

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Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election


The up and down world of politics has visited British Columbia driven to a large extent by the LNG plays of Premier Christy Clark and the evolving positions or near positions of NDP leader John

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Statement On The Passing Of The NDP Leap Resolution


by Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein, Bianca Mugyenyi, Katie McKenna & Martin Lukacs Climate Science and Impacts, The Leap Manifesto

We are heartened by the news that the New Democratic Party of Canada has passed

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52 Percent Vote To Oust Mulcair- But He Is Staying On With Caucus Support!-***Updated


It is highly unusual when leaders are ousted by a vote as was done at the National NDP convention in Edmonton today.

Where it gets really weird is that Thomas Mulcair, bolstered by his largely

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NDP oust Mulcair after contentious convention


JASON FRANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair makes a speech during the 2016 NDP federal convention in Edmonton Alta, on Sunday.

By: Alex Boutilier Ottawa Bureau Reporter

EDMONTON—Thomas Mulcair is

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Today, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal District Court in Eugene, OR, decided in favor of 21 young Plaintiffs, and Dr. James Hansen on behalf of future generations, in their landmark constitutional

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Cross Appeal Filed on CVRD vs Cobble Hill Holdings/South Island Aggregates


Yes, the BC Supreme Court upholding the CVRD’s oft ignored land use bylaw was a win.

But what is this? More legal maneuvering by SIA/CHH? More costs, distractions and foot dragging?

Let this be a

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A Business Knowingly Built On Shaky Ground


Leanna Green attended the South Island Aggregates (SIA)-Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) BC Supreme Court Appeal proceedings in Victoria yesterday along with 30 or more Shawnigan residents opposed to dumping contaminated soil in the Shawnigan Watershed.

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Dr. Shiv Chopra, a Health Canada whistleblower, will highlight the TPP’s threat to public health and food safety.

Dr. Shiv Copra

With LNG in BC, Do Local Governments Matter? According to preeminent Lawyer Jack Woodward QC, you bet they do!

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CVRD Director Lori Iannidinardo

By CVRD Regional Director Lori Iannidinardo

In August 2015 Steelhead LNG and the Malahat Nation announced an agreement-in-principle to bring a massive floating LNG export facility into the Saanich Inlet,

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The Panama Papers: ‘Biggest Leak in History’ Exposes Global Web of Corruption


Here is an answer to the pat response often given by those who embrace the corporate culture when funds are needed and sought for schools, hospitals, parks, fire departments, updated libraries, public swimming pools, cleaning

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Doctors More Dangerous Than Guns!





(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.

(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.

(C) Accidental

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Georgia Collins: “Waterproofing Our Win” — The Shawnigan Struggle

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By Georgia Collins

Georgia Collins

As someone who has been active on the Save Shawnigan Water issue from the day it became public in 2012, I have an incredibly intimate connection with this

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Deeply Moving Message From Bernie Sanders


We are inextricably linked and affected by what does or does not happen in the USA.

During this primary run up to the selection of candidates to represent the Republican and Democratic parties one candidate

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Damien Gillis-The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY


Here is an excellent post from Common Sense Canadian that deals with the NDP-Green issues. R


BCNDP Leader John Horgan has a tough row to hoe to win the next election (BCNDP/Flickr)


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Elizabeth May Top Spender–This Gives Going Green A Whole New Meaning


Now I hate to drag Elizabeth May into the fray but after Andrew Weaver’s insightful remarks and gentle pointers via comments on ‘Cowichan Conversations’ in the previous post, I really could not resist.


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