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The Rebel to Rabble Review: Illegal Dumping, Mandatory Minimum Requirements


“That happens after dark. Dump trucks loaded to the brim, unloading rubbish in courtyards, driveways or on dirt roads that lead into the lake. “

A little less than a year after turning his journalistic spotlight on the health problems of Mohawk families living near a now-closed dump near Kanesatake, Que. Life, Ricochet correspondent Christopher Curtis reports the increase in illegal landfill “coordinated by non-indigenous contractors exploiting people living in their property” by offering them “$ 100-200 per load to look the other way” while “contaminating soil.” dump on Mohawk land because it’s cheap and there’s no one to stop them. “

Although “the extent of the pollution is unknown … sources on the reserve describe mounds piled to the roof,” he notes.

“According to two witnesses, a local resident fired a warning shot at a dump truck last month while (while) the suspected broker behind the dump, a man named ‘Mario’, was chased out of town at around the same time.”

But as Jeremy Tomlinson, chief of the Kanesatake Council, tells Curtis, “We are going to have to slowly start confiscating trucks. … Anyone who comes here to dump contaminated soil is walking. If the police want to arrest us for seizing a truck, they are welcome to try. “

In the meantime, his ricochet colleague has Jon Horler reveals the results of his “six-week intensive study of key political shows across multiple networks” – which he notes “was conducted by Ricochet in association with Jacobin Magazine”. Horler concludes that there is “significant bias in Canadian television news broadcasts,” in which “lobbyists for banks, oil companies, gun manufacturers and other miscellaneous corporate interests routinely emerge … with no public disclosure of their links to big bucks.”

at Passage, Davide Mastracci takes a closer look at the first-ever newsroom diversity survey published last month by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).

“The CAJ should be congratulated on this achievement, which could mark the beginning of a new chapter in the effort to poll the diversity of the Canadian media,” he notes.

His biggest criticism: “The main problem with the survey is not a specific question … but rather who the questions are directed to” – namely the editor-in-chief or his equivalent on radio, television, digital and print media around the world. “He warns that this “limits the data to what the editorial offices already have, which in many cases is not much” and ultimately makes that data “far less useful”.

In the meantime, The break publishes an extended excerpt Nora Loretos new book, Spin Doctors: How the Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“From the start, North American obsession with China allowed politicians to blame a foreign government rather than take responsibility for how unprepared North America really was for a pandemic,” she argues.

“And while journalists often admitted that this was a problematic framework, they did little to prevent the racist narrative from becoming an important part of the pandemic story. If journalists had focused on the US for as long as they did on China, how would the Canadians have understood this virus any other way? “

Elsewhere on the website, Ardath Whynacht deals with “preventing domestic homicide without police” and “the way forward (from) abolitionist feminism”.

According to her biography, Whynacht is “an activist and author who works for and with survivors of state and domestic violence”.

She points out that while “it is often quoted that in Canada, on average, a woman is killed by her partner every six days … the police kill just as often, (while) police and military personnel also perpetrate violence on their partner” more have their own families than the general population. “

Further to Mob, Stephen Wentzell chats with Toronto activist Desmond Cole about the recent push by the federal liberals to abolish some – but not all – mandatory minimum sentences that Cole warns are nowhere near enough to offset inherent institutional injustices.

“They really focused on the idea that mandatory minimum levels for blacks and indigenous peoples are harmful,” says Cole. “You have to ask yourself, what about all the other things that you leave in place that do the same?”

Wentzell notes that this includes the “largest compulsory prison sentences in the country – life sentences” which, according to Cole, “also have very serious effects on black and indigenous communities”.

Finally, Press progress picks up a recent tweet. emerged Ontario Secretary of Education Stephen Lecce about a “good dialogue (about) flexible childcare” recently with Cardus, whom PP describes as “a right-wing religious lobby group that compares public childcare to misogyny and claims that it“ forces women into gainful employment ”. ”

They also compiled a list of the “five ways Doug Ford’s government harmed public services in 2021, (including) private health care, school cuts and ‘compensation’ freezes”.

Trend on the right side of the Canadian activist media universe:

  • Sheila Gunn Reid, head of the Rebel Office in Alberta Examines the film options aboard the Challenger and notes that two of the films the Prime Minister made available for viewing “were deemed ‘inappropriate’ for then Governor General Julie Payette during her time in the sky”. That is, “the titles, ratings, and genres remain unknown.”
  • True North News contributor Andrew Lawton an exclusive and “in-depth” interview with Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney on the province’s response to the ongoing pandemic, the energy sector, “as well as the split within the United Conservative Party over Kenney’s leadership, incarcerated pastors, Joe Biden, and the ‘crazy leftists’. ”
  • Finally, Post Millennium Author Roberto Wakerell Cruz censures the Liberals and Bloc Québécois ethics committee members who have teamed up to block the Conservatives’ attempt to open a full investigation into the “$ 500 billion pandemic spending,” much of which is “neglected,” claims Post Millennial.

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