“Access to contraception and the ability to control fertility empowers women,” says 82-year old abortion rights advocate, Judy Kahrl. Plus Mary Lyons, a Minnesota Ojibwe elder taking on fetal alcohol syndrome, and Zodwa Hilda Ndlovu, a grandma caring for AIDS orphans in South Africa.
The Canada Revenue Agency wants to hear from Canadians regarding its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities. The public’s feedback will lead to “the development of new guidance or educational resources for charities on the rules governing political activities.”
At least 1281 archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, students and museum directors from the US, Canada and other countries recently signed a letter condemning the destruction of Standing Rock Sioux burial grounds and sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline company.
A new report warns that the Canada-EU trade deal CETA could threaten food safety and the greater public interest. Meanwhile, a group of Germany NGOs have launched a massive constitutional lawsuit against the deal.
G20 energy ministers’ meeting in Beijing this week failed to come up with a deadline and concrete plans for eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. The meeting followed last month’s commitment by G7 leaders to phase out fossil fuel handouts by 2025.
The Green Party of Canada is calling on the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charity status of the Jewish National Fund on the grounds that the organization discriminates against Palestinians and non-Jews in Israel. Also, Israel’s “failure to comply with international human rights law.”
In a letter released Friday, more than 100 academics and researchers asked the government of British Columbia to spare tent cities and invest in “real solutions to homelessness”.
On Wednesday, over 40 Canadian groups wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet and urged them to reject the pressure to champion the expansion of tar sands operations and pipelines.