Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m. Eastern Time – “Heat – B.C. on Fire”, with Flo Schade on Wet'suwet'en territory, Gene McGuckin of Eco-socialists of Vancouver, and Gary Porter, SA BC organizer. Link: https://youtu.be/6383UTNV4K4
This is an important discussion on the state of the Left in Canada, and on the movement for Eco-socialism. In terms of strategy, it has implications for the very future of humanity and nature.
First of all, I want to congratulate Dimitri Lascaris. He waged an amazing campaign that rallied thousands of people to Eco-socialist ideas. That is a testament to Dimitri’s consummate skills as a superb organizer and an articulate proponent of radical socio-economic change.
In the end, the Green Party selected the most conservative, pro-capitalist candidate who ran to be its Leader. In interviews with the mass media, Annamie Paul emphasized her identity, instead of highlighting her policy ideas. Like her predecessor and major backer, Elizabeth May, Paul’s ideas conform to the tired old Green Party outlook on private ownership of the economy, not to mention its general support for Ottawa’s pro-imperialist foreign policy.
Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m. Eastern Time – “Turmoil in the Green Party of Canada”, with Dimitri Lascaris, former socialist candidate for GPC leader, and discussant Barry Weisleder, federal secretary of Socialist Action. Link: https://youtu.be/EoGIwc3Mbw8
Global warming has arrived here with a vengeance. From June 25 through June 29, British Columbia suffered through a heat wave unlike anything ever seen in Canada. On the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday all time B.C. records toppled, day after day. Lytton, B.C. on the Fraser River about 150 km north-east of Vancouver reached 49.5 degrees Celsius (121 degrees Fahrenheit) -- the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada. On Vancouver Island, famous for its moderate Pacific climate, the average June daily high is 20 degrees Celsius. The high for the summer is about 28. But on June 28 it was 41.
Even now, with a ten-year time-frame left for action, it’s rare for the climate crisis to be treated as the emergency it is. So, credit where due to Tom Rand. In his The Case for Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis (Toronto: ECW Press, 2020), Rand calls for a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewables; he blames the political and business elite for the mess and says they will have to pay the price as markets turn against oil and assets are stranded; he even advocates for expansion of public transit. Where the book gets less refreshing is Rand’s tone toward the people who have been saying these things all along: his secondary enemy, leftists fusing demands for climate action with calls for economic justice.