I haven’t posted an entry for quite some time, but a local issue came up that needed some research. I believe my findings to be worth sharing. As you may have heard, the property where the Paris golf course sits is slated for development. A plan for 400 residential units has ballooned to 800 units, raising concerns for dozens of locals. In the interest of public accountability, I decided to find out who was behind this scheme. Continue reading
The Concerned Citizen’s Of Brant appeal of the PTTW and ECA for CRH’s (formerly Dufferin Aggregates) gravel pit, on Watts Pond Road in Paris, continues into 2017 in front of the Environmental Review Tribunal at Brant County Council chambers. The CCOB posted a schedule image to facebook to let us know when we could attend in support.
From Paris to Brussels, this is what solidarity looks like.
“I’m tired of watching people turn into pretentious assholes who think their activism makes them better than everyone else, even those oppressed and marginalized groups with whom they claim “allyship”.”
“Folks, do the world a favour…stop with the safe spaces and trigger warnings, and get serious about changing the world.”
Bailey Lamon provides perspective on the left-wing activist community, as she sees it today. I have to agree. Revolutionary change is unlikely to happen unless “we” are inclusive. But then, no one flies on one wing anyway.
For the second time in two weeks, Enbridge Line 9 was shut down this morning by activists via manual valve, this time in Aamjiwnaang territory (Sarnia, ON)
Three Anishinaabe women shut down the line and locked themselves to the valve.
The Expositor has published a couple of good articles recently regarding Dufferin Aggregates’ Permit To Take Water and Environmental Compliance Approval, both of which were approved last week by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and the CCOB’s successful lobbying to have the municipality more strongly express its concerns with the ECA application. The article linked below, though, provides a very good overview of where all the players currently stand, in this epic stand-off. Continue reading
Today marks fully six months since I finally got this Brantivist idea started. It was probably at least two years in planning (not procrastinating, lol) and in May this year I finally jumped in and started blogging The Brantivist. Well I wasn’t as ready as I had thought. I underestimated the time I had already been investing in activism, advocacy, and participation, as well as the impact another commitment was going to have on my available time. This all taking priority over a new initiative such as the Brantivist. So when push came to shove, by summertime, I simply could not prioritize writing over the many important things I had involved myself with, while adding a huge time commitment to my schedule. Fortunately, I have been able to get all that somewhat balanced out in reasonably short order, and expect to be able to update on a more regular basis from here on. Continue reading