Members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation are suing the RCMP and Coastal GasLink for alleged harassment they claim to have suffered at the hands of police and private security overstepping the boundaries of an injunction guaranteeing the construction of a controversial pipeline.
In a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday, two elders and one of the leaders of the protests against Coastal GasLink say they've been subject to a "relentless campaign of harassment and intimidation" on unceded territory adjacent to a forest road leading to the pipeline worksite.
That means there's an election on Thursday June 2nd. That’s tomorrow. You need to vote.
If you received a voter information card in the mail:
Your voter card will have your voting location and poll number on it. You need to bring your voter card and one other piece of ID. There's a list of ID you can use HERE (français).
If you did not receive a voter information card, or you've lost it, or you forget to bring it to the polling place:
You can absolutely still vote. You can find your voting location HERE (français).
You will need to bring a piece of ID that has both your name and your address on it. Proof of address is important because the staff need to know you're voting in the right district. There's a list of ID you can use HERE (français).
The polls are open from 9AM to 9PM. Voting is quick and usually simple. What time they're busy depends on what your neighbourhood is like.
Information for voters with disabilities is HERE (français). If you have feedback on accessibility, there will be forms you can fill out at your polling station.
Elections Ontario does not call voters - if someone called or texted you to say the time or location has changed, that’s fraud. Check the website for accurate information.
If you got a mail-in ballot and you have not sent it yet, you can drop it off in person at your polling place or at your local returning office (français), anytime before the polls close at 9pm.
More information here. Plus d'informations ici. Other languages here.
What an absolute nightmare country.... This is neoliberal eugenics. Social murder.
She desperately wants to move to an apartment that’s wheelchair accessible and has cleaner air. But her only income is from Ontario’s Disability Support Program (ODSP). She receives a total of $1,169 a month plus $50 for a special diet. "I've applied for MAiD essentially...because of abject poverty," she said.
One of her physicians, Dr. Riina Bray, medical director of the Environmental Health Clinic at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, has been looking for better housing saying Denise requires “immediate relocation for her safety.”
But Denise said she and supporters have called 10 different agencies in Toronto over the past six months to locate housing with reduced chemical and smoke exposure that she can afford on ODSP.
"None of them were able to do anything meaningful in terms of getting me relocated, getting the discretionary emergency, or temporary housing and emergency funds," said Denise.
Applying for medically assisted death has been surprisingly easier. Denise said she began working on applications for MAiD in the summer of 2021.
Denise says her life today is a far cry from her early days as a professional make-up artist.
"I was earning $25 an hour. It was a good job," she told CTV News.
But chemical exposures from her work triggered her Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). MCS is a recognized disability under the Canadian Human Rights Act. It’s believed to be caused by exposures to chemicals, or other environmental exposures that cause physical symptoms, although it is a controversial diagnosis in the medical community.
Her story is disturbingly similar to one reported by CTV earlier in April. Sophia also suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. She received a medically assisted death in February, after fruitless attempts to get an apartment away from smoke and chemicals in her building. Denise said she started the paperwork on her request for MAiD in the summer of 2021, long before Sophia's story went public.
Among those trying to help her, is David Fancy, a professor of drama arts at Brock University and disability rights advocate. He heard about her plight last fall and attests to how hard Denise has tried to get a healthier home. But he’s seen her lose hope.
“Door after closed-door after closed-door...the gauntlet tends to push people in the direction of the legislation that is there, which is medical assistance and dying, " said Fancy, who has started a GoFundMe to try to help Denise find better accommodations. "I've got a very significant concern that this is the tip of the iceberg," he added.
Canada is a colonist nation built on the graves and oppression of Indigenous people. That legacy will continue as long as reserves don't have access to clean water. As long as Indigenous women and girls are murdered and disappear. As long as we keep teaching kids the John A MacDonald was the "founder" of this nation. As long as we ignore Indigenous voices and calls for meaningful reconciliation.
Just because Canada's racism can look different than the USA's, doesn't mean this isn't a nation founded and built on racist ideals and policies.
Canada's NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh asks the reporter, "why is this even a question?" about getting clean drinking water to First Nations reserves in Canada. He is right, if it were the suburbs somewhere, it would not be a question.
Ah once again I am disappointed but not surprised.
Also as usual, this is clear evidence that we need electoral reform. The NDP currently has twice as many votes as the bloc but it has fewer seats. This is not representation. We are not seeing the will of the people in our government. This is a problem.
Justin Trudeau always promises to fucking reform the voting system but he never will because it’s worse for the liberals. Even if it means that people are going unrepresented in their government.
The Ontario provincial election is Thursday, June 2nd. But if you're busy then, you can vote in advance!
The last day to apply to vote by mail in Ontario is Friday May 27th (traductions françaises disponibles). The deadline is 6pm.
The in-person advance polls are open 10am-8pm every day until Saturday May 28th. You can also vote in person at your local returning office until June 1st. You can find your local voting locations HERE.
If you have applied to vote by mail you cannot change your mind and vote in person on election day. The mail in ballot process is explained in a short PDF here or a video here (français).
Elections Ontario must receive your ballot by 6pm on election day. That’s June 2nd. If you haven’t mailed it before the end of May, go drop it off at your local returning office.
Your voting kit will come with paperwork. If you make a mistake in voting by mail, no one can tell you about it and help you fix it in time. READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN YOUR VOTING KIT.
And if you’re voting in person and you’re not 100% sure how to do it, ask the election officials.
If you want to register to vote before election day you can do that HERE. (But even if you aren't registered, you CAN still vote.)
More information here. Plus d'informations ici. Other languages here.
Li says she was motivated by a love for her community, which was being subjected to levels of noise that often reached above 100 decibels inside peoples’ homes – a level she described as “torturous” – and was even louder on the street. Prolonged exposure to anything above 70dB can cause hearing damage, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The police and really even the city gaslit all of us residents, saying that their operation was successful, that this [occupation] was peaceful, that there was nothing wrong with what was going on,” Li says. “I wanted to help. I just so desperately wanted to help my community, my neighbours, because I love them.
- she is willing to use birth control, just not an IUD or implant
- she doesn't date men
- the Dr already prescribed the treatment and then changed his mind
- just another case of a woman not getting effective treatment because of a baby that doesn't even exist
Canada sure is smug about our health care when we come in 2nd last, beating only the USA for our health care system when comparing high-income countries. Lester Pearson and Tommy Douglas would be ashamed.
to no one's surprise I continue to be absolutely disgusted by quebec and their unabashed trend of single-issue voting, where the single issue is their insistence on xenophobia, religious intolerance, cultural supremacy and racism. the numbers don't lie, 2011 to 2015 to 2019. you had FIFTY-NINE ndp seats and now that the leader is a sikh man you have ONE.
that clown spent half a billion of our taxpayer dollars to end up with yet another minority government and soon he’ll get up on stage and pat himself on the back even though his party will lose the popular vote