Update on legal situation of Flaherty protestors

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2010 by canadaclimatejustice

From Janet….

“I took part in the peaceful occupation of federal finance minister Jim Flaherty’s office last Nov. 30th. We were charged with Loiter and Obstruct Persons in Public Place; Mischief – Obstruct/Interrupt/Interfere with Lawful Use/Enjoyment or Operation of Property (both criminal code offences), & Fail to Leave Premises (under the Trespass to Property Act).

The two Criminal Code charges were dropped & we pled guilty to the third, more minor offence. As mentioned in the other post, we’re being fined $100 and will be on probation for a year.

I decided to write a letter to the judge who sentenced us, since I felt too nervous to speak up in court. I’ll be sure to let her know that I’m not only not ashamed of my actions, but very proud of them, & would encourage others to take similar action. As another protester said, we need more people to step outside their customary comfort zone!”

Now on to the next ACTION.

Citizens demand Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s resignation over failure to deliver on climate change

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 by canadaclimatejustice

Update! View the letter here.

December 16, 2009 (Calgary, AB) – The citizens who had occupied Stephen Harper’s constituency office to demand aggressive action on climate change are calling for the Prime Minister’s resignation. Prime Minister Harper has refused to fulfill Canada’s obligations to reduce climate pollution and support vulnerable communities so citizens are demanding that he resign.

“We hoped the Prime Minister would recognize the will of Canadians and the veracity of climate science and publicly announce the intention to establish a legally binding target,” said Joel Woodhouse, currently at the Prime Minister’s Calgary constituency office. “He continues to play games with the lives of potential climate refugees around the world so we see no other option but to ask for his resignation.”

“Prime Minister Harper is sabotaging efforts to solve the world’s climate crisis. Around the world Canada is being called a corrupt petro-state, is widely considered the worst blocker of negotiations, and is now even seeing calls for Canada to be banned from the Commonwealth” said Woodhouse. “As Canadians, we find this embarrassing.”

The UN-established Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that Canada faces serious threats to human health, major displacements of people and destruction of coastal infrastructure, chronic water shortages, and more. Worldwide, the Global Humanitarian Forum states that every year climate change causes over 300,000 human deaths, 325 million people to be severely affected, and economic losses of US$125 billion.

Yet Canada continues to obstruct the current round of climate negotiations in Copenhagen. The policies that Canada’s leaders are advocating in Copenhagen are the opposite of what Canadians want. Before the Copenhagen negotiations began, a poll found a full three-quarters of Canadians were “embarrassed” by Canada’s stance on climate change. During the negotiations, Stephen Harper’s inability to represent Canadian interests has become clear.

“Demanding a Prime Minister’s resignation may seem extreme. Frankly, we don’t know what alternatives remain. We have written letters to our representatives, we have requested meetings with our representatives and we have worked on climate change solutions in our communities for years,” says sit-in participant Susan Stratton. “Canada’s government is still obstructing climate talks and refusing to make any real change. This shows despicable disregard for future generations and for the millions already dying and losing their homes because of climate change. Now is the time for new, real leadership”

Citizens occupy Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office with an ultimatum: sign an aggressive climate treaty or resign as Prime Minister

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by canadaclimatejustice

Where: Stephen Harper’s Calgary constituency offce, 1600 90th Ave SW
When: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 beginning at 10:00am

Update! Sit-in participants demand Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s resignation

Update! Photos of the action

December 16, 2009 (Calgary, AB) – At 10:00 this morning, twenty citizens occupied Stephen Harper’s constituency office to offer the ultimatum of taking aggressive action on climate change before the end of the Copenhagen conference or resign as the Prime Minister of Canada. This is the eighth peaceful sit-in since November 23 when seven Albertans were arrested after demanding that Jim Prentice commit Canada to a fair, ambitious and binding treaty in advance of the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen.

“Prime Minister Harper is sabotaging efforts to solve the world’s climate crisis. Around the world Canada is being called a corrupt petro-state, is widely considered the worst blocker of negotiations, and is now even seeing calls for Canada to be banned from the Commonwealth” said Joel Woodhouse, who is currently inside the sit-in. “As Canadians, we are not going to tolerate more of the same from the prime minister so we’re giving him two options: sign on to the minimum reductions scientists say are necessary or resign your position as Prime Minister.”

The UN-established Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that Canada faces serious threats to human health, major displacements of people and destruction of coastal infrastructure, chronic water shortages, and more. Worldwide, the Global Humanitarian Forum states that every year climate change causes over 300,000 human deaths, 325 million people to be severely affected, and economic losses of US$125 billion.

Yet Canada continues to obstruct the current round of climate negotiations in Copenhagen. The policies that Canada’s leaders are advocating in Copenhagen are the opposite of what Canadians want. Before the Copenhagen negotiations began, a poll found a full three-quarters of Canadians were “embarrassed” by Canada’s stance on climate change. During the negotiations, Stephen Harper’s inability to represent Canadian interests has become clear.

“Demanding a Prime Minister’s resignation may seem extreme. Frankly, we don’t know what alternatives remain. We have written letters to our representatives, we have requested meetings with our representatives and we have worked on climate change solutions in our communities for years,” says sit-in participant Susan Stratton. “Canada’s government is still obstructing climate talks and refusing to make any real change. This shows despicable disregard for future generations and for the millions already dying and losing their homes because of climate change. “

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2009 by canadaclimatejustice

VISIT THE ACTION UPDATES SECTION
FOR AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR

Actions pushing for climate justice are being organized across the country right now! Email canadaclimatejustice@gmail.com to see if one is being organized in your region or just start organizing your own today!

35 PEOPLE FACE LEGAL COSTS
AFTER 2 WEEK CAMPAIGN
OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

*Including a 15 Year-old boy arrested Dec.4th
for peaceful protest in North Vancouver.

Dec 7, 2009 – In the last 2 weeks people all across Canada have been standing up for climate justice and the government is not happy about it. The most recent action in North Vancouver (Dec.4th) resulted in 5 protesters being arrested for “Assault by Trespass” – absurd considering there was no physical interaction with police. The Government is cracking down on critics in an attempt to discourage us. We cannot allow this! With the Copenhagen negotiations about to start – PLEASE take a moment to support the 35 people facing legal costs either by making a donation and/or  officially stating your support.

You can also send a check directly to:

Donate. Legal fees can be expensive; let’s share the load.   Donate to the People For Climate Justice Legal Defence Fund
(please write this in the memo of your check)
Checks can be written to:
Greenspiration
214 Macdonell Ave
Toronto, ON, M6R 2A8

NO MORE STALLING WHILE PEOPLE DIE.

Posted in Climate action tools on November 13, 2009 by canadaclimatejustice

Actions pushing for climate justice are being organized across the country right now! Email canadaclimatejustice@gmail.com to see if one is being organized in your region or just start organizing your own today!

CBC INTERVIEW OF THE FIRST CLIMATE JUSTICE SIT-IN


Do you want to take direct action in Canada for climate justice?  See the pages linked on the right side of this blog for action planning resources.

Help build the grassroots movement in Canada for climate justice and tip the scales of power back towards community and ecological sustainability by engaging in acts of civil disobedience in the days leading up to Copenhagen, probably the most important climate summit of our times.

This is a call out for people to organize sit-ins and occupations in Canada targeting elected officials, tar sands financiers, and destructive industries in the days before the climate change treaty negotiations in Copenhagen.


THE TIME IS NOW.

The Canadian government continues to fail to address the climate crisis. They continue to stall while millions die or become displaced due to the climate crisis and have prioritized destructive projects like the tar sands over the fate of our planet and the health of our communities.

There is no more time for excuses!

We can no longer allow our government to wait, stall, or block progress instead we must pressure them to act and push for a just, ambitious, and binding deal that listens to science and is led by the voices of Indigenous communities and those most directly impacted by the climate crisis.

Last month over 100 different cities stood up and took action to push Canada to stand up for climate justice. They were joined by millions of people in over 5,000 locations urging government to act yet these calls continue to fall on deaf ears.

It’s time to step up the pressure and take direct action to make sure Canada does the right thing in Copenhagen.


TAKE ACTION IN 3 EASY STEPS…

1) Choose an elected official in Canada with a poor record on dealing with
climate change, a CEO of a destructive industry that is escalating
the climate crisis, or a CEO of one of the institutions that is
helping to finance it.

2) Recruit your friends.

3) Organize a peaceful sit-in or occupation targeting the
individual and join the world wide movement pushing for climate
justice.

Send people to this blog for more information and resources. Remember to check the “Pages” links to the right of this post to access organizing guides and other resources.


CONTACT US TO GET INVOLVED: canadaclimatejustice@gmail.com

“Some might prefer us to suffer in silence but today
we have decided to speak… we will not die quietly!”
-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

Help with legal costs:


You can also send a check directly to:

Donate. Legal fees can be expensive; let’s share the load.   Donate to the People For Climate Justice Legal Defence Fund
(please write this in the memo of your check)
Checks can be written to:
Greenspiration
214 Macdonell Ave
Toronto, ON, M6R 2A8