Archives

Toban Black: An invitation from the Mobilization for Climate Justice coalition

Smartmeme recently released a video that introduces emerging climate justice organizing and activism. The video points viewers toward the Mobilization for Climate Justice coalition web site (actforclimatejustice.org), which serves as an online hub for projects with similar concerns and goals. The US-based Mobilization for Climate Justice coalition was formed by various organizations, which are calling Read more…

Toban Black: Toronto’s “garbage strike” elicits public outrage and labour disunity

The city of Toronto has been caught up in a labour dispute since June 22—when 24,000 municipal workers from two local branches of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) went on strike. After six months of negotiations, paramedics, social service workers, and various other municipal employees walked off the job to reject city officials’ Read more…

Toban Black: Chemical Valley

Chemical Valley is a petro-chemical industry disaster zone in Sarnia, Ontario – alongside the St. Clair river – and Port Huron, Michigan. Chemical Valley holds 40% of Canada’s chemical plants, and 20% of Canada’s ‘refineries.’ Benzene and mercury are just two parts of a daily barrage of toxic substances released into the region. At the Read more…

Toban Black: Indigenous and water rights activists protest Canadian landfill

Various campaigners have united to oppose plans for a partially constructed dump site in the Canadian Township of Tiny, just north of Toronto, in Simcoe County. The campaigners who are opposing these landfill site plans have focused on the water contamination that would result from dumping waste on an underground aquifer that runs into the Read more…

Toban Black: An Indigenous Olympics?

The 2010 Olympics logo is an altered version of traditional Arctic Inuit sculptures. This quasi-indigenous logo has been displayed in a barrage of Olympics branding. You can see two examples of this marketing in photos — from the summer of 2009 – shown below. With this Olympics logo, and other Olympics promotional messages, marketers have Read more…

Toban Black: Glimpsing a history of anti-nuclear activism

Peace monuments can be found in some strange places. During a recent trip to Cardiff, Wales, a statue in the entrance way to the rather lavish Renaissance-styled City Hall caught my eye as I was visiting a collection of official buildings and public spaces. The doves and the peace symbol there suggested some sort of Read more…

Toban Black: Rallying against oil, cars, big box stores, and urban sprawl

A reportback that I put together for Climate Justice London – For April 20th, activists in London, Ontario, Canada gathered for a bike rally; and many of us joined a "public participation" event at city hall, immediately afterwards.   The critical mass bike rally was held to join the Day of Action Against Extraction, and the Read more…

Toban Black: Rallying against shale fracking around Ontario, Canada

Some of us have started to campaign against shale gas fracking around Ontario, Canada. On May 19th, we had a rally outside of a North American shale gas conference at Holiday Inn Sarnia (which actually is located in Point Edward). At our protest, we focused on threats to water supplies from the toxic stew of Read more…

Skip to toolbar