When the Evening Telegram and the National Post both run stories about a Quebec feminist ‘disappeared’ from history by the Harper government you know his unfailing arrogance has struck a sensitive spot.
Who was Therese Casgrain and why should we care that she has joined the legions of women insulted by this government?
Therese Casgrain was a notable, feisty Quebec feminist who led the suffrage campaign that finally achieved the vote for Quebec women in 1940. She was the first – and only – woman to lead the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the precursor to the NDP, even though she came from a strong Liberal background. She was a peace activist campaigning actively against nuclear weapons and nuclear testing. She founded Voice of Women in Quebec, as well as the League for Human Rights and the Fédération des femmes du Québec. She hosted her own influential radio programme in Quebec.
As Bill Hynd suggested in a July 13th blog posting on climate change and our province’s investments, working on climate change and making a serious commitment to tackling this large problem requires dedicated effort and resources. Our collective efforts to reduce our gas consumption challenges us all.
Resources, especially economic ones, may be hard to come by as well. Much of Newfoundland and Labrador’s investment in oil and gas development is aimed at increasing revenue to the province. The province needs revenue as well as expenditures to provide leadership on climate change, to develop different approaches to generating power (other than Muskrat Falls!) for example.
Have you seen the ‘’I can make a difference” ad? The one that reminds us that we each need to change our dirty, polluting ways and embrace a greener future. It goes like this:
In Newfoundland and Labrador.
And we're causing it.
Burning oil and gasoline.
Using non-renewable energy.
It creates these… greenhouse gases.
Now, the atmosphere is full of them.
Trapping too much heat.
Causin' rising tides.
It’s all part of the Turn Back the Tide campaign. According to which if we are to mitigate climate change then each and every one of us will need to change our energy consumption habits. From personal energy use to our choice of appliances and electronics, to how we design and construct our homes. All are part of the solution. Our actions can make a difference.
The Peoples Social Forum, taking place August 21st to 24th on the University of Ottawa campus, is a conference for activist, advocacy, and social justice groups across Canada. Inspired by the Idle No More movement, the Quebec student movement, and by the Occupy movement, the Peoples Social Forum will host 400+ workshops and presentations on issues relevant to progressive social change (and also promises to see a number of demonstrations in the Ottawa city center).
The Social Justice Co-op NL and other locally-based groups are pleased to be sending a delegation to Ottawa this August. For more information check out the Peoples Social Forum website andFacebook page.