Summer Program Assistant – Polaris Institute
The Polaris Institute is seeking a motivated student who is interested in gaining hands-on experience conducting research and supporting ongoing campaign work for a non-profit organization in the field of economic and environmental justice. The Polaris Institute aims to challenge corporate power, including such industries as the oil industry, the mining industry, water service companies and the bottled water industry to name a few. Polaris’ activities are centered on strategic corporate research, coalition building, solidarity work, creative campaigning and education.
Expected responsibilities (one or more of the following depending on priorities):
This declaration comes as a result of the activities of the Climate Space at the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia. The Polaris Institute co-organized two of the 14 Climate Space workshops and was one of the 20 facilitators.
The Climate Space inside the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunisia was organized as a space to discuss the causes, impacts, struggles, alternatives and strategies to address climate change.
To Reclaim Our Future, We Must Change the Present. Our Proposal for Changing the System and not the Climate
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Richard Girard will assume the role of Executive Director of the Polaris Institute effective April 15, 2013. He succeeds Tony Clarke who founded Polaris in 1997 and has served as Executive Director for the past 15 years.
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March 18th is Bottled Water Free Day; thousands mark day with events across Canada
New video released today! (sous-titres disponibles en français)
Ottawa, ON - People across Canada and around the world are marking today as the fourth Bottled Water Free Day. Over 25 events are being held across the country highlighting the negative impacts of bottled water, and the need to defend public water resources and infrastructure from privatization.
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Open call to join the Climate Space at the World Social Forum in Tunisia,
March 26-30, 2013
RETHINKING STRATEGIES TO FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE
The 2013 World Social Forum will be held this March 26-30 in Tunisia, where only two years ago, a revolution began and resulted into a historic change that created a ripple effect on the region. Now, Tunisia is an inspiration to movements both old and new, across the globe.
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FEBRUARY 21, 2013
Bitumen Development Poses Critical Challenges for Canada
OTTAWA—A failure to carefully regulate the Canadian bitumen industry is putting Canada on a dangerous economic and environmental trajectory, says a new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Polaris Institute.
February 6, 2013
New Year, New Beginnings
It is with great pleasure that we announce the launching of the new Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign (ITSC). Since its inception, the ITSC has been a project of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) based in the United States, and we have enjoyed working with IEN while the program has grown and developed. However, given the realities of organizing in Canada we have decided that this campaign needs to be based in Canada with a Canadian fiscal sponsor to help administer the program and help ensure its financial viability and management needs.
New report shows oil industry had 2,733 meetings with the federal public office holders since 2008, 463% more than environmental groups
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation are bringing forward a question of constitutional law before the Joint Review panel challenging the application of Shell Oil's Jackpine Mine Expansion on October 23rd in Fort McMurray, AB. They are asking the public to join them and stand in solidarity as they present their evidence against Shell's proposed tar sands expansion project.
For more information about Shell's proposals and ACFN's Challenge please visit www.stopshellnow.com
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Every year, Canada hands out $1.4 billion dollars to big fossil fuel companies, a gross mismanagement of our public funds. In 2009, Prime Minister Harper promised to put a stop to the waste. Yet, instead of cutting the subsidies as promised, the government is now slashing the services Canadians depend on.
Right now we have a unique opportunity. A motion drafted by youth-led climate justice movement PowerShift
is about to be brought before Parliament that could end these handouts for good, but only if enough of us pressure our MPs to vote for it.