April 29, 2019
English Edition, No. 9
Governance Needed to Humanize the Natural and Social Environment
Montreal, April 27
and New Brunswick
• Affirmation of Social Solidarity
and Need for Measures to
Protect Shoreline Municipalities
• How to Assist
Earth Week Marches
Change of Governance Needed to Humanize the Natural and
On April 27, thousands of people marched through the streets
of Montreal to confront the climate emergency. There were people of all
backgrounds and ages, and included a large number of high school, CEGEP
and university students. Marches were also held on the same day in
Val-David, Sherbrooke and Gaspé.
The youth set the tone linking their future and the future of humanity
to the protection of Mother Earth, as well as demanding a profound
change in economic and political arrangements so that they serve human
beings and not the minority that plunders the planet.
"Human nature and nature -- to see a separation between them is to move
us away from life," said a student spokesperson in the speeches
delivered at the end of the march. "We are paying for the capitalist
dissociation between humans and nature today [...] We do not live on
credit -- we are stealing the resources of the planet from our
children. Maintaining the current system is a blind investment whose
only return is dashed hopes. [...] Our world is a mix of concepts that
only make sense from a human perspective. Wealth is one of them. I am
told that I am a dreamer but I don't care. You [the powers that be]
close your eyes to a global scientific consensus, you reject what
should be the basis of all rational governance, you reject the most
basic, most existential reasoning," he added.
"Right now, we have already reached OUR point of no return, the
people's point of no return," said another student spokesperson. "We
are in the streets today and we will be in the streets again tomorrow.
This chain of actions is inevitable because it is the life of our own
children that is at stake," she said.
The devastating floods affecting thousands of residents in Quebec, as
well as in Ontario and New Brunswick, were also at the heart of the
The demonstrators said that governments have the power to act and must
take up their social responsibility, and that through these marches the
people have irrevocably expressed that they will not back down from
realizing change that favours them and that defends Mother Earth.
The organization the Planet Invites Itself to Parliament now calls on
everyone to prepare for another march on September 27, to put the
climate emergency squarely on the agenda of the federal election.
Quebec City, April 22
Montreal, April 27
Devastating Floods in Quebec, Ontario and New
Affirmation of Social Solidarity and Need for Measures to
Protect Shoreline Municipalities
Devastating floods are currently affecting many regions of
Quebec, as well as parts of Ontario and New Brunswick. According
to the provisional report published by Urgences Québec on April
28, there are 6,424 flooded homes, 3,508 dwellings isolated by
water and 9,522 evacuees in Quebec. The most affected regions are
the Laurentians and the Outaouais, and the other affected regions
are National Capital Region, Centre-du-Québec,
Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie, Lanaudière, Laval,
Montérégie and Montreal. In the Laurentians, the number
affected has jumped due to the rupture of a dike in
Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, which has flooded of one-third of the
municipality. Many emergency measures have been taken by various
public services to alleviate the situation and assist the
Chantier politique salutes the social solidarity
expressed by Quebeckers and people from elsewhere in Canada to
help the affected populations and to limit the scope of the
floods as much as possible. This inestimable solidarity in this
urgent situation shows the character and sentiment of Quebeckers
to unite and take care of the well-being of all. The same
gestures of social solidarity are taking place in Ontario and New
Brunswick, demonstrating how the people unite to face adversity.
Conversely, Chantier politique finds unacceptable
the words of Quebec Premier François Legault, who said that what
is at stake here is the so-called social acceptability of asking
taxpayers to foot the bill for disaster relief, and that once a
certain threshold of financial assistance is exceeded, the
victims should move. On the contrary, everyone must receive the
necessary help and measures must be put in place to protect the
shoreline municipalities as much as possible so that they can
maintain themselves. It is totally unacceptable to impose these
neo-liberal thresholds of financial assistance to determine
whether or not we can live in our municipalities.
The social solidarity, measures to protect the shoreline
municipalities from the effects of climate change, disaster
relief, and the fight against climate change together make up an
integral part of a modern Quebec that defends the well-being and
rights of all.
How to Assist
Quebeckers wishing to help the victims of the floods in
Quebec can do so in many ways. Here are a few.
- Those interested in offering help can contact the flooded
municipalities directly, to fill sandbags or to participate in
clean-up work. For Montreal, call 311.
- To give donations of clothes, furniture, toys, etc.,
contact the authorities of the flooded city closest to you, to
find out where to bring them.
- You can donate to one of Quebec's food banks by visiting
this website: www.banquesalimentaires.org/en/make-a-donation/
- To host an animal affected by the disaster, check with
local shelters. On Facebook, several SPCAs and shelters have
issued specific requests.
To find other ways to assist, contact the Red Cross call
- Montreal, Outaouais, Lanaudiere, Laurentians, Laval,
Montérégie, Estrie, Center-du-Québec:
- Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie/Iles-de-la-Madeleine,
Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie (418)
- Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec,
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (418) 690-3909
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