Women Organize for Rights and Empowerment
Women in Edmonton Lead Discussion on Problems Related to the Energy Sector of the Economy
The Edmonton organization, Women for Rights and Empowerment, organizes public forums for people to speak out about matters of concern to the polity. During the election, these forums are addressing problems facing women, workers and youth and their collectives and communities which are not addressed by the parties which form a cartel to exclude the concerns of the people.
The forum to be held on Sunday, October 6 will begin with presentations addressing the problems facing workers in the energy sector and communities affected by decisions made by the global energy giants and governments which permit them to act with impunity. Rose Marie Sackela and Andre Vachon will introduce the discussion.
Rose Marie Sackela has been active with local people from Clearwater County & area in working to protect the Clearwater River, which flows into the North Saskatchewan River & supplies the drinking water for metro Edmonton & the Prairies.
The Spanish global giant Repsol has been handed a 10-year license to withdraw billions of litres of water from the Clearwater River for fracking, thus removing that fresh water from the hydrologic cycle forever due to toxic contamination. Rural water wells & underground aquifers are also affected by this deep fracking.
Andre Vachon is a pipeline worker who will speak about the problems facing workers in his sector, including the impact of union-busting legislation attacking wages, working conditions, benefits, security in retirement and how these are being tackled. Andre will also speak about the precarious nature of the energy sector because of its dependence on the U.S. to serve the U.S. war machine, and the need for a new direction for the economy. Andre is the MLPC candidate in Edmonton Manning.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion, and raise their concerns on this topic and what can be done to resolve the problems in a manner which humanizes both the natural and social environment.