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“Honor the treaties” in Canada, benefit shows

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Canada, “Honor the treaties” benefit shows tour itenerary

Jan. 12 in Toronto

Jan. 16 in Winnipeg

Jan. 17 in Regina

Jan. 19 in Calgary.

Supporting act: Diana Krall. Website: http://www.honourtheacfn.ca/ .

Neil Young will perform four benefit concerts in his native Canada to raise funds for a legal defense fund supporting the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in “challenges against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights”.

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Canadian prime minister Redwood ist not amused: “He has a certain group of fans that follow him and it’s good that he’s going on tour again. … nd if he wants to support communities, then that’s a good thing, but it’s certainly not a case where there isn’t work going on, and good productive work going on, in terms of economic benefits and partnership, and that’ll continue”.

When Neil Young visited Fort McMurray, Alta., last year, and compared the oilsands city to Hiroshima, he caused a heated debate.

Here’s more to the debate and controvery that Neil is playing in his native country for First Nations in their fight against horrors like oil sands, tar sands:

Neil Young set to kick off Honour the Treaties tour
Shows are almost sold out, but not everyone is excited about Young’s campaign against oilsands
By Angela Sterritt, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2014

One hundred percent of Neil Young’s Honor the Treaties concert proceeds will go to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal defence fund to fight the oil sands.

Neil Young is kicking off his Honour the Treaties concert tour Sunday at Massey Hall in Toronto, with proceeds from four Canadian dates going to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal fight against the expansion of the Jackpine oilsands project.​

The First Nation is gearing up for a major legal fight after the federal government approved the expansion of Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine last month, despite an environmental assessment that said the development will cause irreversible environmental damage.
Shell received the green light from the federal government to expand its 7,500 hectare Jackpine mine to 13,000 hectares.

The company claims the enlarged mine could bring the Alberta and federal governments an estimated $17 billion in royalties and taxes over its life and create an additional 750 full time jobs.

But indigenous and environmental groups say the damage to water, land and animals outweighs any profits the addition to the oilsands site will yield.

>>> read more: cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/neil-young-set-to-kick-off-honour-the-treaties-tour

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Neil Young’s utopian vision of Mother Earth

Neil Young’s utopian vision of Mother Earth

Published on September 27, 2013
By Mark Milke

In the 20th century, much of the divide in politics and policy was over how best to create jobs, incomes and keep people from starving – in other words, how to create opportunity as part of the good life. Those on the “left” argued for state intervention and often outright state ownership; those on the “right” pointed to open markets and other elements of capitalism as the superior route to avoiding poorer populations.

The outcome of that titanic struggle is well-known; the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the implosion of the command-and-control Soviet Union two years later cratered support for the most extreme forms of state intervention.

But that was then. These days, a policy divide often opens up in the struggle to convince large chunks of the public, especially in urban areas with little contact with rural life, not to kill off development.

Part of the problem in such an exercise is that not all development comes wrapped in a pretty package.

An example comes from folk singer Neil Young who recently ranted against Canada’s oil sands. In a Washington D.C. speech, Young said that the northern Albertan oil sands city, Fort McMurray, “looks like Hiroshima.”

>>> read more:  journalpioneer.com/Opinion/Columnists/2013-09-27/article-3409461/Neil-Youngs-utopian-vision-of-Mother-Earth/1

Young postpones Edmonton benefit concert

Neil Young has postponed his July 3 concert at Rexall Place, without explanation, according to the Edmonton Journal.

The 69-year-old singer issued a statement on Monday noting, “I am sad to say that I must postpone the July 3 Honour the Treaties concert at Edmonton’s Rexall Place in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations legal defence. The Honour The Treaties Tour will be rescheduled and new dates will be announced in the very near future.”

B821505985Z_1_20140119135831_000_GT215KFDJ_2_Content No further explanation was given by Young or his label, Warner Music.

Young has been a vocal supporter of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations’s fight against oilsands development in Alberta, and has staged similar benefit concerts across Canada, including in Calgary. Blue Rodeo was set to open for the veteran rocker.

Honour the Treaties is, according to their site, “an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy. We do that by funding collaborations between Native artists and Native advocacy groups so that their messages can reach a wider audience.”

According to LiveNation, tickets purchased online and by telephone will be automatically refunded. Tickets purchased in-person t will be refunded at point of purchase.

July 3 Honour the Treaties benefit concert in Edmonton

Singer Neil Young speaks during a press conference for the Honour the Treaties tour in Toronto, Sunday January 12, 2014. Photograph by: Mark Blinch , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Singer Neil Young speaks during a press conference for the Honour the Treaties tour in Toronto, Sunday January 12, 2014.
Photograph by: Mark Blinch , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Neil Young announced he will perform a concert July 3 in Edmonton to benefit the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund.

Young will be joined at Rexall Place by Canadian band Blue Rodeo, according to Global News Canada.

Young has been a vocal supporter of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in its fight to stop oilsands development.

Last year, he held similar Honour the Treaties concerts in cities across Canada, including Calgary, the article stated.

“It’s the greediest, most destructive and disrespectful demonstration of something run amok that you can ever see,” Young said of the Alberta oilsands in January 2014. “There is no way to describe it. It’s truly a disaster.”

In 2013, Young came under fire for comparing Fort McMurray, Alberta to the Japanese city destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945.

Chief Allan Adam welcomed news of another benefit concert by Young.

“With the support of Neil Young and fans we are creating more accountability from our governments for the safe guarding of our lands, rights and future generations in Alberta, Canada and beyond,” said Adam, in a release.

“Our people, our climate and our planet can no longer afford to be economic hostages in the race to industrialize the earth. We must act now for the future generations.”

Tickets for the Edmonton concert start at $45 and go on sale May 1.

Read the article at: http://globalnews.ca/news/1963076/neil-young-to-play-honour-the-treaties-benefit-concert-in-edmonton/

Another article by the Edmonton Journal: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Neil+Young+announces+anti+oilsands+concert+Edmonton/11007757/story.html

Neil Young, others, send message to Obama: Stop the Keystone Pipeline

Now that the Oscars are over, Hollywood is turning its attention to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

A slate of actors and musicians, including Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young called on President Obama on Tuesday to put an end to the oil-sands project once and for all, according to keystone-pipeline

“Rejecting Keystone XL is the kind of the principled choice leaders need to make. There is no way to reconcile this pipeline with a serious climate policy,” the high-profile activists wrote in a letter to the White House signed by more than 100 environmentalists, elected officials, and progressive leaders.

You can sign the letter here: http://350.org/unityletter/

The cadre of celebrities has a history of opposing the pipeline. But the latest Hollywood push arrives ahead of an expected presidential veto of legislation approved by the GOP Congress to build Keystone XL, a pipeline that would haul crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Obama’s veto could land as early as Tuesday, after Republicans send the bill to the White House.

Read more at:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/julianne-moore-alec-baldwin-and-robert-redford-push-obama-to-reject-keystone-20150224

Random Quote

I join the multitudes I raise my hand in peace I never bow to the laws of the thought police I take a holy vow to never kill again to never kill again
by -- Neil Young, \'\'Living With War\'\' 2006

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