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Activist Communiqué

Krystalline Kraus is an intrepid journalist and veteran reporter for [i]rabble.ca[/i] since its 2001 beginnings. She needs neither a red cape nor safety goggles to fly into her latest political assignment. She often live-tweets from events -- almost exclusively First Nations and environmental issues. You can follow her on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/krystalline_k]@krystalline_k[/url].
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 11
Man with cannabis flag. Photo: Linda Flores/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Our Senate voted to approve the legalization of marijuana on June 7, 2018, voting 56-30, with one abstention, in favour of the move.
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 9
Keystone pipeline. Photo: shannonpatrick17/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | No injuries were reported but the blast did shake residents and could be seen and felt as far as a reported 20 miles away.
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 7
Photo: Paul Schreiber/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | On the eve of election day, I asked around to find out what people felt about strategic voting. In this case, I meant "ABC" -- anyone but conservative.
Blog - Activist Communiqué April 4
Doug Ford shakes hands with members of the public. Photo: Robert Bell/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Doug Ford -- brother of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford -- won his bid to become the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.
Blog - Activist Communiqué April 3
Dried cannabis. Photo: Dank Depot/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | As the implementation date of Bill C-45 approaches, different regions have different plans for the sale of recreational marijuana.
Blog - Activist Communiqué April 2
Photo: Duncan C/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | In Canada, July 1, 2018, could be the implementation date of Bill C-45, which could make marijuana legal in Canada for the first time in 94 years.
Blog - Activist Communiqué March 3
Garssy Narrows. Photo: Howl Arts Collective/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | After decades of lobbying, both levels of government must own up to cleaning up the toxic water and soil of Grassy Narrows.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 17
The courthouse in Battleford, Saskatchewan, where Gerald Stanley's trial was held
Krystalline Kraus | Stanley was acquitted last week in the killing of 22-year old Cree man Colten Boushie.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 17
Krystalline Kraus | Colten Boushie's death and the ensuing trial of Gerald Stanley highlight racial tensions in Saskatchewan and mobilize Indigenous activists.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 5
Apartment buildings in Toronto. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Krystalline Kraus | Fifty residents of 1251 King Street West in Parkdale are holding a rent strike for the month of February after learning that their landlord was going to be hiking up their rent by 3.4%.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 3
Krystalline Kraus | A new initiative by the Toronto Transit Commission includes posters and a website where people share their stories of harassment on the TTC.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 3
Doug Ford
Krystalline Kraus | While Doug Ford was previously politically overshadowed by his brother and Toronto mayor, Rob Ford, he is now setting the stage to run for the head of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party.
Blog - Activist Communiqué January 4
Tap water and bottled water. Photo: philografy/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory at some time in the last decade, and it has not gotten much better in 2017.
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 29
Krystalline Kraus | Nellie Rider, an Indigenous woman from Regina, received a notice from her property manager that smudging was prohibited in her apartment because "smoke is smoke."
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 29
Krystalline Kraus | $85 million centre for treatment of mercury poisoning promised after years of grassroots activism by Grassy Narrows citizens and allies.
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 5
Grassy Narrows Rally in Toronto, 2016. Image: Leadnow Canada/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | The Ontario government knew for twenty years how badly the land and water had been contaminated by mercury spills.
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 1
Krystalline Kraus | This week, the Trudeau government released its much anticipated National Housing Strategy. But talk is cheap. Let's see when, and if, the government will fill in the details.
Blog - Activist Communiqué November 30
Photo: badsci/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Leveraging the power of social media has been a key way smaller social justice campaigns have successful amplified their voice, and larger campaigns have unified the personal experience of struggle.
Blog - Activist Communiqué November 2
Pro-choice demonstrators. Image: Kate Ausburn/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Demonstrators also are prohibited from advising a person not to get an abortion, and intimidation or interfering with a woman's ability to physically access the eight clinics will be banned.
Blog - Activist Communiqué October 31
Hospital bed. Photo: Steve Garfield​/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | The hallway -- from personal experience -- is the last place in the hospital where you can heal, except maybe the morgue.
Blog - Activist Communiqué October 2
Photo: Krystalline Kraus
Krystalline Kraus | I believe that Indigenous community members should be able to light a Sacred Fire on Crown land for ceremonial purposes without having to get a permit or pay a fee.
Blog - Activist Communiqué September 3
Krystalline Kraus | After the G20 protests in Toronto and the ensuing lawsuits, the Toronto police have promised to use kettling as a technique of crowd control. But that doesn't mean activists are 100% safe.
Blog - Activist Communiqué August 31
Image: Flickr/Alisdare Hickson
Krystalline Kraus | If you think that you're the only one who has been worried about the Make America Hate movement in the United States and are struggling to find a way to get involved, to act, you are not alone.
Blog - Activist Communiqué August 1
Krystalline Kraus | Two controversial new Netflix programs have sparked discussion about issues usually deemed irrelevant by the left.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 28
Krystalline Kraus | The Prime Minister's current high popularity ratings could be compromised by resistance to Keystone and Kinder Morgan.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 18
 Image: Flickr/Olivia Chow
Krystalline Kraus | Apparently, the word dyke is too controversial for Facebook administrators to trust consenting adults to use appropriately. So you could upload your content but not mention what you were referring to.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 13
Krystalline Kraus | Victory for the Grassy Narrows First Nation and surrounding communities has finally come after a decades-long struggle.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 13
G8: Lost tourists or powerful leaders?
Krystalline Kraus | It seems that Canada is not done with hosting big tent, government organizing bodies like the G8 and the G20.
Blog - Activist Communiqué April 30
Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s simply too simple to blame one man for a cultural legacy of racism against Indigenous communities
Blog - Activist Communiqué March 30
Krystalline Kraus | We should be shocked and ashamed of ourselves.

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