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Sep 29 2016 | by Katy Anderson | Make their #2016 effort pay off (so they do it again) -- weigh in on the online forum now, all while speaking out against differential pricing.
Photo: Mehr Demokratie/flickr
Sep 29 2016 | by Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood | As governments in Europe debate CETA's merits this fall, it may be time for Canadians and their representatives in Parliament to take a second look at this supposedly "progressive" agreement.
Sep 29 2016 | by Krystalline Kraus | For her direct action, Vanessa Gray has been charged with counts of Mischief Over $5,000 and Mischief Endangering Life.
Colourful Year of Indigenous Rights circle symbol
Sep 29 2016 | by Penney Kome | UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People draws gender equality language from Canada's Charter of Rights.
Photo: Mike/flickr
Sep 29 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | Nobody had more warning of the extent and nature of the coming digital revolution than the Canadian newspaper industry, and they still blew their future to smithereens. Now they want your tax money.
Screenshot from Culture and Oppression video via YouTube
Sep 29 2016 | by Elizabeth Comack |, | by Jim Silver | The death of Larry Morrissette is a major loss, not only to his family and friends but also to the many people he worked with to re-build Winnipeg's inner city and revitalize Indigenous cultures.
Image: Flickr/Chris Campbell
Sep 29 2016 | by Linda Leon | First Past the Post is a broken system. But a referendum can't fix it. Deep public consultations, surveys and full disclosure by the special committee are a better way.
Image: Flickr/Damián Bakarcic
Sep 28 2016 | by David Suzuki | No matter what contradictory and easily debunked nonsense deniers spread, climate change is real, humans are contributing to it and it will be catastrophic if we do little or nothing to address it.
Tabakoto North Underground Gold Mine - Mali, West Africa
Sep 28 2016 | by Yves Engler | Public money masquerading as "foreign aid" has financed private interests through mine-related educational activities abroad, mollified resistant communities and liberalized local legislation.
Photo: www.italiancanadianww2.ca
Sep 28 2016 | by Wael Haddara | Leo Mascioli was an Italian-Canadian architect who lived in North Bay, Ontario for over 50 years -- only to be interned by his own country during the Second World War.
Image: Council of Canadians
Sep 28 2016 | by Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has approved the Pacific NorthWest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in British Columbia. The export facility is now set to be constructed on Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island).
Sep 28 2016 | by Meghan Sali | Not only is OpenMedia defending your digital rights at the Supreme Court, but our work will help to eliminate cases of censorship-by-copyright online.
Photo: Boris Kasimov/flickr
Sep 28 2016 | by Stephen Kimber | It goes without saying the Tilt-a-Whirl that is Halifax city council has too long tilted toward men, who traditionally also happen to be white, middle-aged and middle class.
Image: Flickr/Blue Coat Photos and www.bluecoat.com
Sep 28 2016 | by Kyle Curlew | How have the world's social media platforms not only convinced us into giving away virtually every bit of information about us, but made us happy to do it?
Hillary Clinton in a bright red top against the blue debate background.
Sep 28 2016 | by Penney Kome | Hillary Clinton proves Ann Richardson's dictum, by dancing circles around Donald Trump.
Photo: KMR Photography/flickr
Sep 27 2016 | by David Macdonald | When the National Balance Sheet came out this month, the focus was on the need for households to pay down that debt... somehow. But we need to look at the broader debt picture across all sectors.
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Sep 27 2016 | by Gerry Caplan | Justin Trudeau's popularity with the public may still be sky high, but the media's attitude toward the Prime Minister and his government has palpably turned sour and frustrated.
Neal Hancock, in mufti, with Jason Kenney
Sep 27 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | Will the "Bernard the Roughneck" campaign continue now that "Bernard" himself has proved to be both more and less than original advertised? Oh, probably …
Neal Hancock
Sep 26 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | Google searches by curious social media users turned up the reference to the theatrical performance by Neal Hancock, better known as Bernard the Roughneck.
Image: Flickr/Environment and Climate Canada
Sep 26 2016 | by Michelle Mech | Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has admitted that the Liberals are not going to strengthen Stephen Harper's emissions targets -- despite pledging to slow climate change at COP21 Paris summit.
Image: Flickr/Gord McKenna
Sep 26 2016 | by Sharry Taylor | "Streaming" in the mining industry, a speculative investment in future resource options, puts extra pressure on mining companies -- and workers bear the consequences.
Photo: Sophia Reuss
Sep 26 2016 | by Sophia Reuss | Canadian media needs to dispense with false ideas of "objectivity" when it comes to colonized peoples -- and all systems of oppression -- and practice solidarity instead.
Neal Bernard Hancock
Sep 25 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | The appearance on Parliament Hill of "Bernard the Roughneck" caused a storm on social media. Is he "just an average roughneck?" You be the judge.
Rachel Notley
Sep 23 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | A new survey suggests Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, a remarkable and talented politician, is capable of making the best of even the worst of times.
Sep 22 2016 | by Duncan Pike | The government is listening to Canadians. This time, that's a good thing. We need you to tell the government exactly what you think needs to be changed with this law to protect your rights.
Image: Flickr/Prime Minister of Israel
Sep 22 2016 | by Yves Engler | A recent Canadaland podcast simultaneously highlighted anti-Palestinian media bias and the fear liberal journalists' face in discussing one of the foremost social justice issues of our time.
Sep 22 2016 | by Katy Anderson | With support from over 42,000 Canadians, we've just delivered a 43-page submission against data caps to the CRTC.
Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington
Sep 21 2016 | by David Suzuki | A weak provincial climate plan that fails to meet emissions targets and acceptance of new ocean-based fish farm applications won't help wild salmon.
Photo: Howl Arts Collective/flickr
Sep 21 2016 | by Mark Calzavara | Stunning revelations came to light last week that top environment officials in the Ontario government knew that clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows territory would increase mercury levels in fish.
Photo: Chris/flickr
Sep 21 2016 | by Erika Shaker | Governments need to ask themselves: is downloading more debt onto students -- particularly during a time of workforce precarity -- a sustainable policy to pursue?