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Svea Vikander, metro
Feb 7 2016 | by Svea Vikander | As former CBC talkshow host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault this month, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent, and victims' stories.
Svea Vikander, no torso sculpture allowed
Feb 6 2016 | by Svea Vikander | As former CBC talkshow host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault this month, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent, and victims' stories.
Feb 6 2016 | by J. Baglow | Some reflections on a sexual assault trial in Toronto.
Feb 5 2016 | by Judy Rebick | Right now, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is holding public hearings as another aspect of corporate media is on the brink of collapse: local TV news.
Photos: Twitter photos of yesterday's protests against the TPP in Auckland.
Feb 5 2016 | by Brent Patterson | As Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Auckland yesterday, more than 1,000 people shut down the central part of the city in protest against the deal.
Feb 5 2016 | by Jen Halsall | Public subsidies for news agencies, better training for police, and a change in attitude surrounding sexual assault: A few ideas for improving Canada this week.
Svea Vikander, bar
Feb 5 2016 | by Svea Vikander | As former CBC talkshow host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault this month, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent and the validity of victims' stories
Photo: Wasfi Akab/flickr
Feb 5 2016 | by Nick Falvo | Nick Falvo examines the emergence of homelessness in Canada as a pressing public policy area in the 1980s, discussing the growth of homelessness, policy responses and advocacy.
Image: Pixelbay
Feb 5 2016 | by Nora Loreto | The mainstream left needs to more meaningfully include parents in activism and organizing.
Svea Vikander, basement window
Feb 4 2016 | by Svea Vikander | As former CBC talk show host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent and the validity of survivors' stories.
You may think this face was evidence of civil disobedience to come...
Feb 4 2016 | by Erica Violet Lee | My love letter to all the wild-tongued dreamers in kisiskâciwan; those who built the Good Food Junction, those who are fighting for food wherever others are growing rich off our hunger.
Image: Pixelbay.com
Feb 4 2016 | by Nick Fillmore | The best solution to our growing news crisis is for governments to provide the financial support needed so that community-based online news sites will be sustainable.
Feb 4 2016 | by Jen Halsall | Despite many successful international examples, credible financial advice, and strong student and faculty support, the University of British Columbia has voted not to divest from fossil fuels.
Trudeau-Notley Newser
Feb 4 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | Can you imagine how much more difficult getting this stimulus ball rolling would be with an austerity-obsessed conservative government still camped in Edmonton or Ottawa?
Image: Flickr/bcgovphotos
Feb 4 2016 | by Martha Friendly | Parents cannot find and afford good quality child care for love or money. Child care is in short supply. Quality is all too often weak, and fees are too high for most low- and middle-income families.
Image: Flickr/Victor Bezrukov
Feb 4 2016 | by Yves Engler | Canadian unions have generally deferred to the business class regarding much of the social, cultural and even economic sphere.
Then-NDP MP Paul Dewar can't take Paul Calandra anymore.
Feb 3 2016 | by Gerry Caplan | Parliament's back, and while we can say that it's an advance on the late, unlamented Harper years, it's hardly ready for prime-time parliamentary democracy.
Feb 3 2016 | by Scott Vrooman | The Liberals are "open to consulting" Canadians on TPP in the same sense you consult an alarm clock with a giant snooze button set for 6 a.m.
Feb 3 2016 | by Dru Oja Jay | Dru Oja Jay takes a hard look at the difficult task facing Canadians who want generational economic and environmental change.
Photo: Council of Canadians
Feb 3 2016 | by Brent Patterson | A genuine public consultation should not be about disregarding (or ignoring) concerns being expressed, it should be about listening to those concerns.
Image: pexels.com
Feb 3 2016 | by Nick Fillmore | A flourishing, capable news media is the oxygen of democracy. In Canada, the mainstream corporate-owned newspapers, are dying. We need to come up with something better.
Svea Vikander, age 15
Feb 3 2016 | by Svea Vikander | As former CBC talk show host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault this month, Canada is forced to confront attitudes about sex, consent and the validity of victims' stories.
Notley Cabinet
Feb 3 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | The cabinet is still smaller than any previous Alberta cabinet in the past decade and smaller than any other cabinet in Western Canada.
Photo via wikimedia commons
Feb 2 2016 | by Michael Laxer | Whatever the flaws of Sanders, his campaign represents a huge reversal of fortune and victory for the idea that there can even be a socialist idea in America.
School photo // Age 6 // Salt Spring Island
Feb 2 2016 | by Svea Vikander | Day two of a month-long project in which Svea documents a series of memories that just wouldn't leave her alone after she learned about the Jian Ghomeshi scandal in late 2014.
Feb 2 2016 | by David Suzuki | Every hour, the sun bathes the Earth with enough energy to supply our needs for more than a year. There's no reason we can't harness more of it to cut back on polluting, climate-altering fossil fuels.
Two aprons -- Superman and Wonder Woman
Feb 2 2016 | by Penney Kome | Hey guys, here's a cheap way to score big (unless you're already doing it).
Image: Ano Lobb/flickr
Feb 2 2016 | by Stephen Kimber | On Jan. 15, Nova Scotia's Health and Wellness department -- Leo Glavine, proprietor -- issued a gauzy, feel-fine press release headlined, "Lower Seniors' Pharmacare Co-pays Begin April 1."
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Feb 2 2016 | by Yves Engler | Geoffrey York has done important work detailing Kagame's government violence, but Canadian columnist Gerald Caplan has justified its repression and echoed Kigali's position on regional conflicts.
Viola Desmond, 1914-1965. A civil rights icon in Canada, she inspired people to
Feb 2 2016 | by Kate McInturff | Prime Minister Trudeau declared himself a feminist on the global stage last week. He appointed a gender-equal cabinet. Now it's time to deliver more than a gesture. Now it's time to pay for lunch.