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Oct 22 2014 | by Karl Nerenberg | Justin Trudeau gets attention just for being himself, and, especially, standing fully clothed in a swimming pool. Even smart folks can wax enthusiastic about the callow and shallow Liberal leader.
Oct 21 2014 | by Jason Samilski | Can any major Toronto mayoral candidate directly address this larger issue: what role does politics play in changing conditions for people who are historically marginalized and disenfranchised?
Photo: RicLaf/flickr
Oct 21 2014 | by Stephen Kimber | Now that the story about the misconduct of a hockey player is out, the Halifax Moosehead are belatedly dealing openly with the professional and personal fallout. But it shouldn't have come to that.
Photo: Eric B./flickr
Oct 21 2014 | by Brent Patterson | It's not just about shortfalls in revenue. Falling oil prices may also have a major impact on tar sands expansion, pipeline development, and even shipping bitumen on the St. Lawrence River.
Olivia Chow mayoral candidate
Oct 20 2014 | by Geoffrey Stevens | Federally and municipally, politicians -- especially Olivia Chow -- are facing rough rides on what look like smooth terrain.
Oct 20 2014 | by Maude Barlow | On October 20th, Catarina de Albuquerque, the special rapporteur on the human right to drinking water and sanitation and Leilani Farha, the special rapporteur on housing, visit Detroit.
Oct 20 2014 | by Samantha Nock | The importance of Indigenous women's radical self-love as a key factor in decolonization.
Oct 20 2014 | by Gerry Caplan | Local politics in Ontario are starting to take their cues from President Frank Underwood. It doesn't look good.
Northern Native Broadcast Access Program
Oct 19 2014 | by George Lessard | "...a comprehensive survey of communications in the circumpolar region, focusing on the Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic but also looking at the circumpolar North..."
Rachel Notley
Oct 19 2014 | by David J. Climenhaga | The planets may be in alignment for Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley not just to breathe new life into her party but, as she put it in her victory speech yesterday, to make history.
Rachel Notley
Oct 18 2014 | by David J. Climenhaga | There are signs the progressive vote in the Oct. 27 Edmonton-Whitemud by-election -- and maybe a little more than that -- is coalescing around the NDP’s candidate, Dr. Bob Turner.
Oct 17 2014 | by Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti | The Haitian victims of the cholera epidemic brought to the country by UN soldiers are pressing their case for justice in a U.S. court.
Image: http://resistencapacificaelescobal.blogspot.ca/
Oct 17 2014 | by Jennifer Moore | Tahoe Resources CEO summoned to testify about criminalization around Guatemala mine. He might need this cheat sheet.
Oct 17 2014 | by John Bonnar | On Thursday, OCAP and supporters held a community barbecue outside Seaton House before marching to MPP Glen Murray's office demanding an increase to social assistance rates and minimum wage.
Image: Flickr/Beaton
Oct 17 2014 | by Shelley Morse | Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. There is lots of work ahead of us before we achieve that goal.
Oct 17 2014 | by Michael Butler | Even a cursory look at the results of private MRI clinics & the research done on 2-tiered health services shows that this privateering hurts the majority of us and reduces the speed & quality of care
Oct 17 2014 | by Karl Nerenberg | The Harper government will introduce a Fiscal Update that includes tax cuts, mostly of the boutique kind. First, it will table the next budget implementation bill that will likely have some surprises.
Oct 17 2014 | by Lorenzo Fiorito | The ongoing military occupation of Haiti by the UN Security Council is into its 11th year and is an affront to Haiti's national sovereignty and its proud history of anti-colonial struggle.
Oct 17 2014 | by John Bonnar | On Thursday, OCAP and supporters held a community barbecue outside Seaton House before marching to MPP Glen Murray's office demanding an increase to social assistance rates and minimum wage.
Image: wikimedia commons
Oct 17 2014 | by Marc Lee | British Columbia spent $19.5 billion on new housing in 2012. So why is none of it affordable?
Image: Flickr/pmwebphotos
Oct 17 2014 | by Jim Stanford | Troubling political factors are more important in explaining the Conservative rush to sign FTAs than any belief that they would actually boost the economy.
Oct 17 2014 | by Amarnath Amarasingam |, | by Sarah Morgan | Five years after Site 41 landfill plans were dropped, those involved in the protests, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, came together to celebrate and reflect.
Oct 16 2014 | by David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jim Prentice sees public opinion warm up, experiences a potentially problematic drop in oil prices, and quietly skids an unpopular Redford-era labour law.
Oct 16 2014 | by Emma Lui | In March, the beleaguered—some would say besieged—city of Detroit, Michigan announced it would begin shutting off water services to between 1,500 and 3,000 households every week.
Image: Flickr/TJMartins
Oct 16 2014 | by Steven Shrybman | Can the Government simply take the assets from farmers who paid for and built those assets without paying the farmers for them? Yesterday the Federal Court said yes.
Image: Flickr/Heidi_d
Oct 16 2014 | by Nora Loreto | How do we push the NDP to improve their childcare strategy while supporting their efforts?
Oct 16 2014 | by Krystalline Kraus | Oh my my my my, it seems that Patrick Brazeau – the former Canadian Senate seat holder and Prime Minister's Indigenous Conservative - has got himself arrested again.
Oct 16 2014 | by Ayesha Asghar | Ayesha experienced overt racism at a club in downtown Peterborough. And this wasn't the first time. Why does this keep happening and what can we do?
Image: Flickr/wca4kids
Oct 15 2014 | by Trish Hennessy | The NDP's recent announcement on an affordable child care policy has hit a political sweet spot.
Oct 15 2014 | by Kevin Edmonds and Ajamu Nangwaya | The list of MINUSTAH's crimes in Haiti is a compelling reason for the force to quit the country. The most compelling reason of all is that MINUSTAH is an ongoing violation of Haiti sovereignty.