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Premiers weak in response to cutbacks, trade threats to public health care | Sep 2 2014 | Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians was in Charlottetown asking the premiers to take a stronger stand on health care and to defend public health care from the threats posed by so-called "trade" agreements.
the views expressed's picture
Dealing with Edmonton's misogyny problem | Sep 2 2014 | Marcelle Kosman | Edmonton was named the worst Canadian city to be a woman. And with an active men's rights association scene, it's not hard to see why.
David Suzuki's picture
Of passenger pigeons and coal-mine canaries | Sep 2 2014 | David Suzuki | The last passenger pigeon died 100 years ago, on September 1, 1914. They were hunted to extinction, but more than 1,200 bird species face extinction today because of other human activities.
Council-of-Canadians's picture
LNG pipedreams, fractured futures and community resistance | Sep 2 2014 | Leila Darwish | The fight against fracking, fracked gas pipelines and LNG terminals is heating up in B.C. Resistance is on the rise -- communities in B.C. are mobilizing to take a stand against a fractured future.
Geoff Stevens's picture
Rob Ford could win again | Sep 2 2014 | Geoffrey Stevens | After a disasterous four years, somehow Rob Ford is still climbing in the polls, due to forgiveness and sheer name recognition.
Christopher_Majka's picture
Dunces on the Don: A Russian farce | Sep 2 2014 | Christopher Majka | The cast of crooks, thieves, nuts, and mercenaries running eastern Ukraine might be suitable material for a Marx Brothers farce; what they are manifestly not capable of is running a country.
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Occupy Rogers! Occupy Bell! Let's make telecom public | Sep 1 2014 | Gerry Caplan | Bringing Bell and Rogers and Telus and Shaw under public ownership? Now that's a cause worth marching for. Everyone's mad as hell at these guys, so why do we still have to take it?
Council-of-Canadians's picture
From the Peoples' Social Forum to a Peoples' Platform | Sep 1 2014 | Dylan Penner | A federal Peoples' Platform would be a new tool to pressure federal election candidates and parties to adopt more progressive positions and could be a strong part of our on-the-ground organizing.
the views expressed's picture
Changes to Live-in Caregiver Program help no one | Sep 1 2014 | Conely de Leon, Ethel Tungohan, Petronila Cleto | Live-in caregivers are an important part of Canadian society. So why is Chris Alexander eliminating their ability to obtain permanent residency with his "modern" 'Express Entry' program?
djclimenhaga's picture
The push-polls prove it again, Canadians hate unions … really, really, really they do! Happy Labour Day! | Sep 1 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | Nowadays, the final long weekend of our Canadian summer is devoted to The Seventy-Two Hour Hate, a three-day frenzy of official and media loathing for unions and the working people they represent.
CanadianBoatToGaza's picture
Ship to Gaza won in court -- Israel must return S/V Estelle | Sep 1 2014 | Canadian Boat to Gaza | An Israeli court issued a verdict in the case by Ship to Gaza Sweden against the Israeli government, regarding the rights to S/V Estelle.
J. Baglow's picture
The Canada Revenue Agency doubles down | Sep 1 2014 | J. Baglow | A new document reveals that CRA auditors are testing progressive charities for political orthodoxy. By now, everybody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
djclimenhaga's picture
Opponents beyond PC ranks start to take aim at Alberta leadership candidate Jim Prentice | Aug 31 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | If Jim Prentice becomes Alberta PC leader and premier next Saturday, the attacks and implications from political operators of all sorts with all sorts of agendas aren't going to stop.
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The Fraser Institute's 'research' is junk -- have a happy Labour Day! | Aug 29 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | The Fraser Institute is now applying the methodology of "creation science" to the study of economics. The results, of course, are much the same.
Michael Laxer's picture
Losing Toronto: How Olivia Chow and the left may be giving away an election | Aug 29 2014 | Michael Laxer | The Catch-22 of social democratic campaigns like Olivia Chow's of late is that by trying to pander to and be all things to all people you end up meaning very little to anyone.
J. Baglow's picture
America the Beautiful: Deluxe Ferguson Edition | Aug 29 2014 | J. Baglow | Nothing has been resolved in Ferguson -- or in the rest of a deeply racist America. What is to be done?
the views expressed's picture
Why Black people should spoil their ballot in this Toronto Mayor's election | Aug 29 2014 | Rinaldo Walcott | On Election Day spoil the ballot for mayor if you are Black. Only mass collective action will make those in authority take Black people seriously. These candidates don't deserve your vote.
Geoff Stevens's picture
Voters may be saying 'enough is enough' to Harper's Tories | Aug 29 2014 | Geoffrey Stevens | As I read the opinion polls, people are not so much outraged by Stephen Harper and the Conservatives as they are tired of them. The same thing happened to Brian Mulroney at about the same stage.
yves engler's picture
'Anti-Semitism' as cover for white supremacy | Aug 29 2014 | Yves Engler | Why does a demonstration of hundreds of people against 'anti-Semitism' in Toronto seem more like a march for white supremacy than a rally against racism?
Roger Annis's picture
Another CBC exercise in propaganda over Ukraine | Aug 29 2014 | Roger Annis | Coincidentally, Democracy Now! and CBC broadcast two stories on Ukraine today. One was serious analysis, another was a platform for propaganda.