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| April 13, 2015
Feminist Current

Choice and consent in feminism, law, and society: Jian Ghomeshi, Cindy Gladue, and beyond

April 3, 2015
| Meghan Murphy speaks with Dr. Joanne Wright about the politics of consent, particularly with regard to sexual assault.
Length: 48:46 minutes (44.65 MB)
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For corporations, it's never enough: How corporatism threatens Canadian workers

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A news story this week blandly described the perverse reality that is the current state of the Canadian economy. The headline read "Corporate profit margins at 27-year high and likely to stay there." Pretty heady stuff if you took it out of context. But the context is everything: pathetic growth projections, record high personal debt, stagnating wages, hundreds of billions in idle corporate cash, a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deficit, a growing real estate bubble and a Bank of Canada chief who has no idea how to fix things. And, of course, a prime minister who thinks fixing things is heretical.

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Beyond dirty politics: Harperism threatens democracy itself

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It's getting worse.

Stephen Harper is now serving notice that he's willing to tear the social fabric of the country apart if that's what it takes to get his party re-elected. That is, if torquing democratic process, the rule of law, election rules, the tax system etc., etc., to make them conform to Harperism isn't enough, he'll throw stink bombs in the public place in the expectation that, amid the chaos, he'll be seen as the strong hand who can straighten things out.

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Civic literacy and the assault on Canadian democracy

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The Harper government's pursuit of its odious Secret Police Act (C-51) is just another chapter in the most through-going and massive social engineering project in the history of the country. Social engineering used to be one of the favourite phrases of the right in its attack on social programs -- accusing both liberal-minded politicians and meddling bureaucrats with manufacturing the welfare state. They conveniently ignored the fact that there was huge popular demand and support for activist government.

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| March 14, 2015
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| February 23, 2015
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Off with their heads! Exposing the new feudalism

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Editor's note: This piece contains explicit descriptions which may be upsetting for some readers.

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Economics for journalists? From the Fraser Institute? Biased?

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The economy is a difficult subject for journalists to cover. Most have never studied economics in any depth. At Carleton University's Journalism School, an estimated six per cent of Bachelor of Journalism students take the Introduction to Economics course, the prerequisite for all other courses in economics. That means 94 per cent likely have no economics background.

So how can they cover Canadian politics, with its emphasis on the economy?

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The World Social Forum: Building alternative forms of globalization

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The greatest progressive innovation of our century -- to this point -- has been the World Social Forum (WSF). In the book Another World is Possible: popular alternatives to globalization at the World Social Forum, William Fisher and I first contended that the World Social Forum represented the beginning of building a new left and a new global civilization, grounded by a desire for participatory, radical democracy.

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