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We'll keep up the fight against C-51 until we win | May 6 2015 | Soledad Vega | Despite today's House of Commons vote, this fight is far from over.
UN expert argues for opening legal channels to migrants | May 5 2015 | Redeye Collective | Francois Crepeau is UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. He says the global north should open its borders and manage migration rather than resisting it.
Canadians have united to reject fear and stop Bill C-51. Will the government listen? | May 4 2015 | David Christopher, Digital Freedom Update | In the space of a few short months since Bill C-51 was announced, hundreds of thousands of people have taken action to stop it. Is the Harper government listening?
When police brutality is not accountable, the real thugs wear uniforms | May 4 2015 | J. Baglow | Are citizens turning the tables on police impunity?
On World Press Freedom week, no one poses a greater threat to free expression than Stephen Harper | May 4 2015 | Arnold Amber | Op-Ed from CJFE President Arnold Amber on the state of free expression in Canada.
Woman in handcuffs
The battered woman's defence | May 3 2015 | Frieda Werden | Why would she kill her abuser? Excerpts from mock-trial testimony by psychologist Dr. Lenore Walker.
Photo: Mike Atherton/flickr
Marking a century of women's peace-building | Apr 30 2015 | Amy Goodman | One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered in The Hague during the First World War, demanding peace. A century later, in these very violent times, nearly 1,000 women have gathered again.
Photo: flickr/ Michael Gil
A national housing strategy: Without one Calgary suffers | Apr 30 2015 | James Wilt | Alberta's one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the world. It also features staggering income and wealth disparity. While the homelessness rate has stabilized, houses aren't getting any cheaper.
Carding and civilian control of police | Apr 30 2015 | Brian Iler, Pro Bono | Carding, the infamous police practice of stopping individuals for questioning, is back with a vengeance in Toronto. Who's holding police activities accountable to the community?
Photo: flickr/ ResoluteSupportMedia
Powerful report on sexual abuse in military calls for outside-chain-of-command solution | Apr 30 2015 | Karl Nerenberg | Former Supreme Court judge Marie Deschamps issued a stinging report on widespread sexual misconduct in the military. So far the brass has only accepted most recommendations 'on principle.'
May 1st
On May 1, join the International Workers' Day rallies and the Quebec general strike | Apr 30 2015 | Maya Bhullar | May 1, International Workers' Day, is a big deal. Here's where Canadians are organizing.
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Harper's 'principled' foreign policy is empty rhetoric for profit | Apr 29 2015 | Julia Smith | Canada confirmed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, despite the gulf state's horrendous human rights record. Sweden just cancelled a similar deal, due to human rights concerns. See the difference?

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Bill C-51: Liberals join Tory terror once again
There has been some shock at the level of Liberal support for the Bill, against a backdrop of campaigns for "strategic voting" against the Tories. But it shouldn't be surprising.

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