Dec 16
Toronto Reference Library. Flickr/Open Grid Scheduler
A Toronto public library talk on Dec. 6, 2016 shows thrilling signs of an antipsychiatry breakthrough -- a huge audience, enthusiastic reception. Herein, we learn the lessons of the earthworms.
Dec 15
Photo: waldopepper/flickr
A lot shifted in 2016 -- our perception of who we are, what we share, how smart we want our devices to be, and what truth and news really are. It was a little like waking up in a Black Mirror episode.
Dec 14
Photo: Flickr/Steven Depolo
We can all do our part to reduce consumption. We might find we're happier when we do.
Dec 13
An elaborate outdoor sleeping encampment on a Toronto sidewalk. A cardboards sig
While we wait for a national housing program the federal government should give us their armouries for emergency shelter.
Dec 12
Image: Wikimedia Commons
We have an opportunity between now and the unveiling of the 2017 budget to ensure that the housing needs of Canada's most vulnerable peoples are prioritized in the National Housing Strategy.
Dec 9
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Though the dozens of cynical consultations the Liberals have unleashed are ultimately discrediting the party, they may have already opened the door to a more hopeful and democratic future.
Dec 8
Facebook/Maryam Monsef
Instead of proceeding with a respectful and reasoned consultation on electoral reform, based on the House committee report, the government has launched a biased, mischievous survey of "values."
Dec 7
Image: Sarah Meghan Mah
Student activists and survivors of sexual violence have led the fight for policy development on Canadian campuses for decades. They've won important victories, but the fight continues.
Dec 6
Image: Flickr/Howl Arts Collective
While mourning École Polytechnique we must remember Canada's largest, ongoing femicide. Aboriginal women and girls have been victims of large scale femincide for the past 150 years.
Dec 5
 Santa Rita Mountains. Flickr/Mike Chapman
Interview with John Dougherty, an investigative filmmaker whose documentary Flin Flon Flim Flam delves into the growing opposition to mines due to human rights abuses.
Dec 2
Image: Facebook/Maryam Monsef
The special committee of MPs tasked with studying electoral reform in Canada released its report today, on schedule. Min. Maryam Monsef's response was a disgrace.
Dec 1
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Cynicism is part and parcel of the Liberal strategy to get elected at any cost -- but the disconnect between rhetoric and action is impossible to maintain for any length of time.
Nov 30
Image: Facebook/Broadbent Institute
The former Obama White House adviser and CNN political pundit visited Toronto last week and gave Canada some advice on responding to a Trump White House.
Nov 29
Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr
Even as president-elect Donald Trump appoints his climate change-denying senior advisers, scientists report that runaway climate change is already happening.
Nov 28
Fidel Castro
A warm Canadian farewell to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia by PM Stephen Harper passed unremarked; PM Justin Trudeau's farewell to Fidel Castro sparks outrage. Explain.
Nov 25
Photo: Janet Cooper
For documenting Indigenous activists' occupation of Muskrat Falls, independent journalist Justin Brake faces a court date with uncertain outcomes.
Nov 24
Photo: Chris Donovan
A generation of climate change student activists find they must navigate an increasingly corporate governance structure that relies on managerial buzzwords, stonewalling and secrecy.
Nov 23
A gorgeous, moving photo essay documents the landmark raising of a monument to the Indigenous women lost and murdered in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside -- and their incredible resilience.
Nov 22
Image: UN Women/Niels den Hollander
During the 16 days of activism wear orange to show your solidarity and commitment to eliminating violence against women in Canada and around the world.
Nov 21
Image: Flickr/Canada 2020
As the deadline approaches for the House of Commons electoral reform committee to make its report(s), the pressure grows on Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party to tell Canadians where they stand.
Nov 18
Photo: Melissa A. Forcione
The rally in Toronto was a key opportunity to raise awareness and bring into conversation interrelated issues that warrant attention from the public and from the Canadian government.
Nov 17
Image: Ira Aldridge/Wikimedia Commons
Even after cancelling the production, to defend its choice the directors referenced theatre's history of blackface and a 2011 Berlin production that starred a white, female Othello in a gorilla suit.
Nov 16
The Anti-terrorism Act (2015) has been routinely called out by activists, journalists, and legal scholars for empowering Canadian government with the ability to violate charter rights.
Nov 15
Flickr/Robert J. Galbraith
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's approach to mental health is completely individualist, over-simplistic and useless for most of us who struggle with anxiety, depression and trauma. It's also not new.
Nov 14
Photo: Marco Verch/flickr
While clearly not as grim as the U.S., features in Canadian politics and society mimic those that led to the election result in the U.S.
Nov 11
Image: Twitter/@jordansdiamonds
A first draft.
Nov 10
Police should not spy on journalists. But they should not spy on anyone, either.
Nov 9
Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr
The outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election is a major disappointment to the many people around the world looking forward to celebrating a woman elected U.S. president.
Nov 8
Toronto during the 2010 G20 Summit
It is clear that our national security apparatus equates political opposition to resource extraction and settler-colonial expansion with extremist views that threaten public safety and security.
Nov 7
Zaatari refugee camp. Flickr/Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Stephanie Rickard-Chadda talks about her community's experience with privately sponsoring a Syrian refugee family and supporting another government-sponsored family.

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