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Seven ways you can reduce ocean pollution right now

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Rice not bullets: Social and climate justice for Filipino farmers

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After three long months of El Niño drought and famine, 6,000 farmers and Lumads formed a barricade at Kidapawan City, Philippines demanding food and calamity relief. On April 1 2016 they were met with gunfire by the police and military.

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Our obligation to Omar Khadr

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The federal government recently announced they would not proceed with the Conservative government's appeal of Omar Khadr's release on bail. There was a collective sigh of relief from those who have followed his tragic case.

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Can a First Nations-led movement stop Big Oil?

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Can a First Nations-led, people-driven movement really have the power to stop Big Oil?

The folks behind the Pull Together campaign think so. The Pull Together initiative supports First Nations in B.C. who are taking to the courts to stop Enbridge's Northern Gateway project.

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Talking about the Jian Ghomeshi allegations? Six ways to discuss sexual assault with survivors in mind

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Can we all please be so cautious how we talk about Jian and what's going down with the CBC right now? As a survivor of sexual assault and an advocate for people who have been assaulted, I'm already shaking at how I feel this, and the discourse around it, is going to play out. 

With statistics like one in five women being sexually assaulted over their lifetime, the chances are that we have survivors -- or people who may be victimized in the future -- watching how we talk about victims of sexual assault. 

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The world passed laws making war illegal. Why does Harper ignore that?

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"All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." -- Voltaire

War has always been destructive and tragic, ripping apart families, devastating communities, ruining farmers' fields, killing, and maiming. But between 1914 and 1918 it got much worse -- with industrial warfare. 

During the First World War, the power and efficiency of steel, mass production, the railway and airplanes created horrific battlegrounds characterized by heavy artillery, machine-gun nests, toxic gases and bombing. More than 16 million died.

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Rising Tide - Vancouver stands in solidarity with Oppenheimer Tent City

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In June of this year, Vancouver's city council unanimously passed a motion acknowledging that the city sits on the unceded land of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The acknowledgement came at the culmination of a "Year of Reconciliation." Based on the same city council's response to the Indigenous-led community that has sprung up at Oppenheimer Park, it appears this was purely a token gesture.

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Russia, Rob Ford and homophobia: Why it's important to talk about fear

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12 steps to a post-colonial future

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Twelve-step programs are renowned for their ability to bring communities of sufferers of addictions and compulsive disorders together in a climate of support and respect, and through the steps, to empower sufferers to create personal change for a healthier life. Drawing on this model, we propose that Canadians adopt a 12-step program for a post-colonial future, marked by the reinvigoration of Indigenous sovereignties, fused with elements of the settler state’s structure and processes.

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Four reasons why defending the postal workers must be labour's top priority

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This is no ordinary conservative attack.

This is a devastating attack on the most militant union in the country.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has long been a leader in the labour movement.

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