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'This is Canada's Shame': Maude Barlow and Sarah Harmer discuss Canada's impending water crisis

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Despite nearly a decade of environmental deregulation under the Harper government and recurring boil-water advisories across the country, many Canadians continue to believe that Canada is immune to issues of water scarcity. On September 23, I met with Maude Barlow and Sarah Harmer before their public talk at Toronto's Trinity-St. Paul's United Church to briefly discuss Canada's water crisis and debunk the "myth of abundance."

Phillip Dwight Morgan: For many people, the language of "crisis" doesn't land. They access water on a daily basis and don't really see the severity of it. Can you paint a picture of what this "water crisis" looks like on the ground? 

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Eva Manly: The people of Palestine are not forgotten

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On September 14, the Women's Boat to Gaza set sail from Barcelona on the way to Gaza to draw attention to the Palestinian struggle. Two boats, the Zaytouna and Amal, will carry the all-female crews to Ajaccio, and then to Gaza, drawing international attention to the resistance of the women of Gaza in particular.

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Amy Goodman: Corporate media needs to be 'fourth estate' not 'for-the-state'

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On September 10, 2016, Phillip Dwight Morgan sat down with Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh of Democracy Now! (DN!) at White Pine Studio in Toronto to discuss the current media landscape and the state of independent media.

Goodman and Sheikh were in Toronto for the world premier of All Governments Lie, a new documentary highlighting the legacy of renowned journalist I.F. Stone and role of free press in protecting democracy.

 

How did you get involved with this project and why is this an opportune time for people to be reminded of the legacy of I.F. Stone?

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Jerry Dias reflects on Unifor's first three years

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When Jerry Dias was elected president of Unifor in 2013 at its founding convention, he had an ambitious agenda that included prioritizing organizing of young and precarious workers and pushing $10 million into new organizing efforts.

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Three Colombian women tell us why preserving seeds is an act of resistance

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Protection of native seeds is growing strong in Colombia. Colombian women are preserving seeds from multiple threats such as mining, free trade agreements, agrochemicals, hybrid and transgenic seeds among others.

Fernanda Sánchez Jaramillo spoke with three women from three different provinces in Colombia about how being a seed guardian is an act of resistance, promotes food security and maintains cultural identity.

 

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Elizabeth May: Greens should not identify with a movement 'out of our control'

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Last weekend, delegates at the Green Party of Canada national convention in Ottawa adopted a policy resolution supporting the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Jean Swanson: Vancouver's focus on home ownership neglects plight of the homeless

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Last week, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson met with Downtown Eastside residents to discuss the community's housing needs and to respond to the tent city established at 58 West Hastings. The meeting ended with a commitment to rezone the city-owned lot for social housing that has 100 per cent welfare pension-rate rents.

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Six pervasive myths about Canada we must stop believing

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After Brexit, the attempted military coup in Turkey, the murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Donald Trump's grip on the Republican nomination, the collapse of the Democratic National Convention, and the numerous terrorist attacks around the world, many Canadians are relieved to call Canada home.

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Toronto Burlesque Festival 'lightning rod' for political debate

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Cheri DiNovo: NDP needs to focus on principles it was founded on

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Update: On August 2, Cheri DiNovo announced she would be withdrawing from the federal NDP leadership race due to health reasons. 

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