"I don't get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity."
In an interview with BBC Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman, comedian Russell Brand lays into a discussion about political apathy, democratic inequality and capitalist institutions, bringing a mainstream light to the messages of marginalized people.
For decades young workers have faced challenges getting a foothold in the labour market. In recent years, the austerity agenda has magnified these challenges and hit young people in Ontario particularly hard. In April 2013, youth unemployment in Ontario was sitting at 17.1 percent, compared to 6.1 percent for those 25 and over.
While many young people remain un- and under-employed in temporary short-term positions, the conversations needs to continue and concreate solutions need to be made.
Tom Mulcair challenges Stephen Harper in question period to come clean about the Senate scandals.
It is noteworthy that as finance has been on the 'rise,' some activists began to formalize anti-corporate and targeted activist campaign strategies through pension and personal investment funds. In Canada and the U.S., several faith organizations began to argue that anti-social corporate behaviour should be, in some sense, sanctioned by individual investors and ultimate owners, on the basis of social principle or humanitarian values. These initiatives then crystallized and drew broader support with the rise of the sanctions and divestment movement directed against corporate and government support for apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.
APTN has reporter Ossie Michelin on the ground in Rexton, New Brunswick, following as RCMP officers moved into the blockade on Mi'kmaq territory early on Thursday. Police were there apparently with the goal of enforcing an injunction to have the barricade, erected as part of on-going anti-fracking protests against SWN Resources Canada, removed.
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Nora Loreto has released a new book From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement with support from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that serves as a call to incite union activists and supporter, debunk anti-union rhetoric and start the conversation around building a strong, community-focus union movement in Canada.
On Aug 16, 2013, Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and Palestinian-Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani were detained without charges in Cairo's Tora Prison. During their 50-day detention, John created these flash cards as a diary of their experiences. Following an international grassroots campaign, they were released on October 7, and returned to Canada on October 13. This video is dedicated to the many who spoke out for their release, and for the many who are still behind bars.
Reclaim Turtle Island released this great new video documentary on the Indigenous resistance to the pipelines. "This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the health of our territories in the northeast of Turtle Island. It includes the voices and perspectives of Dene, Wolastiqiyik, Mi’kmaq, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wet’suwet’en land defenders."
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Tarek and John share their first statement after being released from detention in Egypt on Saturday. The pair were released after 50 days in Egyptian prison, but are still currently stuck in Cairo due to a technicality. Tarek and John recorded this video hello and express their deepest thanks to all who supported them through the last 54 days.
Richtree Market Restaurant closed its restaurant in the Eaton Centre and severed all of its unionized workers. Many had worked at Richtree for more than 20 years. Shortly after Richtree reopened a few feet away and hired all new workers, and a provocateur union breaking security firm out of the U.S. But when it comes to Richtree's business, it ain't cha-ching, it's either the sounds of protest, or chirping crickets....