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'Clearing the Plains' confronts Canada's colonialism

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

by James Daschuk
(University of Regina Press,
2013;
$39.95)

Official bicentennial celebrations of the "affable drunk" who founded Canada will likely mask John A. Macdonald's history of racism and deliberate starvation of First Nations, and similar policies continue today with the tar sands and fracking expansion.

James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, addresses Canada's history of disease, deliberate starvation, ethnic cleansing, tar sands expansion, neglect of treaties and a legacy of colonialism that continues today.

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Karl Nerenberg

Jim Flaherty's resignation and his darkest time

| March 18, 2014
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The Tommy Douglas Institute: Igniting a commitment to social justice

Photo: Lieut. G. Barry Gilroy/Library and Archives Canada/Wikimedia Commons

"My dream is for people around the world to look up and to see Canada like a little jewel sitting at the top of the continent."

- Tommy Douglas, 1951

Olivia Chow's 'My Journey' is the antidote to political despair

My Journey

by Olivia Chow
(HarperCollins ,
2014;
$29.99)

When I think about Olivia Chow I always think about her seemingly endless energy and her infectious enthusiasm as she works with people on a huge array of social issues.

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David J. Climenhaga

PKP to run for PQ: Why PKP, SNN and CPC PMO spell SOS for Canada

| March 10, 2014
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What do you think is the most problematic part of the Fair Elections Act?

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand presented a long brief on his concerns and changes he would like to see to the House Committee studying the Fair Elections Act and stated that the Fair Elections Act includes measures that "undermine the bill's stated purpose and will not serve Canadians well."

What do you think is the most problematic part of the Fair Elections Act?

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When a government protects workers by criminalizing them

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Imagine for a moment, if the debate over prostitution laws was aimed at other types of workers...

In a bold move aimed at protecting workers from exploitation while on the job, the government today passed a new law that criminalizes most employers and customers. The law addresses the void left by the Supreme Court of Canada in December 2013, when it struck down laws that it said prevented workers from taking safety measures to protect themselves from abusive customers, but which the government said were designed to prevent people from working, period.

Canadians, Apologize to Haiti 10 Years after the Coup

Read the statement below and check out the petition here to add your name!

We sign this statement to tell the world, and especially the Haitian people, that we are ashamed and outraged by the Canadian Government’s active participation in the February 29, 2004 Coup d’Etat that toppled the duly-elected Government of Haiti led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. On behalf of all Canadians, the great majority of whom are kept ignorant of this Coup and its aftermath, we sincerely apologize for the terrible, lasting damage it has caused.

Ten (10) years after the Coup, we sign this statement because there is disturbing and compelling evidence that:

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Karl Nerenberg

Liberals are celebrating, but who has momentum?

| February 20, 2014

Narrow diplomacy: Domestic politics in Harper's foreign policy

| February 19, 2014
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