Once again Conservative ideology has trumped what's right.
Prominent Toronto filmmaker/professor John Greyson and London, Ontario, physician/professor Tarek Loubani have been locked up in an Egyptian jail for nearly 40 days.
After a prosecutor recently extended their detention by 15 days, these two courageous individuals launched a hunger strike demanding their release or to at least be allowed two hours a day in the fenced-in prison yard.
For years now, the federal government has been censuring, muzzling, de-funding, and laying off scientists, librarians, archivists, statisticians, and researchers in its efforts vacate government involvement in core research, and to shift its focus to industry-specific needs.
Following the Lac-Megantic disaster in July, there has been growing discussion across North America about the rapid expansion of oil-by-train transport. CP Rail has recently come under fire in Calgary, following derailments and complaints from local residents.
What should be done about oil-by-train in Canada?
Parliament was supposed to resume on Monday, September 16 -- that is, until Stephen Harper decided to prorogue Parliament, again. The House of Commons will now be quiet until October. In the meantime, we're fundraising to keep our reporter on Parliament Hill -- click here to support Karl Nerenberg on the Parliament beat for rabble.ca!
We plan to stay on top of the issues even while Harper has shuttered Parliament. There are lots of issues Harper would probably rather just avoid. On that note, here's our poll question this week:
Why do you think Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament this time?
Last fall some seventy activists, progressive writers and political analysts gathered at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin Ontario.
The gathering, sponsored and financed by the CAW, was intended to address a question that has faced the left for many years but has clearly now become urgent: What are we doing wrong?
Deep values studies in Canada reveal with absolute consistency over a period of forty years that two thirds of Canadians support strong government, robust social programs, human rights and economic equality. So why is it that for almost 25 years we have had governments at the federal and provincial level that have deliberately set out to dismantle those things?
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is yet another corporate empowering deal that is being negotiated behind firmly closed doors, in various countries throughout the world.
Not only is public input not welcome, but even the pretence of public participation has been lifted. Despite the lack of transparency, some documents have been leaked, and the "omissions" revealed speak loudly to the conspiratorial nature of the "partnership."
Countries currently involved in the U.S–led negotiations include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.