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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives at 30

Marcus Aurelius was a philosopher, a stoic who believed in translating thought into practical action. When he became Emperor of Rome in the second century A.D. he wanted all of Rome to embrace philosophical ethics. Instead, Rome came under attack from many sides, and Emperor Aurelius was forced to give his full attention to making war on his enemies.

Social justice lies upstream from charity

The Upstream Downstream parable guided Cathy Crowe in her work as a street nurse. She shares a simple formula for how to act on social justice issues such as homelessness that goes beyond charity.

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Recognizing Mike McBane: Reflections on social justice

Photo: David Goehring/flickr

On November 27 the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives gave its first Social Justice Award to Michael McBane, who has just stepped down as National Coordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition. What follows is a condensed version of my remarks in honour of his receiving the award.

It is good to find Michael among friends, companions, comrades.

That's where the word social comes from -- Socius -- Latin for allies, companions, people we know, those we live with, and who matter to us.

To honour Mike, I want to reflect on social justice, not limit my remarks to how much he is appreciated. 

Indie Inside: Kimmortal

Vancouver-based artist and performer, Kimmortal (a.k.a. Kim Villagante), first discovered her passion for hip-hop and R&B music during her early adolescent years, and ever since then has been on her grind, evolving and developing her own original material and unique sound to add to the Westcoast music roster.


Peter W. Blakely

November 22, 2014
| Peter talks about stewardship and donor loyalty. He’ll challenge your ideas about generous generosity, why people give to people, and why he thinks we have many acquaintances, but only a few friends.
Length: 44:10 minutes (40.44 MB)

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Support feminist action

Photo: flickr/peter beens
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here are five reasons you need to support feminist action right now.

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Safety for some, violence for the poor: Five reasons to support feminist action

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Issues of violence against women have been getting a lot more attention in the news than usual in the past few weeks. Amidst these conversations, you sometimes hear reference to survivors as 'educated' or a 'public figure'. The media emphasis on the class standing of survivors implies that certain lives and stories of violence are more 'believable' (just barely) -- while others can be more easily dismissed. 



Kinnie Starr on women lifelines, Indigenous protest hip-hop, and half-blood old blues

November 13, 2014
| The incomparable Canadian artist discusses collaborating with women MCs, water conservation, social justice, Indigenous hip-hop, white privilege and retiring from the music industry.
Length: 33:03 minutes (60.54 MB)
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