In the midst of an economic crisis and surrounded by allegations of torture in Afghanistan, Stephen Harper has prorogued Parliament for the second time in just over a year.
While he ducks responsibility for torture, Canadians are overwhelmingly against a war that seems to have no end in sight.
How many more Afghan detainees will be transferred to torture? How many more massacres must Afghan civilians suffer? And how many more Canadian families will bury their sons and daughters before Stephen Harper stops playing politics with other people's lives?
Come and join the discussion on Canada's role in Afghanistan hosted by the U of T New Democrats and the U of T International Socialists.
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As the world debates the climate crisis and it's solutions in Copenhagen, Albertans are being asked to take command of their own contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. In his new book, Green Oil, Satya Das believes Albertans need to take charge of their own backyard. Green Oil asserts that Albertans can take the tar sands and develop them in a sustainable manner while generating profit to dedicate to green energy alternatives.
March 10 was the day the CEO of Citibank announced his bank was profitable again, igniting a global rally that's boosted stock markets by 50 per cent or more. Unfortunately, it was also the day the loonie began what has become the fastest, biggest upswing in its history.
From 77 cents (U.S.) in March, the loonie has rocketed up 25 per cent, touching almost 96 cents by Friday. It won't be long before our loonie is worth more than the U.S. greenback. That may cause a certain nostalgic smugness among some old-timers (who remember when "a dollar was a dollar"). But it's unequivocally bad news for our economy.
Oil prices have been stable for a while. When this happens, it always restores our illusion that things are under control. The upcoming world-scale meeting in Copenhagen in December, meant to replace the failed 1997 Kyoto Protocol against a backdrop of continuously rising pollution, finger-pointing among nations and polar ice melting beyond scientists' worst fears, may or may not shatter the fantasy.