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No place for the homeless in Waterloo

On February 1, 2007, an article was published in The Record, Kitchener-Waterloo's main newspaper, which noted the sale of a prominent downtown property. What made the sale newsworthy was the fact that it occurred despite prior plans to turn the building into subsidized housing for the city's homeless.

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Demanding shelter

A women and trans-folk only housing squat in Toronto attracted about 300 participants on Sunday, and a large number of police. Despite a strong anti-violence message, protesters were forcibly evicted from the squatted house at 4 Howard Street (Bloor and Sherbourne Sts.) after occupying the site for several hours.

Police moved on horseback to drive out the crowd. The spirit, however, remained strong.

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Making waves about water

Susan Howatt never quite knows what to say when she gets the inevitable questions about activism. As the national water campaigner for the Council of Canadians, she's often called on to speak to crowds. “About half of the questions I get are about water. The other half are about how I got my start as an activist.”

That reaction from a crowd isn't surprising: Susan's energy and passion are palpable.

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The 2007 UAW-GM negotiations: one sided class war

In 1978, then United Auto Worker (UAW) President Douglas Fraser, frustrated with corporate America's new aggressiveness, accused U.S.

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The Google plot: it all ads up

Lately, you've probably been wondering: "Man, what is Google's fiendish master plan?" I'm here to explain.

First, let's debrief. Just after Halloween, the search giant announced OpenSocial. That's a development platform that will make it easier for coders to create cool little applications that can work on any social network that adopts the OpenSocial standard. Ever used iLike or SuperPoke! on Facebook? Those are the kind of applications I mean.

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Canada's role in Bali was painful to see

Two days after the UN Climate Change conference in Bali concluded, with consensus on a "Bali Road Map" to steer negotiations over the next two years leading up to COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009, I was diving in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

It was a truly euphoric experience, witnessing the magical colours of coral and fish, and at one point slowly swimming alongside a magnificent manta ray as it made its way gracefully through the crystalline waters off Heron Island.

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Pakistan marches toward an illiberal democracy

Although often united in popular discourse, democracy and liberty are two separate and distinct ideas. The first signifying free and fair elections along with universal suffrage, the latter referring to a collection of rights and freedoms secured through the rule of law and constitutional limits on the powers of the state.

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Why we must march against war

"Courage, my friends, we can still make a better world"

The above quotation comes from Tommy Douglas, former CCF/NDP leader and longtime peace activist.

It reminds us why we must march, rally, and educate ourselves about Canada's mission impossible in Afghanistan.

It reminds us why this Saturday marks an important moment in stopping this war, and truly helping the people of Afghanistan.

We need courage to challenge the bluster of Canada's warmongers, and the politicians who support them.

Let's face it: Canada's war in Afghanistan is already over.

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Lowering the Peace Tower flag

Soldiers are killed in wars. Police officers are killed in the line of duty. Workers are killed on the job.

Women are killed âe¦ more often than not, just because they're women.

And why stop there? People are killed because they're homeless, because of their sexual orientation, because of their colour, religion, age, ethnicity.

Which of these lives lost are most worthy of being honoured in death?

That has become the stark question as controversy swirls around the lowering to half mast of the Peace Tower flag.

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Bill C-50 is a serious threat to immigrant rights

Harper's Conservatives are in the midst of an attempt to change Canadian immigration policy. Significant amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act are being added to a budget motion, Bill C-50.

The changes are debatable in the way that all legislation is debatable, since, of course, the bill is open to parliamentary deliberation. The changes are also debatable in a second meaning, more as a matter of judgment: the bill is questionable, problematic, perfectly reactionary, and so on.

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