I hate to be grim, but there's this gnawing question in the air: Is democracy in trouble? If so, what does it mean? In both Canada and the U.S., what's transpiring is astonishing.
Politics in Canada
The sudden attention to women's issues by Harper and Ignatieff may be creating a new opening for feminists to push forward.
The movement for democratic reform is undoubtedly one of the most heartening developments in Canadian politics in a very long time.
On Jan. 23 thousands of Canadians marched in over 50 rallies, sending a strong message to Harper that "Canadians care."
Stephen Harper has reaped a whirlwind of protest for his shutting down of Parliament. Could this cynical prorogation be the straw that broke the camel's back?
Between 1985 and 1987, a major student movement against apartheid coalesced at Carleton University and succeeded in forcing the university to take a firm stand in opposing the South African regime.
Students are taking action against Carleton's unethical investment practices by launching a divestment campaign against five companies that are complicit in human rights violations in Palestine.
Let's face it, our response to the crisis in Hait is mirrored in almost every country in the world. In our case, it's somewhat tinged with irony, given the ominous defunding of KAIROS late last year.
Looking at the year past there are two things that dominate and show us where the future is most likely headed.
Imagine the Canadians Against Proroguing rally next Saturday and there, gazing from a chilly platform over a crowd of university students sprinkled with older folk, stands Michael Ignatieff.