Jan 22
Image credit: UFCW Local 401. Used with permission.
An interview with UFCW Local 401 communications officer Michael Hughes about the COVID-19 outbreak at the Cargill plant in Alberta where hundreds were infected and two workers died.
Jan 22
Health-care worker. Image credit: Pathumporn Thongking/UN Women Asia and the Pacific/Flickr
Front-line workers have been hailed as heroes over the course of this pandemic, but who gets to decide who is and isn't a front-line worker?
Jan 21
U.S. Capitol Hill ahead of 2021 presidential inauguration. Image credit: ehpien/Flickr
There is now a chance -- if, perhaps, only a slim one -- the new U.S. government will reform anti-democratic practices that plague the U.S. election process.
Jan 19
National Guard soliders by U.S. Capitol grounds on January 12, 2021. Image credit: Elvert Barnes/Flickr
A spectre of fascism looms over Joe Biden's inauguration because neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have been willing or able to address the serious injustices that prevail in U.S. society.
Jan 18
Alberta Premier Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: Government of Alberta/Flickr
"Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit," says the transition team's briefing note for day one of the Biden administration on Wednesday. Will Alberta finally wake up and smell the coffee?
Jan 15
Counter protesters contront group of Proud Boys. Image credit: Geoff Livingston/Flickr
Anti-terrorism legislation is a politically motivated tool that governments use at the expense of vulnerable groups. Can it be used to address violence by white supremacists?
Jan 14
Grocery store cashier. Image credit: Russ Allison Loar/Flickr
In a time of pandemic, unpaid leave provisions for workers seem woefully inadequate -- not only for the well-being of workers, but for the safety of the rest of us.
Jan 13
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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has suggested the government list the far-right group Proud Boys as a terrorist entity. Both the Liberal and Conservative leaders agree that it's a good idea. But is it?
Jan 12
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All travellers coming to Canada must obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure, but the requirement means migrant workers must pay hundreds for the test out of pocket.
Jan 11
Toronto riot police at G20 protests in 2010. Image credit: Nile Livesey/Flickr
Racism in law enforcement and the armed forces has proven deadly countless times and seems embedded in the very fibre of these institutions.
Jan 8
Pro-Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol. Image credit: Brett Davis/Flickr
When politicians heedlessly abandon civility and respect for the truth, and for each other -- in Canada, in the U.S., or elsewhere -- the results can be dangerous.
Jan 5
Prime Minister Trudeau attends question period in September 2020. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Liberal political operatives would be well advised to focus on providing good government during a major crisis, rather than looking for excuses to trigger a premature election.
Dec 21
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Dec 17
World Bank Group president David Malpass and IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva at a March 3 press conference addressing the economic challenges posed by COVID-19. Image: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr/Simone D. McCourtie
A new and well-documented report from Oxfam details the highly unequal distribution around the globe of COVID-19-related social protection.
Dec 15
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The NFUniversity is working to educate, build awareness and encourage alliances with those who understand the importance of food production, but do not necessarily farm.
Dec 14
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's bizarre holiday message might have been cute if almost 700 people hadn't died from COVID-19.
Dec 11
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If the city were to mandate special licensing for Uber and Lyft drivers, then labour organizers could more easily identify a bargaining unit.
Dec 10
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Profitable corporations do not need even more Canadian taxpayer assistance than they have already received during the pandemic. Laid-off workers do need the help.
Dec 9
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The Kenney government sharply changed course yesterday and announced much tougher lockdown measures that have the potential to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Dec 8
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Conservation authorities have long had a central role in regulating development in Ontario. The Ford government's 2020 budget bill eviscerates their power.
Dec 8
Author image: Agathe Bernard
"Hope Matters" author Elin Kelsey questions the singular doom-and-gloom narrative, arguing that "evidence-based hope" can help advocates find solutions and push harder for climate justice.
Dec 4
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It was evident as soon as Meng was arrested in Vancouver two years ago that participating in this charade was not in Canada's interest.
Dec 3
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Any further expenditures on police body-worn cameras should cease until the public has clear information on how the cameras will definitively contribute to transparency and accountability.
Dec 2
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The pandemic has been particularly cruel to women, disproportionately impacting their wellbeing and safety, not only in Canada but also abroad.
Dec 1
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Image: Chrystia Freeland/Twitter
The government's 2020 fall economic statement is sweeping and ambitious in its rhetoric, but more modest when it comes to details. If the measure loses in the House, we will have a pandemic election.
Nov 27
Premier Jason Kenney at a news briefing (Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr)
CBC scoop shows how Alberta pandemic response has been guided more by political pressure and right-wing ideology than science and expert advice. A witch-hunt for the leaker will be launched.
Nov 26
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The COVID-19 crisis has exposed catastrophic weaknesses in Canada's patchwork system for housing and caring for the elderly and disabled. The government needs to act.
Nov 24
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While background issues and polling suggest campaigners are well placed to mobilize the public against the federal government's $19-billion fighter jet purchase, there is still a huge hill to climb.
Nov 23
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A new book captures the wonders of concrete but equivocates on the damage it does to the environment.
Nov 20
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Bill C-10's major initiative is to give more scope and power to the CRTC to regulate broadcasters who use the internet, not the traditional airwaves.