Jun 22
Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland after introducing Budget 2021. Image credit: The Office of the Prime Minister
Why bother having a fixed-date election law if no one will heed it?
Jun 21
Kinda and Zaina in the rubble of Gaza, hoping to reunite with their mother and two younger siblings in Canada after over 2 years of separation. Image used with permission.
Last month, UN secretary general António Guterres declared: "If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza."
Jun 18
A syringe and needle. Image credit: Bicanski/Pixnio.
With new variants developing rapidly, Canadians can expect that an annual booster for COVID-19 will become a routine part of preventive health care.
Jun 18
Senator Ratna Omidvar. Image credit: Boris Baldinger/World Economic Forum/Flickr
Don't let Bill S-222 -- which seeks to eliminate mandated racist and colonial ways of engaging with communities -- die on the order paper.
Jun 17
Off the Hill presents a discussion on truth and reconciliation. rabble.ca graphic
Truth and reconciliation, like thoughts and prayers, are empty without meaningful, concrete and ongoing actions.
Jun 16
Kamloops residential school memorial, May 30th 2021. Image credit: GoToVan/Flickr
We have known for decades what it will take to rewrite the future history of Indigenous nations in Canada. When will any government get the courage to take the first step?
Jun 15
Justin Trudeau landing in Brussels. Image credit: Justin Trudeau/Twitter.
To build peace, we need to end the war against nature and stop the killing of land and environmental defenders.
Jun 14
The X-Press Pearl before the Sri Lanka disaster. Image credit: Isuruhetti/Wikimedia Commons
In mid-May, the X-Press Pearl container ship started leaking acid and caught fire while anchored off the coast of Sri Lanka. The fire destroyed much cargo, but plastic debris started washing ashore.
Jun 11
Two students studying. Image credit: Katerina Holmes/Pexels
How many otherwise bored, overlooked, or alienated African-Canadian kids could teachers inspire if they taught a "Wakanda" curriculum connecting the fictional content to its real-world inspiration?
Jun 10
A piece of pipe with red tape over the opening. Image credit: Government of Alberta/Flickr.
Keystone XL is no more. This time, it seems like there's no coming back.
Jun 9
Canadian flag at half-mast. Image credit: Ruth Hartnup/Flickr
The core narrative remains untouched: Canada is a polite and compassionate country; we don't do these things at home; we are shocked by these acts of violence.
Jun 8
Four candles. Image credit: Melly95/Pixabay
There is no rationale or explanation good enough. There is no room for condolences without accountability and action.
Jun 7
ImDiagram of a space lens, whose basic function is to mitigate global warming. Image credit: Mikael Häggström/Wikimedia Commons
Sweden's space agency has cancelled a solar geoengineering test whose ultimate goal is to dim the sun as a way to counter climate change.
Jun 4
Murray Sinclair during opening keynote of the Shingwauk 2015 Gathering. Image credit: Archkris/Wikimedia Commons.
Survivors have been sharing the ugly truths of the so-called residential 'schools' for many years. Who was listening?
Jun 3
Hassan Diab in front of Parliament in Ottawa. Image: Don Pratt/Facebook
It is time that the government of Canada took both diplomatic and legal steps to push back against France's unfair and unlawful pursuit of a Canadian citizen.
Jun 2
Rabbi David Mivasair sits next to paint-covered steps outside Israeli consulate. Image: World BEYOND War Canada/Twitter
There are three glaring asymmetries made evident by the recent arrest of Rabbi David Mivasair following his participation in a demonstration outside the Israeli consulate in Toronto.
Jun 1
Mourners at memorial for children who died at Kamloops residential school. Image credit: Thomas_H_foto/Flickr
Given the calls for accountability that are now being voiced for one of Canada's most shameful tragedies, this omission must stand as one of the saddest failures of recent Canadian journalism.
May 31
The Kamloops Indian Residential School circa 1930. Image credit: Archives of the Oblate Order, Richelieu/Wikimedia Commons
As for the details and intent of the crime, if it marches like genocide, and talks like genocide, it is genocide.
May 28
Helipcopter aerial sprays herbicides on clearcut land. Image credit: Francis Eatherington/Flickr
The aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate on Canada's forests has been going on for so long that observers on the ground can no longer doubt the widespread damage it leaves behind.
May 27
Families return to Shujaiya in eastern Gaza, scene of some of the heaviest Israeli bombing in July 2014. Image credit: Iyad al Baba/Oxfam International/Flickr
Israel is merely one entry in a list of countries Canada sells weapons to which systematically violate human rights, including the massacre of civilians.
May 26
Aerial view of the Temple Mount showing Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. Image credit: Andrew Shiva/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 4.0
Among those of us here in Canada who feel some connection to the beleaguered region, despair often seems like the only possible response. But many continue to believe a just settlement is possible.
May 25
Israeli artillery firing into Gaza, May 18, 2021. Image credit: Israel Defense Forces/Wikimedia Commons
More than 2,000 Canadian journalists and others recently signed a letter calling for more accurate and inclusive coverage of Middle Eastern conflicts. It's proven to be controversial.
May 21
Off the Hill graphic
The road to recovery will be a much smoother ride for some Canadians than others. We need to talk about why that is and how to fix it.
May 20
Person wearing mask with bandage on arm. Image credit: CDC/Unsplash
Shots in arms are essential. So are lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. But it takes both to achieve herd immunity. Isn't it time we realized this?
May 19
Brick front of apartment building. Image credit: Mo/Unsplash
For all its good intentions, very little this government is doing addresses the looming housing crisis for millions of poor, young and otherwise marginalized Canadians.
May 18
Protesters hold signs opposing climate change. Image credit: Olivia Colacicco/Unsplash
Caught up in their struggle to attain power, political parties are reacting to what they think matters for the next election campaign and ignoring issues that matter for the future of humanity.
May 17
eople attend the March for Palestine protest in London, U.K. May 15, 2021. Image credit: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona/Unsplash
What is happening right now in Palestine is not only a test of political will -- and international law -- but of our shared humanity.
May 17
Traffic on a highway. Image credit: Alexander Popov/Unsplash
In a 2021 report, Health Canada said what it calls "above background" air pollution contributes to over 15,000 premature deaths a year in Canada.
May 14
Picture of a pilot cave at final depth in a planned deep geological repository for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Eurajoki, Finland. Image credit: kallerna/Wikimedia Commons
Concerns are growing about the proposed burial of high-level nuclear waste in northwestern Ontario.
May 13
Israeli police officers in Lod. Image credit: Israel Police/Wikimedia Commons
What started as peaceful resistance to the latest attempted expulsion of Arabs from their homes in East Jerusalem has forced the Palestinian question onto centre stage.