May 10
Person stands in front of display of newspaper broadsheets. Image credit: Jason Franson/ Postmedia via Capital Ideas Edmonton/Flickr
If Canadians want a conversation about energy and climate policy undistorted by big oil's outsized influence, newspapers still matter.
May 7
Water faucets. Image: KatjaJust/Pixabay
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is helping Brazil's right-wing government to privatize a public water system in Rio de Janeiro. Plus labour's plans for the climate crisis.
May 6
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets virtually with U.S. President Joe Biden, February 23, 2021. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
To the surprise of many, U.S. President Joe Biden is making a daring bid to overturn much of the mean-spirited conservative economic agenda that's dominated America and the world since the 1980s.
May 5
Lake Erie and Nanticoke Power Generating Station. Image credit: JasonParis/Flickr
The Lake Erie Connector is a proposed 117-kilometre, 1,000-megawatt, high-voltage direct-current transmission line under Lake Erie. It would connect with the largest electricity market in the U.S.
May 4
Stephen Lewis in 2012. Image credit: Joshua Barash/WeHoCity/Flickr
Even though he is sick, Stephen Lewis is still speaking out about the rampant global inequality in access to vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic which, once again, is created by big pharma.
May 3
Alexa McDonough. Image: Book cover
Stephen Kimber's book is a wonderful and detailed account of Alexa McDonough's rich life. Her political career is a role model for any woman looking for true stories of struggles and success.
Apr 30
Justice Thomas Berger on stage at Vancouver Island University in 2013. Image credit: Vancouver Island University/Flickr
Tom Berger died earlier this week at the age of 88. He had an eminent career, marked by a lifelong commitment to Indigenous peoples and social justice.
Apr 29
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Image credit: Chrystia Freeland/Facebook
In a conversation about policy priorities, is economic benefit the most pertinent aspect of a transformative investment in child care? Or, does it harm the broader pursuit of justice and liberation?
Apr 28
Flowers at the National COVID Memorial Wall in London, U.K. Image credit: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona/Unsplash
The spread of COVID-19 in workplaces not only impacts workers, but also has potentially devastating consequences for their families and communities.
Apr 27
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Image credit: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
Yes, deficits are growing, but if government is truly to make a comeback, if we are to usher in a rebalancing of public and private, individual and collective, this budget is just a down payment.
Apr 26
Still from video: Charlize and Emma
Charlize talks about being evicted from her previous home, about being homeless for months and about the challenges of now living in a single-room occupancy hotel in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Apr 23
Ontario Premier Ford visits vaccination program for employees organized by Humber River Hospital. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Ford said he was sorry more than once. But he failed to make a single concrete new commitment to deal with the ravages wrought by the pandemic's third wave in Ontario.
Apr 22
A  U.S. soldier from the Maine National Guard looks out of his armoured vehicle as part of military exercises in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Image credit: The National Guard/Flickr
While the rest of us try to transition to a low-carbon future, the military has carte blanche to burn all the fossil fuels it wants in its hardware for never-ending wars.
Apr 21
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland in Parliament on budget day. Image credit: Chrystia Freeland/Facebook
The Trudeau government's 2021 budget is a watershed document. It signals a major shift toward more government spending and increased federal regulation of the economy.
Apr 20
Playground and swing set. Image credit: hpgruesen/Pixabay
This budget addresses one of the very crucial care issues that the Liberal Party has promised many, many times over many, many years -- child care.
Apr 19
Join in the celebration! Donate any amount and you could win a copy of "Everything on (the) Line: 20 Years of Social Movement Stories from," published by Between the Lines on April 18, 2021.
Apr 16
Print of hands with heart. Image credit: Rod Long/Unsplash
If COVID-19 has taught us nothing else, it is that we need a new approach to caring for each other in this country.
Apr 16
Ontario Premier Ford on a tour of the Niagara Health Mass Vaccination Site in St. Catharines. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Health officials in Ontario say the province has not had it so bad since the beginning of the pandemic. By contrast, in Quebec the current rate of increase is not nearly as severe.
Apr 15
Seamus O'Regan. Image credit: Seamus O'Regan/Facebook
Opponents of nuclear technology they call "dirty, dangerous and distracting" will be watching the federal budget to see just how far the Liberals will go in their push for small modular reactors.
Apr 15
With the first federal budget in two years expected on April 19, a potential election looms large against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic and faltering roll-out of a national vaccine program.
Apr 14
Protests during the third Summit of the Americas on 21 April 2001 in Quebec City. Image credit: Personal snapshot by Montréalais/Wikimedia Commons was on the front lines of the anti-corporate globalization movement in 2001, telling the story of the dangers of free trade deals and of the growing protests to confront them.
Apr 13
Image courtesy of Anjum Sultana
Feminist recovery plan author Anjum Sultana discusses what a feminist recovery must look like to help women in Canada.
Apr 12
Jagmeet Singh. Image credit: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
New Democrats and Liberals both had their conventions this past weekend. Liberal delegates were more focused on winning the next election and less on policy debates than their NDP counterparts.
Apr 9
Image: Alexandra Koch/Pixabay
Five unions in Ontario are demanding that teachers and other education workers be vaccinated immediately.
Apr 8
Ontario government official announce partnership with the federal government, city of Toronto and Sanofi to expand domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
The pandemic has only increased the clout of the powerful drug industry, which largely controls access to COVID vaccines desperately needed by Canadians and others.
Apr 7
Hands holding a plant. Image credit: Noah Buscher/Unsplash
To prevent pandemics, we must recognize our interconnectedness with nature and protect natural systems that make the planet habitable for humans. Doing so will also help with the climate emergency.
Apr 6
Person supervises baby crawling on grass. Image credit: Jordan Rowland/Unsplash
The pandemic escalated widespread recognition of an undeniable fact about a country with an aging population: the caring economy holds up the essential economy.
Apr 1
Long-term care for the elderly is the weak sibling of Canada's health system. If we did not know that previously, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven it conclusively.
Long-term care for the elderly is the weak sibling of Canada's health system. If we did not know that previously, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven it conclusively.
Mar 31
Smoke from a factory chimney. Image credit: veeterzy/Unsplash
Although this decision was about carbon pricing, it signals that the federal government has the authority to enact national climate and clean energy regulations that reduce harmful emissions.
Mar 30
Person wearing face mask using laptop computer. Image credit: engin akyurt/Unsplash
Staying informed about the latest issues concerning the COVID-19 pandemic is important. Unfortunately, it's not so easy.