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.
May 12
Lake view in Jasper National Park. Image credit: Pavel Brodsky/Unsplash
It's our responsibility to engage in conversations about how new systems of land governance could look. Everything should be on the table including ownership and governance of current protected areas.
May 11
Farmworkers at work in a field. Image credit: Faith Unlimited/Flickr
The province says work is "underway" to increase vaccine access to marginalized and vulnerable groups.
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?