Feb 19
Prime Minister Trudeau participates in an anti-Black racism protest, June 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Traditional opponents of draconian anti-terrorism instruments suddenly threw their support behind these measures when they were applied to the racist Proud Boys and other white supremacist groups.
Feb 18
Woman covering face with frosted glass. Image credit: Jamie Street/Unsplash
The sex workers rights organization Work Safe Twerk Safe says the Ontario government's order to close strip clubs while bars remained open was discriminatory.
Feb 17
Factory building with smoke emissions in New Brunswick. Image credit: ETA+/Unsplash
Rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions will quickly reduce pollution. That's important, because particulates kill a lot of people and make many more ill -- even more than previously thought.
Feb 16
Prime Minister Trudeau participates in the Côté Gold Project groundbreaking ceremony with Premier of Ontario Doug Ford, September 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Prior to the pandemic, Justin Trudeau was trying to make the Canadian federation work by encouraging provincial autonomy. But the "leave it to the provinces" policy is not working.
Feb 15
Image: Screenshot from February 9, 2021 press conference
A coalition of Ontario unions have filed evidence in their legal challenge against Bill 124.
Feb 12
Image: Screenshot of Vancouver downtown from video: https://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2021/02/past-and-present-vancouvers-downtown-eastside
Former NDP MP Libby Davies discusses the past and the present of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, reflecting on how austerity policies of the '90s have created the challenges of today.
Feb 11
Vaccine vial. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
The precariousness of the global vaccine supply points to how immoral it is that the pharmaceutical industry has such sweeping life-and-death power, even in the midst of a catastrophic pandemic.
Feb 10
Prime Minister Trudeau attends the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada, September 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Canada has no governor general, for the time being at least. Does anyone care? Should anyone care?
Feb 9
Prime Minister Trudeau attends question period, September 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
The choice for the Liberals is clear: follow the traditional advice of big business and limit spending through austerity, or aim at maximum employment, and reap the budgetary fruit.
Feb 8
Police at a demonstration. Image credit: Pxhere/Creative Commons license
As we work against police violence and racism, how do we influence the actions of the police unions? How do we stop them from obstructing efforts to change police practice and create oversight?
Feb 5
Image: CBC Politics/Facebook Live
From the moment when Canadian professor Hassan Diab was arrested on ill-founded charges of terrorism, his life became collateral damage in a narrative that linked terrorism to Islam.
Feb 4
Mural depicting Pauli Murray. Image credit: abbyladybug/Flickr
The pioneering African-American legal scholar and organizer for racial and gender equality was celebrated this week at the annual Sundance Film Festival with the premier of a new documentary.
Feb 3
Bell building, Montreal. Image credit: Jacques Meynier de Malviala/Flickr
Bell Media is cutting journalism jobs while using pandemic-related labour subsidies to increase dividend payouts to its shareholders.
Feb 2
Image credit: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the federal government to take steps to eventually abolish for-profit long-term care -- and while they're at it, rebuild domestic vaccine production capacity.
Feb 1
Vigil for the victims of the terrorist attack at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec in Quebec City, January 30, 2017. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
As well as remembering the Quebec City mosque attack on January 29, 2017, we have to work to eliminate the root causes of what happened on that dark night, four years ago.
Jan 29
59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. Image credit: Carlos M. Vazquez II/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr
Joe Biden's inauguration overlapped with a grim anniversary: the start of the Iraq war, a conveniently forgotten backdrop on a day of U.S. democratic triumphalism.
Jan 28
Medical face mask. Image credit: Mark König/Unsplash
With measures in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, some people feel that their rights are under attack. But individual rights, even those protected by the Charter, are not absolute.
Jan 27
University Health Network's expanded COVID-19 vaccination centre at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
The Public Health Agency of Canada has been struggling to fulfil its role since the onset of the pandemic. That's the shocking conclusion of an internal federal government review.
Jan 26
Joe Biden visits China, August 2011. Image credit: David Lienemann/Wikimedia Commons
Shared power multilaterally offers Canada a better opportunity to deal with the challenges to human existence we face together instead of backing the U.S. in a cold war with China.
Jan 25
Image credit: National Film Board
When Daniel Schubert read that one-fifth of Canadian youth don't know what the Holocaust is, he documented his grandmother's incredible journey from Auschwitz to Winnipeg.
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
Image credit: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
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
Image credit: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr
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.