Apr 9
President Donald Trump listens and responds to questions from members of the press Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the White House. Image: Andrea Hanks/The White House/Flickr
How will COVID-19 change our world? Some are optimistic it will be for the better, but there are also darker potential scenarios.
Apr 8
Image: Duncan McCaskill/Flickr
Countries around the world committed to safeguarding 10 per cent of their ocean territories by this year, through marine protected areas and other means. Some have done better than others.
Apr 7
A commuter in Washington D.C. dons a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Image: Elvert Barnes/Flickr
As they are now in Asia, anti-viral masks are likely to be part of Canadian life going forward.
Apr 3
Image: Mel Watkins
Colleagues and friends pay tribute to the late Mel Watkins, a towering figure.
Apr 2
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In her new book, "My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems," Amber Dawn names abuses of power in certain spaces and communities.
Apr 1
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We're facing a crisis trifecta: COVID-19, climate disruption and plunging oil prices. This is exposing flaws in the systems we've been relying on far beyond their best-before dates.
Mar 31
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A managed decline would offer security and ease transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Mar 30
A worker protest at Amazon in Minnesota, December 2018. Image: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
The coronavirus pandemic has made unjust power relations all the more evident, but how can we organize while self-isolating at home?
Mar 27
President Donald Trump participates in a governors' video teleconference about COVID-19 on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the White House Situation Room. Image: Shealah Craighead/White House/Flickr
The simple fact is that if there is any plausible danger of the virus spreading from one country to the other, that danger all flows one way -- from the south to the north.
Mar 26
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Despite the pandemic, the production of F-35 fighter jets continues in Italy and the U.S., while Quebec deems "defence manufacturing" an essential service.
Mar 24
President Donald Trump holds a copy of the president's coronavirus guidelines brochure at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing on Monday, March 23, 2020, in the White House. Image: Shealah Craighead/White House/Flickr
On the same day Trump was announcing that the economy takes precedence over people's lives, Trudeau was scolding fellow citizens who refuse to follow strict social distancing guidelines.
Mar 23
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Canadians have little appetite for political sniping in the current health crisis -- even Conservatives are now playing nice.
Mar 20
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
The NDP's main and most urgent request is that the government start taking practical steps to put its emergency fiscal measures into action immediately.
Mar 19
Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
After the immediate health emergency ends, government will need to step up with an ambitious, longer-term reconstruction program, centred on the lasting expansion of public services.
Mar 17
Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu. Image: Patty Hajdu/Twitter
Most Canadian workers do not have paid sick leave, and those who benefit from such leave are disproportionately in the upper income category.
Mar 13
SARS-CoV-2 (orange) -- also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. Image: NIAID/Flickr
For seven decades, Connaught Labs performed brilliantly on the national and international stage, contributing to medical breakthroughs and developing affordable treatments and vaccines.
Mar 11
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In 2009, when H1N1 attacked Canada, it was Indigenous people, particularly those in the North, who paid the highest price.
Mar 8
Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Trudeau's lasting legacy must not be his desire to advance women's rights. His legacy must be that he truly succeeded in advancing women's rights and gender equality.
Mar 6
Image: The White House/Flickr
A healthy populace with regular access to affordable health care is the best defence against epidemics like the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mar 4
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In the name of "we can't afford it," ordinary citizens in the U.S. and Canada have been cheated out of the services they need to live healthy lives.
Mar 3
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While the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel made some positive suggestions, it also made recommendations that could undermine media independence and free speech.
Feb 28
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with U.S. President Donald Trump. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
The protracted presidential election campaign now underway in the U.S. underscores a number of fundamental differences between our two countries.
Feb 27
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Laura Trethewey's lively book pitches human-scale stories as portals into world-sized issues, but the stories don't cohere.
Feb 25
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney reacts to the Alberta Court of Appeal ruling on the carbon tax. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Jason Kenney is leading a militant and official backlash against Indigenous resistance, introducing a law imposing harsh sanctions on protesters who interfere with "critical economic infrastructure."
Feb 22
Wet'suwet'en solidarity event in Toronto on February 8, 2020. Image: Jason Hargrove/Flickr
The solidarity blockades may indicate a political tipping point in the struggle against extractivism and climate change. But corporate media and their paid pundits don't get it.
Feb 21
Image: TOWetsuwetenSolidarity/Twitter
If protests awaken citizens and prod governments to take appropriate remedial action for abuse and neglect against Indigenous peoples, economic damage may come to be regarded by many as justifiable.
Feb 19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the House about the rail blockades. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
For some federal politicians, the crisis engendered by the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs' refusal to allow a natural gas pipeline through their territory is also an opportunity.
Feb 18
Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Twitter
The federal and B.C. governments are willfully flouting the law of Canada for a project that makes no economic sense whatsoever.
Feb 16
Image: TOWetsuwetenSolidarity/Twitter
The rail blockades in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders could be a learning moment for Extinction Rebellion and other social justice movements.
Feb 13
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention. Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
American citizens should, at least, be forewarned when politicians and commentators tell bald-faced lies about Canada, especially about our health-care system.