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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The federal and B.C. governments are willfully flouting the law of Canada for a project that makes no economic sense whatsoever.
Feb 16
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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.
Feb 12
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"Don't cry on the shoulder of the man that stole their land," says one activist. Land defenders gather at minister's office after police extend the exclusion zone around the Unist'ot'en checkpoint.
Feb 10
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Wet'suwet'en land defenders are facing many of the same risks and patterns experienced by environmental human rights defenders in Latin America and around the world.
Feb 6
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
The new heritage minister and the government have lost the first round of the debate over extending broadcast regulations to include the internet.
Feb 6
TMX moves ahead while the rest of the world electrifies. Image: Facebook
The world will likely still need some Alberta bitumen -- to repair the roads on which all those electric vehicles will go whizzing around.
Feb 5
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As Greta Thunberg warns, our home is on fire. But politicians and industry keep expanding fossil fuel development, trying to cash in before markets fall in the face of alternatives and climate chaos.
Feb 4
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The "Five Eyes" nations, including Canada, are looking to weaken encryption protocols that keep our digital information safe.
Jan 31
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The time has come for Canada to take the new media environment made possible by the internet seriously, says new report from the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel.
Jan 30
San Francisco youth climate strike, March 2019. Image: Marti Johnson/Wikimedia Commons
"A Planet to Win" argues that the activist left must popularize a new moral and political calculus, one aimed at building a world where all people can live a good life.
Jan 29
Dafina Savic, executive director of Romanipe, and Michaëlle Jean, former governor general of Canada. Image: Karl Nerenberg/
In Canada, the spirit of resentment and the need for scapegoats that fuel the populist right might not seem strong right now. But make no mistake, they are here, not too far below the surface.
Jan 28
Activists rally in Etobicoke in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Nation. Image: Anna Bianca Roach
"Canada is an occupation," says one activist. RCMP surveillance and arrests of Indigenous land defenders and allies have continued as resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline intensifies.
Jan 26
Coronavirus. Image: Centers for Disease Control/Wikimedia Commons
The start of a global coronavirus outbreak probably isn't the best moment for a high-risk ideological experiment in health-care management, but don't expect conservatives to care.