Oct 8
Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Despite the efforts of many Conservative voices inside and outside media to cover for him, Andrew Scheer is still having trouble talking to Canadians about why he should be the next prime minister.
Oct 5
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
As they prepare for the next round of debates, all of the federal party leaders are fighting their own demons.
Oct 4
Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer, when he was a starship captain … really! Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr.
Who knew that Andrew Scheer would turn out to have a trunkful of dirty little secrets, with the emphasis on little?
Oct 3
Campaign soundbites don't always capture the bigger issues at play in an election. We've rounded up six books that dive deeper into major issues in the 2019 federal campaign.
Oct 2
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Image: Screenshot/Andrew Scheer/Twitter
For the Conservatives, overseas development assistance, like immigration or Canada's stance on the Middle East, is a political punching bag, designed to attract votes by spreading fear and resentment.
Oct 1
NDP leader addresses crowd during 2019 federal election campaign. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
A successful election campaign tells a story. Finding and amplifying narratives key to attracting voter support is what will drive the next weeks of the campaign.
Sep 30
An anti-LGBTQ march in Toronto. Image: Mary Crandall/Flickr
How should the news media identify and report on hate and extremist groups in Canada? Should they report on them at all?
Sep 27
Image: Greta Thunberg/Twitter
When it comes to per capita emissions, only three countries exceed Canada's: Australia, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
Sep 26
Image: Rachel Woroner
The writer and performer speaks with Alexandra Valahu about her new book, "I Hope We Choose Love."
Sep 25
Image: Global Climate Strike
Unequal privilege keeps the door open to those with influence -- from the Koch brothers to Big Oil -- who continue to manufacture distrust of climate science and meaningful solutions.
Sep 24
Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
Good news both for the traditional party of the left and for the progressive side of the political spectrum: the dark and dour media narrative about the NDP has changed dramatically for the better.
Sep 23
Global climate Strike in London in March 2019. Image: Garry Knight/Flickr
Environment minister's pat on the head means the climate strike must continue to escalate its tactics to disrupt business as usual.
Sep 20
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter/Screenshot
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for wearing blackface when he was a teacher and a student. Individualizing blackface incidents overlooks the larger problem of anti-Black racism.
Sep 18
Image: Gary Knight/Flickr
We must do everything in our power to ensure that future generations have a livable future, with clean air, drinkable water, healthy food, biodiverse life and a stable climate.
Sep 17
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Amid an opioid crisis that claimed 4,460 lives last year in Canada, some libraries are arming themselves with naloxone in an effort to save their patrons' lives.
Sep 16
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Scheer wants to present a reassuring and non-threatening face to voters; Singh stays on message; and May speaks her mind.
Sep 13
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Image: University of the Fraser Valley/Flickr
We should consider this election a privilege. For the first time, the top issue in voters' minds is the main threat not only to Canada but to organized human life: environmental crisis.
Sep 12
Image: Wab Kinew/Facebook
The good news was that although the total number of NDP seats only rose by four over the last election, many more new NDP MLAs were elected, and NDP Leader Wab Kinew acquitted himself well.
Sep 11
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Now that we're in a new election campaign, it might be instructive to look back and see how many promises the Liberal government kept.
Sep 10
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To move forward with reconciliation in the library, more Indigenous librarians are needed at higher levels to create spaces for the revitalization and renaissance of Indigenous cultures.
Sep 9
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Image: Chatham House/Flickr
Use of violent and abusive language on social media, sometimes translating into actual violence, is becoming a particular problem for women in politics, especially progressive women.
Sep 6
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Linguistic issues do not make headlines every day, but the struggles of communities working together to bring greater attention to the concerns of ethno-cultural minorities are very real.
Sep 5
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Rocky Petkov, organizer with Extinction Rebellion Toronto, talks about ER's approach to the climate crisis, and how it’s different from ER Europe.
Sep 4
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh at a Labour Day parade in Toronto. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
History teaches that parties can survive all kinds of internal strife and turbulence to do quite well when the voting actually starts.
Sep 3
Jared Tailfeathers sits at a table in the Elders' Guidance Circle at the Calgary Public Library. The piece is one of several furnishings called "Tina Dik’iizh | clear road or clear trail," created by Glenna Cardinal, a Saddle Lake Cree Nation member. Image: Olivia Robinson/rabble
Canadian libraries are trying to reconcile the institution's colonial history and how to address the needs of patrons previously neglected by the library -- including Indigenous peoples.
Aug 30
Andrew Scheer speaks to crowd. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
The term "affordability" hides the stasis or fallback of the last 40 years and the failure of neoliberalism to deliver even a sustained status quo.
Aug 29
Graffiti art depicting millionaire character from Monopoly game. Image: Sean Davis/Flickr
A wealth tax has received little media coverage -- beyond denunciations in the National Post, which surely has nothing to do with the fact the media is largely owned by billionaires.
Aug 28
Image: Roy/Flickr
I'm not seeing much evidence that adults are any better at making political decisions than young people. So many grown-ups are electing politicians who don't even accept climate science.
Aug 27
Aly Velji (left) and Rahma Hashi (right) participated in a packed panel discussion at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference in January 2019. Image: Olivia Robinson/rabble
The Toronto Public Library is continually looking to extend its reach beyond its four walls to connect with people, including those who may never have stepped inside the library before.
Aug 23
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announcing funding for road project in Pelham. Image: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
This week, Ontario's education minister announced that the province's sex-ed program was going back to the future. The new curriculum would be almost identical to the 2015 curriculum.