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
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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
Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Facebook
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/rabble.ca
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.
Jan 23
Image: Ted Whitecalf
New edition includes episode cut from 1973 book about Campbell's assault by RCMP officers at the age of 14.
Jan 21
Opening of the World Economic Forum in 2017. Image: US Embassy Bern, Switzerland/Flickr
As the world's rich and powerful gather in Davos, it's business as usual for fossil fuel producers, despite the climate emergency.
Jan 17
Personal support workers (from left) Dyana Forshner-Juby, Gloria Turney, Mona Hjort and Jodi Vergburg. Images: submitted
Privatization has negatively affected both workers and patients. The work is demanding, unstable and low-paying, and staff turnover is high.
Jan 16
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Platforms like Facebook and Twitter extract their users' labour for profit. The solution, says author Richard Seymour in his new book, is a social industry strike.
Jan 14
Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
The emphasis on fundraising will hinder caucus candidates anxious mainly to raise their profiles nationally, or draw attention to pet issues.
Jan 9
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That's the task that Catriona Sandilands and the 45 other contributors to "Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times" have set for themselves. And it's no small challenge.
Jan 8
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If we had political leaders willing to act with the urgency the scientific evidence shows is necessary, curbing climate breakdown would still be a challenge this late in the game, but we could do it.
Jan 2
As we move into 2021, one thing we know is that the need for independent media is stronger than ever.
Jan 2
Independent media is not inevitable. It takes your help. It takes you making a new year's resolution to support media democracy.
Dec 20
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
The SNC-Lavalin affair, which cast a shadow over 2019, highlighted the Trudeau government's ambiguity, if not outright double talk, on both democratic reform and Indigenous rights.
Dec 19
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Climate change, the federal election, #MeToo, the rise of the right: our staff's favourite books from 2019 touch on all of these important issues and more.
Dec 17
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It is hard to imagine a viable leader of any major party who could not campaign vigorously and convincingly in both official languages.
Dec 16
Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Had he not left the Conservative party in 2018, Bernier would be a prime candidate for the party leadership after Scheer's departure.
Dec 12
Andrew Scheer speaking at Alberta's United Conservative Party annual general meeting in November. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
The Conservative party leader's resignation signals that in Canada, opposition to same-sex and reproductive rights is now an out-there, fringe position, well beyond the mainstream.
Dec 11
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in 2017. Image: Raul Mee/Flickr
For the first time ever, NATO has acknowledged outer space as what it calls the "fifth domain" of warfare. The other warfare domains are land, air, sea and cyberspace.