By Karl Nerenberg - February 28, 2013
Tom Flanagan was one of Stephen Harper's key mentors, and remains perhaps the most influential ideologue of the current "Conservative movement"...Flanagan's rather overly frank comments on child pornography may have pushed him off that "unique perch"...But Flanagan's ideology is very much alive and well, and living in the halls of power, in Ottawa.
By Tobold Rollo - January 27, 2013
Every field has its embarrassing deranged cousin who lives in the proverbial attic...Most of these quacks are on the internet and some of them even have books. All of them have devoted audiences with brains made of pink play-doh...When it comes to Political pseudo-Science approaches to Indigenous rights, the University of Calgary is home to the majority of our academic embarrassments. Chief among them are Tom Flanagan and Barry Cooper.
By Dr. John O'connor - Znet Commentary
So the [Canadian Federal government has] decided to launch an investigation into potential health effects of ... windmills!...However, what about Fort Chipewyan, the community downstream from the tar sands? The oldest settlement in Alberta, and a very traditional Indigenous community...The residents there had spent years trying to bring attention to the changes they'd noticed in the staples of their subsistence...and in the water of the Athabasca River and Lake...These changes were dramatic...
By Cameron Fenton - Media Co-op
Brigette DePape, the “Rogue Page” who disrupted the federal throne speech with a “Stop Harper” sign challenged Wildrose leader Danielle Smith as she arrived to cast her ballot at a polling station in High River with a similar sign reading “Stop Harper’s Gang”...“We know that the same people who are behind Stephen Harper’s gutting of the laws which protect the environment, his waging war on civil society groups for speaking up for Canadian values, and his absolute refusal to take action on climate change are the same gang who are behind the Wildrose...”
February 20, 2012 - Oil Sands Truth
The indigenous First Nations of Canada, along with environmentalists and civil society groups, are gearing up for an epic battle as the oil giant Enbridge continues to press for its 'Northern Gateway' pipeline that would transport tar sands oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia..."More than 60 B.C. First Nations and aboriginal organizations have signed a declaration opposing the plan to build a 1,177-kilometre twin pipeline from Alberta to the northwest B.C. port of Kitimat, where huge oil tankers will ship oil to Asia and the United States."
By John W. Warnock - December 06, 2011
Given the weakness of the [New Democratic Party] in Saskatchewan today, and the very low participation of the general public in the political process, it seems to me that it is time for the people in this province who are committed to the democratic ideal to look to the formation of some sort of new, broad extra-parliamentary political organization.
Labour Day Warning: If You Want Your Union and Your Rights, You'd Better be Prepared to Fight to Keep Them
By David J. Climenhaga - September 5, 2011
This Labour Day in Canada, unions and the fundamental right of working people to be represented by them face an existential threat. Elected union leaders seem for the most part not to be prepared for this reality...As in southern Europe and the United States, the people who have in the past decade brought us bank failures, recession and declining economies are massing their not inconsiderable forces to further weaken the union movement in Canada.
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September 1, 2011
The A-Zone at 91 Albert St. is Winnipeg’s center for progressive thought, community activism, and alternative business models. It has hosted thinkers, activists and writers, such as Naomi Klein, Michael Albert, Chris Hedges, and Judy Rebick. A diversity of tenants, made up of worker cooperatives, small businesses, and activist groups, are working together to secure the purchase of the building, culminating this month with requests for donations and a number of fund-raising events in collaboration with the Winnipeg Radical Bookfair (September 24 - 26, 2011).
August 24, 2011 - Intercontinental Cry
Another fifty-two environmental activists were arrested on Monday for taking part in the Tar Sands Action, a peaceful two-week protest that's urging President Obama to reject a permit for the risky Keystone XL pipeline.
Setting out from Pinehouse Lake on July 27, Debbie Morin thought she had only a few allies for a walk to protest nuclear waste storage in Saskatchewan. By the time the 820-kilometre walk finished in Regina on Tuesday, Morin and the other walkers said thousands were on their side.
August 8th, 2011 - No One Is Illegal-Vancouver
We are writing to express our support and best wishes for the Dene Suline members of the Cold Lake First Nation holding a Peace Camp at Berry. We honour your struggle to defend your land where ceremonies and sacred burials are held...[T]he settler’s court ordered you to take down tents and remove vehicles from the shore of the English Bay Provincial Recreation Area; yet you remain. We praise your courage as you struggle on the ground and in the courts to defend your traditional lands and sacred sites from being turned into an RV park.
By David P. Ball - rabble.ca
It's been just over a year since the gates of "Torontonamo Bay"...finally closed. During that weekend, the largest police deployment in Canada's history...led to gunpoint raids, dozens of activists facing years of legal battles, and emerging stories of threats, homophobia, and sexual harassment..."These incidents are not isolated -- they are integral to policing...Until we produce a world that does not contain or produce police and prisons, we will never live in a world without violence or imagine alternatives."
By Krystalline Kraus - July 25, 2011
The Dene First Nation...passed a resolution supporting British Columbia's Yinka Deneerent in their opposition to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and supporting the right for Indigenous decision making power over their territory..."More than 50 per cent of the proposed Enbridge pipeline and tanker route passes through the territories of First Nations that have banned this development according to their traditional laws. These Nations now have the support of Dene from northern Alberta to the Arctic coast."
By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith - June 30, 2011
The Keystone XL pipeline is a key link in an energy path that will lead to devastation for American working families...We've all heard about global warming caused by the emission of carbon and other "greenhouse gases" into the atmosphere...[T]here is a near-total consensus among climate scientists that it is real and that it will cause devastating climate change. That means rising sea levels, an ever-increasing number of extreme weather events like droughts, floods, and heat waves, and consequences like forest fires and species extinction.
July 8, 2011 - The Dominion
This walk was started by people heartbroken by what has happened to their traditional homelands. One of the organizers...helped to start the Memorial March for the Murdered and Missing Women when she lived in Vancouver years ago. She spoke of the murdered and missing waters in northern Alberta: an eerie, disturbing connection between the violence against Indigenous women and against Indigenous land. Colonization is not a thing of the past; it continues today in virulent, violent forms and materializes in the increased rates of cancer found in communities downstream from the tar sands.