By Matthew Behrens - May 21, 2013
"Taking away humanitarian discretion, which we have never not had, is a fundamental change in the way we look at non-citizens...I believe there should have been a national debate about whether or not we want to go there in terms of being a mean, petty, disgusting country."
- Refugee Rights Lawyer Barb Jackman
By Chris Arsenault - 14 May 2013
Living standards for indigenous people on par with "third world" countries, buttressed by a large population of unemployed young men in a "warrior cohort", and easy-to-target economic infrastructure, all mean Canada has conditions for a potential indigenous "insurgency"...That's according to a new report penned by a former Canadian military officer for the MacDonald Laurier Institute, a think-tank supported by corporate executives.
The vast majority of Muslims condemn terrorism because even classical Islamic law explicitly classifies hirabah (terrorism) as a serious sin. In fact, indiscriminate killing and attacks are prohibited. Indeed, the Qur’an (6:151) proclaims: “Anyone who kills a person (except pursuant to law) it is as if he has killed the whole of humanity.”
By Chris Brisbane - May 22, 2013
Simply put, the Darrell Dexter [New Democratic Party] government needs to lose in the upcoming provincial election. It has abandoned the progressive and social justice values of the NDP. The Dexter government has placed the interests of the corporate elite and the 1% ahead of the people it claims to represent, making life much more difficult for them.
"To leave our children with a manageable situation, we need to leave the unconventional fuel in the ground," he said. Canada's ministers were "acting as salesmen for those people who will gain from the profits of that industry," he said. "But I don't think they are looking after the rights and wellbeing of the population as a whole.
Migrant justice groups won a significant victory on February 21, 2013, when the Toronto City Council passed what is known as the Access Without Fear motion. The motion has begun to dismantle some of the hurdles undocumented migrants face, and the effects are already visible.
By Michael Laxer - May 18, 2013
...Ford has to be seen as having come to symbolize the basic unfairness of our society. If there has ever been a more obvious personification in the Canadian context of the reality that rich white men can get away with actions and behaviour that absolutely no one else would be able to, I am not aware of it. And, not just get away with the behaviour, but get elected to office and defended by otherwise self-described "law-and-order" right wing types despite it!
By Graham Beverley - 18 May 2013
Canada’s Official Opposition, the trade union-backed New Democratic Party (NDP), brought forward a motion last month to scuttle the recently negotiated Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA)...[The NDP] used the occasion to repeatedly denounce the “Communist” regime in China. And in heated nationalist terms, they charged that the adoption of FIPA would “do serious damage to Canada” and “be dangerous for the future of our country.”
By Daniel Wilson - rabble.ca
In Stephen Harper's Canada, the art of willful ignorance has reached new heights...Despite a legal duty to consult, insights from First Nations are neither sought nor welcome...Non-governmental sources of information, like the Sisters in Spirit project that brought to light numbers around missing and murdered women, have lost their funding.
By Yves Engler - May 11th, 2013
The official story is that the Korean War began when the Soviet-backed North invaded the South on June 25, 1950. The US then came to the South’s aid. As is the case with most official US history the story is incomplete, if not downright false...“The best explanation of what happened on June 25 is that [South Korean dictator] Syngman Rhee deliberately initiated the fighting and then successfully blamed the North. The North...took advantage of the southern attack and...launched its own strike with the objective of capturing Seoul. Then a massive U.S. intervention followed.”
By Monia Mazigh - May 10, 2013
About a week ago, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews overruled a decision made by the warden of Millhaven Institution, also known as Guantanamo North, and refused an interview request by the Canadian Press to speak with Omar Khadr over the phone...I am still trying to figure out how speaking on the phone from a maximum security prison can pose a threat to Canadians.
By Yves Engler - May 10th, 2013
While the Harper Conservative government has loudly proclaimed its close ties to Israel most Canadians would be surprised to learn the Tories have decided to make the two countries blood brothers. In the international affairs equivalent of a Mafia initiation ceremony Canada has sworn undying loyalty and to be a faithful soldier in Israel’s cause.
By Maryam Adrangi - May 9, 2013
When Trevor was 16, he won the Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge which Enbridge sponsors. At the time, he didn’t realize who Enbridge was. After a photo shoot with company representatives, his photo was used in an Enbridge print ad displayed across Canada. He came to the Enbridge AGM yesterday as part of a delegation which included his chief, Chief Na’Moks of the Tsayu Clan of the Wet'suwet'en.
By Greg Macdougall - May 7, 2013
Mental health awareness is gradually gaining ground, and so are radical alternatives to mainstream approaches. Community-based initiatives by and for the so-called crazies amongst us tend to be kept under the radar in Canada, challenging discrimination, providing peer support and advocating for a diversity of perspectives on mental health, its treatment and justice.
By MACDONALD STAINSBY - Counterpunch
Climate activists are in a bind; stopping a pipeline filled with tar sands bitumen from being constructed is important politically, to establish that such things can indeed, be stopped. However, the mines still operate 24/7 and continue to heat up the atmosphere and become more financially efficient doing so. Fighting the Gigaproject from expanding is not wrong, but insufficient.