By Ian Beeching - December 2, 2012
By 2050, there will be an estimated 700 million climate refugees in the world. On the one hand, Canada is encouraging the expansion of production in the Alberta Tar Sands region...and spending $20 billion on fighter jets to bomb the world’s poor. On the other hand, it has unleashed devastating cuts to refugees seeking aid in Canada, including access to basic health care.
By Derrick O'Keefe - November 29, 2012
What a shameful, embarrassing moment for Canada on the world stage -- unfortunately this is par-for-the-course under the Harper government. No matter how [Foreign Minister John] Baird spins it, this government is increasingly isolated in its extremist pro-Israeli stance...Make no mistake, this vote is also a personal defeat for Harper, who has positioned Canada as the Israeli government's "best friend..."
By David Camfield - Friday, 23 November 2012
Is it any surprise that some Chinese workers are willing to leave their homes...to work in a remote area of BC for wages that are higher than they would make in China? Treating some people as less deserving of jobs than others simply because they don't hold Canadian passports devalues their lives. It's an invitation to immigrant-bashing and racism...Instead of trying to exclude Chinese workers, BC unions should be thinking about how to build links of solidarity with them.
By Yves Engler - November 24th, 2012
The claim that Canada’s participation in World War I or Korea was and is not controversial is a striking example of a supposedly progressive organization accepting the establishment’s version of Canadian foreign policy history.
By Bill Henderson - November 26, 2012
Our economy and its steady growth are important to Canadians but it cannot be at the cost of our kids and grand-kids. It is criminal to benefit today from actions that will cause so much pain, that threaten everything we know and love: civilization or nature as we know it today, or even the opportunity for our kids to have a life, a future.
By Dawn Paley - November 21, 2012
“I’m going to Canada with high spirits, in hopes that [Hudbay Minerals] recognizes the harm that they have done to me,” Chub told The Dominion. “I want justice.” Not only has Chub been confined to a wheelchair since 2009, but he still feels threatened by company workers who park in front of his house and monitor his movements. When he wheels himself onto the plane to Canada, it will be his first time leaving Guatemala.
By Jesse McLaren - November 24, 2012
The Conservative government is denying chemotherapy to refugees and imposing carcinogenic tar sands on indigenous communities, as part of an oil-driven economy that puts profits above people and the planet. But there are growing movements demanding healthcare and a green future for all.
Hundreds came out in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories, for an emergency protest against Israeli Deputy Minister Eliaz Luf, Canadian Deportation Minister Jason Kenney, and former Tory Cabinet Minister Stockwell Day.
By Mandy Hiscocks - November 22, 2012
Today I’m filing a Human Rights application against the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Vanier Centre for Women. I hope to initiate some changes in their security classification system, which is opaque and discriminatory and contains no fair grievance process.
By Derrick O'Keefe - November 20, 2012
...[T]he Canadian government led by Stephen Harper is the world's most unabashed, over-the-top supporter of Israel's oppression of Palestinians...After the first day of this latest massacre on Gaza, Harper's government released a statement supporting Israel, which made no reference whatsoever to the Palestinians who had been killed. This is par for the course with Harper...Harper has said he will stand with Israel "whatever the cost."
By Matthew Behrens - rabble.ca
...[W]hile war veterans have never enjoyed the support they required, the gap between "support our troops" rhetoric and the miserable reality of countless veterans' lives has become increasingly wide in the Harper years. The list of scandalous treatment is voluminous, including high rates of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder...homelessness among former soldiers, clawed-back benefits, refusal to pay proper funeral expenses, and increased rates of alcoholism and drug abuse...and demonization of any vets who dare speak up for their rights.
Canadians Rally Outside Halifax War Conference to Uphold Principles of Sovereignty and Self-Determination [Video]
The Halifax International Security Forum was recently held at the Westin hotel for three days. On the second day, 100-200 protestors stood outside the hotel in solidarity with Palestine, Syria and Iran while denouncing Israel’s behaviour and boldly calling for Canada to exit NATO.
By Murray Dobbin - November 19, 2012
A couple of polls showing the [New Demoratic Party] losing support to the Liberals pose some pretty fundamental questions for the party and its small 'l' liberal leader Thomas Mulcair...Does the party follow the narrow political path of the two big business parties or does it reinvent itself as a movement party and tap into the deep dissatisfaction of Canadians about the state of politics and governance in this country?
By Ted Snider - rabble.ca
The other day, when I picked up my mail as usual, I found something most unusual. It was a letter from a member of Stephen Harper's cabinet and the conservative Member of Parliament for my riding in Toronto, Joe Oliver...But the page did not contain a single word of Mr. Oliver's on it. Instead, both sides of the single page letter were filled by a reprint of a September 8, 2012 National Post article by former George Bush speech writer David Frum.
By Ann Hansen - Media Co-op
Ann Hansen is a former member of Direct Action, an underground anarchist group active in the 1980s, who presently lives as a writer, farmer and public speaker in the Kingston area. On August 3, 2012, Ann was arrested and had her parole suspended for ‘unauthorized associations and political activity’ in the context of growing anti-prison organizing in Kingston, Canada’s prison capital...On October 30, the Parole Board canceled her parole suspension and released her on stricter conditions. This is her first public statement regarding her arrest and imprisonment.