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Your Heart's On The Left

Jesse McLaren is a physician, activist and blogger, who like Virchow believes that if medicine is to accomplish its great task, it must intervene in political and social life. He blogs at www.yourheartsontheleft.blogspot.com, and tweets @HeartsOnTheLeft.

Blog - Your Heart's On The Left November 17
Close up of doctor taking blood pressure.  Image: World Bank Photo Collective/flickr
Jesse McLaren | New guidelines have labeled millions more people as hypertensive, but will this help prevent the social, economic and ecological causes of cardiovascular disease?
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left July 26
Image: Flickr/Huskies Football
Jesse McLaren | We can support pipelines, which spill oil and job losses while restricting water and treaty rights, or we can support communities protecting the water on which we depend.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 13
Jesse McLaren | Holiday carollers brought holiday cheer to retail workers and called on Premier Wynne to make her new year's resolution to support $15 minimum wage and fair working conditions.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 11
Jesse McLaren | How can we integrate vegan concerns into the climate justice movement so we win system change, not just diet change?
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left November 30
Jesse McLaren | 25,000 marched to say that climate solutions and climate justice are 100 per cent possible.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left October 8
Jesse McLaren | Saturday October 3 was the fifth annual Toronto Disability Pride March to bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 20
Jesse McLaren | From Leap Manifesto to global climate jobs conference, the fight for an alternative economy is growing
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 9
Jesse McLaren | The annual Toxic Tour mobilized 500 people to challenge chemical colonialism.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left August 26
Jesse McLaren | The Canadian Medical Association has voted to divest, calling attention to climate health and urging climate action
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left August 9
Linda McQuaig, campaigning in Toronto, 2013
Jesse McLaren | The NDP should be a megaphone for the climate justice movement.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left July 28
Jesse McLaren | Photos and chants from yesterday's rally, march and occupation by Black Lives Matter - Toronto.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left June 15
Jesse McLaren | The fourth and largest annual day of action against cuts to refugee health shows the Harper government's bogus arguments are failing, and solidarity with refugees is growing.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left June 12
Image: Flickr/EnvironmentalDefence
Jesse McLaren | Mobilizations in Maine have exposed Line 9's goal of export, while the appeal by Chippewas of the Thames First Nation highlights the lack of consultation and violation of their rights.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left May 20
Justin Trudeau at Presse Café in Montreal, 2011
Jesse McLaren | Trudeau's support for Harper's Bill C-51 is a continuation of Liberal tradition, revealing the coalition between the twin parties of corporate Canada.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left February 5
Jesse McLaren | We need to support the 3,000 home care workers on strike, as part of putting patients above profits.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left January 26
Jesse McLaren | Rather than blaming a family for their tragedy, we should be collectively working to improve determinants of health, so that we can treat and prevent cancer and stop the cancerous system driving it.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left January 9
Jesse McLaren | January 11 is a day to remember Canada’s first Crime Minister, to celebrate the struggles that resisted his policies, and to keep building movements challenging his legacy.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 23
Jesse McLaren | The centenary of the Christmas truce reminds us of the real roots of war, the potential resistance from rank-and-file soldiers, and the importance of an organized anti-war movement.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left December 18
Jesse McLaren | By reviving the life of Alan Turing -- a cryptographer persecuted for being gay -- 'The Imitation Game' breaks the code about the Second World War.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left November 27
Jesse McLaren | Jermaine Carby was also unarmed, also shot to death and also criminalized after the fact as justification.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left October 27
Jesse McLaren | Harper claims his "thoughts and prayers" are with the soldiers killed last week, but he is sending more troops to die in Iraq while cutting their pensions amidst rising suicides.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 26
Jesse McLaren | Naomi Klein's must-read book describes the changes in the climate, the changes in the movement, and inspires us to change ourselves as well—just as her own politics have changed.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 22
Jesse McLaren | Hundreds of thousands marched ahead of the UN Climate Summit, which takes place this week in New York City, demanding climate justice.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left September 15
Jesse McLaren | Harper wants to bury the memory of Iraq and war resisters, ignore the needs of refugees and find an outlet for tar sands and military spending. But there are alternatives.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left August 11
Jesse McLaren | Thousands marched in Toronto, and across the country, as part of a global day of action in solidarity with Gaza.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left July 21
Jesse McLaren | Last month saw the release of two important artistic projects that visualize reproductive choice: the American movie Obvious Child, and the Canadian book One Kind Word.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left July 4
Jesse McLaren | Two years of mobilizing have won a Federal Court decision, but continued mobilizing will be necessary to reverse the cuts
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left March 7
Jesse McLaren | After restricting decision-making, ignoring tar sands and climate change, denying Indigenous sovereignty, minimizing risks and ignored green jobs, the NEB is using conditions to shift the debate
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left February 4
Jesse McLaren | Dr. Romalis risked his life to provide the life-saving procedure of abortion. The anti-choice failed to stop him and the movement.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left January 13
Jesse McLaren | Inequality makes us sick, and mobilizing for higher wages is part of the cure. The campaign to raise the minimum wage is part of a broader struggle to change the world and ourselves.

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