Apr 6
Photo: Glotman Simpson/Flickr
The government and Catherine Tait have committed to making local programming a priority for CBC. That will be hard, given the devastation local services have suffered over a number of decades.
Apr 5
In 1968 when an assassin killed Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader was becoming more radical. Today, prisons are at the heart of a new Jim Crow.
Apr 4
Martin Luther King' speaking during March on Washington,1963. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of history's great orators, was murdered 50 years ago today, on April 4, 1968.
Apr 3
Photo: Toronto Police Chief Mark Stewart at a Black Votes Matter event in 2015. Photo: OFL Communications Department
Transparency shouldn't be optional -- especially when you carry a gun
Apr 2
Photo: Duncan C/Flickr
In Canada, July 1, 2018, could be the implementation date of Bill C-45, which could make marijuana legal in Canada for the first time in 94 years.
Mar 30
Squamish Nation member Clarissa Antone at Camp Cloud at the Kinder Morgan protest site. Photo: Megan Devlin
'A good reminder of why you're doing it': Ceremonies and teaching followed a week of demonstrations where 173 people were arrested in Burnaby.
Mar 29
Crowd taking part in Salt Spring-Kinder Morgan action. Photo: Christina Marshall/Leadnow Canada/Flickr
If protests in Burnaby continue to grow, and British Columbians continue to line up to be peacefully arrested, this is when Canadians will learn the real power of social license.
Mar 28
Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr
Polls show Doug Ford's Conservatives winning big in Ontario. A majority victory would not be all his doing, however. It would largely be a product of the electoral system.
Mar 27
Bringing stalking into the 'MeToo' conversation. Image: Creative Commons
Julie Lalonde talks about stalking, gendered violence, and the Outside of the Shadows project.
Mar 26
Image: Wikimedia Commons
By behaving like children in Parliament, the Conservatives have proved Opposition leader Andrew Scheer is no Stephen Harper, and indeed that he is not much of leader at all.
Mar 23
Cambridge Analytica logo. Image: Thought Catalog/Flickr
How to check, and what you can do.
Mar 22
Photo: NDP/Twitter
The NDP leader spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said he is against political violence, without qualification. He also affirmed that he supports peoples' rights to self-determination.
Mar 21
Minister of Education David Eggen visits Calgary school. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
Albertans are pretty unenthusiastic about the whole idea of giving public money to schools that charge tuition, the Environics poll done for the Alberta Teachers Association shows.
Mar 19
No degree is worth the loss of another student, say U of Waterloo students following latest suicide
Mar 16
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh during a meet and greet in Nanaimo earlier in March. Photo: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
In a series of media interviews the NDP leader finally condemned the mastermind of the Air India bombing. But he refused to categorically condemn violence in support of the Sikh cause.
Mar 15
Balcer~commonswiki/Wikimedia Commons
An exhibit at the Canadian War Museum highlights a little discussed arm of the military’s massive propaganda apparatus.
Mar 14
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson greets Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., on February 8, 2017. Photo: U.S. State Department/Flickr
Rex Tillerson was Trumpian in his disdain for the foreign service and support of America First. But he was willing to listen to allies and diplomats. By contrast, his successor looks like a fanatic.
Mar 13
Photo: James Laxer/Twitter
A 2014 interview with the late political thinker, academic and writer on the NDP, the Waffle, and social democracy in Canada.
Mar 12
Doug Ford in 2014. Image: Flickr/Bruce Reeve
Even from a progressive perspective, Canadian political discourse needs a conservative alternative. It doesn't need a dangerous clown like Doug Ford.
Mar 9
Photo: Leonid Mamchenkov/Flickr
Voluntary guidelines for reduced sodium in food have been a failure. The government is now working on better labelling. The real problem may be that we have become hooked on salt.
Mar 8
Photo: Wikipedia
From the Press Progress Summit 2017, an exploration of how to build Canada’s progressive future at the most local of political levels – our cities and towns.
Mar 7
Advance poll at the 2015 federal election. Photo: Cathryn Atkinson
A reminder that good words can make good political responses -- and lead to better political possibilities
Mar 6
Water splash. Photo: Andre T/Flickr
Here are two movies that will shock, inspire and remind you why water is always an election issue.
Mar 5
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a statement in the House of Commons on the terrorist attack in Québec City   Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Despite the hype a year ago, the M-103 Islamophobia report was met with indifference last month. But apathy is the last thing that we need in the face of growing Islamophobia in Canada.
Mar 2
Photo: Canada Post
While the celebrations of Black culture in Canada are welcome, other events in February reminded us there is much improvement still needed.
Mar 1
Photo: CPAC
Budget 2018 is all about gender, although the rhetoric might outweigh the substance, and the economy still faces big risks from household debt and global conditions.
Feb 28
 Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Since his election, Trudeau has made the same core promises to recognize and implement Indigenous rights in a multitude of strategically timed announcements, but it's been all talk and little action.
Feb 27
Photo: James Laxer/Twitter
We met in mid-1969 at a small gathering in Toronto of NDP members. The bond we formed in the time of the Waffle was a defining moment of my life politically, and one of its great joys, personally.
Feb 26
Photo: www.theleftchapter.blogspot.ca
Co-founder of the Waffle, academic, writer and politician, Laxer died on February 23 in Paris. He is remembered here by his son, Michael.
Feb 23
York South-Weston NDP delegates with Jagmeet Singh after his conference speech on February 17. Photo: York South-Weston NDP/Twitter
Justin Trudeau's current troubles should remind NDPers how easy it is in politics to step right into a cow pie.

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