Civil Disobedience

The Planet Can't Handle 5 More Years of Harper in Power

Cameron Fenton | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

As election day draws inevitably closer, I'm struggling to decide what to do. The planet simply can't handle another five years of Stephen Harper in power. During his time as prime minister, Canada has become a climate change pariah. He's done about as much as one can, both at home and abroad, to stymie efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Building a just, clean energy economy that works for people and the planet starts with a prime minister that understands the basic math that climate action and tar sands expansion just don't add up.

Civil Disobedience Isn't Helping Your Cause

Ian Carey | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Ian Carey

A study from the University of Toronto recommends that a change in tactics is long overdue for Canada's culture of activism, one that does not include civil disobedience, shouting, or getting angry at all. There have been times and places where civil disobedience has changed the world for the better, there can be no doubt about that. But today, in Canada and in most cases, not only are such actions not helping, they are actually hurting.

The Greatest Threat From Cannabis Lies in its Illegality

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

The celebrants on April 20 don't necessarily know the history of how cannabis came to be illegal, but they do know cannabis is less harmful to users than all other illicit drugs and considerably less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. They know that the greatest threat from cannabis lies in its continued illegality by policy makers who wish the evidence would just go away.

The Northern Gateway Pipeline Does Not Warrant Illegal Activism

Mark Milke | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Activists in British Columbia have responded to the National Energy Board's approval of the Northern Gateway oil pipeline with threats of illegal activism reminiscent of the 1990s. Civil disobedience has an honourable history; the question is whether a particular group on a particular matter is justified in such actions. Where people's rights are systematically violated, where they are denied recourse to the courts, or to their elected representatives, the case for civil disobedience is clear. But the Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal does not represent such a violation.

What I Learned This Week: Left To Do Right

Andy Nulman | Posted 12.14.2013 | Canada
Andy Nulman

I've been doing a lot of flying in and out of Toronto recently, and using the city's convenient two-pronged Billy Bishop downtown island airport almost exclusively to do so. The past four times I exited the ferry to catch a flight out of Billy Bishop, I witnessed the exact same behaviour of my fellow passengers:

Pipeline Opponents Protest In Victoria

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Thousands of protesters who packed the front lawn of the British Columbia legislature Monday yelled a thunderous "Yes" when asked if they w...

Vermont Wind Farm Site Meets Occupation of Its Own

John Laforet | Posted 12.22.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

While OWS entered it's second week of high-profile coverage, an occupation of a very different kind began taking place in Vermont. Concerned citizens have worked together to oppose Green Mountain Power's bid to clear-cut 134 acres of ridge top to install 21 industrial wind turbines in this environmentally-sensitive area.

Oil Sands Protest: A War of Words, Not Violence

Bruce Cox | Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada
Bruce Cox

Non-violent resistance, or civil disobedience, has been with us for centuries and has shaped the world in which we live today. Those who chose to risk arrest on Parliament Hill are not the extremists. They are the front line of a growing group of people prepared to engage in "the politics of ordinary people."

A Line in the Oil Sands

Rick J. Smith | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
Rick J. Smith

If you stroll by Parliament Hill today, or turn on the news, you're likely to see a large group of people protesting the tar sands. Some of these peop...