Civil Disobedience

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...