Occupy Movement

Arrested for Sleeping? We Shouldn't Criminalize Homelessness

Jino Distasio | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Jino Distasio

As humans, we need to sleep. It is a biologically unavoidable act. Yet, on both sides of the border, "sleeping" can be considered a criminal act, especially if you are homeless and have no place to rest your head other than in public spaces such as parks. How have cities and states been able to impose and enforce by-laws and ordinances that clearly violate one's right to occupy public space for this very purpose? This summer several cases are putting this longstanding question to the legal test. The outcome might just change the way we view homelessness.

Would It Surprise You To Learn That You're the 1 Per Cent?

Peter Jaworski | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter Jaworski

The rich have gotten richer, but the poor have gotten richer too. Wages have not stagnated. The decline of the middle class that you might have heard about is not due to people earning less and so becoming lower class. The middle class has shrunk because more of us are earning an upper class income.

Tea Partiers & the Occupy Movement: Two Different Sides Of The Same Coin

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

Much has been discussed concerning the increasing political polarization occurring globally. From the rise of the Occupy Movement on the left and the ...

Activists Need to Get Out of the Street and into the Boardroom

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Strikes, picket lines and other forms of protest that require significant labour resources are ineffective against corporations that can use automation or outsourcing as significant bargaining chips. If this is the case, how are activists meant to effect real change? One way is in the corporate boardroom.

If We Can't Say 'Merry Christmas' in Canada, Multiculturalism Failed

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Christopher Stuart Taylor

I wonder: since when did "Merry Christmas" become a political statement especially in multicultural Canada? Multiculturalism is a complete and utter failure in Canada when it is politically incorrect to say "Merry Christmas" without pausing and wondering if they may or may not be offended?

Minotaurs' Nathan Lawr Talks Political Music, Street Protests And Why Obama Is Barely Better Than Romney

Huffington Post Music Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Music

In the Minotaurs press shot, the sprawling afrobeat band born in Guelph, Ontario is crowded towards camera, decked out in army green and facial hair a...

Guess Who Was Snooping On Occupy Ottawa Protesters

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Mounties compiled a dossier on the Occupy Ottawa movement, scouring social media sites and even quizzing campus security after protesters...

Idle No More Memes Taking Over the Twittersphere

Tim Querengesser | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Querengesser

#Ottawapiskat has been trending on Twitter with a fervour few other hashtags have generated. Aaron Paquette, a First Nations artist from Edmonton, says he started the hashtag to raise questions about the double standards that First Nations people often face in the media.

We Should Be Proud of Pint-Sized Protestors

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Recently, I heard a Grade 6 student explain that he and his friends had walked out of school to protest against a government measure that they believed had resulted in their teachers' rights being taken away. The principal was not impressed. I think we should be very impressed. What are our children in Canada seeing in the streets of our cities and towns? Idle No More, Occupy, protests in Ontario and Quebec by teachers and students -- and remember the G-20 protests in Toronto in 2010? While some of us looked the other way, the children are still watching.

The Truth About Guy Fawkes Day

James W.J. Bowden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
James W.J. Bowden

The fifth of November is a day celebrated by radicals who generally do not understand its historical significance. Most of them see the Guy Fawkes masks and the Gunpowder Plot, popularized by the film V for Vendetta, as a symbol of freedom and a blow against tyranny. This is wrong.

Living Off-Grid: The "Quiet Revolution"

Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart

At a time when jumpstarting a mob is as easy as creating a new Facebook group or signing the latest petition, any disinterest in political activism might seem just careless, apathetic, and even lazy. But the lack of an "off-gridders of the world" organization seems to me to speak to a completely different sense of involvement and an alternative way of doing politics. Our homes -- our grid-connected homes -- are intertwined to one another through extensive lines.

The Media Covered Occupy, Not Corporate Welfare

Mark Milke | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada
Mark Milke

With the recent first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, consider one beef from protesters that was legitimate: crony capitalism. But insofar as any protester was annoyed with politicians who like to subsidize specific businesses -- corporate welfare in other words -- why do the media so rarely report on it?

Watching the Watchdog: Stats Don't Lie, Political News Falls Short

Tim Knight | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Seems that when you spend an hour watching Canadian TV news stories about politics, you get only about 15 minutes of real information. These scary numbers come from the highly respected charitable Samara Institute today. Samara has spent months doing all the research, the number crunching, and the drawing of conclusions. Will the newsrooms listen? Probably not.

Quebecers Are Protesting Logical Fallacies

David Suzuki | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

When I heard about the student protests in Montreal, I swallowed the line that Quebec's pampered youth pay lower fees than those in other parts of Canada but aren't aware that education costs money. And then I went to Quebec. There, I heard a different story.

Is the Canada-European Trade Agreement Helping or Hurting?

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.16.2012 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

There could be some good aspects of the CETA arrangement, but its negative effects could be so profound. In the rush to bring in foreign investment we could easily be paving the way for the Caterpillars of the world to take away whatever little self-direction is left for our communities.

Occupy Newfoundland, New Brunswick Braving The Winter

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2012 | Canada Politics

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A large makeshift tent covered with layers of tarp is all that shields diehard Occupy protesters from the fierce winds that lash th...

In 2012, Dare to Be Unreasonable

Simon Zadek | Posted 03.05.2012 | Canada Business
Simon Zadek

Predictions for next year, left to their own devices, look pretty bleak. Last month, Christine Lagarde warned of a 1930s meltdown in the global economy. So my wish is that we declare 2012 the year of the unreasonable, establish an unreasonable list and set ourselves some ridiculously ambitious goals.

Occupy Fredericton Dismantled

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.04.2012 | Canada Politics

FREDERICTON - A small Occupy protest camp in Fredericton was dismantled without incident Tuesday in what was one of the last such demonstrations in th...

Occupy Fredericton Remains Despite Eviction Notice

CBC | Posted 03.02.2012 | Canada Business

An Occupy protest camp remains in front of Fredericton City Hall despite a Saturday eviction order. A number of the protesters rang in the...

WATCH: Wall Street Can WHAT Itself?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.30.2011 | Canada

The flagging economy is starting to bug comedian Ron James. “Pundits always use the same metaphor when they’re describing an unstable economy. ...

Why I Hate Santa

Reva Seth | Posted 02.17.2012 | Canada Living
Reva Seth

For me, my doubts about Santa set in when I was around seven or eight. It was in the throes of the Ethiopian famine, when the Band Aid song "Do They Know Its Christmas?" was constantly on the radio. Looking at the pictures of all these starving children, it hit me that, of course there isn't a Santa.

Go Ahead and Argue With Me, but Seriously...

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 02.19.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Look at the impact protests in the Middle East have had on the world. Now take a look at Occupy. What does the latter have to show but incessant claims of police "brutality" (remember, perspective here --Time's throwing them in with people who rebelled and ousted Gaddafi), and evictions from parks which now look like barren wastelands?

Occupy Vancouver Protesters Reunite

CBC | Posted 02.10.2012 | Canada


The Scrooge Side of Occupy Christmas

Gerry Nicholls | Posted 02.08.2012 | Canada
Gerry Nicholls

It's Christmas season, a time of joyous fun and festivities. And if you believe that then you have clearly been duped by multinational corporations, working in conjunction with the Tea Party, the CIA and Fox News.

The 99% Are the Truly Rich

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.02.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The 99 per cent built a nation, raised successful families against increasing economic odds, built remarkably successful businesses, sacrificed for their communities and cared for their world. Only a blind ideologue could overlook such important contributions.