Canada Occupy

What If It Businesses Were Profitable And Socially Responsible?

Mike Rowlands | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Rowlands

"Not Business As Usual" contemplates a new era in business -- one that realizes business as usual has pushed the limits of our planet's capacity, while concentrating financial wealth in the hands of a too-small minority. The film celebrates ventures and entrepreneurs that refuse to sacrifice social good on the altar of shareholder returns. For them, healthy enterprises embody a significant shift in the underpinnings of business that is "bringing humanity back."

Can a Hashtag Really Influence Politics?

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Kingsmith

Social media isn't a replacement for real-world action -- it's a way to coordinate it. The fact that apathetic Internet users who plague our respective newsfeeds cannot click their way to a better tomorrow does not mean that dedicated actors -- those who would be in the trenches regardless -- cannot employ social media effectively.

Embracing Nexen Deal? Trudeau Prefers Shock Factor to Leadership

Matt Price | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Matt Price

Why do political handlers confuse contrarianism with "substance"? The Justin Trudeau campaign, keen to put to bed allegations of its candidate being a lightweight, just put out an opinion piece embracing the takeover of Nexen by China's state owned CNOOC. Unexpected, eh? It must therefore be substantive. Who knows, a real debate about Canada with real options beyond the current narrow bandwidth may open up and engage Canadians in politics again. Goodness knows that what's currently on offer isn't exactly inspiring.

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.

What Warren Kinsella Can Teach the Conversatives

Matt Price | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Matt Price

In his new book Fight the Right, Warren Kinsella gets some big things correct while leaving some big things out. Yes, progressive politicians should take Kinsella's advice about authenticity, simplicity and speaking to the heart. Yes, we need a new progressive narrative as a counterweight to the one that is currently trashing our country and our planet. But, we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking that we don't have a lot of hard work to do

Music For The Masses: Top 12 Post-Millennial Political Anthems

Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Music

Last month, not long after the Occupy Wall Street movement celebrated its first anniversary, Tom Morello and System of a Down's Serj Tankian rolled ou...

Mark Carney: Canada's Smoothest Operator

Karen Wensley | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Wensley

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada, probably has the best personal brand of anyone in Canada right now. Carney has created a spotlight for himself by taking some risks, all of which could have blown up in his face. I think he managed to avoid disaster by focussing on some key principles about personal branding.

Back to School for Striking Quebec Students -- But Not Back to Democracy

David Gratzer | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada
David Gratzer

The student protests shut down Quebec higher education, gained international attention and shook that province's politics. By all accounts, the democratic protests were highly successful at gaining attention.There's only one catch: the protests were anything but democratic. Indeed, it would have been illegal for any labour union in the country to conduct itself the way the student union leadership did. The next Quebec government needs to democratize the student associations. If they want the right to strike like regular labour unions, shouldn't they be held to the same basic democratic standards?

Sometimes Slacking Off Can Change the World

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Nikolas Badminton

The Occupy Movement was wholly underwhelming, and the Kony campaign seemed like a good idea, but an unclear mix of actions didn't lead to much. These sorts of campaigns made me angry, but in Iceland and in the United States, there are examples of how "slacktivism" can actually lead to change

Is There Really a 1% Group for Canadian Healthcare?

Andrew Boozary | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada
Andrew Boozary

The Harper government may choose to believe that a divided society is not bad for the economy, or that wealth will trickle down. Canadians from across the country may have to assure him that health will surely not. Canada has fared better than other nations in the global economic crisis, but success stories have not followed those who prescribed austerity.

Did You Really Expect Us Not To Be an Entitled Generation?

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

David McCullough Jr. recently gave a commencement address, in which he told the students the cold, hard reality that "none of you is special." Who is to blame for this? Maybe those very same parents and teachers who are so quick to accuse us of it. The baby boomers, with the best intentions, have made us into what we are today: a generation of spoiled individuals. Why are they surprised?

Canada Should Trade Some White Collars for Blue

Martin Lavoie | Posted 07.25.2012 | Canada
Martin Lavoie

We've all heard the message time and time again: We need to send more people to colleges and universities, and ensure our country is well-educated. This is great in theory; after all, no one is against apple pie. But the reality is that we can't flip a switch and guarantee everyone has a university degree in 10 years. This isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Keep Your Protests in Quebec

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Whatever happens in Quebec happens in Quebec; it is beyond our control here in Ontario. What is alarming however, is that, as of this past weekend, Ontario students have begun to petition to bring the movement to their province. And all in the name of that often-used, deflated word "solidarity." This would be disastrous.

How to Avoid G20 Violence Again? Let the Police do Their Jobs

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Even those who are sick of the subject have difficulty escaping the regurgitations of last year's G20 demonstrations that went horribly wrong. Mistakes were made, force was over-used and misdirected, blah, blah, blah. Get over it. Everyone in authority has acknowledged error, and (one hopes) lessons have been learned; the same mistakes will not be repeated next time.

Ex-Yahoo CEO Isn't the Only Yahoo in the Business

Richard Powers | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Business
Richard Powers

Despite a candidate's high profile and past accomplishments, due process still includes background checks in terms of resumes. It's the board's responsibility, not that of human resources, to make sure candidates are who they say they are. Transparency is key, and as we've seen in the case of Yahoo, those who do not abide by the rules do so at their own peril.

Masks Should be Banned from Protests, Period.

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Bill C-309 states that anyone who commits an illegal act while wearing a mask at a protest can face 10 years in prison. While we are grateful for such a bill, it isn't good enough. If someone carries a loaded gun while committing a crime, it can be assumed he is willing to use it; I'd argue that any person wearing a mask or disguise at any controversial protest is up to no good, and can be assumed to be contemplating illegal behaviour.

Canada Gets Failing Grade on Income Inequality Report

Mark Fried | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Business
Mark Fried

In a report called "Left Behind by the G20?", Oxfam looks how every country treats its poorest. Inequality in Canada rose as fast as India's and nearly as fast as South Africa's. Only four have managed to reduce income inequality since 1990 and they are all emerging powers: Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and Argentina.

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...

Kevin O'Leary: Everything That's Wrong With the One Per Cent

Julie Devaney | Posted 03.12.2012 | Canada Business
Julie Devaney

In Kevin O'Leary's new show, "Redemption Inc.," he promotes himself as a hero to the poor, criminalized, disenfranchised. He unquestioningly relies on market-driven clichés -- as he tells the woman who he sends home in the first episode: "You have to ask yourself, 'What can I do to make myself better and help the people I work for?'"

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 Joined By Nova Scotia Camp Evictees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.29.2012 | Canada Politics

FREDERICTON - Some members of the Occupy Nova Scotia group have travelled to Fredericton to support an Occupy New Brunswick encampment that is still i...

Occupy Vancouver Protesters Reunite

CBC | Posted 02.10.2012 | Canada

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Who's Been Evicted At Occupy Canada?

The Huffington Post Canada | Scaachi Koul | Posted 11.23.2011 | Canada

Canada's occupy movement is reaching the one-month mark, with cities across the country still participating in the international protest. The occu...

Another Occupy Canada Eviction

CBC | Posted 01.11.2012 | Canada Politics

Nova Scotia protesters are planning their next move after several were arrested Friday at the Occupy Nova Scotia site as police enforced ...

Canadian In Custody After Scaling Sculpture

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2011 | Canada

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A 24-year-old man from Toronto was taken into police custody Saturday after scaling a massive sculpture at the site of the Occupy Wal...