Canada Protest

Advocacy Suffers When The Protest Is Louder Than The Cause

Peter Landry | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

As it happens, inconveniencing people, being rude, screaming in their faces and generally pissing them off is not very successful in rallying them to your side. Funny how that works. Yet, in Ontario, three very passionate groups have used these tried-and-failed techniques in an attempt to force public opinion.

Black Lives Matter Toronto Can't Stay Silent On Co-Founder's Tweet

Adrienne Martin | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Adrienne Martin

Critics of the international movement have called it discriminatory and racist, citing it as an attempt to prioritize black lives over all others ("It's not just black lives -- all lives matter!"). And perhaps most significantly, many have accused the organization of inciting hatred and violence against police. Though these assumptions are completely false, the discovery of a co-founder's tweet talking about killing white people does nothing to quell these criticisms. Rather, it simply adds fuel to an already raging fire.

Anti-Hunting Activists Shouldn't Ban Your Saturday At A Hunting Show

John Laforet | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
John Laforet

This isn't about whether hunting is good or bad, and at this stage, it can't be. This is about whether Canada is prepared to allow sanctimonious activists to have the absolute right to tell everyone else how to live their lives, and run their businesses, issue by issue as they see fit.

Alberta's Historic Cap On Tar Sands Emissions Is Not The End

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government's cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor.

Marching Matters Ahead Of The Paris Climate Talks

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

I'll be honest, when I first heard of plans for a global day of climate marches on November 29, I rolled my eyes. In some ways, I still feel like that might be the case, but after recent events in Paris and Beirut, the global mobilizations matter in a way they never could have before.

Scrapping Keystone XL A Victory For And By The People

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Keystone was a fight that no one thought we could win. When the pipeline was first proposed, every energy analyst, every journalist and every politician either had never heard of it or thought the same thing -- the pipeline was a virtual certainty and its approval was imminent.

Why We're Giving Justin Trudeau A Climate Welcome

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

Both Trudeau and his new ministers have their work cut out from them when it comes to really getting Canada back on course on climate. That's why today, I'm outside of Trudeau's home with dozens of other people kicking off what could be largest act of civil disobedience on climate change in Canada's history.

In Politics, Shadow Deals Aren't So Easy Anymore

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

People are just tired of being at the wrong end of an equation that rewards established wealth while hollowing out the opportunities for the average citizen. It's not so easy to govern anymore behind the veil of complexity and secrecy, and that's just as it should be in a democracy.

Bill C-51 Assumes Human Rights Can Be Trumped By National Security

Alex Neve | Posted 05.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Alex Neve

The rushed passage of Bill C-51 through Parliament, the furthest-reaching national security reforms in Canada since 2001, continues. It is soon to be passed by the House of Commons and then head off to the Senate. And all signs are that the government intends to push it through the Senate as quickly as possible, with an eye to the Bill becoming law before the summer Parliamentary break. At its heart Bill C-51 grounds itself in the flawed notion that human rights have to give way when national security is on the line.

Pipeline Protesters Aren't Hypocrites for Driving Cars

Joseph McLean | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Joseph McLean

Opinions run hot around pipeline conflicts, and more is ahead of us. There are many arguments for and against civil protest, but one of the most persistent is that these people are hypocrites. That if you drive a car, take a plane, use hairspray, or otherwise consume fossil fuels in any way, you have no right to stand up. This comparison is troubling for a number of reasons.

Dear Angry White People, The Ferguson Protest Was Not About You

Eternity E Martis | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

I won't go into the details of black groups being marginalized at the hands of white people who dominate the "center," because if you're smart enough to think that you fooled us into feeling remorse for "leaving you out" during the protest in Toronto, then you're smart enough to do a Google search to figure out historical black oppression and its endless contemporary reproductions.

Songs For the Underclass

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Artwork by: David Cran Good protest songs - the ones that endure - never preach to the choir. They don't rally the converted. They never tell you ...

We Are All Hypocrites About the Gaza Crisis

Sophie Tarnowska | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada
Sophie Tarnowska

I want us all to shut up until we are ready to stop being hypocrites. I ask that we stop justifying pain that in our own lives would be unjustifiable, unliveable, unkind. I am so ashamed of my people -- all of you whom I intersect with on social media, and even myself -- I barely hear anyone with the guts not to answer back, not to justify "their" point of view.

Why Dissent is Important

Benjamin Morris | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Benjamin Morris

You're a prisoner in your own home. Not able to fall asleep from the gunfire down the street, you fear that your house is next. You protested a new law that gave even more power to a despotic government. One of your friends was murdered, another was raped. This is a fear that has not played out in the western world. We have security, peace, and far more freedom than others.

How Would You Explain a Picket Line to Your Child?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Has your child ever seen a picket line? If you plan to shop at a Walmart in the U.S. you and your child may well see one this weekend. If your children ask what is happening, how will you explain it? The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust and TVO Parents can help you make the most of that "teachable moment" with a discussion about rights and freedoms.

Canada, Do What Our Leaders Have Failed to Do: Defend Our Climate

Tzeporah Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tzeporah Berman

There are moments in history when it becomes clear that our leaders are failing us. They are the moments when people from all walks of life need to dust off those placards, stand up and speak out. This is one of those moments. Canada is failing as a country to curb climate pollution. Under the Harper Conservatives, our country's climate performance has become the worst in the Western world. We cannot sit by and let them put our coast and our country at risk. On November 16, communities from across Canada will stand up to remind our elected officials that they work for us and not just the oil patch.

Russell Brand's "Activism" Isn't Fooling Me

Lauryn Oates | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

The most revealing moment of Russell Brand's Newsnight interview is when Paxman asks what his revolution will be like. Brand begins his response: "Well I'll tell you what it won't be like." This response, which knows not what it wants and only what it doesn't want, is indicative of what I've come to think of as Che Activism.

New Brunswick Fracking Protest Broken Up With Force, Weapons and Arrests

Small Change Fund | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Small Change Fund

New Brunswick is normally seen as a quiet little province that does not get a lot of attention. That changed Thursday when the world watched in horror...

You Can't Mask Canada's Pathetic Protest Movement

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 08.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Yoni Goldstein

In recent memory, I can think of only three serious, rock-'em-sock-'em demonstrations in Canada. It's not as though Canadians are lacking for things to protest about. It's just that our national preference (outside Quebec, at least) is to avoid conflict whenever possible. And, I suppose, we've probably become too comfortable, perhaps even lazy, about tackling issues that don't have direct or immediate implications for us.

Why the Governor General Should Remove Harper

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

The Governor General is the only one who can remove Harper. If the Conservative caucus were to revolt and kick Harper out of caucus, we could be faced with Stevie-the-Indie-PM. Even if Harper resigns -- which isn't likely -- it is still the GG who chooses to accept.

Where Is The Love In Social Struggle?

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jarrah Hodge

When B.C. filmmaker Velcrow Ripper started making Occupy Love in 2009, some of his activist friends weren't sure what to make of his questions. How can the crises we're facing socially, economically and environmentally become - of all things - a love story? But as he continued to film social movements from the Arab Spring to the European Summer, Occupy Wall Street and environmental movements, he started seeing a shift, with more and more people responding: "Of course it's a love story."

A Drop in Rankings Is What McGill Needs

Davide Mastracci | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

The 2013 Times High Education World Reputation Rankings (WRR) were recently released. The WRR measures the best universities in the world based upon t...

Why Idle No More Never Needed Your Sympathy

Tobold Rollo | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Tobold Rollo

From the get go, commentators have cautioned that Indigenous peoples would be wise to play their cards right lest they squander what little patience and benevolence the Canadian public has left for Indigenous issues. Those who hold this view seem curiously unaware of how movements such as Idle No More work. Like the Civil Rights movement, these are not public relations battles; they are Constitutional struggles. And so we can expect general bewilderment and frustration from the public as Idle No More pushes through in 2013.

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.

An Informal History of the Word "Slut"

Donald D'Haene | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

Even though the euphemism "four-letter word" only came into use during the first half of the twentieth century, I think the first and most controversial anachronistic example must be "slut. I found an unusual modern-day definition: a woman with the morals of a man. Surprised? Slut is not just a term used for women.