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Pipeline Protesters Aren't Hypocrites for Driving Cars

Joseph McLean | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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.

Sao Paolo Fashion Week's Sizzling Spring/Summer 2013

Ramp1885.com | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Sao Paolo Fashion Week displayed curves, lines and plenty of steamy silhouettes as part of their Spring/Summer 2013 presentation. From piles and piles of fabric, to a light and airy surfer girl feel with neoprene, here are our highlights!

Who Cares About Veterans? Not Minister Blaney

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

In June 2011, shortly after Steven Blaney was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs, Cpl Fabien Melanson, a vet, stopped eating to protest years of neglect by VAC. But the Minister, it seems, felt no responsibility. He did not speak to the veteran. And he still hasn't. Blaney has willfully neglected his duties. If he will not rectify that, then he should resign.

Quebecers: Wrong on Tuition, But Not Laissez-Faire

Andrew D'Amours | Posted 05.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew D'Amours

Around two hundred thousand Quebec students were out in the streets of Montreal protesting tuition hikes Thursday. Their claims are unfounded, or at the very least misguided -- but one thing I must concede is how this movement is getting Quebeckers out of their bubble of indifference relating to public affairs.

Occupy Regina Cleared Out

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Politics

REGINA - Police and city bylaw officials have cleared the last remaining tents from the Occupy Regina protest site.The city says police went to Victor...

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...

Pipeline Protesters Encircle White House

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.06.2012 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - Thousands of demonstrators, including movie stars and a Nobel laureate, surrounded the White House on Sunday to protest a proposed Canadi...

Occupy Wall Street: Why They're Not Listening to You

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Wall Street's problems are far too important a matter to be left in the hands of those who act and think with anger, rather than with sense. Promote those with knowledge to act as your leaders, keep them on the forefront of OWS and keep the "angry mobs" away from the cameras.

Why I Didn't Vote

Will Braun | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
Will Braun

I wasn't too busy. I didn't forget. I wasn't even one of those principled abstainers who dutifully spoil a ballot in vague protest. I just didn't bother voting. I know my view is not popular, but I doubt I'm the only one.

Why I Will Be Risking Arrest Today

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 11.26.2011 | Canada
Hannah McKinnon

Most people struggle to understand how breaking the law could possibly be a good thing. The reality is, I would prefer to avoid getting arrested and instead feel confident that my government was taking seriously one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced.