Canada Protests

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.

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...

Do Canadian Teachers Truly Have the Freedom to Teach?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Recently, I have learned about two teachers who, in different circumstances, have been restricted from teaching material they would like to teach. We ask teachers to be creative, informative, and to engage their students in thinking critically about the world around them. What message do we send when we limit what they teach? Where should we draw the line?

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.

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

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?

Charest is no Putin. Poutine, Maybe.

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada
Henry Mintzberg

How ironic that the most extensive demonstrations we have seen to date in North America have concerned not unemployment, global warming, or the notorious one per cent, but the tuition that Quebec students have to pay for the benefits of a college education. Now two professors at the University of Montreal have likened Quebec to Putin's Russia.

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.

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.

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.

A Year of Failed Protests

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 02.17.2012 | Canada
Yoni Goldstein

We have a tendency to romanticize protesters, those who nobly publicize injustice, and bravely fight against government and all-powerful institutions. We wish we had their guts. But results matter too, and in 2011 protesters weren't very good at getting anywhere.

Outrage And Calls For Resignation After Students Blasted With Pepper Spray

CP | Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press | Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada Politics

SAN FRANCISCO - As video spread of a police officer in riot gear blasting pepper spray into the faces of seated protesters at a northern California un...

The Occupy Movement Is The Most Important In Generations: Expert

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The Occupy protest is the most important democratic social movement of the last two generations and demonstrators who have taken over parks ...

OWS's Squalid and Squandered Opportunities

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 01.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

The movement has now passed through the hype machine. While at first, it began slowly, it's grown in size, and now many read of the protests in the same way they read of the falling stock market, or the weather that's get colder everyday.

Occupying Toronto? Mayor Rob Ford Has A 'Plan' For You

CBC | Posted 01.02.2012 | Canada

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is expected to meet with city officials this week to look for a peaceful way to end the Occupy Toronto protest at ...

Wall Street's Drug Problems

Diane Francis | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

There is a concern about a link between substance abuse and fluctuations on the Borsa Italiana, but what is even more worrisome is the fact that stock markets themselves are behaving like addicts. They are unbelievably volatile and fluctuate in a matter of seconds and minutes almost daily.

Rachel Mendleson

Occupy Toronto Protesters Settle In For The Night

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 12.15.2011 | Canada

UPDATE: The cold drizzle that settled over Toronto Saturday afternoon didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of Occupy Toronto protesters -- but can they...

Canadian Occupation Begins Today

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - Their stories were varied, their demands different, but demonstrators drawn to the streets of Canada on Saturday were united by their desire...

Occupy Wall Street's Canadian Roots

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - With roots that reach as far as Cairo's fertile Tahrir Square, the protests roiling Wall Street will finally come full circle this weekend a...

Bill Gates Pushes Financial Sector to Pay its Fair Share

Andrew Cooper | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

Amid the attention given to the entertainment celebrities operating as outsiders, there is a need also to see how a different type of celebrity from the world of business -- Bill Gates -- is acting as an insider in the campaign of change with respect to financial institutions at the hub of global governance.

Why Canadians Should Occupy Vancouver

Mark Crowley | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Mark Crowley

On Oct. 15 the #occupywallstreet protests will arrive at cities around the world and in one of the birthplaces of the movement in downtown Vancouver. ...

Final Keystone Pipeline Hearing Friday

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department holds its final public hearing Friday on TransCanada's controversial Keystone XL pipeline as the project increa...

Quebecers To Protest Over Turcotte Child-Murder Case Verdict

CP | Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada

MONTREAL - The public outcry is still palpable in Quebec, one month later, over a jury's decision to find a man who stabbed to death his two children ...

Peru Dispute Hits Bear Creek Mining Stock

The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- The chief executive of Canadian miner Bear Creek (TSXV:BCM) says the government shutdown of its Santa Ana operation in Peru is "...