Canada Protests

Canadian Kids Explain Why They Protest

CP | Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2017 | Canada Parents

Demonstrating is now a family activity.

Where Is Your Outrage, Citizens Of B.C.?

Lizanne Foster | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

On Saturday, it felt good to be one of thousands marching in B.C. to challenge the misogynist rhetoric of a narcissistic president. But today, when I think about what is happening in our own province, I wonder when we will see thousands take to the streets to protest the egregious actions of the B.C. Liberal government and Christy Clark?

Activist Angela Davis: Get Ready For 1,459 Days Of Resistance, Trump

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Living

"No human being is illegal."

Ottawa Must End Canadian Aid To Africa's Most Repressive Regime

Yves Engler | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Members of the Ethiopian community in Winnipeg recently called on Canada to sanction the country. The protesters are angry about the regime's violent crackdown in the Oromiya and Amhara regions. Hundreds of peaceful protesters have been killed and many more jailed since unrest began over a land dispute 10 months ago.

Should Teachers Be Allowed Freedom Of Expression?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

If I were a teacher starting my career, or even in a well-established position, I would be very concerned that any publicly unpopular view I might hold could affect my employment. Even if I never chose to let my students know my views, my public political participation would be deeply chilled.

Why I Stand With Yusra Khogali, Co-Founder Of Black Lives Matter Toronto | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Politics

Khogali wrote an op-ed in The Toronto Star on Sunday, breaking her silence on a story that's threatened to overshadow the Black Lives Matter protest. She responded to a tweet from February that resurfaced last week where she said, "Plz Allah give me strength not to cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz."

Advocacy Suffers When The Protest Is Louder Than The Cause

Peter Landry | Posted 04.08.2017 | 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.

Physician Protests Against Liberal Cuts Have Made Me An Activist

Nadia Alam | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

In the past, I was generally detached from political rhetoric. Despite the scandals, I naively believed my elected leaders were benevolent. Now, I not only question their motives, I completely disbelieve their promises. What does it say about a leader when their followers no longer trust them?

The Greatest Threat From Cannabis Lies in its Illegality

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

The celebrants on April 20 don't necessarily know the history of how cannabis came to be illegal, but they do know cannabis is less harmful to users than all other illicit drugs and considerably less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. They know that the greatest threat from cannabis lies in its continued illegality by policy makers who wish the evidence would just go away.

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 St. James Par...

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.