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Obert Madondo an Ottawa-based political blogger. He's the founder and publisher of The Canadian Progressive. He previously worked as a speechwriter to Margaret Dongo, a former independent Zimbabwean MP and human rights activist, and as a senior international development executive with a Canadian charity and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a Germany international development agency.

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We've Forgotten the Children of Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:28 PM

During the October 2013 vigil for missing and murdered aboriginal women, hosted by the Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, a beautiful voice was heard. The voice belongs to Theland Kicknosway, an inspiring 11-year old Pottawatami Cree traditional drummer, singer and hoop dancer from...

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Why Canadians Should Reject The Russell Williams Crime Movie

(17) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 12:46 PM

Every Canadian who cares about violence against women, equality and women's rights should condemn An Officer and a Murderer.

The made-for-TV movie dramatizing the heinous crimes of Russell Williams aired on the U.S. network Lifetime in July 2012. It debuted in Canada this week on The Movie Network.

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Chief Theresa Spence's Heroism Already Eclipses Nelson Mandela's

(24) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 5:12 AM

Hunger-striking Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is the reincarnation of Mahatma Ghandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. She is becoming the greatest moral and political leader of our time. In fact, Chief Theresa Spence's courage and sacrifice already eclipses that of South Africa's globally-celebrated anti-apartheid icon, Nelson...

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What Chief Spence's Hunger Strike Says About Canada

(20) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 7:02 AM

"I'm willing to die for my people because the pain is too much and it's time for the government to realize what (it's) doing to us."

The chief of the northern Ontario First Nation reserve of Attawapiskat uttered the haunting statement as she announced her hunger strike in...

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Consequences of a Media Boycott

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 2:36 AM

The media largely boycotted the youth-led Power Shift 2012 conference, which took place in Ottawa and Gatineau last weekend. The four-day conference brought together more than 1,000 youth from across Canada (a Google search of "Power Shift 2012" followed by the names of major Canadian newspapers turns up...

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What Etobicoke Politics Have in Common With Zimbabwe

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 6:40 AM

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada will rule on the Etobicoke Centre vote dispute. A landmark 1995 by-election in Harare South, Zimbabwe, suggests that, in the interests of true democracy, Canada's highest court should uphold the decision by Justice Thomas Lederer of the Ontario Superior Court, who...

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As an Immigrant, I Get More Respect than Canada's Aboriginals

(38) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 5:05 PM

The upcoming 7th annual Ottawa Sisters in Spirit (SIS) vigil is a special event for me as a recent immigrant to Canada. It offers me the opportunity to reflect on what it means for my adopted country to embrace and heal me, while neglecting the perennial issue of...

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