Yan Roberts
Yan Roberts is an educator and farmer in Northern Ontario. He operates a farm sanctuary with his partner, as well as a vegan agri-tourism destination.

Entries by Yan Roberts

This Sexist Remark From A Cabinet Minister Shouldn't Go Unnoticed

(145) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 2:50 PM

When Prime Minister Trudeau was asked why a gender balance in Canada's cabinet was so important, his quick reply, "because it's 2015," was delivered with a confident shrug celebrated around the world.

Days later, one of Trudeau's new cabinet ministers upset that balance and preserved the old patriarchal...

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Why Canadian Dairy Won a Massive Subsidy Despite Falling Demand

(11) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 5:18 PM

In their recent annual report, the Dairy Farmers of Canada reassured that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations were going to be okay. The trade talks were so secretive that the general populace had very little details about the looming agreement, yet the Dairy Farmers said with confidence that

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Why Water Is an Election Issue

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 5:16 PM

It may be an obvious understatement that it is easier to get kicked out of a Harper campaign event than it is to get in. Recently, I did both.

Last week I attended the Conservative's invitation-only, high-security Harper campaign event in North Bay, Ont., and walked up and...

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Bill C-51 Will Make It Easier To Throw Canadians In Jail Without a Charge

(50) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 10:24 AM

In early February, Canada's Parliament voted down a bill to bring back the mandatory long-form census. The Conservative government's position was that the census was too intrusive. Remember that word: intrusive. Two weeks later they are arguing for the need of mass surveillance and other drastic civil liberty erosions that...

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We Need To Talk About Farmed Animal Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 10:08 PM

While The Vinyl Cafe's annual holiday show was in Toronto the other day, angry fans of the much loved CBC Radio show were leaving hateful messages on answering machines. While The Vinyl Cafe stage show was singing cheerful carols in a theater, their online fans were posting thousands of vicious...

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CBC Radio Needs To Omit Language That Normalizes Abuse of Animals

(17) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 4:45 PM

As a longtime Vinyl Cafe fan, I run into the awkward holiday tradition of having to rush to the radio and turn off the annual reading of "Dave Cooks the Turkey" before it gets to the "jokes" about turkey-abuse. It seems I am not alone in this tradition and this...

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Is Canada Protecting At-Risk Species or Risky Industries?

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:04 PM

When Obama phoned Harper on November 10, 2011, informing the prime minister that TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline was on hold, the beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River were probably holding their breath in apprehension of what would be tried next.

Who could have imagined that a victory for climate...

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Canada's Agricultural Watchdog Isn't Interested In Your Health

(35) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 8:30 AM

The majority of humans I have met are vastly humane. Comparatively, the majority of Government decisions are seen as exasperatingly profane.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been slowly going the way of the other federal departments in our post-democratic Canada; they have gone from having the occasional...

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TransCanada Got Punked While Promoting Pipeline

(77) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 2:05 PM

TransCanada got schooled at their recent Energy East pipeline open house in North Bay, Ontario. Mixed in amongst the crowd of several hundred who dropped by throughout the evening, a group of 50 concerned citizens came with more than just their questions; they came in outfits that intentionally...

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Why the Pipeline Is an Environmental Disaster Waiting to Happen

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 5:00 PM

TransCanada Corp announced their "Energy East Pipeline" proposal this week, which would involve converting their existing 50-year-old natural gas mainline that runs across Northern Ontario into an oil pipeline that pumps an astronomical volume -- 850,000 barrels per day -- of tar sands oil East.

Of course, this...

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A Love Letter to Harper From the Oil Industry

(78) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Last week, a year-old letter signed by the associations representing the petroleum, gas and pipeline industry in Canada was exposed. It asked the federal government to modify six critical environmental laws that inconvenienced the signers' industries.

Five of these laws have since been chopped up into omnibus bills

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Theresa Spence Has Stirred our Sense of Participation

(49) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 6:55 AM

My goodness, what a brave thing for Theresa Spence to take on a distracted and disinterested world with only the perseverance to simply restrain from eating food. It's the same braveness the Idle No More movement has shown, to be taking on a disconnected world with only togetherness.

Now that...

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