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Obert Madondo

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.

The Children of Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Are Forgotten

The children of these women are almost forgotten. Our half-hearted national conversation on the ongoing racialized violence against stolen indigenous women barely acknowledges their existence. If there is even an estimate of the number of children affected, please let me know. And yet, the surviving children's loss is unimaginable. They lost mothers, sisters, aunts and cousins. You don't need to be a psychiatrist to understand that the grotesque violence aboriginal women suffer affects the mental integrity of the children they leave behind.
04/10/2015 12:28 EDT

Why Canadians Should Reject The Russell Williams Crime Movie

This week, the American made-for-TV movie about the Russell Williams murders will make it Canadian television debut. An Officer and a Murderer is a movie only someone steeped in profit-motivated amnesia could make. It's sensationalistic. A pervasive kind of entertainment. It glorifies violence against Canadian women. It stains the good honour of Canadian women and men in uniform.
08/22/2013 12:01 EDT

What Chief Spence's Hunger Strike Says About Canada

"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." We should all be ashamed that these words were uttered in Canada, and that a First Nation leader has put her life on the line to be heard. A hunger strike in Canada is a sign of imperfect democracy.
12/14/2012 08:19 EST

Consequences of a Media Boycott

Power Shift 2012, the four-day conference brought together more than 1,000 youth from across Canada in Ottawa and Gatineau last weekend. Yet it went virtually uncovered by the media. In our era of unchallenged Conservative majority rule, we expect the media to inform and educate us with unadulterated truth and harsh realities.
11/02/2012 12:07 EDT

What Etobicoke Politics Have in Common With Zimbabwe

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 nullified the election result of the Toronto-area riding. In other words, voters must be the final arbiter in the dispute.
10/24/2012 03:59 EDT
Missing Manitoba Women

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

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 the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Canada restored that which Zimbabwe denied me for the first 32 years of my life: human dignity. But Canada cares for me, an immigrant, more than it cares for Aboriginal people. If there is another western country that has so many people from one racialized group missing or murdered and still has neither the political will nor strategy to find lasting a solution, please let me know.
10/03/2012 05:10 EDT