Canadian Dimension: For the 150th, let’s also re-make our economic myths

Every society needs its myths. But as much as myths and stories can empower, they can also be damaging. Here are three economic myths about Canada that could use re-writing. The first economic myth to remake is that we are “hewers of wood and drawers of water” — or, in more contemporary terms, extractors of ...

Canadian Dimension: Where One Canadian Mining Company Goes, Violence Follows

Banro Corporation’s gold mine in Twangiza, Democratic Republic of the Congo • Photo by SKY News Where one Canadian mining company goes in the Congo violence seems to follow. Last week a police officer and soldier were killed at a Banro Corporation run mine in the east of the country. One “assailant” was also killed ...

Canadian Dimension: Corrupt Canadian Banking Practices

Photo from Public Domain A recent photo in French daily Liberation hints at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s role in facilitating tax avoidance, which is partly an outgrowth of Canadian banking prowess in the Caribbean and Ottawa’s role in shaping the region’s unsavoury financial sector. Just before the second round of the French presidential ...

Canadian Dimension: Toronto’s Buried History: The Dark Story of How Mining Built a City

Photo by Mining Injustice Solidarity Network On Sunday March 5th, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) hosted its 85th annual conference in downtown Toronto. With more than 20,000 attendees and 900 exhibitors, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world. During those four days, delegates take over 20 of Toronto’s ...

Canadian Dimension: Note to Tar Sands Campaigners

Angel Boligan (Cagle Cartoons). It’s a “no brainer,” declares Stephen Harper. The Keystone pipeline must be built now to bring crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries and markets in the US. By the same token, the Northern Gateway and/or the Kinder Morgan pipelines must be constructed to bring tar sands crude to ...

Canadian Dimension: Free Trade Benefits Canada, eh?

Photo by Patrickklida Every time I pass through Oshawa, Ontario I think of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the USA. Oshawa is the home of General Motors of Canada, the largest producer of motor vehicles in Canada. Not that long ago Canada was the fourth largest producer of cars and trucks in the ...

Canadian Dimension: It is time to confront Canada’s staple trap

Canadian postcard, 1907 Forbidden to text while driving, you can waste your time checking the fluctuating price of gas at every gas station you see and how at each station it differs from yesterday. All you will learn is that the price shifts up and down over space and time – the operation of that ...

Canadian Dimension: Alain Deneault in Conversation with Canadian Dimension

Jethro Tulin, an Indigenous Ipili from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and leading organizer of resistance against the mining bosses. Here Tulin is speaking outside Barrick Gold’s 2009 Annual General Meeting. Photo by Allan Lissner (allan.lissner.net); posted by the Porgera Alliance (porgeraalliance.net). Québec author Alain Deneault has a research doctorate from the Centre Marc ...

The Ranting Canadian: Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim…

Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim Flaherty. Regardless of what one thinks of the recently deceased man on a personal level, if one uses objective, non-emotional criteria, it is clear that he was probably the worst finance minister in Canadian history. Unfortunately for us, his replacement, Joe Oliver, will likely be much worse.  ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Lac Megantic Rail Disaster

In recent years, some residents of Lac Megantic have repeatedly put forward the view that the operation of the former CPR mainline linking Montreal with St. John New Brunswick through the center of the town is unsafe. Until July 6th of this year, it would appear that this view was mistaken, at least in the ...

The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News” lost their hypocritical bid to force all Canadian cable TV viewers to pay for their shitty channel regardless of whether we want to watch it. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) correctly declined to award special treatment to the undeserving TV station that should not even ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac-Mégantic

“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who creates the darkness.” — Monseigneur Bienvenu in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables It is always the same. First the shock and horror, then the anger. A terrible environmental disaster inflicted by Beyond ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Why are Canada’s Trains Vulnerable? Good Old Capitalist Cost-Cutting

The fireball in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, flashed around the world last week as a very hot news item. Thirty-five people are now confirmed to have been killed, with 15 more still missing and presumed dead, as a result of the explosions of crude oil carried by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s (MM&A) runaway freight train. ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Why are Canada’s Trains Vulnerable? Good Old Capitalist Cost-Cutting

The fireball in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, flashed around the world last week as a very hot news item. Thirty-five people are now confirmed to have been killed, with 15 more still missing and presumed dead, as a result of the explosions of crude oil carried by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s (MM&A) runaway freight train. ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime

Five days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the rural town resembles a scene of desolation. Its downtown is a charred sacrifice zone. 50 people are likely dead, making the train’s toll one of the worst disasters in recent Canadian history. In the explosion’s aftermath, politicians and media pundits ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime

Five days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the rural town resembles a scene of desolation. Its downtown is a charred sacrifice zone. 50 people are likely dead, making the train’s toll one of the worst disasters in recent Canadian history. In the explosion’s aftermath, politicians and media pundits ...

The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2 Two current issues that were…

Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2 Two current issues that were emphasized at the 2013 International Workers Day rally in Toronto were the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a recent factory collapse in Bangladesh (and the continuing systematic exploitation of all sweatshop workers in that country) and the Porter Airlines fueller strike, ...

The Ranting Canadian: Irony: The Canadian job-killer Gord Nixon, president and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is…

Irony: The Canadian job-killer Gord Nixon, president and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is also the head of the Ontario Liberal government’s Jobs and Prosperity Council. What an insult. For continuing coverage of RBC’s latest attacks on Canadian workers, see http://www.facebook.com/BoycottRoyalBankOfCanada

The Ranting Canadian: RBC declares war against Canadian workers

RBC declares war against Canadian workers: Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is firing dozens of its employees in Canada and replacing them with lower-paid temporary foreign workers. RBC is forcing their soon-to-be-unemployed Canadian employees to train their own replacements. RBC made $7.5 billion in profits in 2012. Also about a year ago, they increased their ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Modern Day Slavery

Noé Arteaga’s employers fired and deported him to Guatemala after he stood up for his rights as a migrant worker in Canada. Temporary foreign workers come to Canada on a visa with their employer’s name on it. They cannot change employers if a problem arises. Workers are also often dependent on their employers for transportation, ...

The Ranting Canadian: Here are some unintentionally hilarious excerpts from an old interview with Jim Flaherty,…

Here are some unintentionally hilarious excerpts from an old interview with Jim Flaherty, Canada’s worst finance minister. The article was published by the pro-Conservative (and plagiarism-tolerant) Globe and Mail. It was the height of Trudeaumania, and the Flaherty clan was right in the middle of it. But over the following decade, as the hockey-mad undergrad ...

The Ranting Canadian: SNC-Lavalin + Canadian politicians = organized crimeThe thoroughly corrupt SNC-Lavalin has its…

SNC-Lavalin + Canadian politicians = organized crime The thoroughly corrupt SNC-Lavalin has its dirty mitts in a bunch of lucrative federal and provincial projects across Canada, despite being tainted by multiple serious infractions. Why are they allowed to operate as normal? Are they another “too big to fail” corporation? Here are a few articles about ...

The Ranting Canadian: Interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the Steeltown Spoilers

Interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the Steeltown Spoilers: The above link is to an interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the punk band Steeltown Spoilers. Glen talks about his band of course, but he also discusses the economic decline and political destruction of the city he loves. The interview reveals some real ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Falling into a Burning Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire. It sounds like something out of a Tolkien novel. Welcome to Mordor Ontario, an area of 5,120 square kilometres in the James Bay watershed chock full of nickel, copper, zinc, gold, palladium and chromium—especially chromium (the element at the centre of Erin Brockovich’s crusade).* The Lords of the Ring are some ...

The Ranting Canadian: introvertedloudmouth:A letter to Galen Weston Jr. 

introvertedloudmouth: A letter to Galen Weston Jr.