Alberta Politics: In the debate over home schooling and ‘parents’ rights,’ we need to remember children have rights too

PHOTOS: Alberta Education Minister David Eggen. Below: Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean and film director and former American evangelical Frank Schaeffer (Salon photo). Controversy in Alberta over the provincial government’s decision to withdraw funding and accreditation from a private Christian school association that oversaw about a third of the province’s home-schooled children offers a chance ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and his CRA Stormtroopers Prepare to Kill a Charity

For months Stephen Harper has been unleashing the stormtroopers from the Canadian Revenue Agency upon his many enemies.They have been harassing environmental groups and other progressive charities, and trying to cripple them into submission.But now it seems they have claimed their first victim, and are preparing to blast it out of existence.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Big Brother Harper and the Gentle Birdwatchers

First he came for the environmentalists and the activists. Then he came for the scientists. Then he came for those who fight poverty, and help the poor. Now he's come for the birdwatchers. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Monstrously Biased Assault on Canadian Charities

He is the foulest bully this country has ever known. He muzzles scientists, he has terrorized the civil service into submission.He says he likes to see fear in the eyes of his subordinates. He gave the Canadian Revenue Agency millions of extra dollars to audit the political activities of charitable organizations.And now the CRA is claiming ...

DeSmogBlog: Canadian Environmental Groups Black Out to Speak Out Against Government Threats to Nature & Democracy

Blackoutspeakout.png With full page ads in the Globe and Mail and La Presse national newspapers, a major coalition of Canadian environmental non-profits have come together to launch the Black Out Speak Out campaign (Silence, on parle! pour la Francophonie.) CPAWS, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Equiterre, Environmental Defence, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club Canada, West ...