We Pivot: Let’s Change BC’s Racist Street Names

The World Economic Forum is not the most progressive organization in world history. They’ve been part of pushing a neoliberal privatization agenda on many poor countries for decades. But they’re going through what appears to be at least a salon … [Read more]

We Pivot: Listen to Refugees; Don’t Ban Them

Canadians are awesome, tolerant, opening and welcoming. Sure. To a degree, but even to the point of self delusion. We often feel morally superior to the Americans, particularly now as they slide from proto-fascism to soft fascism to jackboot fascism. … [Read more]

We Pivot: My Speech to the HUMA Commons Committee on Poverty Reduction

I was honoured to receive an invitation to speak to HUMA later this morning, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. They are studying poverty reduction strategies, … [Read more]

We Pivot: How Many Dead Kids in Care Is too Many?

How many thousands of dead, injured and abused kids in the care of the BC government are OK for BC Liberal Party voters? None? Try thousands over 16 years. And how many more thousands of dead, injured and abused kids … [Read more]

We Pivot: The Value of the Budweiser Boycott

Budweiser has been so coy pretending their Super Bowl pro-immigration ad wasn’t political. Of course it was. Own it. But as people boycott something with the alternate spelling [Budwiser], we are able to more clearly see how people want to … [Read more]

We Pivot: THIS Man Is Ahead By A Century

How about you? Are you ahead by a century, like Gord Downie is? Do you walk among the stars? I can only aspire to. I want to pivot to a new world of connection and rich culture and community. I … [Read more]

We Pivot: White- and Male-Dominated History Perpetuates White, Male Supremacy

If, like me, you don’t recognize these women as household names, you are likely a victim of history education that focuses on males and white people. And while you are likely not a racist misogynist, we all have to do … [Read more]

We Pivot: You’re Not a White Supremacist, Right?

Sure, you’re not a racist, but you are likely living in a culture steeped in white supremacy. And male supremacy. A culture with rich, systemic norms and institutions that benefit the entitled people. Even if you do not practice patriarchy … [Read more]

We Pivot: Consent, Not Consultation, Or Else

If you’re looking for what real leadership looks like, it’s this. UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip once again demonstrated what integrity looks like as the federal government once again tries to waffle on commitments and listening to the Supreme Court. Not only has the prime minister floated a trial balloon recently about how we don’t ...

We Pivot: This is Obama’s America, Obama’s Legacy

You’d think Obama would want his legacy to not be settler/colonial terrorism against First Nations water protectors. See the video below. You’d think he would not be interested in people being dragged from prayer circles to be arrest and put in kennels. You’d think he wouldn’t want anyone putting numbers on the arms of prisoners. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the Cleveland I*****s Racist Team Name

Congratulations, Toronto Blue Jays on another exciting season! Let’s hope that before the Atlanta B****s or Cleveland I*****s come back to Toronto they will have changed their name. And as I’ve argued in the past, the process of fixing racist team names can itself be a reconciliation moment. A moment that you can help bring ...

Politics, Re-Spun: What the BC Premier’s Reconciliation Smells Like

Quite simply, if a politician dangles child welfare money to anyone, but makes it contingent on embracing a sick LNG plant, what does that smell like to you? I think it smells the same as when she tells a school board to close schools or else they don’t get seismic upgrading money. I think you ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

I so hope you had a wonderful Indigenous Peoples’ Day yesterday! In “America” there is a movement to replace the systemically racist Columbus Day. It’s spreading briskly; soon it may reach the 100th Monkey and spread across Turtle Island. In Canada, we had Thanksgiving Day, for all the cornucopia reasons you can think of. But ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Columbus Day is Institutionalized Racism

In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day today, a slight improvement on Columbus day, which institutionalizes systemic racism. Columbus Day celebrates white supremacy. It’s time to stop that now. If you need some elaboration, read this. Seattle did it 2 years ago. Now Vermont has figured out a first step in a solution: turning Columbus Day ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Trudeau Spins the Royals

If you’re wondering about what kind of spin cycle Trudeau [#TheNewHarper] put the Royals through to smooth over First Nations discontent with the 21st century version of settler imperialism? Read this: Justin Trudeau’s relationship with indigenous people and the politics of William and Kate’s Canadian Royal tour A cynic might question if the prime minister is ...

Politics, Re-Spun: End Our Slow Motion Genocide!

Genocide can take place in slow motion, just like weapons of mass destruction. When I learned that people were calling land mines “weapons of mass destruction, in slow motion,” it became obvious that we can practice social/cultural/human genocide in slow motion too. Understanding racism and genocide is no simpler than this, from Zianna Oliphant: Considering ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: In diversity, there is strength

World-renowned Canadian scientist, broadcaster, activist and author David Suzuki explains how life has “fluctuated and flourished because of the resilience conferred by diversity” over millennia. The post David Suzuki: In diversity, there is strength appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le monde à l’envers : Quand les Africains viennent à la rescousse de l’Occident

Il y a quelques semaines, des milliers ont fui la ville ouest-canadienne de Fort McMurray pour échapper aux feux de forêt. Les manchettes ont passé à autre chose, mais l’incendie fait toujours rage. Comme d’habitude, nos voisins du sud nous prêtent main forte pour atténuer une catastrophe naturelle exceptionnelle. Mis à part la relation bilatérale ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le monde à l’envers : Quand l’Afrique vient à la rescousse de l’Occident #ymm

Il y a quelques semaines, des milliers ont fui la ville ouest-canadienne de Fort McMurray pour échapper aux feux de forêt. Les manchettes ont passé à autre chose, mais l’incendie fait toujours rage. Comme d’habitude, nos voisins du sud nous prêtent main forte pour atténuer une catastrophe naturelle exceptionnelle. Mis à part la relation bilatérale ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le monde à l’envers : Quand l’Afrique vient à la rescousse de l’Occident #ymm

Il y a quelques semaines, des milliers ont fui la ville ouest-canadienne de Fort McMurray pour échapper aux feux de forêt. Les manchettes ont passé à autre chose, mais l’incendie fait toujours rage. Comme d’habitude, nos voisins du sud nous prêtent main forte pour atténuer une catastrophe naturelle exceptionnelle. Mis à part la relation bilatérale ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disaster, as Canadians have been deployed state-side ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disaster, as Canadians have been deployed state-side ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disaster, as Canadians have been deployed state-side ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: South Africa helping Fort McMurray: A new chapter in diplomatic relations?

By the time Fort McMurray was evacuated this spring, Canada had suffered its worst wildfire in generations. Images of the small Canadian city engulfed in flames went viral, as frightened city residents fled for their lives. Despite boasting first rate infrastructure, first world resources and a multi-provincial firefighting brigade, the wildfire still burns out of ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: South Africa helping Fort McMurray: A new chapter in diplomatic relations? #ymmfire

By the time Fort McMurray was evacuated this spring, Canada had suffered its worst wildfire in generations. Images of the small Canadian city engulfed in flames went viral, as frightened city residents fled for their lives. Despite boasting first rate infrastructure, first world resources and a multi-provincial firefighting brigade, the wildfire still burns out of ...