The Canadian Progressive: No Sting: Feds Won’t Go Undercover to Prove Housing Discrimination

by Nikole Hannah-Jones | ProPublica: The four-bedroom house advertised on Craigslist sounded like just what Claire Rembis and her husband had been looking for. It sat on two verdant acres with plenty of room for their seven home-schooled children to run and play. And the $850 monthly rent was much cheaper than the prices for other homes ...

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More: Map Reveals A Global Movement

Map shows places around the world where Idle No More blockages, rallies, flash mobs, teach-ins, hunger strikes and other acts of civil disobedience against Prime Minister Stephen Harper have occurred in the last few days. Says the creator of the map, Toronto-based investigative researcher and journalist, Tim Groves: Although far from a complete list, this map highlights some of ...

The Canadian Progressive: Women’s earnings in BC lag national average: report

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives compares the earnings of women in BC to those in the rest of Canada. The report was authored by Marjorie Griffin Cohen, an economist and SFU Professor of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Among the key ...

The Canadian Progressive: To Chief Theresa Spence, From Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan

by Obert Madondo: If it’s a Christmas present, it’s a terrible one. No, an insult. A window into the insidious, hostile and frozen core of political power in Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. Yesterday, Christmas Day, Harper’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan wrote to Chief Spence, whose indefinite hunger strike here in Ottawa has ...

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More: An audio essay by the CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi, the host of “Q”, a national daily cultural affairs talk program on the CBC’s Radio One, weighs in on the Idle No More grassroots movement for First Nations rights in Canada. Ghomeshi tackles the slogan, the hashtag, and the movement. RELATED: Canada’s First Nations leaders confront Harper Gvt on Parliament Hill Canadian Labour ...

The Canadian Progressive: This Christmas, Canadians and First Nations Idle No More

Neither the bitter Canadian winter nor the holiday season are slowing down Chief Theresa Spence and the phenomenal Idle No More movement. Flash mobs and other peaceful protest actions are either under way or planned for the near future, including the ongoing blockade of a CN Rail line in Sarnia, Ontario. Chief Spence, who begins the third ...

The Canadian Progressive: Hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence gets 5 500 Twitter followers in only 40 hours

Today marks Day 14 of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s indefinite hunger strike. Still, Canada’s Prime Minister refuses to tear down his stubborn wall of silence over the peaceful protest. He remains unwilling to meet Spence legitimate demand for a face-to-face meeting of the prime minister, Governor General and First Nations leaders. Michael Harris, a writer, journalist, and ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki Foundation supports Idle No More movement

by David Suzuki Foundation: Dear Prime Minister Harper, Two years ago, under your leadership, Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, despite initially voting against it at the UN General Assembly. Canada’s decision to reverse its position to support international efforts that recognize and protect the rights of indigenous peoples ...

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Federation of Labour urges Canadians to be Idle No More

by Alberta Federation of Labour: The Alberta Federation of Labour is urging Canadians to be Idle No More in opposing Bill C-45. On the morning of Friday, Dec. 21, union representatives marched with First Nations leaders and Albertans from all walks of life in Edmonton at an “Idle No More” rally against the Harper Government, which has ...

The Canadian Progressive: For Idle No More, A solidarity statement from the gates of Buckingham Palace (Video)

For Idle No More, from Idle No More London: solidarity statement from the gates of Buckingham Palace in London urges resistance to the budget implementation bill C-45 and other assimilation plans of the Harper government. WATCH: This video is available on Idle No More London RELATED: Idle No More: Canadian Citizen Writes to the Governor ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Labour Congress supports Idle No More and Chief Spence

by Canadian Labour Congress: The Canadian Labour Congress supports Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, who is on a hunger strike in Ottawa. She is determined not to eat until granted an audience with the Prime Minister to discuss conditions on her reserve and government actions that compromise First Nations ...

The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May’s Green Party of Canada supports the #idlenomore movement

by Green Party of Canada: The Green Party of Canada calls on all Canadians to take part in #idlenomore events throughout Canada. Green Leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, specifically invites citizens to take part in the 21 December 2012 rally in Ottawa. “Harper’s record on Aboriginal Affairs is dishonourable. The C-45 Omnibus bill ...

The Canadian Progressive: Pressure mounting on PM Harper to meet hunger striker Theresa Spence

by Obert Madondo: Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tear down his stubborn wall of silence over hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence. First Nations leaders, the opposition, unions, the media, grassroots movements and individuals are urging Harper to meet with the Attawapiskat First Nation chief  as her indefinite protest reaches the mid-point of its second week. ...

The Canadian Progressive: Hunger Striker Chief Theresa Spence’s Exclusive Interview With The CBC

In this exclusive interview with the CBC’s Chris Rands, hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence explains her peaceful protest. Chief Spence started her hunger strike here in Ottawa on December 11. She’s demanded an immediate meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a representative of the Crown to discuss the treaty relationship between First Nations and ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper saddened by NHL lockout, NOT by Chief Spence’s hunger strike

Once again, proof that Canada’s biggest shame is its Conservative Prime Minister.  Stephen Harper is saddened by the ongoing NHL lockout, according to the Metro News Ottawa. And, apparently, NOT by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s ongoing hunger strike right here in Ottawa. As Spence’s gallant protest enters Day 9., Harper has steadfastly refused to meet ...

The Canadian Progressive: Chief Spence Hunger Strike: Solidarity letter from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

by Canadian Union of Postal Workers: Chief Theresa Spence, The Canadian Union of Postal Workers honour Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat for her courageous stand in defense of the land against the moral bankruptcy of the Canadian state. We recognize the racist and genocidal history of Canada and that the attempts to assimilate and silence ...

The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians celebrates first victories of the Robocalls case

by Council of Canadians: After a six-day federal court hearing, eight electors in six ridings have made a strong case that there was widespread voter suppression in the 2011 federal election that benefited Conservative Party candidates. They have asked the federal court judge to annul the results in the six ridings. “The fact that the ...

The Canadian Progressive: As Theresa Spence’s hunger strike enters second week, National Chief Atleo calls for urgent meeting with Harper

by Assembly of First Nations: Open letter on behalf of the First Nations leaders to the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston and the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper: On behalf of the National Executive of the Assembly of First Nations, we write today regarding an urgent matter requiring immediate attention.  As ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth

by Ontario Federation of Labour: This year, as the global community recognizes December 10 as International Human Rights Day, many Canadians struggle with a vanishing sense of pride in Canada’s once renowned reputation as a leader in human rights. While that reputation has always been contradicted by the lived experiences of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and ...

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More: Canadian Citizen Writes to the Governor General

A Canadian citizen writes to the Governor General, declaring fierce opposition to numerous pieces of legislation recently passed by the Harper Government. The bills the writer has issue with seek to further exploit, disempower, control and marginalize First Nations.  They include Bill C-45, which is at the heart of both the Idle No More grassroots movement ...

Birth Pangs: Cause Nothing Says “I’m a Fetus Fetishist” Like A Snow Globe

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Making the Introduction

At a recent event in Vancouver, it fell to the President of Vancouver Kingsway, Alex Burton, to introduce me before I spoke.  I was somewhat surprised when instead of the usual “I’m going to read everything from Brian’s LinkedIn page” introduction, he instead started with “knowing I was going to have to introduce Brian today, ...

That ain’t strategic voting, Mr. Topp. That’s called campaigning.

So I just read this article by Brian Topp in the Globe and Mail. And I have to say, it is obvious to me that either Topp is being willfully ignorant about the definition of strategic voting, or he is an idiot. Reposted from my post on the Liberal.ca forums: http://www.liberal.ca/activity/p/9180/ Brian Topp (Pawel Dwulit/The ...

Fusing and Musing: And the point is?

After a few years practicing being a social commenter I have come to one certain conclusion. I should probably have my fucking head examined! Grief, that’s what you mostly get. Yet we all plug away, each of us for our own reasons from that unique perspective each of us can only call our own. Uniqueness? ...

PMMLiberal.ca: Celebrating the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

I recenlty wrote a blog entry for the Liberal Party of Canada in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission. On a blustery Saturday morning in 1982, the Right Hon. Pierre Elliot Trudeau sat beside Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Parliament Hill while she proclaimed, by letters patent and statuary instrument, the Canada Act, 1982 as law in ...