The Progressive Economics Forum: Advocacy in Canada’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Sectors

I’ve just written a blog post on advocacy in Canada’s affordable housing and homelessness sectors. In the post, I define advocacy as “a collective effort to bring about changes to political priorities, funding levels, legislation, regulations or policies.” I also discuss seven approaches to advocacy in Canada’s affordable housing and homelessness sectors. The full blog ...

centre of the universe: The Inadvertent Feminist

I have the most bizarre memory. I mean, I can remember things that happened when I was 2. I remember locker combinations from high school. I remember school seating plans from elementary school. Yet I can’t remember my kids’ names on a regular basis, or whether I’ve seen a particular movie. This is nothing new….

The Canadian Progressive: Nobel Laureates Assailed Honorary Canadian Citizen Aung San Suu Kyi Over Myanmar’s Persecution Of Rohingya People

In a recent scathing open letter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Laureates assail fellow laureate, human rights icon, and honorary Canadian citizen, Aung San Suu Kyi, over her country’s ongoing genocidal persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. The post Nobel Laureates Assailed Honorary Canadian Citizen Aung San Suu Kyi ...

Alberta Politics: Big changes coming to academic faculty, graduate student and postdoctoral bargaining rights in Alberta

PHOTOS: Could we someday see scenes like this one at Boston University in 1979 at an Alberta University? The late Howard Zinn, author of the People’s History of the United States (banned in Arkansas), is visible, quite naturally, I suppose, near the front on the left. (Photo from the Boston Public Library.) Below: Alberta Advanced ...

The Canadian Progressive: Reunite refugee families this Refugee Rights Day

On Refugee Rights Day 2017, the Canadian Council for Refugees is drawing attention to the need for equal access to family reunification for refugees. The post Reunite refugee families this Refugee Rights Day appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Message to Jason Kenney: Alberta changed while you were away being a big shot in Ottawa!

PHOTOS: Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney. Why does this man look so puzzled? Below: Entertainer k.d. lang; the late Ralph Klein, premier of Alberta when Jason Kenney left for Ottawa; Edmonton Journal columnist Paul Simons; and Nolan Crouse, until yesterday the only candidate to lead the Alberta Liberal Party. When Jason Kenney stepped onto the ...

centre of the universe: Fuck Libraries

The Saskatchewan government, in its 2017/18 budget, has slashed library budgets around the province. Its done all kinds of other things too like force civil servants to take a 3.5% cut in pay, shut down the only highway bus transportation service in the province, increase the provincial sales tax, and basically pissed off pretty much…

The Canadian Progressive: Cybersecurity should protect us – not control us

The cybersecurity debate can undermine human rights and the international obligation on governments to protect them, argues Lucy Purdon, a policy officer at Privacy International. The post Cybersecurity should protect us – not control us appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Paul Wells discusses how the Justin Trudeau Libs have been reduced to bluster and reannouncements as a substitute for their promise of improved equality. And Michael Harris notes that some of the people who were crucial to Trudeau’s election in B.C. are seeing through his dishonesty. – Meanwhile, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Paul Wells discusses how the Justin Trudeau Libs have been reduced to bluster and reannouncements as a substitute for their promise of improved equality. And Michael Harris notes that some of the people who were crucial to Trudeau’s election in B.C. are seeing through his dishonesty. – Meanwhile, ...

Things Are Good: How a Better World Can Come from Supply Chain Management

The Canadian organization Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE) just released a report on how supply chain management can help promote and enforce human rights. Some countries legally require companies to report the status of human rights and any liabilities that may stem from neglect or worse. Canada, however, does not. SHARE has looked ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harvard Law School Director Deborah Anker’s Letter To Justin Trudeau Addresses Impact Of Trump’s Executive Orders On Asylum Seekers

Harvard Law School Director Deborah Anker’s letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the impact of Trump’s executive orders on asylum seekers. According to Anker, the orders are “based on erroneous assumptions about the criminality and extremist tendency of the immigrant population.” The post Harvard Law School Director Deborah Anker’s Letter To Justin Trudeau Addresses ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trump Human Rights Tracker

In reading Penny Collenette’s column, Trump has wakened the sleeping giant of law, this morning, I learned that that particular giant as a watchdog on extreme political authority in a democracy, is now fully awake and alert. One of the expressions of that alertness is found in the fact that Columbia Law Human Rights Organizations ...

The Canadian Progressive: A guide to the Geneva Convention for beginners, dummies and newly elected world leaders

In the wake of the Donald Trump’s controversial Executive Order suspending the US Refugee Admission Program for 120 days, German Chancellor Angela Merkel explained the Geneva Convention to her newly elected US counterpart. The post A guide to the Geneva Convention for beginners, dummies and newly elected world leaders appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wmtc: 10 things you can do to fight trump-era nazism

Like all good people, I am horrified by recent developments in the US, and like everyone who has being attention, not surprised. I take hope from the immediate and powerful resistance that has been set in motion. But also at the resistance, I am angry, too. What took you so long? Let’s hope it’s not ...

wmtc: chelsea manning will be free!!!!

This is the best news I’ve seen in a long, long time. Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who then went on to pay the price with a 35-year military prison sentence, ...

wmtc: librarians: celebrate human rights at your library #Write4Rights

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. The date commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the first global human rights document. Every year on December 10, Amnesty International Canada holds Write For Rights. All over the country, Canadians use our own human rights to support people who don’t have ...

Canadian Dimension: An appeal to Green Party of Canada members

Illustration by Carlos Latuff As Israel’s illegal military occupation approaches a half-century, it’s long past time for concrete international action to pressure its government to reverse course. The Green Party of Canada’s recent vote to support “the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (BDS) that are targeted at those sectors of Israel’s economy and society ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: Pitting “identity politics” against class struggle is backwards, and the path to self-defeat

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one of the first things America’s political left would do during the 2016 election post-mortem is to attack minority groups like trans* people, and “identity politics.” That narrative says Americans decided a potential fascist (when you consider his policy proposals, unilateral rhetoric, media manipulation and stoking of hatred) ...

Canadian Dimension: Bursting at the Seams

Photo by Matthew Gray A short video on the crisis of brutal overcrowding in Toronto’s homeless shelters and a call to action. This video had it’s premiere outside the building where Toronto’s Mayor John Tory lives in somewhat better circumstances. News coverage by NOW, and pictures. See “Ontario’s Austerity Government Sets Basic Income Trap” and ...

The Canadian Progressive: 119 indigenous Papua New Guinea women seek UN intervention against Barrick Gold abuses

In a move that underscores the need for the Canadian government to act on complaints of human rights abuses committed by Canadian corporations operating overseas, 119 indigenous women who were sexually assaulted by security guards employed by Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Porgera, Papua New Guinea, are appealing for the United Nations’ intervention. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Karen Foster and Tamara Krawchenko discuss how policy can – and should – be designed to improve intergenerational equity: Canada trails far behind other industrialized nations in its attention to intergenerational equity. The country could do far more to report on a carefully defined intergenerational equity, track ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Andrew Jackson writes that the Libs’ fall economic statement represents a massive (and unjustified) shift away from promised infrastructure funding even while planning to privatize both existing operations and future developments. And Joie Warnock highlights why it would represent nothing short of scandalous mismanagement for the Wall ...

The Canadian Progressive: Halloween costume ideas for Canadian digital rights activists

You’re a digital rights activists and are struggling to pick the right Halloween costume? Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, suggests facial recognition paint, stingrays, privacy badger, patent troll, and certbot. A Guy Fawkes mask would do too. The post Halloween costume ideas for Canadian digital rights activists appeared first on ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: the underground railroad by colson whitehead

Colson Whitehead is a literary genius. In The Underground Railroad, he has found a way to tell the story of 400-plus years of African-American oppression without delivering an awkward march through history, and without using characters as billboards for ideas. Instead of linear time, Whitehead employs a geography of time: different eras, different historical moments, ...