Paul S. Graham: Bringing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to life in Canada

Winnipeg, April 26, 2016: NDP MP Romeo Saganash, in conversation with students at the University of Winnipeg. Photo: Paul S. Graham On April 21, 2016, NDP MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou) introduced legislation (Bill C-262) that will ensure that Canadian law is consistent the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Adopted by the ...

wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

Of all the outrageously unjust moments in United States history – and dog knows there are many to choose from – the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg holds a special place in my political underpinnings. It was an event I learned about early on, one that came up in many different contexts throughout my ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – George Monbiot discusses how neoliberal ideology has managed to take over as the default assumption in global governance – despite its disastrous and readily visible effects: (T)he past four decades have been characterised by a transfer of wealth not only from the poor to the rich, but within ...

The Canadian Progressive: Bryan Adams Boycotts Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law, House Bill 1523

Canadian rocker Brian Adams has cancelled his scheduled performance in Mississippi to protest the state’s anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ law, House Bill 1523. The post Bryan Adams Boycotts Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law, House Bill 1523 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Nick Bunker points out that there’s much more to an economic recovery than nominal GDP – with labour’s share of growth serving as a particularly important indicator as to whether anybody is benefitting beyond the wealthy few. And Jordan Weismann argues that there’s ample room for the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Emily Badger discusses a new study showing just how much more expensive it is to be poor: (T)he problem isn’t simply that the poor aren’t savvy about sales or bulk buying. They’re more likely to use these tactics closer to the beginning of the month, when they have ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Katie Hyslop contrasts Canada’s longstanding recognition that housing is a human right against the gross lack of policy action to ensure its availability: Canada has signed and ratified the 1976 United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and in Article 11 it does recognize ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Support workers at Best Western Seven OaksTell the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina to stop bullying workers and get back to the bargaining table. Watch the video below and send a message now at www.ufcw.ca/bestwestern (UFCW Canada Local 1400)Posted by UFCW Canada on Friday, February 26, 2016

Larry Hubich's Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Support workers at Best Western Seven OaksTell the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina to stop bullying workers and get back to the bargaining table. Watch the video below and send a message now at www.ufcw.ca/bestwestern (UFCW Canada Local 1400)Posted by UFCW Canada on Friday, February 26, 2016

Larry Hubich's Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Support workers at Best Western Seven OaksTell the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina to stop bullying workers and get back to the bargaining table. Watch the video below and send a message now at www.ufcw.ca/bestwestern (UFCW Canada Local 1400)Posted by UFCW Canada on Friday, February 26, 2016

Politics and its Discontents: How Will Dion Justify This?

Given the ongoing contention surrounding Canada’s decision to sell $15 billion worth of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, one wonders what sort of dance moves Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion will engage in to explain his government’s ongoing support for the Middle East kingdom in light of this: Canadian-made armoured vehicles appear to be embroiled ...

Alberta Politics: Party City’s PR problem illustrates the need to be anticipatory about promoting tolerance

PHOTOS: The ugly message as relayed by mainstream media, in this case the CBC. Below: Shelley Bramhoff Sikorski’s original Facebook post. Party City is a huge chain of party supply stores based in Elmsford, New York, just five kilometres down the road from Sleepy Hollow, the setting for Washington Irving’s famous short story published in ...

wmtc: dispatches from ola 2016, part 2: libraries and prisons

I’ve had a longstanding interest in prison libraries, and was happy to meet another librarian-friend who shares this. But I was very pleasantly surprised at the large turnout for the talk Prisons and Libraries: A Relationship Worth Incubating at the 2016 OLA Super Conference. A panel of three librarians who serve incarcerated people in different capacities gave ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Robert Atkinson discusses the need for corporate tax policy to encourage economic development rather than profit-taking and share inflation. And Jim Hightower notes that it’s an anti-democratic corporate mindset that led to the poisoning of Flint. – Stephen Tapp offers some noteworthy ideas to ensure the public can ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s decision (PDF) finding that the failure to provide equal child services for First Nations is a human rights breach which requires federal action at law – rather than merely a moral failure which has too often been ignored. For further reading…– CBC reports on the decision, while Neil ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Environmental rights are human rights

Today, “half of all Canadians live in places with unacceptable air pollution,” most because we’re not doing enough to protect “environmental rights,” which are human rights, argues David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: Environmental rights are human rights appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr: The Last Post and the Happy Ending

In the last nine years I wrote more than 100 posts about the case of Omar Khadr, because I considered it one of the most shameful episodes in modern Canadian history.And could never accept that a Canadian child soldier could be tortured and jailed in a place like Guantanamo. And abandoned by his own government.But this will ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Errol Mendes points out that any commitment to securing human rights in our foreign policy is currently limited by the lack of any systematic attempt to see how those rights are being treated. And Rick Mercer rants about the Libs’ gall in misleading Canadians about the sales of ...

Accidental Deliberations: You say "glib", I say "callous and dehumanizing". Let’s just call the whole thing off.

Sadly, even a modicum of criticism of Brad Wall on Saskatchewan’s editorial pages is all too rare. But while the Star-Phoenix offers at least that much, is there any doubt that Wall’s contempt for inmates (among others who rely on provincial services) goes far beyond problems with his tone? Update: Murray Mandryk gets closer to ...

Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

I’ve written before about the Saskatchewan Party’s assumption that actually meeting the basic needs of inmates wasn’t a core function of the provincial correctional system. Well, the choice to turn food service into a corporate profit centre has produced predictable results. And faced with an inmate protest about unsafe and unhealthy food, Brad Wall had ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canadians Speak Out About Saudi Arabia

While our new government would, I’m sure, dearly love to change the channel on the indefensible arms deal with Saudi Arabia that I have been recently writing about, it is clear that Canadians are not about to be easily diverted. A selection of letters from today’s Star attests to that fact: Would someone please explain ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – John O’Farrell argues that a basic income provides a needed starting point for innovation and entrepreneurship by people who don’t enjoy the advantage of inherited wealth: But in fact it is the current situation that prevents initiative and holds back entrepreneurs. Anyone who ever invented or created anything ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Justin Fox explores why it took the economic field in general (with some noteworthy exceptions) decades to start dealing with burgeoning inequality. And Bryce Covert discusses the latest study showing that in looking beyond tax data alone, the level of inequality is even worse than it’s appeared ...

Canadian Dimension: A Brief for Equality

Photo by ANGELOUX Liberal critics of economic inequality are willing to say that it’s wrong for the richest 1% of households in the U.S. to own 42% of the nation’s financial wealth or to pocket 20% of all annual income. But even mild criticism of economic inequality is often accompanied by the disclaimer “but I’m ...

womanatmile0.wordpress.com: COP21 falls short in addressing climate change for the South Pacific Islands

Research done for the Pacific Peoples Partnership, Victoria BC  Vulnerability in the South Pacific Islands The South Pacific Islands are one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to the effects of climate change. The risks are not a matter of inconvenience, but a matter of survival. Failure of food systems, drinking water contaminated ...