The Canadian Progressive: We only have one Earth, and we’re overshooting its capacity

As our burgeoning demands on the Earth continue to overshoot its capacity to renew resources, it’s time for a serious rethink, argues David Suzuki. Basically, we’re “using up the biological capital that should be our children’s legacy.” The post We only have one Earth, and we’re overshooting its capacity appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: White People: Don’t Unfriend Your Racist Family Members – Yet

Here are 8 things to do before unfriending Uncle Dave on your social media platforms because he doesn’t recognize white privilege or is downright racist. The post White People: Don’t Unfriend Your Racist Family Members – Yet appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Put Muslim characters who don’t need to be ‘saved’ on school reading lists

Children’s stories either written by Muslim writers or featuring Muslim main characters are typically nonexistent or problematic in their representations of Muslim experiences, writes Heba Elsherief, a PhD Candidate, Language and Literacies Education, at the University of Toronto. The post Put Muslim characters who don’t need to be ‘saved’ on school reading lists appeared first ...

The Canadian Progressive: Can peaceful grassroots activism stop the white supremacist movement’s embrace of violence?

The threat of white supremacist terrorism is a constant in U.S. history, writes Shane Burley, author of the forthcoming book, Fascism Today: What It Is and How We End It. The post Can peaceful grassroots activism stop the white supremacist movement’s embrace of violence? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: What Lies Behind Canada’s Net Neutrality Success Story

The Canadian net neutrality success story is notable for how the government, regulator, many companies, and the public have supported net neutrality policies, writes Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. The post Michael Geist: What Lies Behind Canada’s Net Neutrality Success Story appeared first on ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Bicycling never gets old

Bicycling is part of the solution to today’s environmental and fuel crises, and the benefits of increased cycling go beyond reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, David Suzuki argues. The post David Suzuki: Bicycling never gets old appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy”

According to Robin DiAngelo, a former Associate Professor of Multicultural Education: “Naming white supremacy changes the conversation because it shifts the problem to white people, where it belongs.” The post No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Macron and Trudeau shouldn’t be so proud of appointing women to their Cabinets

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron are obviously proud of the fact that they’ve both appointed gender-parity Cabinets. For Malliga Och, an Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Languages at Idaho State University, what’s more important for achieving meaningful gender equity is that women control key political resources. The post Macron ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada 150: Reconciling who we are with who we want to be

Today, on the occasion of Canada 150, we should be asking ourselves tough questions relating to the role of public policy in Canada’s ongoing efforts at reconciling with Indigenous people. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: “Above all, we must deliberately put Indigenous voices and lived experiences at the centre of policy-making conversations ...

The Canadian Progressive: Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was based on faulty assumptions

One of the key faulty assumptions underlying Canada’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is that Alberta’s bitumen is being unfairly discounted by U.S. buyers and that its price can be maximized by getting it to Asian markets. The post Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was based on faulty assumptions appeared first ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis

In withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrated monumental ignorance about climate change and the agreement itself, writes David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Judge’s Ruling on Standing Rock a Second Chance for Justice

The federal court’s recent ruling on the Dakota Access Pipeline saga could start a new chapter guaranteeing the rule of law and protection of water protectors, argues Mark Trahant, the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. The post Judge’s Ruling on Standing Rock a Second Chance for Justice appeared ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s vanishing point: Reconciliation and the erasure of Indian personhood

According to Tara Williamson, a singer-songwriter and poet from Manitoba, one of the many problems inherent in Canada’s current effort to reconcile with Indigenous peoples is this: “We must be willing to reconcile, willing to hear apologies, willing to share our trauma with others, willing to heal and willing to forgive.” The post Canada’s vanishing ...

The Canadian Progressive: Research sheds light on dark corner of B.C.’s oil and gas industry

A field study by the David Suzuki Foundation and St. Francis Xavier University found methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is at least 2.5 times higher than B.C. government estimates. The post Research sheds light on dark corner of B.C.’s oil and gas industry appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: With Syria missile strikes, Trump turns from non-intervention to waging war

The US’ cruise missile strikes against Syria’ Shayrat airforce base mark President Donald Trump’s first big foreign policy test. For foreign policy realists, Trump’s swift turn from non-intervention to waging war raises fears about his administration’s inconsistent and chaotic approach to world affairs. The post With Syria missile strikes, Trump turns from non-intervention to waging ...

The Canadian Progressive: International Women’s Day: yes, we still need to protest this shit

On International Women’s Day 2017, we still need to “protest this shit” because, for example, Donald Trump got elected president of the US and he “endorses positions of feminine passivity and masculine power that underpin sexual harassment.” The post International Women’s Day: yes, we still need to protest this shit appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Canadian Progressive: How the everyday use of militaristic jargon makes us more combative

The language of warfare and violence dominates public discourse in the United States and around the world, even when war isn’t part of the conversation. Nan Levinson, a writer, teacher, and journalist covering civil and human rights, culture, and the military, discusses how the normalization of militaristic jargon is making us more combative and less ...

Against the Grain: Cis expectations: Or, why I stopped giving a fuck

I’ll start this by saying there are limitations to who it is safe for me to “not give a fuck” about. In principle, this includes people in positions of institutional authority (parents, legislators, police, schools, doctors, lawyers, judges, etc.) whose opinions can and do have a very real potential to impact me, to a much ...

Against the Grain: Vocabulary’s got nothin’ to do with it

Content Notice: Victim blaming, trans-antagonism, reclamation of t-word slur Perhaps it was good fortune that I caught a bug and started drowning in my lungs. I recognized earlier this week that I was very tense from working back-to-back for such a protracted period of time and even though I earmarked some time this weekend to ...

Against the Grain: Bathroom Bill Senator Don Plett back at it again

Don Plett is the genius behind the previous Canadian government’s attempt to legislate on trans rights–he proposed the amendment to Bill C-279, which specifically excluded public accommodations and housing protections. An otherwise perfectly good bill was gutted thanks to him, leaving trans women stranded in a veritable minefield yet again. So, of course, we ought not ...

Against the Grain: Rethinking attitudes about voting in democracies

“Voting is a chess move, not a Valentine.” -Rebecca Solnit So there’s still a lot of postmortems popping up concerning the US Election and one theme that is quite common among all of them is this notion that Clinton was unlikable. Setting aside the hazy malaise that expelled such conspiracy theories as “Clinton is a lesbian” ...

Against the Grain: What happens in the US doesn’t stay in the US

The question of what America’s progressives are going to do next is a complex one. There are many US analysts attempting to dissect the bloated carcass of the 2016 election and for my part I’m probably going to take a while to really take stock in terms of action in the United States. I’ve started ...

The Canadian Progressive: How a controversial dam threatens rights of Canada’s indigenous Innu people

The controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador, Canada, “relies on local Innu people giving up their own lands.” It “joins a long history of dispossession in North America.” The post How a controversial dam threatens rights of Canada’s indigenous Innu people appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canada, a welcoming country? The unaddressed issue of labour trafficking

The unaddressed issue of labour trafficking tarnishes Canada’s image as a compassionate and welcoming country. Temporary foreign worker programmes allow employers to violate migrant workers’ rights. The post Canada, a welcoming country? The unaddressed issue of labour trafficking appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Making our movements work for kids and families

By providing child care for protesters, racial justice organizers shift the public’s understanding of “front line” work, and make protest movements work for kids and families. The post Making our movements work for kids and families appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.