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.

The Canadian Progressive: How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors

Yes! Magazine co-founder Sarah van Gelder outlines the four reasons communities led by indigenous people all over the United States are winning against the war against the powerful and deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry. The post How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada

David Suzuki on the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and the “hard work and leadership of Indigenous women and communities who have spent decades calling for an inquiry.” The post David Suzuki: Confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: How the ‘use of force’ industry drives police militarization and makes us all less safe

The growing militarization of law enforcement agencies, fueled by the “use of force” industry, has anti-police violence groups protesting and arguing that governments should prioritize human needs over militarization and violence. The post How the ‘use of force’ industry drives police militarization and makes us all less safe appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Art for innovation’s sake? Lessons from our Canadian cousin

The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is making significant investments in the Canadian public broadcasting, the arts and creative industries. A lesson for other countries on “how to tap into the creative capital of a society.” The post Art for innovation’s sake? Lessons from our Canadian cousin appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Why is the advertising industry still promoting violence against women?

Not only are advertisements that feature sex and violence bad for business, but more importantly they are causing damage by normalising violence against women. The post Why is the advertising industry still promoting violence against women? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: How storytelling can help address police violence

Storytelling can help address police violence by enabling victims to articulate their personal experiences and reveal unjust policing practices. As well, articulated personal experiences of police brutality can help policing agencies to develop better systems of accountability. The post How storytelling can help address police violence appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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 Canadian Progressive: Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU

By voting for Brexit, the UK has “opted for a form of ritual suicide, but one which will destroy others in its wake, fundamentally undermining the EU, the most progressive political project in history.” The post Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trade Agreements Should Prioritize People, Not Corporations

David Korten argues that the current wave of opposition to profit-oriented trade agreements will force future deals to prioritize people, not transnational corporations. The post Trade Agreements Should Prioritize People, Not Corporations appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper paid $4,000 by Donald Trump-supporting Republican Jewish Coalition

According to the Federal Ethics Commissioner, Stephen Harper was recently paid almost $4,000 by the Donald Trump-loving Republican Jewish Coalition for advising US Republicans. The post Stephen Harper paid $4,000 by Donald Trump-supporting Republican Jewish Coalition appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Tina Sikka: We need to address the gender biases in the physician assisted dying debate

Unintentional gender and racial biases play a significant role in the ongoing debate on physician assisted dying in Canada, argues Simon Fraser University lecturer Dr. Tina Sikka. The post Tina Sikka: We need to address the gender biases in the physician assisted dying debate appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians: It’s time to either reform or abolish the Senate, already!

According to a new post-Duffy trial poll, thirty-nine per cent of Canadians say the Senate should be abolished. Many more say the unelected Red Chamber remains “too damaged to ever earn their goodwill”. The post Canadians: It’s time to either reform or abolish the Senate, already! appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.