The Canadian Progressive: It’s time to take our charities to the cleaners

The Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal signals the arrival of the moment for an honest public conversation about charities’ role in society, the white saviour mentality, gender relations, charity accountability, and the impact of western aid and power in developing countries. The post It’s time to take our charities to the cleaners appeared first on The ...

The Canadian Progressive: Why is a quarter of Canada’s prison population Indigenous?

The recent decision by an all-white jury to acquit Gerald Stanley, the killer of Colten Boushie calls on us all to confront systematic racism and demand reforms to Canada’s justice system, which “works against Indigenous people at every level”. The post Why is a quarter of Canada’s prison population Indigenous? appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Canadian Progressive: Why Black Panther’s Wakanda Is the Black Utopia We’ve Been Waiting For

Wakanda, the advanced fictional East African nation in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film, is the the Black utopia imagined by the African diaspora and its allies since the trans-Atlantic slave trade. And Black Panther is the powerful, intelligent and compassionate Black superhero whose time has arrived. The post Why Black Panther’s Wakanda Is the Black ...

The Canadian Progressive: The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

Like political campaign contributions, today’s self-interested foreign aid often supports badly-designed development projects, imposes foreign investor-friendly policies on recipient countries, facilitates access to intended beneficiaries’ resources, helps aid-giving countries to look good on the world stage, all the while making unquestioning taxpayers in aid giving countries feel good about their supposed generosity. The post The ...

The Canadian Progressive: ‘Clearing the plains’ continues with the acquittal of Gerald Stanley

Last week’s decision by an all-white jury to acquit Gerald Stanley, the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, calls for an overhaul of Canada’s settler-based legal system, and an investigation into the racism embedded within Canadian society and police forces. The post ‘Clearing the plains’ ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trump may have emboldened hate in Canada, but it was already here

While many Canadians often associate the continuing rise in white supremacist hate in Canada to US President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric, the right-wing extremist movement was already “alive and well” in Canada, “with more than 100 active groups and well over 100 reported incidents of right-wing extremist violence in the country between 1980 and 2015.” ...

The Canadian Progressive: BC’s oil and gas industry regulator withheld fracking data

BC’s Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) withheld information confirming that fossil fuel industry fracking operations could contaminate surface waters and groundwater sources, and absolved companies of the responsibility to act responsibly. A public inquiry into fracking in BC must be instituted as soon as possible. The post BC’s oil and gas industry regulator withheld fracking ...

The Canadian Progressive: The FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality threatens democracy everywhere

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed plan to dismantle net neutrality threatens democracy and the free exchange of ideas and information via the Internet. Even if the FCC votes to repeal net neutrality this week, the fight to save the must continue. The post The FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality threatens democracy ...

The Canadian Progressive: A continuum of unabated violence: Remembering the massacre at École Polytechnique

In 1982, the late NDP MP Margaret Mitchell was laughed down by her fellow MPs when she stood in the House of Commons and presented evidence showing that one in 10 men battered their wives in Canada. In 1989, Marc Lepine killed 14 female engineering students at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. Today, every six days, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and act

Canada is a signatory to nearly a dozen international legal instruments upholding human dignity and the rights of Indigenous women. But the agreements have yet to influence the current analysis of nearly 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Canada. The post Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Corporate influence inflames political cynicism

Even though elected politicians, especially those who end up holding cabinet positions, often prioritize corporate interests over those of their electors, David Suzuki still encourages us to overcome political cynicism and participate in the democratic process. The post David Suzuki: Corporate influence inflames political cynicism appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s international trade agreements should prioritize women’s rights

For the Trudeau government’s ambitious feminist international assistance policy to succeed, Canada’s trade agreements should champion women’s leadership, human rights, and gender equality. The post Canada’s international trade agreements should prioritize women’s rights appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Quebec’s niqab ban uses women’s bodies to bolster right-wing extremism

Quebec’s recent passage of Bill 62, which bans the wearing of the niqab in Quebec for people seeking access to public services, appeases the political demands of the ultra-right in the province, argues Yasmin Jiwani, a Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University. The post Quebec’s niqab ban uses women’s bodies to bolster right-wing extremism ...

The Canadian Progressive: Anti-semitism, racism and other old white supremacist prejudices die hard

Anti-semitism, racism and other prejudices are on the rise in most established democracies. Still, silencing white supremacists on the Internet is counterproductive. It would only lead to more senseless acts violence similar to those perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof. The post Anti-semitism, racism and other old white supremacist prejudices die hard appeared ...

The Canadian Progressive: Lessons from the front lines of anti-colonial pipeline resistance

The recent Standing Rock standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline and eight-year Unist’ot’en resistance camp in northern British Columbia are a manifestation of “indigenous resurgence” against colonialism and fossil fuel developments, including pipelines. The post Lessons from the front lines of anti-colonial pipeline resistance appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: New NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh battles racism in Canadian politics with love

Jagmeet Singh, a martial artist, Sikh lawyer, and newly-elected leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), uses love to challenge racism, Islamophobia and white supremacy in Canadian politics and society. The post New NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh battles racism in Canadian politics with love appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to nix neonics

David Suzuki on why it’s time for Canada to ban neonics, a class of widely used neuro-active insecticides that harm not only the pests they’re designed to kill, but also bees and other pollinators we rely on for about one-third of food crops. The post David Suzuki: It’s time to nix neonics appeared first on ...

The Canadian Progressive: Re-thinking refugee protection: focusing on people and safe passage

Efforts in Canada to provide safe passage to asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States prove that people power and civil society action can change public policy and save lives. The post Re-thinking refugee protection: focusing on people and safe passage appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Can emissions shrink while the Canadian economy grows?

David Suzuki asks: Is the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change framework correct in assuming Canada can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while growing its economy? The post Can emissions shrink while the Canadian economy grows? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Rape at universities: One program is proven to reduce it

The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance program, developed by Charlene Senn, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor, empowers women students at universities to defender themselves against rape and other forms of sexual assault. The post Rape at universities: One program is proven to reduce it appeared first on The ...

The Canadian Progressive: Archbishop Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on Myanmar’s genocidal violence against Rohingya Muslims

This week, retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu released a letter condemning fellow Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s continuing silence on the genocidal violence being perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar security forces and extremist Buddhists under her watch. The post Archbishop Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on Myanmar’s genocidal violence ...

The Canadian Progressive: Now is the time for Canada to walk away from the Safe Third Country Agreement

It’s disingenuous for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to publicly claim that Canada is safe for asylum claimants while the Bush-era Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) prevents refugees coming from the Unites States from seeking safe haven in Canada. The post Now is the time for Canada to walk away from the Safe Third Country ...

The Canadian Progressive: Silencing white supremacists on the Internet breeds more racist violence

Silencing white supremacists on the Internet would only lead to white feelings of persecution, paranoia, white genocide conspiracy theories and acts violence similar to those recently perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof. The post Silencing white supremacists on the Internet breeds more racist violence appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Study finds Exxon misled the public by withholding climate knowledge

A new study by Harvard’s Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes, which analyzed Exxon Mobil’s research and communications over 40 years, found that the company withheld information relating to its products’ climate impact. The post Study finds Exxon misled the public by withholding climate knowledge appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Free expression at universities gagged by anti-Trump backlash

Ryerson University suppressed free speech rights when it cancelled a planned panel discussion featuring conservative academics and former Rebel Media journalist Faith Goldy, argues James Turk, the director of the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson. The post Free expression at universities gagged by anti-Trump backlash appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.