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2020 Apr 4 - 5:23am
Political ActionHuman beings always aspire to be part of something larger. There's the family but it's limited, they want a level beyond that. So they find other entities to feel they belong to, like nations, religions, movements or generations. Very often -- most of the time -- those involve heavily symbolic elements. A generation of Americans recalled where they were when they heard JFK had been shot. (I'm Canadian but I was napping in my...
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2020 Apr 4 - 4:48am
Justin MohammedOn April 4, people across Canada mark Refugee Rights Day in celebration of the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark decision in the Singh case. Thirty-five years ago, the court ruled that refugees enjoy the rights to "life, liberty and security of the person," and have a right to an oral hearing to make their refugee protection claim. This year, however, there will be a pall over that anniversary. For the past two weeks, Canada has...
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2020 Apr 4 - 3:42am
Ed FinnRecent photos taken by astronauts in the orbiting space station show an amazing improvement in Earth's atmosphere. The sharp reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from factories, motor vehicles, ships, planes and fossil fuels reveals a planetary surface whose clarity had been obscured by industrial pollutants. This long-delayed abatement of global warming stems from the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a world-wide pestilence that could have been...
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2020 Apr 3 - 11:17pm
April 3, 2020Remembering political economist Mel WatkinsColleagues and friends pay tribute to the late Mel Watkins, a towering figure.
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2020 Apr 3 - 11:01pm
Karl NerenbergCanada is facing critical shortages of necessary medical supplies right now, but if the country had heeded the advice, five decades ago, of political economist Mel Watkins, we might be far more self-sufficient today. Watkins, who died at the age of 87 on Thursday, April 2, chaired the Lester Pearson Liberal government's task force on foreign ownership, in the late 1960s.  In its report, that task force identified the conundrum of...
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2020 Apr 3 - 12:12pm
David J. ClimenhagaDespite a lot of smoke and mirrors, Alberta's United Conservative Party government has never dispelled the queasy feeling many Albertans have that Tyler Shandro's personal business dealings render him unsuitable to serve as minister of health. It was Shandro's personal conduct, publicly berating a neighbour who posted a critical meme about the Shandro family's ownership of a share of an insurance company that brokers services...
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2020 Apr 3 - 7:10am
US PoliticsStay at home. Shelter in place. Maintain social distance. We now know how to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Containment of the novel coronavirus requires that we act together, as a global community. But not everyone has the freedom to take these steps. The United States is the greatest jailer in the world, with over 2.3 million people in detention. In this sprawling, fragmented gulag, the coronavirus runs rampant, rips through jailed...
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2020 Apr 3 - 5:36am
Archana RampureThe news from Spain over the last week has been heart-breaking Hundreds of deaths a day, thousands of new infections; health-care workers in despair with spiking infection rates among themselves and without the ability to protect themselves; a nightmare scenario where convention centres are being used as hospitals and ice rinks as cold storage for the dead. When I landed in Malaga just over a month ago, there was not the...
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2020 Apr 2 - 10:48pm
April 2, 2020Amber Dawn takes on Hollywood and CanLit in new poetry collectionIn her new book, "My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems," Amber Dawn names abuses of power in certain spaces and communities.
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2020 Apr 2 - 9:22pm
Brent PattersonA new article in the Monthly Review by two epidemiologists, a disease ecologist and a PhD in human geography, provides significant political and economic context to the coronavirus pandemic that has been missing in mainstream media coverage. The article introduces the framework that the "structural origins" of COVID-19 include transnational corporate-driven agribusiness practices that lead to the deforestation of natural...
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2020 Apr 2 - 1:04pm
David J. ClimenhagaWhether or not Bob Buckle meant it to be an early April Fool's joke when he posted his deep thoughts on public education on social media, opining that "perhaps it's time to reduce our physical plant and footprint with large structures and move to virtual online learning," he'd be smart now to claim that was his intention. "If we can justify a complete school closure for a large portion of the year without major impact then...
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2020 Apr 1 - 7:27pm
April 1, 2020Let's come together in these physically distancing times We're facing a crisis trifecta: COVID-19, climate disruption and plunging oil prices. This is exposing flaws in the systems we've been relying on far beyond their best-before dates.
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