Master of Allusion

Stockwell! It’s been a while since I’ve seen your face and I was wondering how life outside of politics was treating you. So, imagine my great pleasure when I came across your column on the CBC website: “Avoid the trap of the income ‘gap’.” Noting the deliberate use of quotation…
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For Some, Arrogance is Bliss

This fall, Margaret Wente discovered people under 40. Woot! Okay, that’s not entirely fair. Given her years of pontificating on topics like the environment, public schools, and the glass ceiling, it’s inevitable that sooner or later she manages, even accidentally, to quote or refer to someone under 40. But an…
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Naomi Klein on Capitalism vs. the Climate

With all the hoopla about climate change and global warming, it’s hard to be a capitalist these days. At least, that was the theme of the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (and judging from some of the opinions voiced at this event, I can only imagine the…
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What’s on the Agenda?

Remember in high school history when you learned about the very first nationwide protest for the nine-hour workday (May 1872) and the passing of the Trade Union Act the following month? No? What about when Saskatchewan launched the first provincial Medicare system (1962), and Canada followed suit with a national…
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Oneabees—Way to Represent!

There’s a splinter group in the 99% movement. You know the people I’m talking about—those who, in the midst of the excitement generated by a growing demand for systemic change, persist in disavowing their membership in the 99%. Perhaps you’ve read their rantifesto. It usually begins with “the 99% doesn’t…
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What the Right’s Rage Reveals

Jack Layton’s life and untimely death fundamentally changed Canadian political discourse. But both the public outpouring and its hyperpartisan response speak to another interesting shift in Canadian politics. Hints of this shift appeared after the last federal election when the young, newly-elected NDP MPs were the sudden recipients of a…
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The Riddle of the Middle

It’s like a bad riddle: almost everyone thinks they belong to it, but few can define what it is. Politicians claim to champion it, but it’s increasingly difficult to determine what it actually wants. And, often, when we talk about it, we’re really only referring to part of it—the part…
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