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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When Politics is Personal

Lately I wonder if there hasn’t been a modification to the feminist adage “the personal is political”. In the aftermath of the recent federal election — a decision that left so many of us cringing in anticipation of the onslaught we know will follow — it became clear that for…
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