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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Income Splitting: A Pacifier, Not A Program

Income splitting? Really? That’s the Conservatives’ big plan for helping to ease the financial burden of couples with children? I’m not surprised. After all, this is the government for whom $100/month (taxable!) for each child under six is their version of a universal child care plan. Now, I won’t claim…
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