Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

A recent poll shows strong support for the Trudeau government in Canada, and I have to think, once again, that it is surprising to see that Canadians can be so uncritical and unquestioning of their government. Yes, Harper was defeated, and yes, that was a good thing. But the current government under Trudeau Jr. is ...

Montreal Simon: Truth, Reconciliation, and the Shame of the Con Regime

They are images that should haunt every Canadian. Native children taken away from the parents by the RCMP and sent to residential schools with more cemeteries than playgrounds.And even though our generation wasn't to blame for that story of brutality and attempted cultural genocide, we can't look away or ignore the problem.Because it is still an open ...

Cowichan Conversations: Defiant Northern Chief Galvanizes BC First Nations Against Premier’s LNG Plans

A new leadership figure has emerged in the politics of LNG, Enbridge, pipelines and native rights. Fort Nelson Chief Sharleen Gail has blown Christy Clark and her MLA’s into major damage control mode. It could however be too late.  Chief Gail’s stand might well have spelled the turning point in this long drawn out battle ...

LeDaro: Neil Young Calls Out Stephen Harper on Tar Sands

 Stephen Harper is an international embarrassment for his unconditional hawking of the tar sands, disregarding the rights of First Nations, and ignoring the negative environmental effects. On the latter, we already know that Harper is muzzling scientists, preferring to listen to corporate greed over facts and research. Neil Young is drawing new attention to the ...

Cowichan Conversations: We are being fracked and occupied by the Oil and Gas Industry!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Deep down a great many of us knew that this Enbridge pipeline would be jammed through come hell or high water. The hell and high water part is still an unknown. There is no greater fear in the political world than the fear of the unknown. Harper is fearful of the responses ...

Montreal Simon: My Thank You Letter to Chief Spence

Dear Chief SpenceI was so happy to hear that you will be ending your long hunger strike.Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has decided to end her six-week-long hunger strike after members of the Assembly of First Nations and the Liberal and New Democrat caucuses agreed to back a list of commitments supporting aboriginal issues.For you have endured ...

Montreal Simon: Idle No More and the Ugly Canadians

One of the many things the Idle No More movement has done is force many Canadians to stare at the face of the real Canada.And in the process take a good look at themselves.But what I can't help but wonder is now that they have, do they like what they see?Because I don't, I'm horrified. Read ...

Montreal Simon: Idle No More and the Great Day of Protest

Oh boy. I sure picked the wrong day to be felled by the flu eh? Because I wanted so much to be there.But even on the small TV in my death bed bedroom, it was an awesome and inspiring spectacle. As members of the federal government and First Nations community met behind closed doors today, demonstrators ...

Montreal Simon: The Media Assault on Idle No More

There was an incredibly revealing moment today. A moment that summed up the way many in the MSM have been going after Chief Spence and the Idle No More movement.And like it has been all along, it was both banal and brutal.Read more »