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Against the Grain: Cis expectations: Or, why I stopped giving a fuck

I’ll start this by saying there are limitations to who it is safe for me to “not give a fuck” about. In principle, this includes people in positions of institutional authority (parents, legislators, police, schools, doctors, lawyers, judges, etc.) whose opinions can and do have a very real potential to impact me, to a much . . . → Read More: Against the Grain: Cis expectations: Or, why I stopped giving a fuck

Against the Grain: Vocabulary’s got nothin’ to do with it

Content Notice: Victim blaming, trans-antagonism, reclamation of t-word slur

Perhaps it was good fortune that I caught a bug and started drowning in my lungs. I recognized earlier this week that I was very tense from working back-to-back for such a protracted period of time and even though I earmarked some time this weekend to . . . → Read More: Against the Grain: Vocabulary’s got nothin’ to do with it

Against the Grain: Bathroom Bill Senator Don Plett back at it again

Don Plett is the genius behind the previous Canadian government’s attempt to legislate on trans rights–he proposed the amendment to Bill C-279, which specifically excluded public accommodations and housing protections. An otherwise perfectly good bill was gutted thanks to him, leaving trans women stranded in a veritable minefield yet again.

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Against the Grain: Rethinking attitudes about voting in democracies

“Voting is a chess move, not a Valentine.”

-Rebecca Solnit

So there’s still a lot of postmortems popping up concerning the US Election and one theme that is quite common among all of them is this notion that Clinton was unlikable. Setting aside the hazy malaise that expelled such conspiracy theories as “Clinton is a . . . → Read More: Against the Grain: Rethinking attitudes about voting in democracies

Against the Grain: What happens in the US doesn’t stay in the US

The question of what America’s progressives are going to do next is a complex one. There are many US analysts attempting to dissect the bloated carcass of the 2016 election and for my part I’m probably going to take a while to really take stock in terms of action in the United States. I’ve started . . . → Read More: Against the Grain: What happens in the US doesn’t stay in the US

The Canadian Progressive: How a controversial dam threatens rights of Canada’s indigenous Innu people

The controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador, Canada, “relies on local Innu people giving up their own lands.” It “joins a long history of dispossession in North America.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada, a welcoming country? The unaddressed issue of labour trafficking

The unaddressed issue of labour trafficking tarnishes Canada’s image as a compassionate and welcoming country. Temporary foreign worker programmes allow employers to violate migrant workers’ rights.

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The Canadian Progressive: Making our movements work for kids and families

By providing child care for protesters, racial justice organizers shift the public’s understanding of “front line” work, and make protest movements work for kids and families.

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The Canadian Progressive: How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors

Yes! Magazine co-founder Sarah van Gelder outlines the four reasons communities led by indigenous people all over the United States are winning against the war against the powerful and deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada

David Suzuki on the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and the “hard work and leadership of Indigenous women and communities who have spent decades calling for an inquiry.”

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The Canadian Progressive: How the ‘use of force’ industry drives police militarization and makes us all less safe

The growing militarization of law enforcement agencies, fueled by the “use of force” industry, has anti-police violence groups protesting and arguing that governments should prioritize human needs over militarization and violence.

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The Canadian Progressive: Art for innovation’s sake? Lessons from our Canadian cousin

The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is making significant investments in the Canadian public broadcasting, the arts and creative industries. A lesson for other countries on “how to tap into the creative capital of a society.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Why is the advertising industry still promoting violence against women?

Not only are advertisements that feature sex and violence bad for business, but more importantly they are causing damage by normalising violence against women. The post Why is the advertising industry still promoting violence against women? appeared fi… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Why is the advertising industry still promoting violence against women?

The Canadian Progressive: How storytelling can help address police violence

Storytelling can help address police violence by enabling victims to articulate their personal experiences and reveal unjust policing practices. As well, articulated personal experiences of police brutality can help policing agencies to develop better … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: How storytelling can help address police violence

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: In diversity, there is strength

World-renowned Canadian scientist, broadcaster, activist and author David Suzuki explains how life has “fluctuated and flourished because of the resilience conferred by diversity” over millennia. The post David Suzuki: In diversity, there is strength … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: In diversity, there is strength

The Canadian Progressive: Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU

By voting for Brexit, the UK has “opted for a form of ritual suicide, but one which will destroy others in its wake, fundamentally undermining the EU, the most progressive political project in history.” The post Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Bri… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU

The Canadian Progressive: Trade Agreements Should Prioritize People, Not Corporations

David Korten argues that the current wave of opposition to profit-oriented trade agreements will force future deals to prioritize people, not transnational corporations. The post Trade Agreements Should Prioritize People, Not Corporations appeared firs… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trade Agreements Should Prioritize People, Not Corporations

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper paid $4,000 by Donald Trump-supporting Republican Jewish Coalition

According to the Federal Ethics Commissioner, Stephen Harper was recently paid almost $4,000 by the Donald Trump-loving Republican Jewish Coalition for advising US Republicans. The post Stephen Harper paid $4,000 by Donald Trump-supporting Republican J… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper paid $4,000 by Donald Trump-supporting Republican Jewish Coalition

The Canadian Progressive: Tina Sikka: We need to address the gender biases in the physician assisted dying debate

Unintentional gender and racial biases play a significant role in the ongoing debate on physician assisted dying in Canada, argues Simon Fraser University lecturer Dr. Tina Sikka. The post Tina Sikka: We need to address the gender biases in the physic… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Tina Sikka: We need to address the gender biases in the physician assisted dying debate

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians: It’s time to either reform or abolish the Senate, already!

According to a new post-Duffy trial poll, thirty-nine per cent of Canadians say the Senate should be abolished. Many more say the unelected Red Chamber remains “too damaged to ever earn their goodwill”. The post Canadians: It’s time to either ref… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadians: It’s time to either reform or abolish the Senate, already!

The Canadian Progressive: Leap Manifesto Supported By 40 Per Cent Of Canadians: Poll

Supporters of the Leap Manifesto rejoice! According to a new poll from EKOS Research, your beautiful, bold, controversial, forward-looking document is supported by 40 per cent of Canadians. The post Leap Manifesto Supported By 40 Per Cent Of Canadians:… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Leap Manifesto Supported By 40 Per Cent Of Canadians: Poll

The Canadian Progressive: Budget 2016: Is It The End of a Canadian Digital Strategy?

Internet law expert Michael Geist explains how “Canada’s long road toward a national digital strategy may have come to an end with Budget 2016.” The post Budget 2016: Is It The End of a Canadian Digital Strategy? appeared first on The Canadian Progre… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Budget 2016: Is It The End of a Canadian Digital Strategy?

The Canadian Progressive: Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak

Human rights activist and author Craig Murray wonders why, for the western corporate media, the Panama leak is all about Russian president Vladimir Putin. “Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism,” he says. The post Corporate Media Gateke… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak

The Canadian Progressive: US Election 2016: Sanders and Trump “clearly owe a debt” to Occupy and the Tea Party, respectively

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump “clearly owe a debt to the US’s two biggest protest movements of recent years,” Occupy and the Tea Party, respectively, argues Alfred Cardone, a PhD candidate at the Institute of North American … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: US Election 2016: Sanders and Trump “clearly owe a debt” to Occupy and the Tea Party, respectively

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest’s grizzlies

Environmentalist David Suzuki argues that the recent agreement between government, industry, First Nations and environmental groups to protect the Great Bear Rainforest should have included efforts to end the “barbaric” and “disgusting” grizzly bear tr… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest’s grizzlies