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Politics, Re-Spun: BC’s Deep Deep Racism, Shhhh!

Shhh, this is uncomfortable. It might make you ashamed.

Hopefully it will anger you to action?

First Nations burial grounds in BC have less protection than settler cemeteries.

Along with desecration at a Musqueam burial site, someone is building their home on top of another burial ground on Grace Islet off Saltspring Island. On stilts [see the horrible details below]. And the person building this home was once fined $150,000 for putting fake safety labels on retail products. Sigh. Morality much? Ever?

The minister responsible said in the legislature that Grace Islet’s “owner” “and the archaeology branch had (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court

Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care was “cruel and unusual” treatment that “shocks the conscience and outrages Canadian standards of decency.”

The post Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Magnificent Example of Joe Killoran

Well I knew the shirtless jogger Joe Killoran had won his confrontation with Rob Ford yesterday from the moment it was over.Because after that, as you can see in the photo, not even a gallon of horse tranquilizer could keep Robbie from peering nervously over his shoulder.No doubt trying to remember what Boss Harper had told him to do when confronted by an ordinary citizen angrily demanding answers. Apart from having them arrested, or in Ford's case jumping on them.But it was all in vain, the internet was unanimous, Joe was the winner.Read more »

Politics, Re-Spun: How the Tsilhqot’in Land Title Ruling Can Help Kill Enbridge

Watch Pam Palmater’s response to the SCC ruling. Click above.

Stephen Harper had about a week to enjoy the glory of his remarkably understated whispery notification that the Enbridge climate killing pipeline will proceed.

Yesterday the Supreme Court shut down the prime minister, which they have a tendency to do because he so flagrantly intends to violate it. So they keep slapping his hand.

With the Tsilhqot’in ruling, our hope that first nations are our last line of defense against more climate killing tarsands development, has been greatly augmented.

In the coming weeks we will see how this may be (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: US Patent Office Says It Won’t Protect a Racial Slur. Here’s What It Means for The Washington Redskins (VIDEO)

The US Patent Office says it won’t protect a racial slur. Democracy Now talks to Amanda Blackhorse to explain what it means for the Washington Redskins.

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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Randy Hiller and Being Careful What you Wish For

We were in the Napanee area on Saturday and I noticed the Randy Hillier signs. Not a lot, but a few. Hillier is the Conservative incumbent for the riding of Lanark – Frontenac – Lennox and Addington. This riding was only created in 2003, so for the 2007 election, all candidates were new.

He won by a narrow margin of less than 1000 votes. But Hillier had the help of a controversial group called the Ontario Landowners Association, whose mandate is “…to preserve and protect the rights of property owners and to enshrine property rights within the Constitution (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: “Those Mainlanders” and other racist ways to start a sentence

I was at a restaurant with friends a few weeks ago. The conversation was kind of slow, so I mentioned my plans for travelling to Hong Kong next year and asked for advice on which attractions to visit.

One of the members of the group took this as an opportunity to talk about all the annoying “Mainlanders” – a term referring to people from Mainland China – I should be wary of during my visit.

“Mainlanders go to Hong Kong to show off their money. They’ll go into an LV boutique and say to the sales assistants, ‘I’ll take all the bags in the store except these (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Israel gets a plug: Don Sterling cites Israeli racism in justifying his racist views

Above right: Don Sterling and V. Stiviano /  Beneath: Israelis protesting against African asylum seekers

Affirmation of Israeli racism can surface in the most unlikely of places. In the taped phone conversation between disgraced L.A.Clippers owner Don Sterling and his girl friend V. Stiviano, Sterling cites Israeli racism in an attempt to give his racist opinions about African Americans some dubious credibility.

As has been widely noted in the Jewish press, Don Sterling is Jewish – born Donald Tokowitz. This makes his reference to Israel in the course of advocating a racist position all the more incendiary, (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: If there was any doubt that racism is alive and well in Canada….

Yesterday I wrote a mini-rant on the “gaze” of the CBC article on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Look, you can disagree with me and argue that it was just […]

Melissa Fong: How to ABUSE Canadian Citizenship: Blame Temporary Foreign Workers for problems of a global Capitalist Economy

How to ABUSE Canadian Citizenship: Blame Temporary Foreign Workers for problems of a global Capitalist Economy: Once again, the media uses the wrong gaze to look at a program that does […]

Melissa Fong: What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown?

What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown? Remembering Chinatown’s soul I spent many days and weekends in Vancouver’s Chinatown helping my dad at his office. He worked in […]

Melissa Fong: Why @Suey_park won’t “enact the labour”: Women of Colour don’t owe you an education- #CancelColbert Part 4

…she seemed to discount Zepp as a “White Male” and told him that she, “won’t enact that labour” of explaining to him why a White male probably couldn’t understand why a Woman of Colour’s point of view. I am here today to enact that labour. We are born into this history of racism and sexism. White men have the privilege of never second-guessing their rights or citizenship. Women of colour, everyday, are learning to work in a White patriarchal world. While White men can take this existence for granted, Women of colour struggle, everyday, to figure out the rules;…

Melissa Fong: DTES Local Area Plan- Speaker #5, on Amendments

We need to respect the experiential knowledge of DTES residents that understand how the plan violates their security. Not fundamentally opposed to Vision- but you have to realize reality. If you insist on the ideology of “social mix” you also have to set up the circumstances for dignity of all people- not just a veil. I wanted to make clear: 60/40 Would only be acceptable if all of the 60% was at welfare rates Microsuites in principle are okay- perhaps we need to deal with smaller living spaces; however the sizes proposed are unliveable. Some of the most dense housing (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan- Summary

Like last time, I did some LiveTweeting of the evening- My strategy is to summarize the main point of all the voices; add in my OWN commentary (I can be […]

bastard.logic: Obligatory ZOMG CONCERNED!!1 #CancelColbert Post

Jamilah King breaks down #CancelColbert:

What’s important to understand here is that Park’s aim wasn’t necessarily to get The Colbert Show kicked off the air. Instead, it was to, as point out that satire isn’t always the best activism. “Well-intentioned racial humor doesn’t actually do anything to end racism or the Redskins mascot,” Park told the Jay Caspian Kang at the New Yorker. “That sort of racial humor just makes people who hide under the title of progressivism more comfortable.”

While I think Suey Park is entirely in the right (even if I share some of the middle (Read more…)

bastard.logic: Obligatory ZOMG CONCERNED!!1 #CancelColbert Post

Jamilah King breaks down #CancelColbert:

What’s important to understand here is that Park’s aim wasn’t necessarily to get The Colbert Show kicked off the air. Instead, it was to, as point out that satire isn’t always the best activism. “Well-intentioned racial humor doesn’t actually do anything to end racism or the Redskins mascot,” Park told the Jay Caspian Kang at the New Yorker. “That sort of racial humor just makes people who hide under the title of progressivism more comfortable.”

While I think Suey Park is entirely in the right (even if I share some of the middle (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Proving male privilege: @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid @cheuya striking back #CancelColbert Part 3

Some of the most prominent women of colour, anti-racist, feminists are coming together to talk about male privilege. Except they aren’t talking about it. They are proving it.   @suey_park @BlackGirlDanger @thewayoftheid and @cheuya […]

Melissa Fong: #25KLunch WINNERS Announced! Who said there’s no free lunch?

Other than the fact that I should win the best prize for dragging out a meme that would have otherwise had the life-span of a fruit fly… I’ve got some […]

Melissa Fong: What is satire responsible for? #CancelColbert trending & Colbert not apologizing for racism & transphobic tweets

Is it satire if it hurts millions of people it intends to defend? Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Repor is receiving a lot of heat for recent racist and trans-phobic […]

Melissa Fong: Doug Ford tells Olivia Chow to learn ENGRISH… oh, and he defends himself with, “I have a lot of Black friends”- FAKE FORD ACCOUNT

Doug ford tells Olivia Chow to learn ENGRISH…. wtf?

He said:

@dmayorkelly Maybe @oliviachow should use the @torontolibrary to learn ENGRISH. She’s not mayor material, anyone from the Ford family is! And Doug Ford even BOLDED “ENGRISH” to make his racism even more appalling. Oh.. .hold on… it gets better- Doug Ford “HAS BLACK FRIENDS”… don’t worry, he can’t POSSIBLY racist.

Melissa Fong: Top 25 of #25KLunch Meme Finalists Announced!

  Okay, folks! The moment has come to see your Top 25 Finalists for the #25KLunch meme competition! I can’t even tell you how many messages I’ve received telling me […]

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Politics Of Othering

I don’t like Pauline Marois.  I never have.  Frankly, she reminds me of a teacher I had in grade 6 who ruled the classroom through fear and intimidation … and she keeps on using political tactics that reek of the same stupidity. Today’s entry into the race for the bottom that is the Quebec Election comes from Marois in the form of “voter fraud” claims. The PQ called a news conference Sunday morning to express concern about media reports of English-speakers and other non-francophones from outside the province trying to vote in the April 7 election. 

PQ candidate Bertrand St-Arnaud (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Financial reform: Taking responsibility as public servants and otherwise…

Facts: I don’t hate Vision Vancouver. I’m indifferent to the overall career of Gregor Robertson. I actually like Andrea Reimer, from what I know of her. (Confession: I really like […]

Melissa Fong: Admitting to not knowing until it was too late: The DTES Local Area Plan implications

…I admit that I didn’t know how REAL it was until the 3 days came to an end and even after it passed….

After that the reality sunk in, I got more and more angry as I realized the implications of the plan.

The fact is that poor people LIVE this. This is their reality. I come from a critical academic perspective and knew it was bad- but I’ve never experienced the feeling of ZERO safety net in my life- and most proponents or apolitical people about the plan probably won’t have experienced that either. So while we can ignore (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: #25kLunch Meme Competition Update #1

The #25KLunch meme has received more press than I would have ever imagined! Amazing what a group of really dedicated “mockticians” can do to bring the issues out there. #25KLunch […]