Canadian Dimension: A letter to our subscribers

Photo by Sean Winters Dear Canadian Dimension Subscriber, We’re writing to let you know that Canadian Dimension has unfortunately had to reduce its publishing schedule this year due to unexpected financial difficulties and problems arising from illness and staff changes. In an effort to contend with these tribulations, we made a decision to cancel the ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Canadian Dimension Interviews Linda McQuaig

When Linda McQuaig, well-known author and Toronto Star columnist, announced that she is vying to be the New Democratic Party candidate in the Toronto Centre byelection, CD contacted her for an interview. The interview, by CD editors Cy Gonick and Andrea Levy, was conducted on the phone and transcribed. Canadian Dimension: What are you reading ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: A Radical Life: The Authentic Landau

held a strangely shaped blob of dough in my chopsticks. It didn’t look exactly edible. “What is this Saul?” “Don’t ask. Just bite and swallow.” I bit. It was crunchy, like the deep-fried bones of a reptile. I tried to swallow. The mass in my mouth didn’t go anywhere. “Wash it down with this.” He ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Extractive Capitalism and the Divisions in the Latin American Progressive Camp

It can be argued that the concessions to the extractive MNC and local ‘leading’ classes assures stability, steady revenues and finances the incremental social expenditures which permit the re-election of the centre-left regimes. In other words a de facto alliance between the “top” and “bottom” of the class structure is the unstated bases for centre-left ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Tom Kent’s unfinished business

Canadian democracy lost one of its most vigilant sentries last month. Tom Kent was 89. Kent is best known for his epic contributions to federal policy innovation. Recruited by reformist Liberal Lester B. Pearson in the early sixties, Kent helped pour the foundations for regional development, the Canada Pension Plan, Medicare and the Canada Assistance ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Where’s my friend?

My friend is Walid Abu Rass. He is the Finance and Administration Manager for the Health Work Committees, one of the largest community health service providers in the occupied Palestinian territory. HWC serves over 500,000 patients/beneficiaries per year! More on HWC in a second. I had not seen Walid for a while. We are both ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: The 1% solution in Europe

Last month a Super Committee (12 Members of Congress) failed to decide—fortunately—our economic destiny: where our tax money would go—or not. Yes, capitalism failed again. And with it went democratic procedures in the political arena. Big Facts: Since 2008, millions got laid off, evicted or foreclosed and lost their pensions. Capitalism’s answer: “So you think ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: The Second Wind of the Worldwide Social Justice Movement

During the protests in Tahrir Square in November 2011, Mohamed Ali, age 20, responded to a journalist’s query as to why he was there: “We want social justice. Nothing more. That’s the least that we deserve.” The first round of the movements took multiple forms across the world—the so-called Arab Spring, the Occupy movements beginning ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Thomas Mulcair—Israel, Right or Wrong

“I am an ardent supporter of Israel in all situations and in all circumstances.” [“…je suis un ardent supporter de toutes les instances et de toutes les circonstances d’Israël.”]* ~Thomas Mulcair, quoted in Canadian Jewish News, May 1st, 2008 Independent Jewish Voices promotes the application of international law and respect for human rights as the ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: The Creation of Adam

Adam is a man. He is just 20 years old, though he’s had to endure more heartache and hardship than most his age. He smiles almost constantly, with a playful, shit-eating grin, and when he does even his eyes smile, crinkling to show that it’s genuine. His eyes are blue, clear, and animated, like eddies ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Whose Freedom? Canada in Libya

There has been remarkably little opposition to Canada’s participation in the overthrow of Muamar Gaddafi. Each of the major political parties endorsed Canada’s initial involvement and its subsequent extension. While a substantial movement against Canada’s participation in the war in Afghanistan was developed and maintained for years, nothing comparable in scale has arisen in response ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: “Gendering climate and sustainability”: why bother?

“Gendering climate and sustainability”[1]: why bother? That was the title of a three-day conference in Denmark, preceding the UN Climate Change Negotiations, in 2009. Gender climate means considering women and men different interests, needs and choices in climate change questions. It is fairly easy to understand how situations can be different for women and men ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: The Obama Doctrine: Making a Virtue of Necessity

After nearly 3 years in deep pursuit of the colonial wars initiated by ex-President Bush, the Obama regime has finally recognized the catastrophic domestic and foreign consequences. As a result the “reality principle” has taken hold; the maintenance of the US Empire requires modification of tactics and strategies, to cut political, military and diplomatic losses[1]. ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: “The process is the message”

Early in the occupation of Wall Street, David Graeber characterized it as a re-awakening of the radical imagination. One way to conceptualize the imaginative dimension of the Occupy Together movement is to think of it as analogous to an art project undertaken in Dionne Brand’s 2005 novel, What We All Long For. Tuyen, one of ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Labour Law in Harper’s Canada: New Directions, New Challenges

For much of the past decade, leftists, progressives and centrists warned Canadians of the Conservative Party of Canada’s “secret agenda.” It has been alleged that this includes a desire to undermine Canadian values, to bring Canada closer to the United States, to jeopardize publicly funded health care, to erode Canada’s social safety net and to ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Race, Civility, and a Good Cup of Tea

Rioting began in London, UK on 6 August after a march on the Tottenham Police Station surged into a violent conflict between demonstrators and police. The protesters were marching for answers about the death of Marc Duggan, a young local black man who had been shot and killed by police in a pre-organized stop and ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Imperialism and Democracy:  White House or Liberty Square?

Introduction: The relation between imperialism and democracy has been debated and discussed over 2500 years, from fifth century Athens to Liberty Park in Manhattan. Contemporary critics of imperialism (and capitalism) claim to find a fundamental incompatibility, citing the growing police state measures accompanying colonial wars, from Clinton’s anti-terrorist laws, and Bush’s “Patriot Act” to Obama’s ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: What’s going on in the park?

Day seven of the occupy Toronto movement has me wondering exactly what I want to say about this movement. I could tell you about day to day life in the park, or the marches that have taken place, or what the many people I have talked to have said about why they are part of ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Afghanistan calling!

Afghanistan calling! Ten plus years ago, the United States (oops, NATO) invaded Afghanistan and quickly won the war against the militarily (technologically) inferior Taliban government. Taliban fighters fled to Pakistan. Washington and allies followed their victory by quickly losing the occupation challenge. As W. Bush and allies invaded Iraq, the Taliban crept back from Pakistan ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Occupy Toronto – Day One

This will be the first in a series of articles I intend to write on the occupy Toronto movement. I wish to make it clear that although I am attending as much as I can find the time, I do not consider myself to be apart of this movement. Although I do sympathize with the ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Occupying Montreal

On this rainy morning avec une gout de grippe I reluctantly picked up the phone and canceled the STM transport that was scheduled to get me in my motorized chaise de ronde down to the Occupy Montreal demo in Square Victoria. Can’t be there to witness the historical birth of a new and potentially revolutionalizing ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Posted on September 30, 2011 by NYCGA. This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011. As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: The Keystone XL Pipeline: Part II

The Ever Elusive Carrot The oil and gas industry excels, perhaps more than any industrial group, at leading and prodding political and media “lemmings” over the proverbial cliff. It is prone to gross exaggeration that appeals to hopeful and wishful believers, and to prodding people with innuendo and threats. Take, for example, the American Petroleum ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: The Keystone XL Pipeline: Part I

Some time in the very near future—perhaps as early as this fall—President Obama and administration insiders will approve the construction of the massive Keystone XL pipeline. With the stroke of that pen the gates will open to the flow of about 700,000 barrels of the most costly and toxic oil[1] on earth from below the ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Taxes and the Ghost of Bob Blair

Robert Blair died in April 2009. “Bob” – as he was best known – headed Nova Corporation and became in time a very wealthy man. Unusual in the oil and gas sector, he was also a staunch Canadian nationalist, refusing to let Nova join the Business Council on National Issues (today, the Canadian Council of ...