Premier Notley: the words trip lightly, naturally, off the tongue. She has done her family, and her many new fans across the country, proud.
As I write this, I pause to quickly grab a pencil and jot down one more thing on my "Bring" list, so I don't forget when I leave for a foreign country at 8am tomorrow morning. I have more anxiety than I typically do -- normally I am happiest and most content moving through space (or preparing to), and love my collaborative-creative projects best of all.
So what, I asked myself, was I worried about this time? I had done quite a bit of social, cultural, and language preparation, spent time with friends and colleagues from this country to help prevent myself from various pitfalls, and although I knew I would have to be on my toes, I also knew I had done what I could, and that lots of listening, grace, good humor and respect, we would muddle through.
"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
With only three weeks left to vote in the Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation Referendum, less than 30 per cent of residents have cast their ballots. If you're a procrastinator like me and that referendum package is hiding somewhere underneath last month’s bank statements, this reminder is for you. In case you haven't decided how you intend to vote, here is my take on the referendum, from a feminist perspective.
Sometimes debate in the House of Commons becomes personal.
On Wednesday night, the House of Commons passed the government's anti-terrorism law, Bill C-51, with a few small amendments.
Both the ruling Conservatives and the Liberals voted in favour, although the latter have vigorously opposed a great many of the Bill's key provisions.
Nobody keeps this sort of record, but one could probably safely say that we have never before seen the likes of this in the Canadian Parliament: a party opposing a bill, root and branch, and then voting for it.
The Liberals say they did it because they think a small number of C-51's provisions are salutary.
Stephen Harper is hoping that climate change will not become an issue in the October 19 federal election.
As we approach both the election and the pivotal United Nations climate summit in Paris just weeks afterwards, CBC national affairs editor Chris Hall writes, "Jeffrey Phillips, managing director of the consulting firm Dawson Strategic, says the only way to have any real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is to drastically scale back oil sands production, and that's not going to happen."
The Malaysian-based energy company Petronas is offering $1 billion dollars to the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation in British Columbia to secure their support for the proposed $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert. The B.C. government is supporting this by offering to transfer 2,200 acres of land, valued at $108 million, to the First Nation.
Opposition to fracking has been brewing in the Yukon for a number of years. The Yukon Party government's recent decision to allow fracking in the Liard basin in southeast Yukon has reignited resolve in the territory to protect the lakes and rivers from fracking, a practice that was recently found to contaminate drinking water in Pennsylvania.
Members of the Liard First Nation are concerned that the Yukon Party are making deals behind closed doors with their Chief and Council which will have adverse affects on community's drinking water and health as well as the wildlife which they rely on for food.
"What do you hope to accomplish with this protest," I asked a 13-year-old girl marching in Staten Island, N.Y., last August, protesting the police killing of Eric Garner.
"To live until I'm 18," the young teen, named Aniya, replied. Could that possibly be the American dream today?
Aniya went on: "You want to get older. You want to experience life. You don't want to die in a matter of seconds because of cops." It's that sentiment that has fuelled the Black Lives Matter movement across the country.Outcry in the U.S. has been consistent and growing, after each high-profile police killing of people of colour. People across the country are rallying to demand accountability and justice for all.
And now, the hard part …
If you thought overcoming the supposed Progressive Conservative juggernaut piloted by hastily departing premier Jim Prentice was difficult, wait till you see the next big task that must be faced by premier-elect Rachel Notley.
And I'm not talking about the difficulties of training and managing a caucus with a lot of inexperienced members, which will present some challenges of its own -- although not nearly as many as official commentariat would like you to imagine.
I don't know if you've noticed, but for all the notorious inexperience in the federal NDP’s Quebec caucus, it didn't take very long at all for them to settle down and get to work, operating reasonably smoothly.
People with young children have many reasons to prefer cars to other forms of transportation. Yet a new study shows that parents are keen to reduce their car use despite the challenges. Arlene McLaren is author of Moving Beyond the Car: Families and Transportation in Vancouver.
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This just in from Ottawa: The government -- backed by the Liberals -- have ignored Canadians and used their parliamentary majority to force Bill C-51 through the House of Commons. Despite massive opposition from hundreds of thousands of everyday Canadians and the country’s top privacy experts, the reckless bill is a step closer to become the law of the land.
The Alberta election saw a historic win with the Alberta NDP winning 53 seats and a majority government, supplanting the ruling PC party, who were first elected in 1971.
The Alberta NDP is not only taking over the office of the Premier, but also inheriting a large civil service that has not seen a government change in over four decades.
On Monday the Liberals released a portion of their platform for the upcoming federal election. While I'm happy to see some overlap with our Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), I'm puzzled by the Liberals' proposed tax changes, which basically just move tax money around in the top 20 per cent of households without doing anything substantial for every politico's favourite demographic, the "middle class."
What is Wild Culture @ Pages Unbound Festival, you asked?
I have had many questions about one particular event that has really piqued curiosity, at the Pages UnBound Festival, (May 7-10) -- The Cabaret of Wild Culture.
This is the third blog post in IJV's rabble.ca blog series "Debunking Hasbara". Terry Greenberg argues that those who employ the illogical smear of the the label "anti-Semitism" against Israel's critics are either fools or scoundrels. Their dirty trick should not warrant a rebuttal.
On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Folami Jones, Matthew Byard and Ben Sichel about the Working While Black in Nova Scotia project. It is a response to anti-Black racism in workplaces in the province, and it is organized around a website where people may anonymously share their experiences.
It is unfortunate that the sitting government has to waste valuable political capital manoeuvring around obstructionist balanced budget legislation (BBL), but the media and opposition continue to place recent budget analyses in its distorting frame. Contrary to established economic theory and practice, BBL always equates balanced budgets with prudent fiscal practice. But just as no household would forgo taking out a mortgage to buy a home, no government should shy away from running responsible deficits when strategic investment will lead to improved physical and social infrastructure that will allow our economy to grow.