Articles Tagged ‘Canada’

  • Toronto Symphony cancels performances by Ukrainian-born pianist for anti-war views


    The following statement was released on Facebook on April 6 by the renowned Ukrainian-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa. It is in response to the decision of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to cancel two performances by her with the symphony planned for April 8 and 9 of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2.

  • Plan for a low-carbon Alberta


    We must build a diversified economy while transitioning off the oilsands. New industries and jobs must be created around a green economy that builds on Alberta’s highly educated and skilled workforce.

  • Stephen Harper and the myth of the crooked Indian

    Canadian Politics

    Can you think of any Prime Minister, President or World Leader that would withhold food, water, or health care as a bullying tactic to force its citizens into compliance with a new government law, policy or scheme? Can you ever imagine this happening in Canada? I don’t think most of us could.

  • Reflections on a violent day in Ottawa


    I often find it hard to feel empathy for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But when I saw the grim picture of him talking on the phone following the end of his confinement in the locked down House of Commons yesterday, I sensed in him a vulnerability he rarely exhibits.

  • Why New Euro-Canada Treaty Is a Gift to Oil Firms

    Canadian Business

    By sheer coincidence the media has recently been filled with stories that reflect the parallel universes we seem to be living in. The first were the stories about the international climate summit and the huge climate march (and hundreds of smaller ones) that preceded it – punctuated by the launch of Naomi Klein’s powerful call-to-action book This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate adding to the power of the moment.

  • Scotland’s referendum: Some lessons for Quebec… and Canada


    Superficially, the 55-45 victory of the No in Scotland’s referendum on September 18 was a clear rejection of independence. The Yes forces won a majority only in the four poorest and most deprived of the nation’s 32 local divisions, although a class breakdown of the vote would show a majority of the working class voted for independence.

  • Making sense of the Afghan mission

    The last Canadian troops in Afghanistan were scheduled to withdraw on March 31, 2014. nearly 13 years old, the Afghan mission is the longest-ever in Canadian history, and represents a period of dramatic transformation of Canadian foreign policy and military strategy. That transformation, and the political and economic forces that continue to drive it, is the subject of Empire’s Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan, a major contribution to the debate about Canada’s role in the War on Terror and the nature of the deployment.

  • Harper’s planeload to Israel

    Canadian Politics

    Harper is flying to Israel with 208 people including CEOs of major corporations more than 56 representatives from various Zionist lobbying groups and private Jewish schools. What for?

  • Lac-Mégantic: A Social and Ecological Tragedy

    Québec has just experienced the most brutal ecological catastrophe of its history. On July 6, 2013, a train loaded with 72 cars carrying crude oil derailed during the night. It exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic, a small municipality (pop. 6000) in the Eastern Townships. A series of explosions and a fire completely destroyed more than 30 buildings including the municipal library, the town’s archives, heritage buildings, businesses and residences. Police have confirmed that 50 people were killed by the blast.

  • CETA: Can Harper’s Trojan horse be stopped?

    Stephen Harper’s no-longer-secret agenda to implement a revolution from the right and dismantle Canada has one major impediment that must really stick in his craw. He is constrained in what he can do by the constitutional division of powers which gives the provinces so much political authority.

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