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Bernie Sanders' insurgent populism has shaken the Democratic Party and it's not going away

28 July 2016 - 12:46pm
Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Besides providing some powerful lines for Melania Trump's next speech, Michelle Obama reminded us this week how inspiring the Democrats can be at their best.

Indeed, while Donald Trump has grabbed political centre stage due to his sheer loutishness and the fierceness with which he's disemboweled the party of Abraham Lincoln, it may be the Democratic Party that is undergoing the more intriguing and far-reaching transformation.

The forces unleashed by Bernie Sanders hunger for a real populism, and they're unlikely to settle for anything less than a party that once again shows backbone against bellicose billionaires.

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How's the 2016 U.S. presidential race treatin' ya?

28 July 2016 - 11:12am

The U.S. presidential race is officially, officially on with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battling to see who will be elected the apparent "leader of the free world."

How's the 2016 presidential race treatin' ya so far?

Choices Ugh. Is it over yet? I can't look. Pretty good! The RNC was a trainwreck and I cried when Bernie Sanders' brother nominated him. Meh. Two pretty dismal choices for America it seems. All right. Looking forward to watching the campaigns actually. They will no doubt be interesting! Horrible. Is this what democracy has come to? Great! GREAT. None of the above.

A tale of two very different conventions

28 July 2016 - 11:00am

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Bush and Blair will forever elude the punishment they deserve for Iraq war crimes

28 July 2016 - 10:27am

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Did my eyes deceive me or was that really George W. Bush bebopping alongside the Obamas in Texas the other day?

The occasion was an attempt to bring some racial peace to a roiling America. The dancing was weird, especially for a solemn occasion, but I'm pretty sure it was Mr. Bush.

Funny, because I was convinced that he was actually in prison doing hard time for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Wishful fantasizing, I guess.

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The role of sharing data in ending homelessness

28 July 2016 - 9:06am

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On May 4, 2016, approximately 40 people attended the First Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative, sponsored in Calgary by the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy. Those attending included government officials, researchers and students. Here are 10 things to know about the event.

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How to fight neoliberalism without giving way to despair

28 July 2016 - 8:23am

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This is an epilogue to Ed Finn's three-part series examining the ideology of neoliberalism and the enormous harm its implementation imposes on people and the planet.

"Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time."
-- Titus Livius Livy

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Unity and healing is critical for a fractured Democratic Party

28 July 2016 - 7:56am
Thursday, July 28, 2016

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As the first woman in U.S. history is nominated to be the presidential candidate of a major party, a deep split in the Democratic Party has emerged.

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Privacy compromised: Legal rights and protections in Canada

28 July 2016 - 7:29am
Thursday, July 28, 2016

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What should the institutions that are privy to our private information do when they have to deal with competing privacy and secrecy concerns? Michael Hackl looks at Canada's privacy laws to find out.

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Toronto Burlesque Festival shines spotlight on current issues

28 July 2016 - 7:13am
Laura Brightwell interviews Executive Director of Programming Coco Framboise about why she thinks burlesque is such a lightning rod for political opinion. Toronto Burlesque Festival 'lightning rod' for political debate

Hamilton's sanctuary city languishes as political will fades

28 July 2016 - 6:40am
Thursday, July 28, 2016 Hamilton's city council unanimously approved a motion that permitted undocumented migrants to access municipal services. But lack of staff and will has led to a lack of change for these people.

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Two years ago, Hamilton's city council unanimously approved a motion that permitted undocumented migrants access to municipal services without providing immigration documents, turning Hamilton into Canada's second sanctuary city.

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Canadian Greens should vote to revoke Jewish National Fund charitable status

28 July 2016 - 1:18am

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Despite a backlash evocative of those who defended the Jim Crow U.S.  South, Canadian Green Party members recently voted in favor of a resolution calling on Ottawa to stop subsidizing racist land covenants. Next weekend the Greens will make a final decision on whether they support the principles underlying a half-century old Supreme Court of Canada decision outlawing discriminatory land-use policies.

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Feminism has been taken over by capitalism, and it ain't pretty

27 July 2016 - 9:41pm
July 28, 2016

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The world of feminism nowadays is... saturated.

Women are leaning in, #girlbosses are getting that money, period-friendly underwear is readily available, #GirlsCan empower themselves with bombshell lipstick and oh so much more.

But, is this feminism?

When did feminism start meaning that consumption was the most revolutionary act? Marketplace feminism has been creeping in for quite a while and it's time to put it in its place.

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Toronto Burlesque Festival 'lightning rod' for political debate

27 July 2016 - 12:10pm
Thursday, July 28, 2016 This weekend the Toronto Burlesque Festival begins! Laura Brightwell caught up with the Executive Director of Programming Coco Framboise to get her thoughts on the current burlesque scene.

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Victoria's tent city could inspire national conversation about homelessness this summer

27 July 2016 - 9:58am

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As a law student at Canada Without Poverty I have been watching human rights violations unfold in British Columbia over the Super InTent City case. After years of experiencing human rights only in the classroom, I have been full of emotions over the past eight months as I watched over 100 people who are homeless forced to fight for their community and basic rights.

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Is slow 'growth' inevitable? A progressive response to sustained stagnation

27 July 2016 - 7:48am
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Most of the world economy (including Canada's) has performed sluggishly since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09. And many economic and fiscal projections now accept this pattern of slow growth as more or less inevitable, as a "new normal." This argument is typically invoked to justify a ratcheting down of expectations regarding job prospects, incomes and public services.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, many economic projections now accept a pattern of slow growth as inevitable. Jim Stanford explains why it's important for progressives to dig beneath this argument.

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Latest numbers on Nova Scotia's ferry deal lead to sinking conclusions

27 July 2016 - 6:41am

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Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan doesn't want you to jump to conclusions. If he had his way, you wouldn't know enough to jump to even the most preliminary conclusions.

Unfortunately for him, Portland, Maine, requires Bay Ferries, operator of the Yarmouth-Portland ferry service, to submit a monthly accounting showing just how many passengers the Nova-Scotia-government-funded ferry carried.

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Oilsands workers supporting renewable energy

27 July 2016 - 6:12am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Adam Cormier and Lliam Hildebrand. They are co-founders of Iron and Earth, an organization of and for workers in the Alberta oilsands who are pushing for greater support for the development of renewable energy resources and for a sustainable energy future for Canada.

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It's either the oil economy or a clean economy: What's it going to be?

27 July 2016 - 5:58am
We can either support the perpetually spilling pipelines of the oil economy or we can support the transition to a new economy based on expanding green jobs and respecting Indigenous rights. After the Saskatchewan oil spill, should we restrict water or oil?

Help pay for the funeral expenses of Abdirahman Abdi

27 July 2016 - 3:33am
Publish Date:  July 27, 2016 Summary:  Let's support the family as we demand justice. Photo from pixabay.com, Credit bmartinseattle. Labeled for reuse

On Sunday July 24, two policemen beat Abdirahman Abdi to death. Nimao Ali recorded the incident. As she said  "I had my six-year-old when I was recording and it broke my heart. I had to cover his eyes with one hand while I recorded, and I'm thinking, 'OK, what's going to happen to him when he grows up?' So it is a fear and it is something that needs to be addressed and it's something we need to speak out about."

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Love in the time of humidex

26 July 2016 - 11:45pm

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To say this summer has made people hot under the collar is an understatement.

Toronto has been getting quite a blast. And it's been difficult to cope.

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