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Video: Building a sustainable progressive movement

Is this show currently playing? July 14, 2013 Watch as Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, shares thoughts on what it takes to unite progressives. You Tube screen_shot_2013-07-14_at_7.34.40_pm.png

Canadian progressives are in a crucial period as we build towards the 2015 federal election. Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, an organization at the heart of the Obama coalition, spoke at a recent Broadbent Institute event about how American progressives are building a movement -- and winning. Watch Neera’s speech to learn more about what it takes to unite progressives.

Photos: Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival

Click here to see more photos from Saturday at the 9th Annual Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival in Toronto.

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9th Annual Salsa on St. Clair Saturday July 13th, 2013 (From noon – until 11pm) Sunday July 14th, 2013 (From noon – until 9pm)

TLN Telelatino heats up this summer with our 9th annual Salsa on St Clair street festival!

TLN Telelatino, the Hillcrest Village BIA and the City of Toronto have once again joined forces to present Canada's largest Latino-themed street festival which has attracted millions of salsa lovers to the streets of Toronto since it's launch in 2005.

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Harper government withholds documents on controversial Canadian mining company

Friday, July 12, 2013 The United Steelworkers union is asking Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault to investigate the Conservative government's failure to release information on a controversial Canadian mining company.

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TORONTO - The United Steelworkers (USW) union is asking federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault to investigate the Conservative government's failure, for more than eight months, to release information on a Canadian mining company's controversial operations in Mexico.

"This case reflects a disturbing pattern by Stephen Harper's Conservatives to obstruct public access to government information," said Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada.

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A communications network open to all Canadians would deliver real affordability and choice

It’s been a fairly positive few weeks for Canada’s long-suffering cell phone users, who pay some of the highest prices for some of the worst service in the industrialized world.

First we saw the CRTC release a long-awaited set of new rules to help protect cell phone users. These new rules come into effect in December and will put an end to most three-year contracts, will cap data overage charges both in Canada and while roaming abroad, and will make cell phone contracts much easier to understand.

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Israel's ethnic cleansing zones

Friday, July 12, 2013 In recent weeks Israel has been intensifying a campaign to summarily evict Palestinian farming communities from their ancestral lands to replace them with Jewish newcomers.

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Were it not for the razor wire, giant concrete blocks, steel gates, watchtower and standard-issue surly teenage soldier, it would be impossible to tell at what point the barren uplands of Israel's eastern Negev give way to the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank.

The military checkpoint of Shani vaguely marks the formal demarcation between Israel and occupied Palestinian territory, but in practical terms the distinction is meaningless. On either side of the Green Line, Israel is in charge.

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Video: Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly

Is this show currently playing? July 12, 2013 Education activist Malala Yousafzai marked her 16th birthday at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education. YouTube malala.jpg

United Nations, New York, 12 July 2013 - Education activist Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.

Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan -- targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now back at school and continues to advocate for every child's right to education.

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Oka, 23 years on

Friday, July 12, 2013 Nothing has changed. But everything has changed. That was the refrain at a gathering for the 23rd anniversary of the Oka Crisis and protest of oil company representatives in Oka and Kanehsatà:ke.

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Nothing has changed. But everything has changed.

That was the refrain at a gathering for the 23rd anniversary of the Oka Crisis and protest of recent oil company representatives in Oka and Kanehsatà:ke.

Nothing has changed in the way natives are treated by the federal government, but everything has changed for people involved in the struggle for indigenous rights, activists told the crowd.

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Reflections on Swamp Line 9

On this week's episode of Progressive Voices, I speak with activists Trish Mills and Danielle, on the occupation of Westover pumping station and the damage the reversal of Line 9 poses to the Indigenous nations along its route.

Trish speaks to the occupation of Westover and the eventual removal of protestors by police. While the majority were given tickets for trespassing, some face criminal charges. To support the activists in need of legal assistance, donations can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/swampline9

Next, in a previous interview, Danielle speaks to the dangers of the Line 9 reversal, in particular the threats to the indigenous communities along its route.

Reflections on Swamp Line 9

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More harm than good from celebrity humanitarianism

July 12, 2013 Photo: Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum/flickr

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Recently I declined to sign an ad on behalf of a clearly worthy cause, as I generally do. The organizers were lining up people they consider "prominent" or with a "profile." There are A-lists and much lower ones (where I reside) both for signers and causes but if you believe in it, why not do what you can?

I'm grateful to American-Irish writer Harry Browne, for writing The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power) on the ultimate "celebrity humanitarian." Bono or no, neoliberalism ain't cool U2's super-mega-worldclass-hyper-hegemonic-rockstar Bono held a jointpress conference with Paul Martin Wednesday to promote Canada'scontribution to the global fight against AIDS and extreme poverty. Martin: Listen to your rock star friend If Canada has loomed large on the international stage it's because we've occasionally captured the global imagination with a powerful idea for making the world a better place. babble: Celebrity recolonization of Africa The map below takes a lighter look at the sometimes serious, sometimes silly business of celebrity altruism.

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Vic Toews and torture: A shameful legacy

July 12, 2013 Photo: mostlyconservative/Flickr

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On July 8, 2013, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced his resignation from Stephen Harper's government, as well as his departure from politics altogether. He mentioned personal reasons for this move. We still don't know if his torture legacy came back to haunt him, or if the recently publicized American spying program PRISM quietly affected his political career.

For the Muslim men arrested in the 'war on terror' and for all human rights advocates in Canada, Vic Toews will always be remembered as the person who authorized torture. Why is the Canadian government afraid of Omar Khadr speaking? About a week ago, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews overruled a decision made by the warden of Millhaven Institution, and refused an interview request by the Canadian Press to speak with Omar Khadr. Documenting Canada's 'war on terror' The Secret Trial 5 is a crowd-funded documentary that takes a personal look at Canada's 'war on terror.' The subjects, five Muslim men, have been held for over a decade using security certificates. Taking Liberties: Canada's growing torture infrastructure Agencies of the Canadian state, from spies to judges, have wedged open a door to legitimize complicity in a practice that both domestic and international law ban outright.

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Protecting the Sacred One Step at a Time - Tar Sands Healing Walk 2013

Is this show currently playing? July 12, 2013 On July 5th and 6th, hundreds of people came together from coast to coast to join First Nations and Metis in the Healing Walk. Vimeo screen_shot_2013-07-12_at_10.12.12_am.png

The tar sands are growing out of control, destroying the climate for all Canadians and poisoning the water of everyone living downstream. On July 5th and 6th, hundreds of people came together from coast to coast to join First Nations and Metis in the Healing Walk, a gathering focused on healing the environment and the people who are suffering from tar sands expansion. It was a powerful weekend of ceremony, information sharing, community and movement building.

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Why wheelchair fees are not 'fair' and what they say about the state of seniors' care in B.C.

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The recent announcement of a $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions has been unpopular -- particularly given the simultaneous announcement of pay raises for top government political staff.

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Transparency needed to ensure proper charges and prosecution in Wright-Duffy cases

Today, Democracy Watch called for transparency in the Wright-Duffy situation in order to ensure that Canadians can be confident that those making decisions relating to charges and prosecution are fully independent and cannot be influenced by the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office, or any federal politician.

The RCMP recently revealed that the Prime Minister’s former Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, gave Senator Mike Duffy $90,000 in return for two things, which means that it is fair to say that Wright should be charged and prosecuted for bribing Senator Duffy, and Senator Duffy for taking the bribe.

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The dirty view from Windsor: Canada's petcoke problem

Thursday, July 11, 2013 There's a perverse irony at play in Windsorites' protests against the petcoke piles on neighbouring Detroit's shores.

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There's a perverse irony at play in Windsorites' protests against the petcoke piles on neighbouring Detroit's shores.

For years, residents downwind from dirty coal-fired plants in Michigan and other Midwestern U.S. centres have been breathing nasty transboundary air pollution -- including the burning of petroleum coke, also known by its nickname 'petcoke'.

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Community mobilization and the power of community radio

July 11, 2013 Photo: Daniel Iván/Flickr

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A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire. That's why the prospect of 1,000 new community radio stations in the United States, for which the Federal Communications Commission will accept applications this October, is so vital and urgent.

A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire. Radio silence: Canada signs off as an international broadcaster Recently, choked with emotion, Mark Montgomery closed out the final transmission of Radio Canada International (RCI) after 67 years of shortwave radio programming to the world. Keeping the community in community radio During a special theme show on community, Redeye invited Coop Radio staffer Leela Chinniah to reflect on the station's contribution to the community. Why we need public media When we are discussing war, we need a media not brought to us by weapons manufacturers. When discussing health-care reform, we need a media not sponsored by insurance companies or Big Pharma.

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