A wealth of evidence -- both global and local -- confirms the value of literacy, and the importance of programs that promote literacy. This is especially the case for low-income individuals and communities, for whom gains in literacy can be transformative.
SAN ANTONIO -- In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go. Scores of medical facilities have been shuttered in Texas, stranding almost a million women hundreds of miles from a health-care facility that they might need. The reason? These facilities provide, among other services, safe, legal abortions. Last week, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 5th Circuit affirmed Texas state restrictions on abortion access, closing 13 more clinics overnight. Overall, 80 per cent of Texas abortion clinics have closed since the law went into effect.Texas state restrictions on abortion access means that 80 per cent of abortion clinics have been closed. Pro-choice activists call them "TRAP laws" -- "Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers."
It is no longer a metaphor when we say Alberta's conservative politicians are performing miracles and wonders.
Leastways, yesterday, Premier Jim Prentice announced his intention to perform an actual, literal miracle -- to create 230 new schools in five years, which is a rate of very close to one new school every week!
That's a miracle if you ask me, even with a price tag of $2 billion, which is what Prentice's Progressive Conservative government says it's going to spend on making this happen.
OK, I get it. John Tory is not a Ford -- but he is a Tory.
I have known John Tory for years and he can be a nice guy but he is a Conservative (large C and small c) through and through. Some will say that he is economically conservative but socially liberal. I will leave aside for a moment whether that is even possible anymore when most inequality is due to the conservative restructuring of the economy, favouring the rich over the rest of us.
It's true that he is not a Neanderthal like the Ford Brothers. He will march in the Pride Parade and he won't be in an international embarrassment, but he also won't be a good mayor.
Jean-Claude Duvalier, the tyrant who ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, has died in Haiti at the age of 63. His death is a huge moment for political reflection on the part of the Haitian people, including the fact that so much of Duvalier's harsh political legacy remains alive and well in the island country.
A foreign, military occupation force of the UN Security Council has entered its 11th year. It serves to bolster much of the authoritarian, Duvalier legacy, which has always, at its heart, been about excluding the Haitian people from governing their own country.
"President for Life"
Van Jones says he came here to speak to the Good Jobs Summit because "you've got a crazy dude up here, and it's not Rob Ford."
He has harsh criticism for our Prime Minister, saying Stephen Harper is more interested in looking good than doing good. Listen to hear the other things he says about Stephen Harper, the global economy and how to shift the power from the corporations and governments to the people.
Van Jones is an American environmental advocate, civil rights activist, attorney, CNN commentator and best selling author. Also an adviser to President Barack Obama in 2009 on Green Jobs, his views on the environment, jobs and the economy are much sought after in the public sphere.
Leading up to the Global Frackdown on October 11, National Chairperson of Council of Canadians Maude Barlow nominates Board members Leo Broderick and Leticia Adair as well as Lone Pine Resources for the Fracking Wastewater Bucket Challenge. Lone Pine Resources is suing Canada under NAFTA for Quebec's fracking moratorium.
This fall's legislative sitting will be an important one for shaping the future of LNG in B.C. Will one or more companies make final investment decisions? And if they do will there be any public benefits?
One of the key questions is whether the B.C. government will cave on its proposed 7 per cent LNG income tax rate. Industry has criticized the LNG income tax as an extra tax not applicable to other industries, but this misses the point. B.C.'s natural gas is a public or Crown resource, so, ultimately, this jockeying is about what is B.C.'s fair share of the profits. If I was to sell your car for you, because I had special infrastructure for that purpose (a used car lot), how should we split the proceeds: 50/50? 80/20? 95/5?
A decade into North America's fracking boom, the impact on wildlife and the environment remains largely unknown, according to a new study.
"We're conducting a giant experiment without even collecting the important data on the water, air, land or wildlife impacts," said Sara Souther, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin, one of the co-authors of the peer-reviewed research examining the environmental impacts of shale gas development in the U.S. and Canada.A decade into North America's fracking boom, the impact on wildlife and the environment remains largely unknown, according to a new study.
A lot of the recent talk about Ello, an upstart social media site, has been about how the nascent community reminds members of the early days of the Internet. You know, before native advertising, privacy invasions and Buzzfeed.
Ello's appealing manifesto recalls the first days and first communities in the web.A lot of the recent talk about Ello, an upstart social media site, has been about how the nascent community reminds members of the early days of the Internet.
Stephen Harper, John Baird, Laurie Hawn and the rest of the boys yesterday finally got the war in Iraq they've been pining for since 2003.
"We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies," Prime Minister Harper, who was still the leader of the opposition, complained back in April 2003. At the time, the United States had just invaded Iraq to punish it for having nothing to do with 9/11 and having no weapons of mass destruction, although we were told a slightly different version at the time.
The Amazon rainforest is magnificent. Watching programs about it, we're amazed by brilliant parrots and toucans, tapirs, anacondas and jaguars. But if you ever go there expecting to be overwhelmed by a dazzling blur of activity, you'll be disappointed. The jungle has plenty of vegetation -- hanging vines, enormous trees, bromeliads and more -- and a cacophony of insects and frogs. But much of the activity goes on at night or high up in the canopy.
Films of tropical forests don't accurately reflect the reality of the ecosystems. They're skillfully edited shots acquired over many months. Our media-nurtured impatience and urgent sense of time often prevent us from seeing how life truly unfolds.
Stability is not in the cards for Canadian workers, with young workers particularly affected, according to this year's Vital Signs Reports from the Community Foundations of Canada.
The first Vital Signs was produced by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001. It assembled local research and national data to paint a broad strokes picture of community health. Since its inception the Vitals project has expanded to include a total of 49 Canadian communities big and small, who have produced reports or are acting on findings from previous reports.
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There is a new environmental sheriff in town and the Conservatives are not going to be happy.
Her name is Julie Gelfand, and she is tough and blunt.
This sheriff's official job title is Commissioner of the Environment, an office that is part of the Auditor General's (AG) operation
Like the AG, the Commissioner reports to Parliament, not the government of the day.
Before taking her current job this past March, Julie Gelfand had a background in environmental organizations and in industry. She worked for both Mining Watch and Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company.
Jean-Claude Duvalier is dead. I never met him. I saw him just once, at the airport in Port-au-Prince, in the early morning hours of a day that then seemed fateful: February 7, 1986. He was driving up to a U.S. cargo plane, and then heading into exile in France. His whole family was in the car with him. It was a brief moment. He whizzed by and was gone. The next day hundreds of thousands of Haitians came out into the streets of Port-au-Prince to celebrate.
But that was not the end of the affair, not by far. The effects of Duvalierism, as conceived by Jean-Claude’s father, François (Papa Doc) Duvalier and continued by Jean-Claude, resonate to this day.
At the municipal level, inspiring political engagement among voters can be challenging. In Toronto's last election, only 50.5 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballot.
To tackle this problem, Women in Toronto Politics (WiTOpoli) developed the Position Primer website to help Torontonians make an informed decision in city council elections. By simply typing in their postal code, users can access a ward-specific chart outlining candidates' views on a wide range of municipal issues.