Make Montreal a Sanctuary City !

8 February 2017 - 4:33pm

Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton have become "Sanctuary Cities." So have 37 cities in the United States. It's time for Montreal to join the movement.

The horrific crime that took six lives in Quebec City last Sunday night is a wake-up call for us all. No longer can we pretend that there is no Islamophobia in Quebec. Unfortunately, hate-mongering goes on daily. Sometimes in an open, heinous and criminal fashion, as witnessed at the Quebec City Mosque. Other times in a more hidden fashion, under the guise of a debate on face-coverings in public.

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'They're People Not Terrorists' photo campaign challenges prejudices behind U.S. travel ban

8 February 2017 - 2:38pm
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Photographer Adam Zivojinovic's work may be familiar to those aware of his project #LOVEISLOVEISLOVE, which he launched after the Orlando nightclub shooting. It featured tender, happy portraits of LGTBQ couples.

The Toronto-based photographer is now launching, on Friday, a new project in the wake of the U.S. travel ban that targets people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Toronto photographer Adam Zivojinovic is launching a new project to counter hate and prejudice in the wake of the U.S. travel ban that targets people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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The social media fight against Trump is a modern battle of the presses

8 February 2017 - 9:46am
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

At first glance there would seem to be little that would connect Donald Trump with Martin Luther, but stick with me here.

In 1517 Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation with his 95 Theses. This document railed against Papal indulgences, which the faithful could buy as a sort of "Get Out of Jail Free" card for sin.

The later Reformation also held that Christian scripture is the only source of the rules for worship. There was no need for priests to get in the way. This, of course, went over in Rome like a fart in a spacesuit. 

The most powerful battalions battling against Trump's frightening presidency -- fuelled by the hard work of the press -- are fighting it out on social media.

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KAIROS releases social justice wish list for Canada in 2017

8 February 2017 - 9:37am
Last January, KAIROS released its wish list for the year -- 10-plus-one hopes for the federal government and the provinces to fulfill. 11 wishes for 2017 that will make Canada greener, more just and more equal

Adam Sneyd on 'Cotton,' globalization, commodities and clothing poverty

8 February 2017 - 8:50am
Adam Sneyd on Cotton, Globalization and Clothing Poverty.

Adam and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new book Cotton, its empire, commodities and politics, "clothing poverty" and anti-globalization and why we need to be concerned about how the world works.


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Defending social movements against digital threats

8 February 2017 - 8:37am

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Dmitri Vitaliev. He is a co-founder and director of eQualit.ie, a non-profit based in Montreal that helps human rights organizations and social movements -- including some of the world's most prominent -- deal with increasingly crucial questions of online security and digital privacy.

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In subversive move, Edmonton school board chair calls for optional Catholic programs in public schools

8 February 2017 - 12:42am

In a brilliantly subversive move, Michael Janz, chair of the Edmonton Public School Board, has publicly wondered in a blog post if the board he leads should set up its own optional Catholic program.

After all, the Edmonton Public School Board has a pretty long and successful record of running faith-based programs under its auspices, Janz noted mischievously on Monday in the personal blog he publishes online. There's a Protestant Christian program, a Jewish program and a Muslim program, all operating under the board's auspices with proper attention to standards and curricula.

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Understanding climate change means reading beyond headlines

7 February 2017 - 6:27pm

Seeing terms like "post-truth" and "alternative facts" gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distill entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.

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U.S. conservatism is built on racism, but it may no longer deliver corporate benefits

7 February 2017 - 6:23pm

A long simmering culture war is back in full effect across the United States -- and has spilled over into other parts of the world, including Canada. It's a culture war that has been long festering, known well to those who perceive themselves to be on the losing end of this culture war -- cultural conservatives -- as well as their victims -- largely, anyone who wasn't a straight, white Christian (and sometimes male). And surprisingly, most lower and middle class white people are at the losing end of this war, but continue to support the movement.

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The Canadian Forces boast largest PR machine in the country, complain about 'toxic' media treatment

7 February 2017 - 4:13pm

The media is unfair to the military, according to the Chief of Defence Staff. During a speech to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade last week General Jonathan Vance slammed "very toxic narratives" in reporting on the Canadian Forces.

"If you're paying attention to the news today, there are some very toxic narratives about the armed forces," Vance said. "The narrative that seems to prevail right now is if you join the armed forces, you are going to be sexually assaulted, raped or you're going to suffer from PTSD at some point and may commit suicide."

Reporting the truth is toxic?

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Colombia's resistance to Canadian mining interests is multi-faceted and fearless

7 February 2017 - 11:03am

Edith Taborda is an Indigenous mother of two girls who belongs to the Embera Karamba community in Quinchia (Risaralda). She is also an activist against mining projects. 

Since 2011 her community has observed the actions of Canadian company corporations such as Batero Gold Corp through its Colombian subsidiary Minera Quinchia SAS and Seafield Resources Ltd. in their territory.

Early on, some people thought their presence was good but local opinion quickly turned against the mining companies.

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How to identify fake news in an 'alternative fact' climate

7 February 2017 - 9:08am
With online news accounting for so much of what we see and learn, a smart Internaut needs ways to assess the increasingly startling reports that other people share. Media literacy in a post-fact age

Spring political follies: Three Canadian leadership races

7 February 2017 - 8:28am
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On Sunday, when a respected Quebec politician declared for the leadership of the Bloc Québécois, it should have been welcome news for Quebec sovereignists. Instead it provoked controversy.

A one-time Hydro-Québec engineer, former Minister of Natural Resources in the government of Pauline Marois, and two-time candidate for the Parti Québécois leadership, Martine Ouellet is a PQ member of the Quebec National Assembly.

If elected Bloc leader, as appears likely, Ouellet will leave the PQ caucus, but continue to perform her duties as an independent MNA (Member of the National Assembly). She intends to stay in office until the 2108 Quebec election, and then contest the federal election expected in 2019.

In Canadian politics a winning candidate is currently defined as one that can take on Justin Trudeau and make him look weak. Runners in three leadership races will have to measure up.

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Alberta public employees, subject to constant Wildrose and media vilification, win national award for effective service

7 February 2017 - 1:13am

Just guessing, but you probably won't read much news coverage about the national award the Alberta Public Service received yesterday for its effective response to last spring's Fort McMurray fire.

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Dress like a woman in a Red Chick Year

6 February 2017 - 7:29pm

In this first episode of the Red Fire Chicken lunar year, Kelly Okamura reacts to the news reported by Axios that the female White House staff dress code is ‘Dress like women’.* 

She shared her findings from the days after the news broke, and offers advice on dressing in the year ahead.

Check out the #dresslikeawoman for portraits of what women wear in the Chinese year 4714.

*Note on DJT – Kelly supports an online action to not refer to Donald Trump by name to not contribute to his online popularity.

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Mary Tyler Moore, who's style and smile inspired generations of women.

Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scenes_from_the_Mary_Tyler_Moore_Show_1977.JPG

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Will Conservative party puffery or NDP principle determine Canada's Palestine policy?

6 February 2017 - 2:59pm

The Conservative party leadership campaign has unleashed pro-Israel puffery, but it is the NDP race that could have greater impact on Canada's Palestine policy.

Aping Donald Trump, former Conservative minister Kellie Leitch recently asked her Twitter followers to "join me in calling on the Government of Canada to immediately move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem." This would likely contravene international law.

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