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Trudeau's pro-Israel stance offside with Canadians -- and hampers bid for UN seat

16 February 2017 - 3:03pm
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Aiming to outshine the U.S. on the world stage isn't exactly setting the bar high these days. Outshining Norway and Ireland, however, might present a challenge.

And these two small countries are the main competitors if Justin Trudeau is to realize his dream of nabbing a seat for Canada on the United Nations Security Council.

For all the focus on surviving his meeting with Donald Trump this week, the real prize for Trudeau lies at the UN as he seeks to position himself, particularly in Canadian eyes, as a peacekeeping-loving, refugee-embracing, women-buttressing internationalist, leading a Canada that is "back" engaging with the world.

While Trudeau's persona of a progressive internationalist has won him kudos at home and abroad, his staunch support for Israel at the UN has left Canada significantly offside with public opinion.

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Occupy Vancouver - The Vets Who Took Hotel Vancouver

16 February 2017 - 10:20am
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In Vancouver, finding a place to live can be difficult. Options for affordable housing are limited as new spaces rarely open. Unfortunately, the lack of options has pushed many to the periphery as they are forced to live on the streets. For some, this tenuous situation is unacceptable and a group of activists decided to occupy an empty building within the city. In recent news, housing advocates squat in empty buildings in order to highlight the lack of affordable housing in larger cities. However, this story takes place over sixty years ago.

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Defeats of Andrew Puzder and Michael Flynn reveal power of grassroots movements

16 February 2017 - 9:22am
Thursday, February 16, 2017

"When the people lead, the leaders will follow" are the oft-quoted words attributed to Gandhi. This week, massive grassroots organizing helped defeat the nomination of Andrew Puzder, a multimillionaire fast-food CEO, as Donald Trump's secretary of labour. He was widely accused of running companies rife with wage theft and sexual harassment. His personal life was marred by accusations of hiring an undocumented immigrant, tax evasion and domestic violence. The push for his defeat was led by some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society, and serves as a lesson in the importance and power of movements.

The engine driving both the ouster of Andrew Puzder and Michael Flynn are movements of thousands upon thousands of people across the U.S., saying "no" to hate, bigotry and injustice.

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Basic Canadian civic rights are being whisked away by the Trudeau government

16 February 2017 - 8:51am
The Liberal government is in the process of passing an extraordinary piece of legislation, C-23, which effectively cedes Canadian sovereignty to U.S. border officials. Trudeau prepares to cede Canadian sovereignty to U.S. border officials

What you should worry about when you worry about President Trump -- hint: not where Ivanka sits!

16 February 2017 - 2:02am

It's actually pretty hard to know who to root for the emerging war between U.S. President Donald Trump and the mainstream media.

I mean, seriously people, I find Mr. Trump as scary as the next sane person -- although apparently not for the same reasons as the MSM, which seems to think he hates Russia with insufficient fervor.

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Faking it: Donald Trump's deep ties with the racist, sexist world of professional wrestling

15 February 2017 - 5:15pm

If you want a hint at how far Donald Trump's presidency will go, look no further than professional wrestling.  The owners of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) -- the infamous McMahon family -- and President Trump have arguably formed the greatest tag-team of white supremacy both inside and outside the squared circle.

Trump's cabinet includes Linda McMahon, co-founder and former CEO of the WWE, as leader of Small Business Administration. While this stunned some, Trump's close friendship and affiliation with the WWE and the McMahon family goes back 30 years. Trump twice hosted WWE's showcase event Wrestlemania and also appeared as a WWE performer -- each time with vast sums of money exchanging hands.  

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Calling Trudeau a 'terrorist' isn't as far off as you might think

15 February 2017 - 1:38pm

Is calling the Prime Minister a "white supremacist terrorist" hate speech?

Black Lives Matter - Toronto spokesperson Yusra Khogali's description of Justin Trudeau as a "white supremacist terrorist" at a recent rally against Islamophobia has sparked significant backlash. Right-wing media are using it to attack BLMTO while liberal commentators have called on Khogali to resign as spokesperson. A number of individuals have even labeled Khogali's comments hate speech.

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Trudeau prepares to cede Canadian sovereignty to U.S. border officials

15 February 2017 - 10:59am

Political deep integration continues apace. The Liberal government is in the process of passing an extraordinary piece of legislation, C-23, which effectively cedes Canadian sovereignty to U.S. border officials.

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Next-gen augmented reality will target human sensorium

15 February 2017 - 9:50am
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

When most of us think of augmented reality, thanks to Google, we think of dorky glasses with an ugly camera mounted on the frame. But what about the other senses? What if all of them were augmented and all those augmentations worked in concert?

That broader view of AR might be closer to what tech companies will be unveiling in the next couple of years. Humans take in enormous amounts of sensory input every second. We make judgements about threats, reactions, choices and pleasures from subtle and dramatic changes in the patina of inputs we're swaddled in. 

Some decisions are made on minuscule cues -- a wink, a flicker at the periphery of vision, a rough burr on a flat surface, a chirp.

When most of us think of augmented reality, thanks to Google, we think of dorky glasses. But what about the other senses? What if they were augmented and all those augmentations worked in concert?

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Kinder Morgan opponents move forward with legal challenges against pipeline

15 February 2017 - 8:37am
While governments may have announced their support for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, opponents are continuing to strengthen their fight against the project in court. Lawsuits pile up as Kinder Morgan opponents prepare next pipeline battleground in the courts

Black youth opposing gentrification and empowering community

15 February 2017 - 8:22am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Kyturea Jones, Payton Ashe, and Donntayia Jones. They are members of the North End Community Action Committee, a Black youth-led community group in Halifax's North End that came together around concerns about the gentrification of their neighbourhood and that has become involved in a wide range of issues focused on empowering both Black youth and the communities they live in.

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Fabienne Colas on racism, diversity and inclusion

15 February 2017 - 6:59am
Fabienne Colas on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion

Fabienne and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the Toronto Black Film Festival, racism, diversity, inclusion and making a difference in the world.

Biography

Award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker, business owner and consultant, Fabienne Colas is the "Queen of Festivals" who created and manages seven successful festivals between Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City and Port-au-Prince -- including the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which has become not only Canada's largest Black film festival, but also a key player in cultural diversity in Quebec.

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Appalled maybe, but no one should be surprised by the ugly threats against Rachel Notley

15 February 2017 - 1:06am

No one should be surprised that Alberta's NDP premier, Rachel Notley, has been subject to constant and often serious threats of violence.

New statistics from the Alberta Justice Department have revealed what everybody who's paying attention already knew: Premier Notley receives more threats of physical harm than any of her predecessors in Alberta's top political job.

She reacts with remarkable aplomb as many of the people who contribute to this problem shrug their shoulders and say, "Who? Me?"

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Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America

14 February 2017 - 9:33pm
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A new book by Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber examines the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in Latin America and the environmental and human rights abuses that occur as a result. Todd Gordon is a professor of political science at York University. Todd Gordon speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy.

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What are the chances feminist Trudeau will provide Canadians with a national gender equality plan?

14 February 2017 - 7:34pm

After Harper's reign of terror on everything Canadian, Trudeau was a beacon of hope. But, that light is quickly dimming while my disillusionment grows by leaps and bounds. The self-proclaimed feminist is looking more misogynous with each passing day.

On October 19, 2016 Trudeau whipped his party to vote against NDP MP Kennedy Stewart's private member's Bill C-237, the Candidate Gender Equity Act, which would have enhanced existing financial incentives ensuring greater gender parity during federal elections.

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Government must do more to address First Nations' water woes

14 February 2017 - 6:44pm

Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. "We're over 20 years already where our people haven't been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes," Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias told CBC News in 2015. Their water issues have yet to be resolved.

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Lawsuits pile up as Kinder Morgan opponents prepare next pipeline battleground in the courts

14 February 2017 - 1:28pm
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Whales, corruption and contempt for Indigenous rights are just some of the court cases that activists hope will halt the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion project.

While the provincial and federal governments may have announced their support for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, opponents are continuing to strengthen their fight against the project in court.

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Annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

14 February 2017 - 9:48am
On February 14, the Women's Memorial March continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women and all women’s lives lost in the Downtown Eastside. Annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Populism and faux feminism: Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau

14 February 2017 - 9:16am
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Justin Trudeau is worried about extremism entering Canada through the electoral system.

If like Canada, France had a first-past-the-post electoral system, Marine Le Pen of the extreme-right National Front would be well placed to be the next president of France. She has led the polls for months.

Instead, because France has two rounds of voting, with the second round limited to the top two finishers in the first round, Le Pen has next to no chance of winning (regardless if she finishes first or second in the first round).

Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington on Monday with a plan to help Trump polish his image with women in what was labelled the populist-meets-the-feminist summit.

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Portrait unveiling stands in for the fond official farewell former premier Dave Hancock never had from his PCs

14 February 2017 - 1:18am

The unveiling of Dave Hancock's portrait in the Legislature yesterday may have been presided over by a New Democrat Speaker and featured a speech by an NDP premier, but it had the warm family quality one might have been expected from the official farewell the former premier never really got from his own Progressive Conservative Party.

Hancock was unexpectedly elevated the premiership by his caucus colleagues at the start of the summer of the Tories' discontent -- the date when he was sworn in was March 23, 2014, immediately after the PC caucus had for all intents and purposes fired his predecessor Alison Redford.

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