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War is a racket

War is a racket

Jul 2, 2015

By Major General Smedley Butler (1881 – 1940)   • Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps Major General, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in US history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, Central...

Canada’s wrong turn on terrorism

Canada’s wrong turn on terrorism

Jul 2, 2015

by Anthony James Hall • The ascent of the Canadian police state through the passage of Bill C-51 has raised the stakes in the coming federal election. The vote is shaping up as a kind of referendum on whether or not Canadians will grant free reign to Harper’s open-ended crusade against anticipated “terrorism.” Many Canadians are realizing that, if we...

Push needed for wireless reform

Push needed for wireless reform

Jul 2, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • Canadians pay some of the highest prices for cell phone service in the industrialized world. Confirmation of this recently arrived in the form of the 2015 Wall Report, an official price comparison analysis jointly commissioned by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Industry...

Sounds of hope and active community

Sounds of hope and active community

Jul 2, 2015

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • One of the most interesting, promising quotes I’ve been unable to shake this year is from Leah and Chloe Smith, two 20-something sisters who front Rising Appalachia. “We are building community and tackling social injustice through melody – making the stage reach out with octopus arms to gather a great family.” Blending and...

Feds ready to ram through Bill C-51

Feds ready to ram through Bill C-51

May 1, 2015

Independent Media by David Christopher Over 200,000 Canadians have united to Reject Fear and Stop Bill C-51, but will the government listen? It’s rare in Canadian politics to see intense public interest in government legislative proposals, let alone to see Canadians take to the streets in the tens of thousands to protest a piece of legislation by...

Copyright trolls could be on their way

Copyright trolls could be on their way

Apr 1, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Meghan Sali and Steve Anderson   • Canada’s system of copyright enforcement is internationally recognized as a next-generation approach – striking a balance between the rights of artists and creators and those of Internet users. Our system is designed to protect people from false claims of infringement and needless...

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Mar 1, 2015

HeForShe UN campaign to end gender inequality an invitation from UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson • Last fall, British actor Emma Watson launched the United Nations campaign, HeForShe, a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity for the benefit of all. The HeForShe initiative...

Pro-privacy legislation a priority

Pro-privacy legislation a priority

Feb 1, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher Six months ago, we argued that Canadians faced a stark privacy deficit – a perfect storm of spy agency surveillance, privacy-undermining legislation and lax privacy safeguards at government departments, sparking concern from citizens right across the political spectrum. Sadly, the situation has further deteriorated. The...

The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”

The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”

Jan 1, 2015

A New Year’s manifesto in the war on prescription drug waste DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • Thirty-six billion dollars is a lot of money. That’s roughly what we Canadians will spend on prescription drugs this year. How big is that number? Let’s see: by the end of the day on January 1st, we’ll have sent $100 million to the drug companies....

Convenient truths, Canadian-made

Convenient truths, Canadian-made

Jan 1, 2015

READ IT by Bruce Mason • Naomi Klein’s brilliant, best-selling This Changes Everything is doing just that – fundamentally altering how we think and act to save life on our planet. We ignore climate change at our own and future generations’ peril. Becoming aware of and motivated by what’s in this game-changing book is humanity’s most hopeful and...