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Conservative Party crashers

Conservative Party crashers

Aug 1, 2015

How Canada got taken by Anthony Hall • The fast approach of the most important federal election in Canadian history highlights the question: “How did Stephen Harper seize control of the Canadian government in the first place?” Were rules broken, laws violated and Canadian institutions subverted? The guilt of Harper and his minions has already been...

Canada’s climate change crossroads

Hope in the summer of fire by Bruce Mason   • What are we to make of the sickening smoke that still lingers over much of Canada? And the toxic soup of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrogen oxides, suspended ash, water vapour and other particulate matter visible as far south as Tennessee? And the sheer size, intensity and enormity of its...

NEWSBITES: August 2015

The truth about Harper’s child care “Benefit”   • At the end of July, the Harper Conservatives hit a new low. Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre raced around the country in an election-style campaign to promote Harper’s child care cheques, but there’s one thing he hasn’t told families: the new child “benefit” is taxable. That’s...

Erasing internet links

Erasing internet links

Aug 1, 2015

Process should be fair, transparent and independent • INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • You don’t have to look far these days to discover new threats to the free and open Internet we all rely on. Recently, OpenMedia has helped fight off a costly new ‘Link Tax,’ mobilized supporters against a reckless spying law and ran high-impact bus ads...

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...