31 Scary Reasons Canadians Should Reject the Risky TPP

What's wrong with the risky TPP? Modified from "What Is Wrong With the Trans-Pacific Partnership" (Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons).

For years, Canadians have been hearing how the risky TPP trade deal was being negotiated in secret. The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was revealed late last year, but already, the Liberal government has agreed to sign on in early February. This, stressed International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, “essentially means Canada can keep its spot at the bargaining […]

It’s About All People: Rants against Foreign Aid Miss the Point

We know it's about all people when we see, as here, young children affected by AIDS gathered, one boy in the centre carrying an ill child on his back.

I received one of those chain email forwards the other day that got me all riled up. The message had an interesting subject line: Who Died Before Collecting their Government Pension? With CPP a hot-button issue right now, I thought it would be something relevant to current affairs, or at least newsy. Turns out this message has been […]

What’s Bugging Me Right Now: An Annual Message to Politicians

These protesters in Toronto are sending their own type of what's bugging me right now message to politicians!

Over the past few years, it’s become a bit of an annual tradition for me to get in touch with my elected representatives to let them know what’s bugging me right now, this year, this month, last night, and next year. I send this to my MP and MPP, without any regard for whether the items on my […]

The Pressing Case for a Nuclear Weapons Ban

Black and white image of the large cloud of smoke that formed over Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped.

Contents This article contains the following sections: Global Security Effects of Detonation Production and Testing Nuclear Weapons Ban Links and Sources Earlier this month, we commemorated the devastating events which occurred in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 — the detonation of nuclear bombs on August 6 and 9 that instantly or eventually killed hundreds of thousands of […]

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Municipalities Across Canada Request Exemptions From CETA

Stop CETA

Awareness about the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union is growing and opposition is mounting. There are currently 45 municipalities in the country that have passed — or are in the process of passing — resolutions on CETA, some seeking full exemptions from the agreement. In addition, six school boards and nationwide and […]

CETA Interview in the Toronto Star

Stop CETA

Oh, wow, was this ever awesome! I did a phone interview with Linda Diebel of the Toronto Star on my actions against CETA in French River, and they even sent a photographer from Sudbury to take pics. Fun! Canada-Europe trade deal prohibits provinces, municipalities from favouring local bidders on contracts by Linda Diebel, The Toronto Star, February 24, […]

Sit-In Protests Keystone XL Pipeline

The next wave of Keystone XL pipeline protesters preparing to be arrested at Parliament Hill.

Nearly a thousand people gathered Monday on Parliament Hill in front of the Centennial Flame to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport tar sands crude oil to Texas. Organized by the Council of Canadians, Greenpeace Canada, and the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), the solidarity rally drew participants ready to risk arrest, by attempting a sit-in in […]

Bottled Water Bans Spread Across Canada

No Bottled Water!

Throughout Canada, citizens are asking for bans on bottled water, which is costly, environmentally damaging, and less regulated for safety and water quality than public water supplies. March 10 will mark the second annual Bottled Water Free Day encouraging citizens to request bottled water bans within municipalities, schools, and workplaces. Another initiative challenges municipalities to become Blue Communities. […]