Climate activists block the entrance to the Swiss bank UBS with a pile of coal in Basel, Switzerland earlier this summer. Climate protests are helping raise awareness about the ugliness of fossil fuels, and so too should the language we use. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

Using language to fight fossil fuels

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, left, and actor Danny Glover, right, testify about reparation for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Capitol Hill on June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Canada can teach the U.S. about reparations

A migrant rests on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat as it sails off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on July 4, 2019. Despite being rescued, migrants sit offshore, often in sight of land, as NGO boats become floating mobile border sites. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)

The shameful criminalization of sea rescues

Coverage for essential and effective medications would be the “ounce of prevention” that is worth a pound of cure in our cash-strapped Canadian health-care system. (Shutterstock)

National pharmacare will save money and lives

Some Canadians go without heat and food to buy their medications. Others simply don't take them because they can't afford to. This is why we need a national pharmacare plan.
The Canadian tax system can, and should, put more money into the pockets of the country’s most disadvantaged citizens. (Shutterstock)

Tax credits would help alleviate poverty

Tax credit refunds are an effective means of ensuring that Canada's poverty gap, now clearly identified, is addressed for low-income families. So what's taking so long?
A teenage boy throws rocks in the northern Ontario First Nations reserve in Attawapiskat in April 2016. Poverty has a profound impact on First Nations, and Canada needs to take bold wealth- and income-creation measures for the Indigenous. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

An economic path forward for First Nations

The MMIWG report didn't address the poverty that has had such a devastating effect on First Nations. Encouraging active participation by the Indigenous in the Canadian economy is a win-win for everyone.
Pipe for the Trans Mountain pipeline is unloaded in Edson, Alta. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, as the federal government announced its intention to proceed with the pipeline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

How Trans Mountain could help First Nations

An Indigenous sovereign wealth fund would finance community needs such as housing, health care, sports facilities, scholarships, Indigenous businesses and low-carbon energy -- in perpetuity.
Canada’s Parliamentary debate around captive whales and dolphins touched on the animals’ intellectual and social properties. (Shutterstock)

‘Free Willy’ law: Animal rights contradictions

As the field of animal law continues growing, so does public awareness of the problems with inconsistent ways that Canadian law protects some animals, while leaving others behind.
As cannabis business takes off in Canada, many are frustrated by the new amnesty law which leaves thousands with the stigma of criminal records. Here people look at products inside Spiritleaf, the first cannabis store in Kingston, Ont., on April 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Canada’s new lacklustre law for cannabis amnesty

The new cannabis amnesty law, C-93 is seen as a step in the right direction, yet many feel frustrated by this bare-minimum approach.
A Rohingya boy looks out from trucks carrying detained Rohingya Muslims who fled by boat from Rakhine State in KyaukTan township, about 100 kilometres from Yangon, Myanmar, in November 2018. The group had unsuccessfully tried to sail to Malaysia. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Rohingya diaspora offers a lifeline

Equipped with rights, knowledge and skills, the global Rohingya diaspora is poised to be influential against the genocidal regime that seeks to erase their people.
Lorelei Williams, whose cousin was murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton and whose aunt went missing in 1978, sheds tears while responding to the report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The shifting definitions of genocide

Understanding genocide as a process can help people grapple with the ongoing threat faced by Indigenous people in Canada, as named in the report into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
It is entirely unprecedented to have a sitting head of government admitting to ongoing genocide. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during ceremonies at the release of the MMIWG report in Gatineau, on June 3. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Genocide is foundational to Canada

Political scientists concern themselves with ideas of democracy. Now that Canada's PM has accepted the finding of genocide, this changes how and what political scientists need to discuss.
Starvation, kidnapping and neglect policies add up to ongoing genocide. An eagle feather is held up during the release of the MMIWG report in Québec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Colonial genocide is a composite act

The final MMIWG report says that genocide does not refer only to the deliberate murder of some or all members of a particular social group. It also refers to the destruction of a group as a social unit.
Indigenous rights defender Thelma Cabrera, presidential candidate of the Movement for the Liberation of the People, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Palin, Guatemala. She finished fourth, but made history. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemalan elections: Hope amid the corruption

Maya candidate Thelma Cabrera's unprecedented campaign for president was unsuccessful, but hope has not been dashed. Her run suggests that Guatemala's grassroots opposition is slowly gaining ground.
In this October 2016 photo, fire and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site believed to be one of the largest weapons depots on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Approximately 70,000 people have been estimated to have died in Yemen’s civil war – and Canada is complicit. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Canada’s labour movement must take a stand against the Saudi arms deal

Why is Canada's labour movement so quiet on the Saudi arms deal? It should be a voice for peace and human rights and demand that the Canadian government immediately cancel the deal.
More testing won’t improve math achievement. Here, Alberta premier Jason Kenney with Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education, after being sworn into office in Edmonton on April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Kenney’s education platform gets so much wrong

The main problem plaguing Alberta students' math performance isn't the current math curriculum or teacher accountability, but inequality and ballooning class sizes.
To accelerate climate-conscious investment, we need to actively engage Canadians in the climate opportunity and make their stake in fighting climate change more tangible. (Shutterstock)

Climate change should investment decisions

It's time for climate-conscious risk management and investments to be part of the everyday savings and investment decisions made by individuals and businesses across Canada.
A double rainbow is seen over blueberry fields in Pitt Meadows, B.C. Canada’s new national food policy is a hopeful step into the future for the country’s agri-food sector. James Wheeler/Unsplash

New food policy puts everyone at the table

Canada's new food policy aims to bolster the economic impact of the agri-food sector while tackling issues like waste and childhood hunger.
Protesters hoist a placard depicting Justin Trudeau in Vancouver on June 18, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

The hypocrisy of approving a pipeline

If the climate is in peril, why has the federal government approved a pipeline that will ship close to 600,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to British Columbia?
Sergio Moro, former judge and now Brazil’s justice minister, was heralded for his Operation Car Wash anti-corruption investigations. Now he’s facing allegations he co-ordinated with prosecutors, improperly advising them in a case against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil’s Operation Car Wash: A corruption investigator is accused of his own misdeeds

Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro, once a judge who oversaw a massive and successful anti-corruption operation, is accused of improperly directing prosecutors in a case against a former president.
Displaced Yemeni girls, who fled their home because of fighting at the port city of Hodeida, are seen in a school allocated for IDPs in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Canada must step up to help millions displaced inside their own countries

Building on our track record of support for refugee resettlement, Canada should stand up for those uprooted within their own countries and unable to reach our shores.
Commissioner Michèle Audette speaks during ceremonies marking the release of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report in Gatineau, Que., on June 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

An epidemic on both sides of the Medicine Line

The United States could learn from Canada's national attention being put on the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Tina Duck, centre, attends a vigil for her daughter, Tina Fontaine, in Winnipeg in August 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

Grassroots justice is at the heart of the struggle

The tireless grassroots efforts of Indigenous activists unearth colonialism’s hidden secrets and the stories of the land and people to bring the murdered and missing women and girls home.

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