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Hundreds of people march in Vancouver to protest against corporate greed as part of the global Occupy movement in October 2011. (Shutterstock)

Corporate welfare bums: It’s payback time

Canada’s welfare state is disintegrating while corporate welfare soars. In an era of climate crisis, precarious work and instability, it’s time the corporate welfare bums paid us back.
Calgarians have voted against a proposal to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Here a young girl learns to skate at the Calgary Olympic Plaza, built for the 1988 Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Why Calgary is no longer an Olympic city

Calgary is the latest city to reject bidding for the Olympics. A lack of a vision for the city and a council concerned with short-term political gains explain why an Olympic plebiscite was defeated.
A woman lights up at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, B.C., last year on April 20. A new Calgary bylaw, meantime, bans the public consumption of cannabis and restricts people to smoking weed only at home, unfairly affecting those who rent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Calgary’s ban on public weed-smoking has a racial impact

A new Calgary bylaw prevents people from smoking weed in public; only homeowners can spark up on their private property. Here's why that unfairly targets and penalizes racial minorities.
Stranger Things 2 aims to raise political issues but misses the radical roots of rainbow coalition politics in episode seven and instead falls into mainstream Hollywood traps of centrist politics. (Courtesy of Netflix)

Stranger Things 2 relies on nostalgic race politics

The makers of the wildly popular Netflix show, Stranger Things, have a political message as they allude to Trump with their hairy, orange Shadow Monster. But what are their actual politics?
New research suggests that members of ethnic minorities like advertising that features ethnic minorities – but only their own. (Shutterstock)

Do minorities prefer ads with white people?

Visible minority consumers prefer advertising that features white models to advertising that feature models from other ethnic minority groups. Why?
It might be time for the Paralympics movement to strike out on its own. EPA/Andy Rain

The Paralympics and Olympics are better linked than ever … but why?

In the 64 years since the Paralympics was born, the relationship between this event and the Olympics has grown and evolved. And now, with both events returning to London in 2012, the Olympics and Paralympics…

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