Friday, August 24, 2018

Heat: the Next Big Inequality Issue   

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Amy Fleming, writing for The Guardian: When July’s heatwave swept through the Canadian province of Quebec, killing more than 90 people in little over a week, the unrelenting sunshine threw the disparities between rich and poor into sharp relief. While … Continue reading →

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?   

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Max Fisher and Josh Keller reporting for the New York Times: But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings? Perhaps, some speculate, it is because … Continue reading →

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Quote of Interest – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Minister and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

An absurd week in America’s two-tier election   

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Scott Gilmore, writing for Macleans: Every day, Trump says something or is revealed to have done something that would have disqualified every other candidate for president over the last 40 years. Howard Dean’s political career ended after he yelled too … Continue reading →

Sunday, November 16, 2014

10 Years and 1,000 Lashes for Blogging   

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Amnesty International: Authorities arrested Raif Badawi (pronounced Ra-eef Ba-da-wee) on 17 June 2012. They charged him with insulting Islam and creating the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” website for social and political debate. The charges related to articles Raif wrote criticizing religious … Continue reading →

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How the West Views Ebola   

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Sophie Kleeman writing for Mic about her interview with Andrew Carrhilo, an illustrator and cartoonist from Lisbon, whose One Powerful Illustration Shows Exactly What’s Wrong With How the West Talks About Ebola: “People in the African continent are more regarded … Continue reading →

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tax Audits on Canadian Charities Criticized   

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Dean Beeby, reporting for The Canadian Press, as published by The Huffington Post: The Conservative government has stepped up its scrutiny of the political activities of charities, adding fresh money for more audits, and casting its net well beyond the … Continue reading →

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Who really benefits from Canada’s tax giveaways?   

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Kayle Hatt, writing for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ‘Behind the Numbers’ blog: On Tuesday, the Parliamentary Budget Office released their long awaited costing and distributional analysis of the tax measures implemented since the Harper government has been in … Continue reading →

Friday, June 6, 2014

Quebec to adopt right-to-die legislation   

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Rhéal Séguin, reporting in The Globe and Mail: In a historic vote in the National Assembly, Quebec has become the first province to legalize doctor-assisted death as part of comprehensive end-of-life legislation. Bill 52, An Act respecting end-of-life care, received … Continue reading →

Friday, May 9, 2014

Net Neutrality Explained   

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A very accessible and entertaining video from Victoria Hart explaining the concept of net neutrality and why it should be preserved: If you don’t have 11 minutes to watch the video, here’s the Wikipedia definition of net neutrality: Net neutrality … Continue reading →