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A Canadian Game in Which ‘No’ Means ‘Yes’

As sure as autumn brings cool days, so does each year’s junior hockey season bring new sexual allegations. That few cases make it to court and even fewer to conviction speaks to the emphasis the judicial system puts on the “credibility” of the plaintiff and the extraordinary support local heroes receive from town power brokers.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Comments of the Week: Reality Check Edition

Several of this week’s picks were of the straight-and-to-the-point variety.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



Glad Tidings for the Potential of Sea Power

The daily ebb and flow of the tides promise a renewable energy bonanza for countries such as Canada and the U.K., which have shallow seas and a steep tidal range.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



How a Canadian City Eradicated Homelessness With One Revolutionary Idea

It’s really a wonder more cities haven’t tried “Housing First,” which evolved from a New York City program begun decades ago.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Canada Pact Eases Arctic Fears

Low oil prices have reduced pressure to exploit Arctic fossil fuels and boosted hopes that the region’s fragile environment and indigenous people may be better protected.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



‘Rolling Nightmare’ of Suicide Attempts Prompts First Nation Community to Declare State of Emergency

In a Canadian indigenous community of 2,000 people, 11 in one day tried to take their own lives, after 28 tried during the previous month.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



Students Challenge Canadian Government on Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia, Citing Kingdom’s Rights Abuse

A lawsuit led by their professor charges that the $15 billion contract violates Canadian law, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims his government’s credibility would be harmed if he broke the agreement.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Canada Set to Test Basic-Income Concept

Our northern neighbor has decided to experiment with an idea already gaining popularity in Switzerland, Germany and Finland.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE


Trump and Borders









Posted on Mar 14, 2016 ENLARGE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Mexican Activists Are Rewriting Destroyed Constitution

NAFTA did not increase opportunities in Mexico. Instead, the agreement imposed neoliberal policies on the Mexican people. In this week’s edition of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and Mexican activists discuss what is being done to counter NAFTA’s repressive impact.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Rep. Alan Grayson Says to U.S. Progressives: Don’t Flee to Canada—Stay and Fight

While Republicans debated the size of Donald Trump’s endowments Thursday evening, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson urged anxious progressives to stand their ground in the event that Republicans take the White House this fall.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Justin Trudeau the ‘Real Leader of the Western World’?

A writer and a history teacher discuss why the new Canadian prime minister is possibly a “historical figure that is carrying out a political revolution.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Shifts Birther Gaze to Cruz

Who says Donald Trump lacks subtlety? The way he’s raising “birther” questions about his chief rival for the nomination is worthy of Machiavelli.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino and the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn’t be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one. So let’s look at 10 reasons to feel better about 2015.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Why Justin Trudeau Makes Me Jealous of Canada

The country’s new prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party is championing inclusivity and tolerance. Imagine!

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: New Canadian Prime Minister Appoints Diverse Cabinet With Equal Numbers of Women and Men

Asked why gender equality is so important to him, the newly elected Justin Trudeau simply explained, “Because it’s 2015.”

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Whistleblowers in Canada Could Receive Awards Exceeding $1 Million for Exposing Corporate Wrongdoing

A formal policy is being unveiled by the Ontario Securities Commission to encourage those in the know to help ferret out white-collar crime.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Why Justin Trudeau Matters More Than Trey Gowdy

The Liberal Party landslide and triumph of Justin Trudeau in Canada’s election last week was a tonic for progressive economics and a cautionary tale for parties on the center-left lacking the courage of their convictions. Ahead of the U.S.’ 2016 election, it was much more important than the Benghazi hearing led by Republican Rep. Gowdy.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



After Upset Election, Canada’s New Leader Wants to Legalize Marijuana

This represents a 180-degree turnaround from Canada’s previous right-wing government and a seismic shift for North America.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



Liberal Party Wins Canada’s Election, Making Justin Trudeau the Next Prime Minister

Phew, the party of conservative and bad musician Stephen Harper didn’t win the Canadian election Monday—the Liberal Party did. But who exactly is the Liberals’ leader, Justin Trudeau?

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Tries to Make Americans Care About Canadian Politics

The “Last Week Tonight” host realizes that many Americans are uninterested in the election taking place in Canada on Monday, so he gave us a plethora of important (and some of them funny) reasons to pay attention to what our northern neighbor is up to.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: This Canadian Has Some News for Americans Who Think They Might Prefer Her Country’s Politics

While our northern neighbor may seem like a socialist utopia to Americans facing the possibility of Donald Trump as president, Canadian Sana Saeed explains how conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has actually steered the country far away from being the welcoming progressive country that many imagine. 

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Here’s How We Know Cheap Renewable Energy Is Taking the World by Storm (Video)

The Paris-based International Energy Agency estimates that in just five years, by 2020, slightly over one quarter (26 percent) of all the electricity being generated in the world will come from renewables.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Naomi Klein: We Can Have Climate Salvation and Economic Justice

Activist Naomi Klein talks with “Democracy Now!” about the Leap Manifesto, a plan to transition away from fossil fuels to a 100 percent clean economy by the middle of the century.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



May Alan Kurdi’s Death Inspire Us to Create a World Without Borders

Children all over the world are suffering, and families remain trapped by artificial borders and legal requirements. Rather than simply increase quotas for some refugees, we need to envision a world where everyone has the right to flee violence and poverty.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Scott Walker Says Building a Wall Between the U.S. and Canada Is a ‘Legitimate Issue’

Walker’s folly was only the second-craziest notion on immigration that we heard from a flailing GOP hopeful over the weekend.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Canadian Province Pulls the Plug on Renewable Energy Program

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has canceled a successful project that rewarded people for generating renewable energy.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: David Cameron Says All Law-Abiding U.K. Citizens Will Essentially Be Treated as Terrorists

“For too long we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens so long as you obey the law we will leave you alone,” David Cameron announced after his reelection. It is possibly one of the scariest statements a Western leader has made in the past century.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Robert Fisk: Taking Away the Right to Protest Empowers Terrorism

Depriving people of the right to express moral outrage through boycotts—as Canada’s Harper government intends to do with critics of Israel—increases the probability that some will resort to violence as a means of political expression, writes Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Chris Hedges on the Implosion of Global Capitalism

In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by “global capitalism based on speculation,” author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that’s sure to come if the current system isn’t confronted and forced to change.

Posted on May 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Why We Need to Praise Whistleblower Jeremy Hammond, Too

Jeremy Hammond’s hacktivism is overlooked by the media, but his actions have some calling him “the original Snowden”; Canada is threatening to come down hard on activists calling for a boycott of Israeli products; and it seems bees are far more complex creatures than most of us may think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



Alberta Elects Government Opposed to Keystone XL Pipeline (Video)

The survival of the controversial pipeline project is cast further into doubt with the election of a left-wing government in Canada’s wealthiest and most conservative province.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE



Canada Will Lose Many Glaciers as Climate Warms

Climate change could cause many glaciers in western Canada to start disappearing by 2040, affecting people and places that depend on their water.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



Just How ‘Socially Advanced’ Is the U.S.? You Might Be Surprised

The Social Progress Index has published the latest global data on quality of life, and America’s “We’re No. 1” crowd isn’t left with much to shout about.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



Flush the TPP

President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress are united. Yes, that’s right.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Prepared to Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill on Tuesday (Updated)

He said he’d do it, and it looks like he means business: President Obama is ready to flex his executive power and veto the divisive bill designed to launch construction of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would span from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Neo-Imperial Vision for 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s blueprint for a U.S.-led “North American energy renaissance” is nothing less than a plan to convert Canada and Mexico into energy colonies of the United States while creating a North American power bloc capable of aggressively taking on Russia, China and other foreign challengers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Poised to Veto Keystone Pipeline Legislation

He might be viewed by some as a lame duck cornered by an antagonistic Congress eager to shut him down, but President Obama is apparently still willing to flex his executive powers when it comes to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would stretch from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Fear in Canada and Ebola in New York

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the shooting on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, the Doctors Without Borders physician with Ebola in New York City, and whether Republicans will win all six competitive seats in the Senate.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Canadian Parliament Terrorized by Armed Gunman

A shooter killed a Canadian soldier and stormed the parliament building in Ottawa on Wednesday, where he was himself killed by the sergeant-at-arms.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE


Fox News Logic









Posted on Aug 31, 2014 ENLARGE


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Posted on Aug 30, 2014 ENLARGE



Canada Puts Oil Exploitation Before Forests

Having repudiated the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is still exploiting tar sands for oil—despite accepting that climate change is destroying its forests.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE


Now What?









Posted on Jul 29, 2014 ENLARGE



Bee-Killing Pesticides in 51 Percent of ‘Bee-Friendly’ Plants Sold in U.S. and Canada

Garden plants advertised at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart as harmless to bees have been shown to kill them, a study released by the environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth and allies reports.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



Antibiotic Resistant ‘Superbug’ Detected in Squid

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that a bacterium highly resistant to antibiotics has been found in squid imported from South Korea.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE


Ford Getting High









Posted on May 4, 2014 ENLARGE


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