Canada’s MMIWG report spurs debate on the shifting definitions of genocide

The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), which labeled the ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada a “Canadian genocide” caused by “state actions and actions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies”, calls on Canadian society “to address the intersecting settler colonial and hetero-patriarchal wrongs that have led to the injustice of MMIWG,” argues Andrew Woolford, a former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Manitoba.

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Surveillance capitalism threatens Canadians’ “ability to think, act and resist”

Meagan Bell argues that surveillance capitalism, the data-driven business model driving Google, Facebook and other Internet companies, weakens Canadians’ ability to defend democracy, human rights and the human future.

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Saying no to power: The resignations of women cabinet members

The recent resignations from the Trudeau cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott confirm the limits of Canadian liberalism, as did suffragist Mary Ellen Smith’s 1921 resignation from the British Columbia cabinet.

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Islamophobia and hate crimes continue to rise in Canada

While the Canadian media rushed to blame the Québec City mosque massacre on rising anti-Muslim hatred in the U.S. and elsewhere, studies on white nationalism, hate crimes, and racism show that Islamophobic policies and sentiments are alive and well in Canada.

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Paul Dewar’s dying wish: “May you keep building a more peaceful and better world for all”

“Let’s embrace the vision of Algonquin elder William Commanda for an authentic and organic future, rooted in the wisdom of the Indigenous people upon whose land we reside,” said former NDP MP Paul Dewar, who died of cancer on Wednesday, in his final message to Canadians and humanity.

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Maple-glazed Trump? Doug Ford’s populism is Canadian-made

Ontario PC leader Doug Ford’s brand of populism has nothing to do with the populism Donald Trump used to win the U.S. presidency. It’s an extension of the populism practiced by Canadian right-wing politicians such as former prime minister Stephen Harper in the most recent past.

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