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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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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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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How the Toronto van attack may spur cases of PTSD

The Toronto van attack, which left 10 people dead, “is likely to bring on a variety of feelings among those affected — people who witnessed the event, the first responders who provided care for victims and even those of us who simply saw news coverage of the horrible incident,” writes Dr. Margaret McKinnon, the Homewood Chair in Mental Health and Trauma at McMaster University.

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David Suzuki: Kinder Morgan pipeline controversy proves need to shift course

Fir the sake of the environment, indigenous rights, and the future, renowned environmentalist David Suzuki urges us to push back against Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s obsolete Trans Mountain pipeline project and all fossil fuel expansions in Canada and beyond.

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Ontario budget a deficit-funded election platform for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government

With its eye on the crucial June election, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has created a deficit-funded election budget proposing social policy expansions, investments, and progressive expenditures on key issues such as child care, health care, and pharmacare.

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Alberta’s shameful pipeline politics ignores First Nations

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s fight against British Columbia’s efforts to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project ignores the pipeline’s negative impact on First Nations and Canada’s ongoing efforts at reconciliation with First Nations.

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