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We are all Afghanistan

What happens when immigration processes are mired by misinformation on social media and capitalized on by promises sold with slick marketing tactics against a backdrop of insidious psychological warfare?

Collectively, it spawns a deep desperation.

What we deserve

Warren Urquhart discusses two important digital rights for Canadians

Peace, friendship and trust: Policing as treaty breaking

The resistance of Indigenous people, their memory of history, treaty, law, and land stewardship are being met with police violence.

Arrested development

There’s a quiet resignation I feel when I think about how big $92 billion is compared to how small the community I grew up in is... And instead of building up kids in [communities like mine], we pumped $92 billion into a global war on terror in the first 10 years alone.

Choices of rhetoric and choices of action

An interview with Bruce Cockburn about art and activism and a lifetime of kicking at the darkness.

Smog of war

As Brown University's Neta C. Crawford remarked in her study on the Pentagon’s GHG emissions, “War and preparation for it are fossil fuel intensive activities.”


Variations on a theme: Twenty years of anti-terror measures in an already terrorized community

The history and ongoing legacy of slavery shouldn't be seen in contrast to the two decades of anti-terror. Rather, we should view the post-9/11 era as a permutation and extension of that history and legacy.

Two decades of Islamophobia: The invisible toll on the health of Muslims in Canada

In the last five years, more Muslims have been killed in targeted hate-attacks in Canada than in any other G7 country. And this growing Islamophobia is having impacts on the health of Muslim Canadians.

Canada’s smart tech future: Open cities or opaque surveillance?

New research shows that police forces across Canada are building extensive digital surveillance hubs without any public engagement. Smart city projects use very similar technologies with the same dangers, yet here residents and municipalities are increasingly implementing Open Smart City principles to avoid potential harms and strengthen public oversight. The police should not be exempt from democratic accountability and the same principles can be applied to them to rebuild it.

The post-pandemic future: More supportive housing for semi-independent seniors

As our population ages, let’s rely less on long-term care and more on supportive housing:a cost-effective way for semi-independent seniors to live with dignity and independence.

Settler Work: Understanding the Gustafsen Lake Standoff

Twenty-six years later, Gustafsen Lake remains unexamined and governments unaccountable for the largest show of military force against Indigenous land defenders in Canadian history.

Oppression will try to steal your ability to dream. Don’t let it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionately high impact on Black communities. It’s exceptionally difficult to produce a vision of freedom in such rough times. But we must keep freedom dreaming.

Land back: Unsettling the original injustice

Land back. Two words simple in premise and profound in meaning.

Access after COVID-19: How disability culture can transform life and work

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed the necessity of changing people’s taken-for-granted understandings of disability, to provoke a transformation in how people perceive living with disability and difference.

Canada’s crisis of democracy

What is the point of a political system that ignores the needs of its people during a crisis?
We need bold action.

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