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The playful undertones of radicalization

When it comes to understanding the Freedom Convoy and right-wing extremism, play offers a unique entry point.

We need to talk about 1907

One hundred and fifteen years ago this September, downtown Vancouver was beset by thousands of protesters rallying against Asian immigration to Canada. Examining this event offers important lessons for understanding the modern-day Freedom Convoy.

Breaker breaker

Lessons from communities across Canada that blocked truck convoys

We keep us safe

When the Freedom Convoy came to Ottawa it was community members who organized to keep one another safe.

Hate on display: How two years online helped shape a full scale occupation

What happened in Ottawa offers a window into the antagonism fed by two years of living in self-affirming bubbles, writes Erin Gee

Killing Roe v. Wade could have ripple effects on democracy

A leaked draft decision of the U.S. Supreme Court suggests the iconic Roe v. Wade legislation could be overturned. That would directly impact women’s right to abortion. Democracy could become another casualty.

Uprooting the racism in our ranks

Race-motivated hate crimes have surged during the pandemic. But these crimes only scratch the surface of the multiple forms of racism that racialized communities have endured during the pandemic.

Freedom from what?

On January 28, the city of Ottawa changed forever as a hate-fuelled convoy set up camp for what would become a 26-day occupation.

Grow through what you go through

Addressing and sorting through the Freedom Convoy's wreckage is a job that belongs to all white people in Canada.

China’s transport project meets stiff resistance in Balochistan

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of China's BELT and Road Initiative, has met fierce resistance in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Here, CPEC is seen as unlawful occupation of Baloch land that contravenes international human rights law.

In clear view: Confronting Canadian police use of facial recognition technology

If you blinked, you would have missed it: Last June, Canada’s national police force was found to have broken the law when they used facial recognition technology that violated the most basic aspects of Canada’s privacy laws.

Settler work: The ongoing history of disproportionate force

Exploring the use of disproportionate force and the rise of militarized police forces in Canada through the history of policing in Canada.

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.

Unfinished Business: Recommendations to the new government for advancing gender equality

Gender equality advocates are under no illusion that there is a fight ahead in communities across the country to realize the tremendous potential of Election 2021.

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