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Case study highlights conflict between bureaucrats, Minister Kenney on direction of multiculturalism programs

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

… bureaucrats embraced a set of assumptions laid down in the days of Pierre Trudeau and maintained by every Conservative and Liberal government that followed: Multiculturalism programs should foster mutual tolerance among cultural communities. Citizenship should be easy to acquire, and citizenship classes and programs should emphasize the federal government’s contribution to peacekeeping, the United Nations and expanding civil liberties at home and abroad. The Harper government saw things differently.

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Ugly secret of Ontario psychiatric hospitals won’t stay hidden

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The suit was launched three years ago. In a precedent-setting move, the Ontario Superior Court certified it, making this the first collective legal action against a government-operated psychiatric facility. But it has yet to be heard. Every time a trial looked imminent, the Attorney General of Ontario delayed the proceedings… Ontario once ran 16 of these institutions. All are closed now. But shutting the doors doesn’t undo the damage provincial employees did to thousands of cognitively disabled youngsters.

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The Power of Idle No More’s Resurgent Radicalism

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Jan. 14, 2013
It is up against formidable odds: not just the normal difficulties of any new movement but a ruthless Harper government which responds only to power and an entrenched aboriginal leadership which is completely dependent on that same government. It is a leadership which long ago made a deal with the neo-colonial devil: you pay us and we will pretend to lead while you pretend to listen.

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Immigrant women changed the face of Toronto

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Dec. 16, 2012
They developed a network of support services for themselves and future generations of newcomers. They created training and employment programs for women with no Canadian experience, no connections and no way of getting a foothold in the workforce. They set up female-run businesses that employed newcomers… where they could earn a living wage, become citizens and break down the barriers that had confronted them. They made multiculturalism work.

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The poor ain’t what they used to be

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Sep. 29 2012
… everything has changed. The poor are still with us, but they aren’t who they used to be. And “ending poverty” doesn’t mean what it used to mean… now that the inequality is no longer international but within nations, there’s a “need for a fundamental reframing of global poverty as largely a matter of domestic distribution… Growth by itself isn’t going to do it… There will still be a lot of poor”.

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Ottawa’s Indian policies stick with tried and tested failure

Friday, August 24th, 2012

9 August 2012
The Indians did not give up being Indian, as bureaucrats expected they would, for the simple reason that they did not want to. Over and again the principal outcome of top-down, Ottawa-knows-best paternalism was another generation of consternated policy wonks and impoverished reserves whose inhabitants nonetheless resisted outside pressures to cease and desist all things Indian… to introduce voluntary fee simple property ownership to Indian reserves… is one step’s remove from conducting the discussion entirely over the heads of the people affected…

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Unsung heroes of the Third City

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Dec 22 2011
The Third City – is made up of Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods, with their high concentrations of racialized poverty… [where] incomes… have declined 20 per cent or more since 1970… the Third City can also be understood as an urban condition: a set of experiences that together amount to exclusion from the full political, economic and cultural life of our city… But behind the negative media headlines and dire poverty statistics, there are people working hard to stitch together a social fabric torn by decades of rising poverty and inequality.

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Giving thanks for civil discourse

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Oct 09 2011
In establishing the CBC, the prime minister claimed that “the country must be assured of complete Canadian control of broadcasting from Canadian sources. Without such control, broadcasting can never be the agency by which national consciousness may be fostered.”… Both the CBC, with its historically insightful documentaries and series programming, such as Ideas and Tapestry, and the Massey Lecture series, with its commitment to publicly accessible scholarship, are not ancillary, but central, to a vibrant Canadian democracy…

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Don’t dismiss the so-cons

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Apr. 8, 2011
Cut across party lines and examine the faces standing with Senators and MPs in support of all-party reports about poverty in Canada, issued in 2009 and 2010 respectively, and you’ll see the presence of so-cons again. Poverty and homelessness aren’t typically identified as socially conservative issues in the media. But we don’t let the media define us… And, like Wilberforce, contemporary theo-cons are committed, not eccentric. And we’re not a spent force yet.

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Prisoners of the web

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Mar 10 2011
Jesse Hirsh… began by saying we’re all F.U.C.T., which he said stood for, Fully Under the Control of Technology. Meaning above all the Internet. He said it amounts to their religion; it surrounds their lives with meanings, as Catholicism did in the Middle Ages. It is their spiritual reality, which is a virtual one. Yet nothing in the adult world, especially politically, reflects this as their source of connection and identity… No wonder politics makes little sense to many of them, he said. They know other issues matter but the central reality of their own lives goes unrecognized.

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