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As Middle East citizens reclaim their countries, democracy weakens at home

victoria salvas

In Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, even Italy, citizens are rising up, risking their lives to protest their corrupt governments. Egyptians, in a historical event, have proven they can be successful in overthrowing years of dictatorial leadership. Canadians were mostly cheering along (though our government wasn’t), but’s hard to put ourselves in their place—Canada, flawed though it […] More »

Stop Everything #19: Three ways Ignatieff could green the Harper budget

rebecca mcneil

Holy déjà vu, Iggy. Is it just me, or is this whole post-prorogue budget announcement that the NDP and Bloc aren’t supporting feeling eerily familiar? Rewind to November 2008. Stephen Harper prorogued the government to avoid a non-confidence motion brought on by the New Democrats and Liberals. This move bought him a little time, and […] More »

Stop Everything #17: Weapons of mass distraction create a climate of silence

rebecca mcneil

Well played, Mr. Harper, well played. While you’re probably sitting comfortably at 24 Sussex, sipping Chianti and learning how to play “Hey Jude” for Laureen’s next fundraiser, I’m sitting in bed at 11pm Monday night trying to rack my brain for what to say this week about the state of climate change in Canada. How […] More »

Stop Everything #14: Renewing our own energy after Copenhagen

darcy higgins

We’ve marched, oh how we have marched. The “get back to work” signs now find their place in the closet where dust has begun to flirt with the climate-themed “350” signs of October and December. The proroguing of Parliament has left the country with no ability to act on any sort of climate legislation (though […] More »

Last weekend's No Prorogue in pictures (coast-to-coast edition)

Graham F. Scott

Last Saturday saw thousands of people rally in cities across Canada (and around the world) to protest the proroguing of parliament. On Monday we brought you a gallery of signs we saw in Toronto, but that was just what we managed to snap first hand. Ever-resourceful, not to mention generous, This readers across the country […] More »

A gallery of protest signs from Saturday's anti-prorogue rally

Graham F. Scott

We took our cameras to Saturday’s anti-prorogue rally in Toronto and snapped pictures of some of our favourite signs (or, in some cases, the zaniest ones). Click through the gallery to see what the people were proudly waving in the air last weekend. These are just the signs we snapped personally — a bunch of […] More »

Friday FTW: A pop-up prorogue poetry project from Mansfield Press

Graham F. Scott

Among the many responses to a prorogued parliament, we’re tickled by this project from a Toronto small press publisher, Mansfield Press — one that co-stars our own Fiction & Poetry editor, Stuart Ross. He, along with Ottawa’s Stephen Brockwell and Mansfield publisher Denis De Klerck, put out a lightning-fast call for poetry about the proroguement […] More »

This Magazine's map of Saturday's anti-prorogue rallies

Graham F. Scott

View Anti-Prorogue Rallies in a larger map Tomorrow is the big day all across Canada, as thousands of Canadians will be gathering to protest Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue parliament until March 3. There are going to be many ways to participate in this peaceful, non-partisan event, both on the street and online. […] More »

Interview: Jesse Hirsh on the Prorogue, Facebook, comedy, and small-group activism

rea mcnamara

[Editor’s note: an experimental guest post today from online-culture columnist and Tumblr-er Rea McNamara, in Skype-chat-conversation with Jesse Hirsh. The large screengrabs of that chat below may not display 100% correctly for everyone, please let us know if you have insurmountable trouble.] TGIF, if only to sit back and click through the old media misunderstanding […] More »

Prorogue, Facebook, and the politics of self-doubt

Graham F. Scott

It’s been a week now since the Prime Minister’s December 30 announcement that the house of commons would be prorogued until March 3, 2010. Peter Mansbridge’s toothless interview with the Prime Minister last night (first question: the underwear bomber? Seriously?) was disappointing. Mansbridge didn’t challenge the PM on anything of substance, and used that favourite […] More »

PM's Parliamentary prorogue plan provokes passionate public pugnacity

Graham F. Scott

This morning several news sources reported that Prime Minister Stephen Harper planned to prorogue parliament until March 3. This story is a bit of a moving target today, so this is just a quick post to collect some of the thought we’ve seen bubbling around the web today: The PMO’s official announcement/non-announcement is now out. […] More »