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by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Dec 22 2010

 A year ago I wrote a column reflecting on the activities of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA), the Canadian branch of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism. The latter is an international pro-Zionist group whose sole task is to redefine anti-Semitism to...

by Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Dec 21 2010
PART I:  The past year has been an eventful one.
 
In January the Haiti earthquake hit. My staff and I worked for days with Foreign Affairs, a School District and Mt. Sentinel School of South Slocan to safely locate, press for transportation assistance, and rescue a class of high school students caught in Haiti.
 
In February,...
by Harvey Oberfeld on Friday Dec 17 2010

What a year it has been in B.C.--but that’s nothing, compared to the year that lies ahead! We’ve watched a Premier win a third consecutive election and then lose it all and announce, following months of public rejection and derision, that he will step down;  we’ve seen the Official Opposition, with its best opportunity in a decade to achieve victory, turn on itself and slice and dice its own...

by Contributor on Thursday Dec 16 2010
B.C. taxpayers are in a grouchy mood these days - so grouchy, in fact, that Gordon Campbell is finished as premier after nine years and five months in office - what amounts to a century in B.C. politics.
 
Now, as the competition kicks off to choose a new premier, grouchy taxpayers need to be watching their...
by Adrian Barnes on Wednesday Dec 15 2010

It’s pretty hard to feel outrage nowadays. On the provincial, national, and global scene, we’re confronted with so many cartoonish abominations (the BC Rail scandal! the Harper government’s stance on Israel! Sarah Palin’s very existence in the public sphere! I could, and do, go on!) that our ability to feel injustice gets numbed and we grow cynical. On some level, we grow to believe that the...

by Alex Atamanenko on Wednesday Dec 15 2010

Food Banks Canada released its HungerCount 2010 survey in November. The report paints a grim picture of poverty in Canada and the continued growth in the need for services like food banks and other charitable food providers in our communities.  This snapshot from thousands of hungry Canadians and from hundreds of food banks across the country should be required reading for all levels of...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Dec 13 2010

It seems like such a simple right: I’m sitting here writing my blog, or you’re sitting there reading it …neither of us fearing that the state Police will break down our doors, throw handcuffs on us, scare the hell out of our families, seize our computers and cart us away to be imprisoned … maybe even beaten.

 

But that is reality in China.

That great country, rising economic...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Dec 08 2010

Last May, the OECD put out figures comparing infant mortality rates in countries around the world. Perhaps the biggest story of all the figures were those attributed to Canada. This country has always boasted of its social stats — life expectancy, infant...

by Nik Green on Tuesday Dec 07 2010

A year ago I touched on how little I care for the onslaught of garbage toys that flood the market this time of year. I'd like to upgrade that dislike of cheap toys to a general dislike of products that simply do not need to be created - period.

The vibe cursed through me yesterday as I found myself twirling a novelty pen in my hand...

by The Real News Network on Sunday Dec 05 2010

 This episode of Faultlines on the Real News Network explores how Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is working to conflate the concepts of 'anti-Israel as an apartheid state' and 'anti-semitism' so that anyone critical of Israel will be considered anti-semitic. Essential viewing for anyone who cares about reason, democracy, and human rights.

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