‘Names Hurt’: Confronting the embedded racism in Ottawa streets and landmarks linked to slavery
In the wake of the North America-wide anti-racism protests spawned by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, Canada has seen a growing movement to highlight systems of oppression and systemic racism. As a part of this, citizens have begun to question the symbols around Canadian cities that honour racist figures and they are pushing for renaming’s.
Fiscally united, socially divided: Federal Conservatives struggle to maintain harmony in party’s ‘big tent’
The Conservative Party of Canada is navigating a tricky political path as new leader Erin O’Toole seeks to attract centrist voters while not alienating social conservatives.
Paper bags just as environmentally damaging as plastic bags, experts say
With Canada getting ready to ban plastic bags by the end of 2021, experts are warning its most popular alternative has environmentally damaging consequences of its own.
The death of Joyce Echaquan: ‘Indigenous people know it’s not unique’
Joyce Echaquan’s tragic death and the racist verbal abuse she faced while receiving medical treatment has shocked many Canadians, but her experience is far from an isolated incident, say Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders alike. “Indigenous people know it’s not unique,” said Lorraine Whitman, head of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Acknowledging that, four senior federal ministers convened a virtual…
Faces of change: Chloe Halpenny fights for a universal basic income
Chloe Halpenny advocates for a for a universal basic income, feminism and more.
‘Ad Feminam:’ No let up in attacks against female politicians
Catherine McKenna’s office was recently the target of a verbal attack. It is just one in a string of misogynist attacks that have happened throughout her political career.
Unhappy campers protest Liberal government, COVID-19 measures
Since Canada Day, members have of the Canadian Revolution have been protesting against the Liberal government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police chiefs urge decriminalization of drug possession; policy experts urge faster, broader reform
Despite police chiefs urging the decriminalization of personal drug use, Canadian drug policy experts say that more needs to be done to keep community members safe.
Liberal MP Francis Drouin open to renaming federal riding that honours 19th-century slave owner Peter Russell
Liberal MP Francis Drouin, who represents the Ottawa-area constituency of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, says he’s open to renaming his riding to erase its association with 19th-century slave owner Peter Russell. Russell, a top-level administrator in Upper Canada in the late 1700s and early 1800s, fought for special exemptions for slave owners, including himself, when the British colony passed the Anti-Slavery Act in…
‘Insurmountable’ odds: Canada loses bid for seat on UN Security Council to Ireland, Norway
Canada lost its bid for a two year term on the United Nations Security Council.
New government, new Speaker, new speech combine to open a minority Parliament
The 43rd Parliament of Canada has opened with the election of the Speaker of the House and the speech from the throne. Many have high expectations for the coming parliament, while others remain skeptical after a divisive election cycle.
Trudeau puts two Ottawa MPs, Mona Fortier and Catherine McKenna, in cabinet
This afternoon at Rideau Hall, Prime Minister Trudeau revealed the new cabinet, including two local female MPs.