Canadian Dimension

A journal that focuses on strategies for social change in Canadian society, featuring articles written by Canadians about Canadian and international issues. The editorial viewpoint is self-described as radical, anti-capitalist, with the goal of providing

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, March-April

12-Step Program to Combat Climate Change
While global warming is now garnering citizens' attention around the world, the Canadian government's abandonment of climate policy has awakened the public to the need for action. In October, 2006, Stephen Harper attempted to hoodwink us with a PR...
A Democratic Tax Reform for Canada
It is the case that folks seriously interested in transforming society seldom consider achieving their objectives through changes in the tax system. Nevertheless, tax reform should be on the agenda of all those who want to change the world in more...
An Energy Security Program for Canada
We are seeing an international paradigm shift on climate change, which will bypass Canada if we remain locked into unlimited energy exports. Until Canada gets a "Mexican exemption" and exits NAFTA's energy-proportionality clause, there is little chance...
Back Atcha Backlash
On September 25, 2006, Prime Minister Steven Harper's government announced a cut of $5 million to the budget for Status of Women Canada (SWC), the agency responsible for follow-up on the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women....
Beckham
Unless you live somewhere in the Arctic Circle or the jungles of the Amazon, you'll have heard the news about David Beckham. The postmodern prince of the sports world, with a career built more on style than substance, has signed a contract that stands...
Canada and World Order after the Wreckage
Imagining an alternate global politics could hardly be more pressing. Mounting global inequalities, the turbulence of climate change and recurring military interventions by Western powers has been the daily fare of the neoliberal world order. This...
Canada Brings Its Fight against Indigenous Rights to the UN
United Nations international diplomacy flanked the wrong side of the campaign for Indigenous rights. On November 28, the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of a Namibian resolution to delay...
Can the NDP Work with the Greens and the Liberals to Defeat Harper?
It is clear that in the November 27 London-Centre by-election, Elizabeth May drew votes from past supporters of all political parties, but especially from the NDP. With her as Leader, the Greens are increasingly likely to draw support from the NDP...
Cellular Snuff 'N' Stuff
Cell phones off, please. Unless, that is, you're a former leader of Iraq who is about to be hanged. It seems the fate of everyone, nowadays, in most every circumstance, to be pestered by obnoxious cell-phone users, even unto death. For better or...
Democracy Ltd
If the word "democracy"--repeated over and over in the mouths of Northern officials--is starting to sound as meaningless as "bubblegum," then try replacing it with "polyarchy" or "a system of elections managed by competing elites." Then take "good...
Genocide Shmenocide
A cartoon in a Jewish newspaper shows two smiling Iranian mullahs welcoming a sweaty Neturei Karta delegate to the Tehran Holcaust-denial conference. Neturei Karta is an outfit of 5,000-or-so ferociously anti-Zionist, ultra-orthodox Jews in Jerusalem...
Harper's Crime Laws
In the aftermath of several sensational shootings, thoughtful Canadians are discussing what meaningful steps can be taken to deal with crime. The Conservative federal government delivered its response over the past year in a series of get-tough-on-crime...
Hello Garci! Goodbye Gloria? Political Struggle in the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's rise to power, after a revolt that toppled the populist yet corrupt Joseph Estrada in February, 2001, has brought about enormous social polarization and feelings of mass discontent. Arroyo was not the real choice of the...
Ideas for Popular Assemblies
In Canada and elsewhere there is currently a wide range of impressive constituency-based struggles around specific issues. But without some broader coherence to these movements, this fragmented politics leaves us frustratingly marginalized in terms...
Income Splitting Will Worsen Inequality
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has made pension income divisible between spouses for tax purposes and has mused about making all income divisible for tax purposes. This latter proposal would benefit a wealthy minority at the expense of important public...
Life of Solidarity: Reflections on a Life in Politics by Feminist Organizer and Co-Leader of Quebec Solidaire, Francoise David
I was born in the wealthy neighbourhood of Outremont in Montreal. My father was a doctor and my mother wrote, while looking after her six children. As a result, I had a privileged childhood and youth. But my parents were always aware of social inequalities--especially...
Re-Engerizing Canadian Jazz
Jazz is not dead in Canada. In fact, it is alive and growing, according to Vancouver drummer Morgan Childs, who sees opportunity everywhere he looks. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Morgan's attitude is refreshing in contrast with the widely held opinion...
Responses
Canadian Dimension has invited activists from various movements and with different experiences to respond to the idea of popular assemblies, as proposed by Sam Gindin in the preceding pages. We invite your responses, too. Send your ideas to us at info@canadiandimension.com....
Staying the Course in Afghanistan Means Abandoning Reason: A Veteran Canadian Forces Officer Speaks Out
We've heard repeated exhortations from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister Peter MacKay to "support our troops" by "staying the course" in Afghanistan until "the job is done." According to these august gentlemen, questioning our government's...
The Surveillance Society Creeps In
Before you read any further, freeze! Lower your copy of Canadian Dimension gently to a position where it can't be identified. Look casually around to see who's watching you. The odds are increasing that somebody is. You don't want to end up on Uncle...
Thinking Bigger, Doing Better
Without the assent of the NDP, Harper's Conservatives are unlikely to remain in power much longer. Chances are that, in the coming months, Layton & Co. will once again bring down a minority government, sending Canadians to the polls for the second...
Toward a New Policy Paradigm for First Peoples
The current policy paradigm surrounding Aboriginal issues is locked within a very narrow compass of possibility. The two major ideas that emerged in the last decade were the proposals around the Governance Act, rejected by most First Nations leaders,...
Towards a Civic, Secular Quebec Nation
Last summer, National Post columnist Barbara Kay predicted the emergence of a "Quebecistan" because certain politicians had participated in a demonstration against the assault on Lebanon. This declaration was characterized as "pure libel against an...
We Need Feminist Organizing Now More Than Ever
As International Women's Day approaches, I'm reflecting on the state of the women's movement and feminist trade-union organizing--something I've been part of for about thirty years. It's prompted by my involvement in the CUPE National Women's Task...
Women Changing the World
CD thanks our nominators for introducing our readers to Shannon Bell, Sandra Brown, Ilona Dougherty, Monia Mazigh and Christine Welsh--women who are definitely changing our world! [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We invite nominations for our May/June...