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These Activists Are Building Shields to Prepare for Whatever Comes Next

These Activists Are Building Shields to Prepare for Whatever Comes Next

On this warm October afternoon, 30 people have gathered for a shield building party in West Oakland’s Lil Bobby Hutton Park. They kneel on a tarp splotched with spray-paint and glitter, stenciling slogans onto two–by­–four-foot plywood rectangles with rounded corners that have been buzz-sawed in batches of three. The shields are hefty, but are easily carried with one arm through the straps that are being attached to each one after it’s painted, along with a strip of foam to protect the forearm of someone carrying it for hours. 

The shields are a project of the Oakland Builders Collective, a volunteer crew that has spent the past few months making 500 shields for protesters to use to protect themselves. So far, the collective has provided custom-made shields to more than 10 activist groups in 5 Bay Area cities. Even with the help of dozens of volunteers like those who have come out today, it is “already beyond capacity,” says Forrest Schmidt, one of the group’s founders.  

Trump Readies Lawyers for Election Battle, Led by Ex-Pence Aide

Trump Readies Lawyers for Election Battle, Led by Ex-Pence Aide

President Donald Trump is pledging a legal fight over vote counting that drags on after polls close -- all but guaranteeing an ongoing struggle over pandemic-related voting rules if the election result is close.

Matthew Morgan, a longtime adviser to Vice President Mike Pence and now the Trump campaign’s general counsel, is leading the litigation strategy, which has so far been largely aimed at curtailing Democratic efforts to loosen rules for voting by mail.

CBC Ombudsman Says Teenage Journalists Who Criticized Transphobia Violated CBC’s Journalistic Standards

CBC Ombudsman Says Teenage Journalists Who Criticized Transphobia Violated CBC’s Journalistic Standards

An internal CBC review of a youth current affairs show has concluded that a group of teenage journalists violated CBC’s journalistic standards when they unanimously criticized transphobia without giving equal airtime to other “viewpoints.”

RECAP, which is described as a “digital-only news roundup show,” posted a video earlier this summer discussing a widely-reported backlash over transphobic tweets from Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Canada’s House Prices Are Soaring Because Reality Doesn’t Matter Anymore To Things Like That

Canada’s House Prices Are Soaring Because Reality Doesn’t Matter Anymore To Things Like That

Many people have been scratching their heads lately trying to understand how it is that Canada’s average house price jumped more than 17 per cent during the worst economic crisis to hit the world in decades. On its face, it seems senseless.

There is an answer, but to get to it, you have to learn the same uncomfortable lesson that the head of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (and some of us who write about economics) learned this year. And that lesson is that we are living in an illusion created by central bank money-printing and profligate government spending. If house prices seem detached from reality, it’s because they are.

BC’s Liberals Appear Headed for an Ugly Divorce

BC’s Liberals Appear Headed for an Ugly Divorce

I was having second thoughts about an election night column saying the BC Liberals faced an existential crisis.

Later reports from Elections BC seemed to offer some hope for the Liberals, suggesting the party’s supporters didn’t desert it for a new love. They just stayed home. Which would mean, theoretically, that they could be wooed back by 2024.

But as the week went on, the party’s dire — perhaps hopeless state — become evident.

What We’re Watching: U.S. election uncertainty, opposition-driven debates

What We’re Watching: U.S. election uncertainty, opposition-driven debates

Let’s face it: Like virtually everyone else on the planet (and, for all we know, on other planets with heretofore undiscovered sentient populations as well), Official Ottawa is set to spend the next few days obsessively monitoring the breaking news from south of the border, from the final day of cross-country electioneering to the street-by-street reporting on the state of the voting system itself.

That includes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his inner circle as well, of course, although don’t expect any reaction to the results until the final numbers are in.

Top Environmental Groups Say Jason Kenney’s Inquiry Into ‘Anti-Alberta’ Activities Still Has Not Spoken With Them

Top Environmental Groups Say Jason Kenney’s Inquiry Into ‘Anti-Alberta’ Activities Still Has Not Spoken With Them

After 15 months, two missed two deadlines and millions of dollars down the drain, Jason Kenney’s public inquiry into so-called “anti-Alberta energy campaigns” has yet to speak with prominent environmental groups.

The Kenney government’s public inquiry into an alleged foreign-funded conspiracy aimed at undermining Alberta’s oil industry was originally launched in July 2019, but no one is quite sure what the $3.5 million dollar inquiry is actually doing.

Save-On-Foods Refused Calls to Require Face Masks Inside Their BC Grocery Stores, Company Letter Shows

Save-On-Foods Refused Calls to Require Face Masks Inside Their BC Grocery Stores, Company Letter Shows

One of British Columbia’s biggest supermarket chains is refusing calls to require customers to wear face masks in their stores to curb the spread of COVID-19, forcing a union representing grocery workers to ask BC’s Provincial Health Officer to intervene and order the company to mandate masks.

Save-On-Foods, a chain owned by billionaire Jim Pattison, doesn’t require pandemic shoppers to wear masks at its BC locations, even though a number of their main competitors already do so, including Walmart, Whole Foods as well as Loblaws’ Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills and T&T Supermarket chains.

21st-century universalism will be anti-racist, or it won’t be at all

21st-century universalism will be anti-racist, or it won’t be at all

Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 — a North American earthquake that sent shock waves around the world — a form of anti-racism has come to prominence in France. This movement, part of decades of postcolonial struggles, emerged in the wake of the Adama Traoré Committee, named after a young 24-year-old French citizen who died on July 19, 2016, in conditions eerily similar to those of Floyd.