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Canada’s Superrich Are Getting Richer — Even During the Pandemic

Canada’s Superrich Are Getting Richer — Even During the Pandemic

One unavoidable feature of living in a small country is having your perceptions warped by larger ones around you. For Canadians, who number less than 40 million and reside next to the world’s most powerful nation, the problem has always been especially acute: American impressions of Canada invariably shape how the country sees itself. When those impressions are favorable, the result is a kind of feedback loop in which Canadians’ self-perceptions are torqued around those imported from abroad. Though there are certainly other reasons, this partly explains why so many Canadians tend to assume that the issues plaguing America barely exist north of the 49th parallel.

The Polls, the Election Results and Trump

The most notable outcome of the 2020 U.S. election was that, as expected, Trump lost both the popular vote and the electoral college. However, the polls experienced significant errors, the nature of which is still being debated. Overall, it appears that polling understated support for Trump and the Republicans by about three or four points. It is also clear that there was a Republican anti-Trump vote (a group of Republican voters who were small 'c' conservatives that opposed Trump, but also supported Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives). There was also increased turnout from a pro-Trump constituency, many likely middle aged or older and voting for the first time. The results disappointed Democrats who expected more. However, the party seems to trail the Republicans when it comes to innovative campaign techniques and it made other mistakes in its congressional campaigning.

Can Governments Really Be Feminist?

Can Governments Really Be Feminist?

There's no question that the role of women in society has changed since the 1970s, especially in politics. Where politicians used to imagine women as less capable beings, useful only for play and raising children, most politicians no longer think this (aloud, at least). Many politicians are feminists, including some who came to politics through feminist organizing. Feminist activists now must confront feminist politicians, which has confused some people about what feminists are even fighting for anymore.

When we fight for one treaty, we fight for them all

When we fight for one treaty, we fight for them all

We arrived at 1492 Land Back Lane just as the sun was setting, giving me only a brief glimpse of the full camp – the hill with Haudenosaunee flags flying; the land-back-mobile; the site across the road that was still green, unoccupied, and undeveloped; and the tents scattered across the land, with people weaving through them. I hadn’t seen so many people since before the quarantine, since the last occupation. Everything was dusty, and there were several fires lit across the camp, each surrounded by people laughing and enjoying themselves as the night gave them a moment’s rest from the working day. Someone was trying to make a water drum from some of the donated lumber, and in future rolling blockades those drums would be brought out to greet supporters that would arrive in droves to the camp.

Canada is being left behind in the green economy race

Canada is being left behind in the green economy race

On November 19, the Trudeau government tabled the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act in the House of Commons. It is a plan to set greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The act calls for a roadmap to meet targets in five-year increments from 2030 to 2050, and will require annual reporting by the minister of finance.

Unfortunately, however, the act imposes no immediate requirements for industry, and is insufficient to jump-start a transformative climate agenda. We have seen this movie before.

Workers have sacrificed too much, tax the wealthy

Workers have sacrificed too much, tax the wealthy

Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) proposed a new wealth tax plan in parliament Nov. 16. The plan was to implement a one per cent tax on peoples’ wealth that exceeds $20 million. The NDP also advocated for a plan to tax capital gains at a higher rate, which now sits at 50 per cent.

Unfortunately, the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC), Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) and the Bloc Québécois (BQ) formed a united front to block the motion in parliament despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Canadians support the NDP’s proposal.

Maradona: Final whistle for the people’s champion

Maradona: Final whistle for the people’s champion

The Argentinian great Diego Maradona died today from a heart attack. He was 60. His rise to footballing heights was not just a sporting miracle, but also a one-of-a-kind sociocultural phenomenon.

Though Argentina and its people are sometimes thought to stand aloof from the rest of Latin America, the diminutive Maradona’s legend and off-field influence knew no borders.

His strident anti-imperialism and embrace of leftist leaders made him a sports icon with political influence surpassed only by Muhammad Ali in recent world history.

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