CATEGORIES

The War On Boycotts

Jason Kenney is borrowing from Israel’s anti-BDS playbook to take down environmentalists who threaten Alberta’s oil industry.

7 mins read
Briarpatch
January/February 2019

The Grunt Work Of Anti-fascism

Despite what the mainstream media likes to show, antifa isn’t all fighting and doxxing

9 mins read
Briarpatch
January/February 2019

Wolverine Hunt

Maxine’s great-grandmother, Ikuaalaaq, stands in the centre with her partner Atuat to her right. She stands with five of her eight children, from left to right: Kaludjak, Autut, Jack, Kiali, and Ulurksit. Missing from from the photo are three other children: Siksik, Timuti, and Leopold.

10 mins read
Briarpatch
January/February 2019

The Leftist's Case Against The Carbon Tax

It’s a fundamentally libertarian policy – and one that tends to just piss people off, not invigorate them about the possibility of a just and sustainable future.

10+ mins read
Briarpatch
January/February 2019

Sending Josephine Home

Josephine Pelletier was shot to death by Calgary police in May. Her life and death shed light on the complicated interplay between colonialism, incarceration, and police brutality. This is her story.

10+ mins read
Briarpatch
January/February 2019

Busted

Aaron Doncaster was fired from his job for organizing a union. But in Alberta, workers have new protection against union-busting bosses.

9 mins read
Briarpatch
November/December 2018

Strike Surveillance

During the York University strike of 2018, workers on the picket line found themselves being watched

7 mins read
Briarpatch
November/December 2018

Making A Killing

Palestinian workers in illegal Israeli settlements are calling for BDS – even though it may mean they lose their jobs

8 mins read
Briarpatch
November/December 2018

'To Create Other Worlds Inside This One'

An interview with Writing in the Margins judges Gwen Benaway, Alicia Elliott, and Jalani Morgan

7 mins read
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November/December 2018

'They Take My Labour, But Not My Family'

The federal government is preparing to end the Caregiver Program – and caregivers are fighting back by demanding permanent residency upon arrival

10+ mins read
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November/December 2018

TS Just Wanna Have Fun

“Okay, let’s do something about it.”

7 mins read
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September/October 2018

Something In The Water

The lasting violence of a Canadian mining giant in Guatemala

10 mins read
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September/October 2018

The Battle For Heron Gate

Organizing from the ground up to fight one of the largest eviction campaigns in the country

8 mins read
Briarpatch
September/October 2018

Checking In With The Oil Crowd

At the 50th annual Global Petroleum Show, are they planning a post-oil world, or digging into climate destruction?

10+ mins read
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September/October 2018

Be Careful With Each Other

How activist groups can build trust, care, and sustainability in a world of capitalism and oppression

9 mins read
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September/October 2018

The Dangerous Illusion Of The Humane Prison

The right of trans prisoners in Canada to self-identify their gender is an important win. How can it be used to fuel – and not drain – our efforts towards a future without prisons?

8 mins read
Briarpatch
July/August 2018

Start-Up Nation, Apartheid State

The myth of “peaceful” R&D in Israel

9 mins read
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July/August 2018

Distinct Histories, Shared Solidarity

Black and Indigenous activists’ reflections on land, policing, and gender

10+ mins read
Briarpatch
July/August 2018

'We Don't Need Permission To Be Free'

On January 1, 1994, the Zapatistas’ armed uprising seized several cities and towns in southern Mexico, on the same day that the NAFTA agreement took force. Now, as Trump threatens to rip up NAFTA and others seek to “modernize” it, it’s once again Indigenous peoples who will bear the fallout of neoliberal policies. In March of 2018, thousands of self-identified women Zapatistas and activists gathered in Chiapas to share their struggles and victories in building a world beyond capitalism.

10+ mins read
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July/August 2018

Uprooted

Through the '60s, '70s, and '80s, the Canadian government took thousands of First Nations children from their families and placed them in white foster homes. I was one of them. Alienated from my language, culture, and community, I was taught to hate my people.Decades later, I am still learning to heal.

7 mins read
Briarpatch
May/June 2018

Tori Ball

Tori Ball moved to Vancouver a year and a half ago from Kjipuktuk/ Halifax.

1 min read
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May/June 2018

Remembering The Drumheller Strike

“Hell’s Hole,” “the Devil’s Row,” and “the Western Front” – these were the nicknames for the coal mines of the Drumheller valley. In 1919, around 6,500 Drumheller coal miners walked off the job after voting to join the radical and militant One Big Union. Nearly a hundred years later, the 1919 Drumheller strike remains one of the most famous examples of workers’ power on the Prairies.

9 mins read
Briarpatch
May/June 2018

Oil's Deep State

How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming – in Alberta, and in Ottawa.

3 mins read
Briarpatch
May/June 2018

Fighting For Space

How A Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction

4 mins read
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May/June 2018

Colonial Courts & Settler Justice

Colten Boushie, Haven Dubois, and the two-tiered justice system

9 mins read
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May/June 2018

The McGill Experiments

The McGill Experiments

9 mins read
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March/April 2018

The Honduran Election Crisis

Canadian capital stands to benefit from the fraudulent election of a far right-wing government that has brought down the full force of the military on Hondurans – particularly on activists like Berta Cáceres.

10+ mins read
Briarpatch
March/April 2018

Silencing Opposition Of The Site C Dam

Protesters of the Site C dam in the Peace River Valley are facing a civil suit from bothBC Hydro and the B.C. government.

7 mins read
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March/April 2018

Pen Pal Solidarity

The Prisoner Correspondence Project connects LGBTQ2S inmates with pen pals on the outside.The relationships of care and empathy developed over years of exchanging letters are a form of radical solidarity that upends the control, surveillance, isolation, and erasure enforced by prisons.

4 mins read
Briarpatch
March/April 2018

A Thousand More Beds

The homeless shelter system in Canada’s largest city is in crisis. Toronto’s sky-high rental market,government cuts to social housing and assistance benefits, and a city council that voted against immediate respite during a recent cold snap are jeopardizing the lives of homeless people.But anti-poverty and housing activists are fighting the systemic abandonment of homeless people, andthey’re winning important gains.

7 mins read
Briarpatch
March/April 2018

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