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When the Leap Manifesto was published one month before Canada’s October 19 federal election, it temporarily derailed the campaign of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, journalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis recalled in a telephone interview. “In the electoral moment, the manifesto was seized on by the right-wing corporate press and used as a dagger to stick in Mulcair’s back,” Lewis told […]

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The B.C. New Democrats say they are collecting a growing body of evidence that proves a Liberal government practice of deleting emails was “systemic” and explicitly for the purpose of preventing the release of information to the public. In a telephone interview, David Eby, MLA for Vancouver–Point Grey, said the NDP will forward the documents it has collected to the […]

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The unofficial leader of Canada’s marijuana-reform movement had a succinct reaction to the Liberal’s October 19 victory over the tough-on-crime Conservatives. “Holy smokes,” Jodie Emery said in a telephone interview. “We were all joking about how activists are out of a job. Mission accomplished. Now what?” In his campaign for prime minister, Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau promised his government […]

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Call it rock the vote or a magical mystery tour, but whatever was happening aboard a bus cruising down Kingsway last Saturday (October 10) was a very fun way to participate in democracy. Zach Gray of Vancouver indie-rock band the Zolas played guitar and belted out their hit song “You’re Too Cool” while enthusiastic backup vocals were provided by the […]

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British Columbia’s new minimum wage of $10.45 an hour is the second-lowest in all of Canada, according to the federal government’s Labour Program. When New Brunswick implements a promised increase in 2017, B.C.’s rate will rank dead last among Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. And that’s where it is going to stay. Each jurisdictions’ minimum wage is tied to the […]

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Research behind a forthcoming CBC Television documentary includes new data on Vancouver police encounters with people experiencing a mental-health crisis. It suggests despite progressive training, many incidents still end with an officer deploying lethal force. For the period 2004 to 2014, investigative journalists Helen Slinger and Yvette Brend analyzed hundreds of coroners’ reports from jurisdictions across Canada. In British Columbia, […]

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Over the last several years, the number of medicinal marijuana dispensaries operating in Vancouver has ballooned, from fewer than 20 in 2012 to more than 100 today. That might have people wondering how police enforcement of marijuana laws has changed during that time, especially since the City of Vancouver lent a great deal of legitimacy to dispensaries when it proposed […]

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One of the first lessons a marijuana enthusiast learns is to purge a grow operation of males. Only the females of the cannabis plant—identifiable by pistillate flowers, in contrast to a male’s staminate flowers—produce the cannabinoid chemicals sought for their psychoactive effects. So gardeners pull the male plants out by their roots and discard them as useless. On the human […]

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Chris Hedges sees revolution on the horizon. It’s a phenomenon he’s witnessed before. Hedges draws on decades of experience reporting from revolts and counter-insurgencies around the world. He’s covered the dissolution of the Soviet Union in Czechoslovakia and Romania, met with guerilla leaders amid conflicts in Central American, and reported from Yugoslavia as the country fell into civil war and acts of […]