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Archive - 2003

September 27th

September 27, 2003 Canadian News

Anti-Hate Legislation Passed

September 27, 2003 Comics

The Secret Office

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"The Secret Office," by Heather Meek

September 27, 2003 Features

The "Piquetes"


buenos-aires_fp.jpgWhen Argentina's economy collapsed in January of 2002, thousands of Argentinians lost their jobs, and others lost their life savings when foreign banks closed suddenly. In the face of massive unemployment which existed well before the collapse, unemployed workers formed collectives to democratically petition the government for temporary employment ("plans"). After being consistantly ignored, the poorest of the unemployed, often starving, began to set up roadblocks (piquetes) on important Argentinian roads in support of their demands for work. They have also set up bakeries, bartering systems, and occupied abandoned factories and restarted business as usual--without the owners and with a radically democratic model of organizing.

A conversation between the Situaciones Collective and multiple members of the Unemployed Workers Movement of Solano. Translated by Ivan A. and eleusa.

Argentina's unemployed build direct democracy for basic needs

September 27, 2003 Arts

Paul Martin, Meet Shakespeare

petruccio_fp.jpgRecently a friend suggested I check out Paul Martin's online opinion survey about the Canadian definition of marriage. Also recently I saw an all-female production of The Taming of the Shrew performed in that Shakespearian Mecca, London's Globe Theatre. And perhaps oddly, these two things have quite a lot to say to each other.- by Jane Henderson -

September 27, 2003 Arts

What's the Art For?

After 17,000 years of accumulating examples of art, people are still asking, "But is it art... what is art?" Can't we answer that question by now? - by Max Liboiron -

September 27, 2003 Environment

The Swoosh Swoops into Mountain Equipment Co-op

mec_fp.jpgNike AGC cross trainers arrived on the shelves of Mountain Equipment Co-op's only Atlantic Canadian outlet this August. Canada's largest cooperative is confident in Nike's commitment to greener products, sustainable practices and international labour codes. "They're not perfect, but are certainly putting lots of effort and resources into changing their ways," says MEC's CEO Peter Robinson.- by Norma Jean MacPhee -

September 12th

September 12, 2003 Comics

Black Creek Pioneer Village

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"Black Creek Pioneer Village", by Heather Meek

September 12, 2003 Environment

North America in the Dark: the Blackout in Context

blackout_fp.jpgOn August 15th, 50 million people in the United States and Ontario found themselves in the dark, but many argue that North Americans have been 'in the dark' about the global context of their energy consumption for far too long. The 'biggest blackout in history' can shed some light on the inequalities of global energy consumption. The course that policy makers chart in the future must stretch beyond blackouts to looming problems that face all societies across the globe.

- by Yuill Herbert -

September 12, 2003 Arts

New Brain Machine Improves Musical Creativity

face_fp.jpgYes, you read the headline correctly, and no, I can't believe it either, but apparently scientists have invented a brain machine that dramatically enhances musical performance, thus paving the way for a new race of highly skilled super-musicians. According to the BBC, "the system - called neurofeedback - trains musicians to clear their minds and produce more creative brain waves. Research, to be published in the journal Neuroreport, indicates the technique helps musicians to improve by an average of 17%...

-by Matt Brennan -

September 12, 2003 Features

The Gathering Storm in Mexico

Under NAFTA, Mexican farmers move from ejido to foreign finca*

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On the same day that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into force, January 1, 1994, a group of Mexican peasants marched out of the mountains and the jungles and directly into the media spotlight. At the time, President Carlos Salinas was celebrating Mexico's new status as a "first world" nation and basking in the glory of his own sudden prominence as a major world leader alongside United States President Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Mulroney. It was only the peasants who recognized NAFTA for the disaster that it was destined to be, and said !Basta!, - enough is enough.

- by Paul Harris -

Under NAFTA, Mexican farmers move from ejido to foreign finca*

August 31st

August 31, 2003 Accounts

The "Virtual Senate"

On the "international senate" of investors and lenders, the IMF and Brazil's Lula, and Negri, Hardt, and Foucault.

August 23rd

August 23, 2003 Canadian News

Blackout Raises Questions

August 23, 2003 Features

How the Liberal Party Works

We hold elections, but do our political parties practice democracy?

ballot_fp.jpgIn November 2003, Paul Martin will--barring unimaginable circumstances--be chosen as Canada's next Prime Minister. Legally and politically, this choice is not made by the Canadian public at large, but rather by a private club known as the Liberal Party of Canada. Even given that the Liberal Party has over 500,000 members (according to recent reports, a larger membership than any political party in Canadian history), most Canadians will not have a say in this decision. Indeed, it is already too late for anyone who wanted to vote in the party's leadership election -- to vote, members had to join by last June. And if you had the foresight to join the party four months before the election, you also have to pay a membership fee, and be prepared for a potentially long journey on voting day in order to cast a ballot.
- by Dru Oja Jay -

We hold elections, but do our political parties practice democracy?

August 23, 2003 Comics

Crime in our Midst

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Crime in our Midst, by Heather Meek

August 23, 2003 Arts

Photons and Formaldehyde: The New Art-Viewing

art_view_fp.jpgIn a world where crushed metal, urinals, and stripped paintings all parade under the banner of "fine art", many have cried out against the alienation of the viewer by contemporary art and art-systems. In reaction to this, a new type of art and art-viewing has arrived, based on the all-too-familiar behaviours of consumerism.- by Max Liboiron -

August 23, 2003 Environment

Is Climate Change Burning up British Columbia?

fire_fp.jpgAre the forest fires in Western Canada part of climate change? Scientists say that it is likely, and environmental groups are urging Canadians to begin making the connection between the burning forests and the country's rising greenhouse gas emissions. - by Yuill Herbert -

August 23, 2003 Accounts

US Terrorism Against Cuba

"CIA-sponsored operations included bombing of hotels and industrial installations, sinking of fishing boats, poisoning of crops and livestock, contamination of sugar exports..."

August 8th

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