Citizen Action Monitor

Participatory budgeting, a great way for cities to directly engage residents in spending part of a public budget

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and even Guelph have already implemented participatory budgeting. No 1464 Posted by fw, September 30, 2015 “PBP is a non-profit organization that empowers people to decide together … Continue reading

September 30, 2015

“People are being left behind big time,” says BC low-earner Laura Cairns

Are the super-rich of the world to blame for Laura being left behind? No 1463 Posted by fw, September 29, 2015 “At 56, Laura Cairns knows what it’s like to … Continue reading

September 29, 2015

Inequality is driving society apart, and now even the super-rich could be in trouble — VIDEO

“You show me a highly unequal society, I will show you either a revolution or a police state.” No 1462 Posted by fw, September 28, 2015 “What is clear is … Continue reading

September 28, 2015

The super-rich get super-richer, the super-poor get left behind — VIDEO

“We were told the super-rich would make us richer too, so why hasn’t that happened?” No 1461 Posted by fw, September 27, 2015 “In programme one of this two-part series, … Continue reading

September 27, 2015

Windsor residents not sufficiently involved in City decision making and planning processes

Two recent public meetings fall far short of involving public in “consultation, input and feedback.” No 1460 Posted by fw, September 27, 2015 On Thursday evening my partner Helga and … Continue reading

September 27, 2015

It’s hard to know what the NDP stands for – other than getting elected

“The idea that they will have any guiding set of principles that reflect the interests of the working class is long gone,” says socialist Herman Rosenfeld. No 1459 Posted by … Continue reading

September 24, 2015

A vote for Harper is a vote for more war, more of his “protective stupidity.”

Harper’s foreign policy established “protective stupidity” — a kind of mass denial of the obvious: recall his attempt to make criticism of Israel an anti-Semitic “thought crime”. No 1458 Posted … Continue reading

September 23, 2015

No Damn Difference election – All three leaders tout right-wing economic policies

In the election debate, each leader presented himself as “most dependable defender of big business.” No 1457 Posted by fw, September 22, 2015 “In a debate purportedly devoted to economic … Continue reading

September 22, 2015

Everything you wanted to know about strategic voting Canada 2015… but couldn’t be bothered asking

If you weren’t confused before, this guide to strategic voting might just do it No 1456 Posted by fw, September 21, 2015 “Voting strategically is, however, difficult and uncertain. You … Continue reading

September 21, 2015

Global over-consumption is the driving force behind economic and climate crises

Yet “consumers often do not know the full footprint of the products they are buying”, says new report No 1455 Posted by fw, September 20, 2015 “Even as inequality and temperatures soar around the … Continue reading

September 20, 2015

All the proof you need that human activity causes global warming, packaged in a 5-minute video

Four scientific proofs, presented in text and graphs, supplement the video No 1454 Posted by fw, September 20, 2015 “The proof that man-made CO2 is causing global warming is like the chain … Continue reading

September 20, 2015

“Leap Manifesto”, a compelling, positive vision for Canada’s climate and economy

“Manifesto madness” warns Canada’s corporate mouthpiece, the Globe and Mail No 1453 Posted by fw, September 18, 2015 “It lays out a vision – bolder than anything on offer from political … Continue reading

September 18, 2015

“Most of us don’t seem to like politics very much,” concludes CBC National News feature story

Is politics in Canada broken? No 1452 Posted by fw, September 18, 2015 “We’re frequently disappointed with our politicians, but some of that might be our fault. In 2011, just 61 … Continue reading

September 18, 2015

US neocons, whose war-mongering has already brought death to millions in Iraq, are at it again

This time they’re threatening “all life on the planet” by demanding regime change in Syria and Moscow No 1451 Posted by fw, September 16, 2015 “The neocons have plunged the U.S. … Continue reading

September 16, 2015

Raining on Jeremy Corbyn’s victory parade as newly elected UK Party leader

Can Corbyn jettison the baggage from 32 years as a loyalist on Labour’s backbenches? No 1450 Posted by fw, September 14, 2015 “If some in the political establishment and the media … Continue reading

September 14, 2015

“Our so-called leaders want the legacy of 9/11 to invoke fear of the rise of Islamic terrorism”

But the very actions by the US lays bare the biggest terrorist organization in the world today, the US Empire. No 1449 Posted by fw, September 12, 2015 “The nation was … Continue reading

September 12, 2015

No time for small steps — We need to “leap” to the next economy, says Naomi Klein

Klein proposes a series interlocking policies to make the transformative leap. No 1448 Posted by fw, September 11, 2015 “I’ve been in rooms filled with incredible activists including here in Australia … Continue reading

September 11, 2015

The myth that America’s actions are for the greater good is exposed in new weekly video series

“We need to fight to unmask the Empire every day in order to stop it”, says Abby Martin, series creator No 1447 Posted by fw, September 10, 2015 “Throughout its history … Continue reading

September 10, 2015

Standing ovation for Naomi Klein’s tour de force presentation in Australia — VIDEO

An hour of no holds barred, gut-wrenching, impolite truth-telling. No 1446 Posted by fw, September 10, 2015 “The task is clear: to create a culture of care-taking, in which no one … Continue reading

September 10, 2015