Citizen Action Monitor

Canadian government’s contemptible role in provoking current Ukraine crisis

Yves Engler reviews evidence of “Canada’s significant role in stoking the divisions within Ukraine that have contributed to today’s crisis.” — No 2818 by fw, February 25, 2022 — Moscow’s bombing … Continue reading

February 25, 2022

In matters of foreign affairs, CBC reporters have learned to do what government bosses expect of them

When Ottawa and Washington are promoting Ukrainian membership in NATO, the CBC does not push a contrarian narrative. — No 2817 by fw, February 23, 2022 — In numerous recent articles … Continue reading

February 23, 2022

FINALLY! Truckers to face “state of emergency” response, declares Ontario Premier Ford

Severe fines up to $100,000, jail time, and possible loss of driver licences for non-compliance. — No 2816 by fw, February 11, 2022 — “Ontario is declaring a state of emergency … Continue reading

February 11, 2022

Canada’s Charter Rights reveal truckers’ misinformed allegations are “deeply lacking in merit”

Despite truckers’ rallying “Fuck Trudeau” cry, he has little jurisdiction over their demands, and has become a symptom of irrational extremism. — No 2815 by fw, February 11, 2022 — “Prior … Continue reading

February 11, 2022

Convincing evidence reveals that electric cars will NOT be good for us or the planet

Tyee journalist Andrew Nikiforuk proposes a path towards an improved quality of life with fewer vehicles and drivers. — No 2814 by fw, January 29, 2022 — “Fifty years ago, … Continue reading

January 29, 2022

Angry truckers protesting Ottawa’s vaccine mandate told to “grow up and get vaccinated”

Radical Western separatist elements raise millions with GoFundMe campaign for anti-vaccine truckers. — No 2813 by fw, January 24, 2022 — “An online fund-raising campaign organized by a person associated … Continue reading

January 24, 2022

President Biden bungles the longest presidential press conference ever

He failed to connect with the people and blew a chance to promote his key agenda items to a myopic media, says Ralph Nader — No 2812 by fw, January … Continue reading

January 23, 2022

Caring of the elderly: Canada needs a radically different approach to long-term care

Burlington, Ontario councillor Paul Sharman sees the US P.A.C.E. program as a way to keep seniors out of care facilities and in their own homes. — No 2811 by fw, … Continue reading

January 11, 2022

New report outlines how Canada’s top CEOs raked in “boundless bonuses” in 2020

The report recommends five policy solutions to tackle extreme wealth inequality. — No 2810 by fw, January 10, 2022 — “Every year we [Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives] examine trends … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · 1 Comment

“The dream of a smooth energy transition is little more than a comforting shared illusion” – Pt. 2 of 2

Moreover, says Dr. William Rees, even if it were possible, it would not solve climate change and would exacerbate the real existential threat facing society, namely overshoot. — No 2809 … Continue reading

December 19, 2021

“The dream of a smooth energy transition is little more than a comforting shared illusion” – Pt. 1 of 2

Moreover, says Dr. William Rees, even if it were possible, it would not solve climate change and would exacerbate the real existential threat facing society, namely overshoot. — No 2808 … Continue reading

December 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Biden’s ill-conceived virtual “Summit for Democracy” reflects misunderstanding of “democracy”

The U.S. should start with the reconstruction of its own democracy before preaching to others. — No 2806 by fw, December 12, 2021 — My synopsis of key ideas Professor … Continue reading

December 12, 2021

Don’t blame capitalism. Capitalism itself isn’t “bad”; it’s the effects that are bad. — Nate Hagens

Capitalism has allowed us to throw a two-century party – We trashed the place, drank the booze, burned the furniture — It’s time to wake up, act like adults, and … Continue reading

December 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Although the exposure of corporate wrongdoing has soared in the US, calls for action are muted. How come?

Ralph Nader finds answers in his comparison of government responses to writings in the 1960s with reactions to today’s tomes. –— No 2803 by fw, December5, 2021 — Summary of … Continue reading

December 5, 2021

Humans are doomed to go extinct — and soon, says paleontologist, evolutionary biologist

“Habitat degradation, low genetic variation and declining fertility are setting Homo sapiens up for collapse.” — No 2802 by fw, December 3, 2021 — “As a paleontologist, I take the … Continue reading

December 3, 2021

Blaming fossil fuel companies and taxpayer subsidies is easy but misguided, says Nate Hagens

“We are vastly underpaying for fossil hydrocarbons, given what they do for us, and given what their widespread use is doing to the biosphere.” — No 2801 by fw, November … Continue reading

November 30, 2021

“The Girl in the Café”: I treasure this 2005 film, a mix of romance and political drama – Watch it below

The girl, Gina, an activist in her own blunt way, struck me as a prototypical Greta Thunberg, who burst on the scene 13 years later, with her irreverent “blah, blah, … Continue reading

November 26, 2021

Stan Cox’s new book charts “A Path to a Livable Future”

Does humanity have the time and savvy to make the transition, asks Don Fitz, the book’s reviewer? — No 2799 by fw, November 21, 2021 — My Synopsis of Don … Continue reading

November 21, 2021

Canada is in the midst of a deadly COVID-19 upsurge, or on the brink of one

“Learn to live with the virus,” advises right-wing government leaders across Canada, implying the worst of the pandemic is over. — No 2798 by fw, November 16, 2021 — “Canada … Continue reading

November 16, 2021