Kirk LaPointe, NPA candidate | Photo courtesy of Kirk LaPointe's campaign

Vancouver election: What’s the point of the NPA?

Maybe Kirk LaPointe and his team with the Non-Partisan Association are Seinfeld fans, because so far theirs has been a campaign about nothing. The NPA, the traditional party of Vancouver’s establishment, has never looked so played out and anachronistic. They have failed to define a clear, policy-based set of alternatives to the status quo at…

The On to Ottawa Caravan to the Peoples Social Forum with Grassy Narrows youth in Kenora

The Peoples Social Forum puts Indigenous struggles front and centre

This past weekend in Ottawa, thousands of activists from all across Canada participated in the Peoples Social Forum. With little more than a year until the next federal election, much of the talk around the Social Forum was about defeating Stephen Harper’s government. But this historic gathering of progressive political forces was about much more…

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What happened to Vancouver’s civic left?

I’m writing this column in somewhat of a daze of sleep deprivation and euphoria. Our second son, Camilo, was born a week ago. Our little family of four can’t afford to live in Vancouver. But we’re doing it anyway, with our 750 or so square feet downtown. After our first son was born, we gave…

Homeless man begging on the streets of Vancouver. | Photo by Mohammadali F.

Spike in homelessness numbers show Vancouver needs a better vision

We’re just over six months from municipal elections in BC, so it’s time to pivot this column’s focus toward city politics. Here in Vancouver, Mayor Gregor Robertson looks to be headed for a three-peat in November. Count me out of the victory party. There are serious problems in this city, namely gaping inequality and a…

Photo by Dennis Sylvester Hurd

Harper’s unfair Elections Act must be stopped

Stephen Harper is trying to rewrite the rules around elections in Canada, and we can’t afford to let him get away with it. The prime minister won a majority government in 2011 with 39 per cent of votes, which were cast by a mere 61 per cent of eligible voters. He doesn’t need either of…

Tony Benn

An example worth following:
The life and politics of Tony Benn

It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you. Tony Benn The world is a little bit darker place this week, after the death of Tony Benn, a shining light of progressive politics…