As the federal election campaign officially kicks off, political columnist John Ivison discusses Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy hits and misses over the last four years.
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Five questions with... author of ‘Trudeau,’ John Ivison

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As the federal election campaign officially kicks off, political columnist John Ivison discusses Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy hits and misses over the last four years. The second in a new interview series.
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A chance to rebuild democracy — one brick at a time

Legislatures around the world are getting facelifts, giving parliamentarians an opportunity to shore up democracy, too. Will they take it? By Madelaine Drohan.
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With a new film, Ellen Page is on a mission to elevate Nova Scotia’s marginalized voices

Ellen Page and Ian Daniel’s new documentary highlights cases of environmental racism in Nova Scotia. Along with author Ingrid Waldron, whose book inspired the film, Page chats with OpenCanada about the project.
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The climate emergency debate

In Case You Missed It: Eva Holland sent a recent dispatch from Whitehorse, where the divisions within city council over whether to declare an emergency reveal the challenges around taking climate action.

BEST OF THE WEB

The disappearing Amazon

Fifty years ago, Brazil encouraged millions of its people to colonize the Amazon. Today, the world’s largest rain forest is vanishing. “If things continue as they are now, the Amazon might not exist at all within a few generations, with dire consequences for all life on earth,” writes Matt Sandy, who travelled thousands of miles to the front lines of deforestation with photographer Sebastian Liste-Noor for TIME.
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Poetry in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been in turmoil for months now, as pro-democracy protestors demanding political reform clash with the Beijing government. In The Globe and Mail, Nicole Baute reports on how some of the city’s writers are using poetry to capture the current climate: “There’s something about the ambiguous and metaphoric potential of poetry that makes it the perfect genre for the task.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Cinema Series: "The Corporate Coup D'État"

Sept. 17, 2019, Waterloo
A screening of an investigative documentary that blends the insights of philosophers, authors and journalists with the experiences of citizens of the US Rust Belt, where the steel industry once flourished, but where closures and outsourcing have left urban areas desolate and hopeless.
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Oil And World Politics With John Foster

Sept. 19, 2019, Edmonton
John Foster, international oil economist, talks about “the petroleum game” and the geopolitics of oil in Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Venezuela, as well as the Alberta oil sands and more.
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6 Degrees 2019

Sept. 23, 2019, Toronto
The three-day annual forum on inclusion, produced by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, runs this year from September 23 to 25. It includes a keynote lecture from Adam Gopnik, the presentation of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship to General Roméo Dallaire, and workshops featuring Cory Doctorow, Ryan McMahon and Nadya Tolokonnikova, among others.

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