People Need to Feel Heard

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I’ve heard a lot of different predictions about what will happen in this year’s St. Albert election. One person suggested to me that either the people who support the ‘status quo’ of spending on City projects or the people who support cutting back on different kinds of spending, will win a majority on Council. Another person predicted that all the incumbent members of Council would be removed. Meanwhile, social movements like Idle No More and Black Lives Matter speak on behalf of people of colour who feel as though the rest of society doesn’t listen to them or care about their concerns. Politicians like Rob Ford and Kellie Leitch portray themselves as getting a lot of their support from ‘ordinary’ citizens who

The Question of Canadian Values

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During the federal Conservative leadership race, Kellie Leitch has gotten more attention than most candidates, due in large part to her proposal to screen new immigrants for “Canadian values”. The proposal has gotten Leitch a lot of support, but it’s also gotten her a lot of criticism from people who say that the proposal is racist. White ethnic nationalists have even latched onto Leitch’s campaign, in much the same way as their American counterparts have to President Donald Trump. Since then, Leitch has denied that her campaign is based on ethnic nationalism. Instead, she says, it is based on civic values. Her campaign website indicates that the “Canadian values” she promotes include gender equality, freedom of religion, freedom and tolerance. The

There is No Single Elite


The election of Donald Trump as the next US President is said to be a backlash by Americans, many of whom live in the “flyover country” of the central states, against an elite that lives in the coastal states. This elite, who supported Hillary Clinton, supposedly sees Americans in flyover country as stupid and bigoted and doesn’t care about their problems. Voting for Trump was flyover country’s retaliation against the elite. In Canada, political voices like Kellie Leitch and Ezra Levant have also portrayed themselves as striking back against an elite, often based in places like Toronto and Vancouver, that supposedly looks down on Canadians who live in other communities the same way the American elite does to flyover country. On the

Tokyo Snows & Water Woes

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week we manage to steer clear of Trump. Instead we take a look at the Rohingya in Myanmar, Colombia & the new FARC deal, snows in Tokyo, Leitch's proposal to dismantle CBC, and water rationing in Bolivia.  1. Rohingya Muslims Face Alleged Ethic Cleansing A senior UN official this week told the BBC that Myanmar was seeking to ethnically cleanse the country of the Rohingya Muslim population in Rakhine state, an allegation that the government has vehemently denied. 86 people have died and approximately 30,000 have been displaced, many of whom have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar’s soldiers are accused of raping Rohingya women, burning down and looting civilians’ houses, torture, and executions in response to the

An Election, a Party, & a Referendum

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

  This week's Chatter starts in our own backyard, with a discussion of the possible picks for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership and what the 'Trump Phenomenon' moving North might mean for Canada's 2019 election. We then touch on the new Colombia-FARC deal, which might be a second chance at peace in the wake of the last peace deal which failed to pass in a referendum. Turning our gaze northward, we then discuss President-Elect Trump's picks for his administration and what their opinions and beliefs might signal for America's policies for the next four years. Finally, we each nerd out (really just Nate, Nate is the nerd) on one-minute topics of our choosing, including a shout out to Radio New Zealand presenter Vicky McKay,