Memo to PMJT: JWR comes from a long line of truth-tellers

At the end of her dramatic testimony this week, Jody Wilson-Rabould said this: “I come from a long line of matriarchs and I am a truth teller.” Today in The Conversation Canada, Corrie Scott of the University of Ottawa looks at the history of strong Indigenous matriarchs and how First Nations, Inuit and Métis women have consistently resisted attempts by white settlers to subjugate them.

South of the border, another strong feminist leader, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been a driving force behind the Green New Deal. Kyla Tienhaara of Queen’s University explains the details of the Green New Deal and how it’s shifted the discussion about the best plan to combat climate change.

Junia Mason is a PhD candidate at York University. She’s also a former member of the Collective of Black Artists, a Toronto-based professional dance company, and tells us how the collective has created a platform for Black dancers who were traditionally underrepresented in mainstream dance companies.

And finally…later this year, the Alberta government will dramatically increase the amount of crude oil it will transport by rail. Mark Winfield and Bruce Campbell of York University look at a recent fatal derailment in British Columbia as proof that more safety measures are needed before the crude-by-rail program starts.


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Jody Wilson-Raybould appears at the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Jody Wilson-Raybould comes from a long line of Indigenous truth-tellers

Corrie Scott, University of Ottawa

Indigenous women had far more personal freedom than European women did before Europeans arrived.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the main champion of the Green New Deal proposal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Green New Deal critics can’t see the forest for the trees

Kyla Tienhaara, Queen's University, Ontario

The Green New Deal has shifted the debate over what to do about climate change.

The recent train derailment in B.C. was one of a rash of high-profile derailments in Canada since the beginning of 2019. While none compares in magnitude with Lac-Mégantic, they evoke disturbing parallels to that tragedy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

With more oil to be shipped by rail, train derailments show enduring safety gaps

Mark Winfield, York University, Canada; Bruce Campbell, York University, Canada

The recent B.C. train derailment raises questions about whether any lessons have been learned from the Lac-Mégantic disaster of 2013.

The Collective of Black Artists (COBA) has been supporting African and Caribbean dance in Canada for 25 years. COBA/Yosseif Haddad

Collective of Black dancers created lasting impressions in Canada

Junia Mason, York University, Canada

COBA, the Collective of Black Artists has been working to introduce Canadian audiences to African and Caribbean dances for 25 years.

La Conversation Canada

L'ancien vice-président de SNC-Lavalin, Stéphane Roy, quitte une salle d'audience après que des accusations de fraude et de corruption ont été abandonnées en raison des délais. Roy avait été accusé d'avoir soudoyé un fonctionnaire étranger dans le cadre de transactions avec la Libye. LA PRESSE CANADIENNE/Ryan Remiorz

SNC-Lavalin: voici pourquoi nous devrions revoir les lois canadiennes sur la corruption à l'étranger

Joanna Harrington, University of Alberta

Jusqu'à récemment, le versement d'un pot-de-vin pour obtenir un contrat à l'étranger était considéré comme faisant partie des choses normales. L'affaire SNC-Lavalin nous oblige à repenser notre approche.

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