Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Cultural (Funding) Divide

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The Cultural (Funding) Divide
September 24, 2008
by Drew Nelles

American pundits have been talking a lot about cultural wedge issues in the current US elections – the old guns-gays-and-God conservative standby is always a good axis of anger. Arts funding seems a much tamer cultural flashpoint (how Canadian), but when an election gives you lemons, you squeeze the heck out of them. The Liberals, NDP and Bloc are all trying to make $45-million in cuts to arts funding by the Conservative government a campaign issue, although it’s Quebec’s creative… Read more »

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Shifting the Party Line

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Shifting the Party Line
September 15, 2008
by Drew Nelles

In Canada, as elsewhere, coverage of the campaign horse race usually focuses on the two major parties, with the smaller players occasionally thrown a media bone. That’s still undoubtedly true this time around, but there’s also an unmistakable shift underway — a Green shift, though not the kind the Liberals are counting on. On the heels of an about-face decision to allow her into the leaders’ debates, Green Party leader Elizabeth May is polling above Liberal leader Stéphane… Read more »

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Mining for justice

I’ve got a feature in this month’s issue of Canadian Dimension. “Battle For The Tiny Mountain At Cerro De San Pedro” is about one Mexican community’s fight with Canadian-registered mining company New Gold. CD doesn’t put all of its content online, so pick up a hard copy at an independent magazine store.

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Meanwhile, in the ‘Other’ Election…

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Meanwhile, in the ‘Other’ Election…
September 8, 2008
by Drew Nelles

An election announcement is rarely exciting, except when it’s a snap call or the result of a nail-biting confidence defeat, but the dropping of the writ yesterday was neither. We all knew it was coming, and everyone was prepared for it – except, maybe, the Liberals. The announcement itself went precisely as planned, with each party rolling out its tag-lines and insults, and no surprises to be found. The Big Seven gamely try to shake things up, with mixed success. CBC News: Sunday Night and… Read more »

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McCain’s Moment to Shine

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McCain’s Moment to Shine
September 5, 2008
by Drew Nelles

After months in the shadow of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, and a week being sidelined by his own running mate, Republican contender John McCain finally has the headlines today. It wasn’t Obama’s soaring stadium address, nor was it Republican VP pick Sarah Palin’s hugely popular shift into attack mode, but last night, the media had no choice but to pay attention to the seventy-two-year-old Arizona senator. What we saw in McCain’s acceptance speech at… Read more »

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What’s Fair in Love and Politics?

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What’s Fair in Love and Politics?
September 3, 2008
by Drew Nelles

In most any political campaign, questions arise about certain details of a given candidate’s personal life. That discussion turns into a broader debate about what is and isn’t fair game. The pregnancy of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s unwed teenage daughter sure seems like nobody’s damn business, but what does that say about the nominee’s staunch support of abstinence-only sex education? And what if — as The National’s Neil Macdonald,… Read more »

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