The story of Anthony Turner exposes tactics used by the Harper government to justify punishing the dissent of government employees and to preemptively silence future possible dissenters. The use of a ‘code of neutrality’ discourages dissent among government employees and Turner’s punishment was likely internalized by other government employees. The ‘code of neutrality’ which […]

The Constitutional Express was a protest led by First Nations across Canada, brought on by proposed changes to the constitution in 1980 by P. Trudeau.  The protest was directed by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), a  group founded in 1969, as a response to the proposed removal of the Indian Act to […]

Critical Analysis: The Oka Crisis The Oka Crisis of 1990 resulted from the enduring racist ideological foundation of the Canadian state that grants it utmost authority in governing Indigenous land and to deny to Indigenous populations the right to self-determination (Gordon, 2006, p. 34). The following analysis reveals the power relations behind the Oka Crisis […]

Since July 2016, Canadian media outlets such as CBC News and The National Post have misrepresented the Black Lives Matter Toronto Pride protest in mainstream media. By removing the BLM-TO protest from historical contexts, neglecting to consider the protest within larger structural inequalities of race, sexuality, and gender, and vilifying Black protestors, mass media influenced […]

The Elsipogtog First Nation anti-fracking protest of 2013 has left an undeniable, eye-opening impact on Canadians which allowed them to see current issues faced by Indigenous communities across the country. The unjust events that took place during the months of the protest, such as the violent raid by the RCMP, are prime examples of how […]

In the spring of 2012, the province of Quebec was faced with political distress by student protests after the Liberal government issued a proposal of increasing tuition fees.  The experiences this movement endured provided a focal point in analysing the government’s reaction to civil disobedience in their attempts to repress the approximately 300,000 students who […]

The 2010 Summit in Toronto has one of the largest arrest records in any G20 Summit protesting event. The freedom of expression, especially political expression, is part of a democratic right and disagreeing with social and institutional policies are important to ensure that the political leaders are in line with what society believes in, encouraging […]

In looking to measure the success of social movements, the question of whether a particular demonstration inevitably met its goal is by seeing the underlying change they advocated for integrated into society. As it stands, a number of determinants are vital to a movement’s effectiveness, including both the size in terms of support, as well […]

 In June of 2013, First Nation members of Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, began their protest against hydraulic fracturing of shale gas, otherwise known as fracking. Mi’kmaq protestors stood strong and continued to fight for their land through the summer months by creating a blockade on a highway near the development site. On October 17, 2013, RCMP […]

  Harperman is a 2015 protest song written by Anthony Turner about the former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Turner worked for the federal government as a scientist at Environmental Canada, where he was coordinating a project to map priority habitats for migratory birds. In March 2015, Turner entered a songwriting contest, where he was […]