The Gustafsen Lake Standoff represents a site of ongoing resistance to the Canadian colonial project. The institution of state control comes together for the purpose of reenforcing the Canadian state and defending its symbolic borders against First Nations. I use Michel Foucault’s (2009) concept of nation building as it is relevant to the need of […]

The Yonge Street Riot of 1992 holds a great deal of significance when analyzing the criminalization of dissent. In short, this event originated as a peaceful gathering in light of the outcomes of the Rodney King case in Los Angeles (Bradburn, 2011). Other contributing cases of police brutality at the time included the killing of […]

It is undeniable that the outcome of the Ipperwash crisis was none less than devastating. The death of Dudley George and the actions of the police towards the protestors as a group allows for the issue of criminalizing dissent to be brought to light, and hopefully eventually addressed at the institutional level. The Ipperwash crisis […]

State and police exercising power in society is nothing new, nor is public resistance to this type of power, but those resisting this power have recently become much more critical of state and police affairs. From displays of sovereign power, to modern undertakings of disciplinary power to help regulate individuals, there appears to be at […]

Since the criminalization of marijuana in 1923, there has been an increase in state power/control over individuals involved with it. This increase in power and control has developed into high tensions between police and youth. Over the years since its criminalization, many negative stigmas began to develop, which have labeled marijuana users as deviant, fiendish, […]

The rallies and events that included chants of ‘death of evidence’ are significant in the understanding of power relations between the public, knowledge and the state. The protests also signify the importance of criminalization of dissent. Understanding criminalization of dissent helps us understand the deeper social, political and economic issues in our society. Studying the […]

In September 1995, indigenous residents of Stoney Point First Nation occupied Ipperwash Provincial Park to protest the extensive appropriation of Stoney Point Reserve by the federal government and their subsequent dispossession (The Ipperwash Inquiry, 2007: 16). Using Ipperwash as a case study of contemporary colonialism, this critical analysis will examine how “Canada [continues to be] […]

The events unfolded at the 3rd summit of the Americas is more reminiscent of a war zone, rather than the intended peaceful protests. In a lot of instances, transgressive actions were mistaken for provocative actions, leading police to deploy repressive and dominating tactics using less than lethal force, such as tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper […]

In order to fully understand the underlying issues in a conflict such as the Montreal student protests, we must examine the dynamics of power that were present and how those influenced the way that the protests were policed. In doing this, we must also examine how a shift to a neo-liberal state has caused a […]

The protests regarding sex workers were a form of resistance against sexual inequality and the right to have their work recognized as legitimate work. We as a society would like to think that we have evolved from our historical roots but that would be an unfair statement to make. Historically, “Certain people, because they have […]

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