Category Critical analysis

Turner’s Dissent:Controlling the Conduct of Federal Scientists

  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 Oka Crisis- Critical Analysis

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 […]

Black Lives Matter at Toronto Pride 2016: Mass Media Deprecation and Misrepresentation

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 […]

Elsipogtog: An Analysis of the Anti-Fracking Protest

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 […]

Maple Spring Movement Analysis

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 […]

Critical Analysis into the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit

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 […]

ODA Committee: A Critical Analysis

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 […]

Gustafsen Lake and Colonialism in Canada

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 […]

YONGE STREET RIOT 1992 – Critical Analysis

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 […]

The Ipperwash Crisis: An Analysis

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 […]