Tag Archives: social control

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 […]

Ipperwash: An Indigenous Resistance

As an important piece of Canadian and Indigenous history, the Ipperwash crisis was a fatal Indigenous land claims protest against the Canadian government in 1995 (Morden, 2013). The origins of the conflict at Ipperwash are deeply rooted in past socio-historical relations between the Canadian state and Indigenous people throughout the twentieth century (Morden, 2013, p. […]

Direct Action or Terrorism – A Case Study of the Squamish Five and their Disreputable Place in Canadian History

Direct Action or as the media referred to them as, “The Squamish Five”, were a group of self-proclaimed ‘urban guerillas’ who were active in Canada during the early 1980’s and held no reservations about opposing the Progressive Conservatives and their neoliberal agenda. Made up of members Ann Hansen, Brent Taylor, Juliet Caroline Belmas, Doug Stewart and […]

The Kingston Penitentiary Riot of April 1971

The Kingston Penitentiary Riot of April 1971 has assisted in our understanding towards the criminalization of dissent in several ways. Firstly, it is important to note that the process of criminalization is “the attachment of the criminal label, to the activities of groups which the authorities deem it necessary to control” (Hall et. al 1978:189). […]

Bill 115: Government as a source of power

There is a very big significance to Bill 115. The reason for this is because it was targeted at a population in society that is not typically known as the underdog. We are used to seeing dissent being criminalized when it has to do with a prison population, or a minority population. In this case […]

Tactics Used For Controlling Dissent

When there is a social movement or dissent, it means that the public is going against the state or wants to see changes. To raise their concern for certain issues they would protest in events where there will be some political attention given to them and an opportunity for them to raise awareness in the […]

“Because We’ve Had Enough”: Critical Analysis of SlutWalk Toronto

The SlutWalk Toronto movement is a  form of resistance against sexual inequality and sexual violence. For nearly two years, SlutWalk Toronto has effectively challenged the slut-shaming and victim-blaming mentality that pervades the Toronto Police Service. The offensive statement delivered by Police Constable Michael Sanguinetti at Osgoode Hall Law School in January 2011, revealed much more […]

Dissecting the Longest Student Protest in Quebec History

Many representations, general public opinions, and discourses are used in order to dissect and critique the longest student strike in Québec history. Many mainstream articles from the Toronto Star,  The Gazette , The National Post, and many others seek to portray the event through a series of frames. A frame chooses “some aspects of a perceived reality and make them more […]