Op Eds & Rabble

Was, is, and will always be a saint: Celebrating the life of Oscar Romero

March 24, 2020

On March 30, 1980, I was one of at least half a million people who attended a funeral in San Salvador. It was the funeral of Oscar Romero. For those who may not know, Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of…

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World Water Day 2020: Taking a watershed approach to climate change

March 20, 2020

“Your watershed is your lifeboat.” In this time of climate emergency, these words by permaculturist Brock Dolman are particularly revealing.  The theme of this year’s World Water Day explores how climate change and water are inextricably linked. The impacts of climate change such…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

Letter to the Editor: Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East should be rejected, says NGO

February 12, 2020

Re: “Trudeau should leave the fake diplomacy to Donald Trump,” (The Hill Times, Feb. 3, p. 4). KAIROS Canada urges the prime minister to publicly reject the U.S. president’s “Peace to Prosperity Plan” for Israel and Palestine, which contravenes international…

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Women land and water defenders are the real peacebuilders

November 28, 2019

Large-scale resource extraction often perpetuates violence, even in countries with peace accords. Those who mobilize to protect the land and water to build peace are often women. Such is the case in Guatemala and Colombia, where extractive mega-projects with Canadian…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America, Op Eds & Rabble

Climate crisis requires industrial mobilization on scale not seen since Second World War

September 23, 2019

The climate crisis requires industrial mobilization on a scale not seen since the Second World War. While Canadian governments have moved at snail-like speed to fully address the emergency, in just a few weeks last spring, thousands of Canadians gathered…

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Les femmes qui construisent la paix valent l’investissement

December 20, 2018

La consolidation de la paix a l’air noble et est souvent perçue comme relevant de la responsabilité des dirigeants mondiaux et des acteurs armés. Elle se manifeste aussi assez souvent dans le travail inlassable des femmes et de leurs alliés…

Post filed in: Africa, En français, Gender Justice, Op Eds & Rabble, Women of Courage

Human rights ombudsperson will bring long-awaited accountability to Canadian mining

February 14, 2018

The government has an opportunity to entrust the ombudsperson with the responsibility to ensure that the rights of women and girls are respected, that resource extraction does not result in increased gender-based violence, and that the unique perspective and concerns…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Gender Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

Foreign workers should be eligible to apply for permanent residence prior to or upon arrival to Canada

October 9, 2017

This past weekend we gathered around the dinner table with family and friends to give thanks. Often we acknowledge the delicious bounty that’s before us. If grown in Canada, this bounty is often tended to and harvested by people like…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

NAFTA renegotiations must be done through the lens of climate change

April 20, 2017

Canada, and not just Mexico, may be in for a rough ride when it renegotiates NAFTA with the United States. A draft letter from the U.S. Trade Representative to Congress outlining renegotiation objectives, which was leaked on March 30, reveals…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

Championing peace by making Canadian corporations accountable

April 13, 2017

Can Canada champion world peace while simultaneously supporting Canadian extractive companies that are accused of human and ecological rights violations? This question is of course rhetorical. Yet despite its stated interest in becoming more engaged in international peace and security,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Op Eds & Rabble

How Canada can better its brand in the Philippines

March 22, 2017

Communities in the Philippines would benefit from the appointment of an independent extractive-sector ombudsperson to monitor Canadian mining operations overseas. Canadian mining companies are often the face of Canada in the Global South. For those affected by these companies, this…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Op Eds & Rabble

Women building peace in Colombia: Isabel Polanco and Organización Femenina Popular

March 7, 2017

This year KAIROS is celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) with the launch of a video on Isabel Caicedo  Polanco and the work of KAIROS’ partner, the  Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) in Colombia. Isabel Caicedo Polanco is a woman of…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

How farmers can fight climate change and hunger

February 15, 2017

Can improved agricultural practices help fight both climate change and hunger? Yes, according to one the world’s most esteemed climate scientists. In fact, when meting out money for mitigating climate change, Canada should prioritize supporting small family farming. James Hansen,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

2017 KAIROS wish list

February 1, 2017

Last January, KAIROS released its wish list for the year – ten plus one hopes for the federal government and the provinces to fulfill. Two of these were realized: the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Op Eds & Rabble

Letter to the Editor: First, it’s our oil

January 26, 2017

  Given the urgent need to transition to a clean energy economy, rather than convincing Donald Trump “to consider Canadian oil as U.S. oil,” Justin Trudeau should tell Mr. Trump that Canada will allocate its remaining reserves of conventional oil…

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Letters to the Editor: Women have role to play in peace & Crude on the move

January 18, 2017

Women have role to play in peace Re: Why are women not included in peace-building efforts? Opinion Jan. 10 The exclusion of women from peace-building efforts is perplexing. Not only does war impact women in a particular way, such as…

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Canadian government must support women’s rights organizations in these troubled times

November 30, 2016

More than words is needed to address gender-based violence around the world. In the wake of the U.S. election, when hope seems very dim for those committed to women’s rights and gender justice, we can be inspired by women’s rights…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

Site C legal challenge on UNDRIP anniversary shows Indigenous rights are a long ways away

September 13, 2016

Nine years ago today, on September 13, 2007, the United Nations took an important step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples when the General Assembly voted 144-4 to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While 11 countries…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Op Eds & Rabble, UNDRIP Blog Updates

The spirit of Berta Cáceres: The power and playful defiance of Indigenous women at the World Social Forum

August 18, 2016

“Berta Caceres had three qualities that made her such a powerful advocate and activist for her people and for the environment. She was Indigenous, a woman and a feminist.” Honduran journalist, Felix Molina was speaking at a vigil for his…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

Carbon trading threatens Indigenous peoples

August 17, 2016

The federal government admits that Canada is not on track to meet its official targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, Environment Canada says the gap between actual emissions and the goal of trimming emissions to 30 percent below…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

Honour National Aboriginal Day by supporting the Education for Reconciliation Initiative

June 21, 2016

Originally published on rabble.ca on June 21, 2016 by Shannon Neufeldt. National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed by Governor General Roméo LeBlanc in 1996 to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis…

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