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“Any Indian woman marrying any other than an Indian, shall cease to be Indian.”
In June 2007, following generations of non-recognition, and 16 years of intensely personal battles with bureaucrats, governments, and the justice system, Sharon McIvor, a member of the Lower Nicola First Nation, successfully challenged sex discrimination in the Indian Act in British Columbia’s Supreme Court.
In this issue, Briarpatch embarks on a decidedly anti-essentialist exploration of gender politics, covering everything from feminist homeschooling to feminist porn to partiarchy’s harmful effects on men’s health. Grounding our analysis in a revolutionary feminist approach that seeks to involve people from across the gender spectrum in this discussion, this…
Despite much ado over the world’s dwindling oil supplies, the real lifeblood of the planet is water—and we are quickly draining the well dry.
Remembering Maria Fischer
Briarpatch’s founding editor, Maria Fischer, died peacefully in her home in Ladysmith, B.C. on October 3, 2007, at the age of 87.
In this issue, Briarpatch’s intrepid contributors “go Dutch” to make the case for cannabis coffeeshops in Canada, brave the front-line violence of Guatemala’s recent elections, mark the 10th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty with South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, assess the fighting words of shock troops Jeremy Scahill and…
A dove with two right wings
With the dust of the fall 2007 elections settling, many Guatemalans are breathing a sigh of relief. Another violent campaign period has come and gone and, although more than 50 candidates and activists were assassinated in the process, the lesser of evils has come out on top.
Retracing our steps
In the wake of the 10th anniversary of one of Canada’s greatest foreign-policy successes, the ripple effects of the Ottawa Treaty, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty, are still being felt among the sea of 65,000 south Sudanese refugees living in Ethiopia.
Da’s toch dope, man!
The Netherlands is the only country in the world to allow over-the-counter sale of cannabis products. In the 1970s, when cannabis was becoming the drug of choice of young people in the Netherlands, for reasons of pragmatism and public health the Dutch government amended the Opium Act to distinguish soft…
The shock doctrine
Book reviews of Jeremy Scahill’s Blackwater: The rise of the world’s most powerful mercenary army and Naomi Klein’s, The Shock Doctrine: The rise of disaster capitalism.
December 2007/January 2008
In this issue, Briarpatch reflects on a coast-to-coast tour of intentional communities, contracts malaria on the Thai-Burma border, takes a critical look at the colour of environmentalism in Canada, investigates the recent introduction of genetically modified yeast into Canadian wine, and more.
- Blind Drunk
- Malaria as a weapon of war
- Green is not the only colour
- New government, old problems
The Deserter’s Tale: The story of an ordinary soldier who walked away from the war in Iraq
Book review of The Deserter’s Tale: The story of an ordinary soldier who walked away from the war in Iraq
Workplaces that Work: A Guide to Conflict Management in Union and Non-Union Work Environments
Book review of Workplaces that Work: A Guide to Conflict Management in Union and Non-Union Work Environments
Seizing the advantage
In a landmark ruling on June 8 of this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms constitutionally protects collective bargaining as part of its guarantee of freedom of association. One group that has long been struggling against the denial of its freedom of…
‘Each day of our lives is dedicated to surviving’
The province of Québec is in the midst of a major swing to the right, as the results of the March 2007 provincial election indicate. The centre-right Liberals of Jean Charest managed to hold on to power with a minority government, and the right-wing Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) made…