A decade after the worst financial crash since the Great Depression, a fragile recovery is obscuring threats—some new, some as old as capitalism—to Canadian workers and the broader economy. In this first part of a two-part feature on the fallout of that crisis, the Monitor looks at the financial flows, government revenue shortfalls and austerity plans that undermine our ability to handle another sudden shock. Here's a sample of what you'll find inside this issue:
International relations, peace and conflict
The white nationalist rallies that have peppered the country, beginning in the early part of 2017, are tangible indicators that there is a viable and increasingly active right-wing extremist (RWE) movement in Canada.
Alt-Right rally in Washington, D.C., June 2017 (Photo by Blink O'faneye, Flickr Creative Commons)
Photo by Carolyn Cuskey (Flickr Creative Commons) The spate of recent border crossings, particularly in the small town of Emerson in southern Manitoba, as well as in Quebec over the Summer of 2017, have brought to attention a rather forgotten piece of paper that prevents refugees from seeking safe haven in Canada if entering from the United States.
Illustration by Remie Geoffroi Can we finally admit it? The world really does love Justin Trudeau.
The Trudeau government has shone internationally on a progressive message of tolerance, openness, diversity and inclusive, sustainable economic growth. It says it wants to make globalization fair for everyone, and that, as the prime minister tweeted, Canada welcomes all people “fleeing persecution, terror & war.” But on a number of files the government has bent itself into a pretzel trying to square its beliefs with its actions. An underlying theme throughout this issue of the Monitor is the empty gesture.
For a couple of days late last spring the EY Centre, a convention space just south of downtown Ottawa, provided a glimpse of a world that’s rarely visible by the light of day. No, this was not some kind of fantasy themed entertainment spectacle, not a gargantuan specialty wedding show ahead of the summer nuptials season.
Diab (right) in 2013 with his wife Rania Tfaily and their daughter Jena.
PHOTO CREDIT: Presidential Communications Operations Office (Wikimedia commons). While the Trump presidency is mired in chaos, another national leader, also accused of being a fascist, is solidifying his rule of the Philippines.
The Yemeni city of Sa'ada has been heavily hit by Saudi airstrikes, as shown in this image from August 2015. Photo credit: Philippe Kropf / United Nations OCHA