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Roger Annis

Roger Annis is a writer and retired aerospace worker in Vancouver. He publishes a website A Socialist in Canada and can be reached at rogerannis(at)

Pro-gas fracking government turfed in New Brunswick election

Rally at NB Legislature, May 13, 2014 to protect forests, photo by Stephanie Merrill, NB Media Co-Op
Lac Mégantic after the disaster, image from TSB report

Safety Board final report on Lac Mégantic disaster is sharply critical of railway regulation, but federal gov't unmoved

Canada's Transportation Safety Board issued a 181-page report on August 19 detailing the breakdown in application and enforcement of federal rail safety regulations that caused the deaths of 47...

Tragedy of Malaysia Airlines crash is serving as pretext for deepening war by Kyiv gov’t in eastern Ukraine

The catastrophic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17 is prompting a fury of speculative blame and intensification of shelling against cities and towns in eastern...

Chief Stewart Phillip on LNG: 'This has to become a popular struggle'

"The economy of this province is being built on the destruction of the Northeast."

Left-right shifts between Liberals and NDP mark outset of Ontario election

The incumbent Liberal Party premier of Canada's largest province launched her election campaign last week by tacking to the left. In a pre-election budget, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced she would...

Dire climate change warning in third comprehensive report commissioned by U.S.

“Harm to the nation will increase substantially in the future unless global emissions of heat-trapping gases are greatly reduced," scientists warn in the new report.

Doris Pilkington Garimara, author of book that inspired 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' film, dies

“We were told that our culture was evil and those that practised it were devil worshippers. The blacker your skin was, the worse individual you were.”

Growing outrage over inaction on missing and murdered Aboriginal women

Despite urgent calls for action on over 1,000 missing and murdered women, the government has refused to launch an inquiry.

Opposition to federal Aboriginal education bill prompts Atleo's resignation

Who will control Aboriginal education? And how long will inaction on missing women continue?

Latest on oil train that crashed and burned in James River and downtown Lynchburg

U.S. railways say they want improvements to the fleets. As in Canada, they don't own most of the oil tanker cars that they move.