Author Archives: David McLaren

About David McLaren

David McLaren is an award-winning writer. He has worked in government and the private sector, with NGOs and First Nations in Ontario. He is currently writing from Neyaashiinigamiing on the shore of Georgian Bay and can be reached at david.mclaren@utoronto.ca. In February 2015, he won the nomination for the NDP to represent the riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound in the 2015 federal election. See that page for writings during the campaign.

Akinoomaagewin at Standing Rock ND

‘Maamiikwendaagziwin’ is how Barb Nolan remembers the camps at Standing Rock in North Dakota—an “awesome experience.” Not as in “That’s awesome, man;” more like the warm, spiritual awe you might feel standing on the bluffs of the Niagara Escarpment or … Continue reading

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Brexit & Trump: what their supporters have in common (and it’s not bigotry)

“The times, they are a changin’,” sang Bob Dylan way back at the start of the ‘60s revolution. Well they are changin’ once again. The Brexit vote shocked not only the markets and the debt rating agencies (both of which … Continue reading

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Just the tip: Payday loan companies are the poster-child for what’s really wrong

If you’ve ever walked into a payday loan company to get something to tide you over to the end of the month, you’ll know you’re lucky if you come out with your shirt. It takes less than half an hour … Continue reading

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TPP: The Devil’s in the Details

Think ‘property.’ Now think ‘treaty’ … as in those instruments that transferred land from people who belonged to it, to people to whom it then belonged. Pretty good deal for us, not so much for First Nations. (A stony outcropping of land called the Bruce Peninsula was evaluated not so long ago as being worth some $50 billion —just imagine what the rest of Canada is worth.) Now you’re in the proper frame of mind to consider the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Continue reading

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A New Deal for a Precarious Economy

What do you say we start this discussion with some facts? I know, I know, that’s not the way we do things anymore. Economics is common sense after all. Wage hikes cause unemployment. Unions are job killers. Companies are job … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Costs … Everyone

It was Andrew’s first day at his new job. It paid minimum wage but, hey, it was his first job ever. His task was to stack bins that had just been washed out and disinfected. He was given rubber boots … Continue reading

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Plato’s Tree

Greece as an example of the economic and social damage that austerity in times of precarity can do. The legacy of Athena’s give to Athens — the olive tree that shaded democracy. Plus an update on the election of the left-wing Syriza Party in the Greek election of January 2015. Continue reading

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