The Orchard

Jeremy Appel
News and analysis from an unabashedly progressive perspective, at home and abroad
Created 03 Sep 2021
  • Why are white supremacists so attracted to the military?
    05 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Since Gen. Wayne Eyre ordered a crackdown on far-right extremists in the military in September 2020, Canadian Forces have received 143 complaints of hateful conduct and racist attitudes in its ranks. ...
  • Allan inquiry admits right-wing orgs receive millions in foreign funding
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of the inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta activities in July 2019. Also pictured: then-justice minister Doug Schweitzer (left), Energy Minister Sonya Sa...
  • Jean Chrétien thinks you're an idiot
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Earlier this week, former prime minister Jean Chrétien told Radio-Canada that he was never told what occurred at residential schools when he was minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development fro...
  • What are we going to do about Sean Chu?
    19 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Sean Chu is set for re-election in Ward 4 under a shroud of sexual misconduct and abuse of power. With 30 of 30 polls reporting, alleged pedocop Chu has defeated his closest opponent D.J. Kelly by 52 ...
  • How Canada criminalizes migrants
    15 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are pressuring provincial governments to cancel an agreement with Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) that allows for asylum seekers and refugees to be ...
  • What is to be done about Calgary's downtown vacancies?
    13 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Anyone who lives in Calgary knows the city has faced a downtown office vacancy crisis since oil prices crashed six years ago, with about one-third of office space in the heart of the city sitting empt...
  • Ukrainian neo-Nazis grateful for Canada's support
    08 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Canadian Forces provided training to their Ukrainian counterparts, including those with connections to the far-right. (Government of Canada) Members of a Ukrainian far-right group with military ties i...
  • The Underdogs
    06 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Have you heard the news? There’s a municipal election in Calgary on Oct. 18. (Elections Calgary) Polls for the upcoming Calgary municipal election have consistently suggested a two-way race between ro...
  • Were the two Michaels actually spies?
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Michaels Kovrig and Spavor. (Wikimedia Commons) The Canadian media was unanimous in expressing its jubilation last week with the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, our “Two Michaels”, from ...
  • What does Diane Colley-Urquhart believe in?
    22 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    When she first ran for Calgary City Council in 2000, Diane Colley-Urquhart pitched herself as not your average “career politician”. “If elected, I will serve two terms, then get out so there can be fr...
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