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Obama's reform: Systemic danger once again
Obama is rushing to blame a mythical "free-wheeling" market for the economic crisis. But the truth is that the blame rests with the state, and with government intervention into the economy.

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The HRC on Trial, Part 2
The Human Rights Commissions have a laudable past, but are a danger in the present. Ori Rubin takes a good long look at how the original purposes of the HRC have become perverted, and why freedom of speech and expression is in danger of being quashed. (This is part two of a three-part special series)

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God save us from our health care system
With skyrocketing provincial health care costs, one family is discovering that the promise of "universal" health care is turning out to be a lie.

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Unacceptably Green
Environmentalists continue to push for ever-more regulations to help the environment. But old regulations are keeping the Canadian-made ZENN (Zero Emission, No Noise), and the Toyota Prius off the streets. Maybe the greens should look at good, old-fashioned free market deregulation first.

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A new Declaration of Independence
The Lakotah-Sioux have re-declared their independence, and are hoping to secede from the United States. As the Western Standard discovers, the Lakotah's struggles bears a striking resemblance to the struggles of the Nisga'a in British Columbia.

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The HRC on trial
When Ezra Levant was brought before the Alberta Human Rights Commission, his impassioned defence of his right to an unfettered freedom of expression touched off an internet firestorm. Now, as controversy mounts, the growing debate calls into question the power and purpose of the Human Rights Commissions themselves. (This is part one of a three-part special series)

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Mr. Levant goes to the Commission
Former WS publisher Ezra Levant faced down the Human Rights Commission last week. Here we've assembled the videos from that hearing.

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Seeding Sovereignty
Canada's Prince of Pot agrees to five years in a Canadian prison. The Western Standard digs in to report on the activities that got Marc Emery in trouble with the U.S. government.

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