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Brigette DePape: Life After Parliament


On June 3, 2011, 21-year-old Parliamentary page Brigette DePape held up a "Stop Harper" sign in the middle of the Throne Speech. It got her booted from her job -- and onto the CBC and other venues to speak about the need for resistance at a moment when Stephen Harper's Conservatives had achieved, with their new majority, sweeping powers to change Canada.

It also led DePape on a journey -- a personal investigation, she says, -- into how political activism can effect change beyond Parliamentary walls. This Tyee series compiles DePape's traveling notes and dispatches, as she explores new hotbeds of activism across North America.

In This Series


Brigette DePape, Toronto

Renegade Page Brigette DePape on Her New Series for Tyee

Where she's been since her 'Stop Harper' eye grabber, and where she's going.

By David Beers, 2 Sep 2011


Harper protestor Brigette DePape

Brigette DePape: Life After Parliament

How I spent my Power Summer -- first of my Tyee dispatches from hotbeds of new activism.

By Brigette DePape, 2 Sep 2011


Keystone XL protest in Washington, DC

Inside the Keystone XL Protests

From Washington DC, Brigette DePape's latest Tyee dispatch.

By Brigette DePape, 9 Sep 2011


Brigette DePape with Bridget Tolley at a protest

'Taking Back Their Power' on Parliament Hill

Some walked for weeks to this rally for missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Brigette DePape's latest dispatch.

By Brigette DePape, 22 Sep 2011



Brigette DePape: Notes on an Occupation

What I experienced across Canada shows me Occupy is just a beginning, says 'Stop Harper' page.

By Brigette DePape, 23 Nov 2011


CYD action in Durban

DePape in Durban: Witness to a Tipping Point

The underplayed story of the climate summit was the mobilization of global youth.

By Brigette DePape, 12 Dec 2011

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung