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Apr 27 2015 | by Jessica Prupas | Thousands of refugees from Eritrea and Sudan are being detained in a desert prison, and their fate is unclear
Apr 27 2015 | by Michal Rozworski | This budget is another in a series of unspectacular austerity budgets. Michal Rozworski looks at the election year budget as a continuity of slow-motion austerity past, present and future.
Photo: Tom Flemming/flickr
Apr 27 2015 | by Ian Johnson | The whole security system at the Legislature needs to be reviewed in order to ensure the broadest public participation possible. This is the people's house; there is no "us" and "them."
Apr 27 2015 | by Roger Annis | Canada's decision to join the U.S. and U.K. in sending soldiers to Ukraine dims the prospect of a political solution to the war there. Canadians should support diplomacy over war.
Brian Jean
Apr 27 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | There's barely a week left until election day. Whatever the result, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean will play a major role in Alberta politics. Where has the mainstream media been?
Photo: Kat R/flickr
Apr 27 2015 | by Lynne Fernandez | Rather than showing their fiscal responsibility by creating good jobs and investing in citizens, the Harper government has secured the position of Canada's richest.
Apr 27 2015 | by Lauren Scott | Ottawa writer, Ann Cavlovic's first play 'Emissions: A Climate Comedy' teaches audiences about climate change, but in a totally "non-preachy" way. Keep reading for her fresh take on the problem!
Apr 27 2015 | by David Christopher | Over 100 businesses, large and small, have joined the over 200,000 Canadians speaking out to #StopC51
Image: Flickr/Dave Cournoyer
Apr 26 2015 | by Susan Wright | Jim Prentice tells Rachel Notley "math is difficult". Jim, it's words, not numbers, that count.
Jonathan Denis
Apr 26 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | It seems likely former justice minister Jonathan Denis Denis only remains a PC candidate because nominations have now closed and it would be impossible to get another Tory's name on the ballot.
Apr 25 2015 | by Cathy Crowe | Both the federal and Ontario budget this week were lacklustre when it comes to housing, but so were the NGO and union responses.
Jim Prentice & Rachel Notley
Apr 25 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | Pollster Lorne Bozinoff Suggests Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley and her New Democrats may have found "a recipe for government." Can they keep it at a boil till May 5?
Apr 25 2015 | by Scott Vrooman | Even if the "War on Terror" is in service of a just cause, that doesn’t make it a just war.
The Armenian Genocide Memorial Tsitsernakaberd
Apr 24 2015 | by Mel Watkins | Genocide haunts the 20th century. And 100 years ago, the century's first began in fearsome earnest.
Photo: Jason Spaceman/flickr
Apr 24 2015 | by Hugh Mackenzie | When you look at the numbers, it is clear that everything else -- every other service that Ontarians depend on -- has been thrown under the infrastructure bus.
Premier Kathleen Wynne endorsing Adam Vaughn in 2014
Apr 24 2015 | by Kaylie Tiessen |, | by Sheila Block | Budget 2015 may be big on rhetoric, but it doesn't deliver on the promises for strengthening public services that Premier Wynne was elected on.
Photo: Simona/flickr
Apr 24 2015 | by Jovan Lottis | We still have a long way to go in addressing the affordable housing crisis, but as Winnipeg embarks on a difficult journey, we can feel hopeful when we look to other jurisdictions like Toronto.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver avoids the word poverty in 2015 budget speech
Apr 24 2015 | by Dennis Gruending | Finance Minister Joe Oliver gave a 37-minute budget speech on April 21 and he managed to do it without even mentioning poverty in Canada.
Apr 24 2015 | by George Lessard | UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha on adequate housing - 16th Meeting, 28th Regular Session HR Council
Rachel Notley
Apr 24 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | Both NDP Leader Rachel Notley and Premier Jim Prentice came into this performance with a lot to lose, and both left after deflecting many attacks without serious damage.
Photo: flickr/ Kat R
Apr 24 2015 | by Karl Nerenberg | The 2015 federal budget contains more than boutique tax and spending measures. It has the government's analysis of the state of the economy. And that analysis is largely negative.
Apr 24 2015 | by Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood | The policies and measures contained in the budget say a lot about the current government's priorities. But the language they use says just as much about what this government really values.
Israel's separation barrier has been ruled illegal by the International Court of
Apr 24 2015 | by Michelle Weinroth | Hasbara -- Israel's public relations industry -- is a double-tongued discourse, voicing self-pity in one breath and moral terror in another.
Apr 24 2015 | by Maya Bhullar | In Toronto, join the May Day Rally and March, May 1, Yonge Dundas Sq, 4PM
Apr 24 2015 | by Ryan Katz-Rosene | In Canada, the idea of introducing bullet trains within the nation's busiest transport corridors is periodically proposed as some sort of magic wand solution to a range of transportation problems.
Photo: flickr/Evan Leeson
Apr 24 2015 | by Colleen Watson-Turner | I am a 60-year-old grandmother living in rural Saskatchewan. Here's why my family and I went vegan.
Apr 23 2015 | by Michael Laxer | In 2015 any 'strategic voting' narrative should heavily favour the NDP. So why do the NDP seem stuck in 1993?
Apr 23 2015 | by Scott Vrooman | If the 'rule of law' is going to be 'legitimate' and not 'pointless' it needs to be followed by everyone, including CSIS, no matter how much they want to 'keep us safe.'
Photo of Desert Mirage by Brocken Inaglory
Apr 23 2015 | by Emma Lui | Budget 2015 actually allocates very little to water protection. The massive cuts to water departments and programs overall overshadow what little funding there actually is.
Apr 23 2015 | by rabble staff | Are you standing there with the fridge door open, wondering how to be vegan today? Well look no further than here for some recipe ideas.