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Sep 2 2014 | by Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians was in Charlottetown asking the premiers to take a stronger stand on health care and to defend public health care from the threats posed by so-called "trade" agreements.
Sep 2 2014 | by Marcelle Kosman | Edmonton was named the worst Canadian city to be a woman. And with an active men's rights association scene, it's not hard to see why.
Sep 2 2014 | by David Suzuki | The last passenger pigeon died 100 years ago, on September 1, 1914. They were hunted to extinction, but more than 1,200 bird species face extinction today because of other human activities.
Sep 2 2014 | by Leila Darwish | The fight against fracking, fracked gas pipelines and LNG terminals is heating up in B.C. Resistance is on the rise -- communities in B.C. are mobilizing to take a stand against a fractured future.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Sep 2 2014 | by Geoffrey Stevens | After a disasterous four years, somehow Rob Ford is still climbing in the polls, due to forgiveness and sheer name recognition.
Valery Bolotov, leader of the Luhansk People's Republic
Sep 2 2014 | by Christopher Majka | The cast of crooks, thieves, nuts, and mercenaries running eastern Ukraine might be suitable material for a Marx Brothers farce; what they are manifestly not capable of is running a country.
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Sep 1 2014 | by Gerry Caplan | Bringing Bell and Rogers and Telus and Shaw under public ownership? Now that's a cause worth marching for. Everyone's mad as hell at these guys, so why do we still have to take it?
Sep 1 2014 | by Michel Lambert | Both the political and social success of the Peoples' Social Forum show the incredible will and desire of activists from multiple social movements to work together in developing a common strategy.
Sep 1 2014 | by Dylan Penner | A federal Peoples' Platform would be a new tool to pressure federal election candidates and parties to adopt more progressive positions and could be a strong part of our on-the-ground organizing.
Sep 1 2014 | by Conely de Leon |, | by Ethel Tungohan |, | by Petronila Cleto | Live-in caregivers are an important part of Canadian society. So why is Chris Alexander eliminating their ability to obtain permanent residency with his "modern" 'Express Entry' program?
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Sep 1 2014 | by David J. Climenhaga | Nowadays, the final long weekend of our Canadian summer is devoted to The Seventy-Two Hour Hate, a three-day frenzy of official and media loathing for unions and the working people they represent.
Sep 1 2014 | by Canadian Boat to Gaza | An Israeli court issued a verdict in the case by Ship to Gaza Sweden against the Israeli government, regarding the rights to S/V Estelle.
Sep 1 2014 | by Leila Darwish | As the mining company and government make assurances about the safety and containment of the spill, distrust and concern amongst the local communities runs high.
Sep 1 2014 | by J. Baglow | A new document reveals that CRA auditors are testing progressive charities for political orthodoxy. By now, everybody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
Jim Prentice
Aug 31 2014 | by David J. Climenhaga | If Jim Prentice becomes Alberta PC leader and premier next Saturday, the attacks and implications from political operators of all sorts with all sorts of agendas aren't going to stop.
Aug 30 2014 | by Roger Annis | Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt says not to worry, railway and oil train safety is in hand. But the Transportation Safety Board says railways are "unchecked."
Aug 29 2014 | by Geoffrey Stevens | As I read the opinion polls, people are not so much outraged by Stephen Harper and the Conservatives as they are tired of them. The same thing happened to Brian Mulroney at about the same stage.
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Aug 29 2014 | by Kate McInturff | An economic plan that would work for women in the North has to accommodate the realities of where they work, how they work and the constraints imposed by their unpaid work.
Aug 29 2014 | by J. Baglow | Nothing has been resolved in Ferguson -- or in the rest of a deeply racist America. What is to be done?
Aug 29 2014 | by Roger Annis | Coincidentally, Democracy Now! and CBC broadcast two stories on Ukraine today. One was serious analysis, another was a platform for propaganda.
Aug 29 2014 | by David J. Climenhaga | The Fraser Institute is now applying the methodology of "creation science" to the study of economics. The results, of course, are much the same.
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Aug 29 2014 | by Michael Laxer | The Catch-22 of social democratic campaigns like Olivia Chow's of late is that by trying to pander to and be all things to all people you end up meaning very little to anyone.
Aug 29 2014 | by Yves Engler | Why does a demonstration of hundreds of people against 'anti-Semitism' in Toronto seem more like a march for white supremacy than a rally against racism?
Aug 29 2014 | by rabble staff | Harper won't let up and we need an independent reporter from the Hill as our eyes and ears. Here are seven reasons why Karl Nerenberg is our choice!
Aug 29 2014 | by Rinaldo Walcott | On Election Day spoil the ballot for mayor if you are Black. Only mass collective action will make those in authority take Black people seriously. These candidates don't deserve your vote.
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Aug 28 2014 | by Kaylie Tiessen | The numbers for the first quarter of 2014 were released in the heat of summer. A closer look tells us this update deserves more attention than it got. Here are some highlights.
KAIROS-led Blanket Exercise at the People's Social Forum
Aug 28 2014 | by John Dillon | How can Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples work together to restore harmonious relationships with each other and the land, asked KAIROS at the Peoples' Social Forum.
Aug 28 2014 | by rabble staff | Participate in this month's Indie Inside giveaway contest, featuring Karl Sanden! Watch the video on rabbletv and answer a question for a chance to win a copy of his brand-new EP.
Aug 28 2014 | by Edward Dunsworth | Calls for the expulsion of temporary foreign workers and preferential hiring of Canadians did do one thing: draw attention to the exploitation of migrant labour in Canada.
Thomas Lukaszuk
Aug 28 2014 | by David J. Climenhaga | Surely most Tories will be disinclined to vote for a candidate whose revelation completely swamped the first good news the party and government have enjoyed in weeks.